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Waterfall of Whimsy

Want to hear about my dream house? It’s basically a giant pond, adapted to my personal preferences of flora and fauna, with a series of little huts around it for different purposes – sleeping, cooking, hanging out, whittling and so on. The pond is heated by an underground thermal spring, and cleaned by… I dunno, …

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Thwarted Tinkerer

When did everyday objects become so complicated? When I was a lad, you could cobble together a DIY solution for pretty much any problem you could think of, provided it was a practical one. Nowadays, it seems like you need a degree in engineering to fix any given gizmo, which really takes the power out …

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Hit Refresh

There’s nothing like an unexpected explosion to reset a stale mindset. Yesterday started out as such a normal day – making some porridge on the stove using my new activated buckwheat recipe – when all of a sudden, there was an explosion. Maybe that word is overdramatising it a bit, but that’s what it seemed …

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Kids’ Kitchen

Cooking with kids: worth the effort? Having spent the day doing just that, I’m inclined to say no, but that’s just because I’m covered in random sticky patches and suspicious that there’s a raw egg dripping down the back of my pants. If you asked me at any other time, I’d say it’s definitely worth …

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Guiding Principle

If there’s one guiding principle that shapes my approach to life, it’s design thinking. That might sound strange coming from the managing director of a company known for creating commercial accounting software. But I actually think that people who are familiar with our product, the tech industry and contemporary business in general wouldn’t find it …

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No Looking Back

I’ve never actually been outside my home suburb, so I’m not sure how far is ‘far’. Like…is Bendigo ‘far’? I’ve heard the name mentioned a couple of times, sort of in the same way that you might talk about other far-off places like Timbuktu, or Toronto. I mean, the way everyone talks about it, Bendigo …

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The Transformer Forest

Judging by the fact that none of the electricians I’ve seen are wearing that weird rubber suit I saw on that TV Show ‘Lizards Lair’, I’m guessing the whole idea fell through. I wonder how often that happens? The Lizards pledge a load of money to some wacky invention, they give their camera interviews at …

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Bird Beef

I’ve just moved house, and it’s quickly coming to my attention that the birdlife around these parts is of a bold persuasion. Within a week, some feathery joker has decimated several of my beloved succulents, much to my dismay. I don’t even know for sure that it was a bird, but by the way the …

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