Some people come here for my Fortran page. Others want my PhD thesis titled Quantum Waveguide Theory (which is available from the UWA library) or my Honours thesis titled Quantum Chaos in Second Harmonic Generation - Stu.

Sunday 11 September 2005

A day in the garden

A day in the garden. Drop a few large trees, cut them up and put them on the verge for collection

Sunday 14 August 2005

How to initiate a cart wheel

Start off with 4m surf. Catch a wave just as its breaking (you know, when your boat is vertical on the wave). Let the wave throw you through the air. Just as your nose hits the water, flick your hips... and its initiated. The bonus of this method is that the first few wheels are completely free as the wave dumps over you. Throw a few extra wheels on the end, a few flat spins in the foam... and you'll look like a pro in no time.

Oh... don't worry about the ear-to-ear welt under your chin, that was just the wave forgetting to undo your helmet as it tries to remove it.

Friday 12 August 2005

XT3 Desktop

The new Cray XT3 desktop solution. Powered by SGI. We have found it a rather unstable platform.

Thursday 28 July 2005

See me in the AGE

Cracked the big time, made The AGE newspaper

Friday 15 July 2005

Bloody bike

Been back on the bike for 3 days and this morning, I got 4 punctures. I fixed two, pumped it up, jumped back on and got about 20m before I heard the fft-fft-fft of a pucture. I fixed that one, got back on and got about another 20m. Yet another puncture. I repaired the 4th one and managed to get to work about 30mins late.

To top it all off, it started raining while I was fixing my 2nd pucture. Anyway, got to work safely, a little wet and dirty.

Hard at work

When I left ANUSF they bought me a bar fridge for my new office. The bar fridge arrived about a week before I did, which gave my, then, new office colleagues a hint of things to come

The little poster on the front is a requirement of CSIRO. I had to get formal permission to have drinks on a friday and I have to provide food, light beer, soft drinks and have the poster in a prominent position.

All part of the brave new world. Leads to better efficiency I hear ;)

Tuesday 12 July 2005

Back on the bike

Its been a little over a week since the crash, but I'm back on the bike today. It feels good. Still a bit stiff and sore, but that should go soon.

Monday 4 July 2005

Helmet causes bike accident

For years I've had a firm belief that wearing a bike helmet causes accidents. Within 3 weeks of the purchase of my bike helmet, I was cycling home and my helmet decided to take a death dive over my handle bars (when I was doing about 30km/h). Of course, since it was strapped to my head, I had to follow. Since my bike was attached to my feet (you know, that stupid bloody cleat/peddles) it also had to follow. I was left lying on my laptop, helmet on the grount and bike on me. Thankfully, I'd had a few drinks and didn't feel anything until a few hours later. A quick trip to the hospital a few days of a really stiff neck and I'm fine.

Thursday 30 June 2005

Lower Murray trip

Here are some photos of a recent paddling trip down the Lower Murray (about 100km South of Perth). A great technical grade 4 river.

Thanks Dan

Monday 16 May 2005


My father does a lovely job slicing and dicing himself with a circular saw

Thursday 21 April 2005

60 Years of Marriage

On the 14th of April, my grandparents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. After 60 years of wedding bliss, my grandfather still wears his tea-cosie hat... they also got some letters from some slightly important people. A large fraction of the family (9 children+partners, 20 grandchildren+partners, 1 great grand child and other close friends and relatives) gathered at a Cradle Mountain lodge for a night of festivities. Congratulations Grandma and Grandad.

Thursday 17 March 2005

Tuesday 8 March 2005

Recent polo photos

My car loaded with boats for a polo comp in Melbourne and some photos from our local Cheese Cake Challenge.

Friday 4 March 2005

New RAG currency

My boss is trying to setup an alternate world currency... the RAG

Wednesday 23 February 2005

Near iPod death

Who said iPod's weren't dangerous? I was almost knocked off my bike this morning cause I was blissfully unaware of the oncoming traffic. Surely, with my iPod shuffle blaring away, I can fend off speeding cars with my bare hands?

Thursday 17 February 2005

New Super Computer

Well, after several months of review/planning/contract negotiations, we (APAC) have purchased a new super computer. The machine is an SGI Altix 3700 Bx2 system with 1680 cpu's in total (3 x 512cpu systems, 1 x 128cpu system and 1 x 16 cpu system). The press release is here. Its quite good reading.

I'll post photos as it is installed etc.

Monday 14 February 2005

Work Christmas Party

Christmas is always so hectic that we have our work christmas party in Feb

Tuesday 1 February 2005

8th Hole

This is the 8th hole on the Port Arthur golf course (par 3). We all made par, great end to a round of gold. Its a bugger of a water hazard