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January 4th, 2011

The first, and most important thing to know about 2011 is that it’s a prime number.

Why is this important? Because it suggests that it will be a year unique in it’s own right, not just derivative of other years.

I hope so at least. In a lot of ways 2010 did not go very well at all. I don’t want to dwell on the past, just want to make the most of a new year.

I have only one resolution for the year: control. Be in control, don’t cede control to circumstances, or even the desire to sleep :).

Hopefully that’ll mean more blogging here as well, starting with the return of the Trekathon, and probably some nerdy stuff about writing iPhone apps.

52/30/5 Week 30

July 26th, 2009

For the first time in many months, I am actually up to date and posting the photos within the week they’re for. Week 30 took me to the Carillion in Lake Burley Griffin.

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The Carillion was a gift from the UK Government in 1970. Living only 2km or so from it was incredibly annoying, as the bells are played very frequently.

Carillion I

Carillion II

Carillion III

A view of the lake from the Carillion:

Lake Burley Griffin

And a willow tree suffering from winter:

Naked Willow

The full set is on Flickr. And more to come next week.

One month of podcasts

July 13th, 2009

To get an idea of how much time I take listening to podcasts each month, I kept track of all my podcasts for the month of April.

(Yes, I’ve been sitting on this post for a while).

In order of time:

  • Lyrics undercover: 28 mins, 4 episodes.

  • A Life Well Wasted: 53 mins, 1 episode.

  • Canberra Calling (Crikey): 54 mins, 3 episodes.

  • The Biography Show: 1 hour, 1 episode

  • Penny Arcade: 1 hour 16 mins, 2 episodes.

  • D&D Podcast: 1 hour 22 mins, 2 episodes.

  • Out of the Game: 1 hour 32 mins, 1 episode.

  • Retronauts: 1 hour 51 mins, 1 episode.

  • The Gruen Transfer: 2 hours 19 mins, 5 episodes.

  • Good Grief (1up): 2 hours 47 mins, 3 episodes.

  • Escape Pod: 3 hours, 9 episodes.

  • Car Talk: 3 hours 34 mins, 4 episodes.

  • gdgt weekly: 4 hours 8 mins, 5 episodes.

  • Geekbox: 5 hours 17 mins, 4 episodes.

  • Coverville: 6 hours 27 mins, 9 episodes.

  • Joystiq: 7 hours 18 mins, 4 episodes.

  • Listen Up (1up): 9 hours 16 mins, 4 episodes.

  • Rebel FM/Game Club: 9 hours 41 mins, 6 episodes.

Total time of podcasts: 63 hours 9 mins.

Two special cases, which I normally only listen to about 5 minutes of each (for the headlines):

  • WSJ Wekend Edition: 2 hours 56 mins, 4 episodes.

  • Morning Read from the WSJ: 16 hours 47 mins, 22 episodes.

And finally, even after that there was a little time left over for listening to audiobooks, which I listened to about 2 hours 45 mins of in the month.

Yeah, i listen to a lot of podcasts. Between the gym and commuting I get about 2 hours a day of time which I have my iPhone playing something.

List: Podcasts I listen to

January 3rd, 2009

To celebrate the fact that I’m up to date on all my podcasts. In alphabetical order, from iTunes:

  • 1UP FM. Weekly review of new game releases and previews.

  • 1UP Yours. Weekly discussion of new games and other video game industry things.

  • Apple Keynotes. Yes, I’m a fanboy. So sue me.

  • Battlestar Galactica. The audio quality is normally terrible, but Ronald D Moore’s episode commentary does make up for it.

  • Coverville. One of the best music podcasts out there, dedicated (duh) to cover songs.

  • Crikey. Production needs some work, but still some interesting political commentary from some of the people behind the newsletter.

  • Downloadable Content. The Penny Arcade podcast. Hardly ever updated (they’ve done two since June 2008), but a must listen when they do – a horrifying glimpse inside the minds behind the webcomic.

  • Escape Pod. A Science Fiction short story podcast. Short SF is a perfect fit for audio, although I seem to end up skipping about half the stories these days for one reason or another.

  • gdgt weekly. Gadget nerd podcast. Lots of discussion of new cell phones and such.

  • Irregular Podcast. Pretty much impossible to describe. Weird and insane.

  • Joystiq. Computer and console games discussion.

  • Lan party. PC games discussion.

  • Lyrics Undercover. From the makers of coverville, a 5 min dissection of some song. The only paid subscription podcast I have.

  • Napoleon 101. A detailed (~45) episode history of Napoleon’s life. Now finished with the main run, and doing some special topics. If you’re interested, start at the start.

  • Retronauts: History of computer games, going into a different title each week.

  • The Talk Show. Mac and Apple discussion.

  • The Biography Show. From the maker’s of Napoleon 101, each episode looks at the life of some historical figure.

  • Wall Street Journal. Technically pay, as this is a freebie with my subscription. The front page and selected stories from the WSJ. A good way to start the day.

Time Management

February 10th, 2008

I haven’t had a very clean period on the blog since the start of the year – sorry everything’s been erratic. Initially I was going to plead ‘not enough time’, but that’s not really true.

It’s really about time management. And a lack of proper capital use.

In particular, it’s about a very silly bit of my IT setup at home.

As those who’ve met me know, I’m a little ‘over extended’ in the gadget front. In particular, I tend to watch TV/movies streamed from my computer. Or, to be more specific, streamed from the external hard drive attached to my laptop.

Those following along can probably already see the problem – the best bit of down time each evening, the opportunity to write a blog post or two (or just catch up on other blogs) is while I’m watching TV, but my laptop is tethered to my office setup and is unavailable…

Silly, really.

Anyway, I make no promises about blogging more often. But I’ve now switched the setup over to stream TV and movies from my other computer, and so now I’ve got a laptop to use while I’m watching TV.

(I also could buy myself a nice new laptop I suppose).

Welcome to 2008

January 1st, 2008

Happy 2008 everyone.

I hope everyone reading this had a fantastic finish to 2007, and is all set for a great year ahead.

2007 was an odd year for me – a lot of disruption (albeit very positive) in the things that I work on professionally kept me busy. My only real hope for this year is to try and be a bit more in control of things that are going on.

So here I am for another tilt at the blogging thing. I fully expect that this will last only a month or so until my buffer dries up, but we’ll see how I go.

I plan to post a lot more reviews of the books, movies, TV shows and computer games that I see. I’ll be starting with three of the films I saw over Christmas, which could be summarised as the great, the bad and the brilliant. Plus there will be the normal assortment of random links I find on the Internet.

So let’s get going with the year, already.