Melbourne Trip

Just got back from my road trip to Melbourne. One of my good friends was moving back there, and me being a crazy person decided that I didn’t want her to have to drive back the whole way by herself, so I offered to go with her. Driving 20 hours non-stop, it was a pretty slawful journey, but we somehow managed to make it. Interesting things that happened along the way were:

  • It rained all through the night, making driving an extreme pain in the ass
  • The highbeams stopped working properly, at one point taking out all the nights together – in the middle of night, while it was pissing with rain.
  • Watching the awesome highways twisting and turning to provide the least straight route possible (the addition of a bunch of 90 degree turns in the road was also awesome)
  • Accidentally driving 70km out of the way, and having to backtrack
  • Being in a car so stuffed with stuff that the seats couldn’t be put back and made comfortable

Aside from that, it was actually a decent trip. However, the 2 hour flight back seemed, for some reason, to be a lot more bearable. Probably more so for Sandie, who didn’t have to listen to me bitch the whole time about it, hah.

I now have new respect for truck drivers and their ilk – we passed literally hundreds of trucks delivering goods up and down the east coast, presumably providing the things that we buy in shops every day. Driving those sort of distances on a regular basis would not be my idea of a stress-free job.

Neal Stephenson’s ‘In the Beginning…’

Here’s a great short piece of work by Neal Stephenson, author of some of my favourite books. The piece is called In the Beginning was the Command Line, and is a great read in Stephenson’s awesome writing style about today’s operating systems and their evolution.

If you’ve never read a Stephenson book – go and do it, now. Snow Crash will rock you world, and his latest one, Cryptonomicon, is one of the best things I’ve ever read – awesome story, excellent settings – even the cover rocks.

Pratchett’s 25th Discworld novel now out

The 25th book in Terry Pratchett’s awesome Discworld series – “The Truth” – is now available in hardcover.

William de Worde is the accidental editor of the Discworld’s first newspaper. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist’s life – people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal tendency for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in a different way and, worst of all, the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humourously shaped potatoes.

Awesome book series. For those that haven’t read the, its a comedy/fantasy series set on a place called the Discworld – a giant Disc (surprisingly) carried through space on the backs of four enormous elephants, in turn surfing on the back of a giant Space Turtle.

Ok, so it sounds pretty wack, but they’re all a damn good read. RRP is $40, but if you look around you can (like I did) pick it up for $30 – hardcover only at the moment.

How to trap ants

I figured out an awesome way to trap ants. I guess its only really useful if you want to collect them dead though.

1) Have a party

2) Leave a glass with about 4-5 cm of some unidentifiable sugary-alcohol-type mixture in the bottom of it somewhere where you won’t see it

3) Wait 2 weeks

4) Follow the line of ants to the glass

5) You will see a layer of about 3-5 cm of dead ants, with more ants plunging into it lemming-style.

From there, you can do what you will with your new pile of dead ants. By the way, dead ants don’t flush all that well.