June 2012 Archives

This is how the tank looks with the black backing stuck on.  It makes the plants stand out more I think.

Angel tank

iPhone Tracking

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Last year (I was shocked that it's been over a year!) I read this article (and others like it) about how you could get your iPhone location data pretty simply out of the backups that iTunes keeps on your computer.  Putting it in the "hey I should do that before I upgrade to 4.3.3 and lose the ability to do it" basket, I put it off for the previously mentioned year.

Today my phone crashed and I was reminded to do this so I can upgrade the OS on it finally.

There's a few utilities out there that will do it.  I tried one that only showed 190 points (out of the 12452 that I have).  Then I tried iPhoneTrackerWin which at least worked.  How cool is this!

iPhoneTrackerWin
But it didn't have any sort of export (apart from a log).

So then I tried nphonetrack which outputs a raw csv and a kml file you can load into Google Earth.

Here's a few more from iPhoneTrackerWin

Canberra.. have ranged all over here!
iphonetrackerwin-canberra.jpg
Syd-uh-nee!
iphonetrackerwin-sydney.jpg
Visiting Chay and David last year
iphonetrackerwin-brisbane.jpg
Jordan didn't rate a mention
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Heathrow, Leavesden Studios and Windsor feature in addition to London
iphonetrackerwin-london.jpg
iphonetrackerwin-denmark.jpg
Some weird stuff happened in Japan.  Sapporo and central Hokkaido didn't rate a mention, yet there was a stack of stuff around Sendai.  Maybe it transposed some stuff for a while?
iphonetrackerwin-japan.jpg

Angel Tank

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Over nine years ago I bought four angels.  They were the second batch of fish I put into my first fish tank.  Over the years the other fish slowly died off.  The last remaining fish out of my "originals" was a lone female angel.  Since I'd had her the longest, she became the favourite out of all the fish that have come and gone (except maybe George, who's death was particularly sad because of how it happened).

Angel

While I was away on my last holiday she died :(

Because I'd never had any success breeding the angels, and because every other fish I put in there died fairly quickly, I gave up and decided that when she died I'd clean out the tank and start again with baby angels.

So that's what I did on the weekend.  Spent a couple of hours cleaning surfaces and bits of the filter system that hadn't been cleaned in the nine and a half years since I got the tank.

It looks lovely now.  

Angel tank

Where was I?

Thursday night was BBQ night at @CLBradley's with his family, Aquila and Robert, which was lovely.

Friday morning was utterly miserable (dark and rainy in the morning) and the sweetie was sick so wasn't going to work so wasn't going to give me a lift and I didn't feel like catching the bus in the rain, so I ended up working from home.  

Friday night/Saturday morning was terrible.  Didn't get to bed til after midnight, and then at 4am got an alert which I'd never had to deal with before, so was up trying to deal with that during hurty when I'd run out of some of my painkillers.  Not at all pleasant.  Went back to bed a bit after five, but was too cold to go back to sleep properly.  Then the patching alerts started at 8am.  The final straw was the sweetie playing a fart noise on his phone right in my face which jolted me awake once and for all.

So not too much got done on Saturday.  Did our shopping in the afternoon.  And over to Potty's to watch Tower Heist.  Which actually kept me awake and wasn't as completely stupid as your average Ben Stiller movie is.

Had a great sleep last night, nearly eight hours of fairly solid sleep which was awesome.

Today was just pottering around the house.

Then out to Hardly Normal to buy a buffet that we'd been wanting to buy almost since we bought our dining table three years ago.  And as we were walking around I saw a lounge suite that I basically fell in love with, and accidentally spent another $2000 that I certainly wasn't planning to!  Impulse buying like that goes against every fibre of my being, but after I'd wanted it but then pulled back and was trying to talk ourselves out of it, or at least ponder it for a while, the sweetie decided that he really liked it too and convinced me to get it after all.  Ooops!!

Lounge Suite

Then home to work on the fish tank and dinner.

Oh, and it seems my parents are back from their post holiday holiday .. hi! :)

Play

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I'm totally going to have Wii arm tomorrow.  Might have been playing Mario and Sonic and the London 2012 Olympic Games :)  Haven't played through all of it yet so the jury is still out on whether it's better than the original or not.  Some things so far are a bit more annoying, but there's a couple of new events which could work out well.  The party mode is a bit "huh? what's going on?" but I suppose that's cause I'm no good at video games.  Will have to get Nat&Andrew over soon to help ;)

And I'm going to the VIP dinner at Brick Expo this year.. should be awesome :)  Book early if you want to go too!
As is tradition when meeting people at the Dumpling Inn, went to Jamo and had a couple of beers with Neil, and joined this time by Aquila which was nice.  

So Peter met us at the Dumpling Inn, where we'd tried to go last time but it was closed.  Had shredded beef peking style, and the three cup wine chicken, and satay squid and it was all delicious.

And I didn't take any photos to prove any of it..!  Shocking!!

Prometheus

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Prometheus So we went along to see Prometheus tonight.

For the most part I liked it.

<spoilers!!!>

Except for feeling tense the whole way through because you just *know* that everyone is going to die heh.

And there's a few things I had to go look up to figure out what they were about.

Like the opening scene.  Some guy swallows black goop and dies.  What the?  OK so reading online it seems that that is the way they create life on a planet, by having the black goo mix with the humanoid DNA and go off and do its thing.  Or some such thing.  

Or David infecting Holloway and trying to get Shaw pregnant with the alien.  Why??  Getting too late to find a definitive answer on this.

As others have said, David is the best character in the movie, especially his channelling of Lawrence of Arabia :)

I just watched the video Dave2 linked to.. it has plenty of other questions!

 

Other than that.. my day started with me starting to work on something that really hasn't moved since I left it before I went away.  I got to work on it for about ten minutes before the interruptions started.  They didn't stop all day.  Doh!
This morning I actually had a bit of a sleep in.  Which is incredibly rare for me.  Must have needed it after this week.

Went to Dickson for brunch with the sweetie, then to an Asian grocery store so Stu could get some rice flavouring.

And suddenly my entire morning is gone.  Hrmm :/

But I did have quite a productive afternoon, geotagging Eurasia photos (first six days are done), some bits and pieces around the house, getting all my RSS feeds read, and updating my FlightDiary.

Flight Diary

Rainy Saturday

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The plan was to clean the house and wash some towels.

But then it rained.  So I didn't do any washing.

And we decided to go to the farmer's markets.  So I didn't clean the house.

We did pick up some nice stuff at the markets.

I prepared a bolognase and chucked it in the slow cooker for the afternoon.

Other than, just some work on my holiday photos.

Boring.

Weary

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The week started off badly and never got any better.  I barely slept all week.  I was out or late home every night.  I ate about two weeks' worth of food, and only did half a weeks' worth of walking.  I had to spend a day in "training" today where I didn't actually learn anything.

Strangely enough, the three days at work were actually pretty good.  

But I just didn't get enough time at home :(

Out again for dinner tonight for Annie's birthday.  It was a very rushed affair, as we got there ten minutes late, by which time the kids had mostly eaten, and the girls wanted to get out of there as soon as possible, but didn't want to go home with Stu so Annie could stay and chat to us.  Yah.

Oh and Ginger & Spice Gungahlin: nice enough food but pretty terrible service (just confused and disorganised).

Had a great day today.  Spent the whole day cleaning.. my favourite activity!! :)  So a nice relaxed day.

After work we went to Bella Vista for a farewell for one of our team members who's moving to Melbourne.

I had Cestino di pollo al pepperoncino for entree.  The sweetie had had this before, so I had to get it for myself this time :)

Bella Vista Cestino

And then the Pollo Arrosto for main

Bella Vista Pollo Arrosto
Funnily enough, I'd had something almost exactly the same as that too - in 2011, when they were both on the specials board.

Very pleasant (if expensive) evening!
So I had something like 438 mails in my inbox this morning.  Which got cut very quickly down to 148 when I removed all the mailing list and auto notification type mails.  So didn't take me all that long to get through it all which was nice.  Was kept busy most of the day anyway, without me even needing to look at my pre-trip todo list.

After work I met up with Luc at the Wig & Pen (which hasn't moved yet! win!).  Luc was won over by the nice beers they have there, and gave it his stamp of approval :)  I had a "Lunch with the Monks" and a "Big Ass Barley Wine".  Luc also had a Lunch with the Monks and a Dubble Trubble.  Stu arrived and had an Obama IPA.  We pretty much just talked about travel and Japan.  Was a fun night.

After Luc left for his dinner meetup, the sweetie and I went to the Asia Cafe for dinner.  We had soft shelled crab (nice, but something super spicy in the salad mix burnt my tongue - a lot!  Hurt for ages.  And no it wasn't a piece of the red chili - that's easy to avoid - perhaps some seeds that had come loose).  Also had some Honey Mustard Steak which was very yummy.

Asia Cafe Soft Shelled Crab
Asia Cafe Honey Mustard Steak

I'm getting old.

My idea of a perfect weekend is to not leave the house at all.

I've been feeling pretty anxious/depressed the past couple of days because I have to go back to work.  And not because I hate work.  Actually work is pretty good, except for when there's so much to do that I can't keep up which is a lot of the time but moving on ...

No it's because when I have to go to work I can't be at home.  I'd be perfectly happy spending all day every day at home.  Like during my uni holidays.  It's been, what, sixteen? seventeen? years since I had a three month holiday and I STILL MISS THEM!!!  Oh they were bliss.  To get up every morning for months on end and be able to do whatever you liked every day!  It was magic!

Sadly, if I want money to be able to travel I have to go to work.  But that doesn't make it any easier.

I'd still rather be at home.  

Just sayin'.

Felt like I didn't do much today (because I didn't tick much off the todo list) but I suppose I did a reasonable amount.  And the sweetie cooked dinner and we spent some time together which was nice so we're thinking maybe that should be more of a regular Sunday night thing heh.
Bit of a slow start today.  Did a bit of stuff around the house.

In the afternoon went to the poultry show at epic, something we haven't done since 2006 (where I managed to get myself in the newspaper :) )  Seems it was only $2 entry back then.  $5 at the moment, although there was so much chaos when we got there we didn't actually know where to pay so ended up just going in for nothing.

Poultry Show
Poultry Show
Poultry Show
Poultry Show
Poultry Show
Poultry Show
It's Ferdinand!
Poultry Show
Poultry Show
Poultry Show
Poultry Show
This turkey fluffed itself up whenever we got near it and fluffed up our jackets in front of it, very cool :)
Poultry Show
Afterwards we went over to Scott and Kerry's for a little while.

Leftovers for dinner and spent the evening fighting with our stoopid Cisco router (trying to fix up MRTG and I couldn't figure out how to get it to show active DHCP leases or make SNMP work).  Hate.  Also watched some Big Bang Theory.

Been feeling anxious/depressed about having to go back to work.  Sigh.

I was slightly shocked to realise this pile of newspapers I've been meaning to go through dated to early 2009 - ie, just after we moved into this house!

Hoarders
Hoarders
The whole lot is in the recycle bin now :)

Other than that, had a lovely day.  Went into town and had breakfast with the sweetie at Cafe Essen.  Walked around Civic for a little while.  Then out to Jamo to do our food shopping.  Was a really nice morning with the sweetie.

Came back and turned on the heater and had a nice quiet afternoon doing a mix of computer things and non computer things (like unpacking - still haven't finished that!).  I put a beef stew in the slow cooker and it's been bubbling away all afternoon.  Can't wait!

Inspired by Luc's post, I thought I'd document what tech stuff I took away with me this trip.

So here's everything tech-related that I took away with me, including all baggies.

Travelling Tech
Cameras
Three cameras - my Canon 500D, the Sony TX10 "Random Camera", and a Sony handicam.  I used the video camera a reasonable amount in the middle east, but not so much after I got to Europe.

Phone
My old iPhone 3GS.  I didn't upgrade before I went away because if anything happened to it I'd have been very sad.  If anything happened to the old one well then I could just get a new one when I got home.

Laptop
The Asus EeePC.  Very cute, but not as cute as an ultrabook ;)  Maybe next laptop ;)  After two months of typing on that laptop and using its screen, it's very weird to come home to my super huge monitor and chunky keyboard and mouse!

GPS
Photomate 887 Lite.  This is seriously the coolest device *ever*.  It recorded almost my entire trip, except for between Hamburg and Kolding.  I've yet to add up how far I actually travelled.

Backups
Multiple USB memory sticks.  Sadly the 64gb one Stu got me for Christmas died, so I had to replace it with several 16gb sticks along the way.  I didn't get the whole trip onto them, but did a backup of missing stuff to Stu's computer when I got to Japan so I could have a non-platter backup.  Also a 320gb usb-powered external hard drive. One cable, very small and light, great for travelling with.

Power Converters/Adapters
One for the UK and one for Europe (also the middle east).  I lost the European one somewhere between Cairo and Paris, so had to go buy a new one.  Also an Australian double adapter so I could charge other things at the same time as using the laptop.  Stu took a Japanese adapter to Japan, so I used that when I got there.

Other Charging Stuff
The "brick" for my iPhone, the battery charger for the Canon and the charger for the video camera (which had a long cable).  As well as the charger for the laptop.

Cables
I got a super cool tiny little iPhone cable which I used to charge the phone off the laptop (and transfer photos).  It's 10cm long - great for travelling!  A ~30cm figure eight cable, also a good short length.  The cable for random camera.  HATE Sony and their proprietary cables >:(  Why can't they use mini or micro usb???  A mini usb cable used to charge the GPS.  It's fairly long, I could have taken a super short one, but I'm used to carrying that one with me everywhere, as it lives in the camera bag.

Other
A small mouse, my jetstar in-ear headphones that work on planes as well as regular devices, and a 12V usb double adapter.  Couldn't get the adapter to work in the hire car we had, don't know why.  Didn't need it though as the GPS was built into the car and there was an iPod dock in the glove box (and I wasn't running the GPS on my phone this time as I had the Photomate).


So this is what it all looked like packed up.  

Travelling Tech

Where was I?

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If you're a lurker you may not have known that for the past two months I've been travelling around Israel, Jordan, Egypt, UK, Europe and Japan.  Actually you might have had some idea from all the beer of the day photos I posted ;)

There's no photos yet, but the text is all up at http://kazza.id.au/eurasia_2012/

Hoping to return to regularly scheduled programming from now..
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