Evolution of Telephone Networks in Australia

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, Melbourne scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Victorians, in the weeks that followed, a Sydney archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story published in the Sydney Morning Herald read: “New South Wales archaeologists, finding traces of 130-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 30 years earlier than the Victorians”….

One week later, the Courier Mail in Brisbane, Queensland, reported the following:”After digging as deep as 30 feet in his pasture near Beenleigh, Queensland, John Brown, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely bugger all. John has therefore concluded that 130 years ago, Queensland had already gone wireless.

Just makes you proud to be a Queenslander!

onya Queensland!

Most of you will know that I have recently moved away from my beloved Queensland out west, to work for a pommie-based banking group out of Western Austraia. Although I’m trying my best, i still don’t get or understand AFL, but am pleasently suprised that they play real rugby (i.e. Union) out here.

On the topic of rugby, albeit League, soon it will be time for State of Origin, where Queensland will most likely whip NSW yet again for the third year in a row. Of course, who can forget our glorious victories at Lang Park, as well as in Sydney, over the past two years.

Even more, for our cockroach friends south of the border, due to our elite sporting (and possibly drinking) prowess we still keep our initial takeover offer (mirror) open. But do hurry, the tide of Victorians still keeps moving North, and we do need your help to keep AFL away from the state (even though we got rid of the Kangaroos) – and don’t forget, they’re going for West Sydney too

So the cows DO get confused by Daylight Savings Time!

Well, a few days ago I had a little rant about Daylight Savings Time in SE Queensland and how I couldn’t believe that some people in the Outback thought that the cows would get confused if we changed the clocks for some parts of the year.

Well, I was wrong. The Gold Coast Bulletin’s online editor pointed me in the direction of the report, so I could check it out. You can download the 273-page (erm … I should mention its actually 273-slides) report that the jurno referred to. Search for the word confuse and we actually do get 3 hits:

  • p80: Not suited to farming sector (e.g. milking cows; confuses livestock)
  • p199: Does not suit farmers/rural sector (confuses animals/ milking times)
  • p201: Does not suit farmers/rural sector (confuses animals/ milking times) (5% compared to nil).

And in each of those tables, if you do the maths, you can see that its more than just one or two respondents who actually believe the cows would get confused if the clocks went back or forward an hour.

Not really sure what to say … so I’ll just say that I am currently ROTFLMAO*!!!

*  and I do wish that someone would tell these Americans
   how to spell the word arse properly.

Opinion: Daylight Savings Time in SE Queensland

The issue of Daylight Savings Time for South-East Queensland has continually dogged the State Government and local pollies, including the new premier, Anna Bligh.

It is a very controversial topic. Indeed having lived in South East Queensland for a couple of years now, I know how much of a pain it is to get woken up by the strong sun at 5.30am and for it to be night again by 6pm. And, given our physical location of just above the 30 degree latitude, these times remain approximately the same throughout the year.

The pro-DST lobby, on the other hand, cite the cost to local businesses for not being “in sync” with businesses and government in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra; the personal cost to people who have to go to work meetings in those cities when they observe DST (i.e. they have to take the 5am flight out of Brisbane instead of the 6am flight to arrive on time … which generally means having to fly down the night before); and the impact it has in general health-wise on the population of the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

The anti-daylight savings time lobby, predominately those from the Tropical and Regional areas, have some good arguments against implementing it; mostly complaining about Brisbanites and Business continually whining until they get their way. To her credit, Anna Bligh has decided that there will no longer be a referendum on this, as she needs to govern the whole of Queensland, and not just the South-East corner.

I personally am divided on this issue. On the one hand, it would be a lot nicer to have a beer after work as night falls; and not having to wake up early due to the bright sunlight or having to catch a stupidly early flight to comply with Qantas’ and Virgin’s view to schedule their flights around Mexican Standard Time (erm – sorry I mean Daylight Savings Time in NSW and VIC). But on the other hand, in Tropical and Regional QLD the introduction of DST would impact their communities even worse. Apparently, the curtains would fade faster and the cows would get confused.

I guess just because of my tounge-in-cheek anti-Southern State views I guess I would have to oppose the introduction of DST, I mean how can anyone like a sport where two teams just kick the ball to each other? And of course, it certainly puts Queensland on the map of the world, we officially have our own time zone (UTC+1000 Brisbane).

Still, a great article from a pro-DST journo which claims in the 273-page Government Report into the issue:

[…] showed the reasons some people were against moving clocks forward were as petty as ‘it would be no benefit to me’.

One woman said it just meant her husband would stay in the pub longer and, despite Premier Anna Bligh’s denials, some farmers were still concerned their livestock would get confused.

I would just love to see this report, but not been able to find it. Can anyone who does post a link?

If a couple of hundred retirees in the outback have blocked Daylight Savings Time just because they want to stop hubby staying in the pub longer and the cows getting confused, I would be p!ssing myself laughing about that for the rest of the week.

Generating Electricity, Water from Brewery Waste

Finally, for those of you working in the Sunshine State, can also spend Monday’s Labor Day holiday marvelling at the potential life-changing discovery at the University of Queensland.

The propellerheads there have found a way of charging a battery cell using the waste water from the beer brewing process, with the waste being renewable CO2 and pure water.

This is, IMHO, pure genius; as here in Queensland we are suffering from a severe water shortage as well as Continue reading “Generating Electricity, Water from Brewery Waste”