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Category: News

Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yeah’, and your ‘No’ be ‘Nah’

Greetings fellow Earthlings! I come to you, after many eons since my last visit, to bring you news of mediocre significance — the story of my life.

Phewwwww, what a lame intro, Danica. Only aliens talk like that, and it hasn’t been that long since your last visit, since you posted last week. Duh.

Anyway, I’ve been up to the usual, ordinary, day-to-day stuff. Bein’ a couch potato and the like. Sleeping in, stayin’ up late. You know the drill. Here are some stories;

You may have read my previous post about my churro-making fail where I blabbed about how I made churros with an icing pump which resulted in my churros looking like French fries. If not, then go read that first because it’s sort of an intro to the story I’m going to share now.

Tonight, I decided to make churros with my brand new piping bag. And with cimmanin (I didn’t have any cinnamon when I made my French churros)! Of course, I used the same recipe as before. I didn’t wanna risk ending up with too many leftovers, so this time, I only doubled the recipe for my family.

It was a million times easier to push the dough out of the piping bag rather than the icing pump. I guess it was because the piping bag was made of a much more flexible material than that of the pump. I got a little too excited squeezing out the first five or so churros that they ended up being quite long. And there were some that I burnt on one side because I had forgotten that they had been frying in the pan for a while already. No matter. I’m happy with the result and they were pretty darn delicious.
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More than empty conversations filled with empty words

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t blogged here in a long while. No? Oh. Well… that explains why I only get spam comments.

I don’t really have any sort of reason as to why I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to. I’m actually trying to think of a really eloquent way to excuse myself from this inexcusable behaviour of posting irregularly, but I just don’t have it in me right now. I could go on about how I “did this” and “learnt that” and “read something” and “there’s too many things to share that I need time to just compile my thoughts”. But I used that excuse before and I ended up starting several drafts and then just saving them to my hard drive. I could make an empty promise to post every so often even if I don’t feel like there’s anything to say, but we all know where that’ll take us.

Anyway, enough with the blabbing. I have a few things of maybe somewhat mediocre importance that I want to share right now.

1. Fully Sick Rapper

 
If you haven’t heard of this guy yet, then you are seriously living under some sort of gigantor boulder because as far as I know, he’s been all over the media recently.

Christiaan Van Vuuren has TB (tuberculosis) which is basically a lung infection caused by some nasty bacteria (well, as far as I know, that’s the case with Christiaan). He was sent to hospital after coughing up blood, and when he was diagnosed with TB, he was kept in quarantine until he recovered. When he was let out of hospital, they found that he had a more serious case of TB and was sent back into quarantine.

As a way to pass the time while in hospital, Christiaan created rap videos. I assume this video was what made him famous in the States:
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Project 365

A new post already? But you just posted yesterday!

Yes, yes, I know. Is it too soon for another post? Meh, who cares!

So, what is Project 365? The first time I heard of it was in Nikki‘s post about her undertaking of the Project, and the concept intrigued me.

The idea of Project 365, according to Nikki, is to take a photo that encapsulates your day. But the idea of using an image to describe my day to you is a task that I find difficult. I may not be a words person, and pictures may be worth a thousand words, but I like to describe things with words.

I thought I’d Google “project 365” and I found some interesting blogs that people posted about their decisions to take part in the Project. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find an article on it in Wikipedia, so I’ll have to settle for an article from Photojojo‘s site about the What’s, the Why’s and the How’s of Project 365:

Project 365: How to Take a Photo a Day and See Your Life in a Whole New Way

The idea of being able to look back on photos taken each day throughout the last 12 months of my life is what excites me about Project 365. The purpose of Project 365 is to also improve your photographing skills. I’m not a photographer, but I guess it’s worth a try. I don’t even have a camera, but the 2-megapixel camera on my new phone will be good enough.

I won’t be posting my Project 365 pics here on WordPress — instead, I’ll be posting them to my Posterous blog. What is Posterous? A more convenient way to blog. But I still love WordPress, no doubt about that. It’s just that when I post a photo to Posterous, it automatically gets posted to my brand-spankin’ new Flickr account.

I don’t know what my first photo will be. Like I said before, it’ll be difficult for me to capture a day’s worth of events, emotions, jokes or lessons in just one photo. I say, bring on the challenge!

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Nokia E63

Today, my mum:
 

  • let me move to 3 from the crappy, wastes-my-money Optus
  • get the Nokia E63, which got put back on the $19 cap after not having been on it for a month or 2
  • and

  • go on the $29 cap because the sales girl explained that, money-wise, being on the $29 cap provided better value than the $19 cap, even though I had explained to her already that on Optus prepaid I would spend $40 a month anyway, so letting me go on the $29 cap with 3 suited me more.

Fotograf:

Oh yeah. Thank you, mother.

– “Keep moving forward.” – Walt Disney

 

‘Dad dies just hours before son’s birth’

On Facebook and on Twitter, I’ve posted links to some pretty gruesome news articles. Always of different things – people getting slaughtered, animals getting slaughtered, etc., but I would have to say that when I came across this article, it exceeded all levels of grisliness for me.

A British man hours away from becoming a new father dropped dead in the maternity ward as his fiancée went into labour.

Dave Robertson, 21, was said to be “immensely excited” about the impending arrival when he collapsed suddenly at the hospital in Swindon, west England, on August 7.

Doctors were unable to resuscitate Mr Robertson and he died a short time later.

A post-mortem failed to determine the cause of death.

Mr Robertson’s fiancée Sharon Phillips gave birth to a healthy boy, Sam, just 10 hours after the call centre worker was pronounced dead.

The man’s grief-stricken father Ken Robertson said his son had taken joy in picking out toys and clothes for the baby before the birth.

“He was a big lad known as ‘Big Dave’ and had no health problems … he was very much a gentle giant,” Ken Robertson told the Swindon Advertiser.

“He was immensely excited about becoming a new dad.”

Friends have paid tribute to popular call centre worker in a Facebook group titled “RIP Dave Robertson”.

Ms Phillips was among those who posted messages on the site.

“I miss you so much, can’t believe how much Sam looks like you, I love you so much,” she wrote.

“Let’s hope our boy touches as many lives as you have, it’s not fair, God only takes the best.”

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