ephemera

anecdotes, observations

A Guide to Sighs

I’ve become aware that I am sighing a lot more than I used to. I’m not completely sure, because until now I’ve never really measured how much or how often I sigh. But I have the impression I’m sighing a lot and that can only be because I am, right? I mean, you’d only notice …

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A Summer of Rock Books

Well, here it is the third day of March, which means summer in Australia is technically over. As I sit here in 30 degree heat looking at a cloudless, sparkling blue sky with just a mild, cooling breeze – that’s hard to credit. Nevertheless, it’s as good a time as any to summarise my summer …

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Don Walker

When I started this binge of Oz Rock books, I was fully expecting that some individuals would recur from book to book, being significant figures in our music industry – people like Ted Albert, George Young, Philip Mortlock, Michael Gudinski and Molly Meldrum. And, indeed they all do pop up variously in The Angels by …

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Dungeons & Dragons

Last year’s Dungeons & Dragons birthday party for Cormac went so well, he and his mates wanted to do it again. Can’t just repeat the exercise, so this year will be a Zombie Apocalypse, where the boys play themselves with D&D style skills and weapons trying to stop zombie attacks in modern day, real time …

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brilliant orange

It must be a year ago that I stayed overnight with my brother in Melbourne, and he told me about this book. He made it sound fascinating, and I said I’d make sure to look it up. Naturally, I forgot all about it. Until a month ago, when @vanderwal mentioned it in a tweet. I …

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misunderestimation

I try not to indulge in too much schadenfreude when I see a typographical error: bad karma, glass houses, all of that. But sometimes, it’s impossible not to either laugh out loud or groan in despair, or both. David Campbell MP, the NSW Minister for Transport and the Illawarra, also happens to be my local …

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web-blast 08 sydney

Web-blast is a huge end-of-year party for Sydney’s web community – bringing together web designers, web project managers, interface designers, information architects and other web professionals. Celebrate the end of the  year in style on Friday 5th December, 2008. Time: 6pm onwards Where: Bar Broadway Corner of Regent Street and Broadway, Sydney opposite UTS Tower …

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lars rasmussen

I had to chuckle at the caption accompanying this photo for the Sydney Morning Herald’s story today on Google’s tenth anniversary. “Kate Vale and an engineer, Lars Rasmussen, at Google’s office in Darling Park.” Being a Lead Engineer for Google Maps clearly didn’t impress the journos too much. They probably wondered how a lowly engineer …

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facebook up to your responsibilities

There is definitely good reason to be careful when using Facebook – and it’s not limited to that social networking application by any means. Sharing information like your mother’s maiden name (commonly used by banks etc as extra security questions) with even your close friends online is asking for trouble. And Facebook does make it …

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all in a day’s work

Yesterday was unusual.I was picked up by taxi from my Corrimal home at 6.30am for an hour-and-fifteen drive to Sydney Airport, where I boarded a four hour flight to Perth. I was picked up at Perth Airport and driven to a two hour meeting with Bam Creative about working together on a new web project. …

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