In my last post I infered I was a "tightarse". Well after a particulary rampant case of delhi belly in the weekend I can assure you that you could probably drive a truck up there right now! Phew!

Haven't figured the culprit yet, but when I do...


Learning to play harmonica

Having people around me learning to play musical instruments has inspired me to learn something myself. The sounds of piano, the occasional flute, & soon violin are frequent companions to my ear drums.

I wanted something small, relatively easy to learn, & above all CHEAP (I am a tightarse!).

So this is what I brought - only $NZ14!!!

Yes thats right...A HARMONICA!!

Here is a WAV file showing my first attempt.


After listening to that I fully expect you won't be visiting again....


Connecting Sony Ericsson T610 to Linux box via bluetooth

Thought it would be quite cool to be able to grab piccies off my phone & copy them to my Linux box using bluetooth. Ended up being very easy!

Goto my Connecting Sony Ericsson T610 via bluetooth to Linux box page on PalmHeads to see how!

Have found it very useful to archive some of those quick photos that camera phones are so useful for. Could also download/upload sounds etc.

Have fun!


Connecting Palm to Linux box with bluetooth

Was able to connect my Palm to my linux box via bluetooth, then enable IP forwarding to surf the web, SSH etc etc.

Go to my Connecting Palm to Linux box with USB bluetooth dongle page on PalmHeads.

Its a fantastic & cheap way to internet enable your bluetooth Palm!


Adventure Cat!

We've got a cat named Limey. We haven't quite figured out if he is incredibly smart...or pretty thick! Despite that he's very naughty & cute!

My girlfriend moved into this house about 8 months ago after selling her old house. Limey was born at that house. Its about 2km away from here.

Limey keeps running back to his old house! (or more particulary the neighbours of his old house). His record for being away is 4 weeks! No matter what we try we can't convince him this is his new home.

This last time he ran away thou he must have been hit by a car, as he turned up at the old place maim. The vet says has a broken pelvis & leg, so he's having surgery on Monday. We have to stop him moving around to much so we have him in a cage at the moment. Heres a piccie of the naughty we fella!

Hoping he will be OK! And the 4-6 weeks he will spend in the cage recovering will convince him that this is home!


Happy Hacking keyboard

A year or so ago I got a Happy Hacking keyboard for my Linux box. I love the thing! Unix standard keyboard etc etc. All unix/linux geeks should have one!

Here is a piccie of a white keyboard attached to a Mac that a guy at work uses...


Christchurch Bus Timetables on the Palm

I've just updated my PalmHeads site with a perl script that will enable you to have Christchurch Bus Timetables on your Palm!

Check out my Christchurch Bus Timetables on the Palm page!


Lance Cairns - NZ cricket folk hero

I was in my early teens when Lance Cairns (father of Chris Cairns) was in his prime for NZ cricket. His 6 sixes off Lillee, Hogg & Macleay in the 2nd WSC final in 82/83 at the MCG is part of NZ's sporting focklore.

He wrote a book published in 1984 called "Give it a Heave!". I recently purchased it off Trademe. I had largely forgotten what a legend he was! Its easy to remember him smashing the ball all over the place, but it was his boomerang inswingers & leg-cutters that made him such an effective international cricketer.

He writes about the tours & characters he met throughout his career, the bizarre incidents (underarm, the Snedden "catch"), the captains he liked/disliked. One thing I found quite bizarre was for such a big man growing up in Picton, he hardly ever played rugby! Hockey was his winter sport. He must have been a frightening prospect hitting a hockey ball! Apparently his driving off the tee in golf was frightening enormous as well!

A very entertaining read!

If you are interested in cricket, you might like to read my article on the Iverson-Gleeson grip!

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