Apparently Jake is on one of his random restaurant things again and is starting to get groups to go to a variety of places to try out the food! We’re going to a crab place in the central city tonight, which hopefully will be good. I don’t actually mind ea food, though he was quite clear that the restaurant was a crab place and not a general sea food restaurant, which would make it more interesting! (Part of the point of going in a group is so everyone can try a wide variety of the food they make).

I had to stop and think about it, but the last time I can clearly remember having real proper crab was over twenty years ago at a Vietnamese restaurant here in Auckland. I do remember liking it, but it being incredibly fiddly to eat. It’s going to be interesting at least and it’s actually fun to do this sort of thing on a semi regular basis. I usually end up going to the same set of restaurants when I go out to eat with family, as my father can be incredibly picky about the food he eats.

With all of the drama going on Reddit over the last 36ish hours now I can’t help thinking that this is either going to make or break Voat – which is essentially a Reddit clone site made about a year ago. FPH had already been moved over there as well. Unfortunately all of the people from the now banned FPH sub Reddit are giving the Voat servers the old Reddit hug of death. IF the people running Voat can get that under control fast I do think that this going to end up making the site, believe it or not.

I can’t help wondering how much the extra servers are going to end up costing the people who do run Voat – if I remember correctly the guy who started it was and properly still is an American college student, who I assume is going to be rather on the broke side. Though if he can pull all of the FPH drama and Voat off to his advantage this could easily make him very well off financially, if not out right wealthy if he can find a company to buy it like the founders of Reddit did originally!

Though I am pleased I’m not having to deal to with all of that, I do think it would be oddly stressful and wonderful all at the same time. People are already describing Voat as a replacement for Reddit in the same way that Reddit was a replacement for Digg and with the sudden influx of new users due to Reddit banning FPH it could give Voat the kick in the arse it needed to actually make it successful, as previously people there had been complaining about the low number of new links being submitted there. (Voat was painfully quiet compared to Reddit so they did have a point).

Not much is happening here in Auckland this month, making me at a bit of a loose end. I’m hoping that I’m through the worst of the illnesses going around at the moment – including the virus which laid out me last week. I do think I’ll go down to Wellington next month – both to go to Te Papa and because one of my friends has just bought a new house in Wellington, which admittedly I’d really like to sticky beak and go and check it out πŸ™‚ Though, I’m planning on asking her when she’s having her house warming party and planning the trip around her party, but as she’s only just bought her new house in the last couple of weeks she’s going to need time to settle in.

The only really big thing happen here at the moment is my brother and SiL are having their house completely (and I do mean completely) redone. They’re having the roof replaced, which is a serious undertaking as they have an old (1920s/1930s?) house which has asbestos in it, which of course means it has to be removed and replaced with safer modern insulation. They’re also having the kitchen completely redone, with walls being taken out the kitchen itself made larger, a new breakfast area, and they’re also having a covered deck area built at the same time – I think the deck is the one of the reasons the roof is being redone?

Anyway, their house is being worked on for over 12 weeks. They’re certainly out of the house in a rental for 12 weeks as the bulk of the work is done. They did have the roof of their garage replaced while they were still in the house – the garage is a lot newer and wasn’t insulated with asbestos so they didn’t have to move for that part. They also had gas lines put into the house last month – for that gas water heater that’s supposed to provide limitless amounts of hot water….

I have been thinking seriously about taking a long weekend and going down to Wellington to go see their World War 1 exhibit – the one with the work done by Sir Peter Jackson and Weta in particular, which happens to be in the old Wellington Museum and not Te Papa itself… Going to Wellington isn’t a big deal, especially given that I don’t have any kids myself, and I haven’t been down there in a couple of years now!

It doesn’t help that the Auckland Museum exhibits for World War 1 aren’t nearly as interesting as the ones in Wellington appear to be. The special exhibit for Anzac Day was that mincraft one that I’m no where near as interested in as the Weta exhibit’s in Wellington.

I must admit that I’m incredibly pleased that I didn’t go this week given the horrible weather – and the bad flooding! – that Wellington has been having recently! That is one of the problems about going to Wellington in winter, but over the last few days the weather has been worse than usual for that area!

I also want to start getting out and doing more “bigger” things, which would include a few days away out of Auckland. I mean if my SiL can randomly decide to go on shopping holidays to Australia with her friends I can start doing more travel too. I don’t think it’s helped that my brother has been talking about the kite boarding holidays he’s planning for later on this year with his friends. The had been planning on going to South America in August or September and are now planning on going to somewhere in Australia instead – possibly. Or was going kite boarding in Australia as well as South America?

Anyway I’d really like to go to Wellington and Te Papa again sooner rather than later. The Weta World War 1 exhibit in the old museum is just a good reason to get down there again.

 

One of my cousin’s and his girlfriend are having a baby. They’ve decided to name their baby after one of the kids from “Keeping up with the Kardashians”! πŸ™ You should have seen the look on my father’s face when I told him where they had gotten the name from πŸ˜› (I’m actually mildly embarrassed that I know the names of the kids on the show despite having never seen any of their shows).

It’s safe to say that my cousin and his 2 sisters and their children are rapidly becoming the trash end of the family – one of his sister named her baby after a color rather than a actual real name, which even her step father is renowned for making fun of her for. They’re constantly posting photos of them drinking heavily, (including drinking games like pouring bottles of alcohol downΒ  tube into a person’s mouth despite the fact that their biological father is an alcoholic who wasn’t able to function when he was drinking at his worst and they have alcoholism on their mother’s side of the family too. They are going to inherit a massive amount of land and money from their step-father, via their mother, much to the disgust of his other relatives had been the sole beneficiaries until he starting a relationship with my cousins mother. None of them really work now, my female cousin with the color named child doesn’t even pretend to work.

My SiL and her best friend have decided to spend the long weekend having another Australian shopping trip, though this time they’re only going to Sidney while they went to Melbourne last time. (Which was what 2-3 months ago? Short of actually going and checking I’m not certain – but it was certainly within the last 6 moths at the most). Her mother is looking after my nieces and nephews until she gets back on Sunday, though they do have a new au pair by now.

We had a family dinner at a restaurant on Monday night – which I’m actually really pleased my SiL insisted we go to this restaurant I hadn’t been to in years, as the last time I’d gone there the food had been very very average at best, but it was great on Monday so I’m sort of assuming that they’ve got a new chief/owner since the last time went there! Anyway, on Monday my SiL was telling all of us that it had occurred to her that she’s never been to Sidney before, despite having gone to Australia a number of times before and she had decided to “correct” that!

Though given the horrible weather Australia’s been having in that area my SiL might have been better off putting off the shopping trip and not going like OMG NOW!!! And actually waited until their spring or something. I’m also not entirely how many shops are going to open there tomorrow morning – tomorrow’s Anzac Day – as if Australia is anything like New Zealand, then a lot of/all shops are going to be closed for part of tomorrow… Which would put a serious dampener on her little shopping trip. Mind you they did leave yesterday afternoon, so they’re going to have 3 full days there and I assume they’ll be be able to find something to do if shops are closed tomorrow!

I really like this article where Candice Bergen talks about her views about food and her weight. Given how slim she was as an actress and model the 30-pound weight gain probably isn’t nearly as much extra weight on her than a lot of people would expect. From the photos in the article she looks she would at most be somewhere in overweight BMI range at mostΒ  –

Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen

I know this is probably old news for a lot of people, but it’s nice to see a celebrity who isn’t obsessed about staying in the very low end of normal or underweight BMI range, no matter what.

Yesterday I found out that my SiL is actively trying to find a job. She hasn’t had a job since she left the sole full-time job she got straight out of University, which lasted somewhere in the 6-8 month range! (She meet and started dating my brother while they were both at University and she left her job when they moved in together). All of the money came from my brother of course so she could afford to not work. I have no idea why she’s suddenly decided to start a job hunt now after so long.

She knows someone who works at one of the Universities based in Auckland and went out to see them yesterday afternoon, apparently dressed in jeans, some sort of bright top and a very long trench coat type coat – which I’ve heard all about from my mother who ended up babysitting my nieces and nephew yesterday so my SiL could go do this… I don’t think it went well, as I ended up seeing my SiL earlier on today and she looked really unhappy or depressed which is incredibly unlike her.

I’m half assuming, knowing her personality and the way she thinks from the things she constantly talks about, that she expected to wander in to the University, see her friend, be introduced to a few people and instantly have a few jobs that she could pick and choose from. The idea that they might not have any jobs available right now, or have any jobs they’d be willing to give to her, or that she’d actually have to apply for these jobs properly just like everyone else, or that she might not be viewed as being that hireable for any type of job, properly never occurred to her! So the fact that she wasn’t offered at least one job on the spot, would have been unthinkable to her… πŸ™

 

I’ve just watched the latest – for New Zealand – episode of Criminal Minds Season 10 and I’m highly amused that the actor who plays Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character’s husband also played Matt, (the cop who could read minds), in Heroes! πŸ™‚ I don’t think I’d have been nearly as amused as I was if I hadn’t finished watching the last season of Heroes recently though. They did a minor “You’re my hero!” joke when he first turned up on screen, which was a touch forced though and sightly too obvious.

Though so far this season the only episode I’ve really been affected by was “Nelson’s Sparrow” – where Gideon was killed and I reuse to say that I liked that episode πŸ™ That said, due to Reid being so upset about Gideon’s death has sort of dragged me into Gideon/Reid fandom, which isn’t something I’ve been into in years.

Some of the people at /r/fatpeoplehate are managing to seriously make me go wtf, which is a bit surprising as the whole forum is the same things over and over and over again. The Ham classification system post is one of the few ones I’ve seen there that has really made me wonder what the hell are they thinking? (Beyond the usually wondering of course). I can’t bring to believe that they actually believe all of the “hype” about being about health and it’s becoming an increasingly odd circle jerk where appearance is everything.

As someone who has lurked there for a while – in a lot of ways I’ve found it to be like a train wreck, where you just help but look – the sub does sound like a lot of the people who post there are increasingly talking each and themselves into believing worse and worse things. It has the kinds thinking the men who follow the red pill dating/sex philosophies have towards women in general and the way that guys who join subs that talk about things like that make it sound normal, reasonable, rational and an acceptable way of thinking about women.

I can’t help wondering how belonging to subs like /r/fatpeoplehate, participating in it, and wanting to belong changes the people’s basic thinking? I’m sure some of them were unpleasant/bullies to begin with. I’m also not talking about the people who belong to it who have various eating disorders, as they do a serious mental disorder relating to their own body images and while they are still mentally ill I wouldn’t expect them to be thinking 100% rationally especially when it comes to food or weight issues. But the others? I cringe when I think about how twisted their thought patterns must becoming πŸ™ The idea from the post that someone who is only slightly overweight has a horrible body would be strange for most people, especially for those of us who are not obsessed with food and who don’t believe that physically appearance is everything.

On a happier note I really like this interview with Candice Bergen about her weight and what she likes to eat! πŸ™‚