I was confronted by an incredible demon force…

Well, so much for a long and detailed entry this week.

Work is hellish at the moment. Still big problems with the new server, and now our email has gone completely apewire. We can get email, but we can’t send it – so everyone who runs into problems with the new server sends us emails about it and we can’t reply, so they think we’re being rude, which is never good for a business.

Add in the fact that I’ve got about five websites to finish in the next 48 hours, and have no way of actually doing so without engaging in some kind of warping of the space time continuum and I’m sure you can see why I have no energy for writing when I get home in the evenings. I’ve barely got the energy to eat – which at least might help me lose some weight.

So there it is. Work is hell and my life sucks. So what’s new?

My Manta Ray’s Alright

Well, finally the Wyrmlog is back in some kind of reasonable form. I’ve still got to add in the rest of the sections (books, music, links, all that other self indulgent crud πŸ™‚ but the entries are back up and formatted. So I’m happy with it for now. Expect more corrections over the next two weeks until we’re back to normal operations or a resonable facsimile of such.

This week, with the server change over, has been hell. I’m not going to write about it because I’m still recovering. Thank Mr Winkle it’s a long weekend!

Google.com.au has an ANZAC Day logo. That’s nice of them.

So yeah that’s what happening. I’m too exhausted to write any more now, but expect a longer update over the next few days. Probably πŸ™‚

…And now for a Science Lesson too.

OK, it turns out that I was forgetting one of my most basic scientific facts. Hydrogen is weird.

Hydrogen as it turns out is not a metal – even when solid. However if you put it under enough pressure it becomes a metal, which is exactly the sort of perverse behaviour you’d expect from an element made up of only one proton and one electron (yeah yeah, isotopes I know, but I’m keeping this simple).

So – I was wrong. But I was also right, albeit only under certain conditions πŸ™‚

The question I guess is is metallic hydrogen lighter than lithium? I have no idea – but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was.

Hmmmmm, it’s 5:20pm and I’m still at work. All alone. We’re switching our new server on tonight which means all sorts of chaos and disruption. I got stuck with the job of backing up our JSPs, which essentially consists of sitting here watching them download. This is the kind of thing one would usually leave running as an automatic process, except that the connection keeps dropping out and requires a manual restart. So I have to sit here and restart it. I wouldn’t mind so much except that it means I’m going to miss part two of Doctor Who:Inferno which is one of my favourites from the Pertwee era. Not that I’ve seen it, I just really enjoyed the novelisation as a kid. And now I’m stuck here watching files download instead, which is about as interesting as… (I’m trying to think of an alternative to ‘watching paint dry’, but frankly it’s the perfect simile, so here goes) …watching paint dry. *sigh*.

Maybe I’ll sing to pass the time… # I gave my love a chicken, it had no bone, #. Hmmmm, maybe not πŸ™‚

It’s time for a History Lesson! Yawn.

Well, once again a decent update is long overdue, so I’d better get on with it I guess.

The weekend. Yes, the weekend. I spent most of it working on Abandoned in Perth. On Saturday I went in to the State Library to do some research on the various sites I’ve photographed. In particular I wanted to check out the Maylands Brickwork since the website of a certain politician suggests that they…

  1. Are/were in danger of demolition due to road widening
  2. Have/had round kilns, like over at the Belmont Tileworks

Since I know of no round kilns anywhere on the peninsula I was worried that they’d actually been demolished during all the residential development that’s gone on down there over the past few years.

As it turned out the politician (like most of his breed) has no idea what he’s talking about. The photos on his site are the Belmont Tileworks – he’s got the two sites confused. The Maylands Brickworks (what’s left of them anyway) are perfectly safe – well, apart from the brickwork falling off the chimney (although that’s probably more of a danger to visitors to the place than the actual site itself πŸ˜‰

(The Belmont Tileworks are in danger though, which really sucks)

Anyway I also found a brilliant map of the East Perth Power Station. It covers everything on the entire site, the interior of the main building and even the basement. My floor is now covered with photocopies πŸ™‚

I also turned up a bunch of interesting (or at least interesting to me anyway πŸ™‚ factoids about the station. For instance…

  • The small blocky building to the north of the main station is a frequency switching facility built in 1951 at great expense to compensate for the fact that the Government skimped on the original station in 1914 and built it at 40 cycles instead of the more standard 50.
  • In 1947 the No. 1 Turbo Alternator spontaneously disintegrated throwing high speed debris all through the station and leaving the metro area at 25% of minimum power requirements.
  • There’s supposed to be an alternator in the river by the station – it ‘jumped’ when an out of phase circuit breaker was forced closed (which apparently causes ‘bad things’ to happen :).
  • Rolf Harris’s father worked there as a turbine operator.

How about that then?

I also managed to dig up a scant few details on the Albany Bell Hatchery. The property was bought in 1910 by Peter Albany Bell, a tea-room magnate (I am not making this up!) who wanted to build a large “country style” house on it. He built the house in 1912 on the northern side of the property (where the Hatchery now stands) and in 1914 built the ‘castle’ (a confectionery factory and bakery for his tea-rooms) on the south side. In 1928 the company got out of the tea-room business and started renting out the castle for various other purposes.

Ten years later in 1938 Peter’s son Albany Maston Bell started a hatchery in a vacant section of the castle and in 1942 built a new facility on the current site (presumably the house was demolished at this point). The hatchery was still running in the 50’s (by which time the art-deco building on the front of the site was in existence) but from there the trail goes cold.

I suspect the house on the back of the site was a replacement for the 1912 house, but I don’t know for sure. There are some audio interviews with Albany Maston Bell in the State Archives, I might have a listen to them and see if I can dig up any more info. The whole thing has got me intrigued πŸ™‚

Anyway that was Saturday. Yesterday I walked down to the Brickworks to have another look round and take some more photos. I also wanted a look at the old areodrome before it gets demolished for a housing development. I ended up walking all the way round the peninsula to Tranby House. The level of development down there was so depressing (the family used to know the caretakers, we’d visit them each Christmas) that I turned around and walked home. Three hours round trip all up, not bad.

So yeah, that was the weekend.

I’m sure there was something else I was going to write about, but I can’t for the life of me think what. So I’ll shut up now πŸ™‚

P.S. Who Wants to be a Millionaire? does it again! The lightest metal is Hydrogen not Lithium! The fact that it’s a gas at room temperature doesn’t make any kind of difference!

I think πŸ™‚

Wild Talents

I was thinking about an episode of Frasier today at work – and lo and behold it was on TV tonight (the fancy dress one, where Niles dresses up like Martin – you know the one! ;-). This seems to happen to me an awful lot – I think about an episode of a show, and it comes on that night.

Either I have a rare and specialised version of precognition, or I think waaaay too much about TV πŸ™‚

General weekly update type stuff

Still no word from those slackers over at innergeek.us (no link for them!). I’ll have to follow them up I suppose if I want any kind of satisfaction out of the whole affair. Hmmm, maybe I’ll just set up a keyword loaded page explaining they’re a bunch of thieves and get it ranking higher on Google then they do – that might be fun πŸ™‚

Anyway I suppose I’d better say what other stuff I’ve been up to over the last few weeks, apart from making the odd entry about the Fiery Furnaces and Jorja Fox.

OK, I had a haircut that’s something. I also got my watch repaired. Its battery ran out the other week and while it was being replaced I thought I might as well get the glass fixed back in (it fell out when I was visiting Rebecca in Kalgoorlie in August 2002 and had been held together by sticky tape ever since). The watch people over at the Galleria did a fantastic job, not only replacing the battery and gluing the glass as requested but also cleaning the face, which had got stained in a few places from stuff leaking in. They also polished the case, and all of this for $30.00. That’s what you call value.

I’ve also been doing some more work on Abandoned in Perth – mainly adding inconsequential side pages and visiting new sites rather than processing all the photos I’ve got. Unfortunately I’m running out of pages to add and so will have to get on to actually processing the mountains of images that are waiting, which is so tedious. Oh well, my fault for setting the site up in the first place πŸ™‚

I’m also doing a fair bit of research on local urban history – the site is starting to look (in my mind at any rate) like more of an urban archeology site than a purely urban exploration one. This is mostly down to the fascinating (ie: mind stupefyingly boring to anyone except a tragic history/geography geek such as myself πŸ™‚ survey on the Swan River Trust website. Pages and pages of information covering the geography, history, landuse and flora of every section of the Swan and Canning rivers, in excruciating detail. It’s bloody fascinating – you could live near the river your entire life (as I have done) and not even hear a tenth of this stuff. I never knew for instance that the fairly staid and boring suburb of Bicton is built on top of an extensive cave complex. Or that there used to be natural hot springs in Nedlands. Or that UWA is built on an Aboriginal battle ground. Great stuff πŸ™‚

I’m also planning to head down to the State Library next weekend and find out how much of the old Maylands Brickworks was destroyed for the peninsula housing development. I have the nasty feeling that the answer is ‘most of it’. Bastards. But I’ll shut up about that until I have some more information. And before I bore anyone too much πŸ˜‰

Also in the website realm I’ve been looking at redesigning the Wyrmlog. This bloated, non-standards compliant layout is starting to be an embarrassment. I’m also going to be looking at a PHP solution to take some of the load off the GTP Sever – and eliminate the frames, which have always annoyed me. So don’t be surprised if there are some weird changes over the next few weeks as I experiment (cue evil laugh here – Mwahahahaha!!).

I’ll also be adding a search feature – for when you just have to know my opinion of Alisen Down say, or Guy Sebastian.

(Although as an adult, music-loving human being with intelligence greater than that of a retarded ant my opinion of Guy Sebastian should be fairly obvious πŸ™‚

(As – given my last log entry – should be my opinion of Alisen Down πŸ˜‰

About the only other thing I’ve done lately is head down to Rebecca and Dom’s on Saturday for lunch (they wanted to test out their new barbecue). I got down there a bit early so decided to make more website work for myself by photographing the derelict Elders Woolstore (over lunch I was told that a number of people have been beaten up around there recently – just as well I didn’t know or I wouldn’t have got any photos).

Oddly though my camera battery died halfway through. This only ever seems to happen in Fremantle. No doubt it’s down a localised geomagnetic anomaly – either that or convict ghosts draining the energy πŸ˜‰

Anyway that’s about all I’ve got to say – boring as usual I’m afraid. I’ll obviously have to do something rash and foolish this week just to spice things up. Or get a life. One or the other πŸ™‚

Sam Brown’s Horse

Happened to catch a repeat of the Concert for George on ABC last night. Sam Brown (she of 1988 worldwide hit Stop) did a truly incredible version of Lead a Horse to Water. I was fully prepared to go out today and buy the concert album just to get a copy of it, however it turns out that they decided to leave it off. Oh well, I’m sure I can download it somewhere πŸ˜€

Hey, if the record companies will put what I want on CD I’m fully prepared to pay for it. If they won’t, what choice do I have? ;-D

Defective thought for the day

On the bus home today I got thinking about TV and realised that my two favourite shows at the moment are CSI (that is the orginal CSI – I wouldn’t touch CSI:Miami with a ten foot swab) and (embarrasingly) Gilmore Girls. I then got thinking about a way to combine them, like some kind of crossover episode. I then got thinking about a crossover seriesCSI:Star’s Hollow. I then decided that this train of thought was way too defective to continue and got back to reading New Scientist πŸ™‚

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