Back to the Books

I finished uni in 1997. Obviously I’ve done (sometimes intensive) work courses since then, but I’m back into university study again. This time, a couple of units via distance learning.

Distance learning has changed somewhat. Now there are forums and recorded lectures with slides to read. References and other resources all online. But its still online, and out of hours.

This should be somewhat easier for me as I’m home alone during the week. All that gaming and Netflix time has been absorbed, but at least I don’t have kids running about. (Though I still have long calls with family catching up and even helping with homework**) At least for the 5 nights during the week anyway.

Two long weekends has put me somewhat behind though.

So what am I studying? Well out of my comfort zone for one. Australian History starting from the first days of colonisation. Mostly new stuff to me, being an immigrant. But I also see some long standing “truths” are not, which is fascinating.

The other is also History, but starts at the Big Bang and covers, well, everything until now. At the moment its Astronomy and Astrophysics and the like. Later it will be Geology and then History and Biology and more. Interesting subject.

Certainly fills my evenings up. I hope to be a little caught up next week??

** Helping with the homework is tough at the moment, with no internet at home. Two months since we moved and probably a month more before it’s fixed. You’d think we moved to the middle of nowhere, not 75m down the street in the middle of Sydney.

Why are they all Ninjas??

Been browsing the motorcycle For Sale as I ponder a possible second bike again. I’d like to pose this question to Kawasaki.

“Why are so many of your model’s called Ninja?”

Off the top of my head we have

  • H2 / H2R
  • ZX-14R
  • ZX-12R
  • ZX-10R
  • ZX-7R
  • ZX-6R
  • ZX-2R
  • Z1000
  • Z800 / Z750
  • Ninja 300 / 250

Seriously, this a sport orientated list, but some of these are very different bikes. Let’s compare with Honda

  • Fireblade = CBR1000RR (I’ve never heard the 600RR called this?)
  • Firestorm = VTR1000R, SP-1, SP-2 (also known as Superhawk I think)
  • Interceptor = VFR800
  • Cross Tourer = VFR1200X
  • etc, etc.

With a Honda, there’s no confusion, but I asked someone which bike they rode and they said a “Ninja”, it could mean anything. Normally I would expect them to mean the ZX-10R, possibly the -6R, but it could be the supercharged H2R or the learners 300!

Now they don’t call all their bikes Ninjas, we have Vulcans and Versys and others. But their whole street/sport (not cruiser or dual sport or dirt bike range) are called Ninja.

Imagine Nissan called all their 4WDs the Patrol, not the Patrol, the Murano, the Pathfinder, the X-Trail, the Qashqui, and the Dualis! You can see how confusing that is.

Old School

Ha, there is one thing I need to post. It’s my eldest birthday soon and one of the things on her list is a Nintendo 3DS. Not too keen on that idea, She already uses the PS1, the Wii, and the PC. And a PS3 when I move back to Sydney. I don’t think another game machine is right just now.

So I dug about in my box of stuff and pulled out my old Gameboy Colour with Red Pokemon and Pokemon Pinball. Pinball got some action for a while.

But then as I dug through the box I decided it was time for a real lesson in history. Stashed away was something that is really showing my age.

Picked up some batteries from the shops and when we got home I broke out some other Nintendo products. You can see them in this picture.

History Time

History Time

Anyone know what they are? One is orange coloured, one white and I have another dark brown.* Early ancestors of the very 3DS that the eldest wanted for her birthday.

Let me tell you they were a hit. Way more interest in them than in the GB Colour.

*The original Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong II and Oil Panic.

Back to School

I’ve decided to do a couple of papers through distance learning. Just paid the other day. I think the start date is in a week or two (actually I really better look that up)

Why all of a sudden….

I am expecting work to shift me again at the end of this year. In about late June I will find out where they are sending me. I’ve discussed it with management, but the choice is never my own. Management weren’t overly convincing that they will send me back to Sydney so I can rejoin my family.

So a contingency plan is required. The study is part of a plan. …

Kind of out of my funk from the last few days. I’m feeling very broke (car repairs) and want to get out and ride (short cold wet winter days oh, and work) so letting off steam is a bit hard. I’m not sure I’ll be right out of it until the decision for next year is made.

What else has been bringing me down.

One of my closest friends father died the other week too. I didn’t know him too well but whenever I dropped around to their restaurant he would cook up some great food and make sure I was stuffed full before I left. Obviously tough on my friend and her family. I made it too the funeral which was nice.

Hence not a lot of posting, just not into it at the moment. Like gaming. Still not playing anything. I should bust out the PS3 games and get stuck in.

Unhappy Thoughts

I occasionally wonder during suicide prevention awareness training at work, what could drive people to be in such a place. After the total mess I feel like today, I can see in some cases it would only be a few steps away.

Yes, total mess today. Going to cook dinner and go to bed I think. Things always look better with a full belly, a good sleep and some sunshine. And a ride too.

So, Netflix huh.

I am finding a lot to watch in Netflix. Currently I’m watching

  • Falling Skies
  • Clone Wars
  • House MD
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun.

That’s a lot of TV :) Sure is filling the “void” of not playing WoW and not really finding another game to play. I’ve watched a bunch of movies as well, some that I hadn’t seen before and never got around to watching before. Some I’d seen before.

Sure it might not have Game of Thrones or the enormous range that the US one has apparently, but it has only just started. More gets added all the time too, for example “Guardians of the Galaxy” has just arrived.

So what are you guys watching on Netflix? Have you tried Stan or Presto as an alternative?

She’s back…….

Triumph_DaytonaR_10Ok, that’s not me, but it how I feel :) Picked up the Daytona after about 3 weeks in the shop waiting for a part. Worth the wait, as the part fixed the warm (not) starting problem I had been having for about a year. So went for an hour up the Cotter :) You know, just a shakedown after the service ;) tumblr_m8mbsj2rbx1qgolyao1_1280

Missing you.

The Daytona went in for a service about two weeks ago. One of the things that has bugged me is that it is often hard to start when hot. I’ll get it out of the garage and ride down the street to the petrol station. Fill up and it won’t start for several attempts.

So they found a broken valve in the intake somewhere. Been making the bike run lean, which (someone with more knowledge than me can talk me through this) should make it hard to start when warm??

Anyway so the part is on order (from England they reckon). But still under warranty so I will only pay for the service.

Even with the rain coming down I want to ride.

Missing the VFR still too.