November 26th, 2007

Apparently Ian’s Shoelace Site – one of the original links in the sidebar – is the world’s number 1 shoelace-related web site. Not bad for a local. He was recently profiled in the Moorabool Leader newspaper. The article also links to a video showing how to tie the world’s fastest shoelace knot: the Ian knot.


October 28th, 2007

Style ManualRobskee’s head, nose and fingertips have been buried in the Commonwealth Department of Finance and Administration’s (2002) Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th edition, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. Perhaps not surprisingly, the little nerd has found it absorbing reading, despite its total lack of discussion of coffee or cheese.

Robskee will be reconnecting with the world shortly.


March 31st, 2007

Perhaps not as mesmerizing as Cheddarvision, yet it is my own small corner of cyberspace:

The view from SHED-CAMâ„¢




In these actual stills from Shed-camâ„¢ you can see bags of raw coffee beans on the shelf, as well as my trusty coffee roaster. What else is a shed for if not for roasting coffee beans?

Shed-camâ„¢ operates sporadically and can be accessed via Skype during roasting times (by request).

I am nerd, hear me roar.

The World’s Hardest Sudoku

November 7th, 2006

As reported today in the Sydney Morning Herald (thanks KJ) the world’s hardest Sudoku has been uploaded to a players’ forum on

The puzzle — known as “AI Escargot” or “AI Etana (Snail)” — was created by Arto Inkala and it looks a little something like this:

Here’s a blank Sudoku grid you can copy the puzzle onto if you’re inclined to have a go at it.


Annual Diary Anguish

November 4th, 2006

The buying-of-next-year’s-diary time is once again upon us and, as some of you may know, I usually go through much anguish as I review how this last year’s diary has performed and as I try to predict which–if any–of my diary-based needs will change in the year to come.

No real anguish this year. I’m still happy with the Collins Sterling week-to-an-opening (A5) that has been my companion for two years running.

I was tempted by the new Moleskine offering (the large weekly planner)

but at three times the price and lacking Australian public holiday and other useful local information it doesn’t quite beat the Collins Sterling, even with its uber cachet.