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.

The Frying Dutchman – Live at the Punter Club – July ’95

Some might describe The Frying Dutchman as one of the greatest unsigned bands doing the indie scene back in 1995, but they’re probably former members and most definitely lying.

Anyway, some time ago I got a Tevion “USB Hi-Speed DVD Maker” from Aldi and on the weekend I finally managed to make the stupid thing work thanks to some freeware I downloaded off the net. The software that came with wouldn’t record squat.

So, here’s six-and-a-half minutes of The Frying Dutchman’s one and only performance, live at the Punters Club back in 1995 as part of the RMIT heats for the National Campus Band Competition… that year Jebediah took out national honours.

The Frying Dutchman – Live at the Punters Club – 1995 from kekoc on Vimeo.

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.

Ten Years of Blogging

Today marks not only the first day of 2011, but also the tenth anniversary of me blogging. Yes, ten years ago, using blogger, I posted the following gems:

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 !

soon followed by

It Worked !!

Well, until I get some time to change the look of the page, the generic page will have to do.

First of all, well its not first really as this is technically the second post, but it is the first post that I’m doing with the knowledge that it will work…anyhow, I’d like to say Happy New Year to Everyone, especially my new son Michael, his beautiful sister and MY Precious daughter Tatiana, and my beautiful and loving wife Michele. I love you all.

and then later that night

Okay, so I should be in bed and trying to get some sleep before I go back to work after ten days off. Instead I’m online finding delightful sites such as
U2log.com – it’s a beautiful blog

So… nothing really worthy of comment, but nonetheless, it marked the first day of my blogging experience.

Here’s hoping I’m a little more dedicated to my blog in 2011 than I have been in recent years.

Blogging Like it’s 2004

While doing my usual scan of Hot Links, I stumbled upon a link to a recent meme “Blogging like 2004” which had bloggers looking back at their archive and their blogging style back then. This got me curious and digging around my archive to see what I was up to 6 years ago. Basically, I was:

  • celebrating 3 years of blogging, and 1 year of owning my own domain
  • running the Australian Blogging Awards (aka the Bernies)
  • celebrating the arrival of my 3rd child
  • battling with the decision of whether to move from Movable Type to WordPress or TextPattern
  • steering my daughter away from barracking for Collingwood
  • stating how busy my life was, and how this kept me from blogging (things have only gotten worse in that area)
  • complaining about Meg Lees, fascists, Medicare, unrealistic soccer movies (“Bend it Like Beckham”), and comment spam.
  • Suffering my first bout of uveitis.
  • Writing about other Melbourne bloggers.
  • Writing stories about ellipses, and chickens slaughtered by a dog.
  • Discovering that a computer program thought I looked like Eric Bana, Scott Baio and Johnny Depp (and a few others).
  • Calculating a better/fairer indicator of Olympic success… which showed that Cuba was the greatest team at the 2004 Olympics
  • Posting links to interesting sites.
  • Moving to WordPress

Much has changed in 6 years…Life is busier, and I blog MUCH less…The post to interesting sites are now done on Delicious, with the occasional posting to twitter…The personal posts are all on Facebook…The political comments etc aren’t broadcast at all nowadays…So much has changed in 6 years…oh, how I’d love for blogging to be what it was back then…but it’s changed…so much is different now…We didn’t have delicious, twitter or facebook…well delicious existed, but I didn’t discover it until 2005.

Looking back at this, I’m once again reminded of the Bernies, and I’ve thought of reviving these numerous times in the past few years… perhaps this year will be the year I do it… perhaps.