Monthly Archives: February 2010

★ Alkaline Trio – This Addiction

Alkaline Trio, This AddictionJust grabbed the new Alkaline Trio album, This Addiction, from iTunes, it’s a cracker. It always worries me when a band I’m in love with releases something new, what if it sucks……but I was very happy when I got through listening to This Addiction.

Overall, This Addiction is more like Alkaline Trio’s last two albums, ie. Agony & Irony and Crimson, than some of their earlier rockier releases. Some of the stand out tracks for me are Dead On The Floor, Off The Map, Draculina, and Eating Me Alive….the rest of the album is pretty solid too.

Anyway, Alkaline Trio’s This Addiction is available now on iTunes now.

★ Alkaline Trio – This Addiction

Alkaline Trio, This AddictionJust grabbed the new Alkaline Trio album, This Addiction, from iTunes, it’s a cracker. It always worries me when a band I’m in love with releases something new, what if it sucks……but I was very happy when I got through listening to This Addiction.

Overall, This Addiction is more like Alkaline Trio’s last two albums, ie. Agony & Irony and Crimson, than some of their earlier rockier releases. Some of the stand out tracks for me are Dead On The Floor, Off The Map, Draculina, and Eating Me Alive….the rest of the album is pretty solid too.

Anyway, Alkaline Trio’s This Addiction is available now on iTunes now.

★ RSS cull & organise

I’ve been on a mission the past 6 months or so to organise my life and surrounds a lot more, to eliminate all the excess and crap, and to somewhat head partway toward a more minimalist lifestyle. 

This morning, before heading off to see some clients, I decided to give my RSS subscription list a going over as there had been 5 separate occasions in the last week where I declared bankruptcy and marked all as read…..

One of my problems is that I can sometimes get overwhelmed at the sheer number of articles in my reader, I see that big number of 450 or so new articles each morning and think how the hell am I going to get all that read before work!

In reality however, there’s probably only 20 or 30 articles in that bunch that actually are worth reading as there’s all the ‘repeater’ blogs. The repeater blogs are the ones that pretty well publish the exact same news item, press release, product release, event coverage, whatever….your TechCrunch’s, Inquisitrs, Mashable’s, Engadgets, etc.. I think they account for the bulk of my RSS content each day, maybe something around the 90% mark.

First things first it was time to cull the blogs that I regularly DON’T read, so that took care of about 20 different feeds straight away, then came the repeat offenders….err the repeater blogs. So how do you decide who to keep and who to cull, good question. There was no exact science to working out who to ditch out of TechCrunch, The Inquisitr, Mashable, Engadget, ReadWriteWeb, it was more of a gut feeling of who was adding opinions that were more often like mine. In the end I kept Engadget, The Inquisitr, and ReadWriteWeb, they’re just a better fit for me.

After all the culling it was time to better organise what was left, cue some advice from Minimal Mac’s Patrick Rhone on how he handles his RSS feeds. Patrick’s system makes a lot of sense to me, so basically that’s what I adopted.

So how’s it all working? Pretty good so far, a lot easier to actually read the good stuff and I don’t feel as guilty marking things as read now as normally I’ve read the good stuff in my A-List already.

If you’ve got any tips on getting organised, be it in your daily life, work life, around the house, on your computer, wherever else, just share your tips in the comments below.

★ RSS cull & organise

I’ve been on a mission the past 6 months or so to organise my life and surrounds a lot more, to eliminate all the excess and crap, and to somewhat head partway toward a more minimalist lifestyle. 

This morning, before heading off to see some clients, I decided to give my RSS subscription list a going over as there had been 5 separate occasions in the last week where I declared bankruptcy and marked all as read…..

One of my problems is that I can sometimes get overwhelmed at the sheer number of articles in my reader, I see that big number of 450 or so new articles each morning and think how the hell am I going to get all that read before work!

In reality however, there’s probably only 20 or 30 articles in that bunch that actually are worth reading as there’s all the ‘repeater’ blogs. The repeater blogs are the ones that pretty well publish the exact same news item, press release, product release, event coverage, whatever….your TechCrunch’s, Inquisitrs, Mashable’s, Engadgets, etc.. I think they account for the bulk of my RSS content each day, maybe something around the 90% mark.

First things first it was time to cull the blogs that I regularly DON’T read, so that took care of about 20 different feeds straight away, then came the repeat offenders….err the repeater blogs. So how do you decide who to keep and who to cull, good question. There was no exact science to working out who to ditch out of TechCrunch, The Inquisitr, Mashable, Engadget, ReadWriteWeb, it was more of a gut feeling of who was adding opinions that were more often like mine. In the end I kept Engadget, The Inquisitr, and ReadWriteWeb, they’re just a better fit for me.

After all the culling it was time to better organise what was left, cue some advice from Minimal Mac’s Patrick Rhone on how he handles his RSS feeds. Patrick’s system makes a lot of sense to me, so basically that’s what I adopted.

So how’s it all working? Pretty good so far, a lot easier to actually read the good stuff and I don’t feel as guilty marking things as read now as normally I’ve read the good stuff in my A-List already.

If you’ve got any tips on getting organised, be it in your daily life, work life, around the house, on your computer, wherever else, just share your tips in the comments below.

★ Learning to travel lightly (Mat's bag packing challenge)

One thing all this travel I’ve been doing lately has taught me is that it’s such a pain in the ass standing around a baggage carousel waiting for your luggage to come out from the belly of the plane you just got off of…..not to mention that pretty well every time I’ve flown lately my bag has been one of the last off the plane. 

Bearing this in mind, particularly the last bit, I’ve decided to try and travel with just carry on luggage. This isn’t likely to work for any trips longer than a week, or for overseas trips longer than 2-3 days, but it should be really easy in Australia.

Our company has a corporate account with Quest Apartments and whenever possible we stay in Quest properties in Australia and New Zealand. Pretty well all Quest apartments have washing machines and dryers in them, and this little fact should make the carry on luggage plan work brilliantly.

This week I’m in Melbourne, and staying in a Quest property, so this week I’ve only packed 2 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of socks, and 2 pairs of jocks……plus my walking gear so I can get some exercise, and was able to pack it all in a small rolling bag that I could take on the flight with me.

It was brilliant getting off of the plane and just walking straight out to the taxi rank without that boring, crowded, wait around the baggage carousel.

I’m hoping I can travel like this all the time!

★ Learning to travel lightly (Mat’s bag packing challenge)

One thing all this travel I’ve been doing lately has taught me is that it’s such a pain in the ass standing around a baggage carousel waiting for your luggage to come out from the belly of the plane you just got off of…..not to mention that pretty well every time I’ve flown lately my bag has been one of the last off the plane. 

Bearing this in mind, particularly the last bit, I’ve decided to try and travel with just carry on luggage. This isn’t likely to work for any trips longer than a week, or for overseas trips longer than 2-3 days, but it should be really easy in Australia.

Our company has a corporate account with Quest Apartments and whenever possible we stay in Quest properties in Australia and New Zealand. Pretty well all Quest apartments have washing machines and dryers in them, and this little fact should make the carry on luggage plan work brilliantly.

This week I’m in Melbourne, and staying in a Quest property, so this week I’ve only packed 2 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of socks, and 2 pairs of jocks……plus my walking gear so I can get some exercise, and was able to pack it all in a small rolling bag that I could take on the flight with me.

It was brilliant getting off of the plane and just walking straight out to the taxi rank without that boring, crowded, wait around the baggage carousel.

I’m hoping I can travel like this all the time!

★ In desperate need of some rest

The last month I’ve been flat chat busy with work, specifically travelling here, there, and everywhere (Singapore, Malaysia, Adelaide, Brisbane, Wellington, and next week Melbourne). 

I’m so damn tired and fatigued that my joints are all achy, mostly in my lower back, shoulders, and knees, and I feel like I’ve got a head cold without all the snot and grubby stuff that head colds often produce. To put it bluntly, I’m running on empty.

Now it’s not like I’m not taking care of myself either. I’ve been taking vitamins, walking around 5km almost every morning, eating healthy, drinking lots of water, etc……..I am however sleeping like crap.

All those different time zones are taking their toll on my sleeping pattern, not to mention all the different mattress and pillow combinations. I’ve been in and out of 5 different time zones in 3 weeks with only a break of 1 or 2 days at home, and at the moment I’m not sure whether I’m coming or going.

The upside of all this work and travel is that “Buisness is a-booming” (and I’ve seen Inglorious Bastards 3 times on flights). Work’s had a record sales start to the year, and with all the quoting and demonstrating I’ve been doing on the SCHILLER medilog holter system there’s no sign of it slowing down any time soon.

I won’t go into all the downsides of the travelling, coz I don’t want to rain on the parade too much.

Anyway, my blog has been kind of neglected lately with all the travel and lack of decent, inexpensive, internet access, so I figured I owed a little bit of an explanation to offset all those ‘links of the day’ auto-posts. I’ve got loads and loads of photos to post, mostly of aircraft wings and clouds (oh I’m so arty) so I’ll start throwing them up on the blog here over the next couple of days.

Till then, take it easy..

★ In desperate need of some rest

The last month I’ve been flat chat busy with work, specifically travelling here, there, and everywhere (Singapore, Malaysia, Adelaide, Brisbane, Wellington, and next week Melbourne). 

I’m so damn tired and fatigued that my joints are all achy, mostly in my lower back, shoulders, and knees, and I feel like I’ve got a head cold without all the snot and grubby stuff that head colds often produce. To put it bluntly, I’m running on empty.

Now it’s not like I’m not taking care of myself either. I’ve been taking vitamins, walking around 5km almost every morning, eating healthy, drinking lots of water, etc……..I am however sleeping like crap.

All those different time zones are taking their toll on my sleeping pattern, not to mention all the different mattress and pillow combinations. I’ve been in and out of 5 different time zones in 3 weeks with only a break of 1 or 2 days at home, and at the moment I’m not sure whether I’m coming or going.

The upside of all this work and travel is that “Buisness is a-booming” (and I’ve seen Inglorious Bastards 3 times on flights). Work’s had a record sales start to the year, and with all the quoting and demonstrating I’ve been doing on the SCHILLER medilog holter system there’s no sign of it slowing down any time soon.

I won’t go into all the downsides of the travelling, coz I don’t want to rain on the parade too much.

Anyway, my blog has been kind of neglected lately with all the travel and lack of decent, inexpensive, internet access, so I figured I owed a little bit of an explanation to offset all those ‘links of the day’ auto-posts. I’ve got loads and loads of photos to post, mostly of aircraft wings and clouds (oh I’m so arty) so I’ll start throwing them up on the blog here over the next couple of days.

Till then, take it easy..

★ Aperture 3, first impressions

It’s awesome, and I think Apple will win a lot of people back from Lightroom with this latest version. 

My only problem is that about $300 worth of Aperture plugins just became obsolete for me….luckily they haven’t added ‘film grain’ into their editing tool set yet, or it would be closing in on $400 worth of obsolescence.

★ Aperture 3, first impressions

It’s awesome, and I think Apple will win a lot of people back from Lightroom with this latest version. 

My only problem is that about $300 worth of Aperture plugins just became obsolete for me….luckily they haven’t added ‘film grain’ into their editing tool set yet, or it would be closing in on $400 worth of obsolescence.

★ Project 365 Fail….

You might have noticed my 365 Photo Project hasn’t been getting updated lately, yep I failed at it…..I think this was my second attempt at a 365 project, and the second failure too. I have no excuses.

★ Project 365 Fail….

You might have noticed my 365 Photo Project hasn’t been getting updated lately, yep I failed at it…..I think this was my second attempt at a 365 project, and the second failure too. I have no excuses.

★ On the quiet side

You might’ve noticed that it’s been a little on the quiet side around here the last couple of days. The reason is I’m in Malaysia at a conference and haven’t had the chance to do much blogging as we’ve had quite a lot on with the product training sessions and other bits and pieces that are happening here.

Anyway, heading back home to Newcastle in a couple of days so I’ll have a load of photos to publish and a few other bits and pieces that I’ve been working on for a little while now….and maybe a recipe or two, too.

★ On the quiet side

You might’ve noticed that it’s been a little on the quiet side around here the last couple of days. The reason is I’m in Malaysia at a conference and haven’t had the chance to do much blogging as we’ve had quite a lot on with the product training sessions and other bits and pieces that are happening here.

Anyway, heading back home to Newcastle in a couple of days so I’ll have a load of photos to publish and a few other bits and pieces that I’ve been working on for a little while now….and maybe a recipe or two, too.