Friday, June 25, 2010

Lucia Friday night free for all

Friday night.

Time to chat.

Drop in anytime.

27 comment(s):

ZenTiger said...

Off to get the Friday Pizza and Iskander. Back later.

Andrei said...

Hi all;
Its been quiet around here recently and I have been very quiet indeed.

I am just gobsmacked by the Chris Carter thing and sickened by John Key's persistance with the ETS thing and his sellout for political advantage of the foreshore etc

But how to post on such things and keep it as seemly as this blog requires is beyond my abilities.

We live in a broken world - today I visited with a sick woman who was thrilled because she had a five dollar gift voucher from the supermarket and bought some vita crisp and a nice spread to go on them - a real treat for her, which stands in stark contrast to Chris Carter's massages in Cambodia and flowers for his boyfriend - no ?

Ciaron said...

Got A- for fluid mechanics. Missed out on an A by 3%. missed out on topping class by 4%.Have inkling on how the All Whites feel

Lucia Maria said...

Hi Zen, Andrei and Ciaron!

Andrei, that's humbling, really. A cause for happiness because of a $5 voucher. I spend amounts like that without thinking.

Ciaron, you still did really well! Just be happy and try harder next time. :)

Andrei said...

A- for fluid mechanics whoo hoo those
Navier Stokes equations are seriously hard you know the phrase.

Hell A- for fluid mechanics beats a A+ for gender studies by about 2000 parsecs probably more.

In my day the subject was called continuum mechanics I loved it - couldn't do it now. my brain has atrophied.

Lucia Maria said...

I've just spent most of today homeschooling, lots of dishes (no new dishwasher yet), some tidying because my 9 year old wasn't feeling well enough for a full day of work today... and then agonising over what to buy from the US for my 13 year old's writing curriculum.

Oh, and my Latin order arrived today - very exciting!


Good evening everyone.
Yes, Key's persistance with ETS is a worry.
He raises the odds of it costing him his job, the longer he delays on the inevitable u-turn.
As for the seashore, it was also a worry to see all that land north of Kaitaia potentially affected.
At least Key is not a "crazed sex poodle."
I doubt Julia Gillard is either.

ZenTiger said...

Howdy folks, end of a very busy week. I'm so far behind on all the news (or at least the details)

Firstly, the important stuff: congratulations Ciaron, great result. That's definitely good news.

Also, great result for the All Whites. Funny that three draws actually represents a great result for NZ, sometimes it's not just about winning.

Hopefully, we will see continued growth in NZ football.

ZenTiger said...

Is anyone asking if we are doing puns tonight?

Ozy Mandias said...

Evening all. Wont be with you long as am a little tired. Am football mad so have been up half the night, every day of the week and need an early night.

I dream of an A-. Well done Ciaron.

Cant think of any puns Zen Tiger. Apart from the class I wondered why the soccerball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

ZenTiger said...

I heard this one from Rudd:

I couldn't quite remember how to throw a boomerang, but eventually it came back to me.

Or was that karma that came back?

ZenTiger said...

Ciaron, if you haven't noticed, some well wishes from Crusader Rabbit

Lucia Maria said...


I think I'm in the brain atrophied zone as well. I'm keeping up with my 13 year old's math ... just. I'm hoping that'll I'll be able to do that for a while longer without having to study the same lessons, just so I can explain to him where he goes wrong, when he does that is.

At least we are not at the calculus level yet, I can't even remember what that is!

Oswald Bastable said...

A character in the Tintin books?

Andrei said...

That would be Cuthbert Calculus with a Capital C Oswald.

With a lower c calculus becomes the language of science and engineering

Lucia Maria said...

LOL, Oswald!

Lucia Maria said...


I hope you find your blogging voice again. I lost mine for a while. It comes and goes, but I can relate to what you said in your first comment about how to post on the stupidity and blatant evil around us. That's the challenge, isn't it?

Andrei said...

I hope so too Lucyna.

The woman I mentioned above is dying in poverty - I feel helpless, i do what I can which is little enough.

And when you see this and the other things I have seen in recent months the goings on of the rich famous and powerful seem so banal. I don't really feel inclined to talk about them too much.

I was recently exposed to an example of the most blatant hypocrisy on the part of a highly paid government official, upper echelon - it would make a great blog post but I can't use it, it relates peripherally to the woman above. Its a story I will find a way to tell sometime.

Anyway I have added a new link to the Catholic section - it is a feed of my own creation built with the intention of putting out into the noise that swamps the internet the daily life of the Church for each day - It is Orthodox not Latin Catholic but applies to Byzantine Catholics. Hope it fits there in your mind. Perhaps in time we can align it with the Latin Church as well.

It was conceived when I sat by my mothers coffin in the Church the night before her funeral and came into existence shortly thereafter.

Ciaron said...

I highly recommend this as a maths reference.

It covers absolutely everything from basic addition to university level.

Lucia Maria said...

Thanks for that, Ciaron. It looks very comprehensive.

Lucia Maria said...


When it comes to death, we are helpless. There's nothing much we can do to prevent it, death can only be held back for so long.

The woman you've been visiting will remember you as an angel during her times of darkness, and I'm sure once she's in Heaven she will be a great advocate for you.

The link you've added looks wonderful. Though, maybe it needs it's own section, rather than being mixed in with the Blogs?

Lucia Maria said...

Our oven element broke a couple of weeks ago, so I am right now trying to heat a frozen lasagne for my 9 year old using the grill. I'm not sure how successful I'll be. I've already had to throw away the melted plastic liner and container and wrap it all in foil.

My older son and Mr Maria are both away tonight at a swimming competition, so it's a downgraded dinner for myself and the 9 year old.

I hope the lasagne works. Last time I tried to cook a frozen lasagne for him, the oven element burst into flames and consequently, broke.

Ciaron said...

Maybe God is trying to tell you something? :)

Lucia Maria said...

It's either; learn how to cook using the grill (the grill and I are not friends, the best I know to burn stuff is to use the grill), or renovate the kitchen. I'm going with renovate the kitchen, as it seriously annoys me (no bench space or storage space, and a great big walk-in pantry that dominates it, all circa 1970 or so).

But, the lasagne worked. I grilled with foil for 40 minutes or so, 20cm away from the grill, and then opened up the foil and blasted it directly for 5 min. Slightly burnt the top, but according to my son, it's softer than when cooked in the oven.

Ciaron said...

by the way, apparently you can get Stroud as an e-book for free. But me being a sucker paid $140 for it :)

Lucia Maria said...

At least you'll have it if the power ever goes out!

homepaddock said...

Evening, I'm a day late catching up on Friday's chat.

Andre, I second Lucia: your story is humbling.

Re the hypocrisy, is it possible to tell the story in general so it doesn't identify particular people or events?

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