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I'm Shaun. I live in Sydney, Australia.

During the day I do cloud computing projects for large enterprises.

After hours I love tech, travel, architecture, good food+wine, and getting out and about on my motorcycle.

I have a 12 year old named Sybil who I adore.

I've recently taken an interest in a POSSE approach to my content, and finally got around to setting up my own Mastodon instance.

I post less than I should on my web site at shaun.net/

Quite disappointed to read about these auDA rule changes that are coming in that will also be applied to existing registrations. Don't meet the new rules even though you did when your domain was registered? Your domain can't be renewed.

I will no longer be using .au domains.

On my way to the office wearing my favourite work shirt. Happy Friday!

Pinterest is search cancer

It has so completely invaded every image search, it's nearly impossible to find original sources and attribute photos without adding "-site:pinterest.*" (minus quotes). Even then, somehow, there are at least a handful of Pinterest results

Brilliant:
When the euro bank notes were designed, they used European-style bridges which were *non-existing*, not to have to choose between countries.

The Dutch town of Spijkenisse claimed them all for the Netherlands by building them on a waterway.
twitter.com/page_eco/status/13 #Europe #Netherlands

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Booked a few flights for next month today. As someone who has gone from flying 150+ times a year to having not stepped on a plane since January, I am way too excited about getting back onboard Qantas again.

I signed up for Inkl (inkl.com/) over the weekend and within 12 hours I converted my trial into an annual sub. The morning edition is a great way to start my day - a few feel good articles and news from around the world without ads or clickbait. So refreshing!

Being an introverted motorcycle rider during a time when we're being asked to avoid unnecessary human contact is fabulous.

I've ridden about 1,200km in the past week and am discovering just how beautiful Sydney and regional NSW is.

As I settle into 2020, I've decided to take a "Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere" approach to my content under principles where content will be published on my own site first and then syndicated or linked to elsewhere.

I've written some thoughts at shaun.net/notes/taking-back-co

I put together a little write-up of my trip down Putty Road on the weekend.

shaun.net/notes/a-ride-down-pu

A few months ago I built a replacement for the 1194 speaking clock that closed down in Australia.

Before now I've only published the numbers informally on social media, but I finally got around to putting a little write-up on my website:
shaun.net/notes/george-the-tal

I still need to write-up the technical details, but hopefully I'll get around to that soon.

I was pretty excited to go past a photographer on my motorbike this weekend, so I got in touch and bought the photo that was taken.

I finally have a decent action shot of me on my MT-07!

Just got home from a motorbike ride up Putty Road.

The devastation of the fires really needs to be seen to be believed. It’s like riding through the apocalypse. Everything is dead - and not a bird or other animal in sight.

Even the road signs had melted.

Lunch at Grey Gum was great though!

Just got my Last.fm report for 2019. I leave music on at home when I'm travelling for my cat Sybil, so they're my top artists and albums for 2019 😂😂

I went overseas for a few weeks over Christmas. Ever since I got back my cat Sybil hasn't left my side.

She doesn't use her beds anymore. She has to sit next to me on the couch, and comes into bed for hugs before falling asleep next to me.

It has been nice!

I swear i didn't arrange this on purpose. They line up to stare at me when they're hungry

It's a little bit smoky in Sydney this morning.

The ride to the office is going to suck!

In September, Telstra shutdown the 1194 Australian talking clock after 66 years.

To keep a bit of Australian phone history alive I've recreated it. Naturally it's on extension 1194 internally, but I've also pointed numbers to it covering timezones across Australia:

02 9099 4494 – Sydney/Melbourne/etc
07 3667 9594 – Brisbane
08 6244 3294 – Perth
08 7078 7794 – Adelaide
08 7918 0808 – Darwin

That was a fun little project!

Air intake on my helmet after a few days of riding in bushfire smoke. 🤮

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