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Melbourne News and events

112 warm days in a row

The other week it was noted that we’d gone 100 days of Melbourne’s maximum temperature being over 20 degrees. That was the first time in 150 years of recorded weather observations that it had happened. By my count, we’re now at day 112. The last day of less than 20 degrees was 17.8 on the […]

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transport

Myki transaction update

Sometime in the last 24 hours, my Myki online topups finally got resolved, some 24 days after they got stuck. Last week I used the web site feedback form to point out that the topup from 2/3/2010 had got stuck, and the one from 4/3/2010 was stuck behind it. They unjammed it somehow, and by […]

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Video games

It’s Mario month!

Isaac noticed the Best Before date on our current jar of Vegemite is MAR10. That makes it Mario Month this month! I think I’ll go play some more New Super Mario Brothers Wii. Then maybe I’ll make a Vegemite sandwich. (Though it doesn’t strictly have to be used by the end of the month; note […]

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driving Morons on the road transport

This is the law

I’ve written about this before, but just so it’s absolutely clear, I’m going to include a picture[1] with the text: When turning left or right at any intersection (except a roundabout) you must give way to any pedestrians crossing the road you are turning into. — source: VicRoads: Driving in Victoria — Rules and Responsibilities, […]

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transport

Why the crowding?

You want to know why Melbourne’s trains are so crowded? Well, that might be because in the last decade, patronage has gone up 77%, but services have only increased by 17%. And the trams too? Patronage up 36%, services increased 5%. Just for completeness, here’s a graph of all the patronage figures from 1999-2009. Source: […]

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Friends and loved ones

100th birthday

Adrian and Peter turned 100 today. To be precise, their birthdays are both today. Adrian (my sister’s husband) turned 38, and Peter (my step-father) turned 62. To celebrate the occasion, they’re having a joint birthday party on Saturday. So, happy 100th birthday, Adrian and Peter! (I do have a great aunt who turned 100 last […]

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Melbourne transport

Where are the green men?

A number of traffic lights used for crossing the “little” streets in central Melbourne don’t have green/red men. Some do, however, particularly along Swanston Street where there are heavy pedestrian flows and — I suspect — more people likely to be just following everyone else like sheep, and not looking for cars before they cross […]

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Consumerism

The power of marketing

I was in the supermarket with an unnamed person. They spotted a packet near the cash register: Mentos, *Special edition*. Some weird-arse flavour not normally available. Picked it up and appeared to seriously consider buying it. Not because it was Mentos, which they don’t normally buy, but because it was a *Special edition*. That, ladies […]

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transport

January’s train

I got to have a short ride in the new X’Trapolis train introduced into service today. The government calls it “Train 2”, however the journos prefer call it after the month it was meant to be in service, eg “The January train”. For all the consternation about a reduction in seats, seeing it in the […]

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Culture

Sunday Life

Sometime last year one of the magazines that came with The Sunday Age, Sunday Life, changed its formula. I used to find at least something interesting while flicking through it. Since the change, nothing. I was thinking that it had turned into a women’s magazine. One only has to look at the author names of […]