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.