Sam, Cam ‘n Smug’s World

Minecraft is a game with lasting power, that’s for sure. We’ve run a server on-and-off for quite some time now. If the NBN ever reaches where I live we’ll no doubt host our own. Currently though my DSL2 connection clocks in at about 0.8Mbps up and with three users in the house, that’s not enough…

The Hawkeye State

Iowa was a thing. Turned out pretty much as expected I think. I didn’t know that the coin-toss was a legitimate mechanism in certain democratic processes but they are! I’m sure some commentator will cast ire on that. On to New Hampshire! as they say…

Naval Action: Quickstart video

Naval Action is an early access title available on Steam at the moment. This is the first time I’ve actually payed to play an alpha, but so far it’s been very entertaining. At this stage since so much is subject to change I won’t do a review of the game, however I have created a…

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A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale

The politics of those United States of America are strange. Sometimes they’re weirder than other times. It’s generally agreed that things are pretty weird right now and what’s clear is that people don’t know how to react. I recall a scene from The Simpsons a number of years ago illustrates this situation to some degree:…

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Review: StarWars Battlefront

When I saw the first teasers for this on YouTube I was pretty impressed by how it looked. I’ve played many StarWars games in my time and there are a lot of them. Many didn’t quite hit the mark but at the same time there are others that have elements – that magic – in…

The “Opiners”

While these days it’s often called “First World Problems”, really this phrase is just another excuse to complain. I think now, more than ever before, people complain. They whinge, the whine. The opine. The heartfelt lamentations over minor injustices – real or perceived – I find sickening as well as a waste of time. Unfortunately…

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My Sassafras

Blogging’s been around for a while now. And it’s not going anywhere soon! Recently added to the mix is My Sassafras. It’s a blog that focuses on lifestyle, fashion and graphic design. Already there are links to a number of free resources like fonts, and recipes for relaxing essential oil mixes. Curated content, including purpose-shot…

You can’t do better than this, really…

" If we are serious about this, we need to get out of our comfort zones. People on the left can't continue with the illusion that all spending is sacred, and that the only reason the government cuts spending on health or welfare and talks about raising the GST is that its ministers are evil and untrustworthy. People on the right can't continue with the illusion that all tax breaks are sacred, and that the budget can be put back in shape simply by cutting spending. It can't and, most importantly, it won't. "Tim Colebatch

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Glow in the dark bike track

Canberra cyclists can ride on a glow in the dark bike track that will be trialled as an alternative to street lights for the first time in the ACT next week…

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The Uber ACT Experience

Canberra is the only city in Australia where Uber has been recognised and legalised. Which is curious. Normally we’re on the back foot with that kind of thing. Whatever the reason, it’s a benefit. I took my first Uber trips yesterday and they worked flawlessly. I do want to make mention of the taxi drivers…

Let them have their guns

As mass shootings occur in the USA on a regular basis, the rest of the developed world regularly discuss/condemn the American way of life. While horrific, I wonder why people in other countries to go the extent that they do when commenting on the issue. There’s clearly no debate on if that there are less…

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Eggsworthy

I noticed Yolko behaving strangely yesterday morning. She seemed to be standing watch over the coop, not straying too far from the door. Annabel was nowhere to be seen. So, I hoped the time had come and it certainly had! Moments later Annabel jumped from the door and resumed her usual pecking-random-things lifestyle. Yolko seemed…