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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Whoopee! I have had some success on Ebay with furnishing my new wardrobe. I'm starting from the ground up. That is, feet.

Here is my first foray into er...fashion (for want of a better word). These are kind of a suede-like material Diana Ferrari runners. Or sneakers as some call them. Or stealthy sneaking espionage covert-operation foot apparatus. I'm using them for running so I'm calling them runners. Or walkers. Argh.

They were $10.50 with $9 postage & handling. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Next up is legs, I have this thing for corduroy. It's warm, comfy and well, I don't know - I just like the material. And brown. For some reason I thought these three would go together perfectly. Red, brown and dark grey with a bit of red on it. I'm no Karl Lagerfeld - for one I don't have enough sunglasses. But I think I got it right here.

These Rip Curl corduroy jeans were $15.15 with $6.00 postage & handling.

Next we move to the torso. I love this T-shirt. I do not love this T-shirt because Jessica Simpson wore it once. In fact I couldn't give a rat's rear end. I love this T-shirt because it's very me. It came all the way from South Korea - customs stamp and everything.

I bought it for $17.50 plus $6.00 postage which is pretty good considering how far it had to travel.

My next purchase will probably be a hat, considering I am doing this from the ground up. So we need to take care of the head, or noggin as it is sometimes called. With a hat. Either that or a tiara. But I think a hat would be more suitable for the cold weather. It will probably be something like this - I like the style termed "newsboy" or "cadet".

Thursday, July 26, 2007

I can't imagine why someone would get rid of this.

And now, for the man who has everything (except perhaps class)

Speaking of class...

This is so tacky I don't even know where to start. A tongue piercing. In the shape of... AND it glows in the dark!

Something now for the stressed executive...

This doll is able to be repeatedly mutilated to provide stress relief for the executive. Just don't beat the sh!t out of the doll when someone could walk in because you are likely to get sent on permanent leave. A grown man. Killing a doll. Freud would have a field day. Can you spell serial killer?

And my favourite one goes in the "if you're stupid enough to buy it, I'll sell it to you" category:

The description is brilliant. Here's a direct quote:

"...Like conjoined twins this Pizza Shape has no lines in between so at birth in the cutter and ovens they remain truly brother and sister. After eating Savoury Shapes for a lifetime I have never seen such a rare beast as this one..."

All this time I have been sitting on a fortune. Every time I've munched on 'conjoined' barbeque shapes I could have been stockpiling them and making a fortune! Ah...the agony of hindsight.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Kate at Electric Venom is doing a linky love fest so if you want to get in on the action there's very little time left. It's one of those things you have to do to get the page rank smoking.

By the way, I have included trackbacks on all my posts. It will be interesting to see if it makes a difference to page rank, Alexa etc.

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As you probably know, I spend quite a bit of time on Ebay. Some of the things I have discovered are too weird not to display here. So without further ado...the weirdest of the bunch:

Gold Coated Smith's Potato Chip

What can I say. For the person who has everything. Except a gold covered potato chip.

Sydney Ghost / Crime Tour in a Hearse

If this is your idea of a good time, ie. being chauffeured around Sydney in a haunted hearse looking at ghost sites and crime scenes, then look no further. Actually this sounds pretty cool.

And...for that really hard to buy person...

The Amazing Screeching Slingshot Monkey

What I love about this one is that not only does it fly, it screeches as well. If you are mad at one of your friends and they have a kid, buy this for their kid as a present. (insert diabolical laughter here)

This next one isn't particularly weird, but I just loved the name...

Amazing refined bone double wonderful carbs

I think they mean crabs. Or frogs?!?! Tell you what, a week on the Atkins diet and you will be craving the wonderful carbs.

And I couldn't go past this one. For the moron who is easily led distinguished buyer...

Amazing Suicide Door Conversion for Any Car!

Suicide door? The name itself should put you off. Not to mention the impracticality. Er...one word: why?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I finally won something on Ebay. It has been quite a while since my efforts have been successful. I find myself placing bids, going away, coming back, watching the clock...

...and when there is 1min 12sec to go on the auction some b@stard starts bidding furiously. No. I say. Mine. I've started to call these people 'snipers' because they are sneaky and bid on all the things you want. Sometimes I wonder if they have even looked at the item before bidding. For some it is the thrill of the chase. For others, like me, it's stocking up my wardrobe which has been sorely neglected over the last 10 years or so. Probably longer. I haven't had much of an interest in fashion because it annoys me. Trying on clothes, matching up colours, trying on more clothes. Blah. I like Ebay because I can look at the sizes, match up outfits and bid away. Without ever encountering a sales assistant. *sigh*

So I finally hit pay dirt when I won this top:

Guess T- Shirt
Final Price: $3.00
Postage: $6.00


The photo doesn't really do it justice but it will look great with jeans.
I have already washed it and hung it out to dry. It's probably a good idea to launder any clothes you buy on Ebay - you don't know where they've been. Eeeew!
I do this even if the clothing comes from a smoke free, pet free home. It's usually dust that gets up your nose more than anything else. After all, this has probably been hanging in someone's closet for an inordinate amount of time.

I've gone a bit PayPal mad too because it means I don't have to go to the bank to deposit the money. Yes, thankfully I do exercise. See my post "walking with hand weights is the best exercise".

I am glad to be replenishing my wardrobe. I have forced myself to be interested in fashion. What other people are wearing etc. It's been hard because I really don't care. But I will learn. Necessity, such as running out of tops while your other ones are in the wash - these are the sort of things that motivate me.

Anyway, Donatella Versace need not be scared just yet. What am I saying? Scratch that. Now I'm scared. Stop talking. Okay.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

I don't have too much to say today. So I thought I'd let these guys say it for me. It sums it up exactly. And congratulations to Padraig Harrington for winning the British Open. Legend. Watch and enjoy.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

This is a shopping blog and therefore I don't normally write about HTML and CSS stuff but I have just spent 3 infuriating hours trying to work out why it is that 'highlight' text refuses point blank to display in Internet Explorer.

This is from the website I am working on:


Note: I used the term "left" as the highlight is to appear in the left menu bar.

Display was perfect in Mozilla and Opera but IE wasn't showing any highlight. In fact, it just reverted to the original style specified.

After much pain and use of IDs (#), etc, I was no closer to a solution.

Then finally I discovered a command used if the text is to be highlighted say, in the middle of a sentence. I used the following:

And wouldn't you know, it worked. The highlight displayed properly, even in Internet Explorer.

So, to avoid pain and suffering for others, I decided to post this fix for highlights displaying properly in IE. I hope it will save some people some time and frustration.

Peace. I'm going to go and have a chamomile.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Speaking of awards, I've been reviewing all the purchases I have made in the last year or so - I suppose I'm coming to a point where I reassess the value of everything I have bought. Sometimes I find I have bought an item that becomes completely useless after a week. I have rated these purchases on two criteria - frequency of use and practicality.

Click on the item title to read the original posts. These items have all stood the test of time and proved to be invaluable.

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I don't know about you but I always seem to be finding myself standing dumbly in front of one of the printers and reading the dreaded words "cartridge empty". Not only that, it always seems to happen at the exact time you have to print out a 200 page document complete with illustrations. I think they might secretly know when the user will be needing them and will invariably misbehave when you are standing in front of them, sweating and praying.

To avoid such undesirable situations, you may want to stock up on inkjet cartridges for all your printers in advance. Atlantic Reviews could be a good place to start.

There are a number of options. Firstly, you can choose original ink cartridges - that is, brand name cartridges you would normally buy at a stationery store.

You could also choose recycled ink cartridges and refills to save money.

If you are involved in large-scale printing jobs, you can go one step further and order bulk ink. The bulk ink can be found for most well-known inkjet printers.

The site declares an assurance of quality, stating that Atlantic Ink Jet Inks are fade resistant - including the refill and bulk range. For those of you who are technical minded, they also use sub-micron filtration to create clog-free printing tot prolongs printer head life.

Buying bulk ink, recycled cartridges or refills could be an option for those of you wishing to save money on ink jet ink purchases.

Important Note: This has been a paid review. This does not mean I am paid to have an opinion that pleases others. My review contains my own observations about the subject matter - both positive and negative. The review may contain criticism, suggestions and comments of my own choosing. See disclosure policy for more details.
My fellow blogger Saboma from Maryannaville has awarded me with the


Thanks so much!!

I am very happy.

And satisfied.

Just like this mouse.

Image courtesy of Dlisted.com

I would like to share this award with my fellow bloggers:

Kuanyin - Blog-Blond
The Diva - A Diva's Dressing Room
Rosanna - Sandal Showcase

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Sorry for the lack of posts, I have been out of commission. No need to go into detail here but I'm back again and I have been neglecting my blog, amongst other things. Still to come are the Hobart updates, including a look at the famous Salamanca Market. I have been a bad blogger. Forgive me. Please.

Friday, July 13, 2007

I bought these three Patricia Cornwell novels on Ebay for $6.00

That's right! $6.00!

That means $2 each if my maths serves me correctly!

I had to buy these again as I lent the three novels as an Omnibus to a friend. Rather than ask for it back, I thought I'd just buy a new lot. Good karma or what?

Soon, I shall have them all....my...young...apprentice....