Thursday, June 4, 2009

Not the one-handed computing YOU'RE thinking of ... although that will present its own problems ...

Bloody hell.
Dislocated thumb by hockey stick.
Sounds tough but actually hurt less than stubbing my toe.
Thanks, Panadeine Forte!
So now I'm typing this with one hand.
My left hand, of course.
The right hand is wrapped in a special OT-melted cast and velcro to protect my Jurgen Balls.
For three weeks.
Hence, everything I write now will be severely curtailed into
bad poetry.



  1. Jeez, some people will do anything to get out of changing the nappies.

  2. Ooooh. Hurties!

    ...but hey, at least you weren't NAKED....

  3. *snap* I have a sprained left thumb. doesn't bother me too much, being right-handed, but unhooking the clothing is a hassle.

  4. Jurgen balls! They look worse than the dislocation.

  5. Dan - Yes, I am Captain Popular at the moment. At least I didn't move to Melbourne ...

    Kath - Who says I wasn't?

    River - Actually, it was more of a *thump*

    Jono - They're nothing to do with the op, I just refused to give away our position to the enemy and so they screwed a couple in there ...

  6. Sook, it didn't look that bad. From memory, you were showing it off to anyone that would look - like the true hockey player should - on ya mate.

    Nah, seriously, I hope it heals well, as things that don't never help you out in the long run.

  7. Hope you're on the mend.

    Who says there is 'good' poetry?

  8. I do, I can direct you to some if you'd like.

  9. Why do you have Jurgen Balls? Is there a pin holding your toe straight? And why?

  10. Bugger! My own sore thumb has flared up so off I went to the doctor. He sent me for x-rays. He seems to think it's not sprained at all, he thinks I have arthritis which is flaring up every time I bump or bend it wrong.

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An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
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Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
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  • Shippy - 19
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