Due to inconvenient timing of becoming a Dad, I missed this particular Pixar film on the big screen. Which, having seen it on Blu-Ray, seems a shame. For a 3D animated film, the level of detail, and the inclusion of some live action footage makes it visually spectacular.

But – as with other Pixar films – it’s the story that matters. Their ability to make us care about a robot, and what he’s trying to do, is amazing. Granted, their robot’s face is quite similar to the robot in Short Circuit, so we already care about him a little, but you get the impression they could achieve this even with a completely dissimilar robot.

Mano Espresso, Glebe

Mano Espresso, Glebe

Campos coffee. 73 St Johns Rd, Glebe. Relaxing jazz muic drifts across this converted patio: the Perspex roof gives a great deal of natural light, giving the illusion of even more space than the arrangement of tables would suggest. Surprisingly for a cafe in Glebe, it has an alcohol licence: beers are available for between $6.50 and $7.50.

The lunch menu is a little on the pricey side – you’re looking at $8-11 for lunch, instead of staying below the magic $10. There’s an all-day breakfast menu too, which is more moderately priced.

Coffee comes out after the food. It’s thin, and very hot, but the flavour is good. They’re doing a good job making decaf here.

Mon-Fri 7am-3pm
Sat 7:30am-4pm

web: manoespresso.com.au

Deus Cafe, Camperdown

Deus Cafe, Camperdown

Di Lorenzo coffee. 98-102 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown. Quite a fancy (read, Eastern suburbs chic) place for a cafe that is an add-on to a custom motorcycle (and merchandise) store. Somehow, they manage to keep the smell of (mechanical) grease outside of the cafe – no mean feat in itself!

The interior has a feeling of space thanks to the high ceilings, and despite the TV in one corner playing The Dark Knight, it’s largely a space that facilitates conversation and taking the time to appreciate the high quality (with a price to match) food that’s on offer. The food service on this weekday lunchtime is fairly slow – expect a 15-20 minute wait for anything that isn’t pre-prepared from the window.

The coffee is far more reasonably priced, and prepared more swiftly. It’s the standard Di Lorenzo fare: pleasant enough, with a thick, foamy milk head, and is certainly a worthy accompaniment to the tasty food menu.

How to buy clothes

I’ve been enjoying the musings on life over at the jelssie blog, where two of my friends take turns talking about some minor detail of life.

An insightful post about buying clothes on their blog took me back to things I learned over at the the bargain queen, and from other life-on-a-budget sites like the excellent (and Australian) simple savings site.

It brought home to me the difference between clothes purchases for people who love buying clothes, and those people for whom buying clothes is a painful chore.

It’s a cliche, but to walk into a store, not even need to try some clothes on, and head out with the purchases in hand would be my ideal clothes-buying experience most of the time. I think this is why I have so many t-shirts from threadless.

I enjoy having a new shirt to wear to work as much as anyone else. When I receive a (rare) compliment on the way I’m dressed, it’s certainly a pleasant experience. I can even relate to the idea of finding some item of clothing that I really wanted to have.

But I draw the line at stalking clothes, counting sizes, and waiting for the sales (I’m not even aware of when the clothes sales are on, until they actually happen).

Is anyone with me on this? How do you buy clothes?

Update: Bec adds her frustration far more eloquently than I could.

ads on the blog

I recently signed up with Nuffnang blog network, in an attempt to try and bring a small amount of money in from all the time I keep pouring into the site. Imagine my surprise when they sent me out a box with some product samples in it, and a welcome letter – all before they’ve even served any ads on the site!

They seem to be very different to other online advertising options I’ve looked at, in that they’re trying to reach out to the bloggers in their network. If you’re thinking about selling out, I would have a look at what they do.