Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2006



Miscellaneous 30 Sep 2006 10:10 am

SCG Membership – a dilemma

In about 1984 I put myself on the waiting list to become a Member of the Sydney Cricket Ground. For the cricket, you understand, not the footy.

Ten years or so later, I finally became a member. Since then, I’ve attended as many international matches as possible at the SCG. I’ve always paid extra to receive a guest ticket, and I have enjoyed taking my friends and familiy with me for a relaxing day watching the flannelled fools.
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Formula 1 30 Sep 2006 09:25 am

Channel 10 does the dirty – again (Chinese GP delayed telecast)

This weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix takes place at 4.00pm Sydney time. Channel 10, in their infinite wisdom, is showing the event at 11.40pm on Sunday night. I guess I’ll watch it on Monday morning! Don’t forget to set those Toppies and VCRs, boys and girls.

We’re heading into one of the closest end-of-season periods for years. Will Schumi claim his eighth world championship? Will Fernando take two on the trot? Will Williams finally come good and put Mark Webber on the podium? (Alex Wurz took his Williams round the track fastest in both of the Friday sessions…)

Computing - general &Flying Nerd recommends 18 Sep 2006 06:39 pm

Possibly the most useful tool for your PC

Yes, it’s a big call.

But those who have installed some form of ‘desktop search’ application will usually swear by them.

For a couple of years now, I’ve been using Yahoo Desktop Search – a free program that can be downloaded from Yahoo. YDS works in the background to index all your files and emails, and allows a near-instantaneous search when you’re looking for something. The underlying technology for YDS came from another company: X1. It’s my impression that Yahoo has lost interest in YDS. The updates seem to have stopped flowing, and the level of support is poor.

But the news is not all bad. In fact, it’s good! X1 has made their full X1 desktop search tool – the latest version – available for free from their website. And it’s a really tremendous tool.

I’ve installed it so that X1 has taken up residence in my Windows taskbar as a little search box:

X1 in taskbar

and as a toolbar in Outlook:

X1 in Outlook toolbar

Highly recommended.

Miscellaneous 12 Sep 2006 12:41 pm

Ruminations on tumult

In the movie Forrest Gump, Forrest (Tom Hanks) says…

My momma always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

… which sometimes feels pretty real to me.

In the book, Forrest Gump opens with…

Let me say this: bein’ a idiot is no box of chocolates

… which is a very different perspective.

I prefer Jesus’ comments:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Jesus reminds us that amidst the uncertainties that spring from the tumult of life, we can have absolute certainty about our standing with God and our future.

Church &Family &Flying Nerd site &Flying stuff &Formula 1 &Nerd stuff 11 Sep 2006 02:12 pm

Tumult

Not much happening on flyingnerd.com lately. Sorry. Been busy. And distracted.
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