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Miscellaneous 09 Oct 2008 07:33 am

Toll collectors strike on Sydney Harbour Bridge

This morning, toll collectors on the SHB will strike for an hour in protest at State Government proposals to make all toll collection on the bridge ‘cashless’ (using electronic tags).

I can understand that toll collectors are fearful for their future employment — after all, if no cash tools are to be collected, there would seem to be little need for toll collectors. But won’t this sort of action simply hasten the end? I guess the toll collectors don’t have much leverage left!

Miscellaneous &Nerd stuff (technology) &Technology (general) 26 Feb 2008 08:12 pm

Danish wind-powered generator self destructs

Apparently this happened when this brakes on this “windmill” failed during strong winds. Quite amazing and frightening.

Miscellaneous 10 Feb 2008 09:13 pm

New Brother laser printer installed – bad news for Brother!

Some time ago, I wrote about the silliness of laser printer pricing compared to drum+toner prices.

Today, the drum and toner in my old printer needed to be replaced. So I installed a new printer (same as the old one – Brother HL-2040) which cost $A95. Cost of a new drum plus new toner would have been over $A200. Cost to manufacture this whole printer (plus packaging, handbooks, CDs, cables, etc.) MUST be more than just for the drum and toner that came with the printer.

So who’s the winner here and who’s the loser?

Miscellaneous 25 Dec 2007 07:11 pm

Telstra’s not ALL bad

Telstra recently upgraded my cable service — they say speeds may be as high as 30Mbps.

According to my latest test, I can download (subject to network traffic as usual) at 35Mbps. Wow.

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Miscellaneous 25 Dec 2007 07:07 pm

Unscented deodorant

Question: why is it impossible (in Australia) to buy unscented spray-on deodorant? It used to be freely available, but the major manufacturers have dropped ‘unscented’ from their spray-on ranges.


Do people like to smell like deodorant?

Apart from me, does anybody care?

Flying stuff &Miscellaneous &Nerd stuff 06 Sep 2007 09:07 pm

Model helicopter – amazing video

Miscellaneous 29 Aug 2007 08:04 am

Hello, I’m still here

I know, it’s been a while. I’ve been busy. Many things have happened at once, namely:

So, sorry for the absence, Nerd-fans. I hope to have some interesting items for you all over the next few days.

Miscellaneous 22 May 2007 10:51 am

New product – words fail me!



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Humour &Miscellaneous 01 Apr 2007 09:23 pm

This is just cute (warning: furry animals)

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Miscellaneous 25 Mar 2007 11:50 am

A nice old lady

Some readers would know that in recent months I have been made an ‘Air Experience Instructor’ at our gliding club. This is the bottom rung of the instructor ranking system — I’m not authorised to teach people to fly gliders, but I am authorised to take people on ‘Air Experience Flights’ (similar to a joyflight – but the passenger is allowed to take the controls during the flight if they would like to – under strict supervision, of course).
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Miscellaneous 17 Mar 2007 01:48 pm

Formula 1 now televised in widescreen!

And it’s about time, too!

Miscellaneous 10 Feb 2007 06:52 pm

Amazing optical illusion (after the jump)

Stare at the image – very deeply. After a while, you should be able to discern a giraffe. (Click ‘more’ to go to the illusion…)
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Cars &Miscellaneous 06 Feb 2007 10:52 pm

Millau Viaduct (bridge) – mind-blowing engineering achievement

In a recent episode of Top Gear, Jeremy, Richard and James drove supercars across France to visit the Millau Viaduct (bridge).

I could not believe my eyes when they showed this structure on telly. It is magnificent, mind-blowing, beautiful, stark. The 450 pixels I allow for photo widths here on simply can’t do it justice. Visit the linked Wikipedia article and be amazed.

Flying stuff &Miscellaneous 22 Jan 2007 01:23 pm

Pray for rain and farming families – it is dry out west

My gliding exploits last week brought home to me very clearly the desperate situation facing farming families during the current drought.

From 8,000′ in the air, you can see a long way (especially from the excellent vantage point of a glider cockpit – much less restricted vision compared to a passenger window in a normal aircraft). And by far the dominant colour on the ground is brown. Aside from a few irrigated paddocks (and I really do mean a few) and the occasional river course, there’s nothing green on the ground at all.

Pray for the farmers and their families as they contend with the financial hardship that the drought has brought. Pray for them as they face the relentless dust that blows off the vegetation-deprived paddocks. Pray for the people in the towns who are also suffering as the goods and services they offer are not needed by (or can’t be afforded by) the farmers.

An example that we came across at Cootamundra airfield: even the agricultural pilots are suffering as there are no crops to spray – expensive aircraft sit idle in hangars with nothing to do. The only bright spot for these small-time aviators is the bitter-sweetness of aerial fire fighting work…

Pray for rain.

Miscellaneous 16 Dec 2006 06:47 pm


Computing - general &Humour &Miscellaneous &Nerd stuff 29 Nov 2006 09:26 pm

Technical education video: how modems work

My eyes have been opened. Now I want to know how this broadband thingy works…

Miscellaneous 14 Nov 2006 03:07 pm

Home-made rollercoaster

“There is no end to red-neck ingenuity.”

Miscellaneous 13 Nov 2006 02:33 pm

World’s best (well, biggest) disclaimer…

I noticed a press release today, issued by my former employer. The release (one page of normal-sized type) was accompanied by this fabulous disclaimer (one page of small type):
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Flying Nerd recommends &Miscellaneous 13 Nov 2006 11:22 am

Nerd versus flying insects

If you read my post some time ago about rainwater tanks, you’d know that our home has a new deck out the back. Here it is:


Our rainforest-like back yard is really delightful — cool, green and lush. Lots of birds visit us (I saw a glorious red and blue rosella this morning).

For years, we have also been plagued by mosquitoes.

Well, deck + mosquitoes = frustration. Frustration that there’s a beautiful deck outside that’s not being used because nobody wants to share blood with the mozzies.

Technology to the rescue.

At the Sydney Royal Easter Show we came across a man selling Bug Eaters. We bought a Bug Eater to tackle our mozzie problem. Here it is, installed on the side fence:

Bug Eater
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Humour &Miscellaneous 07 Nov 2006 03:35 pm

Steve Jobs goes Boom!

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