Archive for the ‘Technology & Applied Science’ Category


Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

The iPhone is coming out in Australia. I'm not getting one until: 1. My iPod and/or phone conks. 2. The iPhone capacity exceeds my iPod - 30 gig. Sixteen gig is the current capacity. 3. I can buy outright. No monthly bill slavery for me!

Castle Mudcake

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

I finally managed to buy a castle-shaped Bundt cake tin today. My experiments with my cathedral-shaped Bundt cake tin have twice ended with crumbs instead of a shaped cake. But I used the cake tin spray on oil supplied by the shop and voila! It worked! Welcome to Castle Mudcake. But danger is ...

Social Networking Site Spam

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

They nearly caught me, until I realised I'd have to give them my e-mail address... I'm talking about a new social networking site that shall remain nameless because they don't deserve promotion. They contacted me through Flickr, asking for permission to use one of my pictures: People have used my images before. ...

Airport Full Body Scanning

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

I always get stopped by airport security. Maybe it's because I'm small and blonde and don't look like I'd cause trouble. Whatever the reason, I've experienced every form of airport security, from bomb sniffing machines (I asked if he'd ever caught anyone, he said no) to metal detectors. On my ...

Even WordPress themes contain spam now

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

I just used the automatic Wordpress update plugin to upgrade to Wordpress 2.5 - and found that I'd not only lost all my tags, but my theme Big Blue 0.1 was no longer working. I upgraded to Big Blue 1.0 and was shocked to see that the creator or someone ...

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Just ordered two bottles of Floris Chocolate: and two bottles of Redoak Chocolate Stout: from I chose them because their freight is less than half of the other online Australian beer store, though they don't have Young's Double Chocolate Stout in stock, and won't have for two weeks (they answered my ...

Thousand Layer Wind

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Thousand Layer Wind Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Thousand Layer Wind is a thin-sliced Chinese terrine of pig skin, served with very garlicky-salty sauce at the Yee King in Sussex Street. Brian, Chris and I went to the city last Sunday especially so ...

Mosman Geocaching

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Rosherville Lighthouse Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Lunch At Don Adan's Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Belinda, c.j.b. and I attempted a few geocaches today around Mosman. The lighthouse is Rosherville Lighthouse, where the geocache "Forgotten Lighthouse" ...

Working Flying Saucer

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Apparently, working flying saucers have gone into production in the US. All the driver would have to do to get arrested is wear plastic antennae on his or her head. "Sorry I caused three car accidents and four hysterical fits, officer!"

Anime Ratty

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Anime Ratty Photo by Charl, 'improvements' by Chris. Chris saw the image of my sister's cat, Ratty, up on Flickr and did an anime 'improvement'. The scary part? That expression really DOES reflect Ratty's personality.

Sabre Nose Cone

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Sabre Nose Cone Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Here's the front of a Sabre, Australia's first sophisticated jet fighter. The photograph was taken at Fighter World, Williamtown, which I visited yesterday with Brian and Chris. I thought the jet intake looked a bit like ...

Labradoodle Dandy

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Labradoodle Dandy Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Here's my dog showing off (as usual) by dressing himself in a curtain. He's sitting in his usual legs all over the place posture and waiting to be let outside so he can meet and greet ...

Ice-cream bean

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

I've got to get me one of these: Ice-cream bean (Inga edulis) A large nitrogen fixing tree which produces bean pods up to 1 metre long which contain sweet, juicy, white pulp that has a soft cotton wool texture and tastes of vanilla ice-cream. Comes from Central and Southern America. I wonder ...

Death by chocolate

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Belinda gave me a combined Christmas and birthday party last night - a Chocolate Appreciation Evening at Lindt Concept Store and Cafe. It's not often that you get to eat the best chocolates, hot chocolate, and cakes in the world until you literally cannot bear to be in the same ...

Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Today we tried Black Wattle Superior Wattle Seed Ale by Baron's Brewing Company. Brewed in Australia, with roasted barley and wattle seeds, this has a fragrant, floral scent, with undertones of chocolate and roasted grain. It pours a deep, reddish brown, with a white head that rapidly disappears. The taste ...

Blanche de Namur

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Got my hands on some Blanche de Namur, a beer from Belgium, brewed with orange peel and coriander. A nice drop - cloudy, with a light, fragrant taste and very little fizz. Despite the orange peel, this beer has very little bitterness. It's a refreshing beer for a hot (34 ...

First mass produced amphibious car

Monday, October 16th, 2006

Dad wanted me to keep my blog going, so here goes... I've already noted that I really wanted an Aquada, a UK built amphibious car you can drive to work during the week and go water skiing behind on the weekend. But the Aquada was not mass-produced and it was extremely ...

Wetland Centre London

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Today I went to the Wetlands Centre London. They were adapted from Victorian reservoirs five years ago and they're the biggest wetlands project in Europe. If you like ducks, you should visit. Especially in Summer - I couldn't count the number of ducklings I saw today. They've done a wonderful ...

Regents Park

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

Can you spot the Dickens novels in this memorial? It's near Baker Street Station. Had lunch at Eat and Two Veg again. Schnitzel with a cream sauce, spinach and chips. Delicious and completely vegetarian. Had Pinkus vegan lager, and that was delicious as well. I'd never thought of lager containing animal ...

Launch party

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Celebrated the launch of, Haymarket's new directory website, at a fabulous party at Debenham House, 8 Addison Road, London W14 8DJ. What a mansion! It was covered, inside and out, in opalescent blue-green tiles and it was utterly beautiful. The entrance hall was domed and had a ceiling covered ...