Wednesday, October 06, 2004


OK so there is some more...

If you use an RSS reader and are syndicated to this site then please change your syndication link NOW to the new one.

If you read this site - then please change your bookmarks / and or links to the new site at

Sunday, October 03, 2004


Time for a change - new site

This is the last post for this site.
All new material for the family and personal news can be found at the all new Spy Journal Personal.
Please change your links for my Personal Spy Journal to
IF you syndicate my site then please replace your current subscription with the new xml link. This is readable in any RSS reader that can handle the ATOM format.

I will be posting a lot of information about RSS readers and syndicating sites soon on the Blog Tips blog.

The other new blogs are
Excel Tips
Linux Tips
Blog Tips
Emerging Church


Change of tack

Today I had planned to do bulk web site development of the new blogs.

Nothing I planned happened which is unusual for me.

Last nght Miranda got worse - Jude took her back to the hospital and she was diagnosed with the 'flu'. This morning she was still vomiting (after 3 days - and with nothing that she has tried to eat in that time held down.) She was complaining of sore eyes and pain behind her eyes. I deduced this was due to dehydration and resolved to get some more fluids into her. I rang our doc who suggested (and she is the most practical down to earth doctor ever!) "just get anything you can into her - lollies, coke, chips chocolate biscuits - anything. Not normal - but just a chance to get something into her. Also try to get the liquid paracetamol into her also (she had just thrown up my last attempt to do this). So I sat and encouraged another lot of medicine, some more water and some dry wafer biscuit into her - to see it go out again inside 10 minutes.
Last resort - bribery and corruption.
I then suggested that if she could keep it down I would get a Playstation 2 for her to play on. She requested Spyro. So I rang my mate who kindly brought his over and I went to the video shop and located Spyro (and also Alias for Jude and I to play) By the time I got back Miranda had held down the next lot of medicine and was starting to eat biscuits. I brought a gigantic bag of popcorn back also and the three kids settled down to play / watch Spyro. I wouldn't let Miranda play til she had some food in and the popcorn was a great hit. By lunchtime she was feeling a lot better and the other kids had also had a turn.
Then Jamie came back (he had taken his girlfriend to the beach after dropping the PS2 off) and he and I played V8 Supercars online for a while. After that I came in and kicked back with the kids til dinner which we shared with Jude's mum and sister - yummy red wine marinated roast thanks Jude. I then had a nap on the couch while the kdis watched 'Herbie Rides Again' After putting them to bed Jamie came back over and we played Alias til about 2AM! Now I finally got to do some emails and read some blogs and I am going to bed with not one skerrick of web development done all day - And I feel fine about that.
Friends and family are more important.

Saturday, October 02, 2004


Today and catchup

Today is a day for lots of things

Krystal turned 32 today - go and say happy birthday.

We won our soccer game against the team at the top of the league. We are still placed second but only just behind them. We have also scored more goals than anybody esle in the league this season. I played a second game later on and we won 6-1 - I scored two goals.

Today I went for a walk with the two middle girls and the dog. My mission was a photo titled 'speed', the Photo Friday challenge. I got one shot which I published in our photo log for the challenge. However I took a bunch of shots of the girls and the lake. Heres a taste.

I got stacks done on the new web site. We will be moving soon, get ready to change your links for me.

Thursday, September 30, 2004


Half Naked Thursday


Changes coming

Just a warning.
There will be changes coming to this site soon.
I am going to break up my blogging into several separate more closely categorised blogs.
This will remain as my family and personal blog though will shift to my domain (note there's nothing much there yet.)
I will then add a number of blogs, some of which will be collabarative affairs with other bloggers. These will focus on specific things, eg a recipes and catering one with rasita, a blogging template and tech help site, an excel and vba site etc.
Let me know if you would like any others.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004


Seeker sensitive churches

Tim Challies has written an excellent article about seeker senstive churches. Read the whole article on his website. The point is our church should be worshipping not to an audience of seekers, but to an audience of one - God alone.

Worshipping The Seeker
I believe our churches need to be seeker sensitive. There, I said it! And not just a little bit seeker sensitive either. I believe they should be wholly, entirely given over to the idea of seeker sensitivity, for this is the highest calling of a church. Hear me out. Seeker...

Monday, September 27, 2004


Cool Tech Stuff

Links to some really neat stuff I have come across recently.
Mostly for me to remember so I can go back and find them again at some point.
Feel free to check them out

Portable Firefox - can be installed on a USB drive.

RSS Calendars - a way of creating an online calendar with an RSS feed that friends and family can subscribe to.

More reading on problems with Windows XP SP2 to research - issues specifically wirh Outlook 2003.

AutoZip - automatically compresses email attachments


Test from Sauce Reader

I am just testing blogging from Sauce Reader

This is the new RSS reader I am trialling

So far tonight I have downloaded an installed 7 different ones and this is the best of the lot, though one of  the largest downloads.

However it has some real cool features, like email and webloging from a post, full HTML rendering, the ability to (manually) shift to differnet machines, full ATOM and RSS support with OPML import/export., 3 column browser (looks like outlook 2003) and many more.

Best of all its FREE for personal use!

Sunday, September 26, 2004



Philips post about doctors etc got me going.

Having had extensive personal experience with doctors, hopitals and emergency waiting rooms myself (along with the insides of several ambulances) I am now incredibly blase (where's an acute sign when you want it) about injuries. To the point now where I have to be almost dead to bother even going to a hospital. The second time I broke my collar bone I didn't even bother going for x-rays. I did go to the doctor (because I rebroke it rushing home to take my pregnant wife to the doctor) and I said to him well there's nothing they can do is there and he agreed - so I said well its obviously broken - no point in getting x-rays and he grudgingly agreed.
Unfortunately this flows over to the kids. My daughter cut her finger a while back with a knife (she shouldn't have been playing with it). It was evening in the weekend. There was a footy match coming onto tv. Jude wanted to take her to emergency. I said it will be full of football players and you will be waiing for hours. It will be healed before they even see you. There was no way I was taking her anywhere - I held a bandage onto it to stop the blood and it was fine after a couple of days.
I've waited for hours in waiting rooms to be told what I've already known - "looks like that's a nasty sprain - should really get it up and ice it" (well i could have if I hadnt been sitting in your stupid waiting room watching it swell up for the last 3 hours).
I had a nasty cut over one eye at indoor soccer earlier this year. Was tripped with my arm trapped by the other players body and managed to land square on the corner of my eyebrow. Blood everywhere! Well we have a doctor on the team, and his girfriend (also a doctor) was there as well. Once again - Friday night. I'm not going to waste hours at the emergency room waiting for a doctor to wipe it clean and stick 2 or 3 stitches in it. (It probably really needed 10-12 check the pictures) So my wife met me and we raced to a chemist shop - got to it as it closed and security guard was kind enough to let me in and as all I wanted was steri-strips and not a prescripion the chemist was kind enough to sell them to me. Went home and cleaned up and taped up and all was fine.
Healed up now so you can't even see the scar.
Rant over.

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