Monthly ArchiveJune 2006

Miscellaneous 29 Jun 2006 11:31 am

Photo of deck added to article about rainwater tanks

By popular demand (well, two people asked), I’ve added a photo of The Deck to my article about rainwater tanks.


Formula 1 29 Jun 2006 11:24 am

FIA Formula 1 survey 2006

Once again the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) – global motorsport’s governing body – is conducting an on-line survey about Formula 1. You can access the survey here.
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Humour &Miscellaneous &Nonsense 16 Jun 2006 01:41 pm

Description: defied!

Diet Coke + Mentos = ?

Check this out.


Flying stuff &Video editing 16 Jun 2006 02:43 am

Gliding at Southern Cross Gliding Club (great short video)

A few weeks ago, one of the marketing reps for Ulead Systems, a maker of video editing software, was in Australia to launch a new version of one of their apps. Tobie (the marketing guy) participates in a video editing discussion list that I read, and I met him on that list. As a former power plane pilot, he expressed an interest in taking a glider flight while in Sydney.

I picked up Tobie from his hotel in Sydney, and took him to Southern Cross Gliding Club at Camden on what turned out, despite expectations, to be quite a nice day (but with no lift to speak of). We put him in the front seat of the club’s fabulous DG-1000 two-seat glider (with one of the instructors in the back!), and he took his Sony high definition camcorder along for the ride. Here’s the result:

(For the tech heads: the camera used was a Sony HDRHC1, and the video was edited with the Ulead’s low-end editing product VideoStudio 10 Plus. I have a few comments about VideoStudio 10 Plus here.

Miscellaneous &Nerd stuff 15 Jun 2006 10:00 am

Rainwater tanks

Here’s a new topic for the Flying Nerd.

You’ve probably notice that I enjoy writing about technology. Formula 1 sneaks in as it’s probably the sport that uses the highest level of technology.

Well, here’s a change of pace – but it’s an interesting use of a combination of simple technologies.

[Lots of pictures on following page – may load slowly…]
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Video editing 14 Jun 2006 07:45 am

Ulead video editing software still cheaper on line (VideoStudio, MediaStudio Pro)

Ulead, creator of my preferred video editing software, has been through turbulent times in Australia.

After many years being distributed by Company A, they changed over to Company B. Result: they almost disappeared from the Australian market – it was almost impossible to find (current) listings for Ulead software with Australian resellers.

Well, Ulead saw the problem, and Company A is now the distributor again.

But the guilty secret is this: while Company A is starting to get the word onto the street once again, the prices charged in Australia are still way too high. Check out these comparisons:
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