August 29th, 2010
Have you ever wondered what the future might look like? Well wonder no more, it looks a little bit like this –
Amy on an Offroad Segway
This weekend we went to Olympic Park which is out West. It wasn’t the gun crime scene that the news portrays but a nice cafe by a river and fantastic park. Angharad, Amy, Leisa, John, Martin and myself went over there for a fun afternoon of luncheon and to learn how to ride Segways.
These devices are $10k a pop which means they cost more than our car. They are pretty awesome very hard to hurt yourself on them but you do stick out like a soar thumb. You start off in “turtle mode” which means they only go about 2km/h so there’s no chance of injury. Later, after we had got used to them the instructor unleashes them so we can get up to 20km/h. The instructor kept coming back over to me to check that he had switched off turtle mode, I obviously wasn’t pushing the envelope enough. I actually quite enjoyed crusing around at a low speed, the top speed of the Segway wasn’t exactly nail biting stuff so a lesiurely pace was all that was needed.
Segway-ing off into the future
It was a great time and a great new experience! Well organized Angharad.
August 19th, 2010

So the iPhone 4 has been out in Australia for a while but it is totally sold out, meaning you have to get on a waiting list for one. I’d rather just walk into the store and get one. I figured out I’d actually save money getting the new iPhone as I previously used pay-as-you-go with Telstra and was constantly getting caught out with going over my data usage and ending up paying more than it was worth a month for me to use. Basically if I forgot to top-up my data the phone would go through $50 of credit in 2 days. Very annoying and a cash cow for Telstra.

So after 2 years and 4 months of having the very first iPhone I’ve now got the latest one!

iPhone 4 Unboxing

The most overwhelming change with this version is the quality of the screen, it really is amazing, it looks so crystal clear you could easily read from it, like a book, without getting eye strain.

The next coolest feature is FaceTime. Marcus is the only other person I know with the iPhone 4, the best thing of all is its free to use, so we don’t pay Telstra to use it –

Facetime with Hugo (and a duck infront of his Face)

The camera also shoot 1280×720 video, which is fantastic and it takes a much better picture as well. The wifi device within the phone is also a lot more powerful.

What about that deathgrip? Yes I can make it happen, if I grab it really tight the bars go down, but I could do that with my old iPhone as well. If it starts to effect actual calls I’ll post an update but so far so good.

Altogether so far an awesome upgrade! What happened to the old iPhone? Amy has got it and she really likes it.

August 15th, 2010

Today was a pretty full day of activities, first off it was Tasleema’s birthday at Public Dining Room in Balmoral. It was really nice and the coffee’s were actually quite strong, I left the place shaking!

Next up, Eddie, who used to live upstairs on Marcus’ level at Uni was in town. Last time I saw Eddie I’m pretty sure it was in a bar in Farringdon about 7-8 years ago, so it was a change of scene to go out surfing in Manly.

The waves were really good this afternoon, after a storm came through the surf looked awesome, so Marcus, Eddie and I headed out for a surf! Nancy was kind enough to take pictures with the SLR. There’s 111 of them on Flickr in the Eddie Would Go set, my favorites are here –

Marcus Smashing the Right

For a monkey wedding day the weather turned out to be fantastic for our surf session –

Me Smashing the Left with Shelly Beach in the Background

Eddie was learning so not much stand up time which is not unusual for the early days I remember them well!

Eddie Would Go

Altogether an excellent Sunday!

August 13th, 2010

Surf wise it was going off today so at lunch I biked over to Deadmans, I’ve never seen anyone surf it before. The video makes the waves look smaller than they actually were. It’s on these sort of days where I think a sandwich and a camera are better than a wetsuit and a surfboard. The video doesn’t really do the size of the waves justice.

First up is a guy getting a nice barrel, the second part of the video shows a guy who paddled off the rocks at the wrong moment as the biggest set I saw came through, he luckily made it through all of the waves so close to the rocks it must have been scary (I know I was scared for him). Whilst at the same time another guy who doesn’t quite make the take off gets smashed and then smashed again by the next wave and loses his board!