Posts Tagged ‘Tech’

12-Mar-2016 Shanghai Stopover

Saturday 12 March 2016 Leave a comment
The flight was good. On time & had my vegan meal & it was excellent. Watched a Chinese film and an Indian film (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), which was really excellent but did make my cry, so was probably perfect for being on a plane. I had bought a little gizmo at JayCar that allows you to use your own cool headphones with the plane entertainment system, much better than their own headphones. I was also lucky enough to have 3 seats to stretch out over and could actually lie down! I listened to music & dozed a bit. I think the air con dried out my sinus out so my head felt a lot better. We, the whole plane (China Eastern Airlines), even did a synchronised set of Tai Chi movements whilst seated ! We arrived in Shanghai at 5am for my 7hr stopover.  Temp was 2C and I was just wearing a short-sleeve polo shirt as it was hot in Sydney yesterday !! I only went outside briefly as that’s where all the smokers were and it WAS cold. Inside it wasn’t a lot better. Virtually everything was shut so I just walked around a lot… lucky its a big airport with connecting terminals!
At past 6am I found the row of local food places and got some rice congee with red aduki beans – very traditional I guess? With a small plate of spicy pickles.
I walked around a heap more.  Decided against going into town as the first train wasn’t until 7am and I didn’t really have time to do more than go there & back. I went thru customs and read a book and walked more and sat around .. typical airport terminal soul destroying stuff. Was very tired indeed. I did some pushups to get my blood pumping although I did a lot of walking as well. The terminals and connecting routes were very long. I had a coffee at Starbucks. I really hate that place as it is the same everywhere and the coffee is not good which is the whole raison d’etre. However it was the only place with anything like good coffee. From past experience, the rest of Shanghai is ok for coffee, just not the airport.
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5-Dec-2014 How I write my blog/journal articles

Friday 5 December 2014 Leave a comment

In general I read an awful lot of books, magazines, websites, blogs etc – reading is something I have done incessantly since being a little kid.

These days I make notes in Evernote – a great app for any decent phone and of course bookmarks in chrome or on delicious. I often do this on the train, as I have a 35min commute to and from work each day.

At some point later I write them up, but I usually prefer doing it on a decent pc with keyboard, hence I am often days, weeks or months later.

Also if you receive an email each time I make a post, it’s what I would call a draft as I often go back in and make edits.

No doubt as time goes on, I will keep changing my process.

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9-Nov-2014 Swim with dolphins

Sunday 9 November 2014 Leave a comment

Dawn was at work today, so I had a quiet morning doing chores, then in the afternoon I kayaked over to the White House, but as I was injured I went for a walk instead of a run. I walked to South Cronulla along the coast path, then went for a swim round the buoy. The sea was quite rough. Amazingly a dolphin swam underneath me. To be honest when I first saw the fin and flash of grey it scared the life out of me. When I looked up I could see it breach the water with it’s fin out – really beautiful once I’d calmed down.

I then got changed and had a coffee at Grind, then walked up to Wanda beach and then back to the White House and kayaked back home. I felt quite sore & tired.

In the evening, I was fiddling around with my new phone, the Samsung Note 4. After Dawn came home I took the first selfie – below.


1-Apr-2014 New tech gadget – Samsung Tablet

Tuesday 1 April 2014 Leave a comment

Today I got a new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1″ from work [link]. The Sim card is coming tomorrow. Woo hoo ! This is mainly so I don’t need to cart my laptop and power supply around when going between the city & Kogarah. I spent some time after yoga tonight setting it up.

Even though I work in IT it feels like I am behind my kids who are very adept on ipads (and a range of other tech).


15-Nov-2013 Friday Quiet Night In

Friday 15 November 2013 Leave a comment

I had to leave work early today, like most Fridays, so I could see Kody’s six a side soccer at Caringbah. We came home just as it started raining, developing into full on thunder & lightening. I had a hot & relaxing bath with a Lush bath ball. It felt very luxurious then I made dinner for about 4 kids, mainly using Jazmin’s home made raw vegan pesto (she is getting pretty good now … good training of course!)

I took a photo of my dinner – asparagus and broccolini with a little potato lightly sautéed with a dry Indian spice/masala with a few “activated” cashews and some banana chili. Lovely. Although the photo is really crap – I could have spent approx 15secs and checked the photo before I ate the food.

Whilst I had my camera out I took a photo of the cork board hanging just over my desk – click it for a larger photo:

Earlier in the week I bookmarked a heap of Hulu videos – mainly documentaries – all free. You can see the list here and access Hulu here. Yes I think that old skool TV is going to become less important as new access methods hit the mainstream. Of course TV won’t go away entirely but will not be the pre-dominant cultural force it has been since the 1960s, that’s for sure.

Our family are also BIG users of spotify – why not ? It’s both free and legal and is like being let loose in a big record store to play any record you like. so cool.

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23-Sept-2013 Litter Free & Responsible Runners

Monday 23 September 2013 Leave a comment

Back in 2008 I started a website  [domain name expired today, but the content is still available here] with the aim of starting some kind of litter pick up service. I didn’t really do much with it, other than my own litter pickups along the beaches here in paradise. This is why I let the name expire (it only cost $10 a year).


There is a new group that has come along in Sydney, based out of Bondi, Responsible Runners [website here] who are doing a great job. I am talking to them about starting an offshoot in the Royal National Park (they are starting in Cronulla soon).

Over 40+ cleanups since September 2012, Responsible Runners have picked up over 3.5 tonnes of rubbish, including over 35,000 cigarette butts, 6,800 recyclable drink containers7,700 straws5,500 bottle caps, and much more. This, however, is only the beginning. We must all work together by saying NO to disposable plastic bags, bottles, and packaging and YES to reusable. Only be effecting positive behavioural change in ourselves and others will be truly begin addressing the problem of plastic pollution in our ocean.

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18-Jan-2013 Work… blergh

Friday 18 January 2013 Leave a comment

Today started out with me having a headache and just feeling a bit rotten after a late night last night. I struggled into work a little on the late side. It was a hot day with another total fire ban declared and record temps predicted. During the day people discussed the latest high temps – I think Sydney hit 48C. There was a massive very hot wind blowing. Luckily my work pc got fixed in the afternoon so I could continue working. I bought some birthday presents for Chelsea’s 15th tomorrow. By the afternoon most rail lines were cactus so a lot of people left early to try to get home ok. At Town Hall station they were stopping people going onto the very narrow platform as there were too many people, However I got home ok.

I was going to go running then swimming but a massive southerly wind blew up and there were tree branches going all over and it was not safe (also Mum, Dad, Kody didn’t want to be left alone). So I had a quick swim instead then pottered around doing some chores in the evening whilst Dawn was at advanced yoga (I didn’t fancy staying out till 10.30pm tonight as I was so tired).

By the time we wrapped chelsea’s presents and made a card and read, it was approx 0130am!

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