Sunday Nerding: London Crossrail

Like many nerds, I find trains and railways fascinating. I also love a great engineering story. Today I present the first part of a documentary series into London’s new Crossrail project, the first new addition to their underground system in over 30 years.

Bombers Eliminated After Poor Second Half

NORTH MELBOURNE 2.3 2.4 9.5 14.9 (93)
ESSENDON 2.4 6.7 10.8 12.9 (81)

North Melbourne: Brown 4, Thomas 3, Petrie 2, Dal Santo, Greenwood, Gibson, Ziebell, Cunnington
Essendon: Daniher 4, Colyer 2, Chapman 2, Goddard, Howlett, Bellchambers, Ryder

North Melbourne: Wells, Brown, Greenwood, Gibson, Cunnington, Thompson
Essendon: Heppell, Chapman, Watson, Daniher, Colyer, Hurley

North Melbourne: Nil
Essendon: Nil

North Melbourne: Ryan Bastinac replaced Ben Jacobs in the third quarter
Essendon: Courtenay Dempsey replaced Martin Gleeson in the third quarter

Reports: Levi Greenwood (North Melbourne) for rough conduct on Mark Baguley (Essendon) in the third quarter.

Umpires: Donlon, Margetts, Findlay

Official crowd: 78,559 at the MCG

Sunday Nerding: The Telstar Satellite

Back to one of my favourite topics – space technology – and a documentary on the development and launch of the Telstar series of satellites.

Draw Enough To Confirm Home Final

CARLTON 6.3 7.4 11.4 14.6 (90)
ESSENDON 1.3 9.6 11.11 13.12 (90)

Carlton: Watson 4, Yarran 2, Menzel 2, Armfield, Bell, Waite, Lucas, McLean, Wood
Essendon: Daniher 2, Watson 2, Ryder 2, Ambrose, Merrett, Winderlich, Stanton, Chapman, Goddard, Gleeson

Carlton: Judd, Watson, McLean, Docherty, Gibbs, Yarran,
Essendon: Watson, Hibberd, Daniher, Ryder, Stanton, Heppell

Carlton: Nil
Essendon: Nil

Carlton: Patrick Cripps replaced Dennis Armfield in the fourth quarter
Essendon: Martin Gleeson replaced Orazio Fantasia at three-quarter time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Dalgleish, Wenn, O’Gorman

Official crowd: 56,658 at the MCG

Bombers All But Finals Bound

ESSENDON 3.2 7.6 11.9 16.12 (108)
GOLD COAST 2.3 4.6 10.8 13.11 (89)

Essendon: Goddard 3, Ryder 2, Carlisle 2, Zaharakis 2, Hurley 2, Daniher, Colyer, Hocking, Merrett, Myers
Gold Coast: Lynch 4, Matera 2, Prestia 2, Lemmens 2, Shaw, Cameron, Swallow

Essendon: Hurley, Ryder, Goddard, Zaharakis, Watson
Gold Coast: Swallow, Prestia, Martin, O’Meara, Lynch, Harbrow

Essendon: Hooker (concussion)
Gold Coast: Gorringe (knee) replaced in selected side by Leslie, McKenzie (hamstring tightness)

Essendon: Orazio Fantasia replaced Cale Hooker in the third quarter
Gold Coast: Timmy Sumner replaced Trent McKenzie at three quarter time

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Chamberlain, Kamolins, Meredith

Official crowd: 33,281 at Etihad Stadium

Essendon Home In A West Coast Thriller

ESSENDON 2.1 4.5 9.7 11.11 (77)
WEST COAST 2.4 8.4 11.6 11.8 (74)

Essendon: Winderlich 3, Daniher 2, Watson, Myers, Stanton, Ambrose, Chapman, Zaharakis
West Coast: Kennedy 3, Cripps 3, Darling 2, Cox, Shuey, Lycett,

Essendon: Hibberd, Winderlich, Heppell, Watson, Myers, Zaharakis, Daniher
West Coast: Hurn, Priddis, Darling, Mackenzie, Kennedy, Gaff

Essendon: Nil
West Coast: Sam Butler (concussion)

Essendon: Zach Merrett replaced Jake Melksham in the third quarter
West Coast: Simon Tunbridge replaced Sam Butler in the fourth quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Donlon, Ryan, McInerney

Official crowd: TBC at Etihad Stadium

Reducing Government Red Tape…Or Not…

Having recently moved – and changing electorates in the process – I’m going through the usual rigmarole of changing my registered address for just about everything. A pain in the butt, but a necessary evil.

Fortunately, given many government agencies share data, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) automatically finds out about your move – (in most cases) – and sends you a letter to confirm.

Or is that TWO letters to confirm?

Two letters, dated the same, arriving on the same day, and both seeking to confirm my change of address.

Well done!

Perhaps if we are going to cut red tape – as our current government claim they will do – we should perhaps not send the same thing out twice?

Does this happen for every person who moves?

Each of the two letters is also slightly different in content – which is also a bit bizarre, that two different form letters exist for this purpose.

I guess the most likely explanation is that two different agencies advised a change of address – (note that one says “Michael Wyres”, and the other says “Michael A Wyres”) – but surely in this modern age of computers, we can do some data matching to save some money on postage and administrative effort?

Maybe that’s just too hard.

Poor Taste In Aftermath Of Death Of Robin Williams

The following is provided with no other comment than to say whichever advertiser came up with the following campaign – (I’m looking at you “Coles or IGA”) – in the midst of the death of Robin Williams – (and if you excuse my French) – this is fucking shit:

Click the image for a larger view, and note the sparkly advertising box on the right.

Bloody awful.

UPDATE (17:11 12/08/2014): Both Coles and IGA have distanced themselves from the advertisement with this tweet from Coles and this tweet from IGA. Of course, this advert was placed by someone offering Coles or IGA vouchers, independently of those organisations. It’s great that they have disassociated themselves publicly from the advert, but I do however believe that they could be proactive in investigating who has used their names in such poor taste. Maybe The Age should be looking into it too.

John Oliver On The US Payday Loan Industry

I just caught this week’s episode of Last Week with John Oliver, and I’m finding his new show is getting better and better each week.

Take a look at his analysis of the US Payday Loans industry.

I’m sure it is not quite as almost criminal in Australia, but the business models are largely the same.

This is the way news should be presented to the world – open, raw, and honest.

Sunday Nerding: The Browser Wars

In the early days of the World Wide Web – (as distinct from the internet itself) – there was a war.

A war between two sides – Netscape and Microsoft – over who would control how people used the web. One of those sides won the war, but severely damaged itself in the process. That’s how serious it was.

Enjoy this Discovery documentary on ‘The Browser Wars’.