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

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…

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…

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…

Probably the head gasket

I’ve been thinking about the popular saying “This is the last thing I need right now”. In relation to my car breaking down yesterday afternoon I went to say just that. But I stopped. It’s not really what I wanted to express. Therefore I propose this update: “This is a thing that I need not…

Food in History

I picked it up by chance at Ron’s Bookshop in Hawker (I think) and at the time I didn’t know of Raey Tannahill’s standing in the literary world. Food in History is a very entertaining piece of non-fiction. It has the academic qualities of a textbook but there’s nothing stuffy about the writing at all….

The Hue Review

As often happens to me, I’m sitting around minding my own business and then POW! I own some more technology. The question this time is how much fun can you have with a lightbulb? The answer is more than you’d expect. I’ve always wanted to do something like this, as I’ve always thought (especially as…

WeMo switch and sensor

To further Operation Automation I picked up a Belkin WeMo switch and sensor. The idea was to tie it to the LED strip I’ve been using to light the top of my kitchen cupboards. The LED strip itself is a cheap effort from eBay, capable of doing very bright, mostly tacky colours. Without the motion…

PAX 2015

It feels strange that the Penny Arcade expo is on again. Plenty has changed in that time, plenty has stayed the same. My strategy this year is more oriented towards a blitzkreig. Taking the early Friday morning flight, I went straight to the MCEC. There’s something customary about lining up for the keynote and subsequent…

Against Me! at The Basement

Against Me!

A long time ago my brother suggested to me checking out a band called Against Me!. The band he was in, Never In Doubt, was a supporting act for them in 2004 in Canberra, at the now defunct Green Room. Last night, at The Basement, they were back. This time though, with a frontwoman and…