My new hippy crash pad :)

March 15th, 2008

Ok.. so I promised that I’d give a few photos once I’d fully moved in to my new place – so here it is..

This first photo shows the place during the day..

TheDuck House 1
Note the cool pink bouncy sitting ball above – very Googley – Jazz, my hound, loved it – happy to chase it around all day.

Alas, Jazz’s days of fun with the ball are now over.

Jazz doesn’t realise how sharp her fangs are, and she is currently lying on the remains of the pink ball mourning – this photo I took just now 😀

If you’re from Google, and you have a tough, more dog friendly ball – I’d suggest you be totally Googley and send Jazz a new bouncy ball – the poor chook is very depressed, as you can see – Prozac anyone?

Jazz the  bouncy ball murdered

This photo shows my house after dark.. yes, it’s still small, regardless of the time of day 🙂 That is a photo of my girlfriend, Claudia (Schiffer), on the wall, by the way 😀

The all important Metrosexual Accoutrements…

And.. of course, the computer desk.. here we have a lenovo T60 (lovely computer, donated by lenovo as support for my PhD, thanks Lenovo!) on the left, followed by my new E8200 based overclocked behemoth, and finally my Q6600 based quad core super-data-muncher GIS computer on the right. I wish I had three eyes.

The little bit of geek in the metro-sexual batch pad :)

And, naturally, everyone needs to wash – in keeping with the rest of the house, the bathroom is tiny.

Where is the toilet I hear you say – well, it’s actually in a seperate building.

This is very much a batch pad, folks – but after several years living in Asia / PNG it doesn’t worry me a bit – I actually like it – don’t ask me why – I just do.

The Bathroom…

Gets a bit chilly up here – the pot belly stove keeps me warm, adds ambience and heats my water.

The Pot-Belly Stove

And of course, the most important thing when you’ve locked yourself away to study and write a PhD – company.

Luckily Jazz, the alsation / kelpie cross, also serves as the garbage disposal unit;

Between Jazz and the pot-belly stove I don’t tend to generate much trash other than plastics – which is a good thing, as we don’t have a garbage collection up here – even though we’re only 15kms out of the centre of town.

The trash disposal unit

And, naturally, if you’re wondering why I’ve moved out of town, this photo should explain it –

Apart from the fact that I get to play the music I love (alot of Paul Simon at the moment, I admit – right at the mo I’m hearing ‘spirit voices’ – love it) – I jog about 5 miles (round trip) down a big hill every morning and back – this is my reward at the end of the walk – I live right on the edge of a national park (forest) – see (or smell) koalas and kangaroos almost every morning, and end up HERE –

Where I walk to every day

I’ve had a few folks up here tonight for house-warming – been very fun – actually, 3 Californians – Dave, my chef mate (naturalised Australian now) and two of his nephews from Mountain View.

Cheers and hope you are all well.

UPDATE:- Four hours later – not cuddling with the carcass anymore, but still within a few feet of ‘the-deed’ just-in-case 🙂 – still desperately depressed, but beginning to figure that all these photos and pats must mean biccys are coming soon, I figure.
Jazz Prays the Googley Ball will bounce once again..

UPDATE 2 :- after 24 hours of witnessing a dog in deep depression, I caved and bought Jazz a new ball. She’s happy again now 🙂

new ball


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susiej  |  March 28th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Nice place.

  • 2. Bird Jensen  |  May 10th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Hey, congrats on your new pad! It looks like a creative place to be.

    I am just writing to let you know — there is a new 8 Ball Aitken CD & video out!

    See Myspace link above…



  • 3. Emma  |  June 4th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    so glad that you bought jazz a new bouncy ball!!! she looks pleased as punch with it. did it survive?
    and your shower is the same colour as my kitchen bench tops!

  • 4. OldHippie  |  June 12th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Wow! Any hippy would gladly give their peace symbol t-shirt to live in such a paradise.
    Love the water and trees…Mmmmm…Mother Nature!

  • 5. Jonny  |  September 12th, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Hi there
    I need someone who can give me a little advice on what I need to do to help build, consolidate and generate some cash from my blog.
    To be honest, that’s a big ask, but I quite like my blog, think it’s quite interesting, and after starting in June I appear to be moving fast toward a 60,000 page impression month.
    I’m a professional journalist (but its tech journalism, so I’m not sure I belong in the same category as Dickens or Hunter S Thompson, or, well, proper journalists, really) we;;, whatever the reservations I write for online and print every day for lots of people, so I’m good at content and so on, but need a web guru for advice
    It’s probably not you – but right now I’d like to find out how to optimise for search engines, how to place ads code, and – well, perhaps truth be told I just need to be told some of the questions I should be asking.
    Anyway, ‘pologies for the interruption, if you can offer any advice or something, I’d be grateful, as right now I don’t really know what sort of help I should be asking for.
    Thank you
    All the best

  • 6. Sweepstakes  |  January 29th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    First off where do you live- thats a cool stove. Second, my buddies dog killed my yoga ball too, but I didnt buy a new one yet. Hey- also if anyones in a jam with no job, sign up for some free Sweepstakes at ELLE and you can hauk the free shit. Just trying to suggest that for my broke friends. 🙂

  • 7. Jake  |  July 14th, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Really like the tile flooring in your place. Hope you got Jazz a new Google Ball by now. Jazz looked so sad in that photo.

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