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Same-sex postal survey is a go

07 September 2017 - 02:41 PM

The High Court has just handed down their decision to let the survey proceed.


The decision was unanimous.

Now that it's a go, I thought it would be interesting to get people's thoughts on what the Yes/No breakdown will be. No prizes for guessing right :)

EDIT : Oh, my guess is the result will be 58% Yes.

Barcelona attacks

18 August 2017 - 11:10 AM

There have been 2 terrorist attacks in Spain in the past 24 hours.

The first in Barcelona where a van driven along a tourist road, Las Ramblas, killed 16 and injured 100.


Just come to light was a similar attack a few hours south of Barcelona. In this case the van overturned as the terrorists tried to drive it onto a pedestrian mall. There were some injuries and it appears the terrorists in this case have been shot.


Obviously the facts may change as things become clearer.

My thoughts are with those killed or injured and their families.

My inlaws live 45 mins south of Barcelona and we have been over to visit a few times including last year. We staying in the Gothic Quarter and walked along Las Ramblas often to get around to various sights. It's a wide bustling road with restaurants and bars down the middle. It's usually full of tourists so it's easy to see how the injury toll was so high.

EDIT : The latest summary from the ABC -

  • 13 people are dead and about 100 more injured after a van mounted the kerb at Barcelona's Las Ramblas tourist strip
  • One NSW woman in serious but stable condition in hospital, two Australian men also affected, Foreign Minister says
  • Two men arrested in relation to incident, which is being treated as a terrorist attack, but police say neither was the driver of the vehicle
  • The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack
  • Death toll expected to rise, official says
  • Five killed in firefight in coastal town of Cambrils, two hours' drive from Barcelona
  • Police say those killed in Cambrils were perpetrators of terrorist attack in that town linked to Barcelona van attack
  • Police say van attack appears to be linked to explosion at house in Alcanar in early hours of Thursday, killing one and injuring another

And the winner is,

16 August 2017 - 03:42 PM


For the 7th time running Melbourne has won the Economist Intelligence Unit Livability Index which takes into consideration stability, culture the environment among other factors.


Other Aussie cities of note were Adelaide(5th), Perth(7th) and Sydney(11th).


30 July 2017 - 12:18 AM

Given the amount of overseas travel and online stuff I do I'm surprised this hasn't happened earlier.

Just over four thousand dollars of fraudulent credit card transactions over the past few days. Got an email from the bank that alerted me of the problem(no, not a scam e-mail because it told me to contact the bank using the number on the back of the card).

And it wasn't the two big dollar transactions that they picked up on, it was the attempted zero dollar transaction. Fortunately it just looks like it will be the inconvenience of moving my Netflix and webhosting regular payments...

Hats off to Hans

29 July 2017 - 02:17 PM

After seeing and enjoying the new Dunkirk movie, I stumbled across an article on how the soundtrack builds and maintains tension throughout. This is achieved through the use of Shepard tones.


Anyway, the soundtrack was an integral part of the movie.

Another movie I enjoyed where the soundtrack made the atmosphere for the movie was Interstellar, and before that Inception.

All these of course are Hanz Zimmer creations. This dude is a dead set living legend. His list of movie soundtracks include :

The Dark Night
The Boss Baby
The Amazing Spiderman 2
The Prestige
Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice
The Dark Knight Rises
Hidden Fugures
Batman Begins
The Lone Ranger
Terminator Genisys
Man of Steel
Lion King
Iron Man
The Last Face
Despicable Me
Transformers : Age of Extinction
Pirates of the Caribbean - all of them
Pearl Harbor
Sherlock Holmes

And a truck load more.


He has also composed for TV series such as the current 'Genius' series.

While I don't love all his stuff of course, if it's a memorable soundtrack for me it's more than likely a Hans job.