Monday, October 29, 2007


I have been enjoying U-Tube a fair bit recently as much of my music is obscure and I can find a little over half of it on the internet. This one is not from a CD I own, but I have three of their CDs.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Resizer Technology

an interesting new technology that will help web pages if it works as well as in the demo.

Co-Inventor of Image Resizer Technology

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Nazis Screwed Up The Swastika For Everyone

I have been watching, quite impressed for a while, the articles that are appearing in Wired Magazine. Generally they have been improving at a great rate. Quite gutsy stuff. Particularly in relation to the shenanigans of the bush administration. For some reason this particular topic has been surfacing again in conversations here in Sydney and Melbourne, so I though I would add this little link here:

The Swastika: an equilateral cross, arms bent at right angles. For a couple thousand years before Hitler, it was used largely as a symbol of luck. And then the Nazis came along, dealing a blow to the swaztika from which the PR department of Swaztika Incorporated might never recover.

"temple entrance" by yewenyi [?]
temple entrance

Monday, August 06, 2007


Only a mathematician would write a cheque like this.

Friday, August 03, 2007

new eos X

Originally uploaded by
A camera that has lots of extra functions.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Patern Langauge

It is not often that I just pick up a computer programming book, leaf through a few pages and think, this is the best thing I have ever seen. Well the book on patterns in programming languages was one of them. What was even more surprising is that it was inspired by a book on architecture. In fact the I purchased the book on architecture (as far as I know, the first one). It is inspirational. Then today, on a Yahoo group about life styles, I also find a link back to the book's new website. Wow.
People liked our book very much. We were surprised though, when we found out computer programmers liked it, because it was about building not programming. But the programmers said, "this is great, it helps think about patterns in programming and how to write reusable code that we can call upon when we need it."

Monday, June 11, 2007

Genealogy Programs for the Mac

Well I am looking at programs:
  • iFamily - really nice interface, no web export.
  • reunion - cannot test properly, demo only allows 90 familys and no import. We pages are ugly, but can be customised.
  • maxFamily - dies when I load 33 thousand people. Cannot cope with the load.
  • osk - gedcom import failed. no linkages.
  • hmux2 - also called Heredis. I am sold. Import worked easily. The web pages look cool.
  • genealogyJ - runs out of memory
The test:
  1. Load 33,000 odd people.
  2. Generate the web page report.

Dolly Photos

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This time Dolly's photos. Very good. I love it when people have interesting backgrounds.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Chinese-Australian Historical Images

A site that a few friends of mine have worked producing. (Sophie and Helen) It looks good, but they need to get a more powerful server. Unfortunately none of the Chinese people in my family tree on the Australian side appear in this site.


the whole report is on the rand site.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

opera house

Playing with cross-postings from imeem. I bought one of dolly's paintings a while back. This is another. Her paintings are very good and I particularly like these simple, impressionist (i think) ones.

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a painting by dolly

Monday, May 21, 2007

celebrity lookalikes

Well, except for the first one, I only vaguely recognize some of the others. LOL But - Peter Sellers and KD Lang.

Friday, May 18, 2007

gluing captions to cats

Originally uploaded by sillykitty.
this is just such an accurate description of what tags are about.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Extreme Geocaching

Well we have not done any caching like this, but he has the same GPS as I do. maybe we should.

Stingray City
Originally uploaded by BlazerMan.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Seal type mental commitment robot

A very cute little robot used to help patients in psychiatric wards. The videos are very cool. They used a seal as people are less familiar with them and hence they do not have such strong built in expectations about how they should behave.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Dr Who

Well this is my first post from you tube. A short ditty from Newcastle about Dr Who.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


A short and poignant movie from Dolly. (Alas the embedded object will not work with blogger.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

0.8 days of music

Well, I did it last year and I did it again this year, I down loaded the massive amount of music offered by the South by South West festival on their music sampler. It is very good and I have learned about some bands I would never have otherwise heard. That is especially so since I hardly ever listen to the radio these days.

I also down loaded the new version (beta) of Azureus. The core engine looks much the same, but the GUI is significantly improved. It only took over night to down load the more than 3 GB of the music sampler.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Spare me my life!

With certain parts of the Japanese media seemingly intent on exaggerating the amount of crime committed by foreigners in Japan, and a Tokyo governor dedicated to bad-mouthing non-Japanese on an almost daily basis, it’s perhaps not surprising that some sections of society are a little scared by such sensationalism. A situation that has prompted one production company to produce an educational/language video to teach terrified Tokyoites how to survive such an attack.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Printing Chocolates

Well I have been looking at getting a 3D printer for some time now, but the cost is still very high, though I have found a cheaper one - it does not work yet. In the mean time you can use the expensive one to print, of all things, chocolates!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Picture Australia

Well in a way this is a plug as I have been loading my photos here for a while. Picture Australia have been running a flickr group for some time now. They grab photos and upload them to their site as thumbnails linking back to the original. When people search the National Archives, they can now also get photos from this flickr pool.
It is quite a good arrangement and many people, like myself, are only too happy to have our images used in this way.

Beer Garden

Thursday, January 18, 2007

One of the banes of my life!

Well this man wrote the one program that causes me more problems than any other. Even more problems than that horrible cisco term flapping. Yes I am sad to say... this man wrote the ping program. Not only did he write it, but he wrote it in one night with no planning. Bastard I say!

Ping is a program that helps tell if the network is working. But it provides very little information. I work in a company that supplies networks. So people say the worst things like - there was 10% packet loss when I used Ping. Or worse, I sent these humungus pings and they all failed!

Yes, it's true! I'm the author of ping for UNIX. Ping is a little thousand-line hack that I wrote in an evening which practically everyone seems to know about. ... If I'd known then that it would be my most famous accomplishment in life, I might have worked on it another day or two and added some more options.