Hairy Legged Toddler

The other night, I awoke with the feeling that I had something under my chest. I look beside me and noticed that our youngest was in bed with us, and figured that she must be sleeping horizontally, as she’s been known to do, and I must have her leg under me.

So I went to move this limb from underneath me and reposition her, only to feel an excess of hair… this really confused me, a real “WTF moment”, as my 2-and-a-half year-old daughter does not have hairy legs… but it soon dawned on me that what was actually under me was my other arm, which had gone completely numb from me lying on it.

I was relieved that me daughter had not turned into a “goonigoogoobigfoot overnight, and that I had not crushed her leg in my sleep, but somewhat concerned that I did not realise sooner what had happened.

Yes, it was dark, and I was in a sleep-induced stupor, but I blame the pain killers I was on at the time (following my knee surgery). I’ve since ceased use of those drugs… unsurprisingly.

At The Beach

At The Beach

Was out with the clan a few weeks back, and went into a store to buy much needed replacements for my torn, tattered, patched jeans… I had no problem with them but someone was sick of patching them and said they could no longer vouch for the integrity of the repairs given the state of the original material to which it was being adhered.

Anyway, I succumb to the persistent suggestions and we went to take advantage of a 2-for-$109 offer, only to find that they were reduced to 2-for-$89… but that’s not important.

Having selected my two pairs of jeans, we were paying for them and the kids saw something on the counter promoting a photography competition being run by the clothing chain, and they suggested I enter.

I’m not a big fan of such competitions, but had an image in mind that I thought would meet the criteria. However, upon inspection of the “terms & conditions” I decided NOT to enter. The particular item I object to, and that is quite common in such photography “competitions” was this:

All entries become the property of the Promoter. The Promoter collects personal information about you to enable you to participate in this promotion but no further use of this information will be made without prior consent

That’s right… even if a photo does NOT win, the “Promoter” own the photo. I can understand (though, don’t necessarily agree with) the winner handing over ownership of the rights in exchange for the prize… there’s been an exchange of items of value… but to claim ownership of photos merely for entering a competition is a bit unfair. However, clearly the multitudes of people that entered either

  1. don’t mind giving away their photos to a corporation that may use it advertising without a single cent of compensation to the person that took the photo
  2. don’t read the terms and conditions

I’m betting most people would tick BOTH those categories… that is, until they DON’T win and then see their photo being used, and they’ve got NOTHING to show for it.

Me, however, would rather retain ownership of my photos unless I’m properly compensated for it, or give them as a gift to someone deserving i.e. not a multination clothing retailer that tricks people out of ownership of their own images.

About this image: This was taken 2 and a half years ago, out at Port Melbourne beach. Five of my six kids playing on the beach on a hot January evening.

F-22 Raptor

F-22 Raptor

Managed to get down to Avalon Airshow of Friday for a few hours, and I have to say that I was disappointed… disappointed because

  1. There were very few flying displays while I was there.  Compared to last time, where the Thursday trade day was treated to an almost full show, the only aircraft I say flying before the gates were open to the public was a military Learjet.
  2. The static displays were poorly arranged, making taking photos of them without distracting rubbish cluttering the background of the image near impossible.
  3. The F-22 was here for the first time, but the USAF were unable to provide a demonstration/airshow qualified pilot.

Other than that, it was a good airshow.  Tell you this much, I’ll not be attending the Friday trade day of the next Avalon Airshow.

Happy Binary Day – 10.01.11

There are 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary and those that don’t.

Today is the second binary day of the year. The second of nine. There were nine last year too. There also were nine back in 2001 and nine in 2000… so today is the 29th binary day of the century (taking 2000 as the first year… some would argue that it was in fact the last of the previous, but let’s not get hung up on semantics). Twenty-nine such days in little over a decade would suggest it’s not all that special, but when you allow for the fact that after the last binary day this year on 11th of November (11.11.11) there won’t be another binary day for 88 years and 40 days… not until the first day of the year 2100 will be see another. So, 36 binary days each century does make it something worth celebrating.

What makes it especially worthy of celebrating for me personally is it happens to be my daughter’s first birthday. Yes, she happens to turn 1 on a binary day, after having been born on a binary day… i.e. was 0 and 1 on binary days… binary ages on binary days… while her 10th and 11th birthday’s won’t coincide with binary days, if she has the good fortune to make it to 100 or even 101, she’ll no doubt be one of very few binary baba’s (i.e. Ukrainian for grandmother), after having been a binary newborn.

So… anyway, if you’ve missed binary day today, I suggest you make the most of the next 7 this year, even if it doesn’t coincide with your child’s birthday… after all, there’s a good chance we won’t be around to celebrate them after this year.

The Frying Dutchman

Two Guys From Kabul

Just upgraded to WordPress 2.5 and thought I’d attempt a post to try out the install…

The image above is a drawing a friend did of the band I was was in back in 1995. We were called “The Frying Dutchman” and played at the Punters Club in the RMIT heats of the National Campus Band Competition. Hard to believe it’s been more than 12 years…

Anyway… came across the drawing when I was looking for my music books after I bought myself an acoustic guitar a few weeks ago… thought I’d share it.

Prolonged Hiatus is Over

I’m Back.

Those of you that haven’t given up checking this site, or your feeds subscription may have been wondering where I’ve been. Hell, those of you that have stopped checking were probably thinking the same until they gave up on me and removed me from their blogrolls and bloglines feeds list.

Well, I’m here, back if you will, to let you in on a little secret… I’ve been busy… mucho busy.

“Yeah, yeah… heard it all before”

No… seriously. I have been VERY busy, in all aspects of my life… and this blog has suffered for the last 6 months because of it.

Now, I plan of back-filling the blog with some information about what I’ve been up to…

  1. To record what I’ve been doing; and
  2. To get rid of that ugly lacuna in my Monthly Archives

Now, those of you still with me may have noticed some changes to the look of the site… and this site make-over has been on the cards for some time. Like my blogging, it has suffered because of the unbelievable “degree of busy” I’ve been experiencing this year (and for some time prior too, I must add). Well, I decided to say “to hell with it” on a few of my other commitments for an evening or two and get this design up and running, and to implement some useful plugins which will facilitate regular postings here. A post on the new design and plugins will be one of the posted in the next few days.

Also, there will be some other changes coming… notably in the subject matter you’ll see here. I hope to make this blog more design orientated. It’s still a vision in its infancy… We’ll see how/if it develops beyond the idea phase.

Let’s leave it there for now. Don’t want to over do it on my first night back blogging… hate to suffer from “Born-Again Blogger Burnout”.