Author Archives: Simon

Saturday morning mid-July

Started this slow Saturday morning with the idea of roasting some lamb for dinner. Can’t seem to find the recipe that delivered perfection to my table last Xmas. None of the recipes on recipe tin eats or serious eats look … Continue reading

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Non-contiguous Text Selection

Great news for users of Apple’s word processing app, Pages. Earlier this year Apple finally restored the ability to select non-contiguous text, a victim of the great simplification of Apple’s apps in 2013. I hardly ever use Pages anymore, but … Continue reading

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Lids Like Lead

Yesterday, as soon as dinner was done, I started with the hippo-esque super wide yawns. After a short time I fled upstairs to escape the repetitive sounds of my daughter getting smashed by some Elden Ring boss. Such repetitive sound … Continue reading

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Park Of Kings

I popped up to Kings Park today to make the most of the dying light. Was quite surprised by the number of people sitting out on the lawn just to watch dusk settle over the city.

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No Right Turns

I have zero — or negative — interest in the generative uses of so called AI, except when it’s generating a few more pixels to make up for the primitive ISO capabilities of my camera or a bit of foliage … Continue reading

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We will always be a light – 15 July

Whenever I walk past a certain area outside our staff carpark I am overwhelmed by overpoweringly thick sweet scent. Someone spilled either a thousand bottles of maple syrup or a couple of bags of fenugreek. Finished watching Barbie as our … Continue reading

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Put that thing back where it came from or so help me – 10 July

I arrived early for a doctor’s appointment. Spent a few minutes trying out the new old camera.

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The bones are their money – 8 July

For the last few months I’ve been thinking on and off about getting a little compact camera that I can carry around everywhere. Although they were once everywhere, the compact camera market has been decimated by smartphones. Now there are … Continue reading

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Friday, 20 June 2024 – Dropping off the first shiny robe

Big Pavement news today. An ancient music video made for Summer Babe has been unearthed. It was apparently shot in about two hours and, like most good Pavement videos is basically just the guys goofing about. Although I’m still into … Continue reading

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Thursday, 20 June 2024

Back in the middle of April I decided to take a break from my usual approach to blogging, which was basically one topic per post, each with a title and tags and categories, and each theoretically able to stand on … Continue reading

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Monday, 17 June 2024

Many yesses to this by Tracey Chou: i think we should stop giving our ai bots female names (alexa, siri) and give them names from the old white boys club (john, james, chad) in honor of how overconfident and annoying … Continue reading

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Sunday, 16 June 2024

Pitted my giddy nihilism against the garden yesterday and the garden won. Still, got halfway there and finished it off today. Insert the usual regrets at not keeping on top of things and vow to do so next time here. … Continue reading

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Thursday, 13 June 2024

Citizen Sleeper starts out feeling rather small and sterile. You are a digitised human mind in a robot body on a space station that has seen better and worse days. To start off there’s nothing much you can do except … Continue reading

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Sunday, 9 June 2024

Felt like the weekend was heading towards another two days of nothing. Was looking for a tiny USB drive in the junk-filled drawer beside my bed and decided to throw out anything that I didn’t need rather than just pushing … Continue reading

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Saturday, 8 June 2024

Mechanical Giraffes A few days out from Apple’s next developers’ conference and it seems it’ll be drenched in so-called AI features. All I want, though, is to be able to see who in a group has seen a message I … Continue reading

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Thursday, 6 June 2024

Serious downpour this evening, which resulted in having to drive through several huge puddles — the kind of puddles that would reliably have caused my uni car, a 1968 Holden Torana, to stall. I remember walking home one day and … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 4 June 2024

Realised that I’m just not enjoying Baldur’s Gate 3 so putting it aside for a while. After many hours I still don’t feel like I have a grasp of the basics. Also dropping Cyberpunk 2077 from my currently playing list. … Continue reading

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Hyde Park After Rain

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Sunday, 2 June 2024

Left my phone on the treadmill again today. In decades of using iPhones, iPods Touch, Clies and Palm Pilots I have never lost or misplaced a single one ever. Now twice in two weeks! WTF! This was taken a month … Continue reading

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Thursday, 30 May 2024

I think it’s nice how when I want to buy a TV, camera, phone or computer I will spend weeks surveying all the details, the price points and alternatives. Actual spreadsheets have been made. But when I bought a car … Continue reading

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