Microsoft Band–My Band Journey

At Build last year I rushed to the Microsoft store to buy a Microsoft Band. They weren’t available in the US and what drew me to the device was the phone integration and the ability to track my bike rides. Since then I’ve had a couple of V1s and have had the V2 for just…

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Day 2–Off to the Namib

Today was another massive travel day. Up early to catch the shuttle bus to the airport and off to Windhoek. That all went well until we boarded the plane and sat there…and sat there…and finally they announced 35 passengers had failed to board and we were going to wait for them. So we sat on…

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Day 1–Arrived in Johannesburg

This morning was a massive travel day. We were up at 4am to get to the airport for a flight from Brisbane to Sydney. Had a few hours to kill in Sydney so we found a nice bluetooth speaker incase our car really only has radio/cassette as advertised and then our big flight from Sydney…

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Day 28-30 Buenos Aires

Friday morning was an early flight up to Buenos Aires. The site said we had to be there 2 hours before but the airport was completely dead. Checked in, scored and exit and paid our $3.50 US departure tax. Arrived at Buenos Aires and were greeted by Sally and Ignacio – former Imagine Cup judges…

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Day 27–Laguna Esmeralda Ushuaia

After parking out at sea last night and picking up the driver for the last bit of the journey we arrived at Ushuaia this morning. Last minute pack rush, handing back of boots and life jackets, collecting passports and we were done. Onto our coach to drive us 200 metres to the carpark and it’s…

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Day 24-26 New Island

3rd – The morning was spent on New Island. Bit of a hike up the hill and you reach a colony of rockhoppers and albatross. The zombie penguins as usual. They looks more like zombie falling penguins when they go down the rocks though. We tried some flying albatross shots but I suck hard at…

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Day 23 Carcass Island

Today was basically a “filler” day in terms of photography but it turned out to be a nice day. We landed on the beach and the sun was shining so we took a bit of walk and found somewhere out of the wind and had a nice sit looking over the beach. Had a bit…

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Day 22 Westpoint and Grave Cove

This morning we headed to Westpoint. After a bit of a hike up the hill we scabbed a lift in the caretaker’s Jeep. After a short walk we arrived at a massive Albatross colony on a massive cliff. We headed up over the ridge but my gumboots, steep cliff and insane wind against my camera…

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Day 21–Steeple Jason and Grave Cove

This morning we were up and ready to land on Steeple Jason which is home to 20000 albatross. It’s a difficult landing site with a narrow weather window so the team were planning on landing us and leaving us there all day till the weather passed and pack us a few sandwiches. This morning was…

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Day 20–Saunders Island

Today we headed to Saunders Island. Even though I knew on Day 12 the dream was over, being in the snow and conditions in South Georgia hid that seeing penguins on bright green grass really brought that front and centre. It’s a steep landscape here with a variety of bird life. It’s interesting to walk…

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Day 15–Gold Harbour

We pulled into Gold Harbour bright an early and they woke us up 2 hours earlier than expected as the weather was good. When buying gear for this trip I had resisted cheaping out and we’d bought expensive waterproof pants and jackets and today they where worth every cent. I was the first onto my…

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Day 13 and 14–Salisbury Plains

We’d had a rough night in more way than one and this is the view that greeted us out of our porthole this morning We made it to Salisbury Plains this Thursday afternoon to give us some fresh air but the conditions changed for the worse and only some of the passengers managed to get…

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Day 12–Grytviken and Jason Habour

This morning we landed at our first of two compulsory stops on our trip – Grytviken. It’s an old whaling station that was set up in 1904. After being cold yesterday I went for more layers. This time I had two thermals, a fleece jacket, my down jacket and my outer shell. I felt like…

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Day 11 – Land Ahoy!

We’re running ahead of schedule and we’re going to hit land early and actually walk on solid ground today. My head has stopped spinning. Not sure if it’s the calmer waters, not taking my old meds or taking the new meds but I’m up and around for more than an hour at a time for…

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Day 8-10 All aboard the Ushuaia

Saturday we’re up early to get to the airport for our flight to Mt Pleasant. If you’ve never been on a smallish plane with 100+ photographers it’s an experience. Unsurprisingly with a full flight we quickly ran out of overhead locker space. This meant John and I had to endure the first 3 hours with…

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Day 6–Hike up Alto el Naranjo

Today we got out of town and went for a hike up Alto el Naranjo. It’s a short drive out of the city except in peak hour traffic when it’s quite a bit longer. It’s quite a steep walk on very slippery rubble. It gave my new hiking boots a good workout. I really should…

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Day 4–chilling around Easter Island

Woke up early this morning for sunrise only for it to be really cloudy and pouring down with rain. So meant a nice slow morning and catching up on some sleep. Went into town for lunch and to get some more cash only to find the ATMs aren’t working today. Hopefully they’ll be working again…

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Day 2–Sunday To Easter Island

This morning we were up early to catch our flight to Easter Island. I was a bit worried whether the taxi the hotel had called for us would arrive or it would be lost in translation of my extremely poor attempt at Spanish. I breathed a big sigh of relief at 5:30 am when we…

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Day 1–Saturday To Santiago

Today we are officially on holidays. After booking this trip over 14 months in advance it has been a slow countdown. It’s been a long first day getting up at 5am to get to the airport in Brisbane, to catch our flight to Sydney. Then a quick change of airports before jumping on our next…

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Moving an Existing Blog site

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front for awhile. There’s a few reasons : we’re busy, we’ve been procrastinating but also we thought this would be much easier…. Our site was a Dot Net Nuke instance from a few years ago, hosted on our own server. Both had gotten a bit long in…

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Rails Girls Brisbane #3

Tonight we kicked off the install fest for Rails Girls Brisbane #3 . It was great to see lots of ladies attending and to see a large number of mentors to help out. After much installing we got everyone together for a traditional Friday Hug photo. I quickly rattled off a few pics to make…

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Young ICT Explorers 2014

Today was Young ICT Explorers judging for QLD. This is my 3rd year as a judge. It’s great to see so many young people getting excited with technology and building cool stuff. It’s also great to recognise a bunch of the kids that have come back year after year with new and exciting ideas. This…

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Tech Girls are SuperHeros Launch

Today is International Women’s Day and also the launch of the Tech Girls are Superheroes book featuring yours truly as Aion. Jenine launched the Tech Girls Movement to promote positive role models to encourage and raise awareness of information technology careers for girls. You can find out more here. The book is the first part…

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