Still alive

I'm still around in case anybody is wondering. Sorry for the lack of updates, but things have just been so crazy busy since I got back from the UK in September.

I can't believe it's less than a week till Christmas, and how quickly it's crept up. Didn't seem so long ago I was scoffing and how ridiculous the department stores started putting up Christmas decorations in October!

  • Some of the things I've been up to in the last couple of months:
    Got a new phone - Nokia N70
  • Been to the UK (all over) , Netherlands (Amsterdam) and Germany (Berlin)
  • Been to Dubai
  • Took lots of pics but haven't sorted through them yet.. have put up a few on Flickr but there's LOADS more
  • Got a 5-week contract job with HugeObject, which was interesting and a fun office to work at.
  • Attended my first Web Standards Group meetingParticipated in my first protest rally - Walk Against Warming
  • Paid off my credit card bill racked up from my holiday
  • Bought a Macbook - white, 2.0 Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM
  • Done my taxes (got a bill, not a refund this year) * Learnt how to use Subversion for version control
  • Trying to learn Ruby on Rails
  • Wanting to learn AJAX
  • Moved this site and a few others to Media Temple's (gs) Grid Server
  • Launched a few new web sites - Gemstone Brokers, DJRW, Friday Club Central
  • Been to several Christmas parties (already) So there you go. I'll be around Melbourne for the next few days, then going to the Grampians on Christmas Day for 3 days, then Warnambool overnight then back in Melbourne for New Years. Really looking forward to a break and chill out a bit. Merry Christmas everybody and to a great year ahead!

Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

I know it's already halfway through the Games, but I was trying to delay posting until I'd uploaded all my photos from the night...It's not often you get to be living in the host city of the Commonwealth Games or Olympics, and I was in a dilemma about spending $400 on a ticket to see the opening ceremony in the stadium or missing a chance of a lifetime. Well I ended up going down to the Yarra River with Simon and Joe and we watched it on the banks. They had these metal fish sculptures down the middle of the river, each representing a species native to all the member countries of the Commonwealth. Fish at night For the opening ceremony, the show extended outside of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (stadium) onto the river, with the fish illuminated with coloured lights and projections, spraying water from the top, and even fireworks being launched from the fish! While seated on the river banks, we also got a very good view of the buildings at the edge of the city. It surprised us when the there were fireworks coming off from the top of them even. A brilliant display that night. Where we we seated, there was also a big screen across the river showing the proceedings inside the stadium itself, so I think we probably got a better view than those inside, since we got to see both the inside and outside performances. I still have more photos to sort through and upload but here's the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony set on flickr.