Link love (Powered by anti-gravity and tech fails)

Tech fails: Emails which don’t go through and thus make you look incompetent. Also closely tied in with circumstances outside your control which mean you can’t deliver on time. Freelancing this month has been a headache – I find it hard to compartmentalise, and the worry/stress has been eating into far too much of the rest of my time. Oh, and tech fails at Big Day Out which nearly had me in tears/sending increasingly bitchy texts which I’m not proud of.

Anti-gravity: Speaking of BDO…I have a pretty crippling fear of heights. Still, I was gung-ho enough to get on this contraption (free rides!)

And…I managed to open my eyes for a whopping split second once in the air. The rest I spent whimpering, face pressed into the boy’s arm. Nobody would ever mistake me for an adrenaline junkie.

I also wanted to go on this one, but I didn’t think my tummy could handle it, paired with the potential claustrophobia. It’s like a giant merrygoround, and each individual cylinder spins independently as well, like a wheel (The boys stumbled off after clutching their stomachs rather gingerly):

This one, I got the cold sweats just watching:

Musically, highlights were the Deftones playing Change live, Rammstein’s pyrotechnics (they’re far too death for me, but their projectile fireworks were insane), Tool and their laser light show, the Jim Jones Revue and classic Kiwi anthems live courtesy of Shihad and Steriogram.

Lowlights were missing Kids of 88 and the Naked and Famous, sitting shivering in the uncovered stands when it started raining, and being unable to move to the eastern stand – where there were still covered seats free – because another friend arrived late and hadn’t gotten the R18 wristband.

But I digress. Onwards!


Some ideas for those who sell products on their blog, via Design Sponge.

Finding Serenity’s adventures in telemarketing.

Inspiring words from Carol Tice on not giving in to fear.

Newlywed on a Budget says she’d rather have a job that pays than a job she loves.

Zen Habit has some tips on finding work-life balance.

Working Girl asks: Do you push through illness at work, or call in sick at the first sign?


I. Love. This. Post. Betty Ming Liu on four ways Confucius has conned us.

Allison at After Graduation on how negativity and ruts can sneak up on you.

Small Steps for Big Change wonders when to give up on a sibling.

Suburban Sweetheart reflects on her Jewish heritage and its place in her life.

My Money, My Life resolves to become more of a “yes” girl (something I too am doing)

Love this: Do you need a life realignment? Via Makeunder My Life.

If you need an example to help cure your procrastination, Cordelia will tell you why you shouldn’t put things off 🙂

Moving overseas is an easy decision to make  when single – not so much as a couple, as Jane Yee writes.

23 To Life reflects on lessons learned from a year of renting and living alone.

Dumb Little Man on tips for keeping a conversation going.


Yeah yeah, we’ve beaten the separate/combined finances thing to death. But SS4BC has an interesting take in that she says it takes more trust to maintain individual finances.

Funny About Money shares what she learned in a year of penury.

Well Heeled shares some inspiring examples of great and frugal weddings.


Here’s a fresh combination: Guacamole Omelette, via Poor Girl Eats Well.

I finally found buttermilk at the supermarket, so I’ll be making cornbread and Rina’s buttermilk biscuits this week.

Sound of Silent shares a Polish recipe – Golumpki – which sounds a little bit like hard work but a lot like tasty.

And here’s a simple Asian inspired slow cooker soup thanks to Perks of Being a Jap.


8 thoughts on “Link love (Powered by anti-gravity and tech fails)

  • Reply Funny about Money January 24, 2011 at 13:35

    LOL! We used to have one of those first contraptions at a traveling fair that would come to our area in San Francisco. I used to LOVE riding it. But you couldn’t get me on any of those other things.

    Great links! Thanks for including my piece among them. 🙂

  • Reply Cordelia January 24, 2011 at 14:06

    Thanks for the link love!

  • Reply Amanda January 24, 2011 at 16:17

    Did you guys sit in the stands the WHOLE TIME and not join in the crowd?! D:

    Btw, tip for next time – when you aren’t receiving any txts (as BDO tends to fuck vodafone users up), send yourself a txt, and once you receive that one, all your other ones will flood in :p

  • Reply Melissa January 25, 2011 at 06:22

    That ring ride is terrifying. I remember being on it as a kid and having to physically hold myself in, while we were upside down, because we would have otherwise fallen out.

    Also, a few years later, one of the operators died. He was standing on the tracks doing maintenance, while the train thingy was on the top. The emergency brake failed and then it came down…

    Ring of Fire… *shudder*

    • Reply Melissa January 25, 2011 at 06:22

      I guess yours is called “Sweet Loops”? Ours was called Ring of Fire. Hence my last remark.

      • Reply Melissa January 25, 2011 at 06:23

        Super-Loops. My gosh, just end my misery.

  • Reply brokeprofessionals January 26, 2011 at 17:02

    Thanks for the great links. As to your recent tweet about buying a discounted 5-ticket pass for $45.00, my wife and I are going to do a similar thing, but we are going to do the AMC ocar nomination movie marathon. I think it is something like $60.00 per person, for 10 movies, plus endless popcorn (which of course in real life is valueless, but in “movie world” is worth more than its weight in gold. So…something to consider if your into movies, although the movie I most wanted to see (blue valentine) did not get nominated for best picture.

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