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September 26, 2006

Rory, Southerly, Bob the Builder and Historical Trains Galore.

Filed under: Friends and Family, Trains — nicksmyname @ 10:49 pm

All right. A few photos to get up and I thought I would try out Google’s Picasa Web Albums since I have run out of free space on my Flickr Account. First impressions are mixed. The Picasa client is way ahead of Flickr’s Uploadr tool, but they have a long way to go to match Flickr’s online interface. Google just feels clunky. But what do you care anyway. You just want the pictures.

So here we go. Here’s a few recent photos including Dirk and Kyong’s newly born son Southerly (or “Snuggly” as Rory affectionately calls him). Click on the picture below to go to the album page:

And here’s some photos from two recent special old train rides; on an old Motorised Train that took us around a circuit of Sydney’s suburbs, and a recent trip aboard the Steam Train in the Blue Mountains Zig Zag Railway. Again, click on the picture to go to the full album:


Sydney Historical Trains Winter 2006

Now I will bet this post will get more traffic than any other. On my old website it was always the steam train pictures that got lots of visitors.

Keep your eyes peeled for more news right here as it happens!


September 8, 2006

The Return of Nuclear Madness

Filed under: Good Podcasts, Uncategorized — nicksmyname @ 1:47 pm

I promised previously that I would share good podcasts. So here’s one.
There’s been a lot of talk by world leaders about Nuclear Power again and it’s clear that the Australian government is using issues such as oil shortages and Australia’s uranium wealth to try to normalise the concept of Nuclear Power. (For readers ourside Oz, Australia does not currently have Nuclear Power or Weapons, but does have a reactor for medical purposes).

ABC Radio National had a great program about this the other night. (direct link to MP3 here) The story that comes through is that the US Govt.’s policy of allowing nuclear power outside the non-proliferation treaty has been driven by the Nuclear Power industry’s urgent need to get rid of the hundreds of tons of Nuclear Waste that noone in America wants in their state; and to start building reactors which hasn’t happened for 30 years. The tail is shaking the dog, and as America’s number one ally in the world, Australia is getting the fleas.

Have a listen. Then listen to this podcast from BBC World about Iran using classical music to sooth the perceptions about their Nuclear ambitions (direct link to MP3 here). How can we tell the Iranians not to use Nuclear Power if we want to do it ourselves?

Then while you are at it go back to a fascinating show on Australia’s original nuclear ambitions (direct link to MP3 here). None of which should leave you under any doubt about why the Australian government is talking up Nuclear (and it’s not because we are about to run out of coal and gas any more than Iran is about to run out of oil).

Once you have had a chance to listen to all that, do something about it and join Greenpeace!

August 1, 2006

Video of Wombats in Tasmania

Filed under: BushWalking — nicksmyname @ 11:07 pm

Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania was truly awesome. I should get some more photos of the trip to Tassie up on the web soon but I wanted to get this video of a couple of Wombats up quickly!

Now wombats are not actually very rare in Australia, but they were one of the few main native animals I hadn’t seen in the eight odd years I have been in Oz. We caught a peak of a Wombat running through the trees as we drove into the park, but it wasn’t until we went on the evening “Wombat Walk” with Bob the Ranger that we really got to see them. And best off were these two who were just ambling along enjoying the evening sunshine and ignoring us completely.


And here is an aerial picture of the park for those of you who like looking at maps of Tasmania!

July 10, 2006

Video of Rory’s performance at Shelley Beach

Filed under: Friends and Family — nicksmyname @ 11:12 am

Yesterday we went down to Shelley beach north of Manly to catch up with Brendan. He was in great form; he’s lost a ton of weight training for the City to Surf, but the most fun was Rory’s performance on one of the little picnic platforms at the beach.

Put your sound on if you want the full experience.

BTW: I recorded it on my phone so it’s best to watch it on as small a screen as possible.

July 5, 2006

Some good podcasts.

Filed under: Good Podcasts — nicksmyname @ 10:44 am

About four months ago I started listening to Podcasts on my MP3 player. Since then I have become a bigger and bigger fan. I keep telling people about it but then it’s up to them to dig around and find the good podcasts. The other day Michael came over and we were talking about Podcasts. Rather than email him the list I thought I would put the links online so everyone could find them.

Australia’s national broadcaster ABC Radio National has an excellent selection of Podcasts that is expanding all the time.

Hindsight is a historical programme that had a brilliant series on the cold war. Lots of secrets have been released from the archives by the Russian, American and Australian governments recently and their series . There’s only one programme left on the site as a podcast but the other programmes can be streamed if you follow the links at the bottom of this page.

The Media Report covers mostly Australia media stories but this story about journalism in Afghanistan was pretty eye (ear!) opening.

The Irish National Station RTE has a pretty basic selection of Podcasts from their radio programmes but there are a few good doco’s in there. The Anti Jazz Campaign of the 1930’s is classic stuff. They also had an amazing documentary that was made in the 1950’s and interviewed lots of people who were at the 1916 rising. It was a really incredible thing to hear from people who were there at the time. Sadly it seems to have been taken off the site. It’s (still) available for download here (direct link to MP3 here).
On a far less serious note DiggNation is a lighthearted Technology Podcast / Video show based on stories from . The two presenters have a fairly good sense of humour.

The IT Conversations website covers a broad range of Technology Podcasts.

The Onion produce the fantastic President’s Weekly Address . Trust me; just listen to the podcast.

That’s about it for now. I’ll post more shows as I listen to them. If you hear a good one then post a reply to this post so everyone can share.

If you have never listened to Podcasts before the easiest way to get into it is probably to download some software that makes it easy to subscribe to and download podcasts. I have found Yahoo Music Engine with the Podcasts plugin to be pretty good. Although it can’t handle the firewalls at work. Itunes is very popular. I haven’t used it but no doubt it works well.

As I was doing this I realise that the ABC podcasts seem to get archived after about a Month. So if some of the links are broken that may have happened. So subscribe to the RSS feed to make sure you see them in time.

June 30, 2006

Rory and Alannah go to the movies

Filed under: Uncategorized — nicksmyname @ 3:48 pm

AMW_Week12 017

Originally uploaded by margie magoo.

Margaret and Scott came up from Melbourne with their georgeous little daughter Alannah. Rory turned on the Irish charm and hit the couch with Alannah. Awwwwww!

June 29, 2006

Article about Teresa House in the Sydney Morning Herald

Filed under: Stuff On the Web, Teresa House — nicksmyname @ 9:38 am

Sean managed to get a great article about Teresa House published in the “Icon” section of the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday. “Icon” is the consumer IT section and the article is related to using the website to find volunteers, but it gives a good picture of Teresa House. Well done Sean!

June 22, 2006

Bushwalking in Glenbrook Gorge

Filed under: BushWalking, Friends — nicksmyname @ 9:11 am

Kai explores the rock holes

A few weekends ago Dirk organised a buskwalk in Glenbrook Gorge in the Blue Mountains. Rory, Nick, Dirk, Kai and Grace had a great day in the depths of the gorge.

We basically walked from Glenbrook train station to Lapstone train station via the Gorge and the Nepean River and caught the train back.

Georgeous scenery. It was a bit rough for a while; the track dissapeared a lot and we had to do a lot of clambering over rocks and streams. Well recommended for the able bodied. Probably not brilliant if you have your 2 year old on your back. 9 Tough Kilometres x 18 kilo baby = very tired at the end!

There are more photos on Flickr.

You can make out the Gorge on this Google Maps aerial shot.

Dirk, what was the name of the Gorge again?

May 25, 2006

Rory gets back to Luna Park

Filed under: Friends and Family — nicksmyname @ 3:25 pm

Rory rides the shuttle at Luna Park

Originally uploaded by NicksMyName.

Rory has been doing toilet training for the last few weeks. We have had a sticker system going where Rory gets a sticker on the chart for every "Number Two" that he does in the toilet. Once the chart was full he got to go to Luna Park. This created an enormous amount of excitement over several weeks culminating on the big day.
A few solid weeks of dumping in the big loo finally paid off for Rory.

I had my new phone along which has a camera onboard so took a few shots. They're not bad. And very convenient to take since I don't have to carry the camera. Just have to work out a way to get them from my mobile to Flickr faster. Might be able to do this soon when I get data enabled on the phone. Not sure what impact it will have on the bills…

I also uploaded some pics from Saturday when all "the boys" got together for a saturday walk for the first time in a while. On Khai's suggestion we went down to the Eveleigh train yards in Redfern which turned out to be a great spot. We even got up and close to a Steam engine as it emerged from it's home in the shed. Stupidly I didn't take a picture. Nice one.

More photo's are on my Flickr Page.

March 30, 2006

Camping at Jervis Bay

Filed under: Uncategorized — nicksmyname @ 11:42 pm

Rory and the Sand Man

Originally uploaded by NicksMyName.

A few weeks back we went on a Camping trip to Jervis Bay; about 2 hours south of Sydney. It's a beautiful spot.
We camped in the National Parks campsite at Green Patch. Brilliant campsite and just yards from the most pristine beach. Gorgeous. We caught the last of the summer weather. Sunny, not too hot at night; perfect.
Khai, Kyong, Dirk, Grace and some friends of theirs came along too. Rory of course was super excited by the whole camping thing. Luckily the non-stop running around the campsite all day made for some good sleeps so at least we weren't up at the crack of dawn every day. There are more photos on my Flickr site here.

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