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. Itโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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!

@GigaByte4711 It's running on an Asterisk machine using an AGI script that I wrote.

The "strokes" are synchronised to NTP with up to a 25ms delay due to the sleep loop between playing the prompts and sounding the strokes at the appropriate 10 second interval.

I don't have a writeup yet but am planning on publishing one over the next couple of days.

It's popular. A few hundred calls today already and I haven't even published the numbers that widely!

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 โ€“ Sydney/Melbourne/etc
07 3667 9594 โ€“ Brisbane
08 6244 3294 โ€“ Perth
08 7078 7794 โ€“ Adelaide
08 7918 0808 โ€“ Darwin

That was a fun little project!

Air intake on my helmet after a few days of riding in bushfire smoke. ๐Ÿคฎ

@Bluedepth Not a problem - glad it's useful. Feedback like yours is what makes running it worthwhile! :)

@kemonine I don't think so. I had a bit of notification overload when I first got a smart watch and turned most of them off.

Only calls and SMS come through now. Everything else including email, Slack, etc. waits until I look at my phone.

@skynebula For short trips I use roaming mobile data. My mobile carrier (Telstra) tunnels all data back to Australia so you can browse without the "great firewall".

I've also found some of the major hotels tend to route their Internet traffic via HK/etc so it's not subject to the firewall.

I have also had more success connecting to the VPN endpoint I run at home, rather than commercial VPN providers which tend to be blocked.

Otherwise it can be hit and miss. Tor is blocked.

@sikkdays Nope. I really only make calls on my smart phone when I'm out.

At home or in the office, I much prefer using a normal phone handset.

@thomasfuchs Haha. I found the backups of my old BBS last week along with all the door games I had licenses for (LORD, TW2002, etc).

I've been toying with the idea of putting it back online.

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