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South of Eden, NSW

These shots were taken in what is currently known as Ben Boyd National Park, near Eden in southern New South Wales. Ben Boyd was a Scottish colonialist and is considered Australia’s first ‘blackbirder’, who shipped South Sea Islanders to Australia in effective slavery.  There is a movement to change the name to honour the original inhabitants of the land, the Thaua people.

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Genoa Peak, VIC

Genoa Peak sits in the Croajingolong National Park in eastern Victoria, about 20km west of Mallacoota.  These were taken just off the peak.

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Kingaroy, QLD

This is actually an old one, taken near the Kingaroy observatory in Queensland in early 2016. The area around Kingaroy hosts a number of different observatories, and prior to taking these shots we’d spent an amazing hour at the Kingaroy Observatory , looking at various astrophysical phenomenon through telescopes.

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Focussing with UFW – the Uncomplicated Firewall

I read the news too much. Far too much. It’s horribly addictive and most of the time it’s utterly miserable. Studiously avoid reality with UFW.

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CERN ROOT on Ubuntu 18.04

Occasionally someone asks me how to install CERN ROOT. If you are reading this, probably it was you. Sometimes it is me, but more than likely it was you. For the record, I don’t know how to install CERN ROOT, but at some point in the past I did. See below.

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Upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04

Having been using Ubuntu Unity for nearly decade, I was a little hesitant to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04, which has switched from Unity to Gnome Shell. It’s a bit different. Mostly in a good way. As ever, there were a few things that needed fixing up.

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Physics in the Pub Sydney

As part of Australian Science Week 2018 I spent seven hours on a bus to talk for 8 minutes about nuclear physics in a pub in Sydney. Totally worth it. Apologies for the terrible lighting – there may be a better video on the way. Also, occasional swearing!

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Alchemy on ABC Canberra (2015)

Sunday Brunch is the Sunday morning show on ABC Canberra 666, hosted by the fantastic Lish Fejer. Colleague and Nanda Dasgupta and I were recently invited on to talk about Alchemy – the ancient art of transforming lead into gold. Whilst I wouldn’t consider myself an alchemist, a lot of what we do in nuclear physics does involve transforming one element into another.