Month: November 2013

  • This is why pilots fly

    This is why pilots fly

    Here is science, technology and human skills all coming together in a truly amazing landing at Queenstown Airport, New Zealand. Down through rugged mountains into cloud-filled twisting valleys the pilot breaks out the bottom of the clouds to make a perfect landing. This post has received a huge number of comments from pilots round the…

  • Twin Peaks still has it

    Twin Peaks still has it

    Twenty three years ago (1990) Twin Peaks was a huge TV hit, and quickly gained cult status. For some reason I always believed I had watched it, but now I know that was not the case. The true fact is that I only remember the haunting theme from the series. (See below) So a couple…

  • Another ‘first’ for Australia

    Another ‘first’ for Australia

    What an ignoble beginning for the selfie. Our very own and much loved Australian Broadcasting Corporation believes the first use of the term selfie was on its web site in September 2002, probably coined by a university student in Armidale, New South Wales. In the post, the person with the split lip explained that it…

  • Natural disaster risks in the Philippines

    Natural disaster risks in the Philippines

    The Philippines is listed as the third most at-risk country for natural disasters in the WorldRiskIndex  2012 report prepared by the University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn (UNU-EHS) . The top two are Vanuatu and Tonga. The WorldRiskIndex  report addresses the following questions: How probable is an extreme natural event, and will it…

  • The New Daily

    The New Daily

    Australia has a new digital news service provider called The New Daily. It went online this week (today?) and draws its news from a number of sources including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Financial backing is from not-for-profit industry super funds. The New Daily is headed by Former Age and Herald Sun editor Bruce Guthrie. I’ve…

  • Can you afford NBN fibre on demand?

    Can you afford NBN fibre on demand?

    Have you heard of fibre on demand? It’s a new term being used in discussions surrounding the modified rollout plan for our National Broadband Network (NBN) under the new coalition government. Remember that the original plan was for Fibre to the premises (FTTP). Under this scheme every home and business, except those in remote areas,…

  • Mai Angeles gets married

    Mai Angeles gets married

    Today Mai Angeles married Venus Flores. The ceremony was held in the Victorian Marriage Registry located in the historic Old Treasury Building on the corner of Spring and MacArthur Streets Melbourne.

  • Turning off electronic devices in flight

    Turning off electronic devices in flight

    My Kindle is not my first love, but it’s certainly up there in the top 10. On the recent trip to the Philippines I loaded it up with plenty to read, thinking smugly that it’s so much better than having to agonise over which “paper” novels to take when there’s only limited space and weight…