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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dear Internet - Part Three

Dear Internet

Today was my last day of work and as much as I would like to be a smart Alec about it I Daresay I shall miss this place. 

Peradventure in the future time I will suffer a measure of withdrawal as I look back upon my 8 years in the "booth". Thanks to the more than 15000 hours I have spent in darkness, forgoing my required daily intake of Vitamin D while people made out, ate popcorn and escaped to Hollywood fantasy land, my head is fractured with myriad images of the many hundreds of movies I have been exposed too. My brain is now a network of camera angles, CGI and bad prequels. 

If it weren't for my time here I wouldn't be the man I am today; I would be the man I could have been today instead. Something to think about. 

Most of all I will miss the thousands of feet of 35 mm film that has passed through my hands, which I have spliced and threaded into the ancient machines whose demise led to my timely redundancy. Those very same projectors that played the Lion King, Forest Gump and Under Siege 2 to me as a teenager. Strange how my connection to this cinema goes back almost 17 years, it's one of the few friends I have left from the 90's and now I'm saying goodbye... 

This room is haunted by the many souls who have worked here before me (not really, most of those souls still inhabit the bodies of the living), and now, digital contraptions, that only need a human touch on the odd occasion, will leave those souls bored to tears. 


I shall leave you all with a photo of my trade, my obsolete skill set, my old mechanical and clinky friend whose destiny is to be melted down into something more modern but far less admirable. Goodbye you old pile of junk - most of my friends who have seen a movie here have no idea the impact you had on their dreams....







Dear Internet - Part Two

Dear Internet,

No offense to my friends who like this sort of thing but... Please "Like" and/share if you feel that you may have suffered from brain damage to some degree from the amount of times your kids have blared out Frozen's "Let it Go" at the top of their lungs.

I don't know about you but that song is like the first time I ate a pickled onion, it was a great sensation going in but not as appetizing coming out again.

 If enough people agree with me we might be able to take a class action against Disney for creating a threat worse than Global Warming and one that all scientists can agree on - that the song really sucks.

Seriously I would rather put honey in my ears and lie beside an ant nest on a hot day before forcing them to endure a song that was clearly written by aural masochists!

They should have let me write the song, it would have gone something like this:

The song glows white on
My haunted ears tonight
Not an earplug to be seen.
A hateful oscillation
Coming from that Disney Queen
Her throat is howling like my swirling
Spew inside
Couldn't keep it in;
Heaven knows I've tried

Don't let them sing,
don't let it be
Be a good girl and throw out that DVD
Conceal, don't feel
I'm about to lose my meal
And my chunks will blow

Let it go, let it go
Can't stand that song anymore!

Let it go, let it go
I'm going to jam my head in a door!
I don't care
But I've got to say
That if you sing that song
I'm gonna have to throw your barbies away!

It's funny how some distance
Makes it more tolerable
But my ears don't stop their bleeding
Till I can't hear it at all!

It's time to see what I can do
To get that song away from you
No right, no wrong, no rules for me,
Sing it and you're history!

Let it go, let it go
Or I'll stick this fork into your eye
Let it go, let it go
You're making me ears want to cry
Here I stand
Now watch me run away
O if you sing that song
I'm gonna go give all your toys away!


My saneness flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I'm never going to like this song no matter how much you ask

Let it go, let it go
Or your pillow pet's gonna die
Let it go, let it go
See your my little ponies fry!
Here I stand
In the light of day
Oh if you sing that song
You won't see me again until next May!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dear Internet - Part One

Dear Internet,

Instead of a good old fashioned diary in which to pour my riveting daily happenings I've decided to blog them instead. That way, knowing that a potential audience is reading about my personal life I will be forced to embellish my mundane experiences and hyperbolate to the point that my life might seem interesting.

Don't get me wrong, I am very greatful for the things my life has been blessed with, after all I have a beautiful wife, kids and two cats that I hate (I mean I hate my cats, not my family!), but by blogging my days away things like brushing my teeth go from this:

"Dear diary, this morning I got up and brushed my teeth. I spat in the sink, cleaned my tooth brush and then remembered to have breakfast, only to brush my teeth again."

To this:

"Dear Internet, this morning I arose from the tomb of my bed where I had lain for 6 hours like a corpse awaiting the Last Trumpet. When I had come to terms with the miracle of still being alive after a night of being the closest thing to dead I will ever be... well, at least for the next 50-60 years... I proceeded to the bathroom where I spread fluoridated peppermint paste onto the hard plastic bristles of my two year old tooth brush and gradually scraped the encrusted cap of tartar that had taken over what used to be my teeth but now belonged to the laws of entropy and decay. It was somewhere between brush stroke number 26 on my bottom right set that the breakfast loving part of my brain woke up and said, "Hey Brain, what's going on... OH DAMN IT! YOU'RE BRUSHING YOUR TEETH!" I then proceeded to eat an apple, which now tasted acrid and not unlike battery acid thanks to the taste enhancing qualities of Colgate."

See what I mean? That isn't how my day began today though.

Today I got up and made my kids Cocoa Pops for breakfast, and by "making them" I mean I poured them into their respective "Disney Princess" bowls and by "Cocoa Pops" I mean the cheap imitation brand that costs half is much and comes in a box half as big. I suddenly feel foolish for being cheated into buying the budget variety that would cost just is much as the real deal if it was twice as big.

I got my hopes up when my youngest told me that she didn't like Cocoa Pops. I thought that I was going to get a second (well, actually third) serving when she said she didn't want any... but then she tried them and my hopes of the crunchy chocolate milk shake shattered with every mouthful that she obviously enjoyed. Curse you Cocoa Pops, why are you so damn delicious?

The wife is still away and I have two more sleeps before she returns. The house looks like Cyclone Justin Bieber and Cyclone Miley Cyrus just twerked the bananas out of it. There seems to have been an inordinate amount of washing to do. I feel like that's all I've been doing the last several days. Laundry. Some people complain that aliens come at night and abduct them. My problem is much worse - aliens come at night and dump dirty laundry in my house and then implant memories into my brain so that when I wake up I actually think it's mine. They trick me into doing their laundry! As a result I hate aliens. Next time I see one I'm going to put it into the washing machine on a Heavy Duty cycle and we'll see how he likes it! Then I'm going to make a seriously insane Alien Autopsy video out of his tumbled alien corpse! That's for all the shirts that I remember wearing but don't belong to me you space-stick, not to mention the various unmentionable probes you performed on me whilst looking for your other sock! How many times do I have to tell you that you won't find your odd sock there!

But seriously back to the washing. When bad people die they do laundry. Think of the worst dead person you know who's dead. They're doing laundry. They're folding it too, and when they're done, they're doing it again. That's what my "holiday" has been like - laundry purgatory.

I took the girls to a birthday party today at Rainbow's End. There was no gold there, just a lot of rides that they didn't want to go on and lots of candy that they didn't want to not eat. Nevertheless we had a lot of fun and I got this cool picture of myself:

Man posing as Sir Prise Alot
The Dangerously Attractive and Harmfully Endearing Crusader Midget.

It's cool because I've always wanted to know what I'd look like as a midget Crusader with kissy lips and super big ears. It's also made me glad that I'm not one.

We came home after the party high on sugar and social anxiety. The cure for which is Star Wars and Chicken nuggets which I made for tea. When mum is away and it's Dad's turn to cook, things like chicken nuggets are an unfortunate truth that can't be untold. As a man whose wife has gone away for a few days I have tried to ensure that the kids get all the basic food groups which are chicken nuggets, chips and Star Wars. Gosh I hope she gets back soon.

Recently someone nominated me for this thing where I have to daily name three things that I am greatful for. I have to do this for 5 days but I think as long as I'm blogging I might as well make a habit of it here. So today I am greatful for the following:

1. I'm greatful for my midget Crusader photo. I now know that were I a smaller person than I am my man-hunk handsomeness would not in the slightest way be diminished. Instead I would be like the evolution of the cell phone which started off as a potential murder weapon but over the years became a thin hand held device capable of killing only your attention span. When sexy Crusader midget Kerin walks into the room every one's attention is slaughtered. Beware.

2. The second thing I am greatful for is that I have two glowing rods that I stick up my nose now to aid me in my fight against debilitating allergy snot AKA Hay Fever. My dear mother-in-law sent me something called a Sneezer Beam which stops, allegedly, the cells in my nose from producing histamines. I think it's working, though I can't be sure until I tie the cat to my face and try to breathe through it for a few days, and seeing as my cat doesn't like to be tied to my face I'll have to wait until the summer when the Pohutukawa tree next to my house decides to rain it's atomic pollen over my home the way it does every year. That tree is a right prat. In the mean time however, at least the Sneezer beam does this:

Man with glowing red nose from using Sneezer Beam
Fighting Hay Fever has never been this glowy.
I am greatful that as I used this whilst driving the other day I distracted another motorist so much so that he missed his green light. 

3. Finally I am greatful that I saw a kid jumping on a pogostick up my street yesterday. He was having so much fun bouncing away that if he smiled any more his face would have tore open. I have never seen such reckless and wild abandon as this boy displayed, as if he was saying in his heart for the whole world to imagine, "I know I look like a dork, but I don't care because I'm having fun". In fact this kid had broken the Dorky Scale to the point where the dial had crossed over into the "Awesome" Guage. Stuff whatever you think you know about finding true happiness, this kid had obviously found it and it was in the shape of pole with a spring on the end of it. While other kids where blowing things up on their xBoxes or ignoring their parents whilst Apping away on their iPads this awesome kids was bouncing away outside, his ears flopping away like a prized beagle. I laughed so hard I almost had an involuntary urinary extraction. I want to find that kid's pogostick and trade him my CRV for it.

It's late now and I should go to sleep before my forehead has a go at typing. Until next time dear internet.

P.S. If you're bored, check out my other blog at www.vocabuverse.blogspot.com!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Rhymes About Grammar

For more great rhymes of mine check out The Vocabuverse!!!


You/Your/You’re

Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do
When you use the pro-noun “you”
You know, the word you use to designate
The person you are addressing
As in, “Gosh you are depressing”
When referring to another person’s state

But listen here my little friend
If “r” is found at “you’s” rear end
The word takes on a sudden transformation
For then the word it does take on
The very essence of “belongs”
As in, “Excuse me sir but is this your train station?”

But if you add an "r" and "e"
After an apostrophe
What you mean is something someone’s doing
Like, “You’re certainly disturbing me
If you’re wearing that to tea,
Doing so will end up your undoing!”

So please don’t be a moron
When you need to put an r on
Otherwise you might cop some abuse
For your and you’re might seem the same
But they’re not, THEY’RE NOT the same!
And after reading this you’ve no excuse!


Who/Whose/Who's

When of a person you must show
Which or what one is then know
The interrogative used for such is “who”
As in “Who stole my pajamas?”
Or “Who here likes piranhas?”
Are some examples just to name a few.

But something you must learn
The word “who” can be turned
Into a word relating things to it
That certain word is “whose”
And here is a small clue
To help you to ensure you don’t abuse it:
“A person whose pajamas
Were eaten by piranhas”
Is a phrase in which it seems to fit.

But now here’s the trick
So that no one thinks you thick
And to give your grammar razzmatazz
Remove from “whose” the little “e”
To it add an apostrophe
And “who’s” will now mean “who is” or “who has”

“That man who’s in pajamas,
Who’s screaming loudly, ‘Argh! Piranhas!’”
Exemplifies the essence of these truths
So when writing keep in mind
That your audience don’t find
Improper use of who and who’s and whose


It/Its/It’s

It’s worth elucidating
When referring to a thing
We give that thing the designation ‘it’
But add the letter ‘s’
And the meaning will address
The things relating specifically to it

Like, “that dog loves its bone”,
Or “that cat has lost its home”
Hopefully by now you get the drift?
Just don’t make the catastrophe
By adding an apostrophe
Or else the grammar police will get miffed!

So the word is not abused
An apostrophe is used
With regards to “it has” or “it is”
Like “That dog, it’s got a bone
It’s the cat that had no home!”
Then the grammar goblins won’t get in a tizz!


Aid/Aide

If someone lends you a hand
It would pay to understand
That such an individual is your aide
But the action in itself
When someone gives you help
The thing that they are offering is aid

It’s important that you see
That the little letter ‘e’
Actually can make quite a difference
Although it can’t be heard
Adding the letter to the word
Separates assistant from assistance!

All Poems written by Kerin Gedge
Copyright 2013


For more great rhymes of mine check out The Vocabuverse!!!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Poem About Charlemagne


There was a king called Charlemagne
Charles the first also his name
King of the Franks in seven sixty eight
Later the king of Italy
Remembered throughout history
By the designation Charles the Great!

Since in the West Rome’s Empire fell
The books about those days do tell
He was the first in three whole centuries
To bear the title “Emperor”,
The Holy Roman Emperor,
Crowned so by Pope Leo number three.

Since the Roman Empire
He was the first king to acquire
Most of Western Europe in his grasp
Of which he ruled for 13 years
Until he left earth’s mortal sphere
In eight one four when he breathed his last.

From The Vocabuverse by Kerin Gedge (Check it out!!)

Monday, September 30, 2013

Understanding Time Zones

Another helpful video by my brother...

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Wise Way to Pay Your Bills

Recently I did something quite amazing. Seriously. For me it was really quite something as I am a guy who has made so many bad choices in life that I’m sure that if there was a genius level of mistake making I’ve well exceeded my 10,000 hours of stupidity.

But not in this case. This is one of those rare moments where the spark of wisdom set fire to my will power and lead me to achieving the small but significant financial victory that I am going to share with you.

This may look like a boast, but I assure you it’s not. I’m sharing this for the simple reason that while it’s nice to learn from other people’s mistakes, it’s even nicer to learn from their not-mistakes.

You know that Aesop’s Fable about the ants and the grasshopper? You know, the one where the grasshopper spends his summer soaking up the sun in leisurely nothingness while mocking the hard working ants who were busy storing up for the winter. Well the winter finally came and that grasshopper froze to his miserable death while the ants partied hard in their well stocked and cozy nest. Well, that’s my version of the story at least.

Recently I had the opportunity to learn firsthand the joy of storing up for the winter when it came to my bills.

Nearly three years ago my wife and I had our second child and suddenly became a “one income” family. Over the next twelve months we went through the arduous process of adjusting to ever diminishing savings and bulging utility bills.

I recall well how from month to month I would go through the process of wondering which company would react the harshest if I didn’t pay them the full amount of whatever we owed them and paid them first while letting other bills slip for a few more weeks.

It got to the point when we were slipping behind in almost everything except the most essential payments.

Then my wife went back to work, we breathed a massive sigh of relief and got comfortable again.

But I remembered well the horror of being pestered by companies (who had every right to pester me), the paranoia of potentially having the electricity cut off or the agony of spending my last twenty bucks on baby formula or nappies while knowing there was only a can of baked beans and a box of stale wheatbix left in the pantry to last until next Friday… actually it wasn’t that bad, but as an old school bring-home-the-bacon type guy I remember feeling like I was bringing home pig’s whiskers.

By the time we found out we would be having our third child I realized that I could not visit that level of futility upon our utilities again. I needed to kill the grasshopper inside of me and think like an ant.

This may seem so pathetically simple, to the point where even I can’t believe I’m bothering to write about it but the even more simple and pathetic thing is not many people actually do what I am about to say – store away for the winter!

I suppose “winter” is not a good metaphor for the arrival of a wonderful new baby but when I found out earlier this year that another mini-me was on his way I knew that something had to be done to avoid the financial winter that would follow…

I thought about it, and this is what I did.

Knowing that we were blessed with the artillery of two incomes for the time being I got on the offensive with our utilities – every time a bill came in I not only paid what I owed but I threw on a little bit extra as well. If the Power Bill was $150 I paid $200; if the phone and internet bill was $60 I paid $100! I approached all our utilities this way, showing no mercy until bills started showing up with something I had never ever seen before – credit!

But I ignored it. If the phone bill said I was $60 in credit I paid $100 anyway.

I did that for nine months.

I don’t want to get personal here and reveal to you what the actual outcome was but I will give you the following illustration of how doing the above pays off.

Take my phone bill for example.

Phone and internet with our provider comes to $63 a month.

If we paid $100 per month for nine months then by the time we go down to one income we would be $333 in credit.

This is where it gets fun!

$63 multiplied by twelve months is $756, which means that for the twelve months that I’m the only one bringing home the bacon about 44 percent of our phone bill for the following year has already been paid for! (Please check my math; it’s not my strong point by a long shot)

Put another way if you take the annual figure of $756 and take away $333 you’re left with $423 payable for the next twelve months.

So if you’re working on a weekly budget that’s approximately only $8 a week you need to set aside for your phone and internet.

Of course that’s not the actual figure I ended up with and it varied from one utility to the next but ultimately I ended up with a massive feeling of relief knowing that the next twelve months of utilities, while not paid for, have been dramatically reduced compared to the last time we heard the patter of little feet!

It doesn’t quite end there though… my approach to storing up for winter had two prongs – I took the storing concept literally. Every time I did our shopping (yes, I’m a guy who does the shopping) I bought several cans of baked beans or spaghetti or whatever, some tinned fruit, a box of laundry powder, a bag of dehydrated milk powder… whatever I knew would last a year I bought it and stashed it. Thanks to this process I am glad to announce that I will not have to buy a single box of dish washing tablets for a whole year!

I was going to say “with luck,” but actually with planning and careful adherence to a budget I will not have to worry about what happens when I get down to that “last twenty bucks” again… well, not for the next twelve months at least…

I hope this inspires you to go and do likewise! Imagine if you did this for a year and then didn’t have to pay your bills for six months! The experience has taught me that even if there were no baby coming paying more on your bills leads to a great credit rating, less stress and a sort of insurance policy that actually pays out if some drastic thing were coming round the corner, where at least for a little while you wouldn’t have to worry about bills!