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We had a pretty great and in some ways surreal day yesterday.

First up, we overcame the residual effects of a viruss we’d both been suffering from during the week to make it to a photoshoot with a bunch of other people from the Canberra Photographers group on Flickr. That in itself sounds fairly normal, but our subject matter was a local burlesque troop that one of the Flickr group members is also part of. This was fantastically fun and interesting – playing with studdio lighting and having as subject matter a bunch of people who are performers already and therefore were quite good at posing. Tegan shot a couple of hundred shots with the digital camera and I shot several rolls fo B&W film. Tegan got a few quite good shots and I can hardly wait to develop my film and see the results.

After the shoot, a few of the Flickr group members came back to our place for coffee and to review our results on the computer. This was also fun.

More surreal, a stranger came to to the door. The stranger was the woman who had designed our house. She was in town, down from Brisbane, and asked to have a look around as she had never seen it before. She also told us the story behind it: she and her fiance had designed the house and they were going to live in it with her father, who was quite elderly. However, her father passsed away and she and her fiance split up, which is why it was available for us to buy it. This explained some of the design elements of the house e.g. why there are two master bedrooms. She also explained that the octagonal windows in the stairwell were designed that way because her engagement ring was octagonal.

Later in the day we had a wonderful afternoon tea, catching up with friends we don’t see very often. And then we got to have a nice relaxing evening and watch Australia thump Wales in the rugby. Excellent.

All in all, a fairly relaxing day, which was exactly what we needed.

Canberra – it’s better than you think

Article in The Heckler in the SMH on Friday:

And it’s absolutely true.

Two signs that the drought is really hitting here

  1. The playing fields across the road from our house appear to contain no green whatsoever – it is all brown.
  2. There are kangaroo droppings on our front lawn, meaning that there is obviously not enough grass for the kangaroos to eat elsewhere in the area. While we’ve seen them in the area before, we’ve never before seen roos on our lawn. Note: our lawn hasn’t been watered for two months.

We were right

Guitar Hero
As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we bought the Guitar Hero game partly in the expectation that it would become a big hit in social situations.

We were right.

It has become a big hit with everyone who has been around and played it. It’s even fun watching others play it.


Stikfas with Moo MiniCards

Originally uploaded by Mister Tim.

The last few weeks (basically since arriving back at work after our WA holiday) has been the most stressful time at work I’ve ever experienced. Fortunately, now that the Fair Pay Comission has made its first decision, things are a bit quieter and my project is (finally) finishing up on Friday week. While it’s been a great job I’ve had over the last year, I’m now ready for a change and something a bit less stressful.

One bright point this week is that Tegan and I each received a box of Moo MiniCards. This is a cool little company that we discovered via flickr. Basically, they’re trying to reinvent the calling card concept, but make it fun and personal – not like a business card. We ordered our boxes a week or so back when they were offering free international shipping as an introductory offer (and the shipping was really fast, considering they came from London).

These cards are drawn from our Flickr accounts – and they look so cool! The ones in this photo are all mine, but Tegan got some nice ones as well. My cards turned out a bit better than Tegan’s – several of hers were a bit dark and we can’t quite tell iff it was specific to the print run for each of them, or just because I chose photos that were brighter or had more contrast. Regardless, we both think they’re cool and so do the people we’ve given them to!

So, please ask if you want us to give you one/some, or you might just find that we hand them out for various reasons at points in time. And we’re both already thinking about how we can improve on the ones we’ve got when we order the next batch…