Simon's personal website and blog

This is where I write about whatever is going on in my life. Mostly family or photography, also some tech, sport, travel, blogging and comments.

2017 AFL Footytips

Tomorrow night the 2017 AFL footy season kicks off between Richmond and Carlton, but I'm more interested in Saturday night's game between Hawthorn and Essendon.  The Hawks are missing their big names from the last few years, while the Bombers have their big names...

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My stolen photo

Last weekend we decided to have a look at a house being sold a few doors up from us.  During the "Open For Inspection" the realestate agent, Craig Currie, invited prospective purchasers to visit his website for a floor plan and more information.  We are 12 or 18...

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Coincidence, a new Mack and a new Mac

I've just realised the coincidence about my last two blog posts, a new Mack truck and a new Mac computer.  The common name was purely accidental. The big difference is that the Mack truck was on loan for a couple of days for work, the Mac laptop (Apple MacBook Pro) is...

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I bought a Mac

I've had enough of Windows 10 I'm sorry Microsoft, but I've had enough of Windows!  My home-brew PC ran fine on Windows 8, but ever since my horrible upgrade experience to Windows 10,  I've had no end of problems.  There have been so many Blue-Screen...

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I’ve been driving a new Mack Superliner

With a few of our trucks in the workshop, there's been a brand new Mack Superliner "loaner" truck at work. The Superliner is very nice to drive and it rides very well, but most trucks do when they're brand new.  I think the woodgrain dash panel is overkill in a truck,...

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My other blog was hacked

My other blog, Vic.Pics, was hacked! Luckily it wasn't too bad.  Thankfully I have regular automatic WordPress back-ups to restore from. I'd logged into the site's Dashboard and installed some updates, I then clicked on "Visit Site" for a quick look before I started...

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Talking technology with my 7 year old daughter

The hairbrush singing video my daughter (Karla) and her cousins filmed on an iPad Mini has prompted another video. With a couple of cameras set up on tri-pods to record us, Karla and I sat down for a chinwag (that's Aussie for "chat" or "talk") about the progress of...

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Hairbrush singing

Selfie music videos My seven year old daughter, Karla, had two of her older cousins (Tanisha and Kailee) stay over night recently.  They're all good kids and can keep themselves entertained. I didn't think much of it when Karla woke me up early to ask if they could...

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Star Trails from Arthurs Seat

Yesterday I said I was going to try and do more long exposure star trail photography.  Well, the opportunity arose shortly afterwards. My son needed to be picked up from Hastings at 6AM.  It was a clear night, so I decided to head out a few hours earlier for some...

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Quick video of Olympus Live Composition

My wife calls it a photo drive.  Basically I chuck the camera in the car and head off somewhere to take photos.  I might be gone for a couple of hours, or all day. I went for a photo drive a couple of weeks ago and headed west.  My first stop was Stawell, the last was...

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Don’t swerve for rabbits

I've been working the afternoon shift on the road lately, most days that involves driving a semi trailer to Albury and back to Melbourne. Around midnight on Tuesday I was approaching Craigieburn, southbound, and see the head and tail lights of a car spinning in the...

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Back to work

Isn't it ironic that in my previous blog post I wrote about publishing regular blog posts, "at least weekly", but then didn't publish anything for two weeks. Over on Vic Pics, I went on a big photo taking road trip in Western Victoria on the last day of my Christmas...

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Vic Pics blog

You've probably worked out that I have an interest in blogging. That's why I try and update this personal site (that you're reading now) at least weekly with a new post, as well as tweek the appearance and add new features whenever I can. Unfortunately I haven't been...

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Boxing Day Test Match Cricket, MCG

Test Match Cricket My 13 year old son, Brad, and I went along for the first two days of the traditional Boxing Day Test Match cricket at the MCG.  This year Australia is playing Pakistan. Some people find cricket boring, but we find there's something about sitting...

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2017 AFL Footytips

Tomorrow night the 2017 AFL footy season kicks off between Richmond and Carlton, but I'm more interested in Saturday night's game between Hawthorn and Essendon.  The Hawks are missing their big names from the last few years, while the Bombers have their big names...

read more

My stolen photo

Last weekend we decided to have a look at a house being sold a few doors up from us.  During the "Open For Inspection" the realestate agent, Craig Currie, invited prospective purchasers to visit his website for a floor plan and more information.  We are 12 or 18...

read more

Coincidence, a new Mack and a new Mac

I've just realised the coincidence about my last two blog posts, a new Mack truck and a new Mac computer.  The common name was purely accidental. The big difference is that the Mack truck was on loan for a couple of days for work, the Mac laptop (Apple MacBook Pro) is...

read more

I bought a Mac

I've had enough of Windows 10 I'm sorry Microsoft, but I've had enough of Windows!  My home-brew PC ran fine on Windows 8, but ever since my horrible upgrade experience to Windows 10,  I've had no end of problems.  There have been so many Blue-Screen...

read more

I’ve been driving a new Mack Superliner

With a few of our trucks in the workshop, there's been a brand new Mack Superliner "loaner" truck at work. The Superliner is very nice to drive and it rides very well, but most trucks do when they're brand new.  I think the woodgrain dash panel is overkill in a truck,...

read more

My other blog was hacked

My other blog, Vic.Pics, was hacked! Luckily it wasn't too bad.  Thankfully I have regular automatic WordPress back-ups to restore from. I'd logged into the site's Dashboard and installed some updates, I then clicked on "Visit Site" for a quick look before I started...

read more

Talking technology with my 7 year old daughter

The hairbrush singing video my daughter (Karla) and her cousins filmed on an iPad Mini has prompted another video. With a couple of cameras set up on tri-pods to record us, Karla and I sat down for a chinwag (that's Aussie for "chat" or "talk") about the progress of...

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Is it cheating to only edit fireworks photos with Instagram?

Fireworks On Australia Day evening I sat on the beach at Mornington with the family to watch the fireworks.  I haven't done much fireworks photography before, but I took my camera and tri-pod anyway.  I wasn't sure what the ideal settings would be, but I thought I'd...

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Hairbrush singing

Selfie music videos My seven year old daughter, Karla, had two of her older cousins (Tanisha and Kailee) stay over night recently.  They're all good kids and can keep themselves entertained. I didn't think much of it when Karla woke me up early to ask if they could...

read more

Star Trails from Arthurs Seat

Yesterday I said I was going to try and do more long exposure star trail photography.  Well, the opportunity arose shortly afterwards. My son needed to be picked up from Hastings at 6AM.  It was a clear night, so I decided to head out a few hours earlier for some...

read more