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.

So What’s Changed?

One of the biggest changes that has happened to blogging, in my time as a blogger, has to be the rise of

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • … and other similar online applications

How have these impacted my blogging?  Well, quite simply, they’ve provided quicker, easier, better targeted means of doing much of what I did with my blog in the past.

Facebook provides me an avenue to update family and friends with the latest news about the latest goings on in the Kekoc household, and doing so in a manner that I don’t need to email them when I’ve updated.

Twitter provides me with a way of recording random thoughts etc that I’m happy to share with the wider community.

Delicious enables me to capture and catalogue the many wonderful gems one finds on the internet on a regular basis.

Then there are all the other online applications I use on a regular basis… and while each have their strengths, they have weaknesses that make me quite reluctant to putting in much effort to cultivating my presence on these for much longer… but I’ll go into each of these in greater detail in the coming weeks.

Resumption of Non-Photoblog Blogging

I have to start off by saying I’m quite happy with how the photoblog experiment for the past year has gone… some of my most regular, and consistent(ish) blogging for ages. So, I don’t intend to stop the photoblog aspect of blogging here, BUT, I’m feeling the need to write again.

Why? Well… there’s a number of reasons.

Firstly… I’ve honestly missed the experience of writing here.

Then there was the realisation that I’m approaching TEN years of blogging. Yes TEN YEARS! January 2011 will mark the my 10 year anniversary of blogging. January 1st 2001 I posted this gem with the help of Blogger.

Welcome to the world that is my mind. This trip should not last too long 🙂

Finally, I’ve got around to getting a weblog (ie. “blog”) together. Before I get into things, I’ll just lay down the rules for myself and for you, “Joe Public”. The purpose of this site is to provide an outlet for my thoughts and a location that family and friends can come and find out the latest “going-ons” in the lives of the Kekoc family.

This initial “blog” will be a short one, as I am not all too sure of whether it will work and would rather not waste too much time if it doesn’t. If it does work I “intend” to make regular updates of the blog and hope it will prove to be a useful point of reference for family and friends.

With all that said, here goes – TIME TO PUBLISH !

Then, there was the realisation that so much has changed in the word of blogs, the internet for that matter in those 10 years, and so much in the way I use the net, what I do on it, with it.

So… with all that and much more that has crossed my mind in the last two days as I contemplated resuming more traditional blogging, I thought I’d record these ideas, explore them as I once did, here! I’ll blog about how things were and how things are different now… sure, at times there will be a lot of navel gazing… but HEY! This is a blog and this is what blogging has traditionally been all about.

Not that any of this will matter anyway… seeing as my neglect of this blog over the past few years has seen my readership completely dry up… but I didn’t start blogging for the readership… I blogged for myself, and ten years on, I’m right back where I started… blogging for me.

So… my plan is to write something here at least once a week, preferably twice, and the photoblog aspect will continue, probably at a similar rate as has been the norm of late i.e. once a month sort of thing.

Hell if it all goes well, I might even consider runing the Australian Blog Awards, aka The Bernies, again in the new year.

Wish me luck!

Boxer Puppies

Puppies for Sale

Seven Beautiful Boxer Pups

I had intended to post this earlier, but alas, these IS only so much I can fit into my last minute preparations.

Chicago and Sernity’s puppies are now 8 weeks old are ready to go to new homes. We’ve managed to sell two already, so we have 5 more to go.

Puppies Keeping Warm

Thankfully, they’re so cute we’re getting interest filter in slowly from the ads we’ve placed online.

I’m going to miss them when they’re gone… but God knows we can’t handle that many more mouths to feed in our house.

Parrilla De Maria, Madrid

De Maria Parrilla - Steaks

Exquisite Argentian Steaks Cooked Right In Front Of Your Eyes

On my last visit to Madrid, we visit a brilliant restaurant called Parrilla De Maria… I grabbed a card with the intention of returning when I came back… unfortunately, I misplaced that card and have struggled remember the name a location of the restaurant… perhaps a few too many cervezas.

De Maria Parrilla

Parrilla De Maria

Thankfully, I took a photo of the front and have located it with the help of Google Maps Street View. I’m so looking forward to having an Argentinian steak there… I will remember not to fill up on tapas before hand this time.

CYM Bushfire Benefit Concert



With sofobomo well and truly underway, and with me having just over a week before I head over to Spain for two weeks, I’ve come to the realisation that I’m unlike to get time to take photos for my preferred theme of “Melbourne”… so I’m going to have to change it.



Given the number of photos I took at the benefit concert on May 3rd, and that I’ve already processed the images, I’ve decided that I’ll make it the theme of one of my projects.

Yes… one of them… but more on that later.

Due to the nature of this book, i.e. it’s my fallback option… it’s the theme I’m choosing so that I don’t fail to complete my sofobomo commitment, and I’m extremely unlikely to want a hard copy of the final product, I’m going to go with producing the book in Scribus and publishing the PDF in Issuu.



This will all have to be done in the next week though, as the concert was on the 3rd of May, and I won’t be back in the country until the 6th of June… so, you can expect my first book by this time next week.

This brings me to my OTHER project. As I’ll be in Madrid, I thought I might be able to get my cityscape photography fix there and make a second sofobomo project out of it. I did toy with the idea a while back, but I think given the circumstances, it’s really the only option if I want to get a cityscape sofobomo project done this year.

Cheremosh Ukrainian Choir

Cheremosh Ukrainian Choir

I plan on getting one of these books printed though, and will be using Blurb to see what sort of quality it produces. If it’s any good, I’ll use it to produce the other books I’m currently considering doing, inspired by sofobomo, but these aren’t part of my sofobomo plans because of the nature of the photos I’ll be using.

Podaj Divcheno

The projects I hope to do in the not to distant future are:

  • One Hundred of Ten Thousand – 0.01% of images from the first 10,000 taken on my Canon EOS 40D
  • My Life in Photos – I’m forever on the other end of the camera, and I’d hate for my kids to not have a collection of photos of their father, so I hope to gather photos of me and put them all into one book.
  • Ambitious but at least these have no time lines… and these will most definitely be published and take pride of place on my coffee table.

    Boys of Kyiv