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Apollo 12 and the (virtually unrecorded) eclipse

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:15
I’m just reading the final chapters of the excellent Apollo book. I had no idea that the crew of Apollo 12 witnessed the Earth eclipsing the Sun! Mission planners knew that, on the way back, the Earth would block the Sun. But nothing special was planned. The crew were stunned when they saw it start. […]
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Converting TV Recordings (PC) to playable

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 09:33
I’ve known for years how to convert TV recordings (“mpeg-2”) to PC files (avi, mkv).  But yesterday I dived back in and learnt a few things: My tiny Raspberry Pi media player struggles with raw TV recording playback Windows batch file programming has a strange way of handling “ things in names The Underlying Problem: […]
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Election 2016 speculation

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 09:21
It’s Friday 1st July. The federal election is one day away. Here’s some speculation, based on  reading and then thinking. The likely outcomes, in order of decreasing probability (i.e. most likely first) : Coalition just wins, but with a significantly reduced majority Neither major party gets a majority, independents side with Labor Labor wins outright […]
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Navigation – Getting the basics right (Part 2)

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 19:26
This is not directly related to Part 1, but similar concepts : you need to get the underlying basic setup – or measurement system – right. Just a week ago we were out for a walk by the sea along Pt Gellibrand here in Williamstown. On the other side of the bay, we spotted an […]
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Navigation – Getting the basics right (Part 1)

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 18:58
Something that happened today (see Part 2) reminded me when I first got a GPS. This was 2008 and it was a hand-held Garmin which cost a wee bit ($280 USD, inc $50 USD shipping). Arguably, most of the function I used then is now available in a $4.99 phone app. So the first time […]
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GoT link

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 09:50
http://tinyurl.com/hcg6q8e
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Where is that photo? – South West Victoria trip

Sun, 06/12/2016 - 10:12
I was asked where some photos I had (in my Apple TV screensaver) were taken.  Most were from the same trip, it turns out. Down the South West of Victoria. Photo 1 This is Aire River near the Aire River West Campground. More info here.  It’s between Cape Otway and the 12 Apostles. Even more […]
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R + L = J. Then just heat up a bit.

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 17:56
Quick summary of Internet fan theories. No spoilers coz most of this is not in the books : Ned’s Stark had a sister Lyanna. This was all 20+ years before the books and TV show. Lyanna was ‘kidnapped’ by Rhaegar Targaryen, who is Dani’s (late) eldest brother. Not the tosspot who got the golden crown […]
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Walk Route: Dandenongs – Doongalla and Rankin Loop

Sat, 03/19/2016 - 17:24
About 6.6 km total. Rankin Track quite steep. We had brunch at The Basin, then drove up The Basin – Olinda Road towards Olinda.  Car near the power substation at (1).  Walk quite level, then the descent starts at  (2).  Doongalla site – upper picnic ground (3) – great place for lunch. Suggest you walk […]
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