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Video games

Flashback to 1984: The Challenge Chamber

One of the lesser-remembered 80s Australian computer games magazines is PC Games. At least, I assume it’s lesser-remembered because it doesn’t seem to have a Wikipedia entry, although its UK cousin does. PC in those days simply meant personal computer, not necessarily the IBM/Microsoft platform it does today. Australian PC Games ran for, I think, […]

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transport

Getting through the Myki pain: time to rip off the bandaid

The Age Online reports this morning gates at Flagstaff were opened to clear long queues that had backed up to the escalators. This has also happened several times at Parliament and Southern Cross recently. It’s a combination of growing patronage, new Myki users swiping or rubbing instead of touching and holding still, and old Metcard […]

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Doctor Who transport

My blabbering in the TARDIS

Deep within the bowels of the ABC studios at Southbank… …there is a Triple J studio called “TARDIS”. Well, recording booths. I discovered that they’re not bigger on the inside. I was there the other day at lunchtime. My blabbering has shown up as part of a Triple J “Hack” story on the costs of […]

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Melbourne

The new bit of Bourke Street

This is the new bit of Bourke Street, in Docklands. I can quite put my finger on why, but I think I prefer the older bit.

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transport

Dear TTA: You really must put in more Myki readers at Mckinnon station

I haven’t had time to step off the train myself, but thanks to the miracle of slow-motion, here’s the queue for the only Myki reader on the main platform at Mckinnon last night. It appears there are six people queuing up, plus another using the reader. I see about that many queuing every PM-peak these […]

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transport

Myki myths 2: Everybody always has to touch-off, every single time, or they’ll be penalised – Nope.

I know of people saying the only thing they don’t like about Myki is the requirement to touch-off. This is particularly a problem at suburban stations in the evening peak. Some stations end up with queues due to inadequate numbers of readers. There are three main situations where it doesn’t matter if you don’t touch-off. […]

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Food'n'drink

Kitchen tip: don’t buy peelers with magnetic handles. They’re just annoying.

Kitchen tip: don’t buy peelers with magnetic handles. It might seem like it’s a cool idea, but actually they’re just annoying; having them stick to other things is not at all useful.

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transport

Does Yarra Trams think we’re all nine feet tall?

Some people do need reminding that you should let people off before barging on yourself, so it makes sense to put some reminders on the trams. Unfortunately they’re so high up that few people are likely to even notice them. From the looks of it they’ve been placed to be adjacent the internal “rhino” stickers […]

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Retrospectives Video games

Retro Gamer edition 100

Yes, it’s true: I paid extra money to get a magazine about old video games sooner. I truly am a sucker for nostalgia. But hey, it’s the 100th issue, with a reprint of edition one as a bonus!!! PS. 8pm Saturday: Spotted today at my brother-in-law’s birthday barbecue, this tattoo of Rik’s:

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transport

Myki myths 1: There’s no “unlimited use” option – oh yes there is

Metcard weekly and monthly tickets won’t be available for sale from this Sunday (though you’ll still be able to use them if you have them). Myki’s equivalent to Weekly, Monthly and Yearly Metcard tickets is Myki pass, which gives unlimited travel on the days paid for. The pricing of a Metcard Weekly is identical to […]