Saturday, July 16, 2022

Stuff happens...

 A while since anything was posted here... The Ukraine war is still going, COVID is still with us, we are surrounded by mud and sticky clay after having a major underpinning project started (still got the kitchen floor to be taken up and new stumps, bearers and joists fitted).

Could be worse - living in parts of NSW where it floods a lot...


Monday, May 16, 2022

just 3 days...

next Saturday, many people [if they haven't pre-voted] will troop off to their nearest polling place (usually a local primary school with enthusiastic sellers of 'democracy sausages', tea and coffee and cakes/scones/etc). After being offered how-to-vote papers of various hues by candidates volunteers, they will then get their name crossed off the paper hardcopy of the electoral roll, be issued with a small white paper and a very long green paper and make their way to a free cardboard space to peruse and put numbers on the bits of paper. After a quick check to make sure all the boxes are marked correctly, the pieces of paper are folded up and placed into the Ballot Boxes provided (cardboard held together with cable ties!).

They then trundle off to do the saturday shopping or pick up kids or goto the footy..

After 6 pm local time (1800hrs), the big job of counting up the ballots commences...

It seems an odd way to select the people who want to run the country for the next 3 years, but it works well enough for us... [voting is compulsory in Oz] 

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Russia doesn't belong in Ukraine

 I never thought that I would see this in my lifetime.. Vladimir Putin is treating the West with contempt with his dream of "Greater Russia" and is relying on weak responses from the EU, NATO and the US /UK. Now the Russians have actively invaded a neighbouring country, Ukraine with an eye to creating a 1500 km. buffer zone between the Russian Federation and the EU/NATO.

A misstep by any major nuclear power or other major entity would start WW3..Then it's Goodnight Vienna..

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Gunna be very hot; people will die from heat stroke and Covid and car accidents etc..

 A warm day in Melb. today.. hotter tomorrow and a stinker on Saturday (New Year's Day).  not much to say now, the country is going down the toilet, while the people who ostensibly run things 'don't hold a [hose|syringe|thought]. Funny, I haven't come across anyone who voted for these nongs..

Sunday, July 11, 2021

PTV Myki website is garbage!

 If you want to lookup where your nearest Myki card retailer is located, you can't do it from the PTV Myki website!

Yet another instance of shitty govt. website design - for an overhyped, overexpensive system done by dodgy contractors and Vic govt. mandarins..  We could have had the oyster card system or even the opal card system from Sydney for a fraction of the price.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Page fiddling

Just thought I would add a blog list, but it didn't work. Link list does...strange.

We will have tomatoes out the back very soon!

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Well, the roof doesn't leak now!

 Here it is nearly the end of a not very good year for most of the planet..At least the kitchen/family room roof doesn't leak any more! I am now working on a major shed cleanout and fitting new shelving, however not sure that I can get everything that came out back in again! The Shed roof needs repair, I need to seal up the gap between the corrugated iron roofing and the brick wall capping and refix some of the sheets with roofzips.

We did get the NotBN working in October with a sane ISP (Newsprout) who were able to setup the routing and BGP for our public IP /24 network. Hooray!!!

Have done with Facebook (again); it vacuums up too much time and I spent a lot of fruitless effort trying to get it to work the way I wanted, but the Zuck machine kept sending me 'suggestions': cancelling them was a real chore. Actually, I never did understand how it was supposed to work. Instagram is even more enigmatic; I got some photos onto it, but was never able to find them again.. My siblings and children seem to spend a lot of time on it, but maybe they are more efficient!