January 25th, 2008

Following on from my previous excitement of USD vs. AUD comes the rather sad news that the sterling is at a ten year low against the Australian Dollar –

GBP vs. AUD 1997 – 2008

The last time the pound was as weak as this was 1997. The USD is also the weakest it has been against AUD before I was even at high school and as far as I could make the chart go back –

AUD vs. USD 1990 – 2008

Charts from the excellent fxtop.com

PS. The reason there’s not been much updates is due to the camera dropping incident in Prague – a new sturdier camera has been choosen – the Olympus MJU 790 SW which is shock proof and water proof – the real test is if it will be us proof! (purchase depends on occurence of global financial meltdown or not).

January 16th, 2008

What has the world of professional journalism come to when the top story on news.com.au, a Rupert Murdoch owned news website, publishes a story about an argument on wikipedia in relation to the existence of a page setup for Corey Delaney, the kid from Melbourne who had a party that got out of hand.

The News.com.au Wikipedia Story, the Wikipedia Discussion Page

January 15th, 2008

As I currently work from home, I spend a lot of time in the local suburb which is now the set of Out of the Blue, a Neighbours replacement for the BBC.

The local news paper has a section called ‘quickview’ which allows people who have not heard of the internet to ask questions and respond to them as well as complain about the size of the yellow pages.

The other week, one writer typed up a letter asking the size of the netted pool in Sydney harbour just outside our flat. Using the Google Earth measure functionality it was simple 30 second exercise to find out and send them an email.

Manly Netted Pool Area

So this morning I was very happy to see my response printed for billions of readers to see in the quickview section of the Manly Daily. I even added a quirky remark about the length of the ocean side beach in true ‘quickview’ fashion –

January 10th, 2008

Here is a short video of all the best bits of the trip to the UK, excluding meeting up with old friends as I didn’t have the camera with me when we did that! Also a slightly larger video format as a test

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Or download a higher quality WMV (61meg) of the video for a crisper experience.

January 2nd, 2008

Happy New Year!

A low pressure system off of Queensland has brang brought a bucket load of swell down to Manly. We went down to the Bower on New Year’s Eve and I filmed some footage of the surfers who were out in the fairly large swell that day. It does get bigger than this at Manly but not very often. Check GlobalSurfari.com for a recent surf forecast.

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Or download a higher quality WMV (35meg) of the video for a crisper experience.