Home life

The central heating stopped working

As you can see, I just love getting up in the roof and having to try and get the heater working. Not that it happens often, but yesterday the heater stopped going. Following the relighting instructions, the pilot will light, but after waiting the specified minute to switch it to full On mode, goes out again. Argh. Waking this morning, the house had cooled to 11 degrees overnight. Some

transport

RIP Connex/Metro SMS Alerts, 10/9/2001 to 29/7/2013

Today Metro shuts down its SMS Alerts service. It has been running since September 2001, when it was introduced (the day before 9/11), initially for Connex Connector Plus (Connex-only yearly ticketholders) -- and back when Connex only covered half the rail network, of course. It spread to all customers and all lines later, along with timetable enquiries via SMS as well. Metro later inherited th

transport, Video games

PAX Australia – overall a success, but the public transport arrangements let it down

An article in The Age today notes that while there were a few issues, last weekend's inaugural PAX Australia video game festival went well. We went along on the Sunday, and had a good time. We avoided the sessions with long queues, and instead saw an XBox launch event, played some games in the retro area, had some lunch, and looked around the expo hall. Not being hardcore gamers, tha

Health

The good stuff

After suffering through several days of a bad cold this week, I finally decided to seek out medication. I remember years ago using Codral Day And Night to get through it... but then a little later, having no success with what appeared to be the same medicine. Turns out there's "New" Codral, which does little for me, and "Original" Codral, which works. The Original has Pseudoephedrine in it... th

Geek

Pics: How they fix mobile phone towers

How do they fix or upgrade a mobile phone tower? With a very big crane, that's how. It wouldn't be a job for someone with a fear of heights. In my family, my sister gave up her landline when she moved last year, and in her household now relies totally on mobile phones for making calls (plus naked DSL for internet). My mum has (without moving) just switched from landline to mobile as

transport

What do people want prioritised? PT or roads? Every survey says PT. #SpringSt

The state government continues to push the East-West motorway (a plan they barely mentioned in the 2010 election campaign) over major public transport projects. But what do the people want? As it happens there's a pretty clear message from surveys going back at least five years. (Skip to the end for the latest one.) October 2008 And 94% believe the Government should be spending more on p

Consumerism, driving, transport

Why is Metro allowing this advertising in its stations? – part 2 – Kia #comfortisethis

A couple of years ago I wrote about Nissan Micra ads at Flinders Street Station directly criticising public transport. This time, it's Kia's turn, though it's a little less overt. Spotted at Malvern (as well as other locations, such as South Yarra): You know, I've been using public transport for decades. I've seen people asleep, but I've never, ever had someone fall asleep on my shoulder

transport

My brain dump from a look around the Regional Rail Link project

Last Saturday some of us from the PTUA did a tour of the Regional Rail Link project. Here are some photos and notes. The RRL project, for those who haven't being paying attention, is basically a brand new railway from somewhere west of Werribee, through new stations in the fast-growing suburbs of Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, then joining the Ballarat Line west of Deer Park, heading in through Suns