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Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Need a holiday

Some say the end is near.
Some say we'll see armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will.
I sure could use a vacation from this
Bullshit three ring circus sideshow of freaks

Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 7:47 AM

BMC100 Stats

Date 19/04/2009
Location: Woodend
Recored Distance: 108.5km
Race distance: 100km
Ride time: 7:06:41
Course Time: 7:46
Avg Speed: 15.25kph
Max Speed: 52.59kph

Friday, January 02, 2009 at 6:25 PM


Facebookographer: that freind that posts every picture they take from any party they attend.

Monday, December 08, 2008 at 8:05 AM

Guitar Through a Tesla Coil (so many puns I can't decide on one)

The base response sucks but I want one of these.

Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 4:07 PM


Media sharing space. Looks like it could be handy.

at 4:01 PM

Firefox plugins

Firefox plug-ins I like or that look interesting.

WOT - Web of Trust, warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam.

Ctrl-Tab - Ctrl+Tab navigation and "All Tabs" pane

FoxyProxy - FoxyProxy is an advanced proxy management tool that completely replaces Firefox's limited proxying capabilities. Handy for work.

Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 12:21 AM

Helmet Mounted Nokia N95

The helmet mounted camera is not a new idea, but if you have ever looked into getting one you realise soon enough that they are kind of pricey. As are the mounts for camcorders to a helmet (or you could use gaffer tape). Since I don't like to spend lots of money on something I'll only use once or twice I decided to make something to solve the problem.

The ingredients:
N95 with original case.
Helmet fixture for bike head light.

Put them together and you get something like this.

There are two other important things to take care of. The first is the screen and buttons of the phone. Anyone who has tried to use the case that came with the N95 will have relieased it was a piece of crap because the lid would press on the buttons. We obviously don't want that when taking a video. Also the end of the bolt would press straight onto the screen and would damage it quickly. The solution there is to get some think cardboard or foam and cut it to the size of the screen. It has to be thick enough for the lid to bow slightly and clear the buttons.

The second thing to take care of is camera stablisation. You can get enough pressure using the bolt to stop the whole case from spinning. The solution to that is some good old rubber bands.

And there you have it. After that its just a matter of putting it on the helmet and firing up the video camera. As far as helmet placement goes I found further to the back of the helmet is better and point the camera upwards when look at the helmet from the side. I was surprised how far forward the top of my head is when I ride.

Anyway here is the result after I got it right. You will notice that the rubber bands aren't evenly matched so you will have to tilt your head a little.

Next stop The You Yangs.


Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 12:34 AM

Space Cadet

Wait is hard fuckin takes so long
Draped in sun, hands in sand
Earth acid cleanses me, it cleanses me clean
But the world it never comes, it never comes

Friday, September 19, 2008 at 11:38 PM


9,000 people are fucking right now, 2,000 are kissing. 100 are getting head and 1 lonely fucker is reading a blog.

You hang in there sunshine.

at 11:38 PM

Old and Serious

You say that money, isn't everything,
But I'd like to see you live without it,
You think you can keep on going living like a king,
Oohh babe, but I strongly doubt it,

Very hard to drink,
Very hard to drink,
You gonna wait too, fat boy,
fat boy, wait til tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 7:36 AM

Brighten Up A Winter Night

I find lights on bike wheels so hard to resist. Not surprising these ones have come out of Instructables.com which was there the last ones I wrote about came from.

Found the link to MonkeyLectric on Boing Boing.

(Its morning can't type more fingers to cold)

Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Nah I ment that.

Few beers after work and I belt home on Gary. Grooven home taking it easy because I have the spare wheel on the back. The new one is getting some attention at TR. Anyway I stop off at the bottle shop on Vic St pull a nice little manual over the gutter bunny hop the grate in the middle of the drive way and them remember that only one of the brakes is working (didn't adjust the V-brake on the back). So I endo all the way up to the counter trying to stop. Dropped that back wheel down just as i got there. Guy at the coutner "Was that supposed to be a trick", "Yeah sorta".

Monday, July 14, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Single Again

Not since the Blue Devil (my first BMX with the yellow Tuffs) have I ridden a single speed. But, I must say it was a refreshing experience, banging around on an SE Lager. Ended up doing about 40kms today, but since it wasn't my bike I ended up using Sports Tracker rather than my bike computer. All the trips are here:


It is nice being able to sit at high speeds but I defiantly know I hate toe clips. Apart from having aching feet they are a bitch to get out of. Give me clipless pedals any day.

So now its a matter of find a single speed of my own.

Monday, June 30, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Ways To Keep Warm On The Ride Home

Just by chance I rode down Southbank right as the Crowner gas burners were doing there thing. If your right under them as they go off you keep toasty warm. Ride quick enough and you can chance them down the line as they go off. Dodge the pedos with a bit of Metal playing, brightens up a Monday night.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 7:38 AM

R2D2 Projector

You know you want one.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Some people

There is a certain type of person that is starting to really piss me off. I call the the information terrorist. They're a subversive force, usually using the cover of group email to spread confusion and corrupt information.

An example of an information terrorist (sans Calendering software).

First email
To: group@somewhere.com
Subject: Review on the 02/02/2002
Make sure you have all read the documents before the review tomorrow.

Simple reminder what could really go wrong. But wait lurking is the information terrorist, minutes later they strike.

From: terrorist@piss.me.off.com
To: group@somewhere.com
Subject: Review on the 02/02/2002

My diary says 04/02/2002

> Make sure you have all read the documents before the review tomorrow.
Without a quick counter response the terrorist has manage to just add confusion, did they just note the meeting down wrong or was it really on the first and there is a typo in the subject. No one knows and a flurry of emails ensues while the really time is established. Now my inbox has many extra emails that don't need reading.

Terrorist Fucker.

at 9:50 PM

Wireless Routers and WDS

*Warning Technical Content*

Trying to get a Billion 7401VGPM to talk WDS to A Billion 7202GA would work on with both routers on the latest version of firmware. Turns out you have to downgrade the 7202GA to get things to work. The thread on whirlpool (with the very heplful reply is here) is here.

Imbos idea of trying a Buffalo WHR-G54S and changing its firmware to DD-WRT which allows it to connects to my main unit as a client and I can use WPA2 wireless security instead of WDS/WEP sounds like a winner. In a way I hope the 7202 dies sometime soon.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 9:54 PM

HDR Photos of Graffiti

HDR photos are my new favorite type of photography. HDR pics of art there is already supposed to be bright and ans shinny just makes sense. Find more here.

Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 9:38 PM

Just a little skeptical.

Ok I'm a little skeptical.... DB9 with a disabled parking permit. I wouldn't have thought a sports car would have been the most easy thing get in and out of with a physical disability. Unless an overly large wallet is a disability.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 10:35 PM

Water, Air & Earth Comparision

Left: All the water in the world (1.4087 billion cubic kilometres of it) including sea water, ice, lakes, rivers, ground water, clouds, etc. Right: All the air in the atmosphere (5140 trillion tonnes of it) gathered into a ball at sea-level density. Shown on the same scale as the Earth.

Read the rest here.

Monday, January 28, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Weng Weng

Don't be messing with Weng Weng.

Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 6:57 PM

Swing News

Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 2:17 AM

Last Drink Lesbian

The cute lesbian stole my last drink. Not sure about here accent though. From newcastle, I had a gf from new castle onceI'm pretty sure it wasn't her. But she stole my last beer ahh the memories.

Friday, December 21, 2007 at 12:23 AM

Winners of the New Scientist science pick-up lines...

If your not a nerd your not gonna get this stuff......

Would there be any resistance if I asked to take you ohm?

Emma Byrne, London, UK

I love the way you smell so different from my dad.

Toshi Knell, Nowra, New South Wales, Australia

Would kissing you increase global warming and damage the Arctic irreversibly, or is it just enough to break the ice?

Andy McCready, Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK

I've had my ion you.

Gary Duffala, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, US

Baby, you must be a start codon because you are turnin' me on.

Jessica Swanson, Stratford, Prince Edward Island, Canada

I don't wish to brag, but in several parallel universes I invented the internet, warned the world about global warming, ran for president and won the Nobel peace prize.

Yonatan Silver, Jerusalem, Israel

Hello, I've just taken part in the clinical trial of a new drug to help memory loss; could you tell me, do I come here often?

John French, Wellington, Somerset, UK

You are definitely the woman of my REM phase.

Giuliano Aluffi, Milan, Italy

Er... hello... um... er. Oh look! Our shoes have similar spectral characteristics.

Jon White, Rampton, Cambridgeshire, UK


Kirstie Brogan Grace, Grays, Essex, UK

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 10:15 PM

N95 GPS Comparison

Give the discussions on the change in firmware for the N95 to include A GPS. I decided to ru my own tests. The post here describes some "zig zag" introduced by the new firmware. So what I decided to do was try recording a track in Sports Tracker using 2 N95s side by side.

My phone still has the V11.0.026 firmware (the blue'ish color) the other phone (green'ish color) has the version on it. The test took place driving a car over a few kilometers at speeds between 20kph and 60kph. The route wasn't past any large buildings. Also both phones had the GPS filtering in Sports Tracker set to Medium.

As you can see there isn't any zig zag. However on the lower of the two east-west legs there was some difference the track. Interestingly on the top most and shorter east-west leg the difference is much smaller. So I'd say there isn't any zig zag present at car speeds.

I'd like to check this at bike/run speeds but I don't think my mate will lend me his phone to go mountain bike riding with. Either way I am happy enough to try the new V20 version firmware out.


Monday, December 03, 2007 at 12:16 PM

Kona 24 Hour 2007

Originally uploaded by p3t3
Well I've finished my first 24hour enduro. Did it in a team of 6 riders which is hard enough. Team of 4 would have been hard but ok anything less than that, would just be pain. So I am totally blown away by the solo riders. Winning male rider did 20laps!! Of the 3 laps you could say the average lap distance was 18kms so thats a massive 360km.

I'm pretty lucky, it looked like it wasn't going to happen for a while. Up until the Tuesday before I had no team. I posted on the FGP forums and found a team. Managed to slot into a team with some guys that were in it for the fun and which made it a good experience. We didn't do to badly considering broken bars and lights failing during a lap.

The tracks out at Forrest would have to be some of the best I have ridden. Marriners Run with the long downhill stretch of berm after berm, cutting up and back the sides of a small gully, left me with a grin ear to ear. The colorless night lap which I had not been looking forward to I really enjoyed only being able to the next few meters of track is a little zen and some weird shit goes thru your head during a late night lap. I had the Sinnead O'Conner song, Nothing Compares to You, going thru my head.

I do another one. Nothing like being at an event thats all about my favorite type of bike. Its bike bike porn, lots of awesome bikes in the one place, touching each other, getting dirty together.....

Seriously the though the size of it was good, lots of riders while still maintaining a sense of community and no long massive queues for stuff. Everyone knew who broke their bars on the first lap.

Monday, October 15, 2007 at 10:53 PM

How to talk to non-cyclists

Rule 2. Use metaphors from "real life"

To describe how it feels to ride down perfectly banked, twisty forested singletrack on a cool autumn morning: "It's like that scene from Return of the Jedi where Luke and Leia are zooming on their flying motorcycle things. Except you're the one powering the flying motorcycle. And you're not being chased by stormtroopers. And you don't have to tolerate the constant chattering of Ewoks."

The rest is here.

What can't you explain with the use of Star Wars. Metaphor for life.

Thursday, October 04, 2007 at 2:55 PM

MSN for N95

Just found a link on the web pointing me towards Messenger for the Nokia S60 V3 phones.


NOTE: Install dep.sisx first.

Friday, September 07, 2007 at 1:48 PM

Smooth Mover

"Smover" bicycle has automatic gears and adaptive suspension, all of it electronically powered from the hub dynamo.

Nerdy yes but also impressive from the tech side of things. I wonder what riding a bike with an automatic gear shifter would be like.

Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 11:23 AM

Sur yes sur

Gary re encarnated as big sur. Happy with the upgrade still early days with a new bike