- Fokker 100 (Alliance Airlines, Network Aviation);
- Boeing 737-400 (Qantas/QantasLink);
- Boeing 737-800 (Qantas, Virgin Australia);
- British Aerospace 146 (QantasLink);
- Boeing 717-200 (QantasLink);
- Embraer E-Jets E-190 (Virgin Australia);
- Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia (Network Aviation);
- Fokker F70LR (Network Aviation);
- Airbus A320 (Virgin Australia);
- Saab 340 (Regional Express Airlines);
- Airbus A330-200 (Qantas);
- Dash 8 300 (QantasLink);
- Dash 8 400 (QantasLink).
In no particular order, my 2020 targets are:
- Sooty Tern
- Black-eared Cuckoo
- Southern Scrub-robin
- Gilbert’s Whistler
- Australian Owlet-nightjar
- Barn Swallow (suspect I will need to upgrade my ID skills a bit for this)
- Shy Heathwren
- Rufous Fieldwren
- Noisy Scrub-bird (will need a trip to Cheynes Beach for this)
- Western Whipbird (as above)
- Eastern Yellow Wagtail
I’m going to compile and maintain this list to assist in distinguishing aviary escapees from over-travelling legitimate wild birds (relative to the Perth metro area).
- Rainbow Lorikeet
- Red-Collared Lorikeet
- Princess Parrot
- Scarlet-chested Parrot
- Bourkes Parrot
- Emerald Dove
- Diamond Dove
- Zebra Finch
- Double-barred Finch
- Painted Finch
- Masked Lapwing
- Banded Lapwing
- King Quail
- Brown Quail
- Stubble Quail
I have just finished reading Matt Parker’s book “Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors” (ISBN 9780241360194). It is a very entertaining and enjoyable read. Matt’s background research and analysis on each of the errors is excellent.
Recommended reading for anyone with an interest in Mathematics, Engineering, Computers…
One of my tasks as an undergraduate in the engineering firm I was working at was to look after the website. Back then knowing a little HTML and how to use FTP wasn’t as common as it is now.
The web hosting company we used provided quite detailed logs for all of our virtual visitors. By looking at the IP addresses in the logs it was possible to speculate (the key word here being speculate) which company the visitor worked at.
Our sales and marketing guy caught wind of these logs and suggested we send emails to the companies we suspected had had one of their employees visit our site asking if we could be of any assistance or if they required any further information.
I explained that a) we didn’t 100% know that they had visited and b) this raised all sorts of privacy issues. Plus to me this sort of practice was creepy and not how the Internet was supposed to work.
How naive was I?
I recently read Martin Wainwright’s book on the venerable Mini titled “A Mini Adventure: The Iconic Small Car” (ISBN 9781781317112). It was a thoroughly enjoyable read, an entertaining combination of the history of the Mini and it’s status today.
The new iPad (iPad 6th Generation (128GB)) has been fantastic. I’m now hanging out for some of the goodies promised in iOS 13 (or iPadOS as it may be)…
Unfortunately I can’t say the same about the keyboard/case I selected to go with it (Logitech Slim Folio iPad Keyboard Case). Firstly, the top part of the keyboard seemed to rub on the iPad screen (thankfully only damaging the screen protector). Secondly, the keys are quite fragile and it wasn’t long before one had popped off after the mechanism had broken. To be fair I may have gotten unlucky, plenty of other people online recommend this keyboard/case.