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 –
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!
Yes the inaugural best of the year post! I’ve added a new category this year called “trip of the year”.
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.
|Cinema 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.
|DVD 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!
|Book 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.
|Game 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
|Website 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.
| 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.
|Restaurant 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.
|Trip 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!!
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 -
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!
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.
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!
A picture of me in 2004 in London –
A banksy drawing -
Who is banksy?
So it has been over 2 years since the “iPhone Unboxing” that I did. The phone has been absolutely awesome and it is no surprise to me that Apple’s Market Cap has overtaken Microsoft’s. Microsoft have tried very hard to play catch up with Apple and now Google but have failed pretty badly. Their Zune copy of the iPod isn’t that great and two years after purchasing the 1st generation iPhone, walking around the Telstra store a couple of months ago there wasn’t a single phone anywhere near it (two years later). Google appear to be making some inroads with their Android operating system which is very exciting but their hardware partners are still letting them down.
So yesterday we went to Bondi Junction to see a movie and I picked up a 3G iPad, I consider it a fine investment considering I have not put down my iPhone at all since purchasing it.
The iPad is awesome and will probably replace the iPhone for web browsing and checking email and will be great for trips away. The onscreen keyboard is great and I’ve already started to use multiple fingers at once when typing which is much more productive. The iPad works with all the old iPhone applications, although to be honest they are a bit rubbish as they only appear in a small window which you can resize to 200% but you loose all the quality of the application, although slowly but surely all the apps are starting to be ported over.
Hopefully iPhone/iPad applications will be officially be able to develop on them using Visual Studio (rumoured for the WWDC event next week) and then things will really get exciting!
So after 6 years of watching what is probably my favourite television series of all time, it came to an end tonight. After starting watching the series almost five years ago it has been a long and fun ride. Thinking back over some of the episodes and seeing how slow some of them were compared to how fast the final few episodes played out. I had dreams about the black smoke and wondered what the numbers meant for ages and how to get in the hatch etc… I remember it really opening up when Desmond traveled through time in The Constant and what Lost fan can forget The 23rd Psalm one of the best episodes of them all.
Like everything good it had to come to an end and I’m happy with the final episode. Of course there are loads of unanswered questions but that I think is more fun then answering everything, if there’s not another good TV show to match this one, at least we can spend the rest of time discussing what we think happened on and off the Island.
As for the Lost finale, Justin and Tasleema organised a fantastic finale with props, boarding passes and weapons -
Inflight menu, safety brochure and of course a weapon
And here are some of the Losties, Simone a member of Dharma, Pregnant Roxy as Claire, Justin as Jack Shepherd, Tasleema as Ana Lucia Cortez and Stu as Dharma -
A great night and sad that LOST is all over!
So the other day I was researching if it was possible to view live feeds of aircraft flying around the world. It turns out it is possible to track aircraft with ADS-B with some fairly expensive equipment called an SBS-1, which costs about $800. However, on researching some of the software that is available for it, other SBS-1 users can share the data they receive and allow other users to view the information! So I registered the software, called Plane Plotter and plane spotting here we come!
Here’s a video of arrivals to Sydney over a 15 minute period which I recorded, note that 50% of aircraft aren’t shown because they do not have the equipment on board for them to be visible.
And to make sure I’ve not been fooled, here’s Air Austral (the plane to the left in the red area – which denotes anything I can actually see by looking out the window) flying over Manly from Noumea on the way to Reunion registration F-OMAY.
So if you’ve ever bored, get Plane Plotter and get spotting!