Jun 29 2009

This week’s Tweets: 2009-06-29

  • getting out of here! #
  • Amateur/Citizen video from Iran: http://bit.ly/18Mi3F Graphic at times, but compelling. #
  • RT @emergentvillage: Did you hear who died? Neda. #iranelection #neverforget #whatreallymatters #
  • Curry Friday… #
  • Concerned that we've heard nothing from @persiankiwi in 24 hours. Hope he's OK. #iranelection in reply to persiankiwi #
  • Just had a good meeting with the boss. Busy days ahead, but exciting. #
  • pinball with the lads at the office… great way to end the week #
  • Off to http://www.giant-steps.com.au/ to see an old friend, and hopefully restore an old friendship. Pray for me. #
  • RT @Wil_Anderson: Bad Newspoll for Turnbull. Trails in preferred PM behind Kevin Rudd and some dude called "statistical margin for error". #

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Jun 22 2009

This week’s Tweets: 2009-06-22

  • stuck on the Greensborough Bypass #
  • Chatting to a great friend in Uganda… as good as it is to talk on the net, I still miss the place and the people. #
  • RT @geoffmatheson: "It's not productive, given the history of US-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling… in Iranian elections." – Obama #
  • RT @billious: RT @tapestryofgrace: RT @fjbatesjr A pizza with the radius "z" and thickness "a" has the volume pi*z*z*a. Pass it on! #
  • now following @amandajfooks #
  • RT @LEIGHSALES: This is hilarious – a voiceover translation of a freestyle rapping contest http://tiny.cc/WxDaN #
  • Getting a draft design proposal together to present to a client this afternoon. #
  • Vindaloo for lunch. #
  • Off to Williamstown for the afternoon. Nice day for a drive! #
  • Show support for democracy in Iran add green overlay to your Twitter avatar with 1-click – http://helpiranelection.com/ #
  • It's weird how posting something on Facebook makes it "official"… not to mention a little scary. #
  • having coffee with @mans09 #
  • RT @persiankiwi: all foreign satellite tv news has been stopped in Iran – they think a blinded man cannot see in the darkness #Iranelection #

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Jun 21 2009



I’ve previously posted about the VIO POV helmet camera system. Since then, the new POV 1.5 camera has been released. It sports a wider-angle lense, and a new camera assembly that has the lead permanently attached. VIO has also released a POV 1.5 MOTO kit, suited to motosport applications. It includes a vehicle wiring harness and replacement cover for the battery compartment which has power input and a tripod mount for the recorder.

A friend was able to pick one of these up for me on a recent trip to New York, which saved me a few hundred dollars off the local price.

The updated kit is very good, with new accessories and mounting options. It comes with an innovative helmet mount which can be affixed by Velcro, double-sided tape, or magnets. The magnet option works with a second plate which you can place on the inside of a hat, to allow the camera to attach.

Probably the only disappointing change is the lack of a tripod mount for the camera itself. One of the clamps in the old kit included a tripod thread… the new one doesn’t. Also the nature of the new clamp is such that changing the camera from one mounting option to another is a bit fiddly. At this point I plan to work out a RAM Mount solution for the camera head which will stay in place, and use RAM’s own mounts from there to quickly move the camera around.

I’ve take a few test runs, with the camera on the roof of the car, and with it attached to various points on the bike. I’m really happy with the results – except for the point where the card died with 2 hours of footage on it. I’ve replaced the card… and so far so good, but no real footage to show just yet. What I can say is that the crash bars probably vibrate a little too much to attach the camera to, but that the handlebars work a treat. The wide-angle lense means I can point the camera back at myself while riding and get me and the background in the shot.

The wireless remote is great. I was able to tag shots easily while riding. I’m not sure yet where I’ll mount the remote, but at the moment it’s been Velcro’d to the top of the tank bag, and that seems to be working OK.

I’ve also been playing with the tagging system, with it set to a 5 minute loop interval. It appears that the camera doesn’t start a new loop when you press the tag button, but starts a new loop every 5 minutes regardless. If you press the tag button 1 minute into a loop (for instance) it will retain the current loop and the one before it, so as to retain the last 5 minutes (or more) of footage. It’s not as accurate as “save the last 5 minutes please”, but it does ensure the footage you want is retained, and that’s what matters. Any loop that doesn’t have a tag within it, or within the loop immediately after, is disacarded automatically.

I’ll post some footage as soon as I have some.

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Jun 21 2009

Long Quiet


It’s been a while since I’ve posted, if you don’t include the automated Twitter feed updates each week. Things have been a bit slower over the past few weeks, but they’re still on track.

I met with Andy a couple of weeks ago to look at some of the remaining organisation and planning, and also to try and work out trip costs. Since the group has now swelled to around 15 (at the point when there are the most of us together), we’ve chosen to work as a group as much as possible for cooking, camping and the like.

Thanks to Mandy’s research into accommodation choices, and Google’s help with a few other bits of info, we’ve been able to work out an average cost per person, per week that they’re with us (considering some will be with us for only two or three of the four weeks). It’s a bit of a sliding scale, since food and accommodation costs go up with the number of people, but fuel costs effectively go down, the more people we have. Until you need an additional vehice…. then it all changes again.

So at this point we’re looking at around $400 per person per week, which will cover food, fuel, accommodation and permits. It won’t cover personal items, alcohol, munchies or tourist activities, as those costs will vary wildly between each of us.

We’ll get together for a meeting in the next couple of weeks to finalise numbers, the dates that people are joining and leaving us, minimum (and for that matter, maximum) stuff that people will need to bring along and all that. The time and place for that will be posted here soon.

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Jun 15 2009

This week’s Tweets: 2009-06-15

  • great lunch with Stephen Said. Off to clients this afternoon #
  • Continuing my love affair with coffee. #
  • Pinball-o’clock at the office. Great Friday arvo ritual with the boys. #
  • RT @OneCampaign: SMART Aid helps Ugandans fight corruption http://tinyurl.com/n2zwbc #
  • Pondering a change in my evening’s plans, that’s beyond my control. #
  • Curious about http://evernote.com/ – Nice idea. #

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Jun 8 2009

This week’s Tweets: 2009-06-08

  • I would like to get his current project sorted out before Africa wakes up for the day. Getting close. #
  • Breakfast with the staff this morning… top bunch of guys! #
  • Waiting for his curry to arrive. #
  • Saw T4 tonight with @sircamaris, following dinner with he and his lovely wife. #
  • Visiting the folks. Had home made soup for dinner, and now dad’s reading jokes from a book. Ah, home. #
  • churching it wilt the parents at Castlemaine Salvos #
  • RT @billious: RT @Bella7 What goes through your mind when someone says “Let’s go for a drink”? http://twurl.nl/ynlfwx #
  • Says it all: http://bit.ly/xgCVp #

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Jun 1 2009

This week’s Tweets: 2009-06-01

  • Looking at what I have to do this week. Hiding under my desk. #
  • Just got an SMS: Amarula is currently $US13 for a litre bottle in Africa. Hmm… who do I know in Africa? #
  • Crazy long day today: Montrose to Williamstown to Croydon, and out for dinner with friends. Good thing I got an early night ;o) #
  • “We are asked to believe in eternal economic growth when we know in our hearts and minds that such growth will destroy the Earth.” – Leunig #
  • Leunig quote was via @geoffmatheson. #
  • Dinner with friends tonight. What could be better than eating, drinking and talking about life with people you love? #
  • I seem to have set fire to the entire candle #
  • Getting something to eat. #
  • heading to Manchester Lane with Nathan. #
  • Having an early night. #
  • RT @alanhirsch: All truth passes through three stages. 1. it is ridiculed. 2. it is opposed. 3. it is accepted as being self-evident #
  • Enjoyed a quiet night in #
  • So-so breakfast and terrible coffee at Barclay’s with @geoffmatheson, followed by better coffee at Kofi Beans. Let the “mandate” gags begin. #
  • Not wild about it being Monday again. #
  • I have a game tonight t 7pm. “Gadgetheads” play “That’s what I’m talking about” at Kilsyth stadium. $2 at the door. #
  • Had a great meeting with Andy to discuss The Trip. #

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