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March 30, 2006

Boys Day Out March 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — nicksmyname @ 11:32 pm


Rory at the Opera House

Originally uploaded by NicksMyName.

Dirk hatched a plan to go for a ferry ride with Rory and Khai. Khai and Dirk missed their train and while we were waiting we ventured along to the Opera House for a stroll. Rory spotted the Big Wheel at Luna Park and that was it. He was obsessed. Luckily Khai and Dirk were up for it so we all went over to Luna Park and took Rory and Khai on a few rides. They loved it. Then we had a big ferry ride. Great day! All the pics are on this page on my Flickr site

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March 17, 2006

I’m an Uncle again!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — nicksmyname @ 9:58 am

Newborn Megan G

Originally uploaded by NicksMyName.

Yay!
I’m an uncle for the second time! Little Megan G was born yesterday.
Here’s the news from Ben:
“Well she’s arrived a week early but is doing great!! Megan was born this morning and weighed in at 8lbs 2oz and is another beauty!! Mum and Megan are both doing really well.”
So cool. She’s abosolutely georgeous. In fact she looks a lot like Lucy. Maybe the whole thing is a fake to get lots of childrens clothes and toys.
Suki looks brilliant. Apparently the whole thing was over in two pushes.

All the pictures are here. I’ll add more as they come in.
Fantastic news.

March 14, 2006

Trivial Pursuit for Refugees

Filed under: Friends and Family — nicksmyname @ 10:00 pm

Our friend Sean Mullin’s mother is involved with an organisation called the Northern Beaches Refugee Sanctuary. They are doing some great things.

Basically every year the Australian govt gives permits to a certain number of refugees from terribly dangerous places like Sierra Leone to come to Australia legally (I think 6,000)

BUT they only fund flights for a small number of them (I think 2,000). The rest have to try to raise the money to fly over themselves. They only have a limited time to do this and if they don’t they loose the visa. Bad Luck if you’re poor or if you have a big family.

NBRS operate a micro-credit scheme where they loan people $2,000 for their flight over. Then they have two years to pay the money back after they get here. So money donated goes into a rolling fund to help more people come over. Which is a great idea.

She was telling us about them and invited us to their Trivial Pursuit fundraiser on the 25th of March.

We’re crap at Trivial Pursuit so we are hoping that some clever friends will come along and join our table. Tickets are only $20 and it’s on in Randwick, so no major distances to travel.

If you would like to come along please send us an email and we’ll add you to the list etc. All othes are welcome of course too as long as they are very brainy too.

March 2, 2006

The Teresa House Dinner Dance

Filed under: Teresa House — nicksmyname @ 11:17 pm

Virginia gets down

We had our annual Fundraising Dinner Dance for Teresa House the weekend before last. There was months of preparation involved (mostly by Jannene, Mike and Chloe mind you!) but it was a brilliant night. We had about 200 people there and raised about $15,000 for Teresa House and Cana Communities. The highlight this year was once again the dancing competition. I think this pic of Vin was actually after the competition but if you go through the photo’s at this link there are some great shots.
Great night was had by all.

Since then unfortunately we had an incident with an aggresive guest, the house was burgled and the floor downstairs began to cave in so the euphoria has faded a little but never mind!
Thanks to all the friends who supported us by coming along or making donations. It really helps.
For the friends who didn’t; we’ll be back again next year!

February 22, 2006

Cyborg Name Decoder

Filed under: Uncategorized — nicksmyname @ 10:45 am

Rory is a Robot:
Robotic Organism Responsible for Yelling

Stay clear of his dad though:

Networked Individual Calibrated for Killing

Thank’s to Anita for pointing me to the Cyborg Name Decoder.

February 15, 2006

Which Photo Service?

Filed under: Stuff On the Web — nicksmyname @ 3:37 pm

My lucky mum’s just back from a big holiday in India with Fionnuala and Hughes. She took something like 500 digital photo’s. And she wants to put some of them online. She asked me for some suggestions. I started writing it out for her and realised I had done this before so maybe I should post it on the blog that way other people can have a read too. So here’s my advice for Mum.

The three services I have used are Yahoo Photos, Flickr and BallofDirt.

All are free for basic services. Flickr offers a “Pro” account for $25US a year.
All of them will automatically resize your pictures for display on the web.

Yahoo Photos is the most basic offering.

Advantages:

  • Pretty simple to use.
  • No feature clutter. It doesn’t do much so you don’t get distracted.
  • Easy to create “Albums” and group your photographs.
  • Fairly easy upload feature.
  • No limit on the number of photo’s.

Disadvantages

  • Lack of advanced features.
  • Ugly interface.
  • No ability to sort pictures or group them beyond putting them in an “Album”.

Flickr is the easiest to use of the three. It’s owned by Yahoo and it’s pretty much the leading site for photo’s these days. You can see my photo’s at http://www.flickr.com/photos/40075955@N00/

Advantages:

  • Very very easy to use; including a great upload tool.
  • You can choose to limit your photo’s to only be seen by friends (as long as they join Filckr too)
  • Great advanced features (people can comment on your photo’s, you can “tag” your photos so you find all the photo’s with have a specific tag. Try this out at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/40075955@N00/tags/). You can also order prints, calendars etc. Too many to list all the advanced stuff.
  • Limited ability to define your own “sets” of photo’s and order them within this set (three sets maximum unless you pay a subscription)

Disadvantages:

  • There are imitations on the amount of photo’s you can upload per month (2GB) and the total number of photo’s displayed on the site (200)
  • The order your photo’s appear on the site is the reverse chronological order from when they were taken. So your newest picture is shown first. If you’ve beenon holiday you want to tell a story of the trip with your pictures this can be annoying.

Ball of Dirt is probably the least known of the three, but my old workmate Gerald runs it so I have a personal interest in it. It’s a slightly different service to the others as it is specifically for travel photo’s;  so it is geared up to allow you to write a travel diary of your trip and upload the pictures of each stage on the trip. Here’s an example: http://www.ballofdirt.com/journeys/390.html
Advantages:

  • As you put in the locations you visit on your trip BOD will map your journey across the globe (or around the neighbourhood) which gives you a cool visual picture of your trip.
  • You can put in daily commentary and then display multiple pictures on each day.
  • No limit on the number of photo’s.
  • Pictures are organised in chronological order according to the dates you upload them too.  Perfect for pictures of a trip.
  • You can have as many trips and photo’s on the site as you like.

Disadvantages:

  • Geared to a more technically savvy user.
  • Overall usability doesn’t match Flickr. For example the bulk upload tools are not as easy to use as Flickr or Yahoo.

Just for sheer ease of use and productivity Flickr might be the one for Mum. Much as I love BOD’s concept I have ended up using Flickr more often just to save time.
The main thing with Flickr’s 2GB limitation is to resize your photos before you upload them. You can do this in whatever Photo Editing program you like, or use the Flickr Uploadr tool to do it. Either way you will get FAR more pictures for 2GB if you do this. It also makes uploading much quicker.

So I think that’s about it.  I wouldn’t touch Yahoo Photos myself but if you have simple needs they have a simple answer.  BOD is great at displaying your journey pics but it’s a bit more work to get there than Flickr.
Have fun!

February 7, 2006

Swati’s dancing for Indian Homeless

Filed under: Friends and Family — nicksmyname @ 4:12 pm

One of my work-mates Swati just dropped off a leaflet for an event she is dancing in in April. It’s a fundraiser for Sri Lankan orphans and homeless women in India which sounds like a good cause. There’s a copy of the flyer linked here and the main website is linked here. It’s on the 8th of April in Bankstown. Tickets are $20 which is cheap.
The main reason I wanted to Post was to get this great photo of Swati out:
Swati in her Tarangini Dancing Costume
I think we’ll be going so if anyone else is keen then drop me an email and we’ll see you there.

Update: We are going: I got the tickets. Can’t wait!

January 31, 2006

Australian Photo Archive Site

Filed under: Stuff On the Web — nicksmyname @ 5:15 pm

Just stumbled across a link to a cool website. The National Library has been putting a lot of archived photos online. They seem to come from a lot of different sources, but there are lots of great old photo’s of Newtown in there.

The only picture of our street is from 1968 of: “the Alleged accident at Gully Grate”. The houses you can see are actually on Wilson Street, but the Gully Grate is ours!!

1968 Photo of Street in Newtown

If you search on “Newtown” though you get a lot more results. Newtown has always embraced cutting edge fashions:
Fancy Dress Photo in Newtown, 1927

Fascinating Stuff. There’s even photos of Dulwich Hill in there. Have fun!

January 16, 2006

Bushwalking near Mittagong and in the Blue Mountains

Filed under: Uncategorized — nicksmyname @ 9:11 pm

Old Railway Tunnel at Joida CreekOriginally uploaded by NicksMyName.

During the Christmas break we went on a couple of good bush-walks. This photo was on a good walk near Mittagong. It ended soon after this fantastic tunnel that was carved out of the mountain to allow coal to be transported from the mine on the far side. I can tell you that a good hour with Rory on your back saps your energy. I think it was at Joida Creek, but I am not 100% on that.
It was close to Mittagong. Maybe.
We also spent a fun day in the Blue Mountains with Khaled. We had the perfect weather for both walks: not too hot; blue sky; a little wind.
There’s more photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40075955@N00/archives/date-posted/2006/01/16/
or on my photo page at Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40075955@N00/

January 7, 2006

The Boys at the park

Filed under: Friends and Family — nicksmyname @ 10:48 am
On Saturday mornings Rory and I often head out for a walk with Angus, his dad Patrick, Kai and his dad Dirk. Well we probably don’t all get our together as often as we used to, but it is fun to get together. People still stop, point and stare at three men with prams. Saturday was a perfect morning for it and we headed to O’Dea park (Salisbury Lane, Camperdown) where there’s a great playground. Later on we headed to the camping shop where Rory got a little intense in the tents.
TheBoys
There’s more photos at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40075955@N00/tags/odeapark/
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