Veronica runs out

I’ve run out of Veronica Mars episodes!  I know I jumped on the band wagon a bit late and have doing the saturation viewing thing, but I hate it when you catch up and then have to wait for the new stuff to turn up.  I happened to notice that the show is being broadcast here (was an accident actually, as I’ve not been in the habit of watching any commercial TV for the last couple of years), but as expected, it’s nearly a full season behind where they’re up to in the States. TV here is up to S02 E13 “Aint No Magic Mountain High Enough” where the Winter Carnival cash box went missing, whereas the lucky US viewers are waiting on S03E10 I think….

Why on earth should we be so far behind?  If anyone with a decent broadband connect can download the latest episodes in the comfort of their own living rooms, within hours of it being broadcast in the US, why are the networks here a year behind in any show?   We get screwed around something fierce by the networks here.  Just thinking about how the Channel Nine network handled the whole West Wing thing still p!sses me off.

For anyone who never followed Channel Nine’s handling of the West Wing in Oz….  Channel Nine started showing the West Wing, at a not too inhuman, 9.30 pm time slot on a Tuesday night.  And that went a long politely enough for about the first two seasons.  Then they decided to start running it at 10pm… then 10.30pm… and by the time they were showing the Fourth season, it was on at 11.30pm and articles were appearing in the TV guides saying they felt the content was “too cerebral” for most Australian viewers.  I like that… the poor ratings weren’t because Australians aren’t overly familiar with the American political system…  No!  It was that we’re too stupid to understand it, according to Channel Nine.  So as we’re heading into the fifth season, they advertised it all summer as returning in February, and we looked forward to setting our VCRs to catch it at an increasingly unpredictable and ungodly hour.  And when it returned, they aired two episodes of season five, and then announced they were axing it.  😐  No explanation.

It was at this point, we started ferretting around amongst the FNPC (our Friendly Neighbourhood Pirating Community) to get us a West Wing fix.  And did we feel bad about accessing or encouraging illegally gained content?  No way!  And so it stayed, the only way to get hold of the remaining three seasons was from people downloading it illegally.    Channel Nine pulled a similar stunt with The Sopranos – showing it regular like and at a polite hour, but it became increasingly sporadic, and at a later and later time slot.  Then they annoyed us a couple of years ago, by advertising the new season all summer, and then dumping us with reruns when it returned!!  I think trained monkeys could do a better job of programming over there at Chanel Nine.  So more hitting the FNPC for episodes of that one too.

And lets not get onto ROME!  This I thought was a pretty damn good show, engaging characters, interesting historical context, enough action and bloodshed to keep the boys interested.  Not to mention, earthy enough that you would think twice about recommending it to your Grandma!   But it got axed after one episode.  Just one episode was aired before it got pulled.  Didn’t even give a chance for the watercooler to work to see if episode two got a better audience.  Sigh… so no surprise that more download limit got chewed up there too.

The long and short of the story is it’s been a couple of years since I’ve watched anything on commercial free to air TV. 

God bless the internet.


What is with this?  I just popped down the local convenience shop to buy some milk.  But before leaving the house, I brushed my hair, changed into a pair of jeans, and a clean t-shirt.  Now I wouldn’t say I was dressed up by any stretch of the imagination, but… presentable enough that if I ran into anyone I knew down the shop, I wouldn’t have to run and hide in the soup aisle (the soup aisle being the aisle of choice, cos NO ONE buys soup at this time of year in Bris  πŸ™‚

Anyway I digress.  This rather large lady walks in wearing thongs and dressed in a large pastel pink t-shirt that comes down to her knees…. reminiscent of those horrid oversized t-shirts they sell at K-mart under the guise of sleepwear.  Bad fashion sense I think to myself.  Then she turns around, and I am horrified to see that this woman walking towards me is jiggling about all over the place, cos SHE’S NOT WEARING A BRA!!!  OMG.  How could anyone go out dressed like that?

But it gets worse.  I am standing behind her in the queue to pay for my milk, and I realise she IS wearing one of those K-Mart t-shirt nighties (complete with teddy bear motif and sickly ‘sweet dreams’ sentiment on the front) ….. and because the silly teenage bints they’ve employed to operate the cash registers are taking so long selling the long haired miscreant at the front of his line a packet of cigarettes, I have enough time to notice that she has no VPL!  So this woman, is out in public at 5pm in the afternoon wearing her nightie, thongs and no bra or panties.

Almost makes one nostalgic for a time before ours when hats and gloves were de rigueur

BigJobs dot com

Had a job interview at a recruitment agency in the city this AM.  It’s been a long time since I went looking for work, and the last job I was interviewed for, I got over looked in favor of an 18 year old bint with no experience!  Hmmm what a monumental waste of time that was…. if they wanted to hire a junior, then they shouldn’t have bothered interviewing anyone else.

Interview went well I think.  They made me sit a typing test, which I wasn’t expecting, and even though I felt like I was flubbing it (felt like I was typing really slow on unfamiliar and not very responsive keyboard, also felt like I was making mistakes left, right and center compared to my normal typing)  turns out I did okay – 69wpm!  Not too shabby huh.. and such an auspicious number πŸ˜‰

So interview went well, and now just have to wait and see.

 Update: Got a call to offer me the job – starting Monday!  Woot that happened quick!… Might have made a bit of an error in judgment on the names I gave them for referees though… copy of email correspondence that went down today….  πŸ™‚

Hi Guys
Just letting you guys know that I had a job interview this morning for a Helpdesk job. I have given them your names as referees, so just giving you a heads up in case they call.
Wish me luck!

And here is the comment my referee of choice sent back to me!  God only knows what he told them!

They already have.
I said that you give great head.
I mean that you can make my head swim with big words.
I said you was good…. real good  πŸ˜‰
So they most likely think I was lying!

I guess I might have to rethink the whole asking TT to referee for me in future!

Stolen meme…. borrowed really…. you can have it back – honest!

Elaborate on your default icon.
It’s a self portrait that I took at Uni when I was studying Visual Arts in Photography. Yeah, it’s a bit saucy for use on the MSN when chatting with my Mum


What’s your current relationship status?

Sigh…Β  it’s complicated 😐

Ever have a near-death experience?
If you mean nearly being mashed by a moron in a panel van at 100kph on a one lane country road? Then… why yes. πŸ™‚

Name an obvious quality you have.

Hmmmm….. I’m a unique blend of articulate and bitchy!?!? :S

What’s the name of the song that’s stuck in your head right now?All week! “We Used to Be Friends” by the Dandy Warhols… curse you Veronica Mars! πŸ™‚

Name a celebrity you would marry.
Marry? that’s a big ask! How about just ‘shag’? Colin Firth but only in 19th century garb!

Who will cut and paste this meme first?
Maybe Sir-Phil ?? Maybe not

Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
Yes πŸ™ I’ve been told by half a dozen guys that I apparently I look like ‘Faith’ of In Bed With Faith fame …. that’s if mini porn stars can be called celebrities. πŸ™

Do you wear a watch? What kind?

Yes, gold steel band Citizen Ecodrive – it’s brilliant.. no battery. πŸ™‚ Feel naked without it...

Do you have anything pierced?
Yes, three piercings

Do you have any tattoos?
Yes, three tattoos Pixie on the back of my left shoulder, fleur de lys on my right shoulder and a small mushroom on my right foot.

Do you like pain?
SLAP!! Not a clever question to put to a chronic pain sufferer!!!

Do you like to shop?
Not so much. I enjoy shopping when I have an agenda, and HATE window shopping aimlessly. Gotta admit to being a mean online shopper though! πŸ˜€

What was the last thing you paid for with cash?

Parking at Post Office Square in the city

What was the last thing you paid for with your credit card?

I dont have a credit card, but last thing I put on Mr K’s credit card was flights to Canberra – really should think about paying him for those shouldn’t I? πŸ˜€ .

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

Dr Nick… he’s always great fun to chat to πŸ™‚

What is on your desktop background?

Picture I took out a bus window when driving through Paris…

What is the background on your cell phone?

Its usually the duck…


What was the last movie you watched?
The Cat’s Meow .. research for the Dirty 30s party.. slightly out of period, but still acceptable.Β  And I’ve been a big Eddie (Izzard) fan for years now.

What was the last book you read?
I have just finished reading Flashman and the Dragon.Β  MD put me onto the Flashman Series, they’re a bit of puff, but I enjoyed them so much I ended up buying the whole series.Β  Harry Flashman reminds me so much of MD!Β  πŸ™‚Β  Unconscionable cad that he is!