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Blog Action Day

October 15, 2007 is Blog Action Day. You can read about it on the Blog Action Day site. (edit: looks like their link is broken now, here is the main site)

I will definitely be participating because this years subject, The Environment, is very important to me. I'm going to do the following:

1.) Starting on the 15th I'll post only environmentally responsible activities for a month.

August News

For the whole of August its just been incredibly hot and humid here. Ever since the rainy season finished (about the end of July I think) its been hard to go out and doing any real walking is out of the question. Also we resist turning on the airconditioning pretty vigorously since it only only creates a viscous circle further contributing to global warming. I think next month it will start to cool down and we'll get active again. Certainly, last year in late September when we arrived it was already comfortable.

My Huge Carbon Footprint

You can calculate your carbon footprint here: Carbon Footprint

We have been thinking we were doing OK in terms of environment this year. But not so!

My Huge Carbon Footprint

You can calculate your carbon footprint here: Carbon Footprint

We have been thinking we were doing OK in terms of environment this year. But not so!

New Tiny Computer

This is the story of making the new Tiny computer and how it ended up quiet, small and perfect for our needs.

Some years back I made a computer that we called "Tiny". Tiny was to store every document we wanted to keep. Nothing was to be stored on our PCs. That way when we have problems with one of our PCs we can simply reinstall the operating system and any required applications and nothing will be lost.

August 2007 News

For the whole of August its just been incredibly hot and humid here. Ever since the rainy season finished (about the end of July I think) its been hard to go out and doing any real walking is out of the question. Also we resist turning on the airconditioning pretty vigorously since it only only creates a viscous circle further contributing to global warming. I think next month it will start to cool down and we'll get active again. Certainly, last year in late September when we arrived it was already comfortable.

Rolph Family Convict Heritage

Here is a resource that might be fun to some people. At the site ancestry.com.au you can now look up all the people send to Australia as convicts.

There were 7 people named Rolph sent. I think I'll talk to Dad about his research, get a copy and then sign up for the free trial membership required to dig a bit deeper. I was never that interested in ancestry, but proving convict heritage, thats a different thing!

A plan to change our website to a blog

Its a sad thing that I never continued with this look at blogging from all that time ago when I started this blog. This is an experiment, but if it works and I can make it look good, then I want to change our website to a blog.

The hand coded site that is our website now is just too hard for me to maintain. And as a result I rarely update it. Seems like blogging encourages people to update more often and thats the idea. In addition, people will be able to add comments. Also I just want to learn more about how the internet works.

Arrival in Japan

This page is mostly of interest to family who want to see where we live now.

We arrived in Japan on September 24th. We struggled from Narita airport to the Nasu area with a lot of luggage.

Glacier National Park


Glacier is truly a spectacular National Park. What struck me the most about it was the size of the peaks. Huge glacial peaks that made me feel like an ant.

Unfortunately, there were fires in the region when we were there. I don't think the smoke had a big impact on our enjoyment of the park, but it did affect the photos quite a bit.

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