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July 31, 2003

BigBrother people

Party all Night

Today I went to an information-meeting with ANSA and NorSK, whereafter we went to Gilhooleys for a couple of beers. It was quite fun, and I really like those people, so I'm going to sign up for the board of ANSA Brisbane a.s.a.p.
I didn't quite feel like going home afterwards, so I joined some of the NorSK people on their way to the Port Office. They were meeting up with one of the Australian BigBrother participants to invite him to a dress-as-a-Celebrity party beeing held in a month or so. It would be fun to get him there as they are trying to get a couple of real Australian celebrities to attend as themselves, just to liven things up a bit.
That actually made it an interesting evening, as he (the BB-guy) was along with couple of gorgeous journalist-girls which were quite easy-going, so I ended up joining them for one last beer before they left. Fun :) Later after most of the other people had left as well, I walked over to the Down Under Bar just to see if there still was a party, but it was calming down as well so I left quickly and went home to get a good nights rest in my bed. Ahh..

July 30, 2003

Architectural Chaos

Brisbane Daily Life

Brisbane City ViewBrisbane isn't really a pretty city. This is partly due to that none of the architects designing buildings here have ever considererd that there actually will be other buildings next to the one they are planning, so all the buildings have its own style and is totally out of synch with the rest of the city.

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July 29, 2003

Class schedule & The Ultimate Sub.

Brisbane Daily Life

SubWay subsToday has been a lazy day. Sleeping late, slacking a bit, reading up on some lecture-notes, getting some groceries from Coles Express, eating a sub and a couple of triple-choc-cookies.

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Boobalicious

Stuff On the Web

Ever wanted a message written on a pair of boobs? No I don't mean computer manipulated like those scripts making it look like something was written on the boobs, I mean for real!
Check out Read My Boobs :)

Link was found in Ralph magazine.

July 27, 2003

The day after the rain forest excursion

Brisbane Daily Life

Hi again.
As written in the title, it's the day after the rain forest excursion. Sooo, want me to tell you anything about the trip then? No, you don't? Well, I'm gonna do it to you anyway!
I actually made it up at 6am, ok 6:45am, but still. It was early, and it was freezing cold! We, the three guys at SCA, dressed up in nice and warm shorts and shirts, thinking that it really was freezing cold, but it was early and the first rays of the new rising sun where probably just minutes away. It took a lot longer than that....

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Tired and drunk

Party all Night

E&W LogoAfter the rainforest tour we were all really tired, But as it is a saturday night we cant let that stop us now can we? So we took a hot shower, had a couple of beers with Are, and took a taxi up to the Valley to see if anyone were still there after a music festival thats been going on there lately.
It was almost too many people.. so we tried to find a quiet spot where we sat down for a while. After that while we went to The Elephant & Wheelbarrow with Florian, and we later met Trine and Kristin there as well. There were a live band playing coversongs at E&W, as well as a phaat drum'n'bass club downstairs, not to mention really expensive drinks... It wasn't the best party we've had, but it still was really cool :)

Update @ 16:45:
Beeing as we got up at 8 a.m yesterday morning, and then stayed out partying until long after 5 a.m this morning, all of us were dead tired today. I just got out of bed ;)

July 26, 2003

A Rainforest Tour

The Travel Channel

At the first stopLast weekend the three danish girls asked us if we wanted to join them on a tour to the Australian rainforest, and as we didn't have any other plans we naturally accepted. And I'm really glad we did, because this was a really *great* trip! The trip went to Springbrook National Park with Rob's Rainforest Excursions in a minibus. Besides ourselves and the four danes, we were accompanied by Florian from Germany, Hans from Norway and two tourists from Bangkok. Our first stop was at a local resturant to pick up some pre-ordered sandwiches before going into Springbrook. We later returned here for drinks and a spectacular birdview. At Springbrook, we first had cake and tea at a picnic area before walking into the forest...

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Is it really?

Stuff On the Web

You think it's moving, but its not!
Link is courtesy of MetaFilter.

July 25, 2003

My very first entry....

Brisbane Daily Life

Hi!
I really don't know who, if anyone is reading this, but for the record...I'm Thomas Torgersen, I'm 20 years old and for the moment I'm living in Brisbane, Australia ,with Svein-Magnus *insert funny name* Sørensen and Thomas *insert funny name* Kjelsrud. I'm taking bachelor of Creative Industries; Media and Communication at Queensland University of Technology.
This is my first blog entry, and it's kind of late, and we have to get up around 6 or something tomorrow, 'cause we're going on a trip, that no one has even the slightest idea of what's about, to the Australian jungle with 4 danish students we hardly know. Sounds like a hole lotta fun to me!

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Wireless Bliss

Brisbane Daily Life

Our wireless routerYesterday, before we went to the Down Under party, we stopped by Harvey Norman and bought a wireless gateway router. After careful consideration I found the Belkin 54g GW/Router to be the best choice, both considering price and specs. This morning I installed it in a closet ready for wireless internetsharing and networking. So far I'm really happy with it, and finally both the Thomases are online and can start blogging here.

Down Under party

Party all Night

Thomas & Simen & ThomasHoi!
Tonight the Norwegian Student Klub held the Norwegians Down Under party at Down Under Bar. It totally rocked! Tho my eyes hurt from wearing lenses all day and my mourth burns after a hot kebab I really loved this party. One of the best so far :) Just got home and now its *really* time for sleep. Goodnight!

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July 23, 2003

Telephonetroubles

Brisbane Daily Life

Have you had trouble reaching me from Norway by phone? Problem is now solved, you just have to remove the first 0 from the phonenumber, as it is only intended for local use. This makes my number +61 41516 9508. Try it :)

Also I've finally been able to order a landline subscription from Telstra. It will be installed on wednesday, and then we can *finally* order a decent ADSL service down here. Just two weeks to go :)

No more movies for a while

Website Updates

Today I was gonna be real clever, and upload all the movies I've finished editing the last couple of days without using up my bandwidth-limit here at Southbank. The trick: Use the free wireless internet connection that is available all over Queen Street Mall. Of course this didn't work as all outgoing ports except port 80 for WWW was blocked... so I couldn't get any useful work done with both SSH, FTP, Telnet and secure-email ports closed. I'm really starting to dislike Australian internet...

Eating out

Brisbane Daily Life

Sine & Svein-Magnus & SusanneToday I had my first tutorial, and one more boring lecture in network planning, so I left early and joined up with Sine, Susanne, Helle, Emil and a german they have met for dinner. The german guy have been 4 years in Brisbane, so he took us to a Thai-resturant in West End that he knew of. The food was very good, except it had too many vegtables for my taste. After dinner we went to a bar nearby to get a few beers and play some pool before turning home and calling it a day.

July 22, 2003

Getting ADSL

From my Point of View

It seems I have totally underestimated how difficult it can be to get in touch with the right person at customer services. As the internet packages offered by the apartment complex here just ridiculus, we wanted to order our own unlimited adsl connection. To get this we first needed a phone number from SCA, and then we sent in an application for ADSL from Web-Ace.

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July 21, 2003

American Football?

From my Point of View

Today I played american football along with some people, it was really cool! And afterwards I... ehh.. woke up in my bed ?!? Hmm. It appears that it was just a dream. Now that is really strange, I could almost have sworn that it really happened. Memories are a funny thing. How do you know that what you remember actually are real and not make-believe memories like my football-match? If anything, it must have been a glitch in the Matrix.

Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of.

A night at the Movies

Brisbane Daily Life

Lately we have been catching quite a few films at the Myer Center cinema. Last weekend the three of us here at SCA saw 2 Fast 2 Furious, yesterday we went to Bruce Almighty with the 3 danish girls I met at the rivercruise. And today we had some time to kill and decided to go watch Terminator 3. It wasn't really a great movie, especially as it had funny parts which killed the seriousness and tension which the two previous Terminator-movies had. But all in all it was a good closing for the trilogy, wrapping everything up quite nicely. It is if course a must see, at least for those who've seen the first two, but don't get your hopes up for anything other than the CG-FX.

July 20, 2003

Yet another party

Party all Night

The two Thomas's were too tired to party last night, so we didn't go to the Student Guild back-to-school party as we had planned. Instead we filmed a lot while playing pool downstairs, and edited a couple of cool movies from it.
Today on the other hand, we were determined to go out. So for starters we joined the three danish girls I met at the rivercruise and went to the movies to watch 'Bruce Almighty'. It was funny, but Jim Carey is beginning to repeat himself. After the movie it was still too early to call it a night, so we went down to a place called the Riverline. It is a R'n'B disco I tumbled across thursday night, after Exchange closed. It is a really great partyplace with and two nice dance-floors, lots of cozy couches and even a large heated chill-out terrace. But best of all, the girls there are really yummy ;-)

July 18, 2003

Scandinavian Pub Crawl

Party all Night

Last night the Norwegian and Swedish student clubs held the annual Scandinavian Pub Crawl. It started at the Port Office and continued at Gilhooleys, Chill, Pig'n'Whistle and Auroras before everybode met again at Exchange for the greatest party so far! It was quite a memorable night, and we kept going until the last bell rang at 5 a.m.
Check out the picture gallery at Norwegian Student Klub's webpages for photos (not out yet). Still more parties coming up with a Aussie BBQ at the Student Guild bar tonight, and probably something happning on Saturday as well :)

July 17, 2003

A fun party

Party all Night

Today we went to Monica's and Simens' place to have a vorspiel, which was quite a nice apartment. But when leaving, Thomas wanted to jump in the elevator, and he did. Resulting in the elevator thinking it was falling, activating the emergency brakes and getting us stuck between two floors. It was kinda funny as all 5 of us had been drinking quite a lot, and it was our first time trapped in an elevator. Luckily we got cellphones so we just called a technician and was let out after 30 minutes or so.
Afterwards we went to a pub called Tinnbillys to party, and there we met Monica and her date. It was a nice pub, but not really my kind of place, so I walked around a bit to see if I could find somewhere better, but I couldn't. I returned to Tinnbilly, and as usual me and Thomas ended up going home to Southbank, while Thomas went to Spring Hill with his girl(?), Trine. And tomorrow it is the scandinavian pub crawl staring at The Port Office at 6.p.m. Get Ready to Party!!!

July 16, 2003

My Story

Website Updates

TelcontarI was born in the city of Bergen in 1980, but soon moved to Harstad with my parents where I grew up. I have since completed general highschool, one year of military service in Bergen, and several years of studies.
I am know a Bachelor of Engineering in IT from the Sør-Trøndelag University College, with a year of study abroad at QUT in Australia, and a Master of Science degree in Telematics from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science.

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A view of the apartment

Website Updates

By request I finally present a short movie showing the pool area and our apartment! Read More or go here to download your preferred version of our little australian paradise :)

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July 15, 2003

A morning swim

Brisbane Daily Life

Today was quite sunny, so after getting up around noon I went up to the pool with TFT for a morning swim. The water is still a bit chilly tho, I guess they don't heat the pool in wintertime as not very many people use it, but it was refreshing nonetheless!
And now its just about time for a shower before I'll walk over to Gardens Point for my first lecture. I really hate that all my classes are from 5 to 9 in the evening, but as I've only got classes on tuesdays and thursdays it is not as bad as it sounds. The bad part is that thursdays are the primary night out for students here, so for me they are going to be a bit stressful.

July 14, 2003

A nice day

Brisbane Daily Life

Today was first day of lectures, but mine doesn't start until tomorrow so I just walked around campus enjoying myself, and applied for a couple of projects. Afterwards I met up with Christine and had pizza with her and a friend at Southbank. It was really nice, and so was spending the evening over at Simone's place getting to know her. I'm really getting to like Brisbane :)

More bloggers

Website Updates

I've now added Christine as a writer on this blog, and hopefully there will be more people writing here soon. The guys I'm sharing an apartment with have not yet internet in their rooms and have therefore not started blogging yet.

The right-side menu is also new, with room for each of the writers to add their own links. I'm wondering about switching places for the left and right menus, please do comment your views.

July 13, 2003

First houseparty

Party all Night

Yesterday we got contact with a couple of aussie girls living straight across the backyard through signlanguage between windows. They came over and we all had a couple of drinks before they went to a gay-bar in the Valley. The girls claimed it was really good so we joined them a bit later, tho I can't say it was my kind of place... but both Simone and Amy were nice girls :)

July 12, 2003

Surfers Paradise and Currumbin

The Travel Channel

The Crowd @ Surfers Paradise beachToday I went on another excursion by International Student Services, this time by bus to Surfers Paradise and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast. This is definitively a trip I will recommend, especially visiting Currumbin which is a zoo displaying the range of natural Australian wildlife and fauna.

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July 11, 2003

Welcome Party

Party all Night

Last night we went to a welcome party for international students, arranged by the QUT Student Guild. Besides the fact that there was about 80% norwegians there it was a really great party!
It started at the Student Guild Bar on campus, with a BBQ, drinks, pool and competitions. Afterwards a bus took us downtown to an afterparty at a local pub in the Valley. Definatly a place I will return to another night :)

July 9, 2003

Cellphonesubscription

Brisbane Daily Life

It would be quite expensive to keep calling from my norwegian cellphone while staying down under, so today I stopped by the various phonecompanies on my way home and ended up getting myself a Vodafone pre-paid subscription.
Even with that one it is costy to call people, but at least it is cheaper than routing all the calls through Norway. The good part is that Vodafone strangely enough charges more for local calls in Australia than for international calls to Norway, so now I can even call people back home without facing economic ruin!
Anyway, my new phonenumber is +61 415 1695 08, so stay in touch! :)

There *is* a free lunch.

Brisbane Daily Life

As Laurie is leaving today we started the day off by going to the Roma Street Parklands, just to have seen the last of the attractions in Brisbane city. It was nice but I think Southbank is better. Its more 'human' and not as much of a museum for living plants. Afterwards we went over to Gardens Point campus where both the Student Guild and the International Student Section held free lunches for new students, which is my favorite sort of food (the part that it is free of course).

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July 8, 2003

Its *idnight and the *oon is up

From my Point of View

moon.jpgA couple of nights ago we were sitting around and having some beers when we suddenly noticed that there was something strange with the moon.
When beeing its usual self watched from northern europe it should be standing upright while beeing eaten by the Earth-shadow from one side. But here, it was lying down with the shadow eating it top-down. Its these little things that constantly reminds us that we now live on the other side of the world, and of course something that is vital to commit to memory with a photography. Enjoy :)

Exploring Brisbane with Laurie

The Travel Channel

svein-laurie.jpgAfter an excellent party at the river-cruise last night, I got up around 10 this morning to meet Laurie at South-Brisbane trainstation, and after a short stop at the apartment to drop of her stuff we went out to take in the city. We started by walking towards QUT through the Southbank Parklands, which together with the Botanic Gardens are absolutely beautiful on sunny days like today.

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July 7, 2003

First day of School

Study all Day

Today was the first day we had compulsary sessions at School. For me it was 8 hours of general information about how to live in Brisbane and how the Study Abroad program works. A nice lunch was included and I managed to pick up my Student Identity Card and my password for QUT Virtual in between.

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July 6, 2003

Shopping frenzy

Brisbane Daily Life

As we just moved into a new apartment and didn't bring any of our stuff from Norway we needed lots of kitchenware and stuff. So today we went to Big-W and got frying pans, kitchenware, laundrybaskets, and everything else we might possibly be needing.

A night on the town

Party all Night

Last nigth all three of us wanted to go downtown to check out the local waterholes. We ordered a taxi and asked him to take us to a nice pub/disco, and he drove us to "After Dark". It was actually a quite cool place. Free pooltables, ATM indoors, excellent beer (XXXX) at nice prices and varied music to get into the grooove. I'm gonna like it here :)

July 5, 2003

Strange people

From my Point of View

On the technical side Australia is almost a non-developed country. ISDN is still the big thing in internet connections while ADSL adoption is still in its early stages, and on the trainstations there is still a person standing at the door collecting tickets. This applies to several areas of Australian life, but in some other areas they are far ahead of most contries, for example in localization services. Your current suburb is continiously displayed on your cellphone based on data from the radiotowers, and when ordering a taxi from a landline you don't have to talk to anyone or press anything. Dial the number and they send a taxi directly to your house based on your landline phone-number.
Strange people these australians.

July 4, 2003

Living at Southbank

Brisbane Daily Life

Finally I've moved into our apartment at Southbank Campus Apartments. In half an hour I'll be going over to the trainstation to pick up Thomas&Thomas and give them a tour of the city. I've even got an internet connection up and running, tho its with a 250mb download limit per month, which is just plain ridiculous. But its just a temporary solution until we can get an 1.5mbit unlimited connection installed, so I'll manage until then.

July 2, 2003

Rainstorm

Brisbane Daily Life

I thought I was moving to the country where the sun always shines, but right now there is a rainstorm outside. Its pouring down!
Ok, ok I know its supposed to be 'winter' here now, so I shouldn't expect to get nothing but sunshine, but I must have gotten my hopes up after spending 4 days in Singapore and then having the sun from a blue sky when I arrived here as well. At least the rainy days are really nice for laying with my laptop on a couch and just listening to the weather.

July 1, 2003

Finally got it

Brisbane Daily Life

Today I got the package I was trying to pick up yesterday. It still took nearly a couple of hours and got me a $60 taxi bill. *sigh* Typical Australian to do stuff in a really complicated way..

I just left it down at the Southbank apartment, as the two Thomas'es will arrive on Thursday and we'll all move in there then. That'll be really nice, and as its located in the middle of the city we won't need to use taxis og busses very much, so which will save us a bit of money.
But now: Lasagne for dinner and Sopranos on DVD.

New website. New blog-engine.

Website Updates

For my year away from Norway I'm switching my blog to english, and as we are 3 guys that will be sharing an apartment I'm installing Movable Type to use as a multiblog as it is better and prettier than Greymatter. So here is the new page, currently just using the MT default layout, but this will be changed when I get to it sometime after my arrival in Australia.
The previous entries concerning my journey here have been imported from my norwegian blog and translated to english for completeness.
Enjoy the change!

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