August 28, 2003

Supposedly last night Mars was the closest it is going to get for another couple of hundred years. We went out to take a look, but it just looks like a dot. We got the binoculars out, but it still looked like a dot. Admittedly a brighter dot than normal, but a dot none-the-less.

August 26, 2003

Sydney had its first flash mob on Saturday. Unfortunately I was busy, but check out the pics at
On Saturday some friends brought their kids and we went looking for some child-friendly geocaches. First stop was Water Rats Between Bridges. (Yes I know we have been to this one before, but we thought that a not-found would not be a good introduction to geocaching.) Next we were off to Kidz Korner. As a general rule I don't like multi-caches, but with 2 extra adults and 3 kids you get there in the end. The kids were disappointed that we didn't have enough time for Nemo's Hideaway. Maybe next time.

August 18, 2003

Ars Technica is running a great advance fee fraud e-mail spoof called The Nigerian SCO Connection today.
This weekend's geocaching netted By The Bay (where we sent the travel bug Road Runner on his way), but we also found a new travel bug called Miles of Smiles. We wandered over to Only The Good but decided that the crowds wandering past this one make it too difficult to attempt it in the middle of the day on a weekend.

August 14, 2003

The first Australian Geocaching newsletter has hit the streets. Read it here. Thanks heaps to EcoDave.
Hmm. There is an interesting article about this site on Sizzle (Blogging with an Australian Flavour). Interesting partly because it has a graphic for my site, which appears to include the moon and what looks suspiciously like a horses rear end.
"'But Bo-Bo want to breed. Bo-Bo want species to continue.' I beat my chest, but to no avail. Sometimes I suspect Jocasta takes no notice of the Prime Minister at all." - from Richard Glover's commentary on John Howard's comments on gay marriage. Quite funny no matter what you think of John Howard.

August 13, 2003

On the subject of weather, what is happening with Sydney water restrictions? Surely that was last Summer and it's all over now? Think again. The Sydney Catchment Authority reports that Sydney's water storage was at 61.5% last week. "Voluntary" water restrictions came into force in Sydney when the storage went below 66.7% last year and they are still in place.
The temperature is unseasonally warm this morning in Sydney. This does not mean that it will be a nice day though. There is heavy cloud cover, and the rain radar confirms the bad news.

August 12, 2003

More geocaching. This weekend's exploits netted Egg. This one was very satisfying to find after about 30 minutes serious searching.

August 08, 2003

The Australian Communications Authority have a handy site called the Tool Kit. It has various links about communications in Australia, including links to sites that can help calculate what is the best plan given your communications usage.

August 05, 2003

A bank holiday brought a long weekend last weekend. Bliss. The weekends geocaching netted Tiny Shiny, Long Neck and Western Views. Western Views is quite interesting, as it is near a road that was built for when cars were first introduced. The existing road was too steep for the first motor cars, so a new road was made so they could get up the hill. After a few years the power of engines in cars increased enough that they could use the old road again (which is in use to this day).