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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Movember...

Movember!

From the "Sam and The City" Age Blog:

Today kicks off Movember, a month where men are encouraged to grow their "mo" in support of two of the most significant male health issues facing Australian men: Prostate cancer; every year in Australia 2700 men die of prostate cancer. And male depression; one in six men is affected by depression. Most don't seek help.


It goes without saying I support this cause, having lost my Father and Godfather to prostate cancer.

Well. Day One:


No mo, but 5 chins!

Movember 6th:

Booooooonie!!




14th Movember:


Coming along just nicely...

20th Movember



22nd Movember:


30th Movember



If you wanna donate to my mo' my rego is 41008. So goto Movember Website and cash me up

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Car segment- 3AW- this week first cars.

Oh those were the days- that first car, that first break down, that first flat battery.

Yup. Good times.

I spoke to Murray Liston from the VACC about the pitfalls for first car buyers:

World, meet Murray:





It was fun listening to people ring in with their tales of first cars.


UPDATE: Makle sure you have a listen to the last minute of the show for an announcement from Neil about next year...

Other links:

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Windsurfing diary

I'm quite determined to drop a few kilos this summer- after all, with a wedding coming in the New Year, there is no better time.

So, I'm going back to basics- cycling, sailing and eating well.

As part of the sailing side of it, I'm going to blog each and every windsurfing day/moment.

Today:
Where? Elwood Beach
Weather? 12-18 knots south- swinging SE
Using? 5.8 sq m sail, Torquay 272 board
With? Duncan
For? 1 hr
Rating? 2 out of 5
Why? Marginal. Sail too flat. Hard to plane and hard to stay on the plane. Did not fall in once though.

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Tunes at Good Blimey!

Tunes at Good Blimey!:

"Here are 2,747 mashups, or bastard pop, for you to enjoy."


Available in 7 Torrents- 18 gig in total. I will have to pace myself as I have a 10 gig cap!
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Jelena kidnapped, claims Dokic

I'm not an expert on kidnapping.
"Damir Dokic claims his daughter Jelena Dokic has been kidnapped in Croatia by her former tennis coach and an ex-boyfriend."

Immediately I am reaching for a well sized pinch of salt to have that comment with. Maybe two- one for luck.

Mr Dokic said he and his daughter had reconciled their differences and he had been in regular contact with his daughter once a month, adding that he was a changed man.

Make that threee pinches of salt...

Jelena kidnapped, claims Dokic - Tennis - Sport - theage.com.au:

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Lasse Gjertsen - Amateur -"I can neither play the drums nor the piano"

I think.... I add think I could do this in audio editing software, but to do it using video editing? Awesome:


and not forgetting:



Really, really good and rather funny to boot!

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3AW- gadget week

This week we went tech-ish. I handed out a few GPS and DVD products to be tested. I also asked my mate Matt Clark along to talk about installations and customising.

Links:

  • Strathfield kindly lent us the items. Tom Tom GPS unit, a Navman and a Shinco. Thanks to Con and Fred from Strathfield for organising the items for us.
  • Matt Clark installs these for a living. Call him on 0413 606 906.
  • Andrew McCredie tested the dual screen DVD player and owns RPS- The Board Store.
  • Peter "Donny" Carradus tested the Navman GPS and works at Hugo Ottaway's sails.

No video this week!


Here's the audio:3aw-car-segment-22-11-06.mp3

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Capirossi offers Casey advice

Loris Capirossi is the wise old owl of MotoGP, although his comments about Casey Stoner could have come from my Mother who, though limited in MotoGP knowledge, refers to Casey as "that boy who always seems to fall off..."

Damn right mum, damn right.

Anyhoo, Casey is really fast and really talented, but he just does not quite have the mature head required to win, rather than just be fast.

"I think he must be careful in the beginning to understand the bike and its potential, and then we can see exactly the real potential of him. "


Right on Loris, right on. Critical, IMHO opinion, to Casey's long term success will be to find a fluent English speaking mentor. Steve Biddulph wrote that the ideal mentor is someone 10 years your senior, and I fully concur. I have two such men.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

350 Cubic inches of Motorcycle glory

Green with envy am I:

Now here's an idea. Grab a 350 cubic inch Chevrolet engine, producing a lazy 300 or so horses, and stick it into a motorcycle frame. What could possibly go wrong? Guy Allen dropped in to sunny Queensland to find out..."


BikePoint: Barbarian V8:

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Our Honeymoon- 2007 style

About now my old man would be not spinning in his grave, but rather cursing his luck for being there and not getting to chew my EAR off about my honeymoon plans:

We've chartered a yacht for seven glorious days in the Whitsundays.

Dad would be three kinds of green to know that we have a 32" Catalina with the following features:
"Whisper" 32 Catalina This yacht is very spacious with excellent sailing capabilities. Ideal for groups up to 4 with 2 double cabins, one bathroom, dodger & bimini. Well suited to extended charters with well appointed interior design & efficient refrigeration.


Were he alive, he would be "dropping by as I was in the area" with charts and GPS plot points. He would tell Rachel everything about sailing and look to trick her into doing a course ("The hiring people require it") just as he tricked (read: insisted) Mum do a course in 1980-odd so we could hire a yacht in the Gippsland Lakes Mum's still not ready to forgive Dad for sending her on this course, and he's 8 years in the grave.

My Rachel has no sailing legs to speak of, so it may in fact turn out to be the worst honeymoon ever if she has sea sickness the whole time. I'm going to place a bet with "yes" Or at least "a lot of the time". Not to worry, I'll dose her up on sea sickness tablets, just like I'll dose her up on valium to actually go through with the madness that is marrying me.

I'll also be taking up some windsurfing kit and a whale harpoon set for fun and profit.

As an added bonus, we've invited my brother Stephen and his new-ish bride Sarah to join us for the last few days of the charter. It'll be a great chance to catch up in a relaxing environment and then of course revive the spirit of my old man by going out in a stiff gale with every piece of rag possible up and sail close hauled, heeling over to all buggery, with women screaming at us to cut it out.

Ahh... good times.

Catalina 32 sailing yacht for bareboat charter in the Whitsundays

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

This weeks Car Segment on 3AW

Well, that was a bit of fun.
For those of you who missed it- I took Neil Mitchell's fill in host, the affable Nick McCallum for a lap around the Albert Park circuit (well within the speed limit...!) in the new Holden Commodore VE- all on air using the VE's blue tooth receiver.

Some pics:




VE Commodore links:



And the video:


And lastly: Hear the MP3 of the show [3.2Mb]

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Monday, November 13, 2006

F1 official launch

Busy bee am I- today at Crown Casino checking out the launch for the F1's for 2007.

I spoke to celebrity drivers Hamish & Andy as well as Jules Lund.

Anyhoo:
They've announced the support classes (no V8 supercars this year- no bogans wanted). While it was down to a timing issue, it's pretty clear that the GP corp are looking for a "Spring Racing Carnival" feel- half price tickets for women, pushing the single bar area and no V8s. Good luck to them- as I said to one of the motorsport guys at the launch- it's a social event with car racing. The motorsport guys get a little wound up about the racing not being front and centre. I say- well, that's F1's for ya!





Hamish & Andy with Jules Lund

Mark Webber justifying his existence explaining :

  • Why this year will be awesome despite being in a satellite team, with second string engines, and being but a sneeze from returning to Le Mans cars or taxi driving.
  • About having the weight of Australia on him. Yet again.
  • Something else. I wandered off.

Steven Richards and Greg Murphy. I had a laugh at Murph- he's doing Movember and said he copped it from the other drivers in Tassie on the weekend- I informed him he went off track when he chose "porn-star", not "Aussie cricketer" as I did.


Hamish & Andy wrapped in the ING flags. Corporate gigs. Yaz gots ta luv em. Or, you don't.


Prior to the launch. Murph and Richo yak it up.


Finally:

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I'm into teh interwebs...[sic]

It's everywhere you look... and here's my offering:

Tt's bloody true. Lil' bugger saves 'em up for when he's out n about.
And:

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

me likey veddy muchy...

Here's my current steed:


More next week...

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Thats done and (un) dusted.

It's always nice to get the first one out of the way- be it child, splinter or on air appearance on the highest rating radio show in Melbourne.

ahem


Jon Faine's morning program dropped 2.2 to 11.1 points, slipping from second to fourth in the slot. 3AW's Neil Mitchell remains on top, lifting 0.5 points to 18.2, with the gap between the pair blowing out from 4.4 points last survey to 7.1.


Anyhoo, all that numbers guff aside, I had a ball and I think the listeners will get into what we've got planned for the rest of 2006 and beyond.

Special thanks to:

  • The Guys at Ecowash- Dino, Adrian and Massimo
  • Scott Pedder and Alan Heaphy from Mitsubishi Ralliart.
  • 3AW producers Jay and Justin
  • The big cheese himself: Neil Mitchell

Some pics:


The Mitsubishi Evo IX arrives, much to the pleasure of the sales dept at AW...


"...but does it attract the ladies?" I ask the hard hitting questions.


Someone wrote "WASH ME" on Neil's car. Childish


Adrian and Massimo from Ecowash basking in the glory of cleaning a fine vehicle such as this.


Hard at it.

And finally, a special treat:


And a video:


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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Beyond 3G- or not RLY?

There's been a bunch of talk about Telstra's new "Next G" network since the launch*, and frankly I am about as impressed as a kid who got a bell instead of a bike for Xmas.

Here we are, November 4th 2006 and on Telstra's website they have: wait for it... six phones from five manufacturers. Any colour as long as it's black? In my time at Telstra, there was a lot of "training" on Next G (none of which I attended). There was even an NDA. One co-worker (read: wanker) said he couldn't tell me what was said as he had signed the NDA and that I would have to attend a training session myself. I tried to put it simply to him: what speeds and would there be video on demand. These are the only two things worth talking about. That's how I would have run training: "ok peeps: 3 Mbits a second down, 1 up. Foxtel for $12 a month- go sell it". Trust me when I say that my idea would have got more traction than the corporate speak hyperbole jingle fest that I am sure was run at the big T. Though, yes, I wasn't there.

Anyhoo: I seem to recall once saying of Telstra that "there will need to be more than just a fancy jingo and a series of cool new ads.".

Well, I'll be buggered. The Next G website is the absolute, down to the wire, spot on, bang up, like-they-were-reading-my-mind example of "a fancy jingo and a series of cool new ads" type website. It would have to rate as the most nothing website in the history of nothing websites. Oh sure it talks about "outcomes" for Next G users, but at its core, this site is as shallow as a baby's wading pool in a drought.

Then there's this "unofficial" post from a Telstra Whirlpool user:
What will the speed be like?At launch, customers with HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) capable data cards and modems, will be able to access faster data download speeds (expected user average of 550kbps to 1.5Mbps), on NEXT G™, bursting up to 3Mbps, with a peak network speed of 3.6Mbps (downlink). HSDPA will provide data speeds three to five times faster than the current 3G2100 network. In the uplink customers will experience speeds bursting up to 384kbps.

Planned improvements during 2007 will increase the peak network speed of NEXT G™ to 14.4Mbps (downlink) and 5.8Mbps (uplink) further improving the expected average speeds experienced by customers.

As with EVDO today, actual user speeds, both downlink and uplink, will vary depending on user location, network capacity, mobile device used, transmission direction and external constraints (such as the application in use).


This last paragraph will be the one that customer relations, marketing, media relations etc will hang their hat on when the network turns out to be as fast as a tortoise on heroin. In fact, I just wrote the press release in my head. It starts "While telstra endeavours to deliver the best possible outcomes for its customers..."

There is a follow up comment on Whirlpool, with a response from the Telstra Phantom:
May i suggest putting this info on the site?!?

All in good time grasshopper, all in good time.

It is all part of a structured marketing approach to launch. It's just that most Whirlpool users are an inquisitive lot .... + slightly cynical ;-) and generally ahead of the market norm.


Translation: Hype first, disappointment later.

Lets get back to speeds. Slashdot sez:

Slashdot | Beyond 3G — Practical Cellular Internet Access:
"High-Speed Downlink Packet Access, or HSDPA, and it has started appearing on wireless networks operated by companies such as Vodaphone in Europe and Cingular Wireless in the U.S. Meanwhile, South Korea's Samsung has even started building HSDPA-ready phones. The technology promises wireless speeds as high as 3.6 Mbps but in practice will be much slower than that — fast enough, though, to make wirelessly surfing the Web and downloading music and video well worth the effort.'"


Worth the effort? Perhaps- unless you are going to market HSDPA as an alternative to broadband in remote areas. Unless you are going to promote HSDPA as an alternative to FTTN. Then you have a problem, because with ADSL II ruling the roost, speeds under 10mbits are going to look like dial up.

Ahhh Next G. Next Grab for your money.







*I'd like to straight up apologise for setting off the fire spriklers. It was Cam Reilley's idea to fly up and do it, and while it seemed funny and ironic, it seems it was only funny.**






**none of this is true. Apoart from it being funny. Very funny.

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Countdown begins...

Well, its almost here. Tomorrow, Wednesday November 8th, I will begin my regular segment guest and producer role on radio 3AW 693 on The Neil Mitchell show.
The Countdown clock:




Hear it live right here

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"Anti-Scoble" commenter joins PodTech.

Why Scoble still rules.

"If you've been reading here for a while you know that Chris Coulter doesn't exactly see eye to eye with me. He's been the longest-running commenter on my blog, dating back to my days when I worked at NEC — most of those comments have disagreed with a position I've taken.
That's why when he stayed at my house a few weeks back it raised eyebrows. So, why hire someone like that?"


You'll have to read the post to find out...

Scoble- you fuggin' DEMON of the blogoshpere. Everytime you are written off- or write yourself off, you go and do something like this.

Imagine Telstra doing that?

Mind. boggles.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Dilbert Comic Strip Archive - Dilbert.com - The Official Dilbert Website by Scott Adams - Dilbert, Dogbert and Coworkers!

Dilbert Comic Strip - Dilbert, Dogbert and Coworkers!

Too close to the bone- the recently broken bones.

Ahhh big corporations and incompetence- like two lil peas in a pod!!
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Friday, November 03, 2006

Hooray I'm helping!

As I've visited Norfolk Island once before, and having followed the recent awful murder of Janelle Patton, I felt compelled to email Xeni Jardin to give some background info on the former penal colony:

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Email gatekeeping programs suck

I just tried to email a marketing person at a major manufacturer and received the following reply:

The following email message was blocked by MailMarshal: From: xxxxx@thomasr.org To: XXXXXXX@!XXXX.com.au Subject: RE:XXXXXXX
Message: B34jd759140000.000000000234.00034.mml

Because it contains an image file.

The email will be deleted from MailMarshal 5 days from when it was received.If you believe the message is business related, please forward this message to XXX@XXX.com.au to discuss it's release. If no contact is made within 5 days the message will be automatically deleted.


There's security and then there's stupidity. How the hell are people in the marketing department going to do their job when the freakin' net nanny won't allow a simple .jpg through?

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NT Govt to introduce speed limits...

NT Govt to introduce speed limits. 02/11/2006. ABC News Online:

"The Northern Territory Government will introduce speed limits on its open roads and major highways from January next year.
The Chief Minister, Clare Martin, announced sweeping changes to the Northern Territory's road safety regime this morning.
'We will be introducing demerit points from the second-half of next year and the open speed limit for the Territory will end,' she said.
From January, the Stuart Highway and other major highways will be restricted to 130 kilometres an hour, with a default speed limit of 110 kilometres an hour on other roads. "


I'll comment on this tomorrow. Too tired. Time for bed.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Windows messenger features...

the new version of Windows Messenger is out and it has a new feature that Rachel is taking advantage of a little too much.

The new version allows you to record quick messages and then send them via MSN live.

Here's a message Rachel sent me- from the living room wher she was on the laptop to me in my lil' office:


Very annoying. Though funny.

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Daredevil motorist stops speeding truck...

Daredevil motorist stops speeding truck - National - theage.com.au:

"A daredevil Good Samaritan saved the life of a truck driver and averted a potentially serious accident today with his bravery and quick thinking, Hunter Valley ambulance officers say.
The Good Samaritan was driving near Cessnock when he encountered a swerving semi-trailer on Wollombi Road at Bellbird around 6.50am.
Noticing the truck driver was slumped over the wheel, the motorist immediately did a u-turn and accelerated past the truck before stopping ahead of it. The man somehow managed to climb aboard the cab while it was moving and pull the handbrake before calling an ambulance for the stricken driver, an ambulance spokeswoman said."


Stunt drivers on their days off. Four kinds of radical!!

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Huge Skateboarding Ramp Beckons Daredevils - New York Times

If you are going to go- go big. But 90 km/h over a gap this big? yoinks!

Huge Skateboarding Ramp Beckons Daredevils - New York Times: "VISTA, Calif. — The largest skateboard ramp in the world can be found on a 12-acre farm north of San Diego among the green foothills of the San Marcos Mountains."


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