• Travel

    The pressure of their regard

    Ate a very good steak last night with Suzie and Michelle in a ship-themed restaurant, then was dragged to the street markets by Suzie in search of gifts for the girls and possibly a watch for me. It was very hot and steamy and I was probably overdressed for it,…

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    Off to Penang

    Probably mentioned it already to most of you, but I’m off to the ‘Global Learn Asia Pacific’ conference in Penang, Malaysia, tomorrow. The really exciting bit is that Suzie is coming with me this time! Should be a fantastic week of relaxing and hanging out together – between conference sessions,…

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    Travel Tales

    So, flew out from Brisbane this morning (Saturday the 20th, not sure what time zone the blog software thinks it’s in) at 11 am, and it just now hit midnight and become the 21st… but with a 14 hour timezone difference, that’s been one loooong day. We (my colleague Michelle…

  • Personal - Travel

    Goin’ to the game

    Well, that was a killer day! Discovered the conference, which I knew started today, didn’t start ’til this afternoon (yes, I could have checked that out earlier in the program online, but where’s the fun in that?), so I jumped on the LRT (light rail system) across the river the…

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    Information >> Food

    I’m posting this from San Francisco airport. I’m trying to do the trip on a budget, so when it came down to the choice between spending $10 on a meal or on wireless web access, there really wasn’t much a a choice to be made. Gotta get that info-fix! (PS…

  • Musings - Travel

    Life and the Cost of Living

    A year or a bit more ago I applied for a job at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and was shortlisted for it. We looked at houses to rent in the area, at the climate and a whole bunch of other factors, and also at jobs in Australia, and…

  • Personal - Travel

    Cheap Sunglasses/A Bogan In Full1

    Got a pair of new mirrorshades at Target. They were priced at $15.99, but when I went to pay for them they were only $1.85. Score! Made me have even less misgivings about sticking their arms down the spout of a boiling kettle to soften them up and bend them…

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    At The Beach

    We made it to the beach for the first time yesterday. It’s still the middle of winter: Grandma Nene in black in the foreground, and Cassie and Alex (and Buffy) elsewhere in the picture. Alex commented that even in real life the city of Surfers Paradise looks like a bad…

  • Musings - Travel

    Havin’ A Yarn

    (I’ve categorised this under ‘travel’, but since this is now home I guess I’ll have to think of a new label soon…) I really still need to relax into the pace of life in Queensland. Basically at every shop or other service place (I was sorting out my bike parking…

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    Just Us

    The first two – of Sue and Alex respectively – were taken after our first day at Disneyland, waiting for the bus. The last one was on the second Disneyland day, waiting for an Alladin musical to start.

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    Girls and Grandpa

    Cassie and Alex just arrived here in Brisbane today, a week after Sue and I. They’d been staying with my Dad at Brightwaters, close to Newcastle on the New South Wales coast. They hadn’t really seen him for 4 years or so, and enjoyed chatting with him, hearing lots of…

  • Musings - Travel

    The Real and the Fake

    This musing started on a field trip to the Di Rosa Preserve during the Carnegie Residency. (I know, I try to maintain the illusion that it’s all work and no play, but this was plain fun… and there were pitchers of Margaritas involved, too…) One of the (many) cool things…

  • Personal - Travel

    Getting Ready For The Plane(s)

    In at the office today while the packers pack (heh, you didn’t really think a hiatus could keep me away, didja?), so I thought I’d add a thought or two about getting ready for the long flights and train trips and so on. I’ll be sinking into my ‘travel bubble’…

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    Vancouver Real Fast

    Just popping over to Vancouver for the night tomorrow night to meet up with a bunch of on-line friends from the William Gibson Board, some from France, some from the US and some from that area. Should be a fun trip, and the last chance to catch up with some…

  • Personal - Teaching - Travel

    The Fractal T-shirt Model

    As part of the Carnegie Academy on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) residency session I’m at this week (at Stanford University in northern California) I have to give a presentation on the research/teaching project I’m in the middle of right now. I won’t subject you to all of…

  • Travel

    Benefits of Disorganisation

    So I’m off to Stanford University in northern California this week for the second of three ‘residence’ sessions as part of my Carnegie Scholarship. The workshop is from Thursday to Sunday, and starts at 1 pm on Thursday, so I’m flying out at 6 am that day to get there…

  • Travel

    Back Home

    OK, no more travellogues for a while now. Next trip is to Stanford in January for the next Carnegie Residency, then not until June. Just a couple of random notes to tie up a few loose ends: I bought Agalloch’s album ‘The Mantle’ while I was in Oz, and absolutely…