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26 January 2015 @ 01:47 pm
Holidays, bank stuff, Netflix and other things  
Happy Australia Day everyone. You guys know I love holidays and I don't think you need to be a part of a culture if they are a national holiday or part of a religion if it is a religious holiday. Some are neither so even less restrictions. I love holidays because they are fun, colorful happy time. I am not Australian but I have always loved Australia and it's natural places. I have always wanted to visit. kabuldur posted a very nice song and it really impressed me with how similar the history if to our American history as far as taming the land and habitats like ours. It's too bad we don't have budgies haha. A buddy on DA really seems to restrict himself because his religion won't let him do anything. I told him I don't believe in talking pumpkins or Frankenstien etc but celebrate Halloween still. I also don't believe in Santa or the Easter bunny but I enjoy all those things. People need to lighten up and see what all else is out there. I took time to listen to his holiday that has something to do with a feast. I don't believe in that but well I'm fascinated by it. I also "celebrate" Guy Fawks Day the British holiday for capturing a traitor and bringing him to justice. It's a great excuse to light fires and fireworks over there in November. I also mentioned the world "celebrate" might be too strong. That implies throwing a party and making a big deal. No To me celebrate is more like Observe. I acknowledge what day it is and that makes me happy. I greet others and pass on the knowledge that it is that day. I even like invented holidays like International Speak Like A Pirate day Sept 19th. Arrr matey that I do. So yeah happy Australia Day. If I were an extrovert. I'd say "Any excuse to throw a party." Owen surely would say that.

Not sure what I'll do today. Probably not much. I should watch stuff and rest since I just don't feel well still.

Ok I got a hold of the bank finally. They were worried about two transactions a $10 and two for $1.17 each. The $10 one was legit. That was my refund for My Pet Chicken. I do not know what the $1.17 are but they never came out on my end and they blocked my card so nothing was lost. So that's the first time this has happened to me. I don't know how it happened as I don't really go out. It has happened to Chris that they can get your number from a gas station when you pay for gas with your card. I don't think I have gone to any websites and I try to use paypal over my card if at all possible. So luckily I don't need to file any paper work and they are going to send me another card. So one more week of not being able to use Amazon. Slightly annoying. I may just have Chris buy things off my list. Pumpkinpatch1993's birthday gift will be extremely late. How I wish Amazon took paypal.

One thing I really want from Amazon is the El Gato capture device. I have been wanting that a long time now for recording game systems but I found out what I have been suspecting. I can use it to record netflix. Especially if I play things on the Xbox. There are a few other things you need and I watched a video of how to do it. I'll need two more splitters. Then I can finally have my lovely documentaries and put them on a DVD for my collection.

Chris is experimenting with his own booster right now to display the old game systems on an HD TV.

While on youtube today I found this lovely video of a film coming out called Illusion of Lights. It's timelapse of our night sky in the American West and is just gorgeous!!

I have all these awesome cameras that I am not using to their full potential. I really want to do some time lapse like this with my GoPro and my new DSLR. I want to get better so I can travel and do these things myself. I'd love to came out a few nights in the Dry Tortugas and get footage of the night sky like this.

I have almost finished backing up everything from my main computer. I got everything out of documents and almost everything out of the video folder. All that's left is the music folder then to delete a bunch of stuff. I also have to make a second back up on the new hard drive Chris got me to have some redundant saves. Very important.

I also need to start work on AudeS's commission now that I am done with some of my art projects.

Oh quick rant about British English actually. Been meaning to talk about this and talking about holidays made me think of it. I hate how the British use the world "holiday" for a vacation. A holiday is something you celebrate it's a noun not a verb. You don't go on holiday or take a holiday unless you take time off of work ON a holiday like Christmas. When you travel it is a vacation, a time to relax. You go on vacation or you took a vacation (a break) from work. Vacation is both a noun and a verb. Holiday should not be a verb. The End.
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actipton80actipton80 on January 26th, 2015 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'd like to go to Australia too so I can see budgies and other cute parrots in the wild. My brother who lives in Korea has been to Australia. I don't remember what city he was in, but they had wild cockatoos in the park that were friendly and would land on people.

I want to go out West again after seeing that video. The sky was like that at Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks, and that's one reason I want to go back there too. There are too many trees and city lights to see the stars very well here.
Des: Jacarandathagirion on January 26th, 2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yes it's one of my dream destinations. Just such a beautiful land. That's cool he's been there.

Yeah this video makes me want to go too. I went to Nevada and California years ago. Would love to do those over again too. The sky is like this on the Dry Tortugas which are relatively close in my state. Yes too much light pollution here too.
gamma_wings: Paulgamma_wings on January 26th, 2015 07:24 pm (UTC)
Australia day? Never heard about it before, heh. ^^; But nice to know that it's today. So... happy Australia day! :D I'd love to go to Australia someday and it's my dream destination for sure. I just want to see all the budgies and other wild parrots!!

That video with the night skies is so lovely! The milky way looks absolutely amazing there. I mean really, you're looking out into distant space when you see it so clearly like that. All the millions and millions of stars; it just captivates my imagination to a very high degree. I saw the Milky Way maybe 2 or 3 times clearly, but that was a long time ago unfortunately. I want to see it again!!!

What? They use "Holiday" as a verb? My isn't that messed up. xD Yes you don't "holiday" on a vacation, actually that sounds plain wrong. Frankly I only ever use "holiday" as a noun; because it IS one.
Des: Hyacinthsthagirion on January 26th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I saw it on the calendar and was reminded it was today again. Very neat. Yes all those parrots would be quite the sight. Hope one day we can both visit.

Yes it's incredible. I have never seen the milky way. I'd love to go to the desert and see that. The last scene was my fave with that Joshua tree in the foreground. I love those plants and it makes me want to paint some landscapes for George.

Yes they do they say things like, "Where did you go on holiday?" or "That was a nice holiday we took." I'll never get used to that when there's already a word for that. Vacation.
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Des: Laughingthagirion on January 27th, 2015 01:45 am (UTC)
Yes they have neat stuff. But true about the dangerous animals too. I'm not sure I'd swim at the beaches. There's a perfect song for this problem.
Come to Australia http://youtu.be/wy_TB6onHVE I was dying when I first heard this. Wish they'd made a verse for crocodiles and the ants. I do like the accent a lot.

I just remembered that when I got my card in the mail the envelope was half open so someone must have taken my number and tried to use it. My bank has been excellent about stopping fraud. Chris has had it happen more since he's out so much where his number is visible but I am not so tampering with my mail is a first. I hope this other one will arrive ok.

Yes if it works as nicely as the video I watched this would be great. I put those two shows I want in my faves.

Yeah it's bad if you want to sky watch but from the start of this video the gradients behind the cities were lovely.

Yes I hope to start on it soon.

Oh it's really bad sometimes. I just looked up a list of words and am going WTF? to some of these.


Most sounds so lame and silly. Very few are acceptable.

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Desthagirion on January 27th, 2015 02:57 pm (UTC)
I love that song. Wish they'd covered other animals though. Oh humans are very dangerous but just as far as deadly wildlife goes no one can beat Australia. Everything kills you haha.

I thought it was odd it took so long for my mail to arrive and then the envelope was party opened. That's bad I should have called the bank right away.

They call trucks "lory". Truck is a more aggressive word that fits a tough large vehicle. Lory makes me think of a cute silly parrot the lori. And torch vs flashlight? Come one what they still in the dark ages? When I hear Torch I imagine a big stick on fire.
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Desthagirion on January 27th, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC)
Sigh, more stupid government decision to sensor games. I'm glad I can play any game I want. Simple freedom to not be taken for granted.

Yeah it's a problem everywhere.
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kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on January 27th, 2015 09:39 am (UTC)
I really love that song!

I've been swimming at the beach heaps and I have never been eaten by a shark :D And I've never been eaten by a crocodile, but that's because I live too far south. I think it would such not to be able to got for a swim when it was very hot!

I don't think Australia is any more dangerous than any other place. In other countries there are tigers or bears and lots of countries have snakes.

I'm not any more tough than the next person. i'm just used to it :P

Des: Cottonmouththagirion on January 27th, 2015 02:31 pm (UTC)
Australia is the most dangerous country in the world with the highest concentrations of venomous and and dangerous animals. There are very few tigers. Expeditions often don't find them. US ranks around 7th and Canada 10th for bears. Do as search for which country has the most venomous animals and Australia comes up time and again. Yes you're used to it the density is much less in other countries. Florida only has 6 venomous snakes. I used to tell people just memorize those and don't worry about the rest. If it weren't so they wouldn't have made that funny song. I still want to go one day but yeah I'd like to invest in a good pair of snake boots not just for there but other places like South America that I also want to visit.

Edited at 2015-01-27 02:31 pm (UTC)
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on January 28th, 2015 11:29 am (UTC)
The reason they made that song is for comedy. We do like to send ourselves up...and some people like to tease visitors about 'drop bears' and such.

I didn't know that we were the country with the highest concentrations of venomous and dangerous animals. But I guess we have low concentrations of people in a lot of places, too, so there is less chance of human coming into contact with dangerous animals.

I do wear rubber boots outside except when very hot but that is mostly because it is muddy. It does have the added benefit of protecting me somewhat from snakes...not that I see many...and they always try to get away from me.

I do hope you come to this country one day and I hope you really enjoy it!
Desthagirion on January 29th, 2015 03:08 am (UTC)
Yes it's comedy but it's based on fact which is why it's funny. Like a stereotype. People love them or hate them because they are true.
Even in the city there are spiders that are far deadlier than our black widow. I love this link with comments from Australians that live in the country and the city.

No two ways about it. As far as venomous and dangerous animals Australia is dangerous. Precautions have to be taken by locals and visitors. I do want to go. I probably won't go in the ocean. I'd rather face a great white than a box jelly. On land common sense and snake boots should be enough to keep me safe. Always check your boots before you put them on and such. You don't have to provoke animals like spiders that get into places they don't belong.
kabuldurkabuldur on January 29th, 2015 12:28 pm (UTC)
It may be based on fact, but it's WAY over-exaggerated. That's what makes it so funny :D And yes, stereotyped.

Don't believe everything you read on those sites. I go swimming even though there are some jelly fish washed up on shore. This is common. #3 daughter was stung ONCE by a jellyfish when she was a kid. They are NOT box jellyfish, however. It would be a pity if you did not swim.

I agree with what someone said on that site: that humans can be way more dangerous. I also agree with what someone else said about the density of the population where the majority these dangerous creatures live.

It is a good idea to check your boots before you put them on, especially in some seasons, and also, never store your boots outside. You mean you don't have to check your boots over there? Lol :)

Yes, sometimes you can accidentally put your hand where a spider is. That's one reason why I wear gardening gloves. We DO have funnel web spiders here. And also redbacks.

I hope you still come to our beautiful country, though. Just think: I get to see the Milky Way every night except for when it is very cloudy!

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Des: Hyacinthsthagirion on January 29th, 2015 01:46 pm (UTC)
Of course it's exaggerated but it's still based on fact that does not change.

Yes but there are way more comments from Australians talking about this. That's not the only site just the best one with over 30 first hand comments.


Don't make me list more.

I said humans are more dangerous to a friend but noticed the topic of conversation isn't about HUMANS it's about highest concentrations of venomous animals. Stay on topic. Besides there's low crime in Australia I'm more concerned about animals I can't see than people.
And did you not see that people get bit by bugs even in a huge city like Sydney. This is a case you idealizing again and not wanting to accept the fact. Yes it's less in the cities but it STILL happens. People get bit in their own homes. I'm a realist. Australia sucks as far as these creatures go city or no city.
I will never take a chance with a box jelly. I want nothing to do with probably the most dangerous animal on earth.
I do want to make it out there one day as budgies are high on my list but I will take wise precautions that anyone native or not should anyway. As for the Milky Way I will see it too. Dry Tortugas are my best bet with nothing dangerous on land.

Bottom Line:
1. Australia is the most dangerous country in the world for most venomous animals.
2. People get attacked by dangerous animals large or small in the country and the city because of the high concentrations.
3. Precautions have to be taken and visitors need to be warned so accidents and deaths can be minimized.

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kabuldurkabuldur on January 30th, 2015 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, of course people get bitten in their own homes. Doesn't that happen in other countries? I just assumed it did.

Sorry, I got a bit sensitive when people from other countries were talking about my country and they hadn't ever experienced it. Well, I have survived for sixty years without being eaten by anything. Neither have most other Australians. I have been bitten by ticks and a few leeches. This is common - even in other countries.

If all the bad press keeps people away, I don't care, because I don't want lots of people here anyway. So, I don't care if tourists don't come, hehe :) I'd rather have more authentic activities here, anyway.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on January 27th, 2015 09:11 am (UTC)
I love Australia Day! It is a great day to go for a swim of play a social game of cricket...or attend an aboriginal ceremony. Although I didn't go to it, a women's group of Indigenous people have some land and do a fun Australia thing each year. On Sunday night I watched some rainbow lorrikeets wheel and land and squabble in a tree just on sunset. There was a cloud behind them all lit up by the sunset reflected on it. You would have loved it! Rainbow lorrikeets have built up in numbers to beyond what they should be because everyone has planted flowering shrubs in their gardens that they feed on the nectar of. (Verrry bad sentence, I know!)

Holiday comes from 'holy day' I believe. I don't like to think of a holiday as a holy day, though. I like to think of it as a time to relax. I don't think I have even used the word as a verb.

That's annoying about the bank but I'm glad they caught it. It would be nice if people could pay via paypal more often.

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Desthagirion on January 27th, 2015 02:33 pm (UTC)
I had fun with it too looking stuff up. That's nice you had a good time. I would love to see all those Rainbow Lorikeets. They are so cute and pretty.

Not all holidays are religious. Holiday is a celebration regardless of how the word originated.

Yes. Hopefully I can get my new card soon and no one will tamper with my mail.
kabuldurkabuldur on January 29th, 2015 12:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree that not all holidays are religious and I don't think of the word as religious, even though that's the origin of the word.

I'm getting a card? I'm excited! I didn't go to that shop to get you a post card, I'm afraid. I did think of it but ever got the chance. It was a busy holiday! I doubt anyone will tamper with your mail. Not in this country, anyway.
Desthagirion on January 29th, 2015 01:32 pm (UTC)
No, my credit card. I'm waiting for a new one to come in the mail. I could send you a Valentine's card if you'd like though.
kabuldurkabuldur on January 30th, 2015 01:19 pm (UTC)
No, no. That's okay.

Sorry, I misunderstood!
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on January 27th, 2015 09:32 am (UTC)
I love Australia Day! It is a great day to go for a swim, have a barbeque, play a social game of cricket...or attend an aboriginal ceremony. Although I didn't go to it, a women's group of Indigenous people have some land and do a fun Australia thing each year.

On Sunday night I watched some rainbow lorrikeets wheel and land and squabble in a tree just on sunset. There was a cloud behind them all lit up by the sunset reflected on them. You would have loved it! Rainbow lorrikeets have built up in numbers to beyond what they should be because everyone has planted flowering shrubs in their gardens that they feed on the nectar of. (Verrry bad sentence, I know!)

Holiday comes from 'holy day' I believe. I don't like to think of a holiday as a holy day, though. I like to think of it as a time to relax. I don't think I have even used the word as a verb.

That's annoying about the bank but I'm glad they caught it. It would be nice if people could pay via paypal more often.

Edited at 2015-01-29 12:34 pm (UTC)
badcowboybadcowboy on January 31st, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm got a chuckle about the holiday thing myself. For years it irked me and sometimes even when I worked at Disney and heard the Brits going on about their "holiday" I guess too you have to think back to origins and the like. I would love to dig and find out where the word vacation even came from. I'm sure the word holiday came up first, but why it's used as a ummm HOLIDAY and an outing is beyond me. It'd be curious to know what to other languages use as those words? Like, is the word for holiday different say in Spanish as is the word vacation and what is the definition? Words and language is stupid and weird. The entire thing with silent letters makes no sense to me and neither does the I before E nonsense. In fact, look at the word neither, that certainly doesn't follow that rule in the least bit lol Brit slang is funny and I'm learning more now that I work part time for a Brit company. The boot and bonnet thing for trunk and hood of a car is funny. Pram is a baby carriage. Not sure why torch for flashlight, but why FLASH light anyway? It doesn't flash at all unless the battery or bulb is breaking XD Hmmm you know, this would be an interesting series they should make on tv. Origins of words. The States one you love so much taught so much, I think this would be a cool one too actually. I know for sure I'd watch it.

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Desthagirion on February 2nd, 2015 04:26 pm (UTC)
British words are dumb and annoying. Vacation is a cognate in Spanish because it's a Latin word. La Vacacion - the Vacation. Las Vacaciones - Vacations. Holiday or holidays is get this. Las Fiestas. Meaning Party, festival. Again something you celebrate not somewhere you go. It's two different words in Spanish. Vacation implies motion and seems to have the root for the word vacate - to move out of. Again implying motion or travel. You GO on a vacation you CELEBRATE a holiday. It's nice having two perspectives especially since I can usually easily figure out the Latin origin based on Spanish. Because of this I figure out origins and interconnectedness of words without ever having learned about it anywhere else. Association is one of my talents.

I like to figure out origin of phrases too. Many of which I can figure out but there are those that make no sense and I wonder where they came from. I learned two phrases on this show and I love it when things get put in perspective that way.

Flashlight is still better than torch for the word light. We're not in medeval times using fire torches anymore. I need to see of that States series is on DVD.
HA they are out! I put it in my Amazon wish list.

Edited at 2015-02-02 04:29 pm (UTC)