Computer names… what’s next?

For some years now we’ve named our home computers after characters in Tintin. First we had Tintin and Snowy, both desktops. Snowy was replaced with Haddock. The two of them were joined for a little while by Nestor, which was called that because it was a server. Haddock broke down (probably a motherboard failure, I  ... [More]

books Film

My verdict on the Tintin movie

Look! It’s Tintin on a bus… And here’s Tintin on a tram (and a tram in Tintin)… So anyway, we went to the Tintin movie yesterday — in 2D, as 3D doesn’t work on me. I enjoyed it a lot. They did a good job of recreating the look of Herge, and there were plenty  ... [More]

books News and events

NASA to prove Herge right?

Tintin and friends landed on the moon in 1952, some 17 years before Apollo 11 got there. While writing the story, Herge and his team researched what the moon would look like on the surface, and as anybody who’s read the book would know, it’s uncannily accurate. After Apollo 11 made it to the Moon,  ... [More]

books Melbourne Net

Some silly things

A fire in Springvale, to which the CFA responds. C’mon, Springvale. What is this, 1960? East of Westall Road isn’t paddocks anymore. Surely it’s time to re-draw the MFB/CFA boundaries? The metro/country taxi boundaries are similar, aren’t they? Time for an update. Odd. I found a quarterly magazine that retails for $7, but is $44  ... [More]