Monthly Archives: July 2013

Trask Industries celebrates 50 years of the Sentinel program

So anyone familiar with the X-Men universe will know all about Trask Industries. As a tie in to the upcoming X-Men Days of Future Past movie, Trask Industries has launched a website that you would believe is actually a real business…and a scary one at that!

Join Trask Industries as we celebrate 50 years of the Sentinel program and look forward to an even brighter future.

Check out the advertisement for Trask Industries below…

Moving to Squarespace…

So as you might have noticed, depending on whether the DNS changes have completed when you see this post, I have moved my blog from WordPress.com to Squarespace.

The main reason for the move was that I wanted a little bit more control over the layout of my blog, but I wasn’t prepared to go back to self-hosting a WordPress installation…so the next best option was to sign up to Squarespace.  

There’s likely to be a period of transition where some images and links are busted, however I’m monitoring all the 404’s and I think I’ve setup enough redirects to take care of most of it. If you do notice something though, send me an email through the form on the Contact page so I can take care of it quickly.

Fingers crossed this will all work out ok in the end.  

Thanks, 

Mat

The Enemy Within

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I’ve really been enjoying The Enemy Within story arc encompassing Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble. It’s almost up there with Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye run.

What does it cost to govern you?

I don’t know how much truth there is to this morning’s article on news.com.au stating that Australian MP’s are amongst the best paid politicians in the world, however it intrigued me enough to do some basic maths comparing how much Kevin Rudd, Barrack Obama, and David Cameron, get paid to govern each person in their respective countries.

If the article is correct and Kevin Rudd receives around $500,000 AUD, Barrack Obama receiving around $400,000 AUD, and David Cameron a whopping $235,000 AUD, then Prime Minister Rudd gets paid significantly higher per citizen than the other two…and it’s not even a close race.

  • Australia’s population is around 23.2 million, Rudd gets paid around $500,000 per annum, that’s a $21,551 AUD per citizen.
  • In comparison, the population of the USA is around 319 million, Obama gets paid around $400,000 per annum, that’s a meagre $1,253 per citizen.
  • Whilst David Cameron receives less renumeration than Obama, at around $235,000 per annum, he only has to govern around 63.2 million, which works out to be around $3,718 per citizen.

That is an astounding difference! $21,551 vs. $1,253 vs. $3,718…

What do you think, is our Prime Minister worthy of that sort of income, or are the Americans and Brits underpaying their leaders?

Damn photos

I’ve just been alerted to the fact that none of my published recipes have images on them. Arghh! I closed off an old flickr account, however I thought that I had transferred everything already only to find out that in fact I hadn’t. Anyway, I’m in the midst of correcting this now and all should be back to normal very soon. Sorry!

WARNING – ATO Refund Email Scam

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It’s tax refund time in Australia, and of course that means it’s email scam time. I just received the above email claiming the ATO had tried to pay me a refund to my credit card on file with them, however it failed but if I click this link and update my details then they could pay me… This was an easy one to recognise as a scam as I’ve never registered with the ATO’s electronic portal as my accountant handles my returns each year.

Share this around to all your family and friends so they don’t get scammed!

Damn photos

I’ve just been alerted to the fact that none of my published recipes have images on them. Arghh! I closed off an old flickr account, however I thought that I had transferred everything already only to find out that in fact I hadn’t. Anyway, I’m in the midst of correcting this now and all should be back to normal very soon. Sorry!

Gahh, damn blog layout…

I can’t decide on how I should layout this damn blog, sidebar or no sidebar. I like not having a sidebar when I post photos as they look so much better larger, but then I like having the sidebar for links and what not. I guess I could play around with the visibility tags on the sidebar widgets so that they don’t display on either the individual article page, and only home the home page…that’s about as custom as I can get with this being a wordpress.com hosted blog.

Decisions, decisions…

Update: Seems the visibility thing doesn’t work so well with my particular theme, I can hide the widgets on say the individual post page however it still keeps the sidebar there rather than hiding it. Same goes if you do it the other way around, i.e. hiding the widgets on the front page but displaying them on the posts page. Wonder if I can do it in the CSS?

Update 2: Turns out you can do it in CSS, here’s how;

.single-post .site-content{
width: 100%;
}

.single-post #secondary.widget-area {
display: none;
}

You also need to change the content width to 960 px, in the case of my theme I didn’t have to edit the CSS to do this as there’s an area in the theme to do this automatically.

Still not sure if this is the result I want, but it’s a starting point. Might have to A/B test it over the next month or two.

Cotton bails near Bourke

Cotton bails near Bourke

Recently we went out to visit family near Bourke. The farm they work on had just finished picking and bailing the cotton. Looks like it was a decent growing season as there was a load of bails waiting to go through the gin.