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Hello, friends. [17 May 2010|06:31pm]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

I decided to filter my friends list down to those who are still active.

There are 4 of you. Somehow I should have guessed it would have been you lot. Congratulations.

I'm half-tempted to relocate my blog back to here, for simplicity's sake. My website experiment is over. I miss the novelty of LJ.

I'm coming back to Australia soon. It shall be grand.

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Did you miss me? [17 Dec 2008|11:46pm]
[ mood | lonely ]

How the fuck are you?

I still write my blog but no one comments any more since it's not on LiveJournal and I was feeling lonely.

So, give me some love.

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Feed! [27 Feb 2007|10:38am]
[ mood | happy ]

Thanks to Gus for this.

Add this feed to your friends list if you want to see what crap I'm spouting on my Wordpress blog:

http://syndicated.livejournal.com/redknob_feed/

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Turdpress. [15 Feb 2007|03:06pm]
[ mood | lonely ]

Ok, so it's not that bad. Still, I'm not using Wordpress any more. I just update the blog on my homepage instead.

It may however have been a completely worthless transition as I'm quite lonely now. It seems that no one actually reads it (or at least comments). That's fair enough though since I realise it's hard to bother checking other pages when everyone else you know is on LJ in the first place.

I suppose I could just syndicate my LJ entries onto the website. Maybe I'll try that for fun.

Don't tell anyone, but I miss all of you and your pointless comments.

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Migration. [06 Sep 2006|05:05am]
[ mood | optimistic ]

Well, I'm out of here.

Yes, I've grown up. Kinda.

I'm giving WordPress a go on my site (www.redknob.net/wordpress). Maybe I'll miss all your comments enough to return. Maybe I won't! :P

It's kinda pretty though, ain't it?

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Photos! [16 Aug 2006|12:32am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I have 489 photos uploaded for you to check out here.

No, they're not all captioned.

No, I haven't updated travelpod yet, but I did plot out my route (even though the dates are incorrect).

You're welcome.

P.S. I've been staying in Lahti, Finland for the last 2 weeks. Thanks, Heli et al.

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Prague. [29 Jul 2006|01:32am]
[ mood | drunk ]

Ok, because I'm too lazy to update my travelpod at the moment, here's an email I just sent to work (yes, I'm still attached).

Hello all,

yes, it's been a while. This email will be a bit shorter as I'm on the verge of being physically ill, mainly because I'm in Prague and have been savouring the $2 pints.

I hope everyone is well. I am too (apart from my current condition) and I've been meeting people from all over the place (as one would expect, I suppose).

In the tradition of my last email, here's yet another run-down of my travels:

Dubrovnik: as I said, cool. Worth visiting. Nothing really of great notice apart from the old town which got shelled in the early 90s and rebuilt. I think I mentioned this before. I can't really remember. Anyway, definitely tick it off if you consider visiting Croatia (or Hrvatska, if you want to be down with the local language).

Kolocep: an Island near Dubrovnik (or Dubbo, as I like to call it). We visited here for a day, nothing extraordinary but it was nice. I hiked for about 3 hours and took the odd photo here and there of the views. Yeah, amazing, I know.

Mljet: Nice, foresty island. Pronounced Mil-yet. I got eaten alive by ants because I slept outdoors in a campground (too proud to rent a tent). The bites have only just disappeared (after about 3 weeks, I had scary black spots on my fingers and everything). I swam in Odysseus' cave (ask Homer) and literally nearly had a heart attack because I was terrified of the fish in the water. I then had to climb back up a cliff in wet thongs, which is impossible if anyone's ever tried it.

Split: Goran Ivanisevich (?sp) is from here. Cool town. I liked it better than Dubrovnik. We actually stayed in an apartment owned by a guy called Goran. One day he confronted me in his tight white underwear and a singlet asking for money for the other nights that we'd be staying. It was dirt cheap, though. About $15 a night. By the way, beer is disturbingly cheap in Croatian supermarkets. They even sell their own brand (Konsume is the store, K-Plus is the brand. 2 litre plastic bottle go for about $2.50 Australian). If anyone's even heard of Gregor of Nin (or his "famous" statue), I've rubbed his toe (for luck).

In Split we met a French Canadian girl (Quebec) that I've ended up travelling with. My group split (pardon the pun) from her when we returned from Hvar (another Croatian resort island, apparently popular with Paris Hilton [yawn]) and we went to Sibenik.

Sibenik: small but has the largest stone cathedral built without wooden support (or whatever else) in Europe. Sounds amazing but it's really just a small church. Still, I took photos (ask me if you really care). I also scored free Internet here because no one was around to charge me (even though I looked for someone to pay) and I walked out. Yes, I'm a rebel.

Krka national park: people swim under the waterfalls (they even made it a hydroelectric plant, thanks Mr Tesla). I didn't swim because I was too scared of the fish.

Zagreb: the capital of Croatia. No one knows that. Well, barely anyone. It's a nice place, reminds me of Melbourne but about 4 times bigger and with 1/4 of the people. The nightlife was pretty lame (ie, Sydney's sad, lonely clubs are basically more popular on bad nights compared to a busy night in Zagreb) but I didn't care that much as I can't dance and don't really like much beyond cheap beer and good company (hi, Andrew).

Ok, this is getting a bit long. If you've made it this far I thank you for persisting with my writings. If you're still interested I pity you, but for the sake of sympathy I'll continue with my journey.

Budapest: Massive, masive city (two cities in fact, which I found strange and didn't learn until about 2 days before I arrived). Monuments are spaced out everywhere and I bought an AWESOME Spider-Man t-shirt in a supermarket there, then started wearing it as I sat around the Danube. Apparently the night-life is really fun there but my trio failed to discover it. We still amused ourselves and I met some other Aussies, which is always nice. Most are from Melbourne though, which is always a little depressing. ;)

Krakow: Nice, nice city. I had two nights here in a really good hostel, unfortunately there were a big group of Americans staying so I didn't bother socialising (I had early mornings anyway). I went to Auschwitz, which I thought was very... interesting. It's very touristy now, unfortunately, so it lost (at least, I felt) a lot of impact. Still, I'm glad I went there.

Olomouc: Billed as "Prague without the tourists", this place is about 5 hours west of Krakow by train, in the Czech Republic. I loved it here even though I only had 1 night to explore it. An Australian couple ran the hostel I stayed in and although they were somewhat inexplicably timid they still gave us some good advice, so I ticked off basically everything in town within 6 hours. One day I'd definitely like to return, though.

Prague: This is were I am now. I'm staying in an Anglo-friendly hostel called the "Clown and Bard". Mainly it's Canadians and Americans but it's not so bad. ;) The Quebec girl I've been travelling with is leaving for Berlin tomorrow so I'm going to have a few nights alone (ahh!). It's a nice enough city, I guess. I've heard so many stories about it but I certainly think there are better ones out there. I'm probably going to end up knowing it better than Paris, as I have to stay here until Wednesday as I've booked a flight to Helsinki that evening (for only 120 Euros!). Hopefully I don't get quite as frequently inebriated as I have tonight.

Well, that's about it so far. Thanks for reading. I'm sure you haven't. If you have, you'll probably have been given a warning for not doing enough work (I've heard the rule have gotten a bit strict lately, you poor folk).

As always, I'm delighted to hear from anyone that can be bothered emailing me (but no, this isn't a desperate plea for attention, even though it may look like it). Don't be shy! :)

Bah, I'm still dizzy from all my cheap beer. I haven't used the spell checker on this email so if I've made mistakes forgive me. If I haven't made mistakes it's simply testament to my meticulous spelling and typing ability. Hurrah for me.

Ok, I'll stop now, this is getting ridiculous.

All the best!
Ollie. :)
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Krakow. [24 Jul 2006|12:04am]
Yeah, yeah. I'm a lazy bastard. Whatever.

Actually, no, I'm not lazy. The reason I've been so slack is that I've been busy and I've also been spending time running around with people, so it's hard to get enough time to update anything properly.

If anyone's really keen, I've put a gallery up on my site (although not all the photos are uploaded yet [it takes a lot of fucking work, you bastards]) at www.redknob.net/gallery. Ignore Kat's, she's not me and I was being nice.

So, who's missing me? Come on, I know you love it.
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Hi! [29 Jun 2006|04:08am]
[ mood | optimistic ]

The good news is that I'm alive.

The potentially bad news is that I'm trying to update my travelpod again and it's going to be a lot of reading (and writing).

These whacky Italian net cafes don't ever seem to want to let me copy my photos off my camera, so they'll be coming later.

The end.

P.S. I love you all.

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Moar! [12 Jun 2006|04:09pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Another update. With photos!

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Paris. [10 Jun 2006|12:02pm]
[ mood | sore ]

I made it.

Read about it here.

P.S. I'm lonely.

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Korea. [08 Jun 2006|11:30am]
[ mood | hungry ]

I'm in Incheon, bitches. Incheon International Airport to be precise.

$8 for a coffee. Rock on.

I'll update my Travelpod when I get to France. Hopefully I'll find a cheap net cafe to spend some time in and inform people.

My mobile hasn't got any reception here, thanks m8 roaming. If it doesn't pick up anything in France I'll get another SIM or something.

Anyway, I'm alive so far.

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Near. [05 Jun 2006|03:20pm]
[ mood | reflective ]

Less than two days to go. I got my visa on the Thursday night but I wasn't home, so technically I could have left on the Friday like I'd originally planned. It worked out better that I'm leaving on the 7th instead, though. I've had a bit more time to spend money on coffee and run around doing stuff and seeing people.

The fact that I'm going to be leaving almost everything I know behind for a while is gradually sinking in. I'm not so much scared or worried but I guess just a little upset that this phase of my life (I guess you'd call it) is rolling to a close. I'm going to miss plenty of stuff: the blandness of having nothing to do at times but still feeling at home; Newtown; seeing my parents and putting up with their nagging; seeing Salesi; my mumcar; work; pissing off palmy; spending time with Em; idling on IRC; having Internet access 24/7; pirating shit off the web because I'm bored; procrastinating by flipping through everyone's journals. Everything.

Yeah, I know... I'll be having an amazing time overseas and all that. That hasn't hit me yet because I'm not there doing it. Things will be different by the end of the week but for now, well, I'm just reflecting.

Aww.

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Driving. [30 May 2006|02:51pm]
[ mood | tired ]

I just went to Canberra and back (4:30am to 2:30pm) to submit my working holiday visa application. It went through alright but I won't get my passport back until either Friday or Monday. Too bad my flight is booked for Friday. The nice man from STA travel said he can get me a flight next Wednesday on Korean Air instead for only a few hundred bucks more (Tahiti Air is all booked out now). I'll do that when I visit him in a minute and make it a return ticket. Then I'll have the pleasure of trying to find more accommodation for the new dates from the 8th to the 13th, probably. It may even work out cheaper in the long run, I'll see.

There was a strange burnt smell in the car on the way back. I hope my little red mumcar™ isn't going to die on me...

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Tick. [29 May 2006|12:05pm]
[ mood | anxious ]

It's almost time.

Almost.

Fucking Visas. Fucking UK faggot fucks. Bah.

I have a strong coffee here. Mmm.

I finished working at SDS! How dramatic. On my Wednesday night shift we had some cake and I got a card along with a Lonely Planet city guide to London and a travel journal about some guy's journey from Bombay to Beijing by bicycle. An odd choice considering my destination but an interesting read nonetheless, I'm sure.

On the Friday I got another little card from the people that I didn't see on Wednesday and a packet of Big Red chewing gum. I've got a hankering for some right now, in fact.

Em and I went to see X-Men 3 last Thursday. The critic's consensus on Rotten Tomatoes is 53%. That's probably a little lower than I'd give it. It's certainly more shallow in regards to plot and character development than the previous two films. It seems like they've used the last film as an excuse to slap in as many characters as they can without making them interesting at all. Anyway, read the site if you give more than 3 sentences worth of a shit.

My folks had a going away party for me on the weekend, too. How nice. I ate a lot of food and enjoyed a tasty banana cake. I also took a lot of photos with my new camera.

My new phone has also arrived, I'm going to transfer the data across from the one I'm using now. They're the same model but the one palmy gave me drains the battery in under 24 hours from virtually no usage. Oh well.

I've bought an exercise book to write in while I'm away. I'll publish the good bits online along with the other crap I get up to. Whee.

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Coughing. [18 May 2006|12:10pm]
[ mood | hungover ]

TOFU GOT DRUNK LAST NIGHT.

I just had to make that official. Boy is he a cutie. The little darling just wanted to hug and squeeze us all evening. He's still curled up on the couch feeling sorry for himself. I'm playing music to be a prick.

He actually slammed through quite a lot of vodka shots. Probably 9 or 10 along with a little KB, butterscotch schnapps and goon. No vomit. Hurrah!

palmy's going to give me some videos and photos he took, so you can all spread the news over the intarweb.

I'm planning on going off to get my backpack today. Hopefully I'll be able to find the MLC centre and pick up a sexy travel adapter because I want it.

Strangely enough, I've started to use the to-do list on my mobile phone as a reminder of the other odds and ends I want to get through before I leave in ... 15 days! :O Fuck.

This phone burns through fucking batteries. I bought a new one off eBay and it still dies after about 15 hours of moderate use. What the hell's with that? Maybe I'll be able to nab another one O/S or just before I leave. Lucky I have a spare battery, but Jesus.

I found out that palmy was planning a surprise going away party for me. Unfortunately I fucked it up by accident as he didn't realise I had other plans for that day. That's the risk of surprise parties, I guess. I probably won't have a chance to see as many people now, but meh.

I have fuzzy hair growing from my head hair down the sides of my neck and it's quite long and it shits me. I need to tidy up the back of my hair a bit. Fascinating, I know.

Last night we saw an X-box with a controller in a pawn shop for $150. If I gave a shit/wasn't leaving I'd be tempted to buy it for that kind of price. Tempted.

My hair's long. I look like a wild man. Maybe it's the beard assisting. Bushy. Brr. I'm impersonating Ryan Reynolds in Blade 3 but without the vampire slaying. I still have the weapons.

I really should use a dictionary. God damn it.

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Crap. [10 May 2006|04:25pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

The hot water tap in my shower broke so that it won't turn off. I've decided that's a good enough reason to not go to work. I managed to turn off the water main which is conveniently located inside the wall beside the front door, behind a panel held on by four screws that take approximately 2 minutes each to remove. I'm not built to be a handyman.

Heli and Krista have returned to Sydney in preparation for their departure back home next week. Ross wove a web of deceit around all of us so that we all bumped into each other "accidentally" at Subway last night without telling anyone what was actually happening. I was meant to meet up with them again tonight on my break at work with palmy but I've graciously decided to let him fly this one solo so that I can stay home.

Staying home is actually going to be more work than if I really did go to work. This place is really quite a disgusting mess. It's messy enough that it's just depressing trying to comprehend cleaning the place, if you know what I mean. I suppose I'll have to make some effort very shortly if I'm to evade the painful whine of my father when he arrives.

I've been procrastinating well enough that I have a big fat list of things I'm meant to (and can completely) do tomorrow. They're all relatively boring tasks, mostly related to tying up loose ends. Things not really worth mentioning except for future reference so that when I whinge about not having done them you'll understand when I was planning to do it. I hope that made sense.

Today I went on a little splurge on eBay and ordered some accessories for my new (inherited) phone from palmy. Just a spare battery, USB charger, headset, red cover and a car charger for my iPod. AUD$25.28 + $11.90 express postage (including $2 insurance). Cheap. On Monday I bought a data cable for the phone from Hong Kong, too. Now I just have to work out an efficient way to cram it all this shit into my bag. My survival kits rock. I bought a acrylic "unbreakable" mirror that slots in beautifully. Vanity, here I come!

Speaking of bags, I believe I'll be getting one of these from somewhere. I played with one in Paddy Pallin's on Kent Street on Sunday. They're pretty hunky. Oh, the fun I'll have living out of a bag!

I still need to book accommodation in Paris. Technically that's on my list of things to do tomorrow, but I figured it's something interesting to share. I figured I'd spoil myself and avoid hostels for the first couple of nights, just to get familiar with everything and recover from the 29 hour trip. It'd also be nice to have my own room to sink into and cry inside of when I realise I'm all alone and can't speak French.

palmy's moving out soon. I don't know when. Neither does he. Probably the week I depart. I wonder how he'll cope back at home? I'm sure he'll complain about it to me. At least when he's gone I won't find tools that he hasn't put back in the toolbox lying around all over the place, or every glass in the flat left somewhere, or empty drink bottles rinsed out and dumped in the sink, or containers of Thai takeaway sitting on the kitchen counter, or breakfast bowls left on the coffee table, or boxes and his uni shit left all over the computer room floor, or other crap I haven't thought of. I feel better now. I won't when I still have to take out the garbage on my own again while he's playing Counter-Strike or World of Warcraft. Don't worry if you're reading this palmy, you know I'll be over it in no time.

Things with Emily are going well. Too well, in fact. It's really going to suck when I leave. One of her co-workers keeps hitting on her and it's pissing her off. I got to meet him the other day. He's a deadshit. I keep thinking his name is Gil. How appropriate.

While I'm on the topic of deadshits, apparently I am. It seems I made (what my hazy memory tells me) a good-natured drunken comment somewhere on the Internet that caused a lot more grief than I expected a standard passing comment to make. Oh well, shit happens.

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Blargh. [03 May 2006|05:29am]
[ mood | drunk ]

This keyboard sucks hairy, sweaty balls. Hot.

Never go wireless, kiddies.

First night out to the Townie for a long time. Just been out with palmy, enjoying getting drunk and smoking Winfields (don't tell mum). Fuck this keyboard makes me want to cry.

We got free cheese twists from the bakery tonight. palmy paid for a cheese and bacon bun/loaf thingy each, too. Somehow we managed to nab a throwaway sourdough loaf, too. Good times.

I'm drunk. Like the olden days. I really should go to bed as it's 5:20am. 5:22am to be precise. Meh.

I leave in just over 4 weeks. Anyone going to miss me? I suppose most of you won't notice, especially since I've been somewhat offline lately. Partly pussy-whipped, partly no keyboard. Whatever.

I'm going to continue updating this LJ during my travels, as I'm too lazy to set up a gay travelling blog anywhere else in the meantime. I might check out travelpod, but I'm not that keen on it. Lazy, etc. I'm sure you'll all be riveted to know what lame shit I've been up to.

In other news, my pussy whipping of spending time with Emily is fun, as most men know but hate to admit. Actually, it's only fair that I confess that I would have updated/been online more if not for my broken keyboard, but that sounds like a weak excuse. Anyway...

Palmy's addicted to World of Warcraft again. Fag.

I'm too drunk to care and he knows it.

Yay.

I've been listening to more music. Synthpop is the best. I'm very into De/Vision and Fischerspooner (just the Odyssey album, especially "Cloud" these days ;)) at the moment. Pirate them if you want a thrill.

Tally ho until the next time, lovelies.

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FINALLY. [28 Apr 2006|02:52pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Sorry I haven't updated in so long. I haven't even really been using my PC at all. My keyboard got broken a few weeks back and I'm unsure if it was my fault or someone else's. Somehow the keyboard port on the back of my PC got fucked up, too, so old school keyboards don't work in it at all. Now I'm using my dad's Logitech one which fortunately has USB, meaning I can type!

I graduated today. Huzzah. $75 for the gown and the rest only to be returned after 2 hours use. Con artists. Grr. I'm now officially a graduate! Whee!

The long weekend was good and Anzac day was quiet. I didn't get up to too much. I can't really be fucked backtracking over the last few weeks. Whatever's next.

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Easter. [14 Apr 2006|11:23am]
[ mood | cranky ]

Going to the shack for the weekend.

I have no keyboard, so I'm using the Windows on-screen one. Kill me.

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