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April 5th, 2017

02:25 pm: [sticky post] About the new LiveJournal Terms of Service
Every LiveJournal user will be offered to sign the new User Agreement with SUP Media.


It wasn't so much "offered" as "click on agree or be unable to login". As I'm posting this, no prizes for guessing what I did. (I had noticed the recent change that disabled logging-in with https too, which is something else of concern.)

Given the new TOS means having to comply with Russian laws that are rather unfriendly to LGBT, I am unhappy about this forced change. I am for people being to express who they are and being able to love who they love without being discriminated against.

I've been crossposting from my Dreamwidth account for a few years now, and it's become more & more my home account. If you're on DW, feel free to link me.

ETA: If you could also drop a quick comment to identify yourself, it would be appreciated.

At this time, I don't know if this will be my last LJ post, or whether I'll keep crossposting to both DW & LJ. For now, I will continue reading & commenting on my friendslist posts at both locations.



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January 18th, 2018

07:49 am: Posted without comment

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DTspwl7XkAASU8U.jpg

(I blame andrewducker)

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January 2nd, 2018

02:03 pm: One morning while out hunting Pokemon
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https://flic.kr/p/233sXUy

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December 31st, 2017

09:18 pm: Happy New Year 2018!
Off to bed now (and not staying up to see in the new year), so Happy New Year 2018!

May the new year be a good one!

(As 2017 was surely not a good year in my book, what with cancer in the family, broken knee, and other "merry" happenings.)

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December 24th, 2017

09:15 am: Christmas Shopping Madness
I normally do the supermarket shopping at 8am on a Sunday morning (when they open). It's nice and quiet then and I don't have to get aggravated by trolleys blocking the aisles.

By 8:10 am today, the local supermarket carpark was basically full. People were milling around the aisles with a glazed and desperate look. This is no ordinary Sunday. The shops will be closed tomorrow! What will we do?!

But the shopping is now done & I can relax a bit.

Hope you all have a lovely un-stressful time over the Christmas/New Year break.

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December 22nd, 2017

08:26 pm: "Sun rises on the (day before the) longest day of the year"
Today's sunrise was overcast so instead, here is yesterday's.
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December 17th, 2017

02:16 pm: Quickie update
Specialist has discharged me, so it's just more knee & leg physio for now. Fern has finished chemo. We'll both be glad to see the end of 2017. May 2018 be a good year for all of us.

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December 14th, 2017

08:28 am: Look what I found while packing up to shift to a new office.
Found while packing up to move offices

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December 5th, 2017

05:11 pm: This is Auckland
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https://flic.kr/p/Hc8oBV

It's a pohutukawa in bloom. Pohutukawa typically flowers from late November and lasts until just after Christmas why is why it is also sometimes called the New Zealand Christmas tree.

As for the other part of the photo, finding parking in downtown Auckland is always "fun".

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November 27th, 2017

07:14 pm: Merediths for the last time
Merediths is one of Auckland's best restaurants and is closing permanently at the end of the year.

So we decided to go while we could. It's a degustatiom-only restaurant and depending on the night of the week, you get a choice of a different number of courses.

You can see the photoset here or scroll down for pictures & descriptions.
Merediths: Last Meal
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November 21st, 2017

09:33 pm: Cooking Diary
Week starting November 13
Monday: Rice vermicelli with shiitake & choysum. Chilli & soy on the side. #vegan
https://flic.kr/p/21oxZVN
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November 20th, 2017

08:17 pm: Cooking Diary
Week starting November 6
Monday: Steak, asparagus, & orange salad
https://flic.kr/p/Z8e5A3
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November 19th, 2017

08:13 pm: You think the internet is forever?
Here are a Babylonian businessman's dodgy practices (from ~1750 BCE) recorded for posterity.

(The internet has some catching up to do)

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November 18th, 2017

08:46 pm: This is how Skynet begins.

https://youtu.be/fRj34o4hN4I

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November 5th, 2017

12:20 pm: Cooking Diary
Week of 30 Oct
Monday: Slowcooked pork (cooked at the weekend) with sticky soy sauce and bean salad
https://flic.kr/p/ZTTUHd
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November 3rd, 2017

08:40 pm: Cooking Diary
Week starting Oct 23:
Tuesday: Blackened salmon, couscous, salad
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08:05 pm: The Beginner's Guide to Game of Thrones by Samuel L. Jackson
(Contains strong language)
https://youtu.be/IsAU9qBRjNY


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05:38 pm: Flying Carpet
I'd love to have one of these, but then I'd probably bust my other kneecap trying it out.
https://youtu.be/lqlrru1V69E


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October 31st, 2017

04:33 pm: Julian May (1931-2017)
Julian May's Saga of the Pliocene Exile/Galactic Millieu books were a big part of my formative reading. I was saddened to hear that she has died. I've started a re-read of the Saga of the Pliocene Exile. It's holding up well.

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October 30th, 2017

09:27 pm: Cooking Diary
Week starting Oct 16:
Monday: Mushroom risotto
https://flic.kr/p/ZqUuXC
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October 16th, 2017

05:35 pm: Cooking Diary
Week starting Oct 9:
Monday: Okonomiyaki with chicken
https://flic.kr/p/YfgB98
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October 11th, 2017

05:59 pm: Cooking Diary
Didn't do much cooking last week.

Monday: Bouillabaise kiwi-style
https://flic.kr/p/Z1axyQ
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Wednesday: Pork & shiitake dumplings in ginger miso broth
https://flic.kr/p/Z7Au8p
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October 9th, 2017

09:01 pm: Cooking Diary
Week: 25 Sep.
Monday: Chicken noodle soup
https://flic.kr/p/XNXRrx
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October 8th, 2017

05:52 pm: Extremely Accurate Charts for Book Nerds
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02:38 pm: That's quite the thing.

https://youtu.be/L_vQW3xQEhc

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October 7th, 2017

01:27 pm: Old Asian, New Asian
Duncan Garner is an idiot again. Don't read his column. Read this instead.

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October 3rd, 2017

10:18 am: Tom Petty (1950 - 2017?)
Dammit.

ETA: There is now doubt about the initial reporting.



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October 1st, 2017

06:52 pm: Cooking Diary
This is from last week.
Monday: Sambal squid, broccoli sweetcorn stirfry, rice.
https://flic.kr/p/XydcYY
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September 30th, 2017

06:16 pm: Cooking Diary
Cooking Diary catch-up post.
August 4: first dinner at home
Udon with chicken choysum shiitake in miso broth
https://flic.kr/p/XcaavR
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The prep.
https://flic.kr/p/WN94Ad
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This simple meal took me an age to make (it was on the day of my discharge). But after what felt like an age of pretty average hospital food, I was determined to cook for myself. The trickiest part was hobbling around on crutches which I'd only started using the day before.

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06:13 pm: Because one can't have too much Kate Bush.

https://youtu.be/c4sLwt8mhZs

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Current Music: "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" Kate Bush
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11:40 am: Knee update
I can bend my left knee ninety degrees again.

It doesn't seem like much but it's a big deal for me after spending six weeks in a knee brace with no bending (the tendons had all tightened up).

Since the brace came off, I've been doing the exercises the specialist (initially) and physio (more recently) have given me. They're not exactly what I'd call fun exercises but the improvements I've seen make them worth the discomfort.

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September 28th, 2017

06:31 pm: Cooking Diary
Catch-up post for Week starting August 7:
Monday: Fresh rolls with chicken & prawn
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September 27th, 2017

07:15 pm: Cooking Diary
Catch-up post.

Week starting August 14:
Tuesday: Chicken tagine from a friend, couscous, salad leaves. (This was during the initial convalescence period & was much appreciated.)
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September 25th, 2017

04:36 pm: Cooking Diary
Catch-up post.
Week starting August 21:
Monday: Spaghetti with beef ragu
https://flic.kr/p/XjEQcY
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September 23rd, 2017

12:44 pm: Reminder: It's Election Day in New Zealand.
Please go & vote if you can.

Also...

New Zealand has laws that haven't quite caught up to 2017. By law, all electioneering materials have to be taken down by midnight before election day. Yesterday saw hordes of volunteers taking down election billboards, hoardings & other advertisements.

Today, no campaigning is allowed. So while I can exhort you to go vote, I cannot encourage you to vote for a particular party. Anything I posted up to midnight last night is ok but nothing today.

That said, there's nothing to stop a non-New Zealand voter from retweeting a tweet so it shows up on my current timeline. And I don't know what the law says about liking someone's tweet or Facebook post.

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12:31 pm: Cooking Diary
Catch-up post: Week starting August 28.
Monday: Beef in red wine, scalloped potatoes, cauliflower cheese sauce
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September 21st, 2017

05:38 pm: Support equipment returned
From top clockwise: Perching stool, walker, toilet frame with seat, shower stool.
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https://flic.kr/p/YC5R7C

About two weeks ago, I was allowed to put weight on my dodgy leg. That made a massive difference to my mobility. I've been walking on it (gingerly at first) as much as I can. Earlier this week, the knee brace came off which means I can bend my knee again.

The mobility assistance people didn't waste any time arranging to collect the support equipment. So now it is on to the next stage of the recovery process.

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September 19th, 2017

05:01 pm: Cooking Diary
Week starting 4 September (I've been tardy so I'm going back to fish out the ones I didn't get round to posting)
Monday: Chicken curry laksa
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04:27 pm: Got given a (very) belated surprise birthday cake.
The Pikachu cake was lemon flavoured. And it was delicious.
https://flic.kr/p/YBzRkR
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September 18th, 2017

10:44 pm: Cooking DIary
Monday: Spaghetti aglio e olio with prawn meat
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September 15th, 2017

05:51 pm: Last aspirin
This is the last of the aspirin I've been taking to prevent blood clots, which means I've been home for six weeks.

Next week I'm officially back at work, which will be another shock to the system.
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September 12th, 2017

04:42 pm: Advance Voting in the New Zealand General Elections
So I went and cast my vote yesterday which is the first day of Advance Voting. And in the process gained even more empathy for those with mobility difficulties.

I found a conveniently nearby location for me from the map of Advance Voting locations:
Auckland University,
AUSA Club Space,
The Quad,
Alfred Street

So far, so simple. And then the adventures began.
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September 8th, 2017

09:31 am: My knee is metal(-ish)
I got to see my post-surgery knee x-rays for the first time. I figured they'd have needed to incorporate quite a bit of scaffolding to hold the pieces in place. After all, I managed to break my patella into five pieces. And yes, there it is.

The left picture is the front-on view, the right picture is the side-on view. (The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that the left view is upside down. I didn't realise until after I put the pictures together & I can't be arsed fixing it.) In the side-on view, a gap is still evident; the pieces haven't joined up properly yet.

But the good news is that I am now allowed to put weight on my left leg. That's really helped with mobility & overall self-confidence, but we're still in the early months of the recovery process. And overall it is "good news"; the healing is on-track.



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September 6th, 2017

09:01 am: Birthday activities
Right now in hospital radiology about to have my knee xrayed before orthopaedic clinic appointment. Hoping for good news. That would be a nice birthday present.

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September 1st, 2017

08:36 pm: "The Trip" — a 48 Hour Film
The Trip — a 48 Hour Film: Winner of Best Film Washington, DC from Tracy Mathews on Vimeo.



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04:21 pm: Dragon bench carved with chainsaw.
Because everybody needs one.


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03:44 pm: The New Zealand healthcare system going the way of the British?
What with reduced funding in real terms, burn-out of healthcare workers & opening the door to PPPs (Public Private Partnerships) it's looking grim.


In New Zealand, this same door is already ajar, as Ian Powell of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) recently pointed out, in the organisation’s July newsletter:

Partly through ideology and partly through the shortsighted incentive of short term gain, the Government is pressuring DHBs that require major capital works development to adopt a funding arrangement similar to Private Public Partnerships in England that will worsen DHBs finances. The first example is the small new $12 million ‘integrated family health centre’ in Westport.

The Government, through its misnamed partnership group, is pressuring West Coast DHB to adopt a method of funding branded as ‘capital recycling’ that is a PPP by another name. The practical effect is that the DHB is likely to pay between $750,000 to $1,000,000 annually for about the next 34 years more than would it would have to under the normal way (Government loans repaid at a lower interest rate). In order to make the Government’s books look good, the DHB’s financial position has to worsen, thereby increasing the likelihood of deficits.

Imagine if this new system of funding continues with the next and much bigger new outpatient facility as part of the post-earthquake Christchurch Hospital rebuild. This new facility could end up costing somewhere in the vicinity of $100 million which would then involve Canterbury DHB incurring extra annual costs of up to say $100 million. In fact, one does not have to imagine anything. It has already been acknowledged that ‘capital recycling’ is on the cards…



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03:13 pm: Old war photos "improved" by addition of science-fictional elements.
Gallery here




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