A few changes

24 01 2009

I’ve shuffled a few bits around on the site as you may or may not have noticed. I have created a twitter account, firstly because I was curious to see what it was like, and secondly because I think it suits my style of blogging. I have come to realise I am no good at writing long prose-like accounts of things that I experience, simply because the ideas escape my memory very quickly. This could be a good or a bad thing, as I am sure we’ll find out in due course…..

Lovely sunny weather this saturday, people around chapel street seem to be in high spirits as its a long 3 day weekend (monday being australia day). This weekend we hope to take a ferry down the yarra river through the CBD to williamstown, where there is going to be a tall ship festival which should be nice. Australia day will almost certainly involve barbecue and beer and perhaps some sunbathing action.

More news and pictures later this weekend.

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Hot like fire

13 01 2009

Summer has begun here, finally! It was 38 degrees yesterday and its forecast to hit 39 this afternoon. The rail network which I rely on to get to an from work is having problems due to a/c faults and rail lines buckling under the heat. This is not good news for me, but a novelty still.

Victoria has implemented a state-wide fire ban due to the dryness and heat which could cause huge bush fires. Warnings can be found all over the radio, TV and press. A few fires have already broken out within urban areas which luckily were quickly contained.

I had to resort to modifying an old oscillating fan by adding to its small blades in order to keep us cool last night as temperarures remained in the 30’s over night….. I dread to think what its gonna be like when its 40 degrees of humid heat!

TTFN as i’m at work….





Happy 2009

8 01 2009

This post is a bit late bringing in the new year, but after all I am in Oz, and thats just the way its done around here… 🙂

The new year so far has been ok, I have been struck down with man flu and had to take 2 days off work to languish in bed. I am now back at work, enjoying the relaxed pace which I am assured won’t last long.

I really enjoyed the christmas break as I got a chance to sit down and do lots of reading, courtesy of our excellent local library (Stonnington City Council). One book I have just finished reading is called “The Singularity is Near: When humans transcend biology” by Raymond Kurzweil, a leading ‘futurist’ and well-respected computer scientist. This book talks about the developments we will see in computing and technology in the next 50 years, including the “singularity”, the point at which artificial intelligence will match and exceed biological human intelligence. Its not an easy read but compelling nonetheless.

I am now reading a few books on nanotechnology and biology. I am feeling very science-y at the moment! I guess I crave that kinda thing now I so far removed from any kind of technology more advanced than a ladle (joke).

Anyway, more news to come soon.

Dave