February 6th, 2017

I’m a big fan of heritage plates – they are numeral only plates that were first issued between 1910-1924 that are quite hard to come by. Shannon’s does a twice yearly auction in Sydney.

Are they an investment though? 3 Digit plates like ‘317’ or ‘960’ appear to have hit a peak, with the average auction price for them staying around the $100k mark, where as 4 and 5 digit plates appear to have doubled in price in the past 3 years – that could be due to the numerals being offered (some of the auctions are from the RTA, they might choose plates that people are more likely to buy i.e. with the number 8 which in Chinese is pronounced similar to ‘fortune’).

May 2nd, 2016

Welcome to the world Baby Evie! Born April 22nd 2016.

Baby Evie

July 29th, 2015

 

 

I was going to get someone to paint the garage floor for me but in the end I decided to do it myself. I watched a video on YouTube to show me how to do it than bought the paint and equipment required. Total cost $280 – $200 of that was on paint, the rest was on brushes and rollers and a “mind your head” sign for that tiny shed door.
garage

September 27th, 2012

I’ve finally updated amy-gary.com to be post-wedding rather than pre-wedding. It was an awesome day and hopefully the pictures and video can take you back if you were there or see what happened if you were not –

May 25th, 2012

It’s incredible to get  live stream from a space shuttle, it’s also incredible to watch as the first corporate owned module attempts to dock with the ISS.

If this is what the guy who started PayPal can do in just 10 years, the future is looking bright for space exploration!

December 31st, 2010

Best of 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and now 2010!

Yes the inaugural best of the year post! I’ve added a new category this year called “trip of the year”.

Down the Way
Album of the Year – Angus and Julia Stone Down the Way

This is probably the most “starred” record on my iTunes collection. My favourite tracks are “Santa Monica Dream” and “Draw Your Swords” off the album.

Checkout this video of Santa Monica Dream live at Cafe de la Danse in Paris on YouTube.

InceptionCinema Trip of the Year – I N C E P T I O N
Although there’s a few plot holes, I really enjoyed this film. It is intense to watch as your always trying to figure out what the twist is. If you have not seen it, go do it! Shutter Island, also starring DiCaprio came a close second.
Modern FamilyDVD of the Year – Modern Family
The show takes the Office style genre to the next level. 3 “modern families” have a great comedy adventure and then there’s the serious message at the end of the show. Awesome. Hope there’s a third season!

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A JourneyBook of the Year – A Journey
Have not quite got all the way through this book this year. It’s probably the only book I’ve bought (non-technical) and for that reason it is also the book of the year, purely because it has no competition.
Angry BirdsGame of the Year – Angry Birds
This is a sign of the times right? The best game of the year and most played is probably Angry Birds on the iPad and iPhone. It’s a fun game where you swing birds at targets, you have to take into account velocity and gravity. It’s good fun!
Angry Birds homepage
Hacker NewsWebsite of the Year – Hacker News
I thought techmeme.com was the best site to visit on the web for tech related news. Not any more. YCombinator is a mashup of news for entrepreneurs and techies, so its a great place to get the latest tech. news from. It also
has a cool “no procrastinate” feature which prevents you from visiting it for more than 1 hour a day. Hacker News.
AppleTV Technology Purchase of the Year – AppleTV
This little device has changed the way we use the TV. Normal terrestrial TV is soon going to be a thing of the past. It’s certainly fading out at our house, the adverts are twice the volume of the shows, they do that annoying thing where the last 2 minutes of the program are prepended by 4-5 minutes of adverts. No thanks. AppleTV means we can watch what we want when we want. It lets you rent movies from iTunes or buy them outright and we can stream videos from the PC to the TV. We can also browse all the photos we have on Flickr and YouTube. It’s $129 all up so not a bad investment if it means no more rubbish TV.
GantleysRestaurant of the Year – Gantleys
This restaurant was one of our favourites for the year as it was the one we went to on the day we got engaged! It’s a cute little restaurant outside of Queenstown in New Zealand. This restaurant was closely followed by some of
the fantastic meals we have with Chris and Marcy in WA this year.
QueenstownTrip of the Year – Queenstown
This holiday was our favourite and probably most expensive! I didn’t do too much research on Queenstown so when we got there it was all the more amazing. Getting engaged was the stand out obviously. The helicopter ride to
Milford Sound was also amazing one of the best experiences ever!

Well that wraps up the Best of 2010! Have a happy new year!!

November 8th, 2010

Nike are a brand that promote corporate responsibility through sustainability on their website, I bought some trainers from nike.com (they don’t ship to Australia) – they are ones that are made from your own design, here’s the box in the living room –


New trainers NikeID

It’s pretty cool and with the AUD being worth more than the USD so a good price. PayPal offer shipping redirect from an address you supply in the USA, so when the trainers left the factory in Saigon, a mere 6832km from Sydney this is the route they took –


NikeID Purchase Route – Google Maps

In total the shoes have traveled around 34,000km, that’s only 6000km short of the circumference of the Earth! Here’s a nice picture of all the cities the shoes visited –


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

They started in Saigon, visited Tao Yuan in Taiwan, Pampanga in the Philippines , Shenzhen in China, Osaka in Japan, Anchorage in Alaska, Louisville in the midwest USA, Portland on the West Coast of USA, down to Los Angeles and finally.. Sydney!

If only Nike let people in Australia buy shoes the route could have been a lot simpler and better for the environment!

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 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!

June 20th, 2010

A picture of me in 2004 in London –

A banksy drawing  –

Who is banksy?