City of Sydney Council warning users to give way to ET overhead #photo

Give Way to ETAround Sydney there are more signs to remind pedestrians about cyclists. Amongst there I found a few telling pedestrians to be aware of Extra-Terrestrials over head.

I mean, what else would a bicycle displayed above the people mean?

(If this means nothing to you, you need to go watch more 80’s SciFi movies.)

Give Way to ETGive Way to ET

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LEGO – Everything is Awesome!!!, for 5 hours?

Having just watched the LEGO movie, and thoroughly enjoyed it, I thought it would be fun to create a Spotify playlist Emmet would enjoy.

We saw all those happy singing constructions workers 5 hours later still singing the same same song. So they really did sing that song for 5 hours? Well, it must be Awesome, what would it be like?

I have put together a Spotify list to try to capture some of that Awesomeness. Use the list below, or click to go to Spotify here.

PS. For those wondering how the time was worked out, here is the Awesome maths:

Song Time
Everything Is Awesome!!! (Feat. The Lonely Island) 2:43 *3
Everything Is Awesome!!! – Jo Li 1:27 *1
Everything Is Awesome!!! (Feat. The Lonely Island) 2:43 *3
Everything Is Awesome!!! -Unpluged 1:24 *1
Everything Is Awesome!!! (Feat. The Lonely Island) 2:43 *3
Everything Is Awesome!!! (Instrumental) 2:42 *1
Total: 30:00

Repeated 10 times for 5 hours, with one more Everything Is Awesome!!! (Feat. The Lonely Island) on the end for good measure. :)

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Lines to infinity on Central Station (no, not the queues) #photo

Lines of light and shadow on the platform extending to a point at infinity.
Central Station, Sydney

#Trackwork on the Northern Line, so getting the #train the wrong way round

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Changes on NSW public Transport tickets due to Opal cards

With the new Opal transport card is being phased in for use in pubic transport around Sydney and other bits of NSW, there are changes coming in the way things work.

Here are some things I found on the Transport NSW site, and have questions about.

Seniors/Pensioners

Pensioner Excursion Ticket (PET)According the Changes to Pensioner Excursion Tickets on State Transit buses (24 April 2014) article, buses are going to stop setting “Pensioner Excursion Tickets, Family Funday Sunday tickets and MyMulti Day Passes“. In the Eastern Suburbs, this is effective from 28 April, and from 1 June for other metropolitan buses.

The justification for this is interesting:

For State Transit buses across Sydney to be ready for Opal, they need to have new technology. Once this happens, some tickets – like Pensioner Excursion Tickets, Family Funday Sunday tickets and MyMulti Day Passes – can no longer be sold on board.

The article goes on to say that you can still buy them, at train stations and ticket sellers. So they are not going away immediately, and I’ll assume there will still be technology on the bus to use them.

So, why does installing new technology stop you selling the tickets? Currently when bought on a bus, the driver just drops the ticket into the existing green Travel Ten machines. So I don’t see the problem.

Further down it states:

Customers who qualify for $2.50 Pensioner Excursion Tickets will be eligible for the new Gold Opal Senior/Pensioner card and no travel conditions will change.

Which is good for Seniors/Pensioners. Although, some of the next points are interesting:

Opal gives you lots of benefits:

  • Daily travel cap: unlimited trips no more $2.50 a day
  • Weekly Travel Reward: after 8 paid journeys in a week all further journeys are free.

While I understand that standard Opal cards give you free travel after 8 paid journeys, how does this apply for Pensioners?

Pensioners have a maximum cost of $2.50 a day, which are probably going to consist of multiple journeys. Does this mean that, if you do 4 journeys on Monday and 4 on Tuesday, you won’t be charged for trips on Wednesday? Or, is each day considered one journey, so you get the 8th day or a 7 day week free?

Not that is is really a big thing, $2.50 a day for pensioners is a reasonable deal. I’m just interested in the way they decided to word it. There may be a bullet point they forgot to remove.

Family Funday Sunday

Family Funday SundayMore worrying though, is the question, how will they deal with Family Funday Sunday tickets?

At $2.50 a family member, taking out the whole family somewhere by public transport on Sunday is not that expensive. The government’s effort to encourage people to use public transport on a Sunday, when most people aren’t using it. (Just make sure you check for track work.)

But, how will this work under the new Opal card?

If each family member has an Opal card, how will the bus/train know they are members of the same family? And that each member should only be charged a total of $2.50 for the whole day?

Will families need to register all they cards together online to count as a family? What constitutes a family?

Looking at the Terms & Conditions, it says “The travelling group must be related by family and include at least one adult and one child“. So the group could also consist of uncles/aunts/grandparents/etc. If the previous question is true, do they all need to register together? Will it be handled in some other way?

I’d be interested to see Transport NSW’s scenarios and use-cases for these family tickets, to see how they think this will work.

Or, has Transport NSW put the Family Funday Sunday tickets in the too hard basket, and decided to scrap them altogether?

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Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) and related goodies

The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is on again this year, with participation from NSW, Vic, SA, Tas, and ACT. The Qld and WA ones seems to be on at a different time of year. And I can’t find info for NT.

Premiers' Reading Challenge - Windows 8 requiredI’m interested that this year NSW teamed up with a technology company and create an App to track your reading. As it happens, that technology company is Microsoft, and the software is only available for Windows 8.

Premiers' Reading Challenge - Available in US EnglishAnother interesting result of this team up, is that the software is only available in US English. A bit strange for a competition to encourage Australian children to read.

And, I really hope the related Apps are aimed at parents, not their children. I don’t think K-9 students need the RTA Car Driver Knowledge Test, and I think encouraging them to use the NSW Lotto application is a very bad idea.

Premier's Reading Challenge - Related appsIn case you don’t believe these screen shots all came from the same page, here is a PDF.

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Door 404: Apartment Not Found #photo

Wandering the halls.
Looking for an apartment.
And, all I get is this 404 error message!

Apartment #404. Door not found

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Look, the #zombies have been upgraded, to #Cybermen!

In King’s Comics I spotted these shiny figures lurching towards shoppers. And it occurred to me…

Don’t Cybermen remind you of zombies?

Zombies clad in metal perhaps. But really, they just want you for your brains….

…care for an upgrade?

Beware! Techno zombies in Kings Comics ! AKA cybermen

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Um @Apple, the #Mac #AppStore Top Free aren’t all #free !?

Browsing the Mac OS X App Store today, I noticed that only 58% of the first 12 Top Free Apps are actually free!

Is this a miss-classification of applications? A data entry error? Or the Australia tax I get for using the Australian Apple store?

The full Top Free list doesn’t have the same problem, past the first 12. I think someone was a little hurried just before Christmas, and ticked the wrong boxes.

Anyone got a better explanation?

Those Top #Free Apps in the AppStore aren't all free!?

Image on Flickr

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Politicians line up to donate words to Charles Firth’s Museum

Recent news coverage about Charles Firth’s Museum of Words has reached the parliaments of Australia, and he has scored somewhat of a coup.

While The Guardian see the museum as a failed stunt, many politicians are lining up to loan words.

Can’t use a word while on load to the museum? What a brilliant idea” one politician said.

At this stage Firth has received the following words:

Julia Gillard, former PM – Kevin
Kevin Rudd, former PM – Leadership
Bob Carr, former Foreign Minister – Nuts
Stephen Conroy, former Communications Minister – Filter

Bronwyn Bishop, Speaker – Order
George Brandis, Attorney-General – Trans-Pacific Partnership
Malcolm Turnbull, Communications Minister – Speed
Joe Hockey, Treasurer – Deficit
Scott Morrison, Immigration Minster – Boats
Christopher Pyne, Education Minister – Gonski

Clive Palmer, Member for Fairfax – Plagiarism
Campbell Newman, Queensland Premier – Rights
Fred Nile, NSW Legislative Council – Marriage

And for a double disillusion:

Tony Abbot, Prime Minister – Climate Change & Science

But get in quick, the exhibition proper closes this Sunday, 1 December.

Other article about the exhibition:

 

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Cthulhu walks into your pub, what do you offer? Lovecraft beer!

I saw this sign on The Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst. It reads like you are playing a Call of Cthulhu role playing game.

Lovecraft beer?
Only when the Ale Stars’ Membership are right!

Love Craft beer? When the Ale Stars' Membership are right! #Cthulhu

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