Melbourne, transport

MATHS stations

The stations between Malvern and South Yarra are colloquially known as the MATHS stations. Malvern Armadale Toorak Hawksburn South Yarra The first four of them (that would be MATH) also match architecturally. I'm assuming they were all built around 1915 when the line was quadruplicated. I can't think of any other station group names of this type around the place, apart from more offic

driving

The Astra

I'm getting used to the "new" car. You know how it is when you switch, especially between manual cars, and you have to learn the feel of the accelerator and clutch for the new vehicle? Otherwise you either take off too fast, or stall it. Things I've noticed about the Astra which are different from the old Magna: The gear stick is at a different angle. The Magna's seems almost vertical next t

transport

So much for that

So much for Weekly/Monthly/Yearly tickets being valid in any zone on weekends. From January this benefit will be removed. You'd think they'd be trying not to discourage people from using these tickets, since they help cut down queues and encourage PT loyalty... but it looks like it's a simplification of the rules to make implementation of Myki easier. UPDATE. This got reversed. The zone bene

Geek

Messy web sites

Leader Newspapers have joined ABC Local Radio in redesigning their web site into a hideous, difficult to navigate mess.   For instance, the Caulfield Leader, at www.caulfieldgleneiraleader.com.au, with a page showing the same news stories as the printed version of the paper, plus a few other links, apparently wasn't good enough. So now it's the rather less memorable caulfield-glen-ei

News and events, transport

Humming along

I thought the police were having issues with high petrol bills. Apparently not, as they're going to patrol nightspots in Hummers. Maybe instead they should have gone for Police Priuses. They'd be distinctive. Did you know that a Prius actually has more legroom than a Hummer H3? Seriously, inspired by a comment from Tony H, I checked. In shoulder and headroom it's about the same, but in the r

Geek, News and events

Large Hadron Collider

Have you seen the pictures of the Large Hadron Collider to be switched on today? Wow. It just looks so sci-fi, doesn't it. I don't think it'll destroy the world, but it almost looks capable of it. (It wasn't invented by Osterhagen, was it? Oh, whoops -- spoilers!) PS. The kids are looking on the bright side: if by some freak chance it does create a black hole, destroying the Earth and the

Culture, PTUA

I’m not really a philistine

Sigh. In retrospect I probably should have shut my big mouth rather than comment on the upgrade to Hamer Hall. UNIONS and community groups have slammed a State Government plan to spend $129 million on an Arts Centre facelift. "Patrons of Hamer Hall are lucky they're not seeing performances in the same conditions that public transport users are experiencing on trains and trams. "At l

transport

The Secret Seven

Marita and I were heading from her place in Footscray to a Clare's party in Armadale. Train into the city, then either: train to Armadale (quicker, but a 15 minute walk) or tram 6 (slower but much closer). The train had just gone (next in 15 minutes), so we walked over to the tram stop to see when the next 6 was. The sign said 9 minutes. While I was trying to calculate in my head which would ge