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Old 05-18-2015, 03:14 AM   #51
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Shrek (27 November 1996 – 6 June 2011) was a Merino wether (castrated male sheep) belonging to Bendigo Station, a sheep station near Tarras, New Zealand, who gained international fame in 2004, after he avoided being caught and shorn for six years. Merinos are normally shorn annually, but Shrek apparently hid in caves, avoiding muster. He was named after the fictional character in books and films of the same name.[1]

After being caught on 15 April 2004, the wether was shorn by a professional in 20 minutes on 28 April. The shearing was broadcast on national television in New Zealand.[2][3] His fleece contained enough wool to make 20 large men's suits, weighing 27 kg (60 lb) — an average Merino fleece weighs around 4.5 kg (9.9 lb),[4] with exceptional weights up to around 15 kg (33 lb).[5]

Shrek became a national icon. He was taken to parliament to meet the then–New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, in May 2004.[6][7] In November 2006, to celebrate his tenth birthday, 30 months after his initial shearing. Shrek was shorn again, on an iceberg floating off the coast of Dunedin, New Zealand.[8][9]


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Old 05-18-2015, 03:48 AM   #52
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Hahaha Shrek is awesome! I wonder if at a certain point all that wool starts to get burdensome and uncomfortable for the animal, it certainly gets cold in the mountains where he lives but wouldn't that much wool inhibit his movement? Really shows
The extent to which sheep are a part of life in Nz that he became a "national icon" and was honored 10 years later with a celebratory shearing, so many wonderful funny occurrence take place in our world stories like this really make me smile it's certainly one I would have added to my collection of odd/funny news clippings had I stumbled upon it but alas I'm a little late to the party, thanks for sharing this Yakmelk.

And sorry to hear about your troubles with the phone but am glad you can glean some type of perspective from this mishap, Loses of material things cannot be so bad when the world offers up wonderous happenings like the story of Shrek which warms the heart and reminds us that life's experiences are really paramount.

Someday I hope to visit your county and do some cycling , it is one of those experiences which will make me smile deep down and for a long while to be riding among so many others in a place that celebrates the bicycle like Netherlands. Once I saw a picture of some office building there and they had a bike rack with 100's of cycles parked, can you tell us some of your experiences with two wheels?

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Old 05-19-2015, 06:36 AM   #53
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Yeah that Shrek story was surprisingly funny to me as well . I did some reading into it and found that most domesticated sheep don't shed (enough) wool of their own and it can in fact be a health risk, they can get overheated, drown easier or even be unable to get back on their feet when they have rolled onto their backs.

The bike culture is kind of crazy, especially in places that have loads of students (like Amsterdam, an excerpt which is like a fifth or something of this 4 story bike storage:
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I don't have that much bicycle stories, I like my bike but rather depend on a car for the day to day business. I've ran into a few people but the biking is actually pretty orderly in any other place than Amsterdam. They have pretty cool moped tours that take you through the country side as well.

Due to the whole phone incident I forgot to put up some pics, I've got an episode on eggs and food in general again (yay me amirite);
Here we have so called 'Soldiers'. Boil an egg and pull it out when its still soft. Grill some bread, put butter on it, dip it in the still softy yolk. Munch. Very good with some bacon (what isnt amirite).


I would call this a 'Bera' egg named after my GF and because of its spanish swag. Got some sausage, onions, tomato's and more random veggies mixed in.


The obvious egg-in-a-hole. Learned about it through 2+2, cut a hole in a sandwich, butter+sandwich+egginthehole = prittaj good.


You all know this, my first ever attempt at french toast.


Satay in the makings/on the BBQ/plated;



Hipster pics of my BBQ;


And yeah, this obv;


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Old 05-19-2015, 12:34 PM   #54
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In other news, I asked my GF if she wanted to come live with me at my place, she does and will. O_O.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:04 PM   #55
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Congrats and don't forget to clear your browsing history frequently!.
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:54 PM   #56
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Haha, thanks Absurdas, browsing in private mode is how I roll .
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Old 08-25-2015, 06:51 PM   #57
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Im sure everybody missed me .



// WORK STUFF

Pretty much stopped posting on 2+2 for a month or so because work was crazy. Didnt pick up my writing when I was back so here we go again. Have mostly been working on a public tender that was going awry which was especially stressful since my company decided to use a rather new method of specifying whatever kind of software we were looking for. Loads of text coming up because rant.

I'm used to setting up some requirements and just having that delivered to your doorstep but this method says that the provider is probably best at knowing what you want. So if Im some government agency doing loads of administrative work Ill put out a public tender with some broad description of what we're doing and have companies proficient in administrative systems enroll into the public tender and they will tell you what the best way to do it is and how you should do it.

Its a method that has yielded a lot of good project results but unfortunately it kinda went wrong for us due to the provider just messing up big time in all kind of ways. This specific method also says that since the provider is the expert you should let him steer the project to whatever he is comfortable with. We had expressed our doubts at his solution and the way they went about it several times but not much changed and after approximately twelve weeks we pulled the plug because the solution they were offering couldn't pass the criteria of acceptance we had set for the proof of concept. Its unclear whether they will be suing our asses or not but luckily for me, thats not my line of work. We'll start working on the project with the organization that ended up being number 2 in the public tender.

// WORK STUFF

It all (re)started with this post after someone complained the OOT LC was slow again, I sometimes use it as my personal diary because Im annoying like that. This actually resulted in some very solid advice, anyone going through something similar should read the replies. It weren't huge eye openers but more like things I basically already knew being confirmed by others I respected and shaking me up to get my head out of my ass and start doing stuff.

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My life is extremely boring right now, I feel like I've settled in and am slowly dying. Its pretty sad and Im pretty depressed right now.

The only thing shaking me up from time to time is work and you KNOW it is wrong when your work is more interesting then the rest of your life (or maybe not but it feels like that).

My friends all started breeding last year and are either pregnant or already pushed their first one out and going for number two, that's probably not the most constructive/interesting/motivating bunch to have around at times.

I love my gf and Im in a better place now but at least when I was single and bored I could just go out and do nasty stuff to random girls (which was a terrible lifestyle but at least not boring).

I stopped drinking and smoking weed for about a month now and even though I feel better in a way it also made me more conscious of how little Im doing to further myself in life. Some evenings/nights are spend exclusively on trolling 2+2, I thought I was better than that. I need to restart my blog in HOB, at least that gave me some kind of sense of direction.

/rant, the OOT LC is my blog once a month (at least its better then making one of the ol' what to do with my life threads so bear with me)
I've requested budget for a few courses I want to take which should be fine as long as I do them before the end of this year (its more of a relocation thing). I will be trying to at least get my IPMA certification, an international organization that regulates part of project management certification. This will allow me to grow into larger projects and take on more responsibilities. Yay me right.

Some random updates;

I've stopped smoking weed (completely for just over a month now) and stopped drinking on week days! That sounds pretty sad but it wasn't easy and still isn't some days. Woo me.

I've done some home improvement, I bought this and it kept me hard for at least a day or two;

Its full now so Im trying to wait at least a month before I buy a second one.

I went to Hungary (Budapest) with my gf so we could see the F1 Gran Prix. Im not a fan but it was pretty awesome. Our main man Max Verstappen got his best finish so far and ended up in 4th place (yay dutchies). We ran into some drivers including Mr. Hamilton. Now I dont care much for F1 and the gf is the actual fan but I still enjoyed all the glamour and running into famous people and whatnot. I flew for the first time in a while in this thing which I was sure was going to fall out of the sky at some point;


Gardening stuff;
The plants that started out like this;
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Are now in full glory and looking more or less like this;

There are +-12/14 in total in my backyard, gave a few away to my mom to put in her own garden.
Im getting between 10 and 20 tomatoes a day off them and pretty much no diseases at all which is a success in my book. Will certainly do this again next year, have opted to not put them in my growing tent though.

I also suddenly found this carrot in my garden which was odd and resulted in a flushed GF;
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All those tomatoes have resulted in several of these ...


Called a caprese quiche. Its pretty good and mostly has eggs/creme fraiche/mozarella.

The vinegar experiment was pretty successful as well, we taste it and it actually tastes fine! Im going out to buy a few bottles this week so we can bottle it and make some more. Will update.
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To top it off I also got a vinegar jar, a traditional French clay jar to make my own vinegar. I haven't delved in to the subject of doing that too much yet though.


You throw in an existing 'mother' or just add the bacteria needed yourself, a mother is like the yeast in bread, it looks like a jellyfish and is to be found at the bottom of your vinegar. Its a living organism and normally if I put a mother in that jar and add wine/cider it should become vinegar. I guess I'll report back.
My financial situation is great, who would have thought that saving money actually works! (It does). I bought my apartment in Amsterdam to rent it out but it caused me quite some headaches as I was just spending everything that came in after paying all my fixed monthly costs.

You're billed for taxes 3 times a year though, once 300 euro's around new years and twice for around 1k in April and October. I had to seriously twist and turn a few times to come up with the taxes but now Im just withholding it from the income. Its almost rocket science like (except for that it isnt).

My life is much better since I've started doing that. Several studio's seem to have been appraised around 30k above the original buying price and mine is in the top range wrt exclusivity (nice kitchen, top floor) but I kind of vowed to keep it for at least a few years since the area is being developed into a hipster area where it used to be more old skool industrial.

Ill try and get back to updating this somewhat regularly, thats one of my biggest goals right now I guess. Documenting things kind of work for me.
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:09 PM   #58
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All those tomatoes have resulted in several of these ...


Called a caprese quiche. Its pretty good and mostly has eggs/creme fraiche/mozarella.
Jeez, I gotta have some of that, looks really delicious and I got a bunch of fresh tomatoes laying around that I don't know what to do with. Gimme a good recipe!

And welcome back!
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:34 AM   #59
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I so understand this feeling, you are describing in LC. Work is definitely not a long term solution. Even if you become the top in your industry, you won't have a piece of mind. Rather regrets that you have put to much time and effort into work.

I don't have a solution. I try for myself now this approach " If I will die tomorrow, what would I do today, what would I regret to have done or the opposite".

I think it is somewhere in a brain. And solution is not to try to find something fulfilling/super duper interesting/great but rather to find activities that alter some paths in the brain, so that it feels better. Like your gardening. May be smoking was for you something this direction.

Anyway. If you ever find the ultimate solution, pls don't forget to post it.
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