Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

Wonders of Africa as seen on Google Earth

November 9, 2007

Google Sightseeing has a great post on African animals caught in the act on Google Earth. Here are a few highlights from the post:

Small family of elephants in Chad Huge flock of Pink Flamingos
taking off in Mozambique
Hundreds of Tanzanian hippos wallowing in the mud

Link to a kml file containing hundreds of animals found in Google Earth
Visit the official Megaflyover and National Geographic pages.

Link to Google Sightseeing post

I’m on the way to Mars!

August 5, 2007

About a year ago now, I signed up to have my name added to the Phoenix DVD Project. Well today the Phoenix launched and is on the way to the Red Planet.

In addition to more than a quarter million of names, the Phoenix DVD carries Visions of Mars: The First Martian Library.

When the first human explorers set foot on Mars and discover the disk, mounted to the deck of the Phoenix spacecraft, they will see a special note “Attention Astronauts: Take This With You.” When they decode the data on the disk and unlock its secrets, they will receive a wealth of information about how Mars was seen by 20th and 21st century Earth. This disk is a very special message to the future from Earth, created by the members of The Planetary Society.

Link to more details about the project.
Here is a link to a great article on MyADSL about the Phoenix Spacecraft’s launch and mission

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Mother Reunion

June 6, 2007

MotherReunion(180)A real blast from my past is set to make a comeback. Mother raves were huge, attracting thousands of party goers. I remember being all nervous the afternoon of the event and getting dressed up in crazy rave fashion of the day. Most of the events where at the Park Station in Johannesburg. Mother Raves were awesome!

From Derek “The Bandit’s” Blog:

It is now official…

Mother Reunion will take place on Friday 29th June 2007.
The venue is No.1 Rissik Street Johannesburg.

DEREK”TheBandit” 04h00 – 06h00
The Famous Bacon & Egg Set!

The cost per ticket is R150.
All are VIP.
This is limited to 1,000 tickets only.

More details at:

www.soundrepublic.co.za

Sleeping at work? You need an EnergyPod.

May 29, 2007

Metronaps offer a unique service by providing mid-day napping equipment. Their EnergyPod is a room within a room and creates a semi-private acoustical and visual environment. The cocoon offers protective privacy without overly enclosing.

The EnergyPod is equiped with built-in music loaded onto an internal memory card. Sound is played through either built-in Bose speakers or headphones.

Link to product site.
Link to Chicago Tribune article

  

Near Misses

May 21, 2007

This weekend’s Super 14 final, which saw the Sharks beaten in the final minutes by the Bulls, made me think what it must be like for the players of the losing side. How many opportunities like that does the average player get? Is there any likelihood of any of them getting another go at a Super 14 final?

What must it be like to lose the World Cup Soccer final, lose in the finals at Wimbledon, get beaten in the Olympic 100m final etc. To experience such a high and then the lowest of lows must remain with the individuals for the rest of their lives.

Does this only apply to sports or can it be related to normal life? Have you ever interviewed for a dream job that you never got or had a project that you’ve been working on for months cancelled? Does the average person experience anything that comes close to this?

Personally, I don’t think I’ve been exposed to such extreme emotions. I can only imagine that it must be similar to the death of a family member or a close friend.

Great article on our new neighbourhood – Hillcrest

April 26, 2007

From the article:

… Once upon a time, Hillcrest was the Rip van Winkle of KZN’s prosperous Upper Highway area – a somnolent hamlet bordering the Valley of a Thousand Hills and surrounded by sweeping farmland, pastures and cane fields.

… Then, all at once – and to those of us who live in the area it really did seem to happen overnight – there was a volcanic eruption of building and commercial development that transformed the town into a seething commercial hub within the blink of a developer’s eye.

… Hillcrest homes now range from around R1.2-million to R3.5-million. At the lower figure, you can expect a compact, no-frills three-bedroom home with double garage on half an acre.

… As for the traffic congestion, an estimated R60-million upgrade of the town’s main roads is underway. Some of the work – including road widening and new traffic lights – has already been completed, although officials say extensive roadworks in the greater Hillcrest region could take a good three to four years to complete.

… other factors that have led to the Hillcrest boom: first, there’s the release of large tracts of developable farmland around Inanda Road. There’s also the excellent schools and country living away from the urban blight of central Durban. And an avalanche of new developments sold free of transfer duty.

… Located 35 kilometres from the Indian Ocean and 650m above sea level, it isn’t prone to the suffocating summer heat of the coast. As a result, say environmentalists, the area has one of the healthiest climates in the world, with an average summer temperature of 24ºC and an annual mean of just under 18ºC.

Link to the full article

Comment posted by Ryan CrawCour
at 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Ryan CrawCour

so you’re trying to say you’re being paid far too much? 😛

April, 2007 11:58 AM (http://ryancrawcour.spaces.live.com/)

A Moving Nightmare

April 18, 2007

6 months ago my wife and I took the plunge and moved from Johannesburg to Durban following the chilled, outdoor lifestyle. We wanted to settle in and see if costal living was for us before investing in property. After about 3 months, we decided to start looking for a house that we could see ourselves living in for the next 10 to 20 years.

After a couple weeks of looking and seeing a number of places, we found a great place in Gillitts. With it only being 30 minutes from work and having a great big garden and pool, we were sold. Our offer was accepted in December 2006 and we’ve been looking forward to moving ever since.

John Rocher, the previous owner, and I verbally agreed that we would take occupation on the 1st of April this year. He called me at the end of March asked for an additional 3 weeks as his new house was not ready. Agreeing to this, I postponed our movers, arranged an additional months lease at the place we were renting etc.

Now, having postponed everything for an extra 3 weeks, and having given up our lease, John decides that he is not moving out as previously agreed. We therefore have no place to go as of this Friday. According to the lawyers, we have no leg to stand on as all arrangements were verbal. There was no documented proof of this arrangement.

My wife and I are now forced to place our household contents in storage and move into a holiday flat in Umhlanga. John now agrees to the 10 May but we are yet to get this in writing. Paying for storage and 3 weeks (hopefully only 3 weeks) in a holiday flat are things we really never planned for.

I honestly cannot believe that anyone would act in such a manner. I suppose the expensive lesson is to ensure that all agreements are documented and signed by both parties.

It is sad that we have to suppress our natural instinct to trust.

Comment posted by Ryan CrawCour
at 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM
Ryan CrawCour

OUCH!

that was a lesson i learnt with my first attempt at purchasing a house ….

thought verbal agreements were binding in a court of law; but problem is how do you get the parties to agree on what was said, unless there is a recording of the conversation; but often these are inadmissible too unless both parties knew upfront of the recording.

jeesh.

sometimes i think it is just easier to rent (but only with a rental agreement signed in blood, of course :P)

April, 2007 4:57 PM (http://ryancrawcour.spaces.live.com/)

Happy New Year

January 1, 2007

Happy new year everyone! It’s hard to believe that 2007 is here already. This is going to be a good one! I’m not one for new years resolutions but its hard not to think of a couple things I’d like to achieve and change during the next year.

I rather not jinx them by listing them here but I will say one of them has to be blogging.

Funny video of my Dad at his 60th

October 1, 2006

My Dad having a blast at his 60th.

Link