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Sounds of 2020
What a crazy year. As I write this Sydney is heading into a strict lockdown after a major COVID-19 outbreak centered around Avalon on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (just down the road). After things were just starting to stabilise into our new normal, we’re headed to another period of lockdown over summer. But I’m not here to talk about the weather.
This past year I’ve found myself listening to more music than usual. Home alone, sitting at my desk, missing the hum of an office, I have instead played a couple of albums on repeat over and over again at a low volume. For deep work, I have stuck with just two albums that I now know back to front and inside out. So here we go…
Cars & Coffee, April 2018
Went along to a meet organised by the BMW Drivers Club NSW and NSSCC the other Sunday morning.
Weekly Update 2018.01
Back in Sydney and its heat, humidity, and epic afternoon southerly changes.
We’re still awaiting the arrival of our things from India, still living with whatever we brought with us, had left behind in storage in Melbourne, or have bought since arriving home in Sydney. Hopefully next week our air shipment will arrive, everything else is on the slow boat which should only be arriving in early February.
Japanese Vending Machines at Night ▶︎
“One snowy night. Ohashi was walking outside when he found himself transfixed by the form of snow that had piled up on top of a vending machine.”
I really want to go back to Japan.
Four days taking in the sights of India’s most populous city.
We spent the recent Diwali long-weekend soaking up the sea air and sunshine in Goa.
Why Your Next iPhone Won't be Ceramic ▶︎
Turns out manufacturing relatively a large phone chassis at scale would be far too intensive to make this a viable proposition for the foreseeable future.
Background Looping Video for Increased Productivity?
The other weekend I picked up a LED TV to use as a monitor in the office at home. My plan is to use it to loop videos (muted) in the background while working, something that I find makes me concentrate more than just sitting all alone in a quiet office.
For a while I’ve used my iPad Pro in a similar way, though recently became inspired to install something more permanent by a certain Casey Neistat and his The Godfather on a loop studio setup.
What will the iPhone 8 be made of? ▶︎
Alchemist and metaphysician Brian Roemmele posts a detailed account of how and why Apple may be in the midst of a pivot from aluminium to zirconian ceramic for its hardware devices.
Really looking forward to iPhone 7, however these anecdotes about the fundamental design of iPhone 6 being compromised by a lack of sapphire screen and triggering a heightened focus on ceramics makes me genuinely excited to see what Apple has coming for iPhone 8.
A six day trip to the south-western state of Kerala for my 40th birthday last month.
We stayed in Fort Cochin/Kochi and spent our days exploring the historical Portuguese and Dutch buildings, Chinese fishing nets, churches, and spice markets on foot and auto.
Trip to Delhi & Agra
Spent a few days in June exploring Delhi before taking the train down to Agra for a few more days.
Had lots of fun focusing more on shooting video than photos on this trip. Am really starting to enjoy the process of creating these short videos so I think I’ll stick with it for a little while.
Losers and Closers ▶︎
I had my annual performance review at work yesterday and the whole time I kept thinking about this video.
While I love a good productivity hack and think of myself as a generally productive person, I know I can do better. Being better would mean always following through, to Always Be Closing, to communicate more openly and more honestly at work when things are not working out. Especially when I’m waiting for something or someone to allow me to close.
2016 is to be the year to deliver, close, and do better 🔥.
This is up there as one of my all time favourite Casey Neistat videos.
Giant squid surfaces in Japanese harbour ▶︎
For an animal not caught on film until 2012, we sure are starting to see more and more of these beautiful beasties.
Coffee & Classics November 2015
I went along to this month’s edition of Fuel Magazine’s Coffee & Classics this morning. Rather more sedate than the last time I went, probably because there were a few showers about.
Apple Pay Launches in Australia. Kind-of. ▶︎
American Express cardholders can now use Apple Pay wherever contactless payments are accepted. Still no movement from any of the big four though. Spoilsports.
Interview of indie magazine publisher, Kai Brach – Offscreen Magazine ▶︎
Love this magazine to bits. So great to see and hear how it all comes together.
Offscreen is a print only magazine about the “people behind bits and pixels” (more)
Great to see Motorclassica continue to thrive. Tonnes of manufacturer support this year, with stands from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Jaguar, Alfa-Romeo, Maserati, Citroen, Ferrari… Without a stable motorshow in Australia, Motorclassica seems to hit a sweet spot for showcasing these historic marques to their most enthusiastic followers and customers.
Special mention to BMW for having two concepts on display: their 3.0 CSL Hommage concept and M4 GTS concept; Mercedes-Maybach for showcasing their new S600; and Porsche for bringing a 991 GT3 RS to the show.
Coffee & Classics September 2015
A few of my shots from the first Fuel Magazine Coffee & Classics meet in Port Melbourne for the season. Do really need to get the ‘tii back on the road and take it to one of these.
Byron Bay (NSW)
The end of an era. I’m moving from the
1U675 chocolate monochrome All Stars I’ve been wearing since 2006 to the more easily sourced black monochrome.