Made it back

January 25, 2006

Well it turns out that I didn’t want ‘net access badly enough on the break. I didn’t find any open hotspots around, only for-pay ones. Hmm.

Anyway the drive between Sydney and Melbourne is a really nice one these days, we have it down to 12 hours or so (with the kids, you know…) I imagine we might even go again soon – depending on room availability at B’s!

Ready for a drive?

January 18, 2006

This afternoon we’ll start the first leg of a 950km drive to the other big city here in Australia – Melbourne. We’re booked to stay overnight at a town about 2/3 the way there, so that’s a good target to aim for.

I’ve no idea if I’ll be able to be in touch from the road – I sure hope so, but nothing is organised yet. Perhaps I’ll have to resort to a little wardriving 🙂

Wish us safe driving!

Bus Ticket (back)

January 17, 2006

Bus Ticket (back), originally uploaded by Matthew Hall.

Sometimes technology does work – this bus ticket had a gap of 6 years 3 months between uses! The top 6 trips all happened on 31 Aug 1999, with the next trip on 6 Dec 2005!

This is when being a bowerbird really pays off 🙂

Starbucks short coffee hack … downunder!

January 16, 2006

Technorati ChartSolving the mystery of the elusive “short” cappuccino – by Tim Harford is an article that talks about ordering a ‘short’ drink at Starbucks – a size that doesn’t appear on the menu. Well I am here to report that this (very loosely termed) ‘hack’ works here in Australian Starbucks as well. The barista/server didn’t even bat an eyelid when I asked for a double short cappuccino. Except the double bit got sorta left out, but I was too focussed on the whole ‘short hack’ working to notice.

Tim writes : This secret cappuccino is cheaper, too—at my local Starbucks, $2.35 instead of $2.65.

Well here at my local (for today, anyway) the short cap cost me $2.95 instead of the ‘tall’ at $3.45. Sweeet.

Interested persons can track the story across the blogosphere at Technorati, or take the cheet sheet graphical version here. Graph shows posts that contain “starbucks short coffee hack” per day for the last 30 days.

[Updated chart to remove the word ‘short’ and use proper link to updating chart]

One for Ian?

January 16, 2006

A Quick Vibrating Lockpick made from an electronic toothpick!

A lovely project for a rainy afternoon 🙂

Australian street photography legal issues

January 16, 2006

Wow! I’ve been updating older entries from the original incarnation of ‘A Dog’s Breakfast’ – the blog. You’ll see the archives growing in the sidebar…

Anyway, I stumbled across a link to a detailed analysis of the aforementioned Australian street photography legal issues. Very interesting reading.

Also great is the ‘NSW Photo Rights Summary Sheet’ – a two page PDF (linked from the above page) to carry with you as a photo shooter to help clarify your rights on the street.

Thanks to Charles in The Fishbowl for the link.

Happy Triskaidekaphobia Day!

January 13, 2006

Still waiting for Google to find the new blog, so I thought I’d post with one of those less used words and see what happens! – Triskaidekaphobia is a morbid fear of the number 13. Although I had not been sure of the spelling, it has been one of my favourite words for many years. What I did not know was that there are two words (according to the wikipedia) that relate to the specific case of fear of this day, Friday the 13th. Those words are Friggatriskaidekaphobia or Paraskavedekatriaphobia. Cool.

For many Australians, Friday the 13th is an opportunity to be marketed to by the lottery agencies, certainly here in NSW as the government lottery agency uses a talking black cat as a mascot.