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Denmark and Future Plans

Mariager Bible College

So I'm back from spending four weeks in Denmark with Mirjam. I went over there for a few reasons:

  1. To see and spend time with my fiancée :)
  2. To help our case in applying for a prospective marriage visa (the more time we spend together the more it shows our commitment to each other)
  3. Mum and Dad went travelling around New Zealand for four weeks so I thought I'd rather be with Mirjam than home alone

In Between

The title of this article is one that Mirjam came up with when she started writing this, but I realised that it's also the name of a Daniel Kirkley song which is quite appropriate to our situation - two people with their differences, but united by love. I thought that was cool :)

This is a part two of sorts for Mirjam's and my ongoing love story.

Mirjam and I

Mirjam and I at Estonia's Singing Festival grounds

The following is the story of how Mirjam and I met and fell in love. It will take you approximately 45 minutes to read entirely, so settle in and enjoy (or read it in sections at your lesiure).

Ammo Testing Results

SK Magazine ammo

Last night I performed the second round of ammo testing for my rifle. This article serves as a sequel to 'My First Rifle' which explains the purchase of my first rimfire rifle and the initial ammo testing I performed with it.

This second round of testing was done in the same way as the first, except that I tested the ammo in reverse order (to make sure the lubricated SK Mag. I used first last time wasn't having any impact on subsequent rounds). I was also better prepared this time for the drop in height of the CCI Quiet rounds, so was able to test them properly.

My First Rifle

A 5-shot group of SK Mag. rounds at 50m

I have always wanted to try shooting, so when I read in the newspaper that there would be a mobile air-rifle range at the 2014 Coffs Coast 4WD, Caravan & Camping Show I went to try it out. While there, I also had a talk to the guys from the Coffs Harbour Rifle Club and found out that they shoot each Wednesday night in Howard Street. That Wednesday night I went along for the first time and so began my passion for target shooting.

Garden Project

The finished product!

Six months ago my Dad and I started a DIY project to convert a small, hedge-filled garden at the front of our house into a tranquil place to sit and relax.

Windows 8 Alternatives

Windows vs. Linux

Windows 8 has just been released. One of the major changes to the operating system, that is both the first thing users notice and the topic of some controversy, is the redesigned user interface, particularly the new 'Start Screen'. The Start Screen replaces the traditional Start Menu and is included in response to the increasing popularity of mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) that feature a touch screen. This is a fairly major paradigm shift from the traditional desktop metaphor most of us have come to know and love.

As many Windows users will no doubt be wondering whether an upgrade to the new Windows 8 is worth the price tag, I thought I'd use this opportunity to present you with some alternatives (and they won't even cost you a cent).

My New Polarising Filter

Polarising filter comparison

My Grandad recently downgraded his camera (from a Pentax DSLR to a Nikon compact) as it was getting too heavy to carry around. I bought his old Pentax, upgrading from my Fuji compact. As I now own an actual DSLR camera, I thought it'd be a good time to buy a polarising filter. I've been wanting one for a while, especially since most of my photographs are landscapes. I also prefer to do as little post-processing on the computer as possible, making the camera do most of the work. I was pleasently surprised to find out that the effects gained from a polarising filter are next to impossible to achieve post-processing anyway.

My Weight Loss Journey

Before & After

It all started in high school. I stopped running around with my friends at recess and lunch like I did in primary/middle school and started playing chess in the library. This is also when I discovered my love for computers. Now there's nothing wrong with chess or computers, but I believe the amount of time I spent with them was what started me down the path of inactivity and weight gain.

I remember my Grandad once talking with me about my weight and scaring me with stories of health issues that ran in my family. I didn't think my weight was a big deal, even though my BMI said I was obese...