August 30th, 2004

Nice to see Microsoft are using my stuff to support their customers πŸ™‚

August 30th, 2004

Providing you have a good connection and are probably not using a Macintosh you should be able to see Manly Beach live, this is my favourite place to learn to surf so far as it is the safest (you can touch the bottom when you are a long way out)

If the video appears to be black but say it is playing then its probably night time πŸ™‚ Thanks to Esther for pointing this out to me.

August 29th, 2004

The Blue Mountains do actually look blue but they look a bit more like hills. They are covered in Eucalyptus trees that release droplets of oil that when combined with dust particles and water vapour creating rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour.

You can see this in action, this picture was taken as the sun was going down at Wentworth Falls –

This is the Wentworth Falls, it took us about 15 minutes to walk to the bottom of them and a lot longer to walk back to the top, it was good exercise for surfing though!

This is the beautiful three sisters (the rocks sticking up) which look out over the range –

We stayed in a lovely house for the weekend called ‘The Straw Bale House’ (see link for more info). It was a magnificent place with loads of rooms and a spa! We went up to the mountains to celebrate Christmas and this was us all having Christmas dinner (this is the starter, a melon christmas tree) –

Overall a relaxing weekend away from city life! Highly recommended!!!!!!

August 23rd, 2004

Hi, this week it’s mostly been doing work, which was ok really as it was looking like this outside –

Then the weekend came and it was suddenly summer weather again. Magnus and myself took a cruise in my car with the roof down to get some surfing gear (it actually started raining while we were out and ended up looking stupid). Now I have a wet suit and a second hand surf board (it’s the biggest one I could fit in my car). I’ll keep my surfing progress posted although and the moment I can barely paddle.

I took a trip to the Taronga Zoo. It is in a great location, looking over the harbour, the giraffes have a great view over Sydney –

This little guy didn’t mind having a close up photo taken –

On Saturday we went to Coogee Palace which was a pub with esculators! It was very strange but we had a cool view looking over the beach from the bar!

Dentist visit cost me $60 as one of my teeth hurt but turned out there was nothing wrong with it!

I saw ‘Donnie Darko – The Directors Cut’ and to be honest I don’t think it was much better than the original, the added scenes were not really necessary, it was nice to see the film in a cinema rather than a bedroom/living room. It is such an excellent film. Also saw Big Fish on DVD which is very good.

Thursday I am off to see Kiko which is a band that my friend from the other house plays in. Here is a link if you are in Sydney and fancy coming.

August 15th, 2004

I highly recommend listening to the album ‘now here is nowhere’ by The Secret Machines. I listened to it in HMV the other day and bought it off the back of just the first track, which is a nine minute epic.

My friend Matt wanted some help with getting started learning C# programming, so after helping him get started and telling him of my interest in learning to fly, the repayment was a trip up with him and his cousin in a plane over Sydney (as Matt is a pilot/taxi driver/budding programmer/surfer/bassist).

This is the bird we went up in –

I was surprised how close air traffic control communication is to that in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. We got permission from ATC to fly over the harbour, this is a picture of the approach into Sydney. You can see the Sydney skyscapers in the top left of the picture –

Here is Sydney from 2000ft –

After flying over Sydney we headed up the North shores to Palm Beach and then back down to Bankstown airport where we landed. This is the ‘surf’ on one of the beaches up the coast from Sydney –

Karin, Magnus and myself went to see The Libertines at the Gaelic Club, my favourite venue in Sydney and possibly the world. The band were cool and the crowd were going crazy, sometimes a little too crazy – I now have a huge bruise on my left leg! Here is the band in action –

Saturday night Michelle had a 70ies party, it was a dressing up occasion and a lot of fun and a lot of alcohol was being consumed. More pictures of the party here. Next day was brunch at Mike and Rach’s house, lovely!!!! Chris, Henry, Magnus, myself and Dan looking very 1975 –

August 8th, 2004

Tag (my flat mate from Norway) took me on a tour of the University of Sydney. I planned on doing some work in the library but this never came about as we spent most of the time touring all of the buildings and looking in the museums that the University had (how come my uni didn’t have a museum!). This is a picture of me outside the Physics department with some pigeons –

We had lunch at ‘Ralphies’ which was delicious and then took a trip up to the library, which has free wireless access, so from Monday I will be using this as my office rather than the Ivy Cafe in the city. This is Graffiti Tunnel at the University, which was of course, filled with graffiti!!

This is lunch at Ralphies with Tag at precisley 16h32! –

Haircut: I received a rather disturbing message from Gino which read something like “I’ve had to do it, I had to get my haircut, it was just getting in my way” – so all bets with Gino are off. I think I may have won the wager, but I can’t remember if we had one although I’m sure it was £100, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing that cheque in the post. Anyway, I felt little guilt when I made the decision to let Tag cut my hair, she has done a very good job although I do now have a bit of a ‘bowl’ style and feel like I should be living in Sweden or even Norway maybe!

August 4th, 2004

Hello! Well here I am at someone else’s house again using their internet. I have moved house and we don’t have any access yet πŸ™

This is the view from my balcony in my new room in Woolloomooloo –

This is the beautiful site I get to see every morning/afternoon when I wake up! We had a house warming party and Esther took some photos with my camera and managed to create a little picture video –

Oui Henri and Lyly had a mexican themed dinner evening, they really are the best cooks I know, here is the ‘spread’ –

Other things that happened this week –

A visit to the ER room for Andy after cutting his finger with a knife and subsequently almost blacking out after I told him about the “losing a pint of blood isn’t bad for you” story.

Farenheit 9/11 is a great film no matter what you say. I really enjoyed the credits at the start where you see Bush, Ashcroft, Rice, Wolfowitz, Powell and gang getting their makeup applied before doing interviews on TV, it has some excellent backing acoustic guitar. The contrast/brightness has been messed around with and it look very scarey, almost like they are not real people!

I have an office, it is on the 3rd floor of 77 Castlereagh Street and is the 6th table in at the Ivy Cafe.

Until the next time…