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Monomer

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Monomer last won the day on August 19 2008

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About Monomer

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    Wondering what life's all about
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    Adelaide, South Australia
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    music, science, health and nutrition, gardening, reading, graphic design, photography
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    A bored Laboratory Technician looking for a more fulfilling job
  1. I've been so pre-occupied with SA's heatwave that I hadn't realised how bad it was in the east. More people killed in the Victorian bushfires than during Ash Wednesday! It's awful to read about that and the floods in Qld. I wonder if Jay-qu is affected. And the queenslander hypographers. How's NSW doing Michaelangelica?
  2. We've got water, but it's very hot, even out of the cold water tap. Showers haven't been too pleasant lately. I get home after a hot bus ride home from work (no air conditioning on the buses; they're equipped with it, but it doesn't work properly) and I gotta have a warm shower. Drip-drying in front of the fan does the trick though :hihi: The air conditioning isn't working at my place of employment: 29oC in the office and slightly less in the lab so we're not doing much work! One of my colleagues made a frozen coke yesterday by putting a mug of coke in the -80o freezer. It was a great
  3. My plants are dying so I'm guessing the grapes aren't faring too well. You better buy up big now before the price goes up! Yeah, you're right. I thought they'd be a bigger problem than usual, but they seem to be well controlled. They can never cope with the demand during summer, but how many summers have we had! By now they should have some decent stats on usage and the demand they need to meet. They should have extreme weather plans in place - even for freezing temperatures because although we don't get snow and ice here, you never know what will happen. They certainly know
  4. I posted this over at Weather Watching, but it probably belongs here too. Adelaide is experiencing a heat wave. I don't think I've experienced it this hot before - temperatures in the 40s with overnight 'lows' in the 30s. It all began on Tuesday with Wednesday peaking at 45oC, and the forcast for the next week (at least until next Thursday) is around 40oC. [ATTACH]2578[/ATTACH] There have been endless power failures around the state, with some suburbs without power for 8 hours. Air conditioners aren't working properly and there is no cold water coming out of the taps. I've alrea
  5. Adelaide is experiencing a heat wave. I don't think I've experienced it this hot before - temperatures in the 40s with overnight 'lows' in the 30s. It all began on Tuesday with Wednesday peaking at 45oC, and the forcast for the next week (at least until next Thursday) is around 40oC. There have been endless power failures around the state, with some suburbs without power for 8 hours. Air conditioners aren't working properly and there is no cold water coming out of the taps. I've already had enough of not sleeping and sweating most of the time! Train lines have even buckled:
  6. Although it is generally accepted that 'Breast is Best', there's the danger of pesticides in breast milk being transferred to the baby. Years ago I read Altering Eden: The Feminisation of Nature by Deborah Cadbury which discusses the dangers of environmental estrogens and mentioned the transfer of cancerous agents to infants via breast milk. Here are some other articles that talk about something similar: Persistence of Organochlorines in Breast Milk of Women in Victoria, Australia ScienceDirect - Chemosphere : Factors affecting the transfer of organochlorine pesticide residues to breastm
  7. Raspberries that are black... :) But seriously: The North American Bramble Growers Association Black raspberry
  8. Yep, it appears to be a Myrmecia pyriformis, also known as a bull ant or bulldog ant. I found these pictures to confirm it: PCD0149-46 Myrmecia pyriformis Myrmecia pyriformis - Brown Bull Ant When I was a kid we called anything bigger than a common black house ant a "bull ant". Little did I know how big an actual bull ant was. Apparently the Myrmecia pyriformis can be quite aggressive and their sting is potentially lethal. If I'd known I wouldn't have gotten so close to it! I was just so fascinated to see an ant that big and I spent a few minutes taking as many photos as I could. Th
  9. I found this rather large ant (at least I think it's an ant) in my garden one day. I thought the other ants were kinda large, but this one was a little over an inch long. I was wondering if anyone has seen anything like it before and knows what it is.
  10. Those people that eat crappy food (the pop-tarts, donuts, fries etc) might not put on weight now, but I think it will catch up with them sooner or later and in one way or another - weight gain and/or serious health problems like cancer. I know guys who ate anything and everthing in their teens and were bean poles, but in their mid-twenties they started gaining weight. I agree with the others - you've got to get this checked out by a doctor. Also, don't skip meals because that will have the oposite effect of what you're trying to achieve. Eat well, eat small portions, and keep active. I
  11. What is it with Queensland... What a flippin' joke – Townsville school becomes cartwheel cops Why don't we just wrap them up in cotton wool and lock them in the house...
  12. Monomer

    Do u text?

    I tend to send more emails than text messages, but text messages are great when I need a more urgent response (I don't really like talking on the phone). I've found the only way to get a response from my sister on that day is to send a text message which she responds to quite promptly, whereas she only checks her email once a week. My husband and I are on a plan where we don't pay for text messages to each other so we make good use of that at times.
  13. I watched the highlights of the competition on Sunday night. It was fantastic watching these very talented musicians play: their expressions, their fingers flying up and down the keyboard, their memorisation of the pieces. Great stuff!
  14. YouTube - Tommy Emmanuel Initiation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tN2LuMQjMo
  15. Hmm... A shortage of women in a remote mining town where there's nothing to do but hang out with miners... how strange! 'Ugly' Mount Isa women to protest
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