Category Archives: Technology

A few weeks ago on a lazy Sunday afternoon I visited a popular coastal Adelaide suburb called Brighton. Whilst I was there I noticed a wonderful looking lamp in a trendy gallery. What was particularly interesting about it was that it was constructed from old machine parts and actually has a pressure gauge attached to it. Personally I am a huge fan of upcycling so it didn’t take much convincing to buy the item. Certainly now it is displayed in our living room it certainly is a talking point because (at first glance) people can’t tell exactly what it is. » Read more

After I left university in 1989 I became a freelance illustrator and was represented by a prestigious artist agency. I vividly remember working to exceptionally tight deadlines and normally working for 48-hours straight to complete an artwork. Thirty years ago illustrations had to be hand delivered or sent by a courier service. They also had to be mounted on a board with an acetate sheet cover. Obviously these days everything is done digitally and can be sent worldwide with the click of a mouse. » Read more

Recently I visited the Apple shop in the city centre in Adelaide, South Australia. Even though I have owned several of their products over the years I had always purchased them from authorised retailers. All of their stores are virtually carbon copies and are laid out in a particular way. In some respects, they look like fashionable cafes or even a modern art gallery. They also attract a lot of trendy hipsters because it is the coolest place to congregate on a Saturday afternoon. As well as selling official Apple merchandise like Mac’s, iPads and iPhones they also sell compatible devices from other manufacturers. A great example is the wonderful Aura from Harman Kardon. » Read more

As I have mentioned previously one of my great passions in life is films. In fact, whenever my wife and I get the chance we love to visit the cinema. However, with a young child sometimes the choice of movies can be restrictive. One of my favourite modern day films is the 2004 classic ‘Sideways’, which is essentially the story of two friends bonding through fine wine tasting journey of all things. Even though the protagonists have many unresolved personal issues the back drop of the Napa Valley is absolutely spectacular. Certainly it paints a beautiful picture of the Californian lifestyle and why people choose to reside there. It also explains why innovators like Apple, Facebook and Google have established their headquarters here. » Read more

One of the many fantastic aspects of residing in a country like Australia is the outdoor living. There are an abundance of outdoor park areas and gardens to visit. Certainly this is a massive bonus because we have a very energetic 6-year old boy. For myself and my wife having a house close to water was an absolute prerequisite. Water sports also plays a major part in many of the locals daily lives. We have a lot of friends that are keen swimmers, rowers and kite boarders. » Read more

A few years ago if someone told that 3D printing would be an integral part of our lives I would have said they were dreaming. However, with modern advances it seems that anything is possible. For example, companies are now using 3 D printing for building cars, furniture and even houses. No longer is this just a prototyping tool but a cost effective way of manufacturing bespoke pieces. In fact, this method of production has infiltrated into medical science and could be used for joint replacements in the near future. » Read more

In many of the world’s capital cities the volume of traffic is increasingly becoming a major problem. To combat this issue Governments are imposing congestion charges. Certainly this is a good revenue spinner but it also is a way of achieving a greener society. In fact councils are positively encouraging commuters to ditch their cars in favour of the humble bicycle. » Read more

Even though I have driven some pretty nice cars I have never considered myself a petrol head. When I have seen guys driving Ferrari’s, Porsche’s and Lamborghini’s I never been particularly envious but can understand their desire to own these vehicles. However now I have a 6-year old boy I have become a lot more fascinated by turbo and supercharged engines. To say that he is obsessed with fast cars would be an understatement. Literally he has eagle eyes and notices every automobile with quad exhausts. » Read more