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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.

Karla’s Lego video

Karla was excited to pick up her latest Lego project.  The "Friends" kit, featuring a Lego ferris-wheel and rollercoaster, had been on lay-buy at the local toy brick store ("I'm Rick James Bricks" in Pakenham) for some time.  Karla decided to use some of her birthday...

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Adelaide Road Trip

My 13 year old son, Brad, is really into football and Essendon in the AFL.  As a treat to him, we made the trek over to Adelaide during the Easter long weekend to see Essendon play the Crows.  I've said many times that I don't mind a good road trip, so a quick...

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The YouTube bug

In my previous blog post, I talked about making YouTube videos with my daughter.  Now I think I've got the YouTube bug! Making videos Karla and I have started a video series on her YouTube channel of playground reviews, which have been a lot of fun for both of us to...

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Making videos with iMovie

Since moving from the Windows PC world over to Mac, with my new MacBook Pro, I've been on a learning curve as I find my way around the Apple operating system.  Overall using a Mac has been pretty easy.  Yes it's different, but a quick Google search will tell me how to...

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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...

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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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Karla’s Lego video

Karla was excited to pick up her latest Lego project.  The "Friends" kit, featuring a Lego ferris-wheel and rollercoaster, had been on lay-buy at the local toy brick store ("I'm Rick James Bricks" in Pakenham) for some time.  Karla decided to use some of her birthday...

read more

Adelaide Road Trip

My 13 year old son, Brad, is really into football and Essendon in the AFL.  As a treat to him, we made the trek over to Adelaide during the Easter long weekend to see Essendon play the Crows.  I've said many times that I don't mind a good road trip, so a quick...

read more

The YouTube bug

In my previous blog post, I talked about making YouTube videos with my daughter.  Now I think I've got the YouTube bug! Making videos Karla and I have started a video series on her YouTube channel of playground reviews, which have been a lot of fun for both of us to...

read more

Making videos with iMovie

Since moving from the Windows PC world over to Mac, with my new MacBook Pro, I've been on a learning curve as I find my way around the Apple operating system.  Overall using a Mac has been pretty easy.  Yes it's different, but a quick Google search will tell me how to...

read more

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