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Those funny black and white stripes on the road

Those funny black and white stripes on the road

Sunday, Sep 11, 2011

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After a long day out yesterday we came home by train, getting out at the station Jo and Cam went one way to the house while I went to the shops to get some take-away noodles for dinner. A five minute wait and dinner is ready, then back down Station street and two pedestrian crossings to the station. Half way across the road and I leap backwards to the sound of squealing tyres and an acccelerating engine, as per usual one of the local drivers has decided to plant his foot going around the roundabout to race for the crossing to get there before the pedestrian.
Storm, no damage

Storm, no damage

Monday, Mar 8, 2010

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After being away from Melbourne for three days we were more than a little apprehensive at what we’d find after the thunderstorms, the TV footage of metre deep floods in the CBD and hailstones the size of1 golf-balls, tennis balls, lemons, etc all looked pretty frightening. How, exactly, would the wobbly old house hold up? According to the newspaper this morning, the centre of the swath of destruction had passed less than a suburb to the north, so it wasn’t too promising.
Cleanup Australia Day — Oakleigh style

Cleanup Australia Day — Oakleigh style

Sunday, Mar 1, 2009

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I’m helping to clean up, fix up and conserve the environment. Come along to the ‘Operation Oakleigh’ Clean Up Day and help us to make Oakleigh shine. There will be a free BBQ for volunteers and prizes to be won. So says the effusive little introduction from the co-ordinator of the “Cleanup Oakleigh” group of “Cleanup Australia Day.” What, you didn’t know that it was “Cleanup Australia Day” today?
Choppers filled the skies…

Choppers filled the skies…

Saturday, Feb 16, 2008

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One chopper anyway. I wonder what it was all about? From before noon until at least four o’clock the police helicopter went around and around and around Oakleigh, there were no sirens, no fires, the trains were still running, but the chopper just kept going up and down Warrigal road, past the shops, sometimes right over the house, other times a bit to the south. Later in the afternoon we watched the police board a train at Huntingdale station and go from carriage to carriage while it waited at the station, then get off empty handed and allow the train to proceed.
Like sands through the hourglass…

Like sands through the hourglass…

Friday, Feb 8, 2008

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…or watermelon pips through the fingers Sometimes it seems that just when you’ve found a favourite restaurant that isn’t too expensive, isn’t too far away, that serves good food and has good service, sometimes it seems that they just don’t stay open for very long. I’ve no idea how long Gasi Busi had been there on Poath road, from the freshness of the decor only a year or so I suspect — a suburban Korean restaurant with a little more atmosphere than the all-too-common laminex tables and bright fluorescent lights.
Google maps going back in time?

Google maps going back in time?

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2007

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A quick check of the map today and I saw that the aerial photo of home had changed — a closer inspection has me puzzled. Up until a few weeks ago, the Google Maps and Google Earth view of Oakleigh showed our neighbours as a vacant block — not surprising, the house was bulldozed last May. There was also a huge flash of light reflecting from a parked car’s windscreen, which made it very easy to find!
The houses are full now

The houses are full now

Saturday, May 26, 2007

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The second of the two houses built on the block next door is full now, I’m not sure how many people have moved in but they had all their friends helping unpack the truck — the only way to move house, the more friends the better! That makes two houses with three car spaces that now contain somewhere around seven or eight young guys and who knows how many cars… I guess parking in the street could get even more shambolic than usual if they start parking out the front where customers of the Jaanz singing school park illegally.
One derailment, and it all turns to muck!

One derailment, and it all turns to muck!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

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An exciting morning, first we woke to the very unusual sounds of thunder, hail and rain on the roof — all very welcome in the drought and with Melbourne’s water storage dipping below 30% of capacity for the first time in 40 years. Next, Jo went out to pick up the newspaper and came back in with the news that a train had derailed itself just out of Oakleigh station, right outside our front door.

Naughty new neighbours

Naughty new neighbours

Monday, Apr 16, 2007

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After many months of building it seems that we’ve finally got people moving in to one of the two units next door — the rear one, since the front one isn’t finished yet. There’s been a “for lease” sign up for a few weeks, sometime last week a couple of cars started appearing in the drive. Saturday afternoon they took all their boxes and rubbish from moving in, neatly bundled it up and dumped it on the street out the front of the house!
Stormy Windy Dusty Sunday

Stormy Windy Dusty Sunday

Sunday, Feb 11, 2007

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Thunderstorms woke us this morning, wind howling through the trees and rain pelting on the roof, but I got up to find that there was no real rain to be seen, just enough to soak the washing. All day long the wind howled around from the south-east, the normal prevailing winds are westerly, so every piece of rubbish that has migrated into the lee of a building was found and redistributed, every tree that leans with the wind was forced creaking backwards.
Is something afoot?

Is something afoot?

Saturday, Jan 20, 2007

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A trip out of the house in the early afternoon to collect a few things, we returned to discover that some idiot had parked their car sideways across both our driveway and the neighbour’s — and that the neighbour’s landlord’s car was parked in front of that…. Tooting on the horn brought nobody out of the house so we parked in the street and went inside. Five minutes later as I’m in the back garden the old Greek landlord comes out into their backyard showing two young Greek guys around — he’s waxing lyrical about how it isn’t a wide block but it is a long block of land….
Rain!

Rain!

Friday, Jan 19, 2007

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It was still hot and humid when we woke this morning, but for the first time this year there was the sound of rain on the roof. Measurable rain too, all 3mm of it! I rode out to work in the rain, happily getting soaking wet, wondering how many other people across Melbourne and the rest of Victoria were doing much the same. Fish'n'chips for dinner Fish’n’chips for dinner from the Oakleigh fish shop, I’m not sure why but it seemed a fish’n’chips day.
We have the power….

We have the power….

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007

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The power finally came back almost twelve hours to the minute after yesterday’s outage. Four-fifteen in the morning and every clock started beeping and the radio started blaring, I think I’d only been asleep for a little over an hour in the 30 °C night. There was a diesel generator thumping away all night at the end of the street powering some important part of the railway at Oakleigh station. A couple of minutes after the power came on and we’d reset the alarm clock and tried to go back to sleep, the fire brigade all came charging down the street with lights ablaze and sirens on!
Its a blackout!

Its a blackout!

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007

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Six o’clock and all is strangely quiet — very, very quiet. The power failed at about four thirty and we thought it was just the building, or maybe the campus… then a cow-orker heard from his kids that there was no power at Oakleigh, then from others that the effects were more widespread. A forty degree day, all the air-conditioners in Melbourne thundering away and then bushfires damaged the main interstate transmission lines and it all went dark.
35°C in October?

35°C in October?

Thursday, Oct 12, 2006

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Whoa, we’re definitely getting hot around here. 35 °C and still only in October, we’re in for a very hot summer. Hot, damn hot … as it says in the classics. Not just hot either, gusty blustery dry and dusty northerly winds as well, the kind of winds that blast a cyclist back and forth across there-quarters of a lane while filling his eyes with grit. The kind of wind that for the second day in a row rips a great branch off the Callistemon in the front garden.
Oakleigh photo walk

Oakleigh photo walk

Saturday, Jun 3, 2006

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So many things can disappear without notice; the classic old fish’n’chips shop on the corner that for decades had its great old style advertising sign-writing painted over a drab, uniform cream; the classic old warehouse bulldozed for more concrete slab apartments. This afternoon I went out for a walk to try to capture some of the ordinary things around Oakleigh. The house next door before its demolition, the pioneer cemetery, the cobbled-together fences in the alleys, even the old electricity meter.
Okk-a-lee

Okk-a-lee

Sunday, Jul 3, 2005

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Jo is beset by end-of-financial-year woes and had to go in to work today for a few hours, I spent the time constructively poking around at the local markets — unsuccessfully looking for a nutcracker to deal with yesterday’s fresh walnuts — then went on another exploratory walk along the railway and down into Huntingdale. The amount of dumped rubbish is amazing — and depressing. Seems that the industrial residents of Monash have little, if any, respect for the littering laws.
Rubbish

Rubbish

Sunday, Jun 19, 2005

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A late afternoon walk along the rail line in Oakleigh, off to investigate the gleaming colours coming from the coathanger’s graveyard. The new colourful pile is an equally huge mass of plastic car body panels, we don’t know whether they are being stockpiled for recycling, or whether its just easier to rent an old warehouse and dump them on the ground for storage! Also dumped in the vacant land at the end of Downing street was a mass of shopfittings, newspaper racks and shelving — then I realised, the newsagent in Portman street closed a week or so ago — guess they thought it was too expensive to dispose of their crap legally.
Birds in the garden

Birds in the garden

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005

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“Hey, what’s that?” was the cry at breakfast. A pair of Black-faced cuckoo-shrikes were flying about the garden, from the washing line to the gum tree to the apricot and back. OK, it must be about time that I wrote down all the birds we’ve seen in — or above — our garden. The following table is from the Monash city council, I’ve added in a column for our house!
Un-Australian activities

Un-Australian activities

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2005

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OK, I’m guilty. I took a camera into the local shopping centre! A bizarre rule I know, but nearly every single shopping mall in the country seems to have sprouted signs in the last few years banning cameras. (I’m not sure what you are meant to do if you buy one inside). Additionally, in some fit of wisdom, the management of the Oakleigh Centro have decided that keeping the doors open at night is a security hazard, and since everyone knows that the entire population of Australia drives everywhere in their cars, they lock all the doors except the one into the car-park and the one that is diametrically opposite the train and bus station on the far side of the building.
New Years Eve^2

New Years Eve^2

Thursday, Dec 30, 2004

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Two days at home by myself, two days of sheer laziness! A little browsing on the net, a little wandering around Oakleigh and surrounds. A whole lot of nothing very much. This morning I walked off down the rail line to Huntingdale — a real run-down collection of tiny little shops. Very cheap fruit and vegetables, a couple of dusty travel agents, then lost myself in one of the second-hand goods stores.
Inability to feed

Inability to feed

Sunday, Oct 24, 2004

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Since moving house something seems to have gone wrong with our ability to feed ourselves! We either run out of food in the cupboards, or we can’t work out what to cook for dinner. This morning I got up to try and make bacon and eggs for breakfast, only to remember that we’d run out of eggs. No problem, plan B is bacon and avocado on toast. Ah, a problem. No bread to make toast!

About

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…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.

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