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.

Date Night @ Kinky Boots

Date Night! My wife and had a "date night" this week!  It's been a long time since I've been out with Mandy, just the two of us, no kids.  We secured a couple of tickets to the Cyndi Lauper musical, Kinky Boots.  Not fancy seats, the second last row on the top level,...

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Star trail spiral over Pakenham

I'm not sure why I didn't blog about this at the time, but almost two weeks ago we had clear skies in Melbourne so I decided to have another crack at photographing star-trails. Star trails are created by several long exposure photos, blended together to showcase the...

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Westgate Bridge Closed, traffic stuffed!

The traffic in Melbourne's west was horrible today, caused by a motorcycle fatality on the inbound lanes of the Westgate Bridge. I've been driving around Melbourne for a long time.  From the early 1990's I worked weekends as a taxi driver.  In the mid 1990's I was a...

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I’ve shut down my photo site

For over two years I've had a dedicated personal photo website.  It had the unimaginative name of "Simon's Photo Site" with the URL of simonsphotosite.com  I haven't used it much lately, but it was still costing me to keep it online, so when both the hosting...

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Reading THE NEWSMAN

I've started reading THE NEWSMAN by Mal Walden.  I'm not much of a book reader these days, preferring magazine articles or online posts.  It's just that books are long and can take weeks or months to complete reading.  Often I will either loose interest in a book over...

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Mandy and Karla have been Simpsonized

Dean Rankine - simpsonizing Karla Dean Rankine is a comics artist who contributes to the Simpsons comic books.  Dean was recently at the re-opening of the local Lego shop in Pakenham, where he was simpsonizing members of the public. My wife and daughter were excited...

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Speedway bikes at Etihad Stadium

Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, at Docklands, is a great venue for AFL football.  It also hosts soccer, Big-Bash cricket, concerts and other major events.  My 13 year old son, and I, went along to see the Speedway GP at Etihad.  Yep, motorbike racing at an undercover...

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Brock TV mini series

I've just finished watching the Brock TV mini series.  It aired on Channel 10 last Sunday and Monday, but thanks to working night shift I had to watch it on the catch-up service TEN-PLAY.  The two part mini-series is based on the life of Aussie motor racing legend...

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QNAP NAS (Network Attached Storage)

A few months ago one of the hard drives in my main computer failed, it wasn't the drive with Windows installed (so the computer still worked), it was the 3TB drive where all my photos and videos were stored. This could have been a disaster of lost memories, but...

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Pete’s Dragon

      Movie links; Movie website Wikipedia IMDb Rotten Tomatoes It's school holidays at the moment so I took my two youngest kids to the movies this week.  Sometimes kids movies can have the grown ups in the theatre bored and hanging out for the film to...

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OurPact Parental Control app

I recently saw in internet advert for a parental control app, that allowed you to control the smart devices of your children.  Like many families, there can be arguments in our house when the kids should be doing their chores, homework, having dinner or going to bed...

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People with Cameras event in Melbourne

Fujifilm hosted a photography event in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon called "People with Cameras", it was open to anyone with any type or brand of camera and any skill level.  All you needed was an interest in taking photos and be able to work within a group to take...

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Average footy tipping

With the AFL Home-and-Away season completed, I thought I'd report on the success (or lack of) in my footy tipping for 2016. This year I entered two major footy tipping competitions, one run by radio station 1116-SEN, the other was the official AFL tipping competition....

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Under 13 footy

For the past two years I've been the Team Manager of my son's junior Aussie Rules football team.  This year was Under 13s, and we actually ended up with a great group of boys that won most of their games and made it through to the Grand Final.  Unfortunately we didn't...

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Census website

When I first heard the 2016 census would be completed online by the majority of Australians, it was just after lining up at the local school to vote in the Federal Election with pencil and paper.  I thought that if the government has the I.T. infrastructure to...

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Date Night @ Kinky Boots

Date Night! My wife and had a "date night" this week!  It's been a long time since I've been out with Mandy, just the two of us, no kids.  We secured a couple of tickets to the Cyndi Lauper musical, Kinky Boots.  Not fancy seats, the second last row on the top level,...

read more

Star trail spiral over Pakenham

I'm not sure why I didn't blog about this at the time, but almost two weeks ago we had clear skies in Melbourne so I decided to have another crack at photographing star-trails. Star trails are created by several long exposure photos, blended together to showcase the...

read more

Westgate Bridge Closed, traffic stuffed!

The traffic in Melbourne's west was horrible today, caused by a motorcycle fatality on the inbound lanes of the Westgate Bridge. I've been driving around Melbourne for a long time.  From the early 1990's I worked weekends as a taxi driver.  In the mid 1990's I was a...

read more

I’ve shut down my photo site

For over two years I've had a dedicated personal photo website.  It had the unimaginative name of "Simon's Photo Site" with the URL of simonsphotosite.com  I haven't used it much lately, but it was still costing me to keep it online, so when both the hosting...

read more

Reading THE NEWSMAN

I've started reading THE NEWSMAN by Mal Walden.  I'm not much of a book reader these days, preferring magazine articles or online posts.  It's just that books are long and can take weeks or months to complete reading.  Often I will either loose interest in a book over...

read more

Mandy and Karla have been Simpsonized

Dean Rankine - simpsonizing Karla Dean Rankine is a comics artist who contributes to the Simpsons comic books.  Dean was recently at the re-opening of the local Lego shop in Pakenham, where he was simpsonizing members of the public. My wife and daughter were excited...

read more

Speedway bikes at Etihad Stadium

Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, at Docklands, is a great venue for AFL football.  It also hosts soccer, Big-Bash cricket, concerts and other major events.  My 13 year old son, and I, went along to see the Speedway GP at Etihad.  Yep, motorbike racing at an undercover...

read more

Brock TV mini series

I've just finished watching the Brock TV mini series.  It aired on Channel 10 last Sunday and Monday, but thanks to working night shift I had to watch it on the catch-up service TEN-PLAY.  The two part mini-series is based on the life of Aussie motor racing legend...

read more

QNAP NAS (Network Attached Storage)

A few months ago one of the hard drives in my main computer failed, it wasn't the drive with Windows installed (so the computer still worked), it was the 3TB drive where all my photos and videos were stored. This could have been a disaster of lost memories, but...

read more

Pete’s Dragon

      Movie links; Movie website Wikipedia IMDb Rotten Tomatoes It's school holidays at the moment so I took my two youngest kids to the movies this week.  Sometimes kids movies can have the grown ups in the theatre bored and hanging out for the film to...

read more