Posted by Charles Gregory
Posted by Chuq
I've been meaning to do this every night for the past three weeks... well, here it is!
This is the view from the front-right (south east) of the house - the last one was taken on July 21!
... and now, the top soccer stories in Tassie newspapers today:
The Examiner - "Launceston may host Harry Kewell".
The Mercury - "FFT investigates brawl".
Just another example of how biased The Mercury is.
Still not convinced?
Of the thirteen top stories in the Mercury soccer section, six are about the "racial abuse" issue (the rest are local club news and match results). However, in that time period (19 June - 8 July), The Mercury has also published articles about soccer workshops during World Refugee Day ("Kicking off a new life", 26 June) and an update on the Tassie A-League bid ("Tassie A-team in the pipeline", 30 June). Why aren't these articles included? Too positive? Don't they suit The Mercury's point of view?
This isn't unique to the Tasmanian media - it happens all across the country, sometimes it is subtle, often it is patently obvious. In any case, nothing is going to change if we stay silent!
So not only do we have Hawthorn and North Melbourne playing matches in Tassie - the latter due to a fair bit of effort from Hobart City Council Alderman Marti Zucco - but it seems now he is trying to get Melbourne Storm to play in Hobart.
This seems strange to me - an NRL team, instead of an A-League team, for a few reasons - first, Tasmania is certainly not known as a rugby league stronghold - it would be the #3 or #4 football code in Tassie. Second, because Marti Zucco is Italian - and although generalisations about a person due to their heritage are not always correct, he is very proud of his roots.
Dear Mr Zucco,
I'm writing to you since you have been in the media recently, due to your actions in trying to attract national club sporting events to the state - not only the AFL games at Bellerive Oval, but also about the announcement last week of a possible NRL pre-season game at North Hobart Oval.
As you may know there has been an A-League pre-season match (featuring Melbourne Victory) each July for the past five years at Aurora Stadium in Launceston, generally drawing 5000-8000 spectators.
It would be fantastic to see a similar event in Hobart. For the coming A-League season (October 2011-March 2012), Football Federation Australia has marked five matches to be played at a "regional venue - TBC". I've contacted both Cricket Tasmania and Launceston City Council about the possibility of hosting one of these but have not received a response. Going by the enthusiasm you have shown in drawing AFL and NRL matches to Hobart, I hope you would have a similar interest in negotiating an A-League match.
It would be great to get to the stage where there are regular matches in Tasmania by Melbourne Storm, Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Heart or even the Melbourne Rebels super rugby team. Such events could hopefully be the precursor to the development or upgrade of a rectangular stadium - such as North Hobart Oval - in the state.
For reference the available match dates are:
- Wed 7 Dec 2011 - Sydney FC v Perth Glory
- Sun 11 Dec 2011 - Gold Coast United v Sydney FC
- Wed 14 Dec 2011 - Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar
- Wed 18 Jan 2012 - Melbourne Heart v Central Coast Mariners
- Wed 25 Jan 2012 - Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets
Cricket Tasmania (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Aurora Stadium (email@example.com)
Football Federation Australia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
John Boulous, (CEO Football Federation Tasmania) (CEO@footballfedtas.com.au)
Michelle O'Byrne (Minister for Sport) (email@example.com)
Mark Shelton (Shadow Minister for Sport & Rec) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
".. that which is adequately explained by stupidity". - Robert J. Hanlon.
If you get your information about the National Broadband Network from the mainstream media, you couldn't really be blamed for thinking that the sky is falling in. A lot existing media companies, including television and newspapers, have had their industry turned on its head by the internet, and as high speed communications becomes ubiquitous this is only going to get worse for them. They are struggling, just like the music industry did in the 1990s and 2000s.
However that isn't what this blog post is about! Sometimes you find someone who is well intentioned, but just doesn't do their research! This article from the 22 May 2011 edition of the Launceston Examiner is a perfect example.
Tasmania faces long NBN waitTo start with, the premise of the article flawed...
BY MATT MALONEY
22 May, 2011
LAUNCESTON could have to wait until 2021 to be connected to the National Broadband Network.This is easily refuted by this press release from Stephen Conroy's office which was published over a year ago.
... the company has not identified towns and cities to be connected to the network beyond last week's announcement on the project's first and second stages.
Also note the end date of 2021 - this appears to have been calculated by adding the ten year build time onto this year - ignoring the fact that construction started about a year and a half ago.
There are also comments such as:
"Tasmanian NBN users have told The Sunday Examiner that communication with internet users with a lower digital bandwidth was much slower than the one-gigabyte-a-second promised."Gold. Confused by two different things in one sentence! The maximum connection speed of an NBN connection at present is 100 megabits per second, not 1000 - which, although it is within the network capabilities, it is not available to residential customers as yet. He then fails on the difference between megabits per second and megabytes per second. Easily confusing to the lay person, but someone educating the public should be better informed. For those playing at home, a 100 megabit per second connection should result in a throughput of around 12 megabytes a second.
One Smithton business owner, Brett Dawes, said from his six months' experience, internet users must be on the same bandwidth for the network to work properly.Poorly worded, but I see the point he is trying to make... however, it ignores the fact that people in one house could be using the single FTTH connection to use several different services! You could have someone watching ABC iView on their laptop, someone else streaming a movie in the lounge room, a third person one a video chat with the grandparents in another part of the house, and the teenager playing online games in his bedroom. All with enough bandwidth left over for general web browsing and making phone calls! Not to mention - a lot of the time the "other end" will not be another end user, but a data centre with huge pipes to the outside world!
"There is not much point having a patch connected here and a patch connected there - it's all or nothing," he said.
There is enough misinformation about the NBN floating around in the media - from other news sources and opposing political parties - without errenous articles such as this one!
Just a note on the Hanlon quote at the top - I'm not suggesting stupidity in this case - just lack of research!
- Postscript: Andrew from Digital Tasmania is in the process of contacting said journo, to offer advice in future instances!
Posted by Emma
Hmmmm no they don't!
Maybe life has gotten in the way a wee bit lately for writing blog posts, but we shall endeavour to fix that... I think that as more starts happening with the house the updates will be more forthcoming. Two months and there should be plenty to write about :D
As for a life update from us, we've been to Adelaide for the national band championships over Easter. Lots of Daddy and Kiddy park time whilst I was playing then a lovely family day at the Zoo on ANZAC day before heading home.
It's now less than 100 days until our EDD for baby #3, but in reality it will probably be at least a week more than that until he/she makes their big entrance... 41 weeks seems to be the normal baby cooking time around here! Having 2 small children already there isn't all that much to do in preparation for the arrival... we need to tidy out a corner of our bedroom for baby's things and I'd like to do a bit more general decluttering around the house and cook ahead some meals that we can eat in the early days but otherwise, we're pretty good.
The children delight, surprise and frustrate us every day :) It's amazing the buttons a 3.5 year old can push... lots that yo u didn't realise you had. Her questioning and logic skills are amazing though, she asks some fantastic questions and draws some brilliant conclusions on her own. We are doing our very best to encourage and nurture this natural inquisitiveness but bedtime isn't the right time to be asking brilliant questions!
I'm also plugging away at my business, have had a few sales in the last fortnight so am desperately hoping that things will pick up from here, that would be great as we've invested quite a bit of money and many hours so far into setting up. Obviously there are still so many things that need to be done but all baby steps.
The last thing I've been doing is knitting... I've rediscovered knitting over the last few months and have actually COMPLETED over 20 items... yes ok, they were all for children but still, that's a record for me. It means I've been spending less time on the computer and more time creating which is good for me :) Knitting is definitely a separate, picture heavy post though, so watch out for a knitting post from me in the coming days.
Anyhow.... *waves, we are still here!!! :D
How many updates was I going to do this month? Did I promise three or four? It is now 11pm on March 31 so I guess I should get this one out there pretty quick!
Last week we signed the contract to build our new house!
Construction is due to start between April and June; the contracted end date is 1 May 2012.
As expected we will have bits and pieces left to do afterwards; the guest room, home theatre, storage room, and so on - but that's fine by us. The upper level will be where we will be spending most of our time so that is the important bit for us.
The latest plans:
... and it has occurred to me that some people haven't seen the view from our block! Apologies for the blurry panorama stitching issues!
Other random items of note...
- The geothermal heat pump came in at close to $100k... so it was swapped for a ducted electric heat pump... which came in at about $35k - it is now a $10k ceiling mounted unit for the main living area and panel heaters for other areas!
- Some windows have disappeared - the glazing came in at $30k more than expected. Quite a few have gone (eagle eyes can check the plans!), this also helped to get our star rating up (it came in at 5.7 in the end ..)
What is annoying is that the modelling used to calculate star ratings can't "cope" with "different" houses. eg. our cladding will be alucobond/vitrobond. They don't have an equivalent in their system (does everything have to be brick or render???). Our windows on the first floor have a niche which runs all the way around 3 sides of the house - making the roof height at the edge and therefore window height 2990mm. The niche is only about 290mm x 290mm, big enough to fit a roller blind, so the height for the rest of the house is 2700mm (think of it like a giant sunken ceiling). The problem is the star calculations can't deal with that shape of room and must base the calculations on the entire house having 2990mm ceilings, that is a LOT more space to heat! So in practice our house will perform much better than the ratings say in theory.
- The Vitrabond cladding we will be using will be costing about $20k, but installation of it about $40k! That's someone's wages for the better part of a year! The builder is try to negotiate this down ...
- We have also received a copy of the building specification document - which is a 133 page document that specifies the quality expected of the builder on every single detail.. as an example, the dimensions of the doors, number of hinges, minimum sizes of hinges, etc. Includes which Australian Standards they comply to. This kind of thing for every component of the house! Not exactly interesting reading but will be useful!
Posted by Chuq
March has started... you know what that means.. we have gone our first full calendar month without making a blog post since we started! Ooops..
I told Emma that we had gone over a month without blogging and she keenly pointed out that technically that's not true, she has been blogging frequently on her business' blog at - http://wrapem.blogspot.com/
In an attempt to rectify this we will try to do one a week for the rest of the month! A house update, a technology update (Sonos and FetchTV), I'll try and get Emma to do a sling or babywearing one, and of course some other news that most of you may know about already ;)
I guess I should do a wrap up of the year, similarly to the wrap up of the decade I wrote this time last year!
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