Me2

March 9, 2006 by  
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I just heard a rumour that U2 have postponed their Australian tour due to family illness. The first thing I thought was, “I can’t believe they would do that!”

Then I thought, “That’s a bit selfish.”

No more ‘and then’.

So while it’s disappointing, I guess attending to a sick or dying family member is more important than performing for me. Maybe.

Katoomba

March 8, 2006 by  
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As mentioned previously I went to Katoomba last weekend for a men’s convention. Katoomba is in the Blue Mountains, outside of Sydney, and here are some panorama pics, again put together using Autostitch.

Click this pic to see it uncropped.

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A-League Images

March 8, 2006 by  
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Despite dominating the entire first half with great play both down the sides and in the middle, the Central Coast Mariners couldn’t put away their chances and ended up losing 1-0 to Sydney FC on Sunday. It was an enjoyable match from my non-partisan view, there was a good atmosphere and I’m sure the A-League establishment will be happy about 41,000 people turning up for the game. Apart from the flare set off (pic below), I don’t think there was any crowd behaviour problems, unlike in the ethnically divisive NSL (National Soccer League) of a few years ago. I went to the Brisbane Strikers vs Sydney United grand final in 1997, and even though the Brisbane team didn’t have a majority fan base from a single ethnic background, the tension with Sydney’s Croatian supporters could have easily descended into a riot on several occasions.

Click on the stadium to see a larger version (~750kb). This panorama was put together using Autostitch.

Again, I’m going to try one with an automatic upload from my hard drive…
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Panoramania

March 8, 2006 by  
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I’m going to try two things here. One is a java-based panorama viewer. I think it’s supposed to be for 360-degree views, but I don’t have those, so it may jump between the end and beginning when it swings around. The other is trying to get this Bleezer thing to automatically upload a pic again from my hard drive.

This first panorama is one I took in 2004. It’s from the top of Mt. Kaputar (1,200m) looking west over Narrabri. Actually, it swings almost 180o from north to south, with Narrabri being almost in the middle. This panorama has been put together with autostich. I decreased the file size and quality so it should come up pretty quickly. I also left it in it’s original, uncropped format so you can see how much you lose when you don’t use a tripod to take your pictures in a straight line! Use the ‘play’ button or click with your mouse and drag to the left or right to spin the picture. Spin speed is controlled by how far you drag the mouse.

And now for another attempt at an automatic image upload after tweaking a few settings…. If it doesn’t work you’ll see a plain box with eicon in it.

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UPDATE: That java plugin just will not work… I don’t know why, but am trying the linked photo from another source in this (likely-to-be) empty box.

What would you do?

March 8, 2006 by  
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Thanks to Dan for blogging about this one. Aunty Delmae, an indigenous elder, suffered a stroke and collapsed on a bus stop bench at Griffith University’s Nathan Campus. Luckily for her some Japanese students got help, but not before five hours and hundreds of students had passed by while she sat in her own vomit, unable to move. Read the article here.

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Grand Final

March 3, 2006 by  
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Forgot to mention that in Sydney this weekend I will also be going to the A-League (soccer) Grand Final between SydneyFC and the Central Coast Mariners. I’ll take pictures, and may even be kind enough to show some to you. I’ll also take pictures of the Blue Mountains, seeing as that’s where the convention is, and may show you those pictures as well.

Final answer

March 3, 2006 by  
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Alright, this is the last time I’m trying this before I go to bed. Link a photo.
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Publish it.
Check it.

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UPDATE: No luck. Goodnight.

Let them eat cake

March 3, 2006 by  
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cheesecake

UPDATE & insert: I’m not sure what’s going on, but the pictures are playing up.

This is a piece of baked cheesecake just before it’s tasty cheesity passed my lips, pleased my tastebuds and warmed the cockles of my heart. The best part of it is my beautiful wife made this and there’s still enough for five to six more pieces,meaning I have more sweet indulgence to come. Read it and weep. Calories, carbs, sugar, fat? Piffle, I say!

I’m going away to Sydney this weekend for the Katoomba Men’s Convention on my brother’s invitation. It’s not the first time my wife and I will spend a night apart – she often has to sleep over at her casual job – but I think it will be the first time we will be apart for three full days. I’m also writing this at 2.15am, when she starts work at 6, which means getting up at 5am. I can’t sleep. Maybe it’s the cheesecake…

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Panorama

March 3, 2006 by  
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I’m not going to post the full-size panoramic picture from earlier because it’s 23mb. Yes, that’s right, 23,709,388 bytes of information. Or 9,188 pixels wide by 6,119 pixels high. At approximately 9pm on Tuesday night my poor old Compaq finished the picture – only 168 hours after it had begun. That’s seven days and 20 hours. Unfortunately it only rendered 54 images compared to the original 66 in the first pic, which leaves me with two-thirds of a church. Luckily I don’t care enough to try it again, because if I did I might get annoyed after another seven days.

In the interests of trying to work out my previous issue with linking a pic here, I’m going to try again. It should, theoretically, upload said pic from my hard drive to my website, then show it here. You may get another empty box, since if it doesn’t work the image source is showing as my hard drive (/user/david/..etc).

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