Monthly Archives: June 2008

Bloody stupid Channel 7!!!

What kind of IDIOT broadcaster airs a bloody stupid AFL game that was played MUCH earlier in the day instead of the same lineup as the rest of the country?!!!

Everywhere else gets Gladiators (which my 5 year old loves) and Battle of the Choirs (which I’m quite enjoying thank you very much) and WE get a frigging losing Dockers game. Who f*cking CARES?! 


Battle is on Tuesday at 8.30 instead, and Gladiators on Thursday. At 7.30 instead of 7, so 5-year old will not be allowed to watch it.  Stupid broadcaster.


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For my many geek friends

There are so many reasons to love you 🙂

Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It…

Date: 2005-04-03, 9:30PM PDT

In the wide world of dating, there are many options. Do you go for the flashy guy with the smooth smile, or the dude in the corner typing away on his laptop? The following are reasons why I think my fellow females should pay more attention to the quiet geeks and nerds, and less attention to the flashy boys.

1.) While geeks and nerds may be awkward, they’re well-meaning 9 out of 10 times. That smooth dude with the sly grin and the spider hands? Wonder what HIS intentions are… plus, I’ve never had a geek guy not call me when he said he would. Score major points THERE.

2.) They’re useful. In this tech-savvy world, it’s great to have a b/f who can make your laptop, desktop, and just about anything else that plugs into a wall behave itself.

3.) They’re more romantic than they’re given credit for. Ok true, their idea of romance might be to make up a spiffy web-page with all the reasons why they love you, with links to pics of you and sonnets and such… but hey. It lasts longer than flowers, plus you can show your friends.

4.) Due to their neglected status, there are plenty to choose from. You like ‘em tall and slender? There are plenty of geeks/nerds who are. You like ‘em smaller with more meat on their bones? Got that too.

5.) They’ve got brains. Come on now, how can intelligence be a bad thing?

6.) Most are quite good at remembering dates. Like birthdates and such, especially if they know it’ll make you happy. Due again to their neglected status, they’re more attentive than guys who “have more options”. Plus, with all that down time without a steady girlfriend, they’ll likely have mental lists of all the things they’d love to do once they GOT a girlfriend.

7.) Sex. Yep. Sex. I’m not really familiar with this myself, but I’ve friends who’ve been intimate with geek guys and it’s raves all around. They say a virgin wrote the Kama Sutra… all that time thinking about sex, imagining sex, dreaming about sex, (they are male after all) coupled with a desire to make you happy? Use your imagination.

8.) They’re relatively low-maintenance. Most can be fueled on pizza, Twinkies and Mt Dew. No complicated dinners needed here, so if you’re not the best cook, eh. Can you order a pizza?

9.) Most frequent bars as often as slugs frequent salt mines. You won’t have to worry much about your geek guy getting his “groove” on with club hotties because, frankly, he’ll be too busy rooting around under his computer wondering where that spare cable went. You won’t have to worry about him flirting with other women because, 9 out of 10 times, he’ll zip right by them in a perfect b-line towards the nearest electronics store. I’ve seen this happen.
Me: “Eww. Victoria Secret’s Models… They’re so skinny. How is that feminine? You can see her ribs!”
Geek Guy: “ooooooo…”
Me: “Hey!” *notices he is staring lustfully towards the computer store*
Geek Guy: “What?”
Me: “Never mind…”

10.) Although he may not want to go to every outing with you, you can arrange swaps, as in, you’ll go to his Gamer Con dressed as an elf princess if he’ll take you to the ballet. Plus, if he doesn’t want to go someplace with you, you won’t have to worry much about what he’s up to. You’ll probably come home to find him asleep on his keyboard in a sea of Mt. Dew cans with code blinking from the screen. It’s ok. He’s used to this. Just toss a blanket over him and turn out the light.

11.) His friends aren’t jerks. I can’t stress this enough. You’ll more likely get “Omg! A GIRL!! Can I see?!” than “Hey hot stuff back that ass up here and let me get some grub on…” They’re awkward geeks too and will, 9 times out of 10, treat you with the utmost respect and, more than likely, a note of awe. A cute girl picked one of their clan to date? It could happen to them! Hope! Drag some of your single girlfriends over, open up a pack of Mt. Dew, crack open the DnD set and get working. Nothing impresses geek guys more than a girl who can hack-n-slash (well ok maybe if she can code… a geek can dream).

12.) They’re rarely if ever possessive. They trust you, so you can be yourself around them. You like to walk around the house in a ratty t-shirt for comfort? He won’t care. He does too! They won’t get pissy if you don’t wear make-up or don’t want to bother primping your hair. If you gain a few pounds, they won’t try their best to make you feel like crap.

13.) They’re usually very well educated. Physics majors and the like. See #5. You won’t have to listen to him blathering on about his car (ok maybe a little), he’ll have loads of other interesting things to talk about. Politics, world events, how much the chicken burgers down at the local place rock, so long as you douse them in hot sauce…

14.) You’ll almost never have to hear, “Yaw dawg whazzap!!” plop out of their mouths. Unless it’s in jest. They spell properly, use correct punctuation, and are able to tell the difference between the toilet and the floor. They almost never get “wasted”, so you won’t have to worry about coming home to find him and his friends passed out on the floor amidst a pile of beer bottles. Mt. Dew cans, perhaps…

15.) And the final reason why geeks and nerds make great boyfriends: They actually give a damn about you. Not how you look (though that’s a plus), not how skinny you are, not how much make-up you primp yourself up with, but they like you for you. That kind of thing lasts longer than “DaMN baby you got a fine ass!!!” Believe me.


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Too much caffeine means a late night posting…

So I overdosed on late afternoon diet coke and tea. Now, despite the fact I haven’t had more than 5 hours sleep a night for more than a week (and slept for two hours mid-morning today because I was buggered), and I was curled up in bed at 9pm, I’m still wide awake. I’ve finished my Mercy Thompson (by the very cool Patricia Briggs) novel, read a New X-Men compilations (for

, it was parts 1-6 of Choosing Sides – I think) and Serenity: those who are left behind. Still not sleepy. I have some more Amazon-y goodness – heh, in more ways than one! – in a couple of anthologies that came on Thursday – one with Patricia Briggs and one of Robin McKinley’s (the other Amazon-y thing is Wonder Woman: Amazonia – snicked from the public library today, along with the other comicy stuff). My Fables fixes have not yet arrived unfortunately 😦

I will probably end up doing my final edit for ASIM 36. 

 doesn’t know he’s waiting for it… I’ve also got some layout to do I guess, now my proofers have done their usual spectacularness. Just waiting on the lovely artists to pull this thing together. Then I MUST focus on New Ceres and Shiny. And start thinking ahead to ASIM 38, which is really not all that far away! Oh, and mark those 180 or so year 9 book reviews. Amazingly, there are a couple that are quite good. A couple *sigh*

I don’t think I’ve been very update-y lately. It’s nearly holidays again and that means I get to spend even more time in front of the computer beast, so I’ll be more talkative. I guess in reality, nothing much new has been happening. I’m busy, but that’s normal. We’re all well and healthy and happy. Ooh, I went on a date with my husband last weekend – dinner and a movie, first time in goodness knows how long we’ve been out together on our own! Was most pleasant. 

Work is going great. I dropped to 0.8FTE (four days a week) a couple of weeks ago and am enjoying the extra time with kids/hubby (when he’s home). The week seems to fly at work too, I love my job. It was hard to drop that day, but it’s working well so far. Might be  different story in Term 4 though, as we’re pretty busy then. Might try for 9 days a fortnight instead, if hubby is able to do kid duty.

Am going to miss Supanova this weekend, buggerit. I really didn’t want to go without others – too hard and too much effort with the kids. Tried to coerce some of my school colleague geeks, but they weren’t up for it. Heard of a bunch of students who were going tho’! Guess I’ll just have to hear about it vicariously. I’m sure 

 will post about it! She’d better!

Hmmm. The year is flying by. Hard to believe we’ve been here eight months already! I’ve booked our tickets to QLD for Chrissy, AND I’m going to sneak the Aurealis Awards on the end of the holiday! Yay! I’m sure that will come around a darn sight quicker than I expect it to. These holidays have certainly snuck up on me. One more week – my goodness. Fingers crossed I get to actually SEE some people this time.






, you’re all on my hit list! 

Well, I’ve killed a bit more time better spent sleeping. Bugger the work, I’ve got a couple of games of Scramble and Pathwords or Wordtwist going on Facebook. Best go bother them for a bit.

Oh, and a pic of my boy for Crazy Hair Day (raising money for SIDS) today! Cute, no? 🙂



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Artist call…

This is a shout out to artists – so often there’s a submissions call for an anthology or a magazine, but we rarely see them for the artists! New Ceres: The Anthology, the new collection underway from Twelfth Planet Press, is seeking cover artwork and possible internal artwork. Pay rates have yet to be determined but will be respectable.

Originally conceived as a shared world webzine, editors Alisa Krasnostein and Tehani Wessely are taking New Ceres to new places with the print anthology. We anticipate artwork that is innovative and gorgeous to behold, and welcome enquiries and submissions from established and new artists from across the globe.

Meet the world of New Ceres, an exciting and dangerous place. Its water is green and its inhabitants are sophisticates.


New Ceres is precarious: its New Enlightenment constrains society as well as liberating old thoughts and literature and drinking customs. The planet plays interstellar politics to defend its independence and it recruits refugees from Old Earth and the conquered New Alliance planets to maintain some dangerous habits


On New Ceres you will find coffee houses and highwaymen, drinks, gambling and illegal hi-technology.

For more information about New Ceres, and to download a free PDF of the original webzine to have a prowl in the world, please visit

Submissions and enquiries to ceressubs at gmail dot com 

Please feel free to pass on to other forums or artist friends!

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Questionable Content makes a good point about reviews

Questionable Content, my latest reading obession (thanks SOOOO much

!) makes a good point about writing reviews. This is way back in the early days of the webstrip, and while it’s discussing music reviews, it’s relevant to book reviewing too. As many of my flist are reviewers of some form or another, I thought I’d share. I KNOW I’m going to share it with my class the next time I get them to write reviews!

See the big picture HERE.

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