Tonight was great. The relis came over, and then my brother and his wife took me to Hindley Street for some strip joints and a visit to the sex show. Did I also tell you I got completely smashed, and rode on a mechanical bull? Well, I did.
Thnaks for all the messages, people. Really means a lot to me that you people care
OMG LB what a show off you are! Hahahahha You got in early with Dara and now Candy and have all these magnificent gif images. No fair! My first father-in-law's birthday was yesterday, St.Patricks Day. He would of been 85. All these Pisceans swimming around us. Have a Happy Real Birthday, Candy. How does it feel to be 30?
By the way Tasman.... will you be my boyfriend? No-one ever gives me flowers
OMG thank you so much you beautiful friends, I am sniffling for real and I have teared up What a beautiful poem Lurveit! I read it out aloud and it was tear jerking material I have just had three wonderful days. My daughter Kat took me up to Montville in the Hinterland only 20 minutes from here and we had an over priced (for what we got) lunch but there is so much to see up there and do. We had a two scoop gelato in a crisp waffley cone each. Mine was mulberry and vanilla My aircon is installed and working My toyboy came over from 6pm saturday to 3 this afternoon and had a great time enjoying each other's company. I received great presents from my 2 kids. Lunch, Gelato, windchimes, a frog figurine, clay masks for my aging skin all from my daughter..... DVD movies and shows & $50, from my son! Fabulous! Thanks All!
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Pioneers celebrate internet's 40th birthday From correspondents in Los Angeles Agence France-PresseOctober 30, 2009 05:39am+-
TECHNOLOGY stars, pundits, and entrepreneurs have joined the internet's father to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his culture-changing child.
"It's the 40th year since the infant internet first spoke," said University of California, Los Angeles, professor Leonard Kleinrock, who headed the team that first linked computers online in 1969.
Prof Kleinrock led an anniversary event that blended reminiscence of the internet's past with debate about its future.
"There is going to be an ongoing controversy about where we have been and where we are going," said Arianna Huffington, co-founder of the popular news and blog website that bears her name.
"It is not just about the internet; it is about our times. We are going to need desperately to tap into the better angels of our nature and make our lives not just about ourselves but about our communities and our world."
Ms Huffington was on hand today to discuss the power the internet gives to grass roots organisers on a panel with Prof Kleinrock and Social Brain Foundation director Isaac Mao.
"The internet is a democratising element; everyone has an equivalent voice," Prof Kleinrock said.
"There is no way back at this point. We can't turn it off. The internet Age is here."
Leonard Kleinrock never imagined Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube that day 40 years ago when his team gave birth to what is now taken for granted as the internet.
"The net is penetrating every aspect of our lives," Prof Kleinrock said to a room of about 200 people and an equal number watching online.
"As a teenager the internet is behaving badly, the dark side has emerged. The question is when it grows into a young adult will it get over this period of misbehaving?"
Prof Kleinrock referred to spam emails, online scams and malicious software spread by crooks as an unexpected dark side of the internet.
On October 29, 1969, Prof Kleinrock led a team that got a computer at UCLA to "talk" to one at a research institute.
Prof Kleinrock was driven by a certainty that computers were destined to speak to each other and that the resulting network should be as simple to use as telephones.
US telecom colossus AT&T ran lines connecting the computers for ARPANET, a project backed with money from a research arm of the US military.
A key to getting computers to exchange data was breaking digitised information into packets fired between on-demand with no wasting of time, according to Prof Kleinrock.
Engineers began typing "LOG" to log into the distant computer, which crashed after getting the "O."
"So, the first message was 'Lo' as in 'Lo and behold'," Prof Kleinrock recounted. "We couldn't have a better, more succinct first message."
Prof Kleinrock's team logged in on the second try, sending digital data packets between computers on the ARPANET. Computers at two other US universities were added to the network by the end of that year.
Funding came from the US Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) established in 1958 in response to the launch of a Sputnik space flight by what was then the Soviet Union. US leaders were in a technology race with Cold War rival Russia.
The National Science Foundation added a series of super computers to the network in the late 1980s, opening the online community to more scientists.
The internet caught the public's attention in the form of email systems in workplaces and ignited a "dot-com" industry boom that went bust at the turn of the century.
Prof Kleinrock, 75, sees the internet spreading into everything.
"The next step is to move it into the real world," Prof Kleinrock said.
Dear friends, let me tell you, you're simply the best ! ! !
Due to Taz, I joined your club and allready after a short while I felt quite at home or even better than that it's like being on holidays in an interesting new country with friends showing you around.
In the beginning I didn't know what to expect and to tell you the truth this is my very first online community that I've ever joined. I enjoy being with you and I am happy to celebrate my birthday with you.
Sorry for my late reaction but as my birthday is one day before orthodox X-mas I was quite busy with the preparations. In fact, my sister catched a flue and couldn't do all her shopping. So I decided to help her out. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your birthday whishes and the creative birthday cards and presents ! I'm still at my parents place and and will get back home for the weekend. Then I will have time to watch all the awsome vids and things and thank you personally.
lol... I didn't want to sound insincere because I haven't gotten to know Matt very much. All I've ever done is picked on him a couple times and apologized for it later on so if I'd come in with an image of a cake or colourful letters then it might have looked phoney to him. I usually only ever go into Happy Birthday threads on forums to wish whoever it happened to be that day and then explain that I very, very rarely click into these threads at all because once you do, if you fail to one day then you can leave someone feeling bad.
I did, by the way, put a lot of consideration into my two words and almost expanded on them by saying along the lines, from the Princess Bride "And dream of naked women" in the part where the guy defeats the giant and apologizes for the headache he'll have when he wakes up and says at the end "and dream of tall women." I then thought, though, "I don't know Matt"... wait actually I was going to say "Tall women" and then I remembered Dara saying he was short when I said she should hook up with him, which is a lame reason to state as a deal breaker like she did and I don't think Dara is shallow enough to let her tallness be a barrier, which led me to beleive that she secretly digs him and just didn't know what to say.. so I was going to say "short women", but then I thought, "I wonder how short he actually is and if he's self conscious about it." I finally got to "Naked women" and then I thought "I don't even know Matt and what if he'd rather dream of guys?"
So... I did sit there for a minute or so after running out of ideas as well and nothing struck me but I didn't want to neglect him. When I write in people's birthday cards I always put something stupid and my wife hates it and we even got in an argument once after she gave someone a housewarming gift and a card that I wasn't allowed to write in but that she splattered girly love all over because I felt like "Why can't I write my stupidity then?" Anyway, usually I'll just write "Happy Birthday, this is the card that we got to say that with" or something like that. Cheesy right? Except usually if its a card I want to write in then there's something specific like I refer to my wife's mum as Senorita Bonita and her brother and brothers sister its "From your favourite inlaw"... the really lame touches that just tie it all together. But what would I really say to Matt? "From the guy who's accused you of being a jerk a couple times in the past, which may or may not have screwed up a relationship that both of us may or may not even be bothered having if we were to be closer in some form on the net."
Wait... I don't remember the last time I called him a hottie.
Haha actually blame my parents Thanks MD, really didn't mind it was only two words least it isn't what I try and do and basically say the same thing but change the wording slightly to make the corny saying even cornier lol.
Thanks ya'll. It makes me feel further nostalgic to know the place will close soon Not sure nostalgic was the right word for that. It looks okay but depending upon which dictionary I use though... curse my American education!
Thanks CS. I got a toaster oven. That probably sounds lame to a lot of people but its awesome for me. I also got some yummy goodies like um.. sort of expensive olives but I haven't opened them yet so I don't know if they're really good or just sort of okay, and also a mixed nut thing of... it sounds stupid but I like this thing, it has like cashews, corn nuts... other nuts, that sort of stuff. I got $30 in iTunes gift cards and apparently there's some stuff being shipped from England that hasn't gotten here yet. I got 2 shirts and some underware. I mentioned a while back that after close to a decade I was disenchanted with boxers (I'll post pics soon) and was switching to those boxer/brief things that I don't know the name of because my wife buys them. I got boxers in the mail, so I won't be using them, but its the thought that counts right?...
I didn't have a party or a get together, Candy. I just went to dinner and a movie with my wife. The food was really good. The movie was The Other Guys which was decent and among the better of Will Ferrel movies. There were a lot of jokes and some failed but a few really nailed it.
The day itself was unusual. I'd gotten into an ungodly argument with my wife the night prior, and I mean one that felt really crappy, so it was really awkward getting her presents in the morning. Soon enough though, we both had to admit that we didn't even remember what the hell the fight was about. I still can't remember. Right after that she got a message from the brother that lives in Australia asking if she'd heard from her sister in Ecuador because he couldn't get through. She'd wished me a happy birthday an hour prior on my Facebook so the answer was "yes," but the reason for asking was that the Quito police had kidnapped the countries President and police in various places had gone on strike. Her sister wasn't even in Quito but in another city like an hour away by plane and there was looting and a bit of rioting so she had spent the night locked in the office building she was at. She'd made it back to her hotel and we talked to her. I put a live feed of the local news from Ecuador on the TV, couldn't understand a word, and the military inevitably came in and restored the president to power. It took an unusually long period for the military to pick a side and the current President there is pretty controversial for both voters and for neighboring countries. It was all sorted out by noon-ish, but there is still long term uncertainty given the instability of government there and she has a large amount of family living there.
It was odd because we were watching the military role into where things were happening in Quito while on Skype with my wife's sister. A couple people got shot but the media wasn't close enough to see that. Ecuador recently had a world record for the most Governments overthrown in a 10 year period or something. First it was rioting in Guayaquil and then it was shoot outs in Quito and then it was all fine and well. El Presidente in Ecuador at the current time is two peas in a pod with Hugo Chavez.. bold revolutionary types. Its sort of concerning. I initially liked both of them for their defiance of some thing I wished Australia had refused to go along with, but it's a different story some years on as they've gone more radical.
Right, so my brother in law and his wife babysat. He's really alright but he's a self-righteous judgemental ... donkey, at times and after he did us a favour last night and gave me gifts I woke up to criticism from him because ... its like he just rolled into town less than a year ago and has ideals for how everyone should be living their life so we've argued before and his ability to admit wrongdoing is zero. It would be okay if he had the ability to just back off for a moment and say "okay I was wrong" but he can't. Its a rare but ongoing conflict that me and him have. Today I woke up, after he did nice stuff for me last night and got me a gift too, and had to reply to a Facebook message that was sort of diplomatically telling him to mind his own business or alternatively block me from his news feed to solve his problem. I called his Aunt my second favourite MILF next to my wife, out of jest, on her wall and he got all pissy and up on a high horse about it (saying "my auntie" when he never says "auntie" but aunt, plus he verbally bags her sometimes in his black and white view of her and is "aunt" and "auntie" supposed to be capitalized?) without knowing anything about the relationship I have with that part of his family. He's only been living here for less than a year. Oh well...
Edit: And I got some American deoderant that you don't get here. I'm sure some people will find this funny, but ever since I ran out once when I was in my early 20s and was visiting my parents, and borrowed one of my moms, I always bought that brand which is a woman's deoderant and their whole marketing campaign is geared toward women. Its called "Secret" so the slogan is "Secret: Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman" like "Good enough to let us women feel equal and liberated amoung men, but made girly and flowery for us all the same." They also go into claims about how its chemically formulated for a woman's sweat. Even in Australia I buy Lady's Speed Stick now.