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Free Rice?

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Ok here’s a little ‘game’ to occupy your mind and do some small thing for world hunger as you go. You can find it at Free Rice and it’s just a little something to keep our brains active.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Basically you determine the definitions of words on a given list, and click on the answer. For each one you get right… 10 grains of ride are donated to help alleviate world hunger.

The words?? Well for me they included Calvous… which means baldness, and Tanager… which is a songbird!! Sadly I’ve never heard of them before… but luckily www.dictionary.com and Google Dictionary came to the rescue ๐Ÿ˜€

On the other hand I couldn’t find got ‘barbone’ and guessed… wrongly. It seems barbone is a disease of bison! You live and learn! ๐Ÿ˜€

Still I got to level 52 before having to guess so it could be worse.The result was I ‘collected’ 120 grains for donation.

I suppose 120 grains of rice might seem to be of little help by themselves, but if *thousands* of us did it… well those few grains would soon amount to millions – and that must be of some use?!

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January 19, 2009 at 8:11 am

Vale Tony Hart

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Sad news that Tony Hart, a gentleman and an inspiration, has died aged 83. He’d retired a few years ago after suffering a couple of strokes, and the loss of his ability to draw accurately hit him very hard. He is probably best known for his TV show HartBeat and of course that little plasticine character “Morph” and perhaps his lasting legacy will be the interest in art and the physical process of creating it that he developed in millions of developing minds. Art as entertainment has never been a hugely popular concept in the minds of the TV executives, but Tony showed that given the opportunity, demonstrating how ‘easy’ creating works of art can be is as entertaining as any format. Of course it was Tony’s extraordinary talent that made ‘easy’ look ‘easy’ – nevertheless, his demonstrations of technique inspired many a child to pick up a pencil… or a multitude of other materials… and try.

I was always utterly amazed at the way he took the simplest concepts and developed them into stunning pictures. And that smile… and his dedication to encourage children to use their talents… and the delight when they did…so genuine!! I used to love watching “The Gallery” where contributions from child viewers were displayed. I never had the nerve to even attempt to draw anything to send in… but the shows were always a pleasure to watch.

He really exemplified a bygone age when television educated as well as entertained. I doubt we’ll ever see his like again?

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January 19, 2009 at 7:20 am

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Strange – tired again!

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Overall I really had a good day yesterday working away until my back started to ache so sat down. There’s still loads to do as always but this morning I feel really exhausted… and this is despite getting back to bed for an hour and a half!!

Obviously I’ve no idea why I feel so grotty… but already I feel like I’ll be pleased to see the bed again tonight!

Basically the blog still isn’t totally back on track as news and opinion’ site, so bear with me! ๐Ÿ˜€

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January 12, 2009 at 9:24 am


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So how did the schedule go?

Well we arrived at the Maritime Museum in plenty of time. Joined as members, which was only $20 more than the entry fee so we now have a years access available if we want it.

The intention was to go to the Wet World exhibit but we ended up spending the entire morning looking around ships! We looked through the Vampire (submarine) and the reconstruction of Captain Cook’s ship, Endeavour and that was the morning gone!

After a visit to the Members Lounge, we went off to meet the wife for lunch – which was *very* pleasant! – then drifted over to the Powerhouse Musem for a gander at the new Star Wars exhibition (hard to believe the first movie was released over 30 years ago!!) and then collapsed in *their* Members Lounge until the wife called to say she was on her way to meet us.

So. No chaos for a change, but it was really hot which slowed us up dramatically, and for the first time I was glad of a Family Pass on the Monorail! I’d never have lasted if we’d tried to walk across the harbour foreshore four or five times! ๐Ÿ™‚

Going back again next week!!

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January 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

Posted in Home and Hearth

End of the line?

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I think I’m finally reaching the ‘end of the line’ as far as actively developing websites. I’ve around 20 sites and domains on the go and sadly none of them particularly fills me with any desire to keep them active. Over the past few weeks I’ve been seriously considering doing something drastic about it, like closing down 90% of them or more. Basically… I’m bored.

Yes in theory I could continue developing’static’ sites ad infinitum because the space I have allows me to make an almost infinite number of sub-domains, but even though, once made, they can continue indefinitely with no further interference from me, I’m still ‘responsible’ for them so in practice I *do* end up looking after them – even if it’s just a 30 minute visit now and then to check the links are all functioning properly. Examples of this sort of site are Talk Tidy, and Hymns and Arias, neither of which require *any* input from me whatever.

Sites I really *should* support with an active presence, apart from this one, include the forums such as Australian Opinion, and Strictly Magic (which is still in its infancy) and I just don’t have any interest any more. Strictly Magic will have to have enough work to get it functioning of course, but I really don’t have any desire now to spend as much time online as I have in the past. There are things I’d rather do… for example write my life story (such as it is) on the netbook, go walking with the camera and record what I see… maybe read books, who knows, just more than sit in front of a computer the entire day.

Of course not all the domains are developed in any way at all. Some have never had *any* sort of website on them! I bought them on the basis that I’d develop *something*… then got bored before the site ever eventuated. Those domains can just be allowed to expire.

I can’t allow all the domains to close of course because some are ‘family’ sites, such as blogs, forum and gallery, which rely on my hosting space for maintaining their web presence, but the rest can pretty much either die off or be passed on to someone else to look after.

Still working out the fine detail, but I’ll be cutting out at least a dozen or more of the active domains and reducing my personal web presence to a minimum. Still, if anyone knows someone who’d like to take over the ODPS or Australian Opinion, let me know and we can discuss the best way to set about it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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January 6, 2009 at 8:31 am

Tomorrow's Schedule

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Tomorrow is set to be ‘interesting’. The youngest is going to an ice-skating lesson at 5:45 a.m. so I’m going to drag both kids over and then ‘make a day of it’ afterwards.

There is an ‘event’ called Wet World which is aimed at 3 – 9 year old kids… but mine want to go see it and will pile in just the same I expect (if they can). And also there’s a Dugong exhibition at Sydney Aquarium which I’d like to see.

If we can combine this with a lunch-time meeting with the wife, the day will be pretty good for me as well. If we collect her to bring her haome as well, I’ll be happy enough.

So – that’s the plan. The reality will, no doubt, be hit by the jinx and chaos that surrounds us but I’ll report back… assuming we survive! ๐Ÿ™‚

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January 6, 2009 at 8:08 am

Another hot one coming!

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Temeratures hereabouts are set to become the highest for a couple of years according to the pundits. They aren’t being ‘exact’ though but suggest we can expect readings in excess of 40ยบC this afternoon.

Since yesterday afternoon (at 6:30 p.m.)ย the car thermometer showed 39ยบC I think they might be a little off with their ‘records’.

Temperature Jan 6th 2009 7:45 a.m.

Temperature Jan 6th 2009 7:45 a.m.

As you can see from the photo the temperature yesterday (bottom of the dark line) was over 41ยบC and even now at 7:45 a.m. the temperature is already above 30ยบC!

I appreciate for those of you struggling in the northern hemisphere with temperatures of -15ยบC this doesn’t sound like much of a hardship, but I learned very quickly after arriving in Oz that it is *far* easier to warm up than to cool down!

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January 6, 2009 at 7:53 am

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Just dropping by to express my sympathy to John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston on the loss of their son Jett who died recently.

I’d also like to express my condolences to the families of those children, numbering now almost 100, who have died as a result of the Israeli bombardment and subsequent invasion of the Gaza Strip.

The loss of any child is appalling but perhaps more so for someone in Travolta’s position. The people in Gaza had little enough to begin with and the attack has left them with less. Jett Travolta had everything, loving family, money and the best care possible… yet his death will mean as much to his family as the death of each of those children in Gaza will to theirs.

Rest in peace.

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January 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm