Carpet Call was here

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I think this guy may have been pushed out of his house for the weekend by Carpet Call.

No, seriously, it’s a set of portraits of Chinese families with ALL their possessions in front of their houses. Most have a lot less than this guy.

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Oh, frustration. When an Epson printer has one ink cartridge out of eight run dry, the printer stops. Even though you’ve got black ink, you still can’t print if a colour runs out. Therefore my big printer is dead.

So I just go out and buy more ink, right? Not for this one. No-one stocks Epson 96 inks – too high-end. I’ve had to order on-line and now I wait. How long? No idea. Grrrrr.

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Similarly, I’ve finished another book and try to send it off for printing (Photobook Australia). It takes me half an hour just to log in to the web site! Every step, every button click takes 3-5 mins of waiting, and often times out, meaning I have to start again.

So I wait for a quiet time, 11pm last night, 2am Sydney time. This time it takes about 30 minutes total, but I finally get through the payment rigmarole and start the upload. Wow, it starts well, zipping through the files.

Then the estimated time jumps from 11 mins, to 20 mins, 30 mins, 1 hour, two hours, three hours. At least progress seems to be happening, but I can’t stay awake and go to bed.

This morning, it’s still on page 1! Endlessly seeming to progress, then going back to the start and restarting. At one stage I had 41 of 43 files done, but again it stopped and restarted at file 1. Then the browser crashed and I lost it all. GGGGGGRRRRRR!

I have the order number and a receipt, so I’ll just have to phone them and send it on a CD by post. Luckily, I’m using two vouchers I bought in 2010, so all I’m having to pay is $15 postage.

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After all the years of crap service by the local IGA at North Beach Plaza (out of action for 4 months from a fire in 2009, and hopelessly empty shelves due to cash flow problems for the past 12 months), we’ve finally got new owners there, Farmer Jack’s. Wow. Full shelves again, and nice stuff. A whole cabinet devoted to cheeses of the world. Fresh salmon at $19.95 per Kg. Fresh Coffin Bay oysters at $11 per dozen. And they’re just starting up.

This has the potential to revitalise the shopping centre. All we need now is a good deli. The bakery is nice, run by Vietnamese. It has a real butcher and good greengrocer. The Soda Cafe upstairs is quite good and fully licenced. There’s a full grog shop too, which is more than Carine has. All this just as I’m nearing moving out of the neighbourhood!

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Memoirs. It’s amazing. I’m outlining my life’s memories and the more I write down, the more that comes back. I’ve just remembered Farrell’s garage in Bruce Rock. I haven’t thought of  that in nearly 60 years. I was thinking of the old hand operated petrol bowsers and there’s a metal one, about half life size, as a clock in a gift shop at Gwelup. All weathered and grimy too.

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Model railways, speaking of weathering. What other items do we buy that we immediately want to make dirty and grimy? Model trains represent real life, and real trains are dirty! So we deliberately make the models filthy dirty. Not that I’ve bought any yet, but I will be, just as soon as … I’ve been thinking about it for months and what to model. I’ve downloaded all the Google Earth images of Perth and the rail lines right out to Northam, and had them printed at A0 size, huge. It’s too big to model directly, but you make a representation. Thinking about it.

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Speaking of Google Earth, I wanted to find a particular building in one of my shots of Venice. There’s no street view of Venice, because there are no cars to drive around taking the photos, but the 3D buildings views are amazing! The level of detail is nearly as good as actual street photos. It’s fascinating, well worth a look. Almost better than street view.

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See it while you still can. New Scientist magazine: Our Predictions of 5 Years Ago Were Worst Case Scenarios. The Reality Now, 5 Years Later, Is Even Worse Than We Predicted.

A James Cook University professor on ABC Radio yesterday: there are tipping points in climate change, where the effects become irreversible. We have now reached 3, 4 or 5 of those tipping points. Climate change is happening NOW, so fast and so seriously as to be irreversible. He said the Great Barrier Reef is now irreversibly damaged, and there cannot be any more dredging or fertiliser runoff without wiping it out. We have only 10-20 years to stop the damage occurring, or it’s too late.

It’s nearly too late for Venice. Sea level rises of 1m are now being talked about seriously. That will destroy Venice. I’ve been there and seen it. Have you?

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