Thursday, April 11, 2013
How dull must it have been to have to wait until you saw someone, or until you were in reach of a "landline" phone before you could share the details of your lunch? And, imagine this, you couldn't send them an image of your lunch or a funny sign you had seen because, not only were phones stationary, but they also didn't have cameras!!
Then 40 years ago this month, a researcher from Motorola made the first "mobile phone" call from a street corner in New York. The heavy, ugly monstrosity used by the Motorola employee would be unrecognisable using today's definition of mobility, but it sure does mark the start of something big.
It wasn't until the 80's that i can remember seeing mobile phones in the wild. These were monsters too, mostly battery, with huge LCD or LED number screens. As batteries became smaller and processing power per square centimetre began increasing at an exponential rate, mobile phones became practical and affordable.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
l saw a woman get hit by a car on an intersection hear my house last week. A car ran a red light and the woman was thrown from her bike. She was hurt, but survived. I approach this intersection with extreme caution now, and I certainly never cross against the lights, especially when I have my infant son with me.
Earlier this week I saw a man on a bike with a child in a seat on the back cross against a red light at the same intersection, and in the same 5 minutes a woman on a bike tried to cross when an ambulance was speeding through the intersection with lights and sirens blaring. The ambulance driver had to brake to avoid her and use the horn to get her to move.
l just don't know what is wrong with people.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Smith Reserve is between my house and my son's daycare centre, so we often stop to play in the fenced off playground. Unfortunately, despite the "No Dogs" signs, more than half of the times we want to stop to play, there is someone with at least one dog off it's lead inside the fenced off play area.
Kids put their hands in their mouths and near their faces all of the time, and they pick up everything.
Kids who crawl might as well be licking the soles of shoes when they put their hands in their mouths, so I am concerned, not just about what I can see on the ground, but what has been on the ground.
Friday, January 04, 2013
Whilst the technology used in the Myki system is clearly cutting edge (as it should be for the cost of $1.5 billion), it reminds me of the 80s and early 90s, when I relied heavily on public transport. Back then, if you didn't plan ahead for your trip you could find yourself inadvertantly travelling without a ticket, or missing the train or tram whilst trying to buy a ticket.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Kids will be kids and drinking to excess is a bogan rite of passage, whether the bogan is a hipster, a hippy or whatever other clothing style they have adopted.
I just wish people would clean up after themselves.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Tv is such a boundless media that it is often disappointing to see just how especially dull the non-ratings season is going to be, especially after a dull ratings season. Sure, I should be at the park, visiting relatives, playing with my son and talking to my special lady friend, but sometimes all I want is some intelligent entertainment to distract me.