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I'm posting this here to keep track of things as I'm temporarily (I hope) without access to my beloved Firefox browser, and feel like I'm locked out of my home and office. Hadn't realised just how much I rely on using it...

Twitter and LJ clients (Tweetie and XJournal, respectively) are working fine. It's a bit like looking at the world through a back-to-front telescope, though - everything's very small and distant.

Firefox crashed at 7:45pm. On re-starting, I briefly saw the "updates installed" message - and then it crashed again. For the first few attempts, I thought something on the "restore your tabs" or "Firefox updated" pages was causing the problems. I've successfully Quit the program now (before it crashed), and can now go straight to the home page when loading the program.

It still crashes within about 5 seconds of starting up, though. It has also crashed when starting the program in "safe mode" - so presumably the problem isn't caused by any add-ons.

I managed to grab the following report IDs from about:crashes in the brief window between startup and the latest crash. There are sixnine report IDs from tonight, though I haven't reported every crash: the real number is ~20.

Submitted crash reports (from ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Crash Reports/submitted)
bp-9ce99ea1-5755-4387-972d-2121d2100809 9/08/10 11:20 PM
bp-fc27e8cf-0527-43b6-abb9-ff9102100809 9/08/10 11:17 PM
bp-490b0dd1-29db-43f8-8275-4cf082100809 9/08/10 10:35 PM
bp-e14a2528-f928-45bd-85f6-e831a2100809 9/08/10 10:31 PM
bp-39f0a91c-068f-4704-8ee1-4ceb22100809 9/08/10 8:51 PM
bp-9197117c-8f0a-4da1-b42e-baa592100809 9/08/10 7:55 PM
bp-e0f0ea43-3554-4fc4-85e7-0ab6b2100809 9/08/10 7:47 PM
bp-984c105b-914d-4198-b249-753392100809 9/08/10 7:46 PM

Pending crash reports (from ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Crash Reports/pending)
7A9BDE01-476D-4D1B-9DF4-1A413774AEA0 9/08/10 7:45 PM

Operating system: OS X 10.5.8
Firefox version: 3.6.8
Add-ons: Delicious, Zotero, PDF viewer.
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Kinda busy this week - there will undoubtedly be a bit of lag on replying to emails, checking messages, etc.

Settlement for our house is happening today, and I spent yesterday chasing up last-minute problems with paperwork and finance. The vendor is charging penalty interest for the delay, so we'll try to get some money out of St George as the mistake was theirs. Right now, my bank account is empty.

The Business Plan entry is being assembled today, and is due by 9am tomorrow. We've spent the last three days on it, and have overhauled a lot of content. I have one more bit of industry research to write up, and then I'll spend the rest of the day working in InDesign.

Marketing brief and press release are also due tomorrow.

~320 pages of interview transcripts need to be read before the Small Business project meeting on Thursday. I'm putting my long train trips to use, looking for themes and quotes from the data.

Project summary for Small Business project also due on Thursday, for our progress report.

Briefing day for the Business Plan presentations is held at Ernst & Young on Monday 7th. I'm becoming the official "team leader" as I'm a full-time student. That also makes me the lead presenter, so I'll be fielding the majority of our questions.

30th Birthday is on Saturday 12th! Never have I felt older than in the past two months. Haven't organised anything yet - will try to wrangle something next week.

Business Plan presentation materials due by Friday 18th. These will need to be in earlier than that, as I won't be in town then...

In Brisbane for GenCon from Thursday 17th - Monday 21st. I'm running Warmachine demonstration games on Friday and Sunday, and playing in a timed tournament format on Saturday. Louise is running a freeform on Saturday afternoon. I forsee much Arkham Horror, cocktails and good beer during the evenings.

Business Plan presentation is from 3:15pm - 3:45pm, Monday 21st, followed by a media interview. We present to a panel of eight judges, all of whom are professional investors. Apparently I'm supposed to wear "corporate attire," though I don't actually own any such clothing.

I also need to re-book my flight back from Brisbane, as I'm currently due back in Melbourne after our presentation starts...
morsla: (lookin)
Bad: The bank (St George) claim to have never received the original copies of our FHOG application form. They also didn't mention this until yesterday; too late to get a replacement to them in time for settlement. This means they didn't approve the loan in time, and we will not be making settlement on the house today.

Good: Our conveyancer has rescheduled settlement for next Tuesday, and the mortgage broker has express-posted a new copy to the bank.

Bad: Currently waiting to hear back from the vendor about whether they'll charge penalty interest for the overdue payment. Two days doesn't sound like much, but interest charged on the cost of a house is painful - especially when we've tapped out our finances getting this far.

Good: My team made it through to the finals of the RMIT Business Plan Competition. We now have four days to revise and update the document. The finalists then give presentations on September 21st, which are used to determine the winners.

Bad: I'm not due to arrive back from Brisbane until 15min after our presentation starts. I need to find out whether I can re-schedule my Virgin Blue flight, or if I have to buy a new ticket... unfortunately I bought the cheapest ticket option, so all options are going to be expensive.

Good? I'd like to do some kind of birthday-ish thing next month, as my 30th conveniently falls on a Saturday. Organising something amongst the raw elemental chaos of the next few weeks will be a bit tricky, but I'll figure something out.

I'm beginning to realise why I've had so much trouble sleeping over the last two months.

Here's hoping we win the Business Plan competition :) I think my share of the prizemoney will go on medical bills and a bottle of Bushmills. Some time in 2010 I'd like to schedule in a quiet moment to lie down for a bit.


Jul. 24th, 2009 09:54 am
morsla: (Dawn1)
After almost a month of waiting and 40+ pages of supporting documentation, our mortgage application has finally been approved!

This means several things:

1. Aaaaarrrrgghh!
2. House!
3. Aaaaaarrrrrgggghhh!
4. Phew!

Settlement is on August 21st, and we'll also need to give the tenants 90 days notice to move out. While we'd like to move in as soon as humanly possible, having someone else pay the mortgage for a few months will be nice... If they want to move out earlier, though, then we're happy to move in faster.

For the curious, there's an archived page with some photos here.

It's been a long month. Now that house-related things are moving again, it's time to get onto all the things that have been put on hold recently...
morsla: (mantis04)
I seem to spend a lot of time rushing about, doing the little things while waiting on Bigger Things to eventuate. Lately, a whole lot of little things have needed doing: sorting out identity documents, bank paperwork, dozens of application forms, credit history checks, and signing contracts.

If all goes well, [ profile] aeliel and I have hopefully bought a house :)

Actually, it's a ground-floor apartment and not a standalone house. It has lots of room to fill with books, and space for my painting and [ profile] aeliel's sewing (three bedrooms and a study), and it's close enough to ride to work. It's on Gatehouse Drive in Kensington, right next to the racecourse. I want to move in yesterday.

Now we just need to get our loan approved, which is proving trickier than expected. My income is a government CRC scholarship, untaxed and guaranteed until 2012. Unfortunately, virtually no bank will recognise it as a valid income stream: it'd be easier if I were earning less money from a job with a three-month contract, as it would be listed as "regular income."

We've now been given preapproval, and have to wait an unspecified amount of time while the application is processed. Hopefully that will happen soon, so we can sign off on it and breathe a sigh of relief - it's been a hectic fortnight since the property inspection, and a hell of a thing to coordinate while travelling interstate.

After that, it will still be at least 90 days before we can move in as the place has tenants at the moment. Still, at least that means they can make the first mortgage payments for us...

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