Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Larry Carlton - Goodbye

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Alas B3... A work fridge update

Someone threw B3 and L1 into the trash.

More interesting is B2, which someone decided should be moved to a different shelf rather than being lobbed in the bin I don't know if it was the owner thinking it can be salvaged, someone obeying the law not to throw someone else's stuff out, or someone else experimenting with it.

Friday, 9 March 2018

B1 has seen better days

I can't quite remember when I first noticed B1. It was some months ago. Certainly at least in October, maybe earlier. It was in the fridge at work, starting to turn brown. I should have thrown it out, but it wasn't mine. I left it there. Manners demanded it. You don't throw out other people's stuff.

The days passed, and I decided to see how long it would be until the owner, or someone else, threw it out. I waited. It stayed there. I told a couple of colleagues about it. It stayed there. It became an observational study of sorts.

By December it was looking pretty awful. Surely it would be thrown out eventually. Is everybody else in the office doing an observational study too?


Saturday, 3 March 2018

River Monsters at the Cairns Aquarium

The River Monsters tank at the Cairns Aquarium is probably my favourite with its sawfish, barramundi, and a large mangrove jack. The sawfish still have quite a bit of growing before they live up to the tank's name, but it's the tank I would most like in my lounge room.

That red boat off the Cairns beaches

If you've noticed the red boat that seems to be regularly parked well off Cairns's northern beaches and been curious, it's the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Coral Knight:
Coral Knight is an anchor handling tug supply vessel modified to fulfil the role of our dedicated emergency towage vessel (ETV) capability. This is the only ETV of its type in Australia and operates in the particularly sensitive sea areas of the northern Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. The vessel has its home port in Cairns but spends the majority of its time patrolling at sea, available for emergency towage tasking by AMSA should a maritime casualty occur. It is particularly suited to emergency towage with a bollard pull of 82 tonnes.
More info can be found on AMSA's website.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Stonefish at Townsville's Reef HQ

There were a couple of stonefish stings in south east Queensland recently, one on the Gold Coast and one on the Sunshine Coast. It's possible the people didn't look where they put their feet, but given how cryptic the fish are even looking might not help. Here are two stonefish in a tank at Townsville's Reef HQ showing how well they can blend into the environment.