Saturday, January 31, 2004

The Dispossessed, by Ursula Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin - The Dispossessed

This is an excellent book, although a bit slow at times. It is an interesting social commentary about two very different utopian/dystopian societies and a brilliant person torn between them, and exploited in both. Definitely not science fiction, much more of a political commentary where the story jumps between recollection and current events. Very interesting!

Friday, January 30, 2004

Distinct entity

My hair is no longer a part of me. It is continually referred to as a seperate entity, "the hair". I never had this happen with I dyed my hair 'normal' colours, but nearly everyone has commented on "the hair" (if they comment at all). Childrens reactions are the funniest, and I'm not being recognised by people who know me. *giggle*

I should have turned up to the pirate party (was sleeping), I probably would have been called a mermaid no matter what I wore, as by then, my hair had faded to an aquamarine shade. It will go back to blue by tomorrow, then I get to freak the family on Sunday. *grin*

I can't stay on the computer today. Touching up the blue and leaving it on all day means I can't wear my glasses. The font sizes have already been increased a fair amount, and although I can make out the words from the shapes, I will strain them trying to focus. So... to avoid a headache, I'm going to clean the house... ug.

Tinting

My skin is now tinted slightly blue, my nails rather a dead looking blue shade, and my hair, is much darker and bluer. It also got a trim before the dye, so hopefully the split ends won't be as bad. There is still a huge variation in colour, the hair at the scalp (especially around facial hairline) still didn't take. *sigh*

I discovered cream cleanser is a better way of immediately getting rid of colour from tiles and grout while waiting for the conditioner, as opposed to bleaching it after exiting. Perhaps my bleach isn't strong enough. There is still the old blue tinge on the floor, especially around the drain, but it hasn't got any worse.

I had to wash it out much sooner than expected due to the appearance of a 'really bad headache'tm due to not wearing glasses, and an itching scalp. It still had about 5 times the recommended soaking. I don't think the itching had anything to do with the dye, as it was really only where the plastic covering was annoying the skin.

Now.. off to quell the headache....

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Snails

There are a couple of birds that seem determined to rid my pond of it's very helpful (and necessary) water snails. One is a female blackbird, who hasn't been around that much recently. One was smashing a snail today, and I can't figure out what type of bird it is. My Gould league books are still packed, pending more shelving being built, so I can't look it up easily. It might be a sparrow. It's speckled light brown with a cream breast, light brown beak and is quite non-timid. Odd....

Off to write this darned CSE1303 programming test...

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Public Transport

This is a mini rant about the cost of public transport. I found out that there has been a 10% increase in cost sometime during the time I was away. I don't mind paying that for a longish trip, say from Chadstone to Glen Waverley. For the trip from uni to home, where I typically have to wait 25 minutes or so, standing in the sun or rain (there is no seat/shelter), travel for about 5-10 minutes depending on traffic lights, it's ridiculous.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Blue

*gah* Warning, washing machines smell extremely noxious when they blow up! (no points for guessing what just happened...)

In other news... I now have blue/green hair. The greeny bits were not planned, but my hair seemed to bleach unevenly (I should have expected that, as the perm I had when I was younger took very unevenly 3 times). It looks very bright in the sun :>

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Unnatural hair

I have received the ok (in fact enthusiastic encouragement) from the students to dye my hair an unnatural colour. I didn't want them to get too distracted from their studies, but I think they want to see the results. Maybe this weekend I'll dye it. It will be the first time ever that I have bleached my hair, so I'm fairly nervous. It's also quite long and not in very good condition, so I might have further problems with it. I now just need to get some backup black dye, so if it doesn't work, I can fix the problem quickly.

Of course, photos will be posted as soon as it's done. :>

Thursday, January 8, 2004

Photos of major storm

There was a huge lightning/thunder storm just before we left for Germany, and Bernie drove home in it really late at night. Some photos of the storm are available at this page from The Age.

Hit by a bus or something much larger

53 hours of travelling got us from Bremen in Germany back to Melbourne, by way of Frankfurt airport, Taipei and Sydney. As soon as I got on the plane, I got a rather persistent blood nose. All of the planes were horridly full and far too hot and I couldn't lay down anywhere. I suspect my touchy sinuses don't like the constant excessively dry and hot air when combined with pressure changes.

When we left, the temperature was below zero. The hotel in Taipei was fairly cold (made so by air conditioning). Sydney however was a very muggy 29, ug. However, despite still having the week-long headache, I wasn't feeling too bad once we got back to Melbourne (where it was mercifully cool and raining). The next day was also ok, but a niggling cough started up in the evening.

Tuesday was the start of lecturing, and I was very sick. I actually had all the symptoms of SARS, but the doc only listened to my chest, didn't even bother to look at my glands, throat, ears or take my temperature (around 38-39). Not impressed! Diagnosis: bronchitis, sinusitis, throat infection. Treatment: "Your body will fight it naturally". This doctor is clueless - my immune system is crap, it can't fight anything :-\. All the antibiotics that would work ok I'm allergic to (story of all my ills), so back to a double dose of Ceclor and some large doses of codeine to deal with the pain. Note to Monashians, the doctors at the medical service are typically crap.

I still managed to give the lecture, but had no voice afterwards. Got picked up by mum and went to bed as soon as I got home. Slept till evening. Bernie had brought Pinewood chicken which I managed to eat most of, though it was difficult. The boys were around for Settlers so I didn't get much attention *pout*. Went back to sleep fairly quickly and slept quite well through the night. The next morning was oh so much worse. Coughing hurt like crazy, consistent 38.5 or higher temperature and little voice meant I couldn't lecture. Slept all that day and found that my nose had started running like the leak in the bathroom cold tap. I'm still going through tissues like crazy. Didn't sleep much last night, and today my chest is bubbling up to my throat. Exertion or talking (rather than breathy whispering) results in me nearly dying coughing and not being able to breathe at all. Not pleasant. Temperature is down to 38, and without a voice I still can't lecture. *grumble*

The next lecture is on Tuesday so I should be ok for that, and because Part A is now so far behind (2 lectures) I'll be talking for 2 hours on Tues/Wed. I think I'll make the marking on the first Part A prac (Friday) a little more lenient than previous years.

I'm dosing ridiculously on vitamins, pain killers, cough medicine, throat gargles, antibiotics, and eating more fruit than I have done at any other time in my life. I will certainly be ok for Tuesday, or will consider trying to replace this body. Everything is on hold till I get better, which is bad as I need to do the insurance claim (bag containing passports, medication, jewellery, tickets, clothes, makeup etc was stolen in Hamburg on Boxing Day). *bah*