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Skyfire 2011

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I was debating whether I should go along to Skyfire last night.  I wanted to have a go at fireworks photography, but the weather wasn't great, and it takes me a lot of convincing to get myself out the door and go out.  But in the end I did go - met up with @CLBradley and his tribe and neighbours.

We got a spot just east of the gravel at the end of Anzac Parade.  Toilets were an issue.  One pair servicing a huge area had a queue with probably fifty people in it.  So wandered further east and found a group of eight with no queue.  Go figure (although later apparently the queue was massive, so wondering if I jumped a queue without realising it.. shrug..).  People on the RiotACT were complaining about the queues for toilets too, and lack of food outlets that were advertised. 

Anyways.  Was there just in time for an FA-18 Hornet to buzz the crowd.  Man those things are loud!  Then had a beer and tucked into a picnic dinner.  Dinner was hastily put away when it started to rain, but fortunately it didn't rain for too long.

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Fireworks started at 8:30.  Played with the camera trying out different settings, and taking *lots* of photos :)

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Fun night, glad I went :)
So a few weeks ago Dave talked me into going on a balloon ride this balloon fiesta.  Well it didn't actually take much talking - I've been wanting to do this forever and even tried to organise something last year but it was all too hard and never ended up going.

Yesterday morning we were meant to be at Questacon at 5:45am, so I dutifully set my alarm.  Except I set it for 5:51am instead of 4:51am!  Thank heavens Dave called me at 5:19 otherwise I'd have missed out completely.  So instead of a leisurely getting ready time, I was ready in three minutes flat, and had to do my hair in the car, and no shower.  Blah.

We went with Balloon Aloft, and it was all very organised.  They took us out to Kingston so that we could see the rest of the balloons from a distance rather than being right in the middle of them.

There's sixteen to a balloon - four to each of four compartments.  When it was time to get in, we hopped in, but a group of four tried to get in with us.  They'd gotten three in before the operators said you can't do that, and of course we had to get out and move.  Which was fair enough, but it turned out a bit bad in terms of positioning on the ride.  We ended up at the "back" of the basket rather than the front, which meant we were facing the wrong direction for the rest of the balloons, the wrong direction for Civic, the wrong direction for Black Mountain and the wrong direction for Belconnen :(:(:(  And if it had been sunny we would have had the sun in our faces the entire trip - luckily it was cloudy then!  Was really really frustrated that I couldn't get photos of some of the things I wanted to :(  The final insult was them wanting to charge $15 for a photo of us on the balloon.  For the price we paid ($360 each) I think they could have thrown this in!  So wasn't too happy about that.  But anyways.  

Otherwise the ride was pretty awesome.  Took 672 photos!

So we landed and came back for breakfast cooked by Neil and then went home and attempted to get more sleep (I failed!)

Inflation
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
We were on the Questacon balloon!  Which was way cool, cause I have a picture of that balloon on my desktop that I took from our back window one morning..
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
We spun around at the beginning so had a view of the other balloons
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Apparently it was the maiden voyage of this balloon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Rowers
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Kingston
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
The carillon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Parliament House
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Flagpole
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Old Parliament House
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Two balloons, two Parliament Houses
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
A magpie came to visit
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
High court
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Parliament Houses
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Questacon
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
National Museum
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Over a carpark
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
National Museum
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Lake Burley Griffin
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Civic
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Woden
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
The burners
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
As we were heading for Black Mountain the clouds closed in
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Gap in photos as we passed by Black Mountain Tower (on the wrong side of course)

Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
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Belconnen and Lake Ginninderra
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
Balloon flying low over Aranda
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Deflation.  The pilot said he'd been in a balloon once where someone opened that vent at the top at 3000 feet - he said "it wasn't a good feeling"
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
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Rolling up the balloon
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All packed away!
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011
This is where I took all the photos on the day - marked out by my photoMate GPS
Balloon Aloft balloon flight, Canberra Balloon Fiesta 2011

Scanning 1995

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The latest album holds 300 photos (gah!!) so doing it in pieces.

This album (so far) has a trip Hao and I did to an IFES conference in Queensland, 21st birthdays for Chris Pascoe, Nicola and Hao, and some touristy things we did in Melbourne after Hao's birthday.

Firstly, a comparison of Brisbane in 1995 vs 2010 from Southbank.  Few more buildings there now!

Brisbane in 1995
Brisbane in 2010
Then there was the fig tree growing out of the side of a building in Foveaux St, Surry Hills.  In 1995 it looked like this
Foveaux St fig tree
(in 2002 it looked like this)

Melbourne CBD from Rialto Tower

Melbourne in 1995
And Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

Sovereign Hill mine

So after much searching, I finally found some more info on my geodesic buckyball.

Geodesic paper sphere

It turns out the book I probably originally got it from was Spherical Models by Magnus J. Wenninger.  (I found a reference on this site, and there's also his other book - "Polyhedron Models" - which I even have some old photocopies of some of the other shapes! A full list is on Wikipedia).

So with that reference I did some more hunting and found this site which has all the nets for the spherical models!!  Or at least a bunch of them.  I was most interested in the truncated icosahedron, but will have a look at making some more of them as well.  

Excitement!! :)

Going away..

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Water signs to go away

May come again another day

Mittwoch

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Finished the larger buckyball tonight.  And made a dodecahedron as well.  But I want dedicate a bigger post to the creation of them.  

I will provide a quick picture of the three of them (so far) together, and the phizz units needed to make the 120-unit ball.

Many phizz units
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