sunny breaks tells you how to vote and how to eat

Well this is exciting. I missed, what… the last two(?) elections but here I am all ready to vote. I was actually thinking I might get slapped with a nice big fine when I rock up to the booths on Sat. but I’m sure the DFAT told the AEC I was OS.

*”Humanity Is A Flawed Creation”*

I’ve been rewatching the 2000s ‘reimagining’ of BattleStar Galactica and really enjoying it. Edward James Olmos is a great actor. And in one scene he uttered the above pullquote. That’s pretty much how I feel when I think about politics, and parliamentary politics in general. It’s far from perfect but it could be worse.

<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/9670347930/” title=”parliamentary politics by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3791/9670347930_bfbacffbf5_m.jpg” width=”240″ height=”240″ alt=”parliamentary politics”></a><br/>_Will we ever be free?_

This website <a href=”http://www.belowtheline.org.au/viewer/vic”>below the line</a> is useful for figuring out senate stuff. I wonder how many people out there properly understand how preferences work…? I mean, you can controlĀ  where the preferences go completely if you want, but if you want to be lazy and just vote “1” above the line on the senate paper then the above website shows you where each party send their preferences. I heard some misinformation a while back that the wikileaks party were sending their preferences to the shooters’ party but I am glad to see that’s not true.

It would be good to see Assange get into the senate even if only for the fact that it would mean that he could legally get out of the .ec embassy. I read most of <a href=”http://wikileaks.org/Transcript-Meeting-Assange-Schmidt.html”>this</a> a couple of months ago and he is really an intelligent fellow, perhaps too much so for Aust. govt but maybe that’s how you drag its IQ up.

<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/9674039627/” title=”Broccoli : good by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3805/9674039627_4ca6c5388c.jpg” width=”500″ height=”500″ alt=”Broccoli : good”></a>

This is the biggest broccoli head I have grown. I stuck my hand in there for size comparison but I don’t think it worked. If there was some sort of petrol and fertilizer crisis I think I’d end up a lot thinner because we had to wait quite a while for what will be enough broccoli for part of one meal. I don’t know what _they_ grow broccoli in to get it so big. I didn’t use any fertilizer.

Beets by dr. dre sox

<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunnybreaks/8673219647/” title=”Beets by esquimauxpie, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8387/8673219647_cfb3674e68_n.jpg” width=”320″ height=”320″ alt=”Beets”></a>

I’m really enjoying having ground for gardening. You know, I may have even mentioned it before, but sure land is at a premium in S.korea, but it’s also the mentality there in that it’s normal to live in tiny places with ho garden. I have to say it was difficult being that disconnected from nature and not having your own little bit of nature to mess around with. The last place I lived at here in australia (just down the road) I did have the opportunity to do gardening but wasn’t really into it. I guess, something about it not being “mine” but here, now, eventhough we’re renting I do feel more like owning it and so am having a bit of a play at vegetable growing.

Above: the more successful of the beetroot, to date. I put some in part of the lawn area and they were looking good initially but then were attacked by slugs or something. Also the birds, though they mean well, keep scratching up that bit of ground looking for worms. I thought the soil underneath the white stones might be okay, and once we’re done the stones can be easily raked back into boring rental-position. They’re getting the most sun and so far are unbothered by predators.

Also planted some broccoli, parsley, fennel, spinach, lettuce and a half-hearted attempt at potatoes. May need to get some straw to really make potatoes work which may exceed my lazy-threshold.