Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

United breaks guitars

After a year of no joy, Dave recorded a song...

Statement by Dave

And a second song is recorded

Nokia's new netbook is very light indeed...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Where is a helicopter when you need one?

The first photograph is a real pity. The F16 display team is one of my favourites.

Which brings us to the lifting power of a large helicopter.
And while the last image seems out of place, seeing it reminded me of my father, and the times we spent together. Would be nice to do a similar photograph.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Not bad for a SUV

Gemballa will produce only 50 Porsche Cayenne Gemballa 750 GTS Tornados. Price - $519,953. 
Under the hood is a V8 and 750 HP. 0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds with a top speed of over 186 mph.

I'm glad I'm a boy

I'm Glad I'm a Boy! I'm Glad I'm a Girl! (14 pics)

Get ready in the morning in five minutes

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Katja's assembly 11 March 2009

Arnold and Sonja

At Belmont Forum

At Burswood Casino Park

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Line6 Variax 700 Bass guitar

I never mentioned my newest musical purchase - a four string Line6 Variax bass. Black, off eBay, a shopfloor model from over east. Had quite a bit of rust, and required a bit of TLC, but it only took me an hour or two to get it into reasonable shape. Still a bit of rust I have to continually monitor, but it was well worth the very low purchase price.

What makes Variax so special? Well, it is a modelling bass guitar. It uses Piezo pickups on the bridge, and modifies the sound to that of a number of classic models, e.g. Fender Jazz bass, Fender Fretless (a.k.a. Jaco Pastorius), Upright, 12 string, a few modern bass guitars, etc.

Works very well with my Line6 Bass POD Live, which can change Variax settings via MIDI when you selct a different Amp/effects channel. Way cool.

Pity the Variax bass never caught on more, and Line6 has stopped manufacturing them. One day I will own an electric 700 guitar, as well as a Variax acoustic, but all in good time. The list is growing, though. I now have the Lowdown 150 amp, the Pod, and the bass. I will stop now for a bit. 

Natural camouflage

Honesty is a good policy!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Bouncing Sonja

With Arnold helping.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Some great songs

First up, Mr. Louis Armstrong.

Next up, two home studio recordings by Stelios. Enjoy.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


I don't post much about our pets, but they do mean a lot to us. If it wasn't for Katerina, I would have no bite and scratchmarks on my hands, for example. So here is my tribute to our cat, and two of the fish.

Spider web

Made this for Sanet today.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Geology 101

I spent the whole of yesterday getting an introduction to Geology, from what geologists do, through drilling, sampling, QAQC, geostatistics and many other interesting tidbits. Not much one can learn about a specific subject in a packed day, but it was still good. Gave out lots of business cards, and had to teach the whole class about shallow offshore drilling, as the presenter did not have any experience in the subject field.

So I mentioned sonic, vibrocoring, and of course the mother of all systems, the MACC.

It was an interesting experience paying for the course myself, and I found myself wanting to learn everything there was to learn, and I did. It was a good course, presented by Snowden Perth.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Negotiating with your dentist

The following via ENS, who I can wholeheartedly recommend. Even in these tough times, keep on negotiating. You can still win!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Arnold's second birthday party

Heathcote Reserve, 3 Jan 2008. Jim the Entertainer was invited as well, and everyone had a lot of fun!