Archive | ephemera

anecdotes, observations


Don Walker

When I started this binge of Oz Rock books, I was fully expecting that some individuals would recur from book to book, being significant figures in our music industry – people like Ted Albert, George Young, Philip Mortlock, Michael Gudinski and Molly Meldrum. And, indeed they all do pop up variously in The Angels by […]

Continue Reading 0
Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

Last year’s Dungeons & Dragons birthday party for Cormac went so well, he and his mates wanted to do it again. Can’t just repeat the exercise, so this year will be a Zombie Apocalypse, where the boys play themselves with D&D style skills and weapons trying to stop zombie attacks in modern day, real time […]

Continue Reading 1


I try not to indulge in too much schadenfreude when I see a typographical error: bad karma, glass houses, all of that. But sometimes, it’s impossible not to either laugh out loud or groan in despair, or both. David Campbell MP, the NSW Minister for Transport and the Illawarra, also happens to be my local […]

Continue Reading 1

web-blast 08 sydney

Web-blast is a huge end-of-year party for Sydney’s web community – bringing together web designers, web project managers, interface designers, information architects and other web professionals. Celebrate the end of the  year in style on Friday 5th December, 2008. Time: 6pm onwards Where: Bar Broadway Corner of Regent Street and Broadway, Sydney opposite UTS Tower […]

Continue Reading 2

lars rasmussen

I had to chuckle at the caption accompanying this photo for the Sydney Morning Herald’s story today on Google’s tenth anniversary. “Kate Vale and an engineer, Lars Rasmussen, at Google’s office in Darling Park.” Being a Lead Engineer for Google Maps clearly didn’t impress the journos too much. They probably wondered how a lowly engineer […]

Continue Reading 1

facebook up to your responsibilities

There is definitely good reason to be careful when using Facebook – and it’s not limited to that social networking application by any means. Sharing information like your mother’s maiden name (commonly used by banks etc as extra security questions) with even your close friends online is asking for trouble. And Facebook does make it […]

Continue Reading 0

all in a day’s work

Yesterday was unusual.I was picked up by taxi from my Corrimal home at 6.30am for an hour-and-fifteen drive to Sydney Airport, where I boarded a four hour flight to Perth. I was picked up at Perth Airport and driven to a two hour meeting with Bam Creative about working together on a new web project. […]

Continue Reading 1

qwerty v dvorak

I haven’t completely pondered all the implications of this, but I’m sure it means something. I’ve previously sung the praises of my favourite online store REMO, purevyors of many nifty and beautiful things. In a recent newsletter, REMO advised that they were offering a new t shirt featuring the Dvorak keyboard. They even provided an […]

Continue Reading 0


Sometimes you just have to get away from the Web. There are few places better suited to this than Ruwenzori. A friend of mine who’s a train buff has hauled some railway carriages to a hilltop just north of Mudgee (about four hours drive northwest of Sydney). Scott and his wife Wendy have renovated these […]

Continue Reading