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.

Voting with pencil and paper

Yesterday Australia voted in the Federal Election, for most people that meant lining up at the local school or church, waiting for an official to find your name amongst hundreds of pages of names and hand you two pieces of paper.  You then took both of those ballot...

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Friday night junior footy

Floodlights shine through the darkness at the Koo Wee Rup football ground, it’s wet and only five degrees Celsius, the not so perfect setting for junior Aussie Rules football.  The opening bounce was at 7pm, and it was only going to get colder and wetter. The...

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Karla’s YouTube Channel

Seven year old Karla loves watching YouTube videos of other kids and she recently asked if she could have her own channel.  I wasn’t too keen at first, but she kept on asking and I did a bit of researching and found that I can create separate channels under my...

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Motel Kettle

From time to time I need to stay in regional motels for work and it surprises me the differences you can find in budget motels in the country.  Some are really nice, others are… budget.  One common problem I have almost everywhere I stay is making a coffee!  I...

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AFL Womens Teams

AFL Womens Teams (from AFL website / AFL Media) The AFL announced today the eight teams that will take part in the inaugural Womens League in 2017.  I think this is fantastic!  Back in the day we would have scoffed and said “footy is a man’s game”,...

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Faster NBN (FTTN)

Last week I wrote how our house had finally been switched over to the the National Broadband Network (NBN).  Rather than having fibre direct to our premises (FTTP), we are connected by the inferior Fibre to the Node (FTTN) system, where the last link from a...

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

I took my 13 year old son, Brad, to the movies today and let him choose what we saw.  Brad said he had seen the trailer for Hunt for the Wilderpeople and he’d really like to see it.  I’d never heard of this movie and didn’t know anything about it,...

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NBN switched over

A week and a half since plugging in our new NBN compatable modem, supplied free by Telstra, we were finally switched over to the new National Broadband Network (NBN) today.  I’ll admit to being a little bit excited at finally getting faster internet, even though...

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Back Up your Data!

My 3TB Hard Drive that stopped working Almost four years ago I built my own desktop computer.  I’d researched all the parts I’d need for a PC for the type of work I use it for, while sticking to a budget.  The build included two hard disc drives, the...

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Fremantle V Essendon

The Fremantle Dockers haven’t been able to win any of their ten AFL games of footy this season, yet they are favorite to win against the Essendon Bombers tonight. Why is nobody tipping Essendon to defeat Fremantle, when the Dockers haven’t won a game yet? Sure,...

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Politicians aren’t always truthful

This might not be a newsflash, but politicians don’t always tell us the truth.  Sometimes they might be ignorant of an issue and ad-lib to a journalist’s question.  Other times they might make an honest statement, or election promise, but due to changing...

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NBN Connection Kit (FTTN)

Telstra NBN Connection Kit (modem & wifi phone) The National Broadband Network (NBN) has arrived in Pakenham, it may not be the fibre to the home (FTTH) concept of the former Labor government (which we weren’t going to see until closer to 2020) but it is...

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Give trucks room

Pic: Herald Sun Pic: The AGE There was a horrible truck roll-over crash on the Calder Highway at Keilor yesterday.  A fuel tanker rolled, crushing a car and, sadly, fatally injuring the driver.  A substantial amount of fuel, reported as a mixture of petrol and diesel,...

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Throttle on a thread

Worn and fraying throttle cable Replacement throttle cable fitted Recently I wrote about my little 2005 Mazda 3 clicking over 300,000km.  Well, it turns out I was lucky to make it that far! I was making a routine check under the bonnet and discovered the throttle...

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Karla’s self portrait drawing

This is just a quick post this morning to show off my seven year old daughter’s drawing. Sure, I’m a biased parent, but Karla is turning into a very good little artist.  She loves painting and colouring, but even with just a black pen I’m amazed at...

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Voting with pencil and paper

Yesterday Australia voted in the Federal Election, for most people that meant lining up at the local school or church, waiting for an official to find your name amongst hundreds of pages of names and hand you two pieces of paper.  You then took both of those ballot...

read more

Friday night junior footy

Floodlights shine through the darkness at the Koo Wee Rup football ground, it’s wet and only five degrees Celsius, the not so perfect setting for junior Aussie Rules football.  The opening bounce was at 7pm, and it was only going to get colder and wetter. The...

read more

Karla’s YouTube Channel

Seven year old Karla loves watching YouTube videos of other kids and she recently asked if she could have her own channel.  I wasn’t too keen at first, but she kept on asking and I did a bit of researching and found that I can create separate channels under my...

read more

Motel Kettle

From time to time I need to stay in regional motels for work and it surprises me the differences you can find in budget motels in the country.  Some are really nice, others are… budget.  One common problem I have almost everywhere I stay is making a coffee!  I...

read more

AFL Womens Teams

AFL Womens Teams (from AFL website / AFL Media) The AFL announced today the eight teams that will take part in the inaugural Womens League in 2017.  I think this is fantastic!  Back in the day we would have scoffed and said “footy is a man’s game”,...

read more

Faster NBN (FTTN)

Last week I wrote how our house had finally been switched over to the the National Broadband Network (NBN).  Rather than having fibre direct to our premises (FTTP), we are connected by the inferior Fibre to the Node (FTTN) system, where the last link from a...

read more

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

I took my 13 year old son, Brad, to the movies today and let him choose what we saw.  Brad said he had seen the trailer for Hunt for the Wilderpeople and he’d really like to see it.  I’d never heard of this movie and didn’t know anything about it,...

read more

NBN switched over

A week and a half since plugging in our new NBN compatable modem, supplied free by Telstra, we were finally switched over to the new National Broadband Network (NBN) today.  I’ll admit to being a little bit excited at finally getting faster internet, even though...

read more

Back Up your Data!

My 3TB Hard Drive that stopped working Almost four years ago I built my own desktop computer.  I’d researched all the parts I’d need for a PC for the type of work I use it for, while sticking to a budget.  The build included two hard disc drives, the...

read more

Fremantle V Essendon

The Fremantle Dockers haven’t been able to win any of their ten AFL games of footy this season, yet they are favorite to win against the Essendon Bombers tonight. Why is nobody tipping Essendon to defeat Fremantle, when the Dockers haven’t won a game yet? Sure,...

read more