Retrospectives

Before Facebook and Twitter, we did analogue social networking with paper and pen

Tonight I'm going to a school reunion. Almost unbelievably, it's 25 years since year 12 in 1988. To mark this occasion I've dug out something even older than that. Once upon a time, before Facebook and Twitter, we couldn't write on each others' Walls or send a Tweet. On occasion in class, we'd pass a piece of paper around instead and write notes on it. Here is one that survived, from July

transport

Is there enough promotion of the good stuff in PT?

I was pondering awareness of a couple of things, so decided to try a quick online survey. Over about 24 hours it got just over 100 responses... unfortunately unless I pay SurveyMonkey $19 per month, they'll only tell me about the first 100. I think I'll just go with those for now. (Some people didn't respond to questions, which is why the totals add up to 98.) Firstly, I asked about Weekend Sav

Food'n'drink

ID card options if you don’t want/have a driver’s licence

So, following-up yesterday's post. A little research on IDs for young adults (in particular to prove they are over 18) who don't drive led me to two possibilities -- assuming one doesn't want to carry around a passport: Keypass -- $55, and supposedly recognised nationwide. Proof Of Age card -- $10, and also apparently recognised throughout Australia. It seems other states have similar

transport

Stay on the train, or join the traffic? Some young adults are rejecting cars.

Isaac just turned 18. (Yeah, I know.) Anyway, I was talking to him about getting a photo ID that shows his age, so (if he should choose to) he can exercise his rights as an adult. Many his age would get a Learner's permit as part of learning to drive. But he has zero interest in doing that -- in fact he has firmly said he doesn't want it. And I'm not about to argue against that. Not me, who

Geek

New toy: iPad Mini

I was amused when I posted last week about using credit card points to perhaps buy an iPad Mini, the Apple-haters jumped in. The post wasn't really about technology; it was about credit card points! But this post is about tech. The choice of an iPad over an Android tablet was deliberate. Yeah yeah, I've fallen for Apple's marketing hype. Nah... After pondering buying an Android tab

Consumerism

Anybody else getting dodgy texts about a United Energy power surge?

Has anybody else had one of these, possibly dodgy, texts? This is the second one I've received now. After the first I replied "Wrong number" and got a "Sorry" back, but the guy is persistent. Something smells fishy. Note the supposed pick-up date, which is last Thursday, three days before the text was received. When I mentioned it on Twitter last night, Marcus Wong noted that there wa

transport

One look at the planned EW route shows why it would have made yesterday’s #Citylink mess worse, not better

The claims that the East-West link would somehow help the road network cope with yesterday's horrible Citylink accident are truly mystifying. It really does appear as if the motorway boosters have tried to make use of this high-profile event to promote their cause in the hope that nobody thought too much about what they were saying. RACV public policy general manager Brian Negus said the crash

Photos

A little Sunday afternoon fire-fighting (and lighting) on the farm

There's always something happening on the farm, and I suspect it's the nature of these family-run farms that those that manage it need to be willing to take on a wide variety of tasks. On Sunday it was burning-off, and for a while, I was on fire-fighting duty. Not to stop the fire, but to make sure it didn't jump the fire breaks. The tool for lighting up the fire is the amusingly-branded Fir