Category Archives: Life

This is my own life, in which I hold a masters degree.

Who needs coffee for a kick start? II

Another good way of making sure you’re awake for a Friday morning is to arrange for an ambulance to emerge from the fog and traffic on a collision course with you. Ensure the ambulance is speeding (preferably swerving) and with full siren and lights.

Who needs coffee for a kick start?

A good way to make sure you’re awake and alert for a Thursday morning in the office is to make sure you get a ride in a parking station lift with an attitude problem. Preferably one which falls from floor 11 to 7 very quickly, then slowly down PAST floor 5, then THUD, then slowly back up to floor 5 and up to floor 7 again. Follow it up with a jog down a few flights of stairs and you’re awake and ready to face the day!

Allanah In The House II

Latest news is that she’s drinking everything in sight, and is definitely going to be a singer – possibly opera. Anticipating future comment: the phrases ‘Allanah Banana’ and ‘Allanah in Pyjamas’ have been gazetted as ‘offensive language in the state of WA. Legislation is pending in the Eastern States.

Allanah In The House

Just recovering! Sorry it’s taken so long to get this together, but I’ve been waiting for a photo! One will be coming through soon. General opinion has it that Allanah looks like her Dad. She’s certainly a lot louder than Caleb was! Caleb has pointed at her a few times, but I think he’ll probably start getting interested in her when she starts playing with his toys!

Allanah Arrives!

Allanah arrived today – 7 lb 4 oz. Cook Grandchild #2, Robinson Grandchild #25.
What will Allanah’s first word be?
Bear in mind that her mother is a PhD student and Teacher, her father is a Computer Programmer and reformed Radio Announcer, and her brother is going to be a drummer when he learns some restraint (?).

Hello World – Special Edition Redux

It’s now 2004, on the eve of Bonwag’s 10th Anniversary, so I thought I’d go back and rewrite history.

BONWAG was born on November 5, 1994, a month after signing up for an Ozemail account after work one day because I’d been reading about the Internet in some techie magazine. I tweaked a web page, put up a few links to interesting websites (there weren’t that many back then), viewed it through a black-and-white text-based web browser (lynx), saw that it was good, and then let it sit for a while. I then spent a few years working instead on a website called ‘Australian Christian Music’ to help me put together a radio show.
When I later took on web design for a job, it made sense that I should have a ‘play site’ to test some of the tricks I was working on for clients. BONWAG became an online database of web pages I’d visited – an academic exercise to prove my web development credentials to my then employer.

My first entry to an ‘Online Diary‘ was in January 1998 – a couple of entries about near-death experiences I’d had on the way to work. Here’s what it looked like back then.
It was the first time that I’d considered putting personal observations on the website. I’d already put up a few news pages like birth notices (which I’ve recreated as blog entries after the fact – Caleb, Allanah, Charlotte, Sebastian), and even had people contributing comments online, but it couldn’t really be called a web log. Maybe I was settling into my role as a father and figured I should be informing the world of what was going on. I think that was the main reason I started blogging – to document events and photos of our little family in its earliest days.

BONWAG has moved computers many, many times since then, and somewhere along the line, the records from that time (1995-1998) have been lost to the Great Digital Dark Ages. I can’t say that I was as ardent a diary writer back then, so we’re not talking a lot of loss, but it’s a sign of things to come. I think a lot of people blogging today will have similar problems when great chunks of their lives are gobbled up by a server crash. Print out those photos, people! Backup your online life!

(UPDATE: An archaeological dig has surfaced some earlier entries which complete the timeline. What you see here today is now a fairly complete record of BONWAG, even before the ‘Diary’ began).