The Even Greater Aussie Guild - Celebrating 10 YEARS!

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Postby Eowyns_elvish_sidekick » Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:50 am

Well, I'm back.


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France you say Celebalqua? Business or pleasure?
How is everyone?
Last exam was today. It's the only exam I've ever heard of being conducted next to a construction site. Good thing I knew my stuff for once!

Off to clean up my house...

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Postby celebalqua » Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:55 am

Just finished writing my reports, I hate this time of year.

Yes Manya we are off to France in a little over a week. We are going to follow le Tour de France.

Yay!
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Postby elora » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:36 am

Enjoy! So envious....

Hate this time of year too.... quarterly and annual reports and meetings, meetings, meetings.... Corporate Governance is hectic at this time of year as it is, along with the board doing a review of leadership and the strategic plan and we're anxiously sweating the outcome of funding negotiations...

Life in the not for profit/charitable sector is never dull...

Still, oddly, I love it when I'm not feeling like I've just been run over by a steam roller. Never thought I'd go from scientist to CEO...
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Postby Eowyns_elvish_sidekick » Sat Jul 28, 2012 12:15 am

Hi all!

I say, we're rather far down the page here aren't we?
Hope everyone's keeping well.

Celeb, are you back from France? How was the Tour?

Elora, hope things are a bit less hectic for you now. It sounds like you have an interesting job!

I'm a week into the new semester, but alas it won't be my last, as I unexpectedly failed a course! The silver lining in the cloud is that I'm only doing three courses this semester so things will be a tad less busy (maybe).

Anyone going to be following the olympics? I won't have time to follow it like in former years, nor do I have a TV, but I have a cousin competing in the rowing so might try to tune in for that!

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Postby celebalqua » Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:26 am

Hiya Manya,
Yep still in France til next Thursday. We are having a lovely time discovering Paris and taking it easy after the hectic traveling schedule of following the tour. Sorry to hear about your subject disappointment, will you repeat it or try something else?

Good luck with the study.

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Postby elora » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:54 pm

I have a TV and am still not following the Olympics nearly as much as I usually do. The recent behaviour of the Australian team, on and off "the court", has left a nasty taste in my mouth. Kinda a turn off. So not what we are as a nation...

France, Cele! Oooooohhhhhh....so envious! :lol:

My better half and I are off to nerd it up tonight in Brisbane. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is playing the Howard Shore score live tonight, while Fellowship of the Rin screens on the big screen at QPAC. A guilty pleasure. The team at work were embarrassed for me. :clap:

And, I have been getting all excited about the Hobbit movies too - now that I know the bigger tale in the appendices will be included. I know I shouldn't for two good reasons. One: the Prof. put the material in the appendices and not the main tales for a very good reason and I am not inclined to second guess his judgement. Two: I've had my fingers burnt before with the last LotR movie thing.

I guess I never learn...

Manya - you will romp in that re-do subject this time! I just know it! :bookworm:
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Postby celebalqua » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:08 am

Hi Elora, please report back and tell us how the Fellowship/ symphony goes. We are going to the Melbourne symphony orchestra doing the same in October.

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Postby elora » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:47 am

Absolutely a rip snorter! Sheer perfection...and the ability to feel the music and voices of a full symphonic orchestra, choir and soloists vibrate through your body - makes your senses tingle and hair stand on end.

I have to admit that I am an ardent fan of Howard Shore's score for the trilogy.

In Brisbane they had the full works. I'm talking harps and harpsichords, alto and soprano soloists, a choir of over 200 people, and the whole nine yards of your standard orchestra. They were without flaw in the performance. Timing, music, emotion was bang on target. No easy feat at all.

They're doing The Two Towers in 2013. To quote the other half, "That was bangin'!"

They earned a standing ovation. Hope the Melbourne show is as superb as this one was.
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Postby celebalqua » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:51 pm

Wow Elora, I was looking forward to it anyway.

I saw Howard Shore conduct the Sydney Symphony when he was out doing the three movies as a symphony and it was wonderful too.

I can't wait for it now!

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Postby Eowyns_elvish_sidekick » Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:24 pm

I was there on Saturday afternoon! Was great fun. And the first time I'd seen the movie on the big screen since it left cinemas in 2001, so that was a little nostalgic.
It was great peering down at the orchestra and working out what instrument makes which sound. (Hammered Dulcimer!) And the Oboists put a special mouthpiece on to make the middle eastern 'Shawm' sound. I was quite fascinated.
The Witch King was also sitting front and centre for the performance (QPAC had him and Legolas out in the foyer for photo opportunities).

Was not expecting most of the concert hall to laugh when Boromir says "One does not simply walk into Mordor." Didn't expect there to be that many people there who pay attention to internet memes!


As for the Hobbit developments... I'm a little skeptical. Three movies as good as the LotR movies would be great, but when PJ starts diverting from the source material it can get... clunky (case in point - Saruman's dialogue during Fellowship is very, generic, I guess you could say).

Oh and my cousin's team won bronze in the quad sculls!
There seems to be more scandal than usual associated with these games - and I don't mean just the Aussie team either.
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Postby elora » Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:31 pm

Know what you mean about the audience laughter - and, as an ardent follower of evolutionary psychology, the use of memes to refer to internet trends makes me huff like some precious intellectual every time.

:lol:

Unfortunately, yesterday morning an iO9 article popped up on my Fb feed - the best unintentionally funny lines in Sci Fi and Fantasy films of all time. Legolas' "Captain Obvious" dialogue in RotK featured...the scene where Aragorn elaborates on the Gates of Mordor ploy to which, pretty elf replies, "A diversion!"

That kept circling my brain during any scene that featured Legolas...and the fact that the other half gleefully leaned over at a critical juncture and reiterated did not help. Snorting with laughter is not the done thing. :roll: :rofl:
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Postby Eowyns_elvish_sidekick » Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:44 am

Clearly the movies have been out for too long. They've merged into pop culture just like Star Wars :D

Haha, on the one hand I understand your huff at the misuse of 'meme' (rare to see people picking up on that!), but on the other hand the linguist in me says it's just a new evolving meaning of the word... :wink:
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Postby elora » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:42 pm

Ah...an evolutionary linguist!

I suppose then that LOL and ROLTFLMAO are not acronyms but newly developed words too...

Oh dear. Now I am sounding old and fussy. How did that happen?
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Postby Eowyns_elvish_sidekick » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:14 am

Well I wouldn't call them words (though I have heard some younger people use LOL as an actual spoken word :|) and the language nerd in me would not condone putting them in the dictionary, but they are certainly interesting lexical items...

I'm in the physics game now so I can afford to switch between shaking my fist at 'those young 'uns!' and admiring the evolution of language :wink:
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Postby Eowyns_elvish_sidekick » Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:42 pm

Seems I killed this thread good... sorry guys.

Been extremely busy with uni so didn't get back to see how things were going til now.
Got my Queensland Symphony programme for next year - Two Towers is scheduled for November :)
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Postby elora » Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:39 pm

I got mine too - can't wait to get tickets for the November 2013 show. Hopefully the annual conference held in my field (also November) will not clash.


I might be a scarce here too. A lot happening on work and family fronts. It won't last forever but it might take a few months.
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Re: The Even Greater Aussie Guild - Celebrating 10 YEARS!

Postby Eowyns_elvish_sidekick » Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:38 am

Hi everyone!
How about this new layout? I didn't realise til I saw it that the old one was around for ten years. That's pretty impressive the way things go nowadays.

Hope you are all keeping well. I wish I had more time to actively participate on these boards, but I was never particularly good at socialising online anyway!
Coming up to study week, so I'll still be scarce around here. Can't wait for some time to get some reading done. I have the Silmarillion scheduled for a well overdue reread!

Take care!

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Postby elora » Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:19 pm

Good luck!!!

Hope exams go as well as you hope for. I like the new layout. The board loads so much faster! Well done, TORC masters! :-D
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Postby Arassuil » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:03 pm

G'day Manya, Elora, & Cel! Work has been quite busy pushing into the end of the year. Taking a moment to get around the boards. Merry Christmas!
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Postby celebalqua » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:08 pm

Thanks arassiul, merry merry to you too.

Well Aussies is this this the only place we can play for a while on TORC? From today on they will all be talking Hobbit and we, due to some crazy marketing ploy, have to wait til the 26th. Aaaaaaaaggghhhh! So not fair
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Postby celebalqua » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:29 pm

Hey Manya, how did the exams go? I didn't realise you we're studying physics. What area are you working in? My main focus was electronics and astronomy,
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Postby Eowyns_elvish_sidekick » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:11 am

Hi all,

Hope you're enjoying yourselves.

I have my tickets booked for the first session on the 26th, just like old times back in 2001-2003. Actually permitting myself to put some faith in Peter Jackson and get excited. Have been surprisingly free of spoilers so far, despite at least one friend who already saw it in New Zealand.

Celeb - Had two exams, one was a total nightmare. I'm going to have to repeat a course and delay graduation! I'm doing summer research in astrophysics at the moment. It's looking like that will be my area of choice in the end, as I keep getting research projects in it! I will miss the other areas of physics when I'm forced to specialise though.
I'm sure you've brought up the astronomy thing before, but are you saying you majored in physics? That's cool!

Greetings to Elora and Arassuil too! Hope you and your families have great holidays :)
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Postby sammy » Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:34 am

Hi all!

I'm an Aussie poster and saw this thread so popping my head in to say "Hi" :)

I am very excited for boxing day!!
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Re: The Even Greater Aussie Guild - Celebrating 10 YEARS!

Postby celebalqua » Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:07 pm

hi everyone and welcome Sammy, nice to see someone who is an infrequent visitor like me pop up. :)

Eowyns_elvish_sidekick wrote:I'm going to have to repeat a course and delay graduation!
Bit of a bummer, can you do it externally so you can do other stuff as well next year?

Eowyns_elvish_sidekick wrote:I'm doing summer research in astrophysics at the moment.
V.cool. What area are you researching. I have taught physic in secondary school for about 20 yrs but just recently finished some post grad work in astronomy, which i really really enjoyed.

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Postby Eowyns_elvish_sidekick » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:31 am

sammy! I remember you! Nice to see another face around here :)

So the movie was awesome. Didn't leave me with the wide-eyed amazement of ten years ago, but that doesn't matter. I would actually go as far as to say that certain things were handled better than in the LotR movies. I won't say anymore for now since there has to be a spoiler-free refuge somewhere here for a bit longer, but I am well satisfied.

Have lurked around the other boards a bit though, and it's quite nostalgic seeing all the discussion, people whose joining dates are only a few days ago, that sort of thing...

So now I'm caught up on the Hobbit and Doctor Who and can actually move freely about the internet without encountering spoilers for a while - a strange feeling indeed!

celebalqua wrote: Bit of a bummer, can you do it externally so you can do other stuff as well next year?

No unfortunately, but a lot of my life revolves around uni (job, etc) so I would be spending a great deal of my time there anyway. And I need that connection of classmates really to motivate me on the off days!

celebalqua wrote:V.cool. What area are you researching. I have taught physic in secondary school for about 20 yrs but just recently finished some post grad work in astronomy, which i really really enjoyed.

Great! I can't see myself as a secondary school teacher, but my high school physics teacher had a big hand in encouraging my enthusiasm for it so I really respect them!
I'm doing stuff with compact galaxy groups, but the full scope of the project is still emerging. Lots of programming at the moment!

Til next time

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Re: The Even Greater Aussie Guild - Celebrating 10 YEARS!

Postby elora » Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:54 am

Happy Australia Day! How did you spend your day?

It was a very wet and wild one for those of us in Queensland, thanks to ex-cyclone Oswald. Hope no one here was flooded or caught in the twisters that eventuated.

As for me, I had a lazy day. Coffee and antiquing with a good friend, cooking up a yummy tagine (lamb, of course) and sipping on some excellent local craft brewed ale (Persian stout to go with the tagine) as I listened to The Hottest 100.

Maybe next year my beloved will celebrate his first Australia Day as a citizen. Fingers crossed!

:yippie: :clap: :drink: :clap: :yippie:
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Postby Eowyns_elvish_sidekick » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:13 am

Hi Elora! Sounds like you made yourself a great day there! I woke up extremely late and did a lot of reading. Bit low on resources for more revelry, but it was the perfect start to the long weekend :)

The Oswald fallout is terrible! As I've probably mentioned I grew up in Central Queensland, so I still have a lot of friends in the area. One lives in Bundaberg and had to be evacuated. My parents recorded 900mm of rain in 4 days at their place. Friends in Rockhampton will have to deal with the river rising in the next few days I suppose. And there's Brisbane of course. Sounds like you've been okay though!
The rain's reached me in NSW now, and hopefully it can all finally move out to sea tonight!

I tell you, after the bushfires a couple of weeks ago, and those 40 degree days, I'm about ready for winter to come!

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Postby elora » Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:04 pm

Lived in Mackay for 6 years, Bundaberg for 2 years - they're really going through a tough time there now.

My family come from Northern NSW - right now they're facing major flooding (the mighty Clarence roars). Looking like something close to the 1954 floods in terms of water volume. Flood mitigation has changed a lot since then, I hope.

Stay safe and dry wherever you are!
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Re: The Even Greater Aussie Guild - Celebrating 10 YEARS!

Postby Arassuil » Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:33 pm

Hey Aussies! It's been awhile since any activity here. :o
Other than getting stomped in the ashes, Nissan winning a V8 Supercar race, and an election between dumb and dumber, what has been going on?

Been working and trying to stay healthy and enjoy life here. Enjoying the sun and the relaxation on weekends.
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Postby celebalqua » Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:07 am

hey Arassuil, yep its been pretty quiet in here

:rofl: re your assessment of recent events couldn't agree more but Geelong is in the finals so there is still hope!!


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