Saturday, 29 September 2007

Were they ever that young...?

Last time my parents were down in Esperance, we were looking at some old school photos of mine and I came across these old photos from their courting days.

I must have borrowed them with the intention of getting copies made, so while I thought of it I scanned them and gave the originals back.

Enjoy this view of what teenagers looked like back in the sixties!

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Friday, 28 September 2007

A Grassy Path?

These photos were taken a couple of months ago.

 

The path involved is one that I ride down a few days a week to work at the pharmacy, that runs along past the showgrounds and the hockey fields.

Back in January, we had some very heavy rains with localised flooding and everything. My path has a little sandy hill right next to it (to the left in the photos), so at a couple of points a nice covering of dirt was washed over the path.

I remember having to brace myself as I went to ride over the sand as my wheels would always float to the side. After a few days the path started to show through at one point (the right on the photos) and I was able to aim my wheels over that.

But as the weeks and then months went by I found myself wondering "doesn't anyone from the council actually maintain this path?". I mean, would a little sweep have hurt...?

Now, have a closer look at the photos. Remember it rained in January. The photos were taken in July. See that stuff in the middle of the sand? Thats grass!

Yes, the path was left with dirt on it for so long that grass grew!

Many times I was tempted to chuck a shovel on the back of my bike and just dig it all up myself, but that was a little impractical.

An interesting thought... the council elections are coming up next month. I wonder if anyone is going to run on a platform of Cleaning Up The Paths!

Monday, 17 September 2007

New Nephew...

Congratulations to Jason, Jeneane, Matthew and Caleb on the birth of new baby Tomas Riley this afternoon. As Jason said "we're catching up" (ha!)

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I once wrote a greasemonkey script with kingergarten javascript called SearchNewTab. It was meant to make life easier when googling and deliciousing by opening links in new tabs. It never worked very well, though I did generate a few emails regarding it (even a comment on this site), and I have now (if anyone cares) officially canned it, basically because TabMixPlus does that and more!

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Have you seen this book?

Started watching Afterworld today and it reminded me (obliquely at least) of a book I read in my teens.

I can't remember the name of this book or its author. I do remember that I read a reasonable number of books by this author around the same time, so he (I think it was a he) must have been reasonably prolific.

This particular book (set in modern times) was about a guy who found himself becoming increasingly ignored. Eventually he seemed to disappear out of everyone's view. At the same time, he found everything else "greying out".

In the story he ended up finding other people "slipping" into his domain, as well as food etc. He could tell the 'real' things because they had colour.

I'm really not even certain of the main plot, but the loss of colour is what I really remember. I would have read this around 1986 or a bit later, so it is at least that old.

Linda and I had a good google around the place trying to figure it out, but it is really quite hard to choose your search terms when you have little to no idea what you are looking for.

I have put out requests with my friends in the Christian Gamers Guild and also the Name That Book forum at Library Thing in the hope that someone can help me out. I think perhaps this space is a little less likely to uncover a solution, but it is worth a shot...