Collingwood Joke of the Moment

Q. Two collingwood supporters are sitting in a car with no music. Who is driving?
A. The policeman

Top 5 Friday: Why I Can't Think of Anything To Write

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Almost Inspirational Thought for Today

If you have to make a sign that says "Free hugs/high fives/glomps" then chances are nobody is going to want to touch you. Begging for human contact amongst a throng of smelly nerds is about as low on the social ladder as you can get.

TV TV Please Come Back To Me

Back in October we decided to make an investment and purchase a Samsung 50 inch plasma TV. We affectionately called it Sammy. Sammy was purchased along with a Sony home entertainment system with 5.1 surround sound. About 3 weeks ago Sammy decided to stop working. Thankfully because of our 5 year warranty we called Samsung who gave us the number of a repair guy in our town. We called him up and he came and collected the TV. 3 Weeks later Sammy still isn't fixed. Firstly the guy said it would take a week, then I find out last week he hadn't even got to Sammy yet since there are a large number of TV's that need repairing thanks to the 40C degree plus heat. Apparently the friendly Sales Assistant in the store forgot to tell us that TV's don't like heat and we should move to the north pole if we really want a plasma TV.

Whats my point in saying all this? My point is where is my TV? I'm really starting to get worried that I'll never see Sammy again. The NAB cup has already started. Richmond plays Collingwood on Thursday night (yep 2 days away) and I would like to watch Ben Cousin's first game as a Tiger in all Sammy's 50 inch High Definition glory instead of on a 20 inch computer screen. Just seeing
Collingwood lose is worth the price of a new TV. Does the repair guys know how important TV is? I couldn't live my life without TV - That's why we brought the biggest TV in Myers. I'm really beginning to understand how Amish people feel. That's all Amish people really are - people who have their TV in the shop being repaired. I've had nightmares about Sammy doing a runner and appearing on Crime Stoppers or even worse - On the next series of the simple life with Paris Hilton.

I miss Sammy so much that I decided to write her a poem:

Sammy Sammy where can you be?
Why won't you come back to me?
I miss your 50 inch screen
And you're no where to be seen.

I want to watch the footy on your HD screen
But you're no where to be seen.
When you come on back to me
We will be one big happy family

The Sony home theatre is missing you
Look at what you're putting him through
Sammy Sammy where can you be?
I hope some day you'll come back to me


Now I know how the father in the parable of the Prodigal son in the Bible feels. Here I am waiting and hoping one day I'm going to get the phone call telling me Sammy is all fixed but I think she's out partying like Paris Hilton on Red Cordial. If anyone has seen Sammy then let me know. Watch this space for updates.

Feel free to leave your best wishes for Sammy in the comments.
If anyone has any idea's for a name for our Sony home entertainment system then also leave your entry in the comments.

Totally Awesome

Its comforting to know that no matter what you do in life it will never be as awesome as this picture

I think I'm addicted to Facebook

We decided after 2 years of anti-facebook to sign up and give it a whirl. Elena and I finally have a Facebook account. All I can say is I'm impressed and it has taken over my life (I only signed up 12 hours ago). Interesting to look for people I went to school with and to see how much everyone had changed. I even found one guy I went to school with who now looks like Peter Helliar from Rove Live.

Now that I'm set up on Facebook it makes me wonder how much is too much. Do I really need to change my status every two seconds? Does everyone really need to know: "Mike is on Facebook", "Mike is watching Seinfeld", "Mike is eating a Tim Tam", "Mike is being awesome", "Mike just got off the computer and went to the fridge to get a pepsi and realised that he has no Milk for tomorrows breakfast", "Mike is at IGA buying Milk", "Mike is at the checkout and checking to see how many friends he has", "Mike is driving while checking Facebook". Where does it end? I can totally understand now why it is addictive and a procrastinators dream come true. I guess if I made the local newspaper the article on myself would read like this:

Facebook Ruined My Life

Mike Elliott, 31, said 'Ever since I signed up, I have been addicted to Facebook.'

'I started playing, and just felt the urge to continue when I didn't complete it. Then when I eventually saw those how many friends I had, the buzz was so great. That was when it started.'

Mike misfortunes included loosing two jobs for misuse of the computers, and he even almost missed his wedding.

'That was really embarrassing,' he said. 'I just thought I'd be able to quickly log on and change my status before I had to be at the church, and next thing I know my best man was knocking at the front door leaving five minutes to get across town.'

However, the happly married couple's life turned to turmoil when Mike went back on his word and failed to be there at the hospital 7 months ago when his wife was giving birth.

'I'm really upset about that,' Mike said, 'I really wanted to be there when Elena gave birth, but my virtual gifts from so called friends was nowhere to be seen.'

'It's just not good enough,' says Michael's wife, Elena. 'He is always on that computer checking Facebook. Since I've known him, he's gone through six mouses, wearing out the left button on each of them.'

It was on hearing the news of his impending divorce that has caused Mike to sue Facebook.

'It's just ruined my life completely. There's not even a helpline or anything for me. If I was on someone could help me, or if I was an alcoholic someone would. I feel discriminated against because of my facebook addiction, and it's all Facebook's fault.'

Mike has said that if Microsoft do not pay up his requested compensation sum of $20,000,000, then he will be going to do further measures.
If you want to add me as your Facebook friend then click feel free. http://www.new.facebook.com/people/Mike-Elliott/623680566

Here is a catchy Facebook song

Why I Am NOT A “Go Getter Make It Happen Guy”

Aww… nevermind.

Almost Inspirational Thought for Today

I don't mind helping people. As long as they helped me and paid me in advance and promise me plenty of "breaks" with coffee and snack food. Come to think of it, I really enjoy helping people.

Almost Inspirational Thought for Today

When I'm down, one thing that really gives me a lift is dreaming that I have lots of friends and lots of money. But then some of those friends start to want loans because they are going through tough times and they have nothing to eat and no place to stay. That makes me even more depressed because I don't really have the money -- I was just dreaming and the money wasn't real. I hope my friends understand.

Almost Inspirational Thought for Today

Clean out the garage this week and make a new friend out of the extra wood and other things you were going to throw away. It's just an idea, but it sure helped me prove to myself that I really am good with people.

The Adventures of Richoman: Richoman Saves The Day

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MATTHEW Richardson (Richoman) donned his Richmond Superman cape again last night as he virtually single-handedly stole the opening round NAB Cup match from under Fremantle’s nose at Subiaco Oval.

In a match that swung wildly after half time, the Tigers booted seven unanswered goals to turn a 23-point half time deficit into a 16-point lead midway through the final term.However, Fremantle refused to lie down and produced a stirring fightback to surge back in front by nine points with just seven minutes left on the clock.

They booted five supergoals for the match but it was to be Richardson who had the last say.He snapped the final two goals of the game from close range to steal back the lead, the final goal coming with just 52 seconds left to play.Then he ran deep into defence and took a match-saving mark 15m from the Fremantle goal with just 29 seconds left.

The 34-year-old started on the wing and again thrived on the freedom he found on the vast expanses of Subiaco Oval.The final score was 1.12.8 (89) to 5.5.11 (86).but the first half belonged to Fremantle.They were 28-points ahead after just 12 minutes and it took until the 15-minute mark for Jack Riewoldt to put Richmond’s first goal on the board.

The home side benefitted in the first half from two 50m penalties that handed them nine-point supergoals.A third supergoal from Andrew Browne put the icing on the cake of a strong first half in which Richmond paid the price for some errant early kicking as well as those two indiscretions that cost supergoals.

The Tigers also missed their first four shots at goal and overused handball, particularly early in the match.

Fremantle sprung a surprise by putting Antoni Grover in attack alongside Dean Solomon and the move worked early. The two tough guys of the side ensured fierce contests in the attacking arc and their vigour rubbed off on the youthful brigade.Solomon kicked the first goal of the match, a nine-pointer, thanks to a 50m penalty. And Grover added the second of the match after marking a pin-point kick from Paul Hasleby.

The quarter-time margin was 18 points but Richmond made the early running in the second term with consecutive goals to Brown before Fremantle snuck the last two goals of the half to open a handy break.

The Tigers burst out after the long break with four goals in the first eight minutes of the quarter through Riewoldt, Mitch Morton, Brown and rookie Robin Nahas.

Fremantle stemmed the run-on for the next 10 minutes but Morton added the Tigers fifth for the term just before three quarter-time to give them a four-point lead at the last change.

Almost Inspirational Thought for Today

I bet it would be depressing to finally graduate from plumbers school only to discover that it had nothing to do with your dream of picking that fruit. Oh well, back to school you go fruit guy.

What are you doing with $900?

A GIANT $42 billion stimulus package has passed the Senate following a week of drawn-out negotiations between the government and crossbenchers.

My question is how what are you going to do with $900. A new plasma TV? Insurance or Rego for the car? or just save it for a rainy day? Leave your response in the comments

NAB Cup Bushfire Appeal game

Just finished watching the NAB Cup Bushfire Appeal game between the Western Bulldogs and Essendon - By the way the final score was 1.8.13 (70) to 1.8.12 (69). I can't believe that the Red Cross has raised over $100 million in a week (Actually $102 million at the time of writing this). I'm amazed the way everyone has pulled together to really pull off an awesome game with all the players and coaches from all 16 teams running fund raising activities at the game tonight. Even the NAB was donating $5,000 for every goal kicked (16 goals = $80,000). It really goes to show you the Aussie Spirit is alive and Aussies do really stand with their mates in times of trouble. I have never felt more proud to be Australian than I am right now. Awesome work everyone!


Babies and Teeth

Something freaky happened today. Elena, Madeline, and I were on the bus and we noticed another person with their baby in a pram. We both thought that this baby was about 6 months old. I looked at this baby and this baby looked backed at me and talked to me with a bable and all of a sudden this baby revealed a big set of adult teeth. This was the scariest thing I've ever seen. It reminded me of a sketch on sesame street where Kermit the Frog was wearing teeth while helping Grover with a demonstration. What is a 6 month old baby doing with a full set of teeth? Maybe this kid wasn't a 6 month old but a really premature 4 year old.

Here is that video from Sesame Street

Almost Inspirational Thought for Today

Lend someone a helping hand today. An act of true selflessness is such and honest and pure gift from one person to another. What a great encouragement that helping hand can be to another person. And it can really help when that person finds out that it was you who dented their car.

Almost Inspirational Thought for Today

If you are standing in a line today, allow the person standing behind you to "cut" in front of you. That will make that person feel really special. Then to make it even more special, tell that person that you feel safe and secure with them leading the way for the line. After you are out of the line, continue to follow that person. Follow them home or wherever they go next. I think this will show that you really have confidence in their leadership.

Victorian bushfire survivor, Sam the koala, a global star



SAM became the most famous koala in the world when firefighter David Tree stopped to give her a drink amid the devastation.

Pictures of Sam, who turned out to be female, travelled around the globe and featured in major newspapers including The New York Times, London's The Sun and on CNN.

The image provided a much-needed picture of hope in a week filled with news of despair. Yesterday Sam was recovering in Mountain Ash Wildlife Shelter.

Carer Jenny Shaw said she suffered burns on her paws and was in a lot of pain, but was on the road to recovery.

She was put on an IV drip and is on antibiotics and pain relief treatment.

"She is lovely - very docile - and she has already got an admirer. A male koala keeps putting his arms around her," Ms Shaw said. "She will need regular attention and it will be a long road to recovery, but she should be able to be released back into the wild in about five months."

Mr Tree said he was surprised by the reaction to the photograph, which was snapped by a fellow CFA volunteer on a mobile phone.

He said he was in the middle of backburning at Mirboo North when he saw the stricken koala. "I could see she had sore feet and was in trouble, so I pulled over the fire truck. She just plonked herself down, as if to say 'I'm beat'," he said.

"I offered her a drink and she drank three bottles.

"The most amazing part was when she grabbed my hand. I will never forget that."

Mr Tree and his brigade then received an emergency call-out to save a house, but minutes later Sam was picked up by wildlife carers.

She is one of 22 koalas, 14 ringtail possums, several wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos that have been handed into Gippsland carers.

Anyone who finds injured wildlife should call Wildlife Connect on 13 11 11.

Here you go Mate - Hope from the Ashes

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Photos from the Bendigo Bush fires

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Here are photos from the Bendigo Bushfire that my folks took. Fortunately all the fires are out now. We are safe.

Hellfire Heartache

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EIGHTY-FOUR people are confirmed dead in Victoria's bushfires, far surpassing the state's toll of 47 in the 1983 Ash Wednesday blazes. Among them are former Nine Network newsreader Brian Naylor and his wife, Moiree, at their Kinglake West property.

At least 640 homes have been destroyed, more than 300,000 hectares burnt out, and some fires may take weeks to contain as the blazes threaten to figure in history as the worst bushfires and deadliest natural disaster Australia has ever experienced. Entire towns have been wiped out and communities in Dederang, Taggerty and Glenburn in the state’s north were still under threat on Sunday night, almost 36 hours after the first fires were sparked by record heat and winds on Saturday.

“Hell and all its fury has visited the good people of Victoria in the last 24 hours,” Mr Rudd told reporters in the fire-ravaged Yarra Valley.

“Many good people now lie dead. Many others lie injured.

“This is an appalling tragedy for Victoria but, because of that, it’s an appalling tragedy for the nation.

“The nation grieves with Victoria tonight.”

In an address to the state, Victorian Premier John Brumby said “out there it’s been hell on earth”. He defiantly declared Victoria would put its “communities back together” and “recover”. Authorities believe some of the blazes were deliberately lit and police say arsonists could face murder charges and a maximum 25 years in prison.

The toll already surpasses the 47 deaths in Victoria in the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires, and the Black Friday blaze in 1939 which claimed 71 lives and the overall death toll of 75 from the Ash Wednesday blazes. Ten people remain in a critical condition in hospital with serious burns.

The Kinglake region, about 80km north of Melbourne, has been the worst hit - 550 homes have been razed and 55 deaths had been reported in the area as of 6pm on Sunday as the furious 120,000-hectare inferno, known as the Kinglake Complex, gave locals little chance.

Touring the Yarra Valley firegrounds with the premier, Mr Rudd announced a joint federal-state $10 million emergency relief fund for the victims.

He said emergency Centrelink payments were available to those needing immediate financial assistance.

- with AAP

To view a live update map of the bushfires in Victoria click here

Death toll in Australian Bushfires believed to be over 100, fires still threating homes

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australia-bushfires

The latest reports from bushfire ravaged Victoria indicate the death toll may be over 100.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned the nation to “prepare itself for even worse news” as authorities are still unable to account for dozens, possibly hundreds of people in the chaos left by the fires that have ravaged some 400,000 hectares (988,000 acres) of the State.

Among the dead this evening is former popular Channel 9 newsreader Brian Naylor.

The Country Fire Authority continues to fight fires on several fronts, including a fire threatening the Loy Yang power station which provides power to Melbourne (I’m still typing this, so the lights are still on in Melbourne at 9:30pm AEDT). The Kinglake fire is currently threatening Taggerty and Yea. A fire that was earlier threatening Beechworth is still of concern.

Disgustingly, arsonists are being blamed for at least some of the fires, with reports that fires that had been successfully put out had later been re-lit.

Over 3,700 evacuated residents have registered with the Red Cross, with many more expected, and hospitals in Melbourne have been inundated with burns cases, many of them severe.

If you’re concerned about loved ones, with Australian the line for information is 1800 727 077.

Donations to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund can be made at any National Australia Bank. BSB: 082 001 - Account: 860 046 797

The Salvation Army Bush Fire Appeal: follow the links here.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is desperately appealing for blood donations - 131 495

Here’s a map of the latest fire fronts, and recorded deaths:



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Victorian Bushfires the worst ever!

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The death toll in the raging Australian bushfires has risen to at least 84, making it the country's worst fire disaster.

Police believe more bodies will be found in small towns razed by wildfires in the state of Victoria, the hardest hit area with more than 700 homes destroyed.

Thousands of firefighters battled for a second day today to contain the blazes, which witnesses said reached four storeys high and raced across the land like speeding trains, spewing hot embers as far as the horizon. The most serious fires are burning north of the Victorian capital, Melbourne.

The army was being deployed to help out and the country's prime minister, Kevin Rudd, announced immediate emergency aid of A$10m (£4.5m).

"Hell and its fury have visited the good people of Victoria," said Rudd on a visit to the disaster zone. "The nation grieves with Victoria."

"It went through like a bullet," Darren Webb-Johnson, from the small rural town of Kinglake, told Sky TV. "The service station went, the takeaway store across the road went, cylinders [exploded] left, right and centre, and 80% of the town burnt down to the ground."

Many of those confirmed dead were trapped in cars trying to flee, while state broadcaster the ABC showed pictures of the small town of Marysville razed.

"Marysville, which was one the loveliest townships in Victoria, if not Australia, has just about been wiped out," said Ivor Jones, a pastor whose own home in the town was destroyed.

The fires are burning around towns about 50 miles (80km) north of Melbourne, hitting both semi-urban and rural areas. More than 20 people were being treated for serious burns, local officials said.

"These fires won't be out for some days," said John Brumby, the premier of Victoria, as he appealed for blood donations for burns victims. "It's about as horrific as it could get," he said.

At the town of Wandong, about 30 miles north of Melbourne, one survivor said he had found the body of a friend in the laundry of a burned-out house. Another survivor, 65-year-old Rosaleen Dove, said she had fought successfully for seven hours with her husband to defend her home on Saturday. "We made it. I never thought I could jump fences so quickly," she said.

All of the deaths, confirmed and suspected, are believed by police to have been yesterday. Police said 12 were people killed around Kinglake, the worst-affected area so far known.

Marie Jones said she was staying at a friend's house in the town when a badly burned man arrived with his infant daughter, saying his wife and other child had been killed.

"He was so badly burnt," she told the Melbourne Age website.

"He had skin hanging off him everywhere and his little girl was burnt, but not as badly as her dad, and he just came down and he said: 'Look, I've lost my wife, I've lost my other kid, I just need you to save [my daughter]'."

Fires were still burning across about 770 sq miles (2,000 sq km) in areas north of Melbourne, with a few towns still under threat, the ABC said on its website. Brumby said 26 fires remained out of control in Victoria.

Bushfires are an annual natural event in Australia, but this year a combination of scorching weather, drought and tinder-dry bush has created prime conditions and raised pressure on the government's climate change policy.

Australia's previous deadliest bushfires were the so-called Ash Wednesday fires in 1983 when 75 people were killed and more than 3,000 homes destroyed in the southern states of Victoria and South Australia.

Live-Action Mario Amazingness

Silly fun live-action recreation of Mario.

Are You Ready for Parenthood?

Preparation for parenthood is not just a matter of reading books and decorating the nursery. Here are 12 simple tests for expectant parents to take to prepare themselves for the real life experience of being a mother or father.

  1. Women: to prepare for maternity, put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag chair down the front. Leave it there for 9 months. After 9 months, remove 10% of the beans. Men: to prepare for paternity, go to the local drugstore, tip the contents of your wallet on the counter, and tell the pharmacist to help himself. Then go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office. Go home. Pick up the paper and read it for the last time. Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels, and how they have allowed their children to run riot. Suggest ways in which they might improve their sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior. Enjoy it - it's the last time in your life that you will have all of the answers.

  2. To discover how the nights feel, walk around the living room from 5pm till 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds. At 10pm put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep. Get up at 12am and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until lam. Put the alarm on for 3am. As you can't go back to sleep, get up at 2am and make a drink. Go to bed at 2:45am. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off. Sing songs in the dark till 4am. Put the alarm on for Sam. Get up. Make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.

  3. Can you stand the mess children make? To find out, smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains. Hide a fish stick behind the stereo and leave it there all summer. Stick your fingers in the flower beds then rub them on the clean walls. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

  4. Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems: first buy an octopus and a string bag. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that none of the arms hang out. Time allowed for this - all morning.

  5. Take an egg carton. Using a pair of scissors and a can of paint, turn it into an alligator. Now take a toilet paper tube. Using only scotch tape and a piece of foil, turn it into a Christmas tree. Last, take a milk container, a ping pong ball, and an empty packet of CoCoPuffs and make an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower. Congratulations, you have just qualified for a place on the play group committee.

  6. Forget the Miata and buy the mini-van. And don't think you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that. Buy a chocolate ice cream bar and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there. Get a quarter. Stick it in the cassette player. Take a family-size bag of chocolate cookies. Mash them down the back seats. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car. There! Perfect!

  7. Get ready to go out. Wait outside the toilet for half an hour. Go out the front door. Come in again. Go out. Come back in. Go out again. Walk down the front path. Walk back up it again. Walk down it again. Walk very slowly down the road for 5 minutes. Stop to inspect minutely every cigarette butt, piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue, and dead insect along the way. Retrace your steps. Scream that you've had as much as you can stand until all of the neighbors come out and stare at you. Give up and go back in the house. You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

  8. Always repeat everything you say at least five times.

  9. Go to your local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child. A fully grown goat is excellent. If you intent to have more than one child, take more than one goat. Buy your weeks groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goats eat or destroy. Until you can easily accomplish this DO NOT even contemplate having children.

  10. Hollow out a melon. Make a small hole in the side. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side. Now get a bowl of soggy Froot Loops and attempt to spoon it into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane. Continue until half of the Froot Loops are gone. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor. You are now ready to feed a 12 month old child.

  11. Learn the names of every character from Barney and Friends, Sesame Street, and Power Rangers. When you find yourself singing, "I love you, you love me" at work, now!, you finally qualify as a parent.

How to stream movies from your PC to Xbox 360

Microsoft XboxWe have set up a home theatre system with a brand new 50 inch wide screen plasma and 5.1 surround sound. We also have an xbox 360 and wanted to get the most out of it by streaming the movies on our PC.

Once you’ve squirreled your movie collection on your PC you’ll want to reap the benefits.

What better way than to exploit the powers of your next-gen Xbox 360 to stream an endless flow of flicks to your TV. Here’s how…

Step 1: Get networking

To stream movies from your PC to Xbox 360 they’ll both need to be connected to the same network. To do that, you’ll need a router. It’ll also need to be near your Xbox 360 so you can connect it using the included Ethernet cable. If that’s not possible, you’ll need to buy a wireless adapter for Microsoft’s console in order to get hooked up.

Your PC will also need to connect to the network, so if it doesn’t have a network card or built in wireless, you’ll want to grab an add-on to get it connected.

Step 2: Run Media Player

To share videos with your Xbox 360 you’ll need to be running Windows Media Player 11. If you don’t already have it, run Windows Update from the start menu, and rest easy for a minute as it installs.

Once it’s downloaded and ready for action, power-up your Xbox 360. Then start your PC running Windows Media Player. Right, now click “Library” and “Media Sharing”. Next select “Share my media” and choose “OK”. Wait for your PC to detect the Xbox, then select it and click “Allow” and “OK”.

On your console, select the media menu, then choose Video, Music or Pictures. There you’ll see the same content from your PC. If it doesn’t show up, hit the “X” button on your controller, and select your PC. Now you’re good to go and start streaming movies.

Step 3: Extend your Media Centre

As well as streaming videos from a normal PC, if you’ve got a Media Centre PC you can use the Xbox 360 to extend the experience to the big screen.

That means live TV, recorded shows and all the usual extras. Just make sure both machines are on the same network using Step 1 above, and select Media Centre from the media menu of the Xbox 360. If you want to record digital TV your PC will need a TV card or a USB digital TV adapter like we have. We paid less than $100 for ours. This is a way better alternative for us since our DVD recorder has decided not to work anymore after 18 months. Why pay $500 for a dvd recorder when you can pay less than $100 to do the same thing.

Other Must have accessories

Wireless WIFI - The Xbox 360 doesn’t come with Wi-Fi built in, so connecting it to your home network means keeping it close to a wired router, or buying this add-on. The latter will make things much easier.

Plasma TV - Streaming videos from your PC to an Xbox is only worth it if your TV is bigger than your PC’s screen. Check out LCD TVs, as they’re generally cheaper than plasma versions, but can still be huge, while remaining great value.

Xbox 360 Remote - Unless you want to watch movies with a control pad in your hands, you’ll need to grab a universal remote. Microsoft make an official remote for the console, but there are cheaper 3rd party versions available too.

Music Monday: Proclaimers 500 miles

You can't tell me that this song isn't addictive

Got Milk?

The question is what haven't we been up to? I can write this post like millions of others and say stuff like: "Today was an exciting day, I fed my pet iguana and watched my favourite show I Love Lucy" But I won't. We won't tell you boring stuff like "Today I had breakfast. I poured the rest of my sultana bran into the bowl, opened the fridge to get the milk and found that I was out so I went down to the supermarket and...."you get the idea.

Whats my point? Always have milk in the fridge and don't forget the spoon! You'll thank me tomorrow morning when you make breakfast for your 3 screaming kids who constantly scream "Daddy, I'm hungry, I want breakfast". So what do you do? Get shoes on all the kids and take them to McDonald's, find a car park, and spend $40 on breakfast for 6 of your family members when you could have gone down to the shop the night before and actually got it and saved yourself $35 or so.

So you thought there was a point to this post?
Well there's not... Sorry to disappoint you!

Have a nice day!