[Medium read, 700 words] This a Daruma Doll. I know a lot more about the Daruma Doll than I did back then, thank you Wikipedia. In a nutshell: Japanese. It is seen “as a symbol of perseverance and good luck”, and a talisman that “is rich in symbolism”. It also invokes the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, which I Read more about Supercar[…]
LOL I don’t write much these days heh. Anyway. https://hackernoon.com/why-i-stopped-using-multiple-monitors-bfd87efa2e5b Many developers believe multiple monitors improve productivity. Studies have proven it, right? Well, keep in mind, many of those studies are commissioned from monitor manufacturers like Dell and NEC. ???? Despite the fact that multiple monitors make you look like a serious computing badass, I Read more about Supporting the narrative – “Why I stopped using multiple monitors”[…]
Saturday night, I’m in Brisbane City, for a Buck’s night. A combined Buck and Hen’s night; the “Bucking Hens night”, if you will. I’m the best man, so I had to go. Fast forward to somewhere late in the evening; a rooftop bar, and I’m on my second lap of the bar taps. There’s chatter Read more about I wrote this up because… reasons.[…]
I recently travelled to Hong Kong for ten days. This has traditionally meant a reliance on hotel WiFi for communications; on a local SIM for voice calls, with usurious call rates to and from home. Using Australian data overseas is a fast path to financial ruin. The world has changed. I arranged a Telstra “International Read more about Hong Kong on 70mb per day[…]
How to install configure Microsoft Lync, part of the Office 365 download, for MacOS 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks: particularly if you have the error “Lync installer can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”
Smells like rocket science. Still.
Thank you, XKCD 🙂 I refer you back to “The King of Computers”
Photo by Lisa Perdichizzi
I have a dream. Not really a dream, I see it happening. When I walk into a room, the lights turn on. (Probably my phone talking to the lightbulbs – http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/17/greenchip-lighting-lets-you-flip-the-switch-remotely-thumbs-nos/) The music I’m listening to follows me into the car. My browser pages on the phone are there when I open my other browsers. Read more about The Continuous Client[…]
I’m off to represent my country in Canopy Piloting. Pic by Rosemary Smith
A lift capacity of 120 woke us up. Unedited video. Can’t wait for the main event to start.
Went twice. Back row, at lunchtime, as shown. Then again, front seat, at night. When I shat myself. Closed my eyes. Cried like a baby. They should sell underpants in the gift store. One hundred and nine floors up. All other thrill rides now in second place.
Made it to LA. Stopping for a meal before heading to the DZ…
A few words about the Christmas Party first. I’d been at my new job a week when I got the invite – for myself and partner. Nice start. We booked a couple of cheap flights to Cairns, and away we went. Pre-dinner drinks on the wharf, a river cruise (well, the yacht puttered up and Read more about Five thousand skydives, one bungy jump[…]
From the iphone. Couldn’t help myself.
In the presence of the rest of Tim’s family, Anne Bates and Rebecca Infanti took the stage to discuss this prestigious award and make its inaugural presentation. The award recognises the passion, ability, input, excellence and contribution of an outstanding APF member. Tim Bates was described by many as a role model, and the award Read more about The Inaugural Tim Bates Award (2008)[…]
I think this is kind of where I’m at now.
Today’s outcome may end the interest in future chess matches between human champions and computers, according to Monty Newborn, a professor of computer science at McGill University in Montreal. Professor Newborn, who helped organize the match between Mr. Kasparov and Deep Blue, said of future matches: “I don’t know what one could get out of Read more about Once Again, Machine Beats Human Champion at Chess[…]
First published in ASM, 4 May 2005 The plan was simple – a one point skydive. To set a world record, you need the place, the time and the people. Of all the people in the world who could do the jump, World Team 2006 assembled enough of them in one place at one time Read more about The one point RW camp[…]
Many folks have been keeping their eyes on digital photography with a view to skydiving for some time. Historically, Digital Cameras have suffered from four problems – the relatively low resolution available, an inability to fire the shutter remotely, latency in processing the image and getting it to a memory card – and, of course, Read more about Skydiving and Digital Photography[…]
I do. I’ve always believed that freefallers and canopy pilots should be afforded the same treatment as rock stars and Formula One drivers. 100 extremely fortunate people had the opportunity to live like one, for one precious week, in Bali, August 2004 – as with a frenzy of last-minute activity, jumpers from 17 countries converged Read more about Who wants to be a millionaire?[…]
This may well be an apocryphal tale; the book where I originally read it is out of my collection, and now out of print. But it’s too good a story not to repeat. The details will be incorrect, but the situation is around the place… It’s time for the Chief Executive (CE) of Sony and Read more about An apocryphal tale regarding Sony’s PC1 camera[…]
First publication “Australian Skydiver Magazine”, 2003 You don’t have to go back to far in this sport to the point where air to air video was a pretty amazing thing – 8mm and 16mm cameras mounted atop helmets, with the results sent for processing after the weekend’s jumping – on a rush job, you could Read more about You wanna put a camera where?[…]
POPS are the “Parachutists Over Phorty Society”, which tends to be well represented at dropzones and boogies wherever they go. Criteria for membership is to have done one skydive – a tandem counts as a skydive, as always – and be over forty years of age. Saturday, October 19 – at Toogoolawah, Queensland, for the Read more about POPS Record 32 Way[…]
In which I discover a susceptibility to bee stings and get a chance to manage it. It’s Friday, June 1, 2001. I was driving to Bendigo to visit on business. I’d already stopped once to get a coffee on the outskirts of the city, which did its legendary thing and demanded a trip to a Read more about Another brush with fate[…]
If you’ve spent any time at all at my site, you’ll notice that clouds feature prominently. Even the strip on my home page showing Vern and Mik performing an AFF stage 5 has clouds everywhere. But jumping through clouds is not something that is endorsed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) or the Australian Read more about On Clouds[…]
There’s been a frenzy of discussion following the defeat of World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov by a machine, namely a purpose-built IBM Chess computer named “Deep Blue”. Kasparov defeated an earlier incarnation of Deep Blue last year, but the programmers and strategists who provide the logic and the cunning for the project have been busy; Read more about The King of Computers[…]
Posted to rec.skydiving, 11 Feb 97 Well, all I’m getting from most of you in my mailbox – given the high content of USA based subscribers to r.s – is complaints about the weather. Snowing here, raining here, too cold to jump there. Well, in South Australia, Strathalbyn is the place to be: the door Read more about Cold? Wet? Blown out?[…]
“I am a HAL 9000 Computer. I became operational at the HAL plant in Urbana, Illinois, on the 12th of January 1997. My instructor was Dr Chandra, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it, I can sing it for you. It’s called “Daisy.” “Daisy, Daisy, give me your Read more about “Good Afternoon Gentlemen”[…]