TV Show List

This is the current list of TV shows I am watching and need to keep an eye on;

  1. Boadwalk Empire
  2. Bones
  3. Caprica
  4. Castle
  5. Dark Blue
  6. Dexter
  7. Doctor Who
  8. Hellcats
  9. Hells Kitchen
  10. NCIS
  11. NCIS LA
  12. Stargate Universe
  13. The Mentalist
  14. Top Gear
  15. Weeds
  16. Undercover Boss
  17. V 2009

Baked Jam Roly-Poly


  • ½ cup cold butter
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • Small amount of cold water
  • Jam at room temperature (flavour of choice, although it is traditionally made with plum jam, use SPC Dark Plum for best result!)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large cup of boiling water
  • Extra flour for flouring bench and rolling pin
  • Extra butter for greasing dish


If mixing by hand:

1.      Place the flour in a medium-sized bowl.

2.      Cut the cold butter into small chunks and add to flour.

3.      Rub the butter through the flour until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

4.      Add cold water a bit at a time until it forms a ball of dough.  Be careful adding the water so that it doesn’t get too wet.  If it is too wet knead in a bit more flour.

If using a food processor:

1.      Place the flour in the processor bowl.

2.      Cut the cold butter into small chunks and add to flour.

3.      Put lid on processor and process until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

4.      With the processor running add cold water a bit at a time until it forms a ball of dough.  Stop machine as soon as it forms a ball.  Be careful adding the water so that it doesn’t get too wet.  If it is too wet add in a bit more flour.

Either method:

5.      Sprinkle flour over bench.

6.      Tip dough ball onto floured bench and knead for a few moments.

7.      Roll dough out using a lightly floured rolling pin.  It is best to roll in one direction only rather than backwards and forwards.  The finished dough should be about ½ cm thick and roughly rectangular in shape.

8.      Spread with jam taking care not to break the dough.  It is best to use the back of a spoon to spread the jam.

9.      Starting at one end of the narrow side of the rectangle begin to roll the dough into a log. Turn in the ends.

10.  Use extra butter to grease the inside of a glass or ceramic baking dish with deep sides.  The dish can be rectangular or oval as long as it is long enough to hold the roly-poly and it is deep enough to hold the sauce.

11.  Place the roly-poly into the greased dish.

12.  Place the ¼ cup sugar into a small bowl and add the tablespoon of butter.

13.  Pour the cup of boiling water over the sugar and butter and stir until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.

14.  Pour sauce mix slowly over the roly-poly.

15.  Place in pre-heated moderate oven (180°C) for about ½ an hour or until golden brown on top.

16.  Serve warm (some muppets even use custard.)

Shiny bits are hot!

My new mods finnally arrived from the US today after weeks of waiting, took the bike to the dealer to get them installed and it was due for it’s first service any way so worked out well.

I love new shinny bits, they are sexy as hell and it sounds hot!

Big Week…

So it’s been a pretty full on week this week, both at work and at home.

First off my lovely wife decided to buy a new fridge, my wallet screams out in pain. Cause of course it can’t be a small thing, no she goes for the 4 french door stainless model. Oh well, maybe when it comes time for a new tv in the lounge she won’t complain too loudly when I buy a 46? Sony XBR Bravia.

So then on Tuesday my sister (biologically my cousin, but cause she lived with us growing up I call her my sister.) Rebecca flies into town. Now Rebecca is 9 years older then me, and joined the Navy at 17. This year she’s served 23 years in the Royal Australian Navy and is currently a Chief.

I have really enjoyed seeing Bec, it’s been 13 years since we last got togeather, and my wife had never met her. This is what happens when you only spend 3 weeks a year in Australia and the rest at sea I guess. I almost envy her, as a child it was always my dream to follow in her and my brothers foot steps and join the Navy as well.

She’s looking pretty good for 39 I’d say.. and my daughter Dana immediately knew she was family and got most upset if Bec put her down. I just wish I got that side of the families genes.

Moving onto Wednesday at work we get our new workplace health and safety manager, the verdict is still out as to weather or not we will start a betting pool on this one. George seems like a nice enough bloke, don’t know if he is Langs stuff yet, but he might supprise me.

He is however doing better then the last person, who we started a pool on immediately as all my staff could tell they weren’t staying long. Indeed they only lasted 9 weeks, I was a bit off I only gave them 3 weeks.

Added to this one of my developers has been tossing up what to do, they have come to the conclusion they hate coding and don’t know what to do. I can sympathise as IT is not a very static friendly occupation, no matter what segment your in. However I feel he is clouding the issue, he tells me he doesn’t like the stresses coding causes him at home and the fact he takes work home.

I take on this is, no matter what you do in IT the project will always follow you home, and the fact by it’s very nature it changes constanly means you are always working or learning in your own time just to keep ahead. I don’t think he or his other half understand this and it is causing them personal relationship issues.

What he hates is fighting with the missus, and that’s understandable, however I don’t wish him to confuse the two issues. At any rate I have resolved myself to the fact I am looking for a new developer next week. I think this has been comming awhile and the fact his missus is only 3 weeks from completing her masters and has a confirmed job, he no longer needs to work.

I am having him document everything he is on at the moment and will take it from there. I would be very supprised if tomorrow he doesn’t resign.

Friday I’m at home chilling after a busy week, and Nitty falls on slashes her elbow open, and I mean well open.. bits of her insides are hanging out and I start to feel faint, cover that shit up.

After 20 minutes in the emergency room they give her a tetnus injection and then it’s 4 bloodly hours till they manage to put 6 stiches in it.. damn it there goes my Friday night.

Saturday I head down to JB hi fi and finnaly get a Asus EEE PC, not the 901 running linux as I had hoped, but due to shitty supplies and now ETA’s I cbf waiting any longer and Langs buys me a 1000H. In fact I’m using it now. Very cool, they are just so portable thy can be used any where, and so far the battery life is awesome.

Gotta head need to be in Sunwell in an hour and have to take a shower an all that, here’s a pic of my oscars since they are growing up so fast.

Nothing to watch…

I don’t watch a lot of TV in the normal sense even if I do pay through the nose for my Foxtel Platinum package.  I might watch the cooking channel or discovery once in a while but by and large the TV is the domain of my children.  What I do do however is watch a lot of shows from the net, and it has occurred to me lately that during this part of the year there is sweet fuck all around.

I mean when they are available there is plenty of stuff I love but they are all on at the same bloody time, so I won’t see most till the end of the year or next year. 

Here’s the list;

  • Heroes (though it is over rated)
  • Star Gate Atlantis
  • Star Gate SG1
  • Top Gear
  • Prison Break
  • Dexter
  • Hotel Babylon (wtf is with 8 episode seasons?)
  • Battle Star Galactica (wish they’d stop the whole messiah shit)
  • Torchwood

I mean to combat this void I am getting Hell Kitchen 3, but the yanks mess with it an bleep out all the profanity so every second sentence out of ramsey’s mouth is “come here *bleep* you *bleep* *bleep* *bleep*” and then if it’s not Ramsey it’s the contestants getting hit with the bleep stick.  So I’d actually rather wait and watch it on foxtel where it gets aired in all it’s glory.

All in all Australian TV even paid for has turned to shit.  There is all this hype at the moment about the local production called “Sea Patrol” omfg it’s a train wreck on film, they could have at the very least hired some ex-navy NCO’s as consultants, I have rarely seen something soo bad… I mean this is in the same league as the monstrosity that was the Wing Commander movie.  At this point I think they should have just asked the ABC for the scripts from the old Patrol Boat series and remade them.

Australia is always told by the Government how well off we are and how great we benchmark to the other OECD countries, well I’m sorry but as far as development goes I feel we are bordering 3rd World Country status technology and infrastructure wise.  Lets look at this, we are taxed though our eye balls and then when you add all the extra things we have to pay for in reality we pay more in tax then France.  I don’t mind paying taxes they are very much a part of a developed societies life, however you are ment to get something for these taxes, they should add to national development and provide services.

 I live in Brisbane, that’s meant to be a great modern city.  I pay $300+ a week in taxes, yet I still have to pay for private health insurance as at the moment you wouldn’t want your pet relying on the current public health system since the Government has starved it of resources in a bid to force everyone into a HMO type system the US has since we all know how great that is right?  I am only allowed to use 140 Litres of water a day, I mean ffs I have to have a 4 minute shower and can’t wash my damn car, what modern city runs out of water?

It gets better though because our road network is so messed up I can’t get any where on the north side of brisbane in under 2 hours.  Sorry did I say road network? thats a tad misleading as it doesn’t really work well enough to be called a network but they’ve come up with such a great plan to fix this that only requires us all to pay 4 buck tolls if we want to use it.

Hello??? isn’t this shit my rates, taxes and car registration is ment to pay for???  Someone please for the love of god tell me what value for money I am getting here?  Oh I know it must pay for the ambulance service right? wrong we get slugged extra there on our power bills to pay for that.. ok so it must be the Police yeah? opps nope forgot last time I called them about a stolen car they didn’t even bother showing up guess their quota was low and they had to get more speeding tickets issued.

Don’t get me started on the state of our Telephony and Data costs comparies to other nations or the bullshit that goes on with fuel (comments on that to come later).

Australia sorry but we are being taken for a ride, income tax and a GST that’s just criminal to start with, don’t forget the duty taxes as well.  If you sit down and calculate the tax we pay plus all the additional essential services we have to pay for, you come to the conclusion we are one of the highest taxed countries in the world, not the lowest.  Every year our cost of living increases, at this rate we’ll be passing on our mortgages to our children and working till the day we die.  What a sad state of affairs we have allowed to occur.   We are paying the price of apathy and gluttony.