Thursday, May 21, 2009

Love... "The Guy Thing"

Today, I came across a little sheet with notes from an old Boys' Brigade devo on love, which I thought I'd share.


Proverbs 4:23.... "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life"

"Heart" attributes that drive good lovers !!

1. THANKFULNESS :: "I'm thankful for what God has given me."

2. RESPECT :: "What God has given me is profoundly valuable."

3. COMPASSION :: "What God has given me is profoundly fragile."

4. RESPONSIBILITY :: "I was born to work hard."

5. PURITY :: "If God doesn't give it, I don't want it."

6. SACRIFICE :: "I'm willing to give up what is mine."

7. TREASURE :: "There will be only room for one in my heart."

8. AFFECTION :: "I will roll out the red carpet."

So there you go. Any thoughts or comments, feel free to leave them below.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Unlocking My iPhone

I finally managed to get my iPhone last September, two months after it was released. Now, the thing about buying it outright, was I could get it unlocked and be contract free. So about 3 weeks ago, I called Optus, my carrier, and asked them to unlock my phone. Two days later, I got a text message saying it was unlocked, but I had to restore it. So I plugged it into my MacBook, restored it, and got this:

So I now have an Apple approved unlocked iPhone. W00t!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Love/Hate

I hate how I make things easier for my friends, and harder for myself

I hate how I still care, when I know I shouldn't

I hate my memory, and my sentimental self

I hate my sense of loyalty, which goes beyond sense

I hate my word, because I hate to break a promise

I hate my promises, because I said I'd always be there

I hate to be here, in this bland colourless room

I hate that what gave it colour disappeared so soon

I hate that my best friend is lost for all time

I hate that no matter what, I still can do nothing but cry

I hate all these nightmares, out of my control

The thing I hate most of all, is that it's not hate at all

But love that creates all these things, and drives me up the wall.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Results From My Experiment

Today I'm back online, for the first time in a week. As I detailed last week in my previous post, I took a couple of days forgoing instant communication, just to see what it was like. The overall verdict? Life is much better without it.


I found aside from having more time to do other things, I found life was in part more enjoyable. This I would attribute to not looking to see if anyone contacted me or seeing what other people have been up to. It was nice to just have my own little world, and have some distance between me and my friends. Now, I'm not trying to say I didn't want to see my friends, but most people I'm sure would be familiar with the phrase "absence makes the heart grow fonder", and I definitely found this to be true this week. When I did see my friends, it was more fun and enjoyable, and the conversations more interesting, I could ask them what they'd been up to during the week, and not already know, thanks to Twitter or Facebook. It was definitely a more enjoyable week.


This week, I found plenty of things to fill my time, rather than checking my e-mails every five minutes. I went for a five hour bike ride on Tuesday, (note; I was out for five hours, not riding for five hours straight), played cards and had dinner with friends. Spent a day wandering around the wonderful city of Melbourne with a friend, and I played a LOT of guitar, which earned me some callouses on my fingertips. I also spent some time watching movies, playing some video games, and even had a night at Dark Zone (Laser Tag).


My plan wasn't an entire success though, I gave up in part on SMS-ing, as I kept receiving messages from people which required a response, though I did not send any unnecessary messages to anyone.


Now having completed my little experiment, I've come to a few decisions. Having enjoyed my time "offline" so much in comparison with being "online" all the time, I've decided to keep reading blogs but once a day, and I'll check my e-mails twice a day, once in the morning, and once in the evening. Facebook will be receiving the same treatment as e-mail, and for Twitter, because I use Twitterific, I'm thinking I'll use it while I'm on the computer, and I'll use it on my iPhone if I think I've found something worth Twittering about, but otherwise, it's going to be stuck to the computer only.


Other small little things I discovered this week, are how nice it is to receive a handwritten letter, or a phone call from someone, rather than an e-mail or SMS. Call me old fashioned, but I think they're nicer.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

An Interesting Little Experiment

Anyone that knows me well will have probably heard me talking at some point about my views on instant communication, (which I'll not discuss here, that's an entire post on its own), and I've decided to conduct a little experiment.


Next week, between the 2nd and 6th of December, I shall be going without any form of instant communication technology, and going back to handwritten, posted letters, and phone calls as my only method of communication. I know it's not the longest period of time, but I did choose a rather busy time of year for my little experiment. So, what will I be forgoing?

- E-mail
- SMS
- MSN/IRC
- Twitter
- Facebook
- My mobile phone

While I'm giving up some of these things, it doesn't mean I'll be forgoing all technology, I'll still be watching TV, reading blogs (albeit once a day, like a newspaper), and listening to Podcasts. I'd like to see if life seems to slow down a bit, if I have more free time, and if I feel less compelled to see if anyone has tried to contact me in the past 5 minutes.

I'm planning on spending the week spending a bit more time reading, exercising, playing guitar, and doing things around the house, without my computer to distract me constantly. I'll be posting up my thoughts on this experiment at the end of the week, next Saturday, but for now, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Summer Projects

Summer is now approaching fast, and as such, I have a lot of free time. So I'm looking at summer projects to do. Some bigger than others, and some quite geeky.


So here's what I plan to do over summer:
- Possibly write/draw maybe half a dozen little comics about love and geekiness with Scott
- Configure a Wii Remote to control my MacBook in some fashion
- Build a Hackintosh
- Take more photos
- Get in shape
- Improve my guitar playing

I've got over 3 months to fill, so it's not really very much at the moment. If you have any suggestions for other things I could do, feel free to drop me a comment.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Lessons In Life

I've been spending some quality time with someone who's pretty special to me recently, and looking at lessons I could learn from their life. So, without further ado, here's things about them I think that make them a very happy individual and a good friend.

- They're always happy to see me
- They're always forgiving, no matter what I've done
- They're always around when I just need someone to listen
- They appreciate the joy that a little silliness can bring
- They can see the fun side in almost anything
- They're not afraid to be themselves and do embarrassing or silly things
- They know just when you need them to just be there with you
- They don't waste time feeling sad
- They miss someone when they're away, and welcome them back with unrivaled enthusiasm
As I said, this is someone who is very special to me, and a good friend. Just in case you're wondering who this person is, it's my small, cute, fluffy and ever faithful dog Benje. It's amazing what you can learn from dogs.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

There's Something Wrong Here


Dashboard's converter is not working right. Apparently AU$1 is worth US$21. I wish. I'd be going to the states to buy all my electronics. That new 15" MacBook Pro? Fully specced up comes in at US$2,897, or AU$136. LOL.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The iPhone I'm Still Waiting For


As I sit here writing this today, August 11, it has been one month since the iPhone 3G launched in Australia, and as my image above explains, I've still not got one, and I have no idea when I will. Since launch day, as far as I am aware, and what I have heard from stores is that Optus has not had any pre-paid (contract free) 16GB iPhones available at all. None, not even one. They have it advertised on their website, and so, you would think you'd be able to get one. Apparently not. Despite having a month old order for one, I've still not managed to pick one up.  I'm not as hyped about it as I was before, I'm now on the verge of apathy, I just want the phone, and that's it. No real excitement or anything, this whole ordeal has drained me of any excitement or anticipation I had about getting one. I've seen them, played with them, and know them inside out. Optus, just give me my phone already.