i don't watch much tv. never have, likely never will. ("not much"
is no more than half an hour a month.)
i definitely watch no live tv at all as that amounts to cruel
and unusual punishment; instead i use my fairly old twin-tuner
topfield disk recorder which does time-shift pretty well.
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[ published on Sat 10.03.2018 12:16 | filed in interests/au
i had to laugh when i saw the caption for the top photo
on this current news story about politicians having sex: harold holt, curiously misplaced prime minister, and his fishy "mistress
[ published on Fri 16.02.2018 15:23 | filed in interests/au
...finding that photo. i still find it pretty funny.
[ published on Fri 22.07.2016 19:47 | filed in interests/au
I don't know why I'm so reluctant to document or write about trips; do
and see and sponge up experiences and enjoy: yes,
absolutely. photograph stuff and write up: not really. So it's no
surprise that I've been back a full week already before writing this,
and haven't got too many photos to show.
Anyway, to the story: this year I booked three weeks of vacation in
one go, with the aim to hit the roads and dirt tracks westwards and
see what I can see and wander around until I run out of time or
energy. One tentative aim or pivot point, so to speak was to be
Cameron Corner, where
the borders of Queensland, NSW and South Australia meet in one spot.
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[ published on Fri 07.08.2015 20:57 | filed in interests/au
...is pure hardship, just plain horrible.
[ published on Mon 08.06.2015 17:27 | filed in interests/au
The British Isles have a reputation for being a culinary
wasteland (pickled eggs, offal pie, absolutely dead mashed vegetables
combined with meat red enough to hop of your plate, etc. pp.),
but I guess this here might be an example of colonial one-upmanship:
This Australian wooster sauce boastfully claims that it's made
from 50% recycled plastic. I'm not quite sure whether I want
to know about its other "premium quality ingredients".
[ published on Mon 16.02.2015 16:59 | filed in interests/au
I find it very interesting how Stiegl is
increasingly present in the Australian beer market; a few years ago
you'd find it only in very very very special beer pubs, but that's
changing. In December I had a few here on the Gold Coast, at the Bier
Cafe in Broadbeach. (On tap, not bottled.)
And now even
Aldi has it
- except that for silly hysterical raisins most of Oz still requires
totally separate bottle shops, and in QLD Aldi's booze branch is
mail-order-only for that reason.
With the also ridiculously high alco taxes factored in,
the lovely Stiegl costs about 50% more than the decent local brews; $7.6/litre
vs $5/litre. No surprise that lots of Australians do home-brew; even I do
it every now and then.
While I intensely dislike the City of Salzburg (it's the anus mundi as
far as I'm concerned), I wholeheartedly endorse the products and/or sevices
of the Brauerei Stiegl :-)
[ published on Sun 08.02.2015 12:45 | filed in interests/au
...but the local weather sucked nevertheless: still 86% humidity at 2100.
Today is also the day on which I gave in (to a recommendation by a friend)
and spent $249 on a Rowenta DH4120 dehumidifier (on special/clearance
at Hardly Normal, RRP $590 or so). It's now been running since 1730 and
I just emptied out 4l of water, and the relative humidity inside is now 68%,
not qute perfect yet but not as dripping wet as earlier.
We'll see how the thing does over the next few days, especially whether it's
big enough to handle the 200m^3 of my place.
[ published on Wed 14.01.2015 20:54 | filed in interests/au
"Gold Coast Show Day" - das ist ungefähr so
weltbewegend als wie ein Kirtag in der Provinz irgendwo hinter St. Blöden.
Mehr weltbewegend find ich das Feiertags-Faktum an sich; etwa so unglaublich
als wie wenn in Wien alle frei hätten und alles zu wäre, weil's in Sopron
den "Tag des Kukuruz" zelebrieren.
[ published on Thu 28.08.2014 21:09 | filed in interests/au
bundjalung n.p. was pretty nice, if busy and very windy. we had a good
[ published on Mon 09.06.2014 17:58 | filed in interests/au
...für sonst nix gut aber immerhin brauchbar als Anlaß für Feiertage.
Bissl ein Kontrast: In Ö feiert man
jeden noch so mickrigen Heiligen - hier in AU hauptsächlich die Scheinheiligen.
[ published on Fri 06.06.2014 10:52 | filed in interests/au
Start with this:
Minus all this:
It's somewhat obvious that I have spent a bit of money
at subaXtreme, isn't it.
Weird coincidence: just a few days before the coffi^Wpallet arrived a
total bimbo bumped into my car: I was waiting behind her in a right-turn
lane, she committed to turning, successfully crossed the two lanes of
oncoming traffic - and then suddenly decided, for no good reason
whatsoever, to reverse back across those lanes...all the way into my
bumper - thunk.
I guess the new bar will be pretty good not just for the silly roos
but also for brainless suburban bimbos.
[ published on Wed 28.05.2014 22:56 | filed in interests/au
It's pretty obvious that 15.875mm is more than 11.1125mm. It's
certainly not immediately obvious that 5/8" is more than 7/16".
(and by immediate I mean "at a glance, without mental effort".)
[ published on Wed 28.05.2014 18:41 | filed in interests/au
my father wanted to know what kind of car i drive; apparently the
soobies aren't exactly common in austria? - at least that was his excuse
for not associating my answer ("2006 forester") with anything.
well, here you are:
[ published on Tue 18.03.2014 18:45 | filed in interests/au
the elevator billboards in the office building lobby have not shown
the correct weather screen a single time during our four months there.
mind you, the stock tickers are current down to the
milli-cent, but the weather? "feels like undefined".
i on the other hand feel reasonably good about work, what i do and who
i do it with. sure, the last five months have been pretty busy and
occasionally quite stressful but that comes with working in a small
it's nice to be able to make a difference; the downside is of course
that you do make a difference, whether you want it (e.g. having a stroke
of genius) or not (e.g. having a bad day slogging through hard-to-grok
undocumented complex tangles).
but i'm not complaining, except that i'm often too tired come
saturday morning to even consider going flying - and that, combined
with the vagarities of the wind & weather isn't ideal...
[ published on Sat 15.03.2014 21:25 | filed in interests/au
sure, it's just an article in the local rag (quality: above Krone but way below derStandard) and they got a few minor bits wrong, but nevertheless not bad for opmantek.
[ published on Thu 06.02.2014 07:39 | filed in interests/au
With the new job I tend to do my bicycle runs much later, usually after
dusk or at night. That time of day has its own special challenges: occasionally
I get mobbed by bats and flying foxes, one of the trails is full of
frogs or toads if I'm really late, and oh, there are lots of homo sapiens
automobilis who are blind as bats.
Since the number of the damn saps who pass me much too close is
a lot higher at night I decided to replace my dinky red flasher with
a Really Annoying Red Light.
So I spent the grand sum of $22 on a set of "Tioga Dual Eyes", and the
better light seems to help - it's really bright and obnoxious, might not
be good for epileptics but that's SEP. Very much recommended.
[ published on Sun 08.12.2013 18:35 | filed in interests/au
On today's 26km cycling loop I had 4 swooping attacks - a new record
[ published on Tue 24.09.2013 17:47 | filed in interests/au
Ten days ago I returned from a 5874km road trip that took us through the
archetypical parts of the QLD outback and up to (but not into) the
Simpson desert: starting at the Gold Coast we went west to Quilpie and Birdsville, then north
to Boulia and Winton, looped back south to Charleville and on to Bourke, followed by
a trip to Sydney and finally a solo drive back home along the coast.
Sorting through the pictures and notes was tedious, and I'm happy that the write-up
of this travel report of sorts is complete (and I'd love to travel out west again any day).
click here for the rest of the story...
[ published on Mon 02.09.2013 21:18 | filed in interests/au
is upon us. Unfortunately that's also magpie swooping season - as I was
reminded of today: two substantial attacks by two separate birds in two
different areas (one I knew of from last year on Markeri Street, one new bird
in the bushes off Bermuda Street). The first of those almost sent me in
the ditch: no warning, just a thunk against the side of my helmet.
Damn birds. Neither of the two spots is easy to avoid
on my 26km "standard" route, so it looks like I'll have to rethink the route
for the next 2-3 months.
Alternatives: none, because the normal folk remedies do not work, riding without helmet is illegal here and I'm
certainly not going to cycle with an afro wig over my helmet
[ published on Thu 29.08.2013 17:04 | filed in interests/au
Ingredients: one drive south to a place called Minnie Water in the Yuraygir
National Park, good company, pretty good weather (it did rain but it wasn't
very cold), and gorgeous scenery. Mix well and enjoy.
[ published on Wed 31.07.2013 12:37 | filed in interests/au
In the beginning Oz was cursed with British bread: white, without form
and void; and darkness was on az's face. And moldy spirits were hovering
over the bakery shelves.
Then az said 'Let there be Rye!'; and there was rye bread. And az saw
the rye bread, that it was good; and az divided the Real Bread from
the White Crap.
Life would be so much less nice without my bread maker and decent
[ published on Tue 18.06.2013 21:55 | filed in interests/au
as of this moment, and after an unwelcome parting gif^W^Wbit of extortionist
bank fees i'm now the undisputed, debt-free owner of my house: i finally paid
off my home loan and got the house and land title transferred.
it's a good feeling not to owe anybody anything *happy* :-)
Update (Tue 30.04.2013 20:47):
"ANZ's profit swells" it said in the news, and no surprise: this bank's greed knows
To close a paid-out home lown and get the title to your
property back you have to pay them:
- $160 as "Production Fee".
- another $160 as "Lodgment Fee".
- and $137.10 as "Government Registration Fee"
oh, and by the way, the registration fee doesn't mean that
the title is actually transferred do you; no sir, we do no such
thing: for that purpose we recommend you lodge your documents
ASAP and by yourself with the Land Registry Office, for
another measly $152.10. WTF - what did i pay you $137.10 for, then?
[ published on Tue 23.04.2013 16:39 | filed in interests/au
There's not too many of them (10 in Queensland versus 17 in Austria),
many of them are mobile (rescheduled if they should fall on a weekend),
and some of them are handled really oddly, for example Easter:
Good Friday: everything is closed, and I mean just about everything
including bottle shops.
Saturday: everything is open.
Easter Sunday: everything is closed again (didn't check the
bottle shops though).
Easter Monday: everything is open again.
[ published on Mon 01.04.2013 11:50 | filed in interests/au
That's very good to know. For the first time in 12+ years I saw a snake
near my house this morning: it was sunbathing/slithering through the branches
of a bush just outside my kitchen window. I saw it only because I thought 'hmm,
I'll have to cut that back soonish...wait a minute, what's that?'
After a brief bit of online investigation I found out that it's a common
tree snake, which is not poisonous according to Wildlife Queensland; its colouring was
actually quite beautiful (similar to this blue-green one). Mind you, I still don't plan
on going anywhere near the critter...
[ published on Tue 05.03.2013 11:16 | filed in interests/au
As of a few days ago I no longer work for said uni, and I never cared
about the sheep.
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[ published on Thu 27.12.2012 11:01 | filed in interests/au
Snow causes havoc across eastern OZ :-)
[ published on Sat 13.10.2012 12:50 | filed in interests/au
Yesterday I had yet another punctured car tyre, this time two for the price
of one: one nail (not through) and one fat screw (all the way through).
Luckily it was a slow puncture and I found it in time, repressurized
the tyre and put in a quick trip to the local repair shop ($15).
This must be at least the tenth puncture in eleven years in country, which is
gazillions more than I've had in Austria: looks like punctures are a
part of the Australian way of life, too :-)
Weird. We drive slower here and the roads aren't that bad so why
the all damn holes? I think it's because the buildings here
in Southeast QLD are mostly constructed of wood, and most tradesmen
drive utes without canopies over the cargo bin and are pretty messy
with their gear: all the punctures I've had so far were caused by spiral-shank
nails or by drywall, roofing or other wood screws.
[ published on Wed 22.08.2012 10:01 | filed in interests/au
I really like this lovely small gem of common sense, uncommon in this
century of propaganda and threat exaggeration:
"That is, if the conduct complained of would not amount to an offence
if it occurred off-line, then it is not an offence simply because
in a particular instance it was undertaken with the aid of
"For example, complaints have been received about comments posted on
Facebook which are abusive or harassing. If this behavior occurred in
a public place it would not be a reportable offence," said Acting
Inspector Luke Manhood.
[ published on Sat 14.07.2012 16:38 | filed in interests/au
There are people who pull off pretty amazing stunts, like getting
lost for three days/four nights in a fairly small national park just
inland from the Gold Coast.
Somehow I can see only one explanation: she must have been wearing her bikini
over her eyes :-)
[ published on Sun 18.03.2012 16:03 | filed in interests/au