November 29th, 2007

Using a modified JMF JPG to Movie, ImageInfo and RAD Video Tools – I created a way of getting all 2190 landscape aspect photos I took on my year out in Australia between May 2004 and May 2005 into a video.

I modified the following file to support only one type of image width and to support directory imports instead of file parameters. If you are interested in using this I recommend diffing this file JpegImagesToMovie.java (37KB) to the one available from Sun to see what hacks I made.

Here is the result (might not be good to watch if you suffer from epilepsy) –

I have been at a loose end the past two nights believe it or not.

November 26th, 2007

Last weekend we celebrated early Christmas, Amy’s Birthday and Taryn’s Baby Shower up in Brisbane, we left on Friday night from a very busy Sydney airport for the flight up. Brisbane and other areas of Queensland are in Level 6 water restrictions and the target is to use 140 litres max a day.

Here is the timer in the shower at Amy’s parents house for the four minutes you get allocated. It is not nearly long enough to try and have a shower in four minutes –


Against the clock

First up was the baby shower hosted at Sam and Elliot’s house, the theme was pink and here are some of the delights layed out on the table –


Pink Baby Shower

Whilst the girls did the baby shower, I went off with Wade and Elliot for a game of ten pin bowling at Milton Bowls Centre. It was a bit like stepping back in time, with the insides looking very seventies and tunes like “girls on film” playing over the music system. It was brilliant.


Wade, Taryn, Elliot, Sam, me and Amy

The next day we met at Bretts Wharf for lunch to celebrate early Christmas and Amy’s birthday. Bretts Wharf executive chef is Alastair McLeod and we saw him there, cooking us up a storm.


Amy and Cooper opening presents

Outside the restaurant was a lot of Pelicans, a lady came out with the left over fish bits and fed them all, hence the reason why they all sit waiting –


Pelican Alley

It was a very nice weekend up in hot Brisbane, although I’m glad down in NSW we don’t have to have the four minute showers yet!

November 19th, 2007

Hot off Seal Rocks 2006, comes Seal Rocks 2007! This time we broke last years 13 people record with an estimated 28 of us!

The place has become extremely popular in the last few years; even we could notice by the amount of camp sites there were on the weekend. It has been on the TV on holiday programs and Canon used it to promote their HV20 camera. Of course, most of the popularity is probably due to the 4.3 million* daily readers of G2007.

Check the video, the music is by one of my favourite bands, BhangLassi

Higher Quality Windows Media Download (36 meg)

In the video you see a tree getting chopped down, don’t worry it was not to make more room for tents and 4WDs but it looked like it was rotting in the centre and so would have been a bit of a hazard. Actually it was pretty funny when they were chopping it down, Marcus, Dan, Mez and myself were sitting around our camp next to the tent and car, and the guy was chainsawing through it. Half way in the other guy said “woo woo wooo…. the winds blowing that way” and pointed towards us, the tent and my car. That is why in the video you see the truck pulling it along as it comes down.

This was the first time that we visited Seal Rocks where the main beach behind the camp site was not like a washing machine, in fact it was the opposite, a beautiful clean beach with lovely waves breaking (although a bit too close to shore to surf).


Sunny Days and Clean Water

It was a really nice trip and sad to be back, the video embedded in this post sums it all up. If you have the time and bandwidth, the high quality version is well worth the download (it’s 3x the size but 10x the quality in my opinion).

* Estimate – actual readers may vary.

November 15th, 2007

The lassi played a gig at the Cat & Fiddle last night, I recorded some of the songs and this one turned out to be the best recording –

Download high quality windows media version (32 meg).

Get more info at bhanglassi.com

November 7th, 2007

At lunch yesterday I went into Manly Proper to get a caffelatte. I soon realised this was almost an impossible task as most coffee shops were closed and everyone on the streets appeared to be drunk, thanks in part to the Melbourne Cup.

So I went into this little speciality shop and found this cool looking Pepsi based drink in the fridge –


Pepsi Jazz Black Cherry and French Vanilla Flavour

I went to the counter to pay for it and the exchange went something like this –

Shop: “It’s past its sell by date, but not by much, the supplier gave them to me as a promotion.”
Me: “Oh really? do you think I should drink it?”
Shop: “It will probably rot through the can with all the chemicals in it before you can’t drink it. That’s one fifty please.”

So I ended up paying money for an out of date can of soft drink that would “rot through the can” before it went off. To be honest it was quite nice.

November 4th, 2007

This weekend we went out with Amy’s friend from London to the Victoria Room in Darlinghurst. It was a good night and very interesting. When we left, it was tipping it down with rain, with bolts of lightening all around us. On Sunday we woke up to glorious sunshine, which wasn’t forecast.

It was a good opportunity to test out the new video camera, so here is a video of Amy, Nancy, Simone and Marcus visiting Balmoral Uncorked, a wine tasting event from the Hunter Valley. We then went down to the little pool that is on the harbour near home.

Or download a higher quality WMV (40meg) of the video for a crisper experience.

Rock on!