Posted by: ahallatt | August 12, 2009

Home Brew Series

I found one of these clipped out and blu-tacked to the wall of my local wine bar. The ultimate compliment!

Oscar brews boutique beer

Oscar brews boutique beer

Reusing beer bottles for the home brew

Reusing beer bottles for the home brew

I draw for black and white printing, which creates problems for what should be a red toadstool

I draw for black and white printing, which creates problems for what should be a red toadstool

Oscar over indulges on homebrew

Oscar over indulges on homebrew

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Posted by: ahallatt | August 11, 2009

Eco Monday Cartoon

Demanding Action on Climate Change

Demanding Action on Climate Change

Posted by: ahallatt | August 9, 2009

Sunday Cartoon – Line Drying

It’s lucky that my apartment has a little courtyard, that is still big enough to put a laundry line across, so I don’t have to tumble dry my washing. Tuesdays are usually laundry day (I might switch to today as the forecast isn’t looking too good for tomorrow) and I cycle down to one of several coffee shops that are conveniently located next to a laundromat and read the paper with a coffee as my washing gets done. Putting the laundry out on the line when I get home is actually quite enjoyable…as it is another way to delay getting back to work…

Hector is not the most environmentally-minded Arctic tern

Hector is not the most environmentally-minded Arctic tern

Posted by: ahallatt | August 8, 2009

Garden Envy

Stephanie Piros garden

Stephanie Piro's garden

Stephanie Piro of Six Chix fame has uploaded pictures of her garden – not a boring, manicured lawn, but a wonderful, productive veggie plot.

As the custodian of a tiny, shady courtyard which is good for herbs, a bit of rhubarb and voracious possums, I am very jealous!

Posted by: ahallatt | August 7, 2009

Animation for Hewlett Packard

I did some animation work for a company  in Sydney (whose client was Hewlett Packard). I was disappointed by one of the cuts they made (you can see the original on my web site), but they liked the result so much that they converted it into banner ads, which have been appearing on Australian web sites.

Hewlett Packard adopted the animation for use on Australian sites

Hewlett Packard adopted the animation for use on Australian sites

NB: HP have been getting a bit of stick from Greenpeace lately on their delays in phasing out hazardous chemicals, though I think that they have the right intentions.It is a difficult process and one that all companies should be addressing. HP responded as follows

“For decades HP has been a leader in environmental responsibility and has adopted practices in product development, operations and supply chain that are transparent and help to reduce its environmental impact. HP has a comprehensive approach to environmental sustainability, with three main components: minimising our impact; helping our customers to improve their environmental performance; and driving towards a sustainable, low-carbon economy.

“This commitment includes reducing the use of BFR/PVC in our products until these materials are eliminated entirely. HP has introduced several new computing products this year that use less BFR/PVC than previous generations. This September, HP will release a BFR/PVC-free notebook. By fall 2010 all new commercial PC products released will be BFR/PVC-free. By the end of 2011, all new PC products released will be free of BFR/PVCs.

“The unconstructive antics at HP’s headquarters today did nothing to advance the goals that all who care about the environment share. HP will continue its efforts to develop new products and programmes around the globe that help the company, its business partners and customers conserve energy, reduce materials use and reduce waste through responsible reuse and recycling. HP supports industry efforts to eliminate BFR and PVC because of potential e-waste issues. HP is a worldwide leader in e-waste recycling. HP has recycled 1 billion pounds of electronic products from 1987 to 2007 and has committed to recycling another billion pounds between 2008 and 2011.”

Which makes me feel a lot better about having worked for them.

Posted by: ahallatt | August 5, 2009

Skiving

Yesterday, I spent the day skiving. I avoided doing any work at all and instead had a fun day exploring Melbourne.

My hairdressers is in the wonderful Deco Manchester Unity Building - part of lobby frieze

My hairdressers is in the wonderful Deco Manchester Unity Building - part of lobby frieze

part of frieze from inside Salon Golightly

part of frieze from inside Salon Golightly

Getting the next book club book from East Melbourne library

Getting the next book club book from East Melbourne library

Unfortunately the coffee wasn't as good as the ambience of this North Melbourne cafe

Unfortunately the coffee wasn't as good as the ambience of this North Melbourne cafe

On the way to Seddon

On the way to Seddon (not my bike!)

Coming back from Yarraville on the Docklands bike path

Coming back from Yarraville on the Docklands bike path

Getting closer to the city

Getting closer to the city

First it was a necessity, then it was a hobby and now it's a sport? Guh.

First it was a necessity, then it was a hobby and now it's a sport? Guh.

I hope something good is going to go behind this bluestone shell

I hope something good is going to go behind this bluestone shell

inspired by Len Lye

inspired by Len Lye

I’ll be going back to the Len Lye exhibition at the ACMI. I had seen his work at the Govett-Brewster gallery in New Plymouth, but the curators have done a fab job to bring it to Federation Square and I was inspired all over again. The animations are mesmerising. Also, I love his kinetic sculpture, ‘Blade’ which is very simple, but surprising in action, so much so it made me laugh out loud (I wasn’t the only one!).

I finished the day at Melbourne Sustainability Drinks before I pedaled home, further inspired.

Posted by: ahallatt | August 5, 2009

Hello, welcome, why are you here?

Why have my blog stats gone ballistic today?

are the visitors real?

are the visitors real?

Update: I figured it out – the magic of twitter post replies…

Posted by: ahallatt | August 5, 2009

National Tree Day

Sunday was National Tree Day in Australia and I was down on the Elwood Foreshore, planting out little trees and shrubs. I’ll be interested to see how resilient these seedlings are, especially as even when we were planting, people walked though the planting area and trampled some of them!

Jane and Neil get stuck in - the buckets contain a wetting agent

Jane and Neil get stuck in - the buckets contain a wetting agent

I learned that this handy tool is a mattock

I learned that this handy tool is a mattock

seedling's eye view

seedling's eye view

Posted by: ahallatt | August 2, 2009

Sunday’s cartoon

The "throwaway" title panel is recycled here

The "throwaway" title panel is recycled here

Oscar takes out the recycling

Oscar takes out the recycling

Last night we had the strangest weather – strong winds gusted out of nowhere and the city had 5mm of rain (a lot for Melbourne these days). Fortunately I was reading the compelling Radical Simplicity by Dan Price and not taking the recycling out.

Update: the following day I saw this tree that had fallen, luckily missing properties and the canal.fallen-tree

Posted by: ahallatt | July 29, 2009

Swine Flu Panic

Oscar follows swine flu on the news

Oscar follows swine flu on the news

Ed gets the sniffles

Ed gets the sniffles

“Swine flu” should really be called “Type A H1N1 influenza”, but it’s so much easier to say “swine flu”, right?

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