57.2km Newtown to Fairfield via Orphan School Creek

This ride came about through wanting to join two of Sydney’s biggest stretches of green cycleway. These follow Cooks River and Georges River through the western suburbs of Sydney. Between the two¬† is a suburban nightmare for cyclists – the rolling hills and unfriendly roads of Canterbury. Short of taking a train there is no…

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Newtown to Blacktown via Prospect Resevoir 50.5km

I’d been wanting to do this ride for a little while, and in fact attempted an alternative route a few months ago, but abandoned the mission when I reached the 59km mark due to fading light and lack of a headlamp. This time I took a more direct path. Or at least I had intended…

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X-Com: Enemy Unknown Part 3

A UFO has been shot down. XCOM team sent out by yours truly. Mission: Kill or Capture or Xrays (that is pro talk for Extraterrestrial). Basically: Murder or Kidnapped E.T. That would have been easy. Plus, that annoying kid Elliot could get caught in the crossfire and take a one way ticket to GraveVille, population:…

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Thelma and Louise are not enough!

Towards the end of my Masters thesis (which is currently under examination) I have a section called “Thelma and Louise are not enough!”. It may as well have been “Bridget Jones is not enough!” or “Carrie Bradshaw is not enough” “Ellen Riply is not enough” or any number of “positive” representations of women in film….

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Alien Desire

There is a moment in X-Com where the chief engineer wonders aloud: If the aliens wanted to wipe us out, there isn’t much we could do to stop them, so, given they haven’t done this what is it they want? Playing X-Com through for the first time this question is central. What is the war…

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Part 2

The troops returning from the battle of improbable cover were welcomed home as heroes. They’d managed to kill four skinny little short men. By which I mean Outer Space aliens. It seemed like everything was going to be okay. A few hours later, the alarm goes off. A bunch of abductions in San Francisco. Now,…

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Zombie Solidarity

As with the angry chap in the blue overalls, eventually the zombies will decide that they’re tired of being fucked over, and they’ll start chow-time. Of course, they don’t decide, as such, but through their disinterest in the world as it is they are revolutionary. What follows is a paper on how this idea might…

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Newtown – Bankstown via M5 (40.4km)

Sometimes you look on the cycle maps and see a big long stretch of green, which denotes a dedicated cycle path, and think – I have to do this! What can possibly go wrong! The M5 Linear Park Cycleway was one such section green. 12kms of dedicated path is fairly rare in Sydney. So I…

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X-COM Enemy Unknown Part 1

  So, back in the day I played UFO: Enemy Unknown. I’m not sure what it was, back it never grabbed my attention in the way Jagged Alliance did. Jagged Alliance did have a strange emotional attachment – one day my dad came home and handed me a bunch of games, one of which was…

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