December 30, 2003

Happy Christmas & all that. How about some Christmas news? Christmas Brought To Iraq By Force.

December 15, 2003

December 11, 2003

"Heckler" in today's Sydney Morning Herald is particularly good. "I was distressed to see that another nation's sporting team appears to have forced our head of state to honour their long-awaited and singular success by appearing in a group photograph with them." Read the article.

December 10, 2003

Heh. It seems that my dstore search for items less than $10 doesn't work any more.
It seems that the New Zealand government has tried to shut down the guy that is building his own cruise missile.

December 08, 2003

I have linked to it before, but it's worth remembering that John Howard P.M. is a good read.
The ABC is reporting that Zimbabwe has quit the Commonwealth after having its suspension extended.
I seem to have hit a dry patch in geocaching. I failed to find Bug Powder Dust yesterday.

December 05, 2003

The Barneys notice board currently reads "Who does the Idol worship?", and has an outline that looks remarkably like Guy Sebastian's afro.

November 30, 2003

Jonathon was baptised at church today. It was great to welcome him into the church family, and to have his godparents pray for him. It was also great that so many relatives from out of town were able to be present.

November 29, 2003

Summer is finally here. OK, so it was still Spring on the weekend, but it was time to clean out the spa-pool and re-fill it. My legs ache today from so much physical exertion, but it was worth it. A few hours sun (and a few hours with the heater on full) got the water up to 30 degrees. Nice.

November 26, 2003

Yesterday we took the day off to take our little boy to Possum Cottage. No, it's not a native animal theme park, but rather an early childhood unit that is part of Sutherland hospital. The staff there were great with advice to help with sleeping and feeding. Let's hope the little fellow takes some notice of what he learned!

November 18, 2003

Kind of weird, but I really like Human Clock.

November 12, 2003

Hmm. It is still not Friday yet. This week is turning out to be a long week. Many of my work colleagues are based in London, so I tend to spend too much time at night on work phone calls instead of getting some rest.

November 11, 2003

What day is it today? Is it Friday? I hope it is, because it sure feels like Friday.

November 10, 2003

Interestingly, The Register has an article saying that Apple don't make any money out of iTunes. Basically it is a loss leader to sell iPods. They say they US$0.99 you pay goes to the record companies.
OK - I finally placed Earth on the weekend. You know where to find where to find it. :)

November 07, 2003

I apologise to all the people currently searching for the Travel Bug "Earth". So far I have been unable to re-hide this bug. The last 2 weeks have resulted in 2 not-founds, and 2 attempts thwarted by muggles.

October 27, 2003

In case you're wondering, BBspot has a useful list of new features in Office 2003 to help you work out if you need to upgrade.

October 22, 2003

Last night I managed to be the first person to find the geocache Hey You. A geocache that noone has found yet is called a "virgin cache", and this is the first virgin cache I have found.

October 21, 2003

The ABC is reporting that aparrently it is against the standing orders of the SA parliament to use the word "please" when asking a question. It seems that in other states MPs are free to be polite.

October 19, 2003

Another successful day's geocaching. I found The Crow and finally managed to find Tooms.

October 16, 2003

If you have seen the McDonalds Sip & Win promotion, you may have noticed that one of the instant win prizes is a $10 voucher for dstore. Although they don't seem to offer it on their site, this link will do a search for all products between $0 and $10. You probably guessed this, but the cheapest thing on their site is $10 (plus $6.95 postage).
As I was in the area last night, I was tempted to make an attempt on The Crow by Red Dwarf. Unfortunately it was getting late, and I needed to give some people a lift home. My first virgin cache will have to wait until another day.

October 13, 2003

On the weekend I tried white M&Ms. I'm generally a fan of both white "chocolate" and M&Ms, so I thought I'd enjoy them. The truth of the matter is that they are very sweet - even a bit too sweet for me. Anyway, this leads into a joke I saw today for which the punchline has now been effectively ruined:

Q: Why don't they make white M&M's?

A: Because they'd enslave the light brown M&Ms, steal all the red
M&Ms' land, hunt the blue M&Ms to extinction, accuse the
yellow M&Ms of obstructing trade, start a panic that the
little green M&Ms were invading the Earth, and complain
that the dark brown M&Ms were taking all their jobs.

October 10, 2003

An interesting article about how using multiple monitors improves your productivity. I have had a 2-monitor PC for quite some time at work now, and I strongly recommend the setup over a single monitor PC.

October 09, 2003

Just a quick update to note that I have now conquered The Bridge Walk and Evanescence.

September 28, 2003

I finally got around to uploading my web page on bushwalking. So far only 2 walks: The Spit to Manly, and a section of the coast track in the Royal National Park. The page includes waypoint and track files to download for Ozi Explorer.

September 14, 2003

Well the last week has been busy. We ... um ... had a baby. Pictures here.

September 10, 2003

A move in the opposite direction: The Guardian reports that Singapore will once again allow Cosmopolitan to go on sale. It seems that due to a free trade agreement with the US, chewing gum is now also available, although only the sugar free type, and you need a prescription.
The SMH reports that Barbie has been outlawed in Saudi Arabia. While it might seem strange to an Australian to outlaw an institution such as Barbie, the Saudis' objections to Barbie are the same as people in many countries have been saying for years: Barbie has a well (some would say impossibly unrealistic) devloped woman's body, and she wears revealing clothes, thus giving children an unrealistic expectation of body image. I can safely say I never owned a Barbie doll. :)

September 09, 2003

Sydney's second flash mob happened last weekend. See the pictures here.
Ever wondered what Mike Moore is up to now? SMH tells all.

September 04, 2003

Some of the cool stuff you read on Avant Go. From this week's Guardian comes A guide for Beckham's Spanish teacher. Quite good.

August 28, 2003

Supposedly last night Mars was the closest it is going to get for another couple of hundred years. We went out to take a look, but it just looks like a dot. We got the binoculars out, but it still looked like a dot. Admittedly a brighter dot than normal, but a dot none-the-less.

August 26, 2003

Sydney had its first flash mob on Saturday. Unfortunately I was busy, but check out the pics at www.sydmob.com.
On Saturday some friends brought their kids and we went looking for some child-friendly geocaches. First stop was Water Rats Between Bridges. (Yes I know we have been to this one before, but we thought that a not-found would not be a good introduction to geocaching.) Next we were off to Kidz Korner. As a general rule I don't like multi-caches, but with 2 extra adults and 3 kids you get there in the end. The kids were disappointed that we didn't have enough time for Nemo's Hideaway. Maybe next time.

August 18, 2003

Ars Technica is running a great advance fee fraud e-mail spoof called The Nigerian SCO Connection today.
This weekend's geocaching netted By The Bay (where we sent the travel bug Road Runner on his way), but we also found a new travel bug called Miles of Smiles. We wandered over to Only The Good but decided that the crowds wandering past this one make it too difficult to attempt it in the middle of the day on a weekend.

August 14, 2003

The first Australian Geocaching newsletter has hit the streets. Read it here. Thanks heaps to EcoDave.
Hmm. There is an interesting article about this site on Sizzle (Blogging with an Australian Flavour). Interesting partly because it has a graphic for my site, which appears to include the moon and what looks suspiciously like a horses rear end.
"'But Bo-Bo want to breed. Bo-Bo want species to continue.' I beat my chest, but to no avail. Sometimes I suspect Jocasta takes no notice of the Prime Minister at all." - from Richard Glover's commentary on John Howard's comments on gay marriage. Quite funny no matter what you think of John Howard.

August 13, 2003

On the subject of weather, what is happening with Sydney water restrictions? Surely that was last Summer and it's all over now? Think again. The Sydney Catchment Authority reports that Sydney's water storage was at 61.5% last week. "Voluntary" water restrictions came into force in Sydney when the storage went below 66.7% last year and they are still in place.
The temperature is unseasonally warm this morning in Sydney. This does not mean that it will be a nice day though. There is heavy cloud cover, and the rain radar confirms the bad news.

August 12, 2003

More geocaching. This weekend's exploits netted Egg. This one was very satisfying to find after about 30 minutes serious searching.

August 08, 2003

The Australian Communications Authority have a handy site called the Tool Kit. It has various links about communications in Australia, including links to sites that can help calculate what is the best plan given your communications usage.

August 05, 2003

A bank holiday brought a long weekend last weekend. Bliss. The weekends geocaching netted Tiny Shiny, Long Neck and Western Views. Western Views is quite interesting, as it is near a road that was built for when cars were first introduced. The existing road was too steep for the first motor cars, so a new road was made so they could get up the hill. After a few years the power of engines in cars increased enough that they could use the old road again (which is in use to this day).

July 31, 2003

I saw a web site that has an interesting solution to low-cost outsourcing today: Primate Programming Inc.

July 30, 2003

After not having seen our cockroach eating spider for a few days we were very careful in the kitchen when lifting things up, in case we dicsovered his hiding place accidentally. While washing a large vase in the sink we noticed something in the soapy water. Our spider had been hiding in the vase. RIP 1 spider.

July 29, 2003

The BBC is reporting that Paul Darrow (who played Avon in thie original series) has bought the the rights to Blake's 7. They are producing new shows scheduled to air in 2005. I loved Blake's 7!

July 28, 2003

More geocaching. This weekend saw the fall of Deuce (good fun finding that one) and Strange Items (and yes, there really are some strange items in that one). Although I didn't buy my GPS receiver to go geocaching this is what I seem to use it for mainly.
I got quite a fright on Saturday morning: The large spider that had been sitting on our kitchen ceiling was sitting in the sink devouring a cockroach. Go spidey! The cockroach it was trying to eat was bigger than the body of the spider. It was slightly gross, but anything that results in the reduction of cockroaches is fine by me. The trouble is that we don't know where the spider went after his breakfast, so now we have a large cockroach eating spider lurking somewhere in our kitchen.

July 25, 2003

An interesting article: flash mobs. More information at www.cheesebikini.com.

July 23, 2003

My 3rd 7am start in 2 weeks. Grrr.

July 21, 2003

A successful geo-caching weekend. We finally nabbed Bridge to Nowhere, and managed to find our first Travel Bug, Bamberger Bierkellerdeckela. Buoyed by our find, I headed off to Canadian Trailblazer to send the Travel Bug on his way. The weekend also saw the launch of our first micro-cache, Eagle Rock.

July 18, 2003

Aparrently Slackware (a Linux distribution) turns 10 today. I first started on Linux with Slackware pretty close to when it started. I had a 386 PC with 4 megs of RAM. I had to upgrade to 8 megs of RAM to run X. My first install was from 18 floppies, but then I got a CD-ROM.

July 17, 2003

My worst fears have materialised. The work that was cancelled for 7am yesterday is now re-scheduled for 7am tomorrow.

July 16, 2003

Ugh. I'm back at work after almost a week off recovering from having a nasty wisdom tooth removed. It wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't a 7am start, and the 7am start wouldn't have been so bad except that I missed the text message telling me I didn't need to come in at 7am after all. Nice sunrise (blah blah blah) etc.

July 08, 2003

Ah. It turns out that the co-ordinates for Water Rats between bridges were slightly out. We will make another attempt.

July 07, 2003

This weekend we failed to find Water Rats between bridges, but we did find The Aussie Munster Hunt.

July 04, 2003

Argh! I was going to ignore my e-mail problems, but today I found a bounce message about a mail loop. I was compelled to send it to someone who might be able to do something about it.

July 03, 2003

I hereby give up on trying to find out why my e-mail disappears. Someone has changed something somewhere, and if that person is reading this post, I hope that person feels suitably guilty and changes it back. Until then I guess random e-mails will continue to disappear. At least I get less spam.

July 01, 2003

Have you ever wondered how Internet Explorer detects the proxy settings if you ask it to "Automatically detect settings"? I have, but until today I never bothered to satisfy that wonder. Check out this article.

June 30, 2003

A successful weekend of ACT caching with Hecta, Kit Kat & Company netted Tennis and Trees, Suburban Legacy, Pole-position, Geocache, Vernon’s View, Isaacs Incline and Find Michael Herbert. Thanks heaps to Kit Kat & Company for putting up with us.

June 27, 2003

I am starting to get tired of worrying about my e-mail. I think I will just ignore it. If you e-mailed me and wondered why I didn't reply, maybe I didn't get the e-mail, or maybe I just ignored you. Anyway, I'm planning to hit some ACT geocaches this week to take my mind off e-mail. D'oh! I was going to ignore it!

June 25, 2003

I thought I'd send myself a couple of test e-mails this morning in the vain hope that maybe someone would have fixed my e-mail overnight. I received none of the e-mails. :-(

June 24, 2003

Still no advancement on the e-mail front. It has been sick for a week now.

June 23, 2003

Aparrently my e-mail is still working only intermittently. The e-mails that it swallows don't generate a bounce message. Nice.

June 18, 2003

Ugh. 7:00am start today. My GPS confirms that sunrise was at 6:59am, which means it is pretty much totally dark by the time I get on the train to come in to work. While I would rather be asleep at 5:30am, the city is quite different that early. It is so quiet, and it was such a clear day. It's kind of fun to do it once in a while.

June 16, 2003

June 13, 2003

Dont' have time to care what is happening in Australian politics? Luckily we have John Clarke and Bryan Dawe on Thursday nights' 7:30 Report to filter it for us. The web site also has a transcript. I thought last night's installment was particularly good.
Hmm. I got to work at 8:00 today to baby sit some database work (well OK I was late) only to find out that they are not going to do it until later. Then I find out that people are continuing to get upset about non-work-related web pages I have at work (some photos & stuff). I think it's time to bow out of the photos-are-a-security-risk debate. Work is only for work. I think I am going to be grumpy today.

June 12, 2003

Sydney had another big "dump" of fog today. The "Sydney Bay" webcam on the ANA hotel gives you a great view.

June 11, 2003

I read an article on Wired about Fotolog.net. You can basically create a photo-documented weblog (if that makes any sense at all). The site is quite interesting, so take a look.

June 10, 2003

This weekend saw a visit to Tamworth. Now that we have found most of the caches within driving distance of Tamworth, it was time to place a couple more caches. Our new caches are Raise the Standard and Vanilla Custard. We managed to check up on one of our other caches, Yee-Ha! Gui-tar!, and it was still in place and doing fine.

June 05, 2003

Twincities.com are running a story about a crackdown on geocaching. The story the link to particularly deals with leaving caches in US national parks. I guess it's worth remembering the guidelines for where to place caches and what to put in them. Remember, Cache In, Trash Out.

June 04, 2003

It seems that Cadbury's web site is still not admitting to the inferior Strawberry Ripe. They still only list it's finer tasting companion the Cherry Ripe.

June 03, 2003

I am still waiting for the information I need for my project, so I am still bored. The problem now is that the guy that works for me has also run out of things to do.

June 02, 2003

A weekend's geocaching failed to net Bridge to nowhere, but we did find #5 Urban Oasis. After dinner with a friend at The Little Snail (a French restaurant at Darling Harbour that I recommend) we also found Harbourside.

May 30, 2003

There was quite a reasonable fog this morning in Sydney. I guess winter is on its way. I'm still bored because I'm still waiting for people to get back to me, but I found another little project to work on, so not quite as bored as yesterday.

May 29, 2003

This afternoon is starting to drag a bit. I have been waiting for several different people to send me information I need to continue the projects I am working on. I thought I'd have answers today, because when I thought I'd have answers yesterday I got an e-mail telling me I'd have to wait another day. Today I get an e-mail saying I might have answers tomorrow. Soon it will almost be Friday, at which point it may as well wait until Monday. I'm trying to remember what the Young Ones did in "Boring".
They finally found Weapons of Mass Destruction, although not in Iraq.

May 27, 2003

Yay! Someone found one of my geocaches.
Bored with the rain yet? Sydney's water storage was up a huge 2.4% last week. Not enough to lift water restrictions though.

May 22, 2003

Some photos of the rain in Sydney last week: The big wet - smh.com.au.
Aparrently they are making a new series of Astroboy, which Ten will be showing in Australia.

May 21, 2003

This week I bought a CD of NSW maps called StateView. This is published by the NSW LPI. This has maps of all of NSW at 1:1m, large parts at 1:100,000 and maps of more than 300 towns. Good value at $29.95.

May 16, 2003

Yay! Sydney's water storage is up 1.9% this week!
A handy guide to cyber-slacking. Check out this article from the WSJ: Shirk Ethic: How to Fake A Hard Day at the Office.

May 15, 2003

Rain rain go away! Well just go a bit furhter west then maybe. While we have had more than 100mm of rain in Sydney in the last 24 hours but not much has been falling further west, according to this article in the SMH. Very little of it fell in the catchment area for Sydney's water supply, so water levels are up only 0.4% (less than a week's worth of water).

May 12, 2003

In case you have been living under an internet-less rock until just now, you might want to know that Where is Raed ? is back in action.
On Saturday I finally got a chance to walk some of the coast track in the Royal National Park. We walked from Wattamolla to Garie. The scenery is amazing. As with the Spit Bridge to Manly walk, I will upload a GPS track log file when I get around to it.

May 09, 2003

Names, names and more names. What makes a good name? In particular, what makes a good name for a cat or a dog? A difficult topic, but after much discussion, good dog names include Max, Sid, Norman, Boof and Tracey. Good cat names include Sharon, Henrietta, Sabrina and Charles. Apologies to humans with these names who disagree.
New from your favourite software company: The iLoo. A portable toilet with internet access. There are some concerns that if you had these things at festivals it could make queueing for the toilet even worse, but it seems they have thought of that. "If they take too long--say, hours--we'll probably bang on the door or something."

May 05, 2003

Monday morning after a geocaching-less weekend, and someone has found M5 madness. After having searched for this one unsuccessfully for ages, I feel encouraged to have another crack at it.

May 02, 2003

This cache looks like a lot of fun: The Fifth Element.

May 01, 2003

Borg had a scan yesterday. He is only little, but it is amazing to see how much he wriggles.

April 28, 2003

Sorry - no random thoughts today. Does that mean I am thoughtless?

April 23, 2003

Check out the blog for John Howard: P.M., along similar lines to the Kim Jong Il blog.
Ever wondered Why Am I Getting All This Spam? I hate spam in case you're wondering.

April 22, 2003

Today is the first day back to work after Easter. It is also the day of my friend's funeral, which I am not going to be able to make it to.


How was your Easter? Mine involved a lot of travelling to see various family & friends, some of which I dragged along do do a bit of geocaching.


Hecta and Stinker came with me to find Avards Close Encounter, which had a great view out over the flood plains near Gunnedah. (We didn't see any koalas.) Hecta was also with me when we found Beyond the ... near
Coolah. I never realised that there was an actual black stump. Well there you go.

April 17, 2003

Get in a bit of Australiana with The Rolf Harris Jukebox. The scary thing is that I remember the words to a quite a number of these.
We Love the Iraqi Information Minister - check it out.

April 16, 2003

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...


Death is back again this week. I found out last night that a friend committed suicide on the weekend. This is never the kind of news you are expecting, and it is never easy to take.


As a Christian, coming face to face with death really increases my longing for the day when there is no more death. My friend was also a Christian, so I look forward to seeing her again on this day.


Another friend was on TV last night talking about how he is managing to look after his child since his wife died in child birth last year. It is a year since she passed away, and it was strange to see pictures of her on TV. It is great to see how God has blessed them since then. I know a number of people who are looking forward to seeing her again in Heaven.

April 15, 2003

I found an interesting web site today: PhotoNotes.org. It has a lot of stuff dealing with Canon EOS cameras.

April 14, 2003

These Little Pigs - very cool game.
No geocaching this weekend, although I went on the walk from Manly to The Spit on Saturday with some friends from London. This walk took us about 3 hours, and provided wonderful views of Sydney Harbour. I would recommend walking the other way (i.e. from The Spit to Manly), as there are more prospects for an ice cream and something to eat once you get to Manly. I will post downloadable waypoints/tracklog once I get around to extracting the data from my GPS.
The SARS virus' genome has been sequenced. Amazing. See the Genome Sciences Centre web site.

April 10, 2003

It seems that the Australian government has won an award for be alert but not alarmed.
I finally got my license keys for OziExplorer. All I need now is some time to use it. Oh - and some maps.

April 09, 2003

I read an interesting article today about The Words of War discussing how Gulf War terminology is entering our vocab. Would "shock and awe", or "catastrophic success" have meant much to us 6 months ago?

April 08, 2003

The NSW LPI's Topoweb is quite a handy site. It is a web interface to their maps of NSW.

April 07, 2003

Kim Jong Il (the illmatic)'s LiveJournal is slightly amusing.
A trip to the Southern Highlands on the weekend took us to Berrima, Bowral and Bundanoon. While we were there we nabbed #26 Great Southern Land : (1) Rock Concert and The Gib'. The Gib' is quite high up, and so on a clear day you can see for quite some distance.

April 04, 2003

I know what I want for Christmas: Game Park GP32. It has emulators for various platforms (e.g. GBA) and wireless multiplayer capability.
SVGPS is now called GPS Visualizer. It draws various graphs/maps based on uploaded GPS tracks/waypoints. It accepts data in a number of popular formats. Very cool.

April 03, 2003

Strawberry Ripe review: Too sweet, and you are left wishing you had bought the real thing in the first place.
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) continues. The WHO has the latest here.

April 02, 2003

Is the Strawberry Ripe chocolate bar merely an impersonating brother of the Cherry Ripe? Cadbury's web site does not seem to mention it. Is there something they are hiding from us? I learned today that the Cherry Ripe was introduced in 1924. You can't mess with history like that.
OK, so they took a little while to surface. Some of this year's jokes: New Code - a language in which it is impossible to write security vunerabilities, the Evil Bit for the IPv4 header, the CPAN home page, and chips banned at UK schools.

March 31, 2003

We engaged in a bit more geocaching (we finally found Metro and Don't Wake the Neighbours) on the way to church yesterday.


Ian Powell preached on the passage from John's gospel where Jesus asks for a drink while dying on the cross. It is good to spend some time thinking through the sacrifice that Jesus made for our sake.

March 29, 2003

After finding that the road to The Maze was closed, Hecta sent me out on foot. After a lot of climbing over rocks I nabbed the cache. I must say that this is a truly excellent cache. Thanks Tangles.


On to Ansett's Lament. Finding the site was easy enough, but finding the cache proved difficult. Hecta and I searched for a while, but eventually Hecta gave up and left me to it. Getting bored, Hecta came to tell me it was time we left when she spotted the cache. A good day's caching I think.


After breakfast at Cafe Cinque in Newtown I'm off to make an attempt at Ansett's Lament and The Maze.

March 28, 2003

I saw this today. BSOD Wanted in Murder of Overclocker. Quite good. Be on your guard.
Of my blog: Hecta: "What's on there?" Eb: "You'll have to take a look." H: "Is this just a time wasting mechanism?" E: "No." H: "What's it for?" E: "Um ... That's difficult to explain. You'll have to take a look." H: "It is just a time wasting mechanism."

March 27, 2003

War stuff. Probably old news, but the Where is Raed ? blog is a good read.

Today marks the first anniversary of the death of Anna Patrick. Anna was a good friend, and married to our good friend Tim. Anna died suddenly in childbirth last year. Our prayers are with you today Tim and Poppy, and we look forward to seeing Anna in heaven.


More war in Iraq today. Aparrently war is dolphin safe. Good to know.


March 26, 2003

Another anti-war protest goes past the building.

More war in Iraq today. I think it is difficult to know if a war is right or wrong. One thing is for sure: War is never nice. I pray it is over soon.


I updated my other web page today, including a cool SVG graph (zipped) of my holiday in the UK generated by SVGPS. It is pretty rare that I can be bothered to update that site, so I think it rates a mention.


Elaine & Don get back from a holiday in New Zealand this afternoon. I had better remember to go pick them up, seeing as I forgot to drop them off at the airport when they went over.

March 25, 2003

Although Sydney's water supply is doing better than a lot of regional NSW, SMH is reporting that the heavy rain we have been getting over the last week is not making it far enough west to get into our dams.


How are we doing? See the Bulk Water Storage & Supply Reports on the Sydney Catchment Authority's web site for an update. Mandatory water restrictions come into place once we get below 55% of capacity.

Decided to get into this blogging thing. Prompted by BLOG YELLEK. Maybe he will give me a link.