Jun 22, 2011

Photos of my school

I promised Cinda photos of my new school ages ago, and these have been sitting on my computer for a while, so I thought it's high time to show you what it looks like. I snapped these in the morning before school, so I'm not sure if I got everything I wanted to show you. Enjoy!

Going into the school

Youth Allowance, and The Cat

I'm trying to get my youth allowance organised, and I had to get my tax file number for that. I forgot what it was because it was so long ago. It wasn't hard to get it back, I just had to call the Tax Office. I tried to call them before today several times and they were "experiencing peak demand" so they wouldn't even put me on hold. Anyway, I had that happen to me today again, it took one whole hour to get a person on the phone with me, and then everything was done in 5 minutes.

Filling out forms are so tedious. It was so thick. I hate it the most when I didn't know what I filled in was the information they wanted or not, and none of my family members speak English well so I'm the one who fills out ALL the forms for the whole family. I guess it's good practise for later.

There wasn't much point to that, except to vent, and to tell you I'm still alive and back from camp. We did go to Collaroy Centre, and there was just so many memories there. I have so many photos I want to put up, the photos of the school have been sitting in my draft for more than a week. I want to write some stuff on it and hopefully have it up soon.

Onto The Cat. So I was walking to the train station in the morning, and I see a cat lying on the footpath. I walk closer and I'm hoping that it wouldn't run away too soon, because I love cats. I'm walking closer and closer, and I realise something's not quite right. It's not running away. There's a second when I feel happy because it's so rare that cats let anyone that close. And then I realise it's lying on its side. With its feet sticking out straight and stiff. With its tail puffed up and away from its body. In short, I realise that it's not a cute cat that's bold enough to stay and let me stare at it, it's the body of a cold, dead cat staring straight ahead.

There's no wounds on it, but there's a trickle of blood leading out of the corner of its mouth down to a small puddle of blood on the ground. I got such a fright. It was terrifying, especially when I was expecting a cute, living cat.

When I walked home from school, it was still there. I went across the road to avoid it. I hope someone will take it away before it starts to smell, because I'm not walking near it with a 10 foot pole.

(is there someone I could call to get rid of it? Would the council help?)

Jun 12, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and Coraline

I watched Pirates of the Caribbean 4 in 3D yesterday. It's mostly pretty predictable, even if I haven't even watched the first three movies yet, but it's still quite an enjoyable movie. I think this is the first time I've watched a live action movie in 3D.

I love the mermaid scenes, it was so magical. Everyone one of them were amazingly pretty, but the mermaid Syrena is one of the prettiest girls I've ever seen. She really delicate and innocent looking, and her accent makes her sound so cute. She has that really pretty European/French look, and if you look the actress up on youtube, she looks amazing in some of her ads.

I'm just very partial to mythology, made up or otherwise. Especially the about things and people that looks beautiful but are actually very dangerous. I love the contrast.

I also watched Coraline on a friend's iPad and got half way through Mulan. It was Athletics Carnival and there wasn't much to do. I quite liked Coraline, but I don't know if I'm just a scaredy cat or what, but I don't recommend watching it at night by yourself, it can get creepy. The soundtrack is really good.

Coraline is based on a book of the same name by Neil Gaiman, and he's one of my favourite authors. He's one of the few author's I actually remember the name of. He wrote Stardust, which I enjoyed, and he was also the writer for a graphic novel series called Sandman. That series is one of my absolute favourites, it's about 7 entities, more powerful than gods, called Endless, and focuses on one of them in particular, Dream. It's a wonderful mix of mythology and legend and magic, the words he writes just sounds very, I don't know, deep and meaningful.

Jun 7, 2011

Vivid Live Light Show In City

I love my new camera. I went to the Vivid Live light show in the city on Sunday night, and if I was still using my old camera, none of the photos would have came out ok. Hope you guys went and saw it, it's a nice night out and the lights are pretty. I could stand and stare at the mesmerising lights on the Opera House forever. There's some fun interactive stuff there too, so it was all really fun.

So here they are people, an epic(ly long) photo post of the Vivid Live light show.

Jun 5, 2011

Brand New Macbook

Mum bought me a 13 inch Macbook Pro last Wednesday. I'm ecstatic, as you can imagine. It's different from Windows, but I like exploring a new system. I'm starting to get the hang of it now, nothing can't be solved by clicking around and google-fu. Mac doesn't have a right click (which I think I seriously overuse, but anyhow), but you can set up preferences to get a secondary click (which is the same thing). I especially like how I can set the mac to do things with different finger swipes. I wish I could show you guys :(

The idea is to use the Mac to replace my old PC desktop, and take advantage of the educational tax rebate. I think it's also something of a reward for getting 100% on advanced mathematics (not actually that hard to get, but don't tell her that), and an early birthday present. A friend did recommend Macbook Air, which is the really light one, but the sales person said an ordinary Macbook is better value. Mum opted for the Macbook Pro at the end because a friend said it's better.

The Macbook Pro looks really sleek with the aluminium casing, the keyboard lights up, and the design is generally very modern. The mac operating system has a really nice look, it's all sleek and streamline and modern. The graphics is so clear it's like wow, and I plan on taking full advantage of the free apps. So, as the salesperson said, I'm now the proud owner of a brand new Mac!

p.s. Since this is my own laptop, I wanted to take good care of it. I was hearing some conflicting messages about how to extend the battery life. The one I hear the most is that you should always use it until it's flat and then fully charge it, or the battery memory is wrecked, but I was also hearing people saying that's not true. So I googled it, and apparently the new laptops, with their lithium based batteries, don't have the battery memory problem. In fact, if you do use the battery til it's flat, you damage it. It's best (for lithium based batteries) to have frequent charges, but don't keep it at full charge at all times.

Jun 3, 2011

Exams are over! Celebrate!

Yay half yearlies are over! I think I went okay but I really don't trust my own judgement. After the exams are all over on Friday, being the party animals we are, we all went out for karaoke again. Did you know the Woolworth at Town Hall has a section downstairs that sells chicken, hot chips, donuts, other baked goods, and sandwiches? I brought a chicken Caesar salad thingie sandwich, and I was a bit sceptical about the taste, but it was really yummy.

Just wanted to ask you guys something, did we go to Collaroy Centre for camp at some point, and if we did what year was it? It sounds distinctly familiar but I can't really be sure.