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40 Years of No Change

February 17th, 2009 by admin

Spent last weekend in Melbourne. We flew in late on Friday night, and I booked a late dinner for us at Vlado’s. Vlado’s is internationally known as one of the best steaks in the world, so I jumped at the chance of sampling it.

This is the second course, the first is home made sausage, and this is pork, eye fillet, and a small hamburger.
The set menu is full of meat, and is actually quite good value. All 6 of us were completely satisfied.

It took some effort, but was well worth it. Definitely in the top 3 pieces of meat I’ve ever eaten.
The main meal is of course, a steak of your choosing. The waiter brings out a tray of meat, asks which cut you would like and how you want it cooked. Half of us went for the large eye fillet, the other half and chose a porterhouse cut. Either option was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I loved how it arrived; one plate, one steak.

Con and Maria’s Wedding

February 8th, 2009 by admin

Late last year Carol and I photographed Con and Maria in a pre-wedding session and last Saturday was their wedding. It was predicted to be one of the hottest days in memory, but luckily we stayed close to the coast and it wasn’t too bad. Here is a small selection of images which stood out for me.

Top Gear Live

February 5th, 2009 by admin

TGL
Scored some tickets to Top Gear Live tonight, thanks Mike.

Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai donated some cars to the show, they also displayed their new Genesis Coupe’ which unfortunately doesn’t look like it will be sold in Australia as so far it’s RHT only.

TGL Soccer

The show was quite entertaining, even for non car enthusiasts. It felt a little short, but that just meant that it moved along at a brisk pace. Overall it was enjoyable, and they translated it well from a TV show to a live stage, however more Stig action would have been better.

Opera Bar

February 5th, 2009 by admin

Opera House

Met up with a bunch of uni mates for a drink with Franky before he flies back to the UK, so what better place than the Opera Bar. Sure it wasn’t a clear day, but it still is a pretty spectacular place to have a drink or three. Took this quick snap with the N95 and I thought it looked better in B&W.

Big Mac

February 3rd, 2009 by admin

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m no Mac fan. In fact, I could almost be considered one of those Macbashing, Gates is Great Microsoft fans. The thing is, I’ve used a Mac at the office for about the last 4 years and have had nothing but problems with it. It’s not stable, it’s not fast and it’s not nice to use. Sure it was an old PowerPC G5 with not a lot of ram, but it really shouldn’t be that bad, or so the Mac fans keep telling me.

MacPro

So the other day it was out with the old and in with the new. I managed to inherit a Mac Pro. Finally something with a bit of pace. So far, it’s a lot better. It hasn’t frozen yet and USB still works.
What I like so far:
Firewire 800, with my firewire card reader and UDMA Lexar CF cards, copying images is ridiculously fast.
It’s stable, the old one used to freeze anything USB, crash in various applications, corrupt files, randomly display errors, and any number of other faults. So far so good.
Speed, it’s not instantly obvious as to how fast it is, it doesn’t feel all that much faster (our network is the bottleneck) but timing some benchmarks in Photoshop it’s actually quite fast.
Boot up, mere seconds. The old one and my old PC took minutes.

What I still don’t like:
The keyboard, Too hard, too small.
Mac OSX, it’s the mac way or bust. One thing I love about MS software is that there are often many ways of performing the same task. Mouse, 3-4 different keyboard shortcuts for the same function. This is lacking for me in the Mac. Sure some of it is the applications fault, but it still is a core OS thing that you can’t really navigate around the OS without a mouse.

Dawn Run Day

February 1st, 2009 by admin

This is something a group of friends used to do regularly a few years back. We used to pick a warm Sunday morning, get up at 6:30am, meet up in Sydney’s southern suburbs, drive through the Royal National Park’s Lady Wakehurst Drive, stop in Wollongong’s northern suburbs for breakfast and then hit the surf for a few waves. After a quick surf, we would take the freeway back and head home making it back in time for lunch. With Franky back in town, we brought the DRD back into 2009.

Quick stop to let the cars cool down at Stanwell Tops. I had a drive of Jeff‘s modded 135i and wow, what a car, it’s the complete package, amazing power, braking, handling and it’s so quiet and comfortable. My MX-5 had it’s roof off, and luckily there were sections of cloud, otherwise it would have been painful with the summer sun beating down.

Jeff’s 135i, my MX-5 and Brendan’s MX-5. The 135i has huge 6-pot brakes fitted as standard equipment.

FD RX-7

Gavin brought along his relatively new Series 8 RX-7. Yup it’s an original Spirit-R and had everyone drooling over it’s looks, and performance. I reckon my car needs a sticker; “When I grow up I want to be an RX-7″ on it.

Franky

We hit the surf at Thirroul beach, Franky had bit of a boogie on my old Mach 7-SS. It used to be thee board to get back in the day, it rarely sees any action these days, so it was good to get out and catch a few waves on it.

I took a few pics, then the surf called me so I locked the camera up and hit the waves myself.

BBQ J-Style

January 31st, 2009 by admin

KohYa

No it’s not another post from Japan, this is a favourite haunt of most of the ASM crew, and Charles took us there as thanks.

Japanese style BBQ is a great way to eat, you cook the food your way, so it’s super fresh and hot.

beef sashimi

Along with grilled meat, Koh-Ya also offers a good selection of sashimi style dishes, and their beef sashimi doesn’t last long when served.

Another popular raw dish is another kind of beef, called Yukke, it’s mixed with a raw egg yolk, we had 4 plates of this.

It’s not all meat however, mushrooms, corn, seafood and salads are all on the menu.

Being all you can eat, we filled the table with several plates of mixed meats, salads and the like, this was round 2.

fruit

Once we are filled to the brim with meats some fruit always goes down well.

And there’s always room for desert. The soft-serve cones are also unlimited, I stopped at one, Charles went for 3.
Thanks again!

Cool Little Boxes

January 28th, 2009 by admin

ASM’s designer Garth picked up some new speakers today. After living with the typical crappy PC sub/sat system for a while, he finally saw the light and bought a proper set of speakers. AudioEngine2′s are a very popular speaker at the moment, for good reason. They are tiny, perform well, and are well priced. The size is their biggest appeal, they do sound much bigger and better than they look.


Once unboxed every component is individually wrapped in soft drawstring bags, making the system quite portable.


There are both 3.5mm and RCA connections for you to use, and cables are provided.


Available in either white or black, Garth chose the white for one reason alone, they were available. The black model has a 3 month wait. Still, I like the contrasting look, the carbon fibre driver stand out, and the black models would need dusting on a daily basis.


For best performance they needed to be raised a little to have the tweeters at near ear level, however they still sounded great right on the desk. Overall I was quite impressed, I think you can get slightly better sound for similar money, but that would mean a much larger speaker system and most likely a dedicated amp. For a complete solution that takes up very little room on a desk, the AudioEngine2′s are great.

Humbled

January 28th, 2009 by admin

On my recent trip to Japan, the crew from bodykit manufacturer ChargeSpeed, took us out for dinner. I have photographed a fair few of their cars, around 8 from memory, and for some reason, they are fans of my work. At the conclusion of the dinner, Kay from ChargeSpeed presented me with a gift, a new camera. I was humbled and thankful that they took the time out to get me a present, for no real reason. Thanks! It’s an interesting camera, a 3D film camera. It uses 4 lenses to shoot on the size of 2 35mm frames, so each lens exposes a half frame. I think I may have some trouble finding someone to develop the prints.

Nishika 3D camera

I’m not 100% sure on how it works, but I think the final print is what is called lenticular, which you might remember those animated plastic images with fine ripples on them, as you moved it from side to side the image became animated.

Happy Australia Day

January 26th, 2009 by admin

Had a quick gig at Hyde Park and as usual, chess was a popular event there. Add an Aussie flag and it becomes a celebration.

chess

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