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good grief, more purchases

I try to keep my collecting habit fairly restrained. My recent decision to collect a set of Peanuts badges (or ‘pins’, as the Yanks call them) for a few reasons. Firstly they looked cool. I’ve always liked badges and have a few interesting ones. Secondly they are small – collecting takes up space, so you’ve…

Mission to Cars

I’d been paining over buying a car for a while. Working where I do means public transport wasn’t an option and it’s too far/dangerous to ride. Since dad had retired I’d basically just been using his X-Trail, since it was free the majority of the time. But when it came to purchasing my own car,…

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thomas was alone

Following the micro-blog kind of theme this place is following these days, here’s a trailer for an entertaining game that is worth the $10.   You can buy it (PC & Mac versions come in the same purchase) from the official site here.

Air Force 1, Canberra, 2011

mega update

When you’ve been this long between updates it doesn’t always make sense to recount things chronologically. I’m writing this the day after Australia Day (months later) and I’m happy to report I escaped the whole thing wtihout a hangover to speak of. Kind of impressed with myself, actually. Especially since this auspicious day is sometimes…

running on an even keel

It’s been a productive few weeks. Yesterday we launched the new Sleep Apnoea Association of ACT site. It was in desperate need of a refresh, probably the of the best examples of severe neglect I’ve seen actually. Took me right back to the Web 1.0 days! Anyway, I ran the spirit of their design through…

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The Friends of Huong Phuong Orphanage

Events, or accounts of events, often drive my focus. I’ve always said context is important. With it you can better understand the human values at play in a given circumstance. When I heard about an orphanage for disabled kids in central Vietnam and the story behind it the thought “Must help…!” was evoked. Not that…

If rain drops were made of chocolate

I know a lot of teachers. A number of my friends are teachers, I have family who are or have been teachers. I know people training to be teachers. A hugely honorable vocation, teaching forms the cosmic line between humanity and animalism. It provides a positive, powered, position to push back against the things that…

Items of Interest

An older album by Solar Fields recently popped up on my radar. Used as the soundtrack for the new game Capsized, ‘Movements’ is good news. Released in 2009 it sits right next to Solar Field’s soundtrack composed for EA’s Mirror’s Edge. I’ve had the Mirror’s Edge soundtrack for ages now but only recently played the…

Experimental Canberra

It went under my radar but following a link from a forum (as often happens) lead me to ‘New Weird Australia‘, a promoter of eclectic Australian electronic music. Part netlabel, podcast, community, online space thing, it’s got some great material. Of interest to me was The Sound of Young Canberra, a compilation of, well, sounds…

You’re going to need a permit for that, Miss.

Quarantine isn’t easy. That said, in Australia we’ve got the benefit of being girt by sea! Preserving the status quo is that much easier because of that fact, to be sure. Sea isn’t the only vector, though. The flying machines we’ve got now – for the public that is – almost fly faster than the…

Provisional Authority

My fingers are pretty sore, the blisters have finally popped. Ended up on a lovely 12 string Maton not too long ago, as well as a bass hooked up to a make of rig i’ve actually had the pleasure of playing around with before. They almost make the same level of sound! You’ve noticed the…

Poimanency

Things move fast when they want to! I went from being a contractor to permanent full-time at least 12 months ahead of perceived ‘schedule’. Most of the elements, the puzzle pieces if you will, fell into place outside my area of influence. But I’m sure it helped that I like my job and made a…