DSGamer Down Under (Australia) and back

And I need surgery. Or, at least, should get it before I leave. It's never boring.

Mermaidpirate wrote:

I Hope You Like Heatwaves.

Well, the worst of it is skipping Sydney, I think. Have a safe trip!

I don't like them, unfortunately.

I am preparing, though, for the dual hit of needing to switch from shorts, t-shirts and sandals to dressy clothes while in the middle of high heat.

m0nk3yboy wrote:
Mr GT Chris wrote:

For streaming media you either will need a proxy or live with what the services offer their Australian customers. Of course, there's aways talk that they might start blocking proxies...

f*ck me dead, don't rely on that!?!?

I can 'live' with our Netflix, because I know no better. Coming from the land of plenty, you'll find our sun baked offering half hearted at best.

Check out http://flixusa.com.au/ to see if that is something you could use to get around the problem, especially with their free trial.

I use Hulu and Netflix in Japan so I miss out on a lot but it's not too bad. Of course, I don't know how bad the Australian selection is...

Mr GT Chris wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:
Mr GT Chris wrote:

For streaming media you either will need a proxy or live with what the services offer their Australian customers. Of course, there's aways talk that they might start blocking proxies...

f*ck me dead, don't rely on that!?!?

I can 'live' with our Netflix, because I know no better. Coming from the land of plenty, you'll find our sun baked offering half hearted at best.

Check out http://flixusa.com.au/ to see if that is something you could use to get around the problem, especially with their free trial.

I use Hulu and Netflix in Japan so I miss out on a lot but it's not too bad. Of course, I don't know how bad the Australian selection is...

When I was there in October I watched Thunderbirds most mornings. I don't see what the problem is. That may be all I need.

You'll only really feel it when people around here are talking about the new hotness, and we're stuck with waiting another 'couple of years', or braving our free to air channels, riddled with ad breaks at the worst moments.

Two examples I can give, Gotham, we only just have Season 1 on Netflix. Arrow only has season 1 & 2.

On the upside, Netflix originals seem to be included as part of the Global release strategy, so Bojack Horseman is there, and Daredevil and Jessica Jones were there on day 1 with every other territory.

Our Netflix system is streaming as well. You'll also be delighted to learn that data caps are pretty much standard down here, with 'unlimited' being the exception, rather than the rule.

m0nk3yboy wrote:
Mr GT Chris wrote:

For streaming media you either will need a proxy or live with what the services offer their Australian customers. Of course, there's aways talk that they might start blocking proxies...

Check out http://flixusa.com.au/ to see if that is something you could use to get around the problem, especially with their free trial.

I use getflix and it works as advertised, seamlessly bypassing geoblocking on Netflix. Setup was easy (basically setting the DNS server address on any device you want to use it with). Would definitely recommend.

Question for anyone who works in an office in Australia. Living in Oregon I use a backpack (tasteful, but a backpack nonetheless) to take my laptop, etc. to work. Usually when I'm commuting by bicycle. I'm running on the assumption that this would be weird to use this in Sydney, seeing as how I'm 40 years old. I was planning to buy a satchel or leather soft briefcase while shopping for new clothes (I also have a west coast Pacific Northwest casual wardrobe). Is this assumption incorrect? I'm trying to figure out whether I should even pack that backpack and bring it with me.

I use a backpack style bag made for holding a laptop.
This model - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny4M...

I am a 43 year old man and wear a suit to work most days.
My bag choice does not stand out.

You'll be fine, but first you'll need to get one of these hats:

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Trust me, it will mark you as a local!

Is that the hat that protects you from drop bears?

Actually attracts them. Wearing one while traipsing through a eucalypt forest is the final task of the citizenship trials.

As long as you don't wear what we Australian's call "Budgie Smugglers" down to the beach (as our ex-Prime Minister used to)...

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I'm more focused on the water beanie. Why is he wearing a beanie?

bnpederson wrote:

I'm more focused on the water beanie. Why is he wearing a beanie?

He was pretending to be a Surf Lifesaver... High visibility cap for surf patrols, etc.

m0nk3yboy wrote:

As long as you don't wear what we Australian's call "Budgie Smugglers" down to the beach (as our ex-Prime Minister used to)...

I'm familiar with that term. After my wife began working in Australia for a few weeks she picked it up. She started calling speedos "Budgie Smugglers" when we went on vacation in Europe and saw some older gentleman rocking one at the beach.

DC Malleus wrote:

Actually attracts them. Wearing one while traipsing through a eucalypt forest is the final task of the citizenship trials.

Sweet. Ordered.

I'm a week away from flying out. I have surgery in 3 days, which is starting to freak me out. I'm getting emails about going to Melbourne a week after arriving to meet with other members of the team at the company headquarters. It's all starting to come together really quickly. Wish me luck with the surgery. I'm mostly nervous about the fact that I'm going under anesthesia.

You need to apply to be on International House Hunters on HGTV!

sheared wrote:

You need to apply to be on International House Hunters on HGTV!

Maybe someday. We already have a flat in North Sydney. We're good to go for now. If we stay on longer, though, we'll see.

DSGamer wrote:

I'm a week away from flying out. I have surgery in 3 days, which is starting to freak me out. I'm getting emails about going to Melbourne a week after arriving to meet with other members of the team at the company headquarters. It's all starting to come together really quickly. Wish me luck with the surgery. I'm mostly nervous about the fact that I'm going under anesthesia.

"You'll be right mate"

DSGamer wrote:

I'm a week away from flying out. I have surgery in 3 days, which is starting to freak me out. I'm getting emails about going to Melbourne a week after arriving to meet with other members of the team at the company headquarters. It's all starting to come together really quickly. Wish me luck with the surgery. I'm mostly nervous about the fact that I'm going under anesthesia.

Good luck!

You got this!

Thanks. Tomorrow is almost here. I realized tonight just how much I had stopped looking forward to Australia and the move and started looking towards the surgery and all the things that could go wrong. Anxiety is a bear. Especially when it has a semi-legitimate root cause.

DSGamer wrote:

root

Te he he he he...

Another thing you'll get used to.

m0nk3yboy wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

root

Te he he he he...

Another thing you'll get used to. ;)

I had to google that. Fair enough. That works as well.

DSGamer wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

root

Te he he he he...

Another thing you'll get used to. ;)

I had to google that. Fair enough. That works as well.

Nothing funnier than being in a fairly "high level" IT meeting, and everyone giggling like little kids as we make reference to the "root" folders, and "root" structures.

m0nk3yboy wrote:
DSGamer wrote:
m0nk3yboy wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

root

Te he he he he...

Another thing you'll get used to. ;)

I had to google that. Fair enough. That works as well.

Nothing funnier than being in a fairly "high level" IT meeting, and everyone giggling like little kids as we make reference to the "root" folders, and "root" structures. :lol:

Wait. Good point. Root is a keyword in Unix. How am I going to avoid using it?

On another note I'm waking up after my first day of sleep after surgery. I did okay anxiety wise. I'mean still in a fair amount of pain. I'm hoping this gets better in a couple of days or else that flight is going to be terrible.

So presumably the surgery went okay?

Wait how did I miss this? You work with Unix and you're moving to Sydney? Let me hook you up.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

So presumably the surgery went okay?

So far. It's really painful. Oxycodone barely touches it. But I'm being reassured that it's nothing abnormal.

Maq wrote:

Wait how did I miss this? You work with Unix and you're moving to Sydney? Let me hook you up.

I don't know. This thread doesn't get as much traffic as I expected given how big of a change it is, but I'm also not trying to draw all the attention to myself. Mostly asking advice and talking about the process.

So yeah, moving to Sydney on Monday assuming I feel well enough to fly by then. All our stuff is either in storage or bags. I'm supposed to start my job (software engineer) on the 18th, but I'm skeptical about whether I'll be up for sitting that long at a desk by then.

Good luck with the recovery!