State of the Union

4 05 2008

Its 15 mins to midday on Sunday and I’m on the couch with my laptop watching Family Guy. Life is tough.

The move to Warrnambool has generally been a good one. Work is bearable and actually interesting at points. I’ve started to build up a decent group of friends around town. There’s lots of young people who have moved here for work. Doctors, Dentists, Optometrists, Dieticians, and too many lawyers.

I’ve been learning to surf, but going to pack that in for the year now that its getting cold. Quitting smoking hasn’t gone to plan, but will get there one day I hope.

Money is very tight unfortunately. Two people living off one very measly income is not as fun as its sounds. Not much to complain about though, we’re never going to have trouble paying the rent or anything because we both have parents that would help out before that ever happened.

I very much needed a break this weekend. All that remains to be seen is how many wills I will have to draft this week.

Best Computer Ever

30 01 2008

The iPod Touch is the best computer that I have ever owned.I never would have believed it but it has almost completely replaced my laptop for web-browsing when I’m at home. It is much better at contact and calendar management than my mobile when I’m out and keeps me entertained as well. I can’t wait for an iPhone now.

Update: 2 years on, and I now have an Android phone which is vastly superior and have never owned an iPhone.

Microlight parachute mishap

26 09 2007

Ouch. I’m sure that parachute seemed like a good idea…

Random thoughts for today

24 09 2007

Right so birthday was last week. I’m now 23 and facing the harsh reality that no one cares about your freakin birthday when you get older. Had a really good dinner though on Sat night at the Grand Hotel in Richmond which has a funky Italian style dining room. Service was great too. The light on the horizon is the iPod touch that I will be getting very shortly to replace my ancient 20GB 4G iPod. V excited about that and glad that all the screen issues seem to be getting sorted.

I have also recently rediscovered and am trying to use it to find interesting stuff to read while I’m at work. I think I’ve read the whole internets by now and I’m bored. It also does automatic daily link posts which I have always hated on other sites but now have to have now. So enjoy! :)

Finally, my last day at my current job cannot come soon enough. The 26th of November is the day I think. Then its off to Thailand for a month, back home for Christmas and Jan and Feb off until I have to become a grown up and start wearing a suit everyday in Warrnambool.

Oh, and check out these photos of 40 of the new fatboy Nanos all laid out. Its all over the interwebs by now.

Funny flow-chart

25 08 2007

A friend at uni gave this to me and its pretty funny.

Street Art

12 06 2007

street art, originally uploaded by Tim .

I saw this awesome street art when I was in Bologna last year. I’m not normally the type that takes photos of random stuff like this but I just came across it again when looking through my thousands of digital photos.

I reckon street art (and some graffiti) can really liven up a city.

Kill me

7 06 2007

I am so bored and I blame the law of equity.

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Hubble telescope image

3 06 2007


This pic is pretty awesome. Apparently a composite of infrared and ultra-violet data of a nearby galaxy taken by hubble.

via Harvard Smithsonian

You should do these things.

12 05 2007

If you have the time, money or inclination (you don’t need much of either) and you occasionally feel like you want to do something that might make a tiny difference, you should do one of these things. None of these things require much time money or effort and you’ll feel better for having done it (if not a little light headed).

Sponsor a child

If the Howard government is going to be too stingy to commit to decent foreign aid targets, you’ll have to do it yourself. Dont listen to people who winge about not knowing where the money goes. Every charity has administration costs. That’s a fact of life. Merely ask them who they’ve tried to help recently. You might want to try a few different organisations that have programs and philosphies that you’re comfortable with. Once that money starts disappearing every month, you wont miss it.

Join Amnesty International or any other group that promotes human rights.

For about $30 -$50 a year (its cheaper if your a student) you can become a member. You’ll get kept up to date with campaigns and can be as involved as much or as little as you like. You might just want to sign a few petitions and send a few emails, or alternatively join one of the action groups.

Donate Blood

Only 3% of people in Australia do it and the supplies are always low. I takes a couple of hours 4 times a year. Pretty much anyone can do it, you don’t have to be in perfect health. And it doesn’t hurt. Much.

Volunteer your time

This one is probably the hardest, mainly because it requires the most effort on your behalf. The best way to go about it is to have a look at your own skills and find somewhere you can be useful. If you’re a lawyer volunteer at a Community Legal Centre. If you’re an accountant see if you can do the books for a local community group or charity. Whatever you’re good at, do that. Time is like money, once that few hours a week disappears, you wont miss it. Too much.

World Vision
Amnesty International
Red Cross Australia Blood Donation
Volunteering Australia


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