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Save Screech's House! Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 June 2006 19:44

Image Dustin Diamond, who played Samuel "Screech" Powers on Saved by the Bell needs your help!!

In just 40 days, he's set to lose his house.  When Saved by the Bell finished, Dustin moved from California to make Wisconsin his new home.  With a poor credit rating, he knew that a loan was virtually impossible, but managed to purchase a house on a land contract .

Over the last few years, property values have risen and they want the land back.  Not ready to back down, Dustin enlisted the help of Arthur Giraldo who works for New York Capital Exchange .  Arthur is said to be an expert on land contracts, and came by way of recommendation by and old friend who said "If he can't do it, it can't be done." 

Arthur reassured Dustin that all would be good with his loan.  Dustin completed lots of paperwork but Arthur seemed to be ignoring the situation.  Repeated calls to his mobile were met with reassurances, but nothing seemed to be done.  Arthur said "Don't worry. Everything's moving ahead and all is well."

But all was not well.  Despite the fact that Dunstin had completed all the paperwork that was required, he was served with a notice of Foreclosure .  Arthur Giraldo, as it turns out, did nothing.  He did not contact the land contract holder, he did not pass on any papers that were signed.  He just didn't care what the outcome was.

Now, it's time for Dustin to take matters into his own hands.

You can help Dustin save his house for just a few dollars, Buy a TShirt!!   For $15 you get a fab shirt and for $20, he'll even sign it.  These are bound to become a collectors item!  I've got one on order, you should too!
Community TV Awards Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 June 2006 19:08

Image The 2006 Community Television Awards "The Antennas" were held on Friday 16th June at the BMW Edge Theatre at Federation Square, Melbourne Australia.  The Antennas is an event to recognise the deversity of programs being produced around Australia.

 So, why am I talking about this here?  Two reasons!  Firstly, I was the floor manager for the broadcast. and Secondly, Salam Café won Program of the Year!  I think that's kind of neat :)

The program went to air live at 8:30pm in Melbourne, and was also show live via satellite in Brisbane and Adelaide; running a little over-time, the program finished at 10:40pm

Macro Photos Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 June 2006 08:06
On a cold Winter night in Melbourne, there's nothing better to do than plonk yourself down in front of the heater and break out the digital camera...  Utilising a couple of CCFL tubes from a busted scanner, a large sheet of white paper and my Sony DSCP-10 digital camera set to macro, I got a bunch of photos.  Mostly Nixie stuff, but I did get a good snap of...
Chernobyl 20 years on Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 April 2006 15:49

Twenty years ago this month, a test in Chernobyl's Unit 4 nuclear reactor went wrong... horribly wrong...

A typical shift in the Unit 4 reactor control room. 

Batch #2 Print E-mail
Monday, 06 February 2006 18:01

#2 Brew Start 23:30 11/01/06

Cascade Spicy Ghost
Brewiser Body Brew ( 600g Dextrose & 400g Maltodextrin / Corn Syrup )
Yeast - Re-hydrated for 10 mins.

11/01/06 - 23:30 SG: 1038 Started
24/01/06 - 14:00 SG: 1010
24/01/06 - 23:00 SG: 1010 Bottled

Tasted 06/02/06 - Taste ok, well carbonated.

Batch #3 Blows its top! Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 16:26

Last night I started my 3rd batch of home brew...  I had a bit of a go at coming up with my own recipe and hopefully I will end up with a nice rich stout..... That is, if my fermenter doesn't blow itself up!

This batch consisted of:
2 cans of Coopers Stout extract
1 KG of Dextrose
500G of Lactose
26L of water
The OG of this batch was 1.060 and I have discovered one delight of home brewing - All this bloody foam spewing out of the top of my fermenter!!
This is a photo of my fermenter, it was worse than this a few hours ago, I cleaned it all off... but that didn't help for long.  After reading through a few posts on this problem at I've found that I need to use a blow-off tube, which I've done :)  so hopefully I have the problem sorted!
Beer Crate / Case Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 January 2006 18:44

Well, I've started doing a little home-brew and have discovered that you can quickly stack up more bottles than you know what to do with.. So I went in search of a storage solution...

If anyone's ever Googled "Beer Case Plans" then you will have found that there is not much in the way of good plans online.  So I measured up a bunch of bottles and headed off to Bunnings to go shopping...

After spending hours on end (20 minutes) wandering around, I purchased a few bits of wood, a few nails and headed home.

Construction began in earnest and after several hours (and a few beers) this is what I came up with:

Wooden Beer Crate - Empty

Wooden Beer Crate - Full

This case will hold 24 stubbies

Lightning 20/1/06 Print E-mail
Friday, 20 January 2006 09:27
A big electrical storm rolled over Melbourne earlier this week.  This photo was captured on the beach about half-way between Hampton and Brighton at about 3am 20/01/06 looking towards the city.

Lightning over Melbourne
Batch #1 Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 January 2006 19:36
#1 Brew start: 1:45am 28/12/05
Yukon Brown Smoked Ale + 1KG Malt Mix
28/12/05 - 01:45 SG: 1048 Started
01/01/06 - 23:00 SG: 1016
02/01/06 - 23:45 SG: 1014
05/01/06 - 01:25 SG: 1014 Bottled ( 56 x 375ML Stubbies )
Tasted - 20/01/06 - Great taste, no head, well carbonated.
Neave Games - PacMan Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 June 2004 21:54
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