Parlez-vous français?

Now that Project 365 is done and dusted I’ve chosen my next big thing for 2014 and decided to learn a language.

Like pretty much everyone my age I learnt some French and German in high school. Well not much at all really. I could count to 10 and that was about all I remember. Pretty sad. The way we learnt was terrible, numbers and colours and so on. No real world phrases, and you were learning with 30 other students who didn’t want to learn either.

Well I’ve decided to learn French. Why French? No particular reason. Its a common language used in other countries besides France, and not as hard as some of the Asian languages.

And to quote The Matrix, “French is my favourite – fantastic language, especially to curse with. Nom de Dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperies de connards d’enculé de ta mère. It’s like wiping your arse with silk, I love it.”

I’ve found a great little app for learning languages, Duolingo. It basically makes it a game, the more you learn the more points you get. I’ve started yesterday and have already done a few lessons.

So how’s your French? I’m looking for someone to practise with, drop me a note here or on Facebook.

Extreme Shark Dive

shark dive

Well that’s another tick on the list.

On Monday I went on a shark dive at Manly. Advertised as an “extreme shark dive”, its an introductory scuba dive in their tank with about half a dozen grey nurse sharks. Not quite as dangerous as it sounds but still a great experience. There were three of us on this dive, a student and a teenager who’d received the dive as a birthday gift. After watching an intro video (whoever edited it thought the theme from Jaws was a great soundtrack) we were kitted out in a wetsuit. Being middle of winter I was glad for that, kept a bit of the chill out!

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Project 365 – Halfway

Project 365Earlier this year I started a project called Project 365. Basically the idea is you take one photo a day for a year. Today I’m half way without missing a day. Yay!

Actually I did miss a day when I lost a day flying home from the USA, but still…

Its been fun, and a little challenging. Its hard to come up with a different photo everyday so I have a few along a theme like sunrise etc. Still – they’re all different.

I should make a book of them when I’m finished.

Project 365

Schrödinger the cat - such a hard life

Schrödinger

Project 365 is an exercise is self-discipline. For a year you take a photo every day. Why? Why not. It helps you document your life. It helps you become a better photographer. It can be fun!

I’ve decided to do it this year, I’ve been uploading photos every day since the end of last year into Flickr. So far that photos have been all taken on my iPhone as I always have it with me, although I’ll also use the DSLR when I have it. So far the photos have been daily life – pets, kids, work. As I go I might start with themes and so on. The photos are all up on Flickr.

New Year’s Resolution

New Year ResolutionI’ve posted infrequently to this blog for a couple of years now. A couple of times I’ve let it slide and then come back in a flurry of activity. I even purged and restarted back in 2010 because some of the posts were so old.

Over Christmas I found myself wondering what I would do with it, and I’ve decided I want to write more often. My aim for this year is to try and write something once a week. Lets see how we go!

Solar Eclipse in Cairns

Cairns Eclipse

Solar Eclipse in Cairns 2012

In 1976 Sydney experienced a partial solar eclipse, I was 5 years old at the time and I recall seeing the sky darken and  people on TV watching totality through special glasses. Back then I thought how cool it would be to see a total solar eclipse although since then I’d never really gone out of my way to do something about it. In 2002 there was a total eclipse over Ceduna in South Australia, way out on the Great Australian Bight and one of the guys I worked with drove out there to experience it. For him it was more about the rave party  during the eclipse than anything else, but again that briefly rekindled in me the thoughts of wanting to see a solar eclipse “some day”.
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