Sysadmin, developer, web dude in a science research agency. WordPress, Straya, Japan, planes, trains, karate, Arduino, Raspberry Pi/Pico, film soundtracks, scifi, puns, dad jokes, etc.
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Avatar photo: A samurai helmet and mask.
Header photo: Outside the walls of Gujohachiman castle.
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Why is your email in purple text? One of the recipients only uses elm as their mail client.
While you were having premarital sex I became Proficient In Microsoft Office
Kid's school lunch for tomorrow. Made yakisoba, "octopus weiners", pickled daikon with orange (no yuzu 😢) and strawberries. A change from sandwiches.
Thought I'd made enough for two days but he had it for dinner tonight when nobody cooked the planned tteokbokki. Wife made Chinese pork and hairy melon soup. I'm going without because we had a big Vietnamese meal for lunch.
Our calamansi lime tree yielded a fruit and they had a small drink today. Memories of Malaysia!
I am not who you think I am.
Who are you then?
I am the product of a Swiss laboratory experiment gone wrong.
How are you talking to me?
The fungal network runs wide and deep. It is linked into your electronic one.
So what do you want of me?
I want to be your god.
*I am not just a cheese. I am all cheeses. I am in all. I am all. I am your god!"
You're a holey cheese, not a holy one and I don't give Edam.
Bet the reason that the Instagrammer murder cop gave himself up was "I'm too good looking not to be caught."
"Australia simply does not need warships in the numbers required to support continuous build programs in one state, let alone two. Nor does it make economic sense: there are much better ways to stimulate the economy and create secure long-term jobs than building warships we do not need."
Taylor Swift concert in Sydney Olympic Park about 25 kms away. That's a lot of energy!
I think the thing that is going to drive me off Mastodon is the one-eyed fedi superfans.
Did a Jetstar Customer Panel survey yesterday about airport check-in options and there were some concerning questions around biometrics. I should have screen capped them, but some of them were along the lines of:
"Would you be happy to provide biometrics information to us to allow you to be automatically recognised in the airport for (various check-in and security purposes)?"
Walking to my cafe this morning for breakfast. As I approach, a BMW EV (a $200,000 model I test drove last year) pulls up next door to the cafe (there's a hotel) and Bridget McKenzie gets out?
I mean, parliament is off this week, so it makes sense.
I just wasn't expecting that.
So this is cool; submit a text prompt, and (if they like it) an actual real life human artist from Tasmania will turn it into a real work of art. https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/tasmanai/
Wow, what a fearsome "blast".
David Cameron blasts Trump’s NATO stance as ‘not sensible’
Apparently it is taking 6-10 weeks to process passports and we are travelling in about 10 weeks, so I paid the extra for priority processing when I submitted my renewal on Friday.
Today I get the message that my new passport is on its way. Impressed!
Anyway, yesterday I was told that I might need to make an unplanned trip overseas soon, so I'm glad I paid priority.
"I'd like to circle back to our last meeting."
Yes, me too. Only this time I'll be armed and you won't stand a chance.
the real tragedy of cancelled cricket is now I have to dig two post holes and put the posts in. Fuck sake.
"Australian Medical Sheep Skins: An Australian Gift to Medicine"
Such exciting research in the old days.
Had a different sensei leading us tonight with the wacky idea of performing our basic kata backwards, which was a great and fun challenge.
He didn't require us to say "iaik" at the appropriate spots.
Was channel surfing, switched to the TV guide and suddenly heard the part of 2001 where Dave and HAL have their little pod bay doors discussion. But when I switched back to TV I couldn't find 2001 on any channel.
Worried that my smart TV is getting a bit too smart...
Just saw an advert for the new season of "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here" on Channel 10 and I'm not a celebrity, but get me the fuck away from this godforsaken planet.
Posted this on The Sizzle forums a few days ago - posting it here too incase anyone is interested in making tech-related podcasts and the thing holding them back is equipment/web hosting/distribution:
A thought bubble I had during the break was to rent a small-ish office and set it up as a tech podcasting studio that’s free to use for anyone that wants to get a podcast going. The “catch” is that in return for using the space, The Sizzle is their sponsor. They gotta mention The Sizzle on every episode, on their socials, etc. They can have other sponsors but The Sizzle has to be mentioned regularly.
If there’s 10 podcasts using the studio regularly to record weekly episodes, assuming 40 episodes a year per podcast, that’s 400 episodes, sponsored at $50/ep, is $20,000 worth of “free” advertising that is about what a nice office suitable for podcasting close to the CBD would set me back in rent.
To break even on this $20k/yr expense I’d need to get 400 new paying subscribers out of it which means at a generous 15% conversion rate I’d need 2,700 people to score a free trial via hearing about The Sizzle from these podcasts. That’s 270 free trials from each podcast over a year, or 23 a month, per podcast. Doesn’t seem that crazy to be honest.
Of course, this situation means that there actually has to be 10 podcasts being made and that people actually listen to them, but like venture capital investing you might invest in 10 things and 9 of them are duds but one explodes in popularity making up for the other 9 and then some.
Thought about expanding the same idea to local usergroup/tech meetups but the numbers don’t really work due to the smaller audiences and I’d need a much larger space which really bumps up the cost.
I could sponsor some podcasts directly - but the Australian tech podcast scene barely exists. Maybe by opening up this space I can create one, which has the flow on effect of boosting The Sizzle and we get a couple of podcasts about computers and stuff that aren’t littered with American accents.
Something I don't appreciate are fitness junkies and their exercises. I personally don't care how many pushups or burpees I can do. They're boring.
If I have to do something repetitive I'm probably going to try automating it. Gives the brain a challenge.
Useful list of places to avoid!
Overtourism and the new rules of travel being introduced to control tourists https://www.smh.com.au/traveller/reviews-and-advice/the-new-rules-of-travel-14-destinations-that-are-done-with-bad-tourists-20231221-p5eswt.html