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"you dont know what a driver is"

There's a bunch of stuff I wanted to write in here, and then I ended up talking to Chris about it all.

So, I've booked the tickets for the London to Paris leg of our train journey. For that part, tickets came available 4 months beforehand. I'm buying tickets as they become available as they are generally cheaper (except in the case of Polish trains as they are all cheap when you're on the British Pound).

I should be back in Australia by mid-March next year. This week we'll have our trans-siberian tour booked, and hopefully in another couple of weeks ( ... ) we'll be able to book the flight home from Hong Kong. It's all coming together. (Jess said I should become a travel agent, as apparently I have a knack for organising kick-ass holidays. We'll see by mid-March)

That provides a nice segue for my next topic: What The Hell Am I Going To Do When I Get Back Home?

I would like to fly home and see the family for a bit. Ultimately, I'd like to move to Melbourne. Unfortunately I don't know anyone who would likely let us crash at their place for a while as I got myself (and Jess) set up with the usuals. Job, flat ... visa for Jess. Writing this now, I'm getting a kind of deja vu from when I was leaving Australia for here.

See this awesome, kick-ass holiday back home is going to drain all my cash. As far as I can tell, I am going to arrive back in Australia with absolutely zero cash. I actually had a little money to last me a month or two when I first arrived over here. I'll have nothing when I get to Australia. It's got me worried, at least a little bit. At the same time, I view it as a kind of challenge. A challenge to force myself out of my comfort zone every once in a while and do something that completely changes the scenery. Of course, having my visa expire is a good incentive.

After talking with Chris, I realised I've known all along that one of the biggest reasons I came over here was to get away from my problems. I was a completely different person when I left to what I am now. As cliched as it might be, I do feel as though I've matured over the last year. By returning home, I'm returning to face my problems; maybe not head-on, but if I do I will face them as a more mature and wiser person. I'd like to think so anyway.

Couple random bits before I go:
  • Please go and read Steve Biddulph's book on men, Manhood. Especially if you are male.

  • (18:48:37) naiX: you know what happened to me today
    (18:48:41) chris: what?
    (18:48:42) naiX: it was weird but cool at the same time
    (18:48:53) naiX: i was standing there binding, and all of a sudden i could smell sawdust
    (18:49:08) naiX: just like my dads timber yard when i used to go there after school
    (18:49:21) naiX: man it almost brought tears to my eyes
    (18:49:29) chris: smell is the strongest memory trigger
    (18:49:56) naiX: yeah but there's nothing in the print room that smells like sawdust. paper definitely doesn't smell like sawdust
    (18:49:58) naiX: it was like
    (18:50:01) naiX: a smell memory
    (18:50:10) naiX: which is weird and cool both at the same time
    (18:50:18) naiX: and now, when i think about it, i can smell sawdust
    (18:50:27) chris: smell memory
    (18:50:31) chris: that's awesome

  • Oh and how could I forget? I decided to install Ubuntu Linux last fortnight. I set it up as a dual-boot. Absolutely amazing. I'm blown away by how much further Linux distros have come since I last used it. amarok has got to be one of, if not the best music jukebox in existence. It's a shame it'll probably never come to Windows: FB2K is left far, far behind.

  • Unfortunately, ndiswrapper had problems with my cheap USB wireless card (sis163u based). Random freezes all round, and nothing I've found has been able to solve this problem, so I'll leave Ubuntu for now. When I have enough money for a new computer I'll get one with a linux-compatible wireless card.

  • I also got totally addicted to yakuake. Cue much tildering in Windows and cursing.

  • I finally started reading the Motion Mountain free physics textbook. I love it! I might print it up at work and keep chapters with me to read and make notes on.

Thats it from me!

Comments

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loss4words
Oct. 10th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
you know, you do seem to have your shit together more these days.

also, i've got two spare rooms.
xian
Oct. 11th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
It's all about the journey

and

Cheers, if they're free (as in available) I might just take you up on that. I'll let you know tho when time gets a bit closer what I'm up to though.
loss4words
Oct. 11th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
forreal yo.

it's very easy to get away from something to escape your problems. me, i left mackay and found a new life in brisbane. i stopped blowing things up, i stopped street racing, i found things i actually enjoyed doing instead. turns out i wasn't really that self-destructive, i was just bored. now looking back i'm not sure if that was really me, or whether it's just me when i'm in those circumstances, or whether not being in those circumstances have forced me to grow up. i think a little of both. i can go back to mackay now without looking over my shoulder at every corner, i can have a relaxed drink with my parents, i can go out without stressing. page 1 said everything i needed to say about it. i can say from a position of experience that actually returning to face your problems once you've left is not an easy thing to do and it will take some emotional maturity and some dealing with when you get back, but it will be one of the most rewarding things you have done in a while.

with the possible exception of that final fdisk when you dispose of a frustrating new linux install that refuses to work with your hardware :)

page 1 said everything i needed to say about it.
soulwatcher
Oct. 10th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
Ubuntu is awesome, I've been running it on my laptop since January and we're still working out how to get stuff to work, it's like a small miracle once in a while.

If you can't make it to Melb straightaway, spend some time in Bris bulding up your cash supply then move, there's heaps of people around Bris that could help the both of you out. Plus then we'd get to see you and actually meet Jess in person - double bonus :)
xian
Oct. 11th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, thats one option I've been considering. I'm also chasing up Xerox positions in Australia as well. They have a good few sites around the place, if I can get a job with one of them I'll be set for a while.

I think Jess would love to meet you and all the other people on my flist as well =)
soulwatcher
Oct. 11th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
Awesomes, I know you'll work it out when it comes to the crunch. Yes I'd love to meet Jess, I think we'd hit it off well :)
americanlass
Oct. 11th, 2006 09:02 am (UTC)
Yeeeahhh, I think we would :) One of the reasons I'm looking forward to coming to Australia is seeing all my friends from last summer and meeting all of you guys! Although I'm sure I'll be completely broke too when we get there... :p
loss4words
Oct. 11th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
putting linux on the desktop is like ordering a meal in a restaurant.

if it's not there in half an hour, or it's not what i ordered, or it doesn't taste like (read: do) what it claimed to, or it requires effort and preparation on my part when arrives, there had better be a damn good reason to keep it, cause if there isn't i'm sending it back.

(before you ask, i've tried 3 different linux distros for this task and they all fail at desktop)
soulwatcher
Oct. 11th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
Hehe fair enough, I guess it depends on how much you think you should put into getting an OS to do what you want it to. It can take just as long to get a windows install to work with everything, most of the time it's quicker because you know what you're doing, whereas with linux, I'm still very much the novice.

Then there's the age old statement that linux just wasn't meant to be desktop OS.
loss4words
Oct. 11th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
i don't think it really can take just as long with windows - pretty much everything you need to do during install is simple and everything that happens afterwards is a single installer or a few easy steps.

i've been using linux for about 6 years now, and i used it as a desktop for at least a year in there. it definitely gets easier, but by no means easy enough to replace windows, yet. it has potential to, though, and i believe that potential will come from debian. aptitude is by far the best package manager of any distribution i've used.
xian
Oct. 11th, 2006 10:50 am (UTC)
My ruler of usability is how long you can get by without resorting to the CLI. Even in Ubuntu, it doesn't take long - however it is so well set up, that you could easily get by without it.
americanlass
Oct. 11th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
I was going to say also, another option you mentioned awhile ago was to use your dad's place (the beach house?) as a base while looking for work and building up the money again. I wouldn't mind spending a couple months as a beach bum :D
xian
Oct. 11th, 2006 10:47 am (UTC)
Yeah I bet you wouldn't mind. I'll definitely go visit Dad but I'm not keen on staying there for too long. Couple weeks tops.

Trouble is finding work there might be ... uh ... interesting.
americanlass
Oct. 11th, 2006 10:49 am (UTC)
Interesting how?
xian
Oct. 11th, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
As in, difficult and something I'm not keen on doing.
americanlass
Oct. 11th, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
Gotcha.
bbt
Oct. 12th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC)
i have some work for u

it involves a toothbrush and a floor
americanlass
Oct. 12th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
Hey, no being rude to the girlfriend. Hmph. :p
bbt
Oct. 14th, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
lol it was aimed at him but anyway

*waves* :)
americanlass
Oct. 14th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
Hehe, fair enough.

*waves back*
hajime
Oct. 21st, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
I read that book at least a few years ago; interesting, but not really my cup of tea. Well, more that I've thought on it over the years and ... it doesn't seem to apply as neatly as I thought it may have shortly after reading it.

I'd love to see a good KDE setup in action. I've not played with it enough to get a good look at anything, but at some point I guess I should prod one of my Ubuntu installs into being KDE. All I run at work are SSH sessions, a browser and some Windows stuff in a vmware box; I could probably Just Use Windows instead. At home I only play games and mess around on the net, so I think I've booted to Linux maybe twice since I got the machine a few months ago.

I'd also like to see more of amarok, too ... I just use basic apps that let me throw an album at the speakers now and then.

Now to segue back into non-nerd topics: best of luck when you do wend your way back over here. If you're up in the northern hick city, I'd be happy to trundle around town with you. There are even jobs going at the uni if you wouldn't mind a job where you spend most of your day on your bum looking at fairly routine admin-type tasks; they keep asking me if I have any UNIX-minded friends and I can only really think of folk that I'm a bit ambivalent about. They're talking short-term type dealies as a lead-in, and it might be a nice way to line your pockets before heading south.

Re: running from problems, it does sound about right. I felt at least a little like that coming here. However, you could also argue that you needed a little perspective. I guess you've already mentioned that, but I doubt I'd've done well if I hadn't seen what I've seen down here. Maybe it's more that I prefer to look at it less as running from problems and more as learning how to deal with them. ;)

Have fun, and give the lass some hugs when you can.
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