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.

Monday, 30 August 2010

2010 Murray White Water Festival

A great festival.  The river was a little low, I lost my paddle (if anyone finds an AT paddle on the Lower Murray, please let me know) and I got stuck in Andies and had to be dragged out (thanks Mike)... but it was a fantastic event.  Hanging out for next year.

Saturday, 14 August 2010


so... the "Go for 2 and 5" logo says 2 fruit and 5 vegetables with appropriate pictures.  But last time I looked, capsicum was a fruit.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Home Brew Festival 2010

Its that time again.  Home Brew Festival 2010 Who will win this year?  We can't let a mid-strength take the title again... so get brewing.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Indospective Kayak Surfari 2010

Got back from our Indospective Kayak Surfari 2010 trip... got photos and a movie

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Aus Champs Pictures

You can find pictures at .  Thanks to everyone who sent them to me.

2010 Australian Canoe Polo Champs

April 3 to 5 saw the 2010 Australian Canoeing Canoe Polo Championships held at Champion Lakes, Armadale. The fantastic venue was witness to some fast and furious games, culminating in the Open Mens grand final which started with a large collision and jettisoned ball and ended with a magnificent power goal in extra time. South Australia continued its dominance of the sport at a national level, winning 4 of the 5 divisions contested. All competitors, officials and spectators hailed the event a success and were impressed with the venue.


  1. South Australia 1 
  2. NSW 
  3. Victoria 1 
  4. South Australia 2 
  5. Western Australia 1 
  6. Victoria 2 
  7. Western Australia 2 
  1. South Australia 
  2. Western Australia 
Under 21 
  1. South Australia 1 
  2. South Australia 2 
  3. Western Australia 
Veterans (35+) 
  1. Western Australia 1 
  2. Draft (mixed team) 
  3. Western Australia 2
Masters (45+) 
  1. South Australia 
  2. Western Australia 
School Championship 
  1. Champion Lakes Boating Club 
  2. Mandurah Paddle Club 
The championships were also the final selection event for the Australian Teams to compete in Milan, Italy. Western Australia was well represented in the teams with Jeremy Lee being selected for the Under 21 team and Niki Lee and Libby LeCoultre making the Womens team. Congratulations.

Each canoe polo team consists of between 5-8 players with 5 on the water per team at any given time (upto 3 substitute players). Games are played in a 35m x 23m field and consist of two 10 minute halves. As the only full contact paddling sport, canoe polo is exciting team sport requiring great paddling, ball handling and tactical skills. Despite a game only lasting 20 minutes, competitors require great strength and endurance to see a game through.

Australia has a strong history in canoe polo, dominating the sport from the late 80's till the early naughties. The mens team won the World Championships in 1994, 1996 and 1998. While the womens team won the World Championships in 1994 and 1998, and claimed silver in 1996 and 2002. Recent success includes a strong showing at the World Games in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, where the mens team claimed bronze.

The competition organisers would like to thank all sponsors and supporters of the event:

Australian Canoeing
Canoeing Western Australia Inc
Perth Canoe Polo Club
Heart Foundation
Department of Sport and Recreation
Sage Automation
Kayaks Plus
Mainpeak Paddlesports
Champions Lakes Regatta Centre
Armadale Redevelopment Authority
Scouts Australia,Canoe_Polo/77/2230/

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Great internet day

Finally, iiNet won somehow I feel an appeal coming :)

Monday, 1 February 2010

Sad, terribly sad.

 My father and I were sitting in my brothers flat in Barcelona, a little bored.  We turned on the teev and searched for English channels.  Nothing.  Finally we settled on this ripper.  A lusty-busty-blonde standing on the screen encouraging people to ring in and guess the amount of euro on the screen (well, that's what we think she was saying) and win upto 50000 Euros.
When someone rang in, she would shout out "Hola solucion"... and wobble her ample chest.  Gold.

The sad part... we watched this for 3hrs waiting for the final answer, only to be told that they will continue the next night... and that's where it gets terribly sad.  We tuned in the next night and watched for another 2hrs only to have the competition close without an answer!

What to wear to work now?

I had a disaster today.  I had a thong-blow-out.  What will I wear to work now?

I've super-glued it up... lets see how long it lasts.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Drink up for Australia Day

So, am I the worst Australian? I get a mate to hang out in a cold machine room fixing a computer for me on Australia day.  How wrong is that?

Luckily he was an American so probably didn't understand what all the fuss was about.

Monday, 25 January 2010


A night sitting watching a clustered file system slowely recover...

Saturday, 23 January 2010


Waiting for
    getfattr -R -d -m '.*' -P . > ea.bak
to finish on our meta-data server. Like watching paint dry.

Monday, 18 January 2010

20 year reunion over

Was a wild night.  Awesome fun.  Looking forward to the next.

Sunday, 10 January 2010


I love screen.  I use it every day, have logins on probably 50 systems running for, sometimes, years.  I suspect this is how I'll end up .

Thursday, 7 January 2010

checksum tar

Ever wanted to checksum a tar file as you write it to tape so that you can confirm the tar file without re-reading your data off disk?

First, create a tiny script called

tee >(md5sum > chksum.txt)
Then you can do
tar --use-compress-program -cvf /dev/st0 mydir > filelist1.txt 2>&1
mv chksum.txt chksum1.txt
mt -f /dev/st0 rewind
tar --use-compress-program -tf /dev/st0 > filelist2.txt
mv chksum.txt chksum2.txt
diff chksum1.txt chksum2.txt
diff filelist1.txt filelist2.txt

Sunday, 3 January 2010


OK, so the old blog has now been moved across.

After months of not being able to post stuff, I can continue my ramblings.


Slowly getting my old blog moved across.  Up to 2008 now.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Moved again

OK, after getting pissed off with my last blog software and trying to update it... I've now decided to move to google provided blogging.  Google now owns my entire life.

Hold on tight while I move across my old blog.  Luckily, I was slack, which means their isn't that much to move :)