2021-11-30: I wonder how long it will be before we see major movie studios producing some films in 9:16 …

2021-10-15: Finished reading: [Syria’s Secret Library](https://micro.blog/books/9781474605908) by Mike Thomson 📚 I’ve never cried reading a book before. Sure, I’ve found many sad, gripping, infuriating books that …

2021-10-04: Finished reading: [Shackleton](https://micro.blog/books/9780241356715) by Ranulph Fiennes 📚 Yet another biography of Sir Ernest, this time written by a bloke who’s walked in his …

2021-10-04: So many of my everyday workflow apps I have now set to not automatically check for updates. Too many …

2021-09-24: I’m on the hunt for a simple-to-use, cross-platform application (I need both Mac and …

2021-09-20: Converting my DVDs to Apple TV-ready M4V format over my NAS drive 🎥📀🎞🍿 Have embarked on the mammoth undertaking of converting my 750+ DVD collection to M4V to stream over …

2021-08-19: Enjoying a nice sunny fish off my bike at Lake Wendouree. Hunting trout with a mudeye under a float. …

2021-08-11: Finished reading: [Signs of Life](https://micro.blog/books/9781788161213): A doctor drops everything to ride around the world for six years 🚲📚🗺 I was down at my local library filling some hours in research of my sometime-in-the-future Europe …

2021-08-06: Top 3 Tokyo Moments for Me 🥇🥈🥉 My personal top moments of the Olympics this year: 🥇Anna Kiesenhofer’s amazing upset win in …

2021-08-04: Thinking of “novelty” sports we might see at Brisbane 2032. 🏏🏉🎯 Being Queensland, the more bogan the …

2021-07-26: On the road again, pure joy! 🚲 Finally got back on my bike today for the first time in 2021, after seven months recovering from …

2021-07-20: Watching the Australian authorities’ response to the pandemic has been like watching the Jurassic …

2021-07-19: Aujourd’hui j’apprends le français depuis six mois. (Today I have been learning French …

2021-07-17: Trying to decide whether to get back on my bike again after back surgery, or wait another month or …

2021-07-12: Too many Americans have seen too many movies. 🔫🇺🇸 Scary stuff: ‘Fear on top of fear’: Why anti- gun Americans joined the wave of new gun owners …

2021-07-09: What a nothing kind of week I’ve had. I could have slept through the entire 168 hours and not …

2021-07-02: I love Rick and Morty, and I’m also a big Highlander fan, so Season 5 Ep 2 …

2021-06-27: Finished reading: [_Nala's World_](https://micro.blog/books/9781529327991) by [Dean Nicholson](http://1bike1world.com). 📚 A nice travel story with a heartwarming twist, as Dean picks up a stray kitten abandoned in the …

2021-06-25: Finally got my copy of Dean Nicholson’s Nala’s World, setting down to a nice quiet coffee, croissant …

2021-06-23: Vale Lorraine (my Nan). 16.7.1939 – 17.6.2021. Best woman I’ve ever known. Strong, loving, stubborn, …

2021-06-05: Has anybody seen media coverage of a COVID-19 strain referred to as “Delta” or “Kappa” etc WITHOUT …

2021-06-05: Love this: Mate, when the Chinese [government] comes here and fuck youse over, you’ll be looking …

2021-06-03: Even though I was absolutely certain all along that I didn’t have COVID-19, the feeling of relief …

2021-06-02: I’ve been using NASA’s awesome SpotTheStation service for a year today. Yet I’m still to “spot the …

2021-05-31: Fun With Telemarketers, Day 461: TM: We see you have the domain blahblah.com, and we offer website …

2021-05-27: Is it just me, or is Zwift _completely_ unusable with a dumb trainer? 🚴🏼‍♂️ I understand the need to dial down dumb trainers in races, etc but maybe a “joy ride” setting to let …

2021-05-27: People in my town walking out of shopping centres with armfuls of toilet paper; barely any wearing …

2021-05-20: Off to the big smoke Travelling into Melbourne on the train today for the first time in many months, to visit my sick …

2021-05-18: Sometimes when learning French I come across a sentence that says something much better than in …

2021-05-18: Watching [Star Trek: Lower Decks](https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_Lower_Decks). 📺🖖🏻 It’s pretty funny in parts, much of the humour is geared towards Trek fans, but even so I imagine …

2021-05-16: Watched Coffy today with Pam Grier. 📽🍿 Thoroughly enjoyable revenge blaxploitation flick that …

2021-05-13: A good documentary that highlights just how _bankrupt_ the culture of the GWS Giants is. 📺🏉🦠🎥 Watched Amazon Prime’s Making Their Mark docu-series, finished the last episode last night. …

2021-05-11: Scott West, sit down before you hurt yourself 🏉🔴⚪️🔵 Reading about Dogs legend Scott West’s spray against Bevo. To Scott West I say this: I loved …

2021-05-11: Just watched Bruce Lee’s Fist of Fury for the first time since I was a kid (watched it with my …

2021-05-10: Ça fait cent jours d’apprendre le français. Je me suis amusé.

2021-05-09: We went on a beautiful bush walk today along a new local track called the Grass Tree Track near …

2021-05-07: Ballarat Botanic Gardens in autumn

2021-05-07: Religious nutjob ruins a perfectly nice afternoon's outing Just had the most lovely and relaxing walk around the Botanic Gardens in Ballarat, flowers and trees …

2021-05-07: I’ve started to keep a basic diary in French. 🇫🇷 The idea is to practice daily, writing how my day was, and also to practice writing the days and …

2021-05-04: Really starting to feel the coooold here in Ballarat! 🥶🌧

2021-05-04: Watching the original Star Wars trilogy, just because. 📽🍿

2021-05-01: Another day, another whale doco 🐋📽📺 This one about humpback whales and their songs. They all get together off the coast of Western …

2021-05-01: I honestly saw that result coming a few weeks back. I hope the Bulldogs now go back to basics a bit …

2021-04-30: Just watched Kingdom of the Blue Whale and saw footage of a baby blue whale! 🐋📺📽 These beautiful creatures, the largest animal ever to have lived in the history of the world, can …

2021-04-29: Having some juvenile fun with my Strava walk today

2021-04-28: Française classes 🇫🇷 Just finished my first in-person Française class, with Alliance Française de Ballarat. Learning …

2021-04-28: Driving lesson #1(b) 🚙 Took my boy out for his first real driving lesson on a quiet road in a park near our house. We …

2021-04-28: Check out the awesome patina on a belt I made for a mate, who has worn it every day in the years …

2021-04-28: Watching a model yacht sail the pond at Victoria Park in Ballarat, during one of my ‘Recovery …

2021-04-28: Sharks of Lost Island documentary 📺📽🐟🌊🏝🇵🇳 Just watched Sharks of Lost Island on Disney+. It was a little ‘American’ in parts — what I mean by …

2021-04-27: Gave my son his first “driving lesson” today. Half an hour in front of the sewing machine, learning …

2021-04-26: Gene singing Alone in S9E8 of Bob’s Burgers 🍔 📺 🎵 I’ve been watching Bob’s Burgers pretty religiously the past few months (I’m in Australia so have …

2021-04-23: Listening to and thinking about Kris Kristofferson, and other country legends I hope to see live one day, before it’s too late 🎸🎵💬🎨 Casey leaves the under-ground and stops inside the Golden Crown For something wet to wipe away the …

2021-04-22: Just watched the first episode of Secrets of the Whales narrated by Sigourney Weaver 😍. Awesome …

2021-04-22: I made my son a kangaroo-leather sword sheath for his foam/latex LARP swords. Kangaroo outer, …

2021-04-22: Ever had to buy mobility equipment? Industry is wide open for someone with enough capital to clean up! ♿️ There’re so many over-priced disability/mobility products. It’s an industry just begging for a …

2021-04-21: Am I just being too “male” when I find some sort of dumb pride in my surgeon telling me I’m …

2021-04-21: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 📽 So I’m a huge fan of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Il bruno, il brutto, il cattivo in Italian). I …

2021-04-20: My son is now old enough to start learning to drive. Watch out out there folks!

2021-04-18: Just learned of the Brazilian goblin spider Predatoroonops schwarzeneggeri, named after Predator and …

2021-04-16: A review of Batavia by Peter FitzSimons: Makes Lord Of The Flies seem tame 📚📖 With a prolonged period of bed-rest and boredom forced upon me, I’ve been reading a lot more. This …

2021-04-15: Where did it go?

2021-04-15: Awake all night, sleep all day, grumpy a lot, can’t entirely fend for myself and getting …

2021-04-14: Parenting failure: when is it OK to admit I tried but no joy? Struggling to teach my kids some financial sense. Have tried many methods, philosophies, schemes and …

2021-04-14: Four weeks post-op! Still feeling very sore today, maybe due to the cold weather, however I remain very happy to reach …

2021-04-14: Welcome to my micro.blog!