Every so often I'll splash out on a new toy for myself. Last year it was a new camera. The year before was a hifi. The year before (just over two years ago in fact) that was an iPad Mini. Those paying attention will know that I had considered adding a multi-room music setup to the hifi. I ended up buying a couple of Sonos speakers, which have been great. Here's another idea that some may con
I used to love The Bill, way back when it was a cop show with a sense of realism, rather than a full-on soapie. The episodes I enjoyed the most, season 4 (from 1988) are currently airing on the ABC, in the middle of the day (around 3pm, and again the next morning around 5am). I've got my PVR recording them and I'm checking to see if any memorable episodes pop-up that I want to watch again. B
I'm aware that my blog has evolved... these days most of the posts are about transport, reflecting my current interests. I wonder if this is a bit dull for those who have been on the old Toxic Custard mailing list, which is the descendant of the humour-based email list I started while at uni. Yet transport posts get by far the largest number of comments. Hmmmm. Here's a post to mix it up a bit.
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
Can you combine street art, classic video games and a Melbourne street map? Yes! CDH Art: "Using the familiar street art motif of retro gaming, I created a walking guide-map to Melbourne's street art."
Yowzers. It's been 7 years since I bought the house. And it's been four years since I bought the car. At the time I bought the car, the dealer I bought it from had just paid the rego, so it's due every August. This year it's $696.50. Obviously because I bought the car in August, the insurance is also due every August. $369.05 (It can be paid monthly, but this is 15% more expensive.) An
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, perhaps about two years in the mid-80s, durin
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:
Are these Modern Warfare: Call of Duty 3 "Captain Price" USB drives, sent out as part of Movember, really "limited edition", or are there eleventy-billion of them out there? Although I'd normally subscribe to the view that one can always use another USB drive, I'm wondering... would any of you MWCOD fans pledge a donation to Movember to buy it? It's still wrapped in plastic, and with a l
I don't have a proper blog post for you, so here's a few pictures from the last week or so. If you were looking for Myer's Lonsdale Street store, it's gone -- almost all of it except the facade. (When I was a kid, we often went into the City on a Friday night, had dinner at the Coles cafeteria in Bourke Street, then made our way up through the back of Myer to level 6, where the toy departmen