It’s been a busy lead up to the 2016 end of financial year. I’ve had the opportunity to fly over to our head office in Perth to meet the rest of my team and strategise for 2017, then flown across the water to Auckland, New Zealand to tidy up some 2016 tasks. The funny part is I didn’t realise that Auckland was treading into international territory, as the flight is shorter than it is to Perth – meaning I didn’t prepare any foreign currency or telecommunication plans! Thankfully, the company wears the expenses, but I’ll definitely be ready for future travel.
Besides the local cuisines and friendly hospitality, I didn’t get a chance to explore Perth or Auckland too much while I was there. The routine everyday was basically: Work. Eat. Drink. Sleep. Repeat. And boy, did that take its toll on the body!
Back in Sydney I’ve tried to get out and about when there’s been some downtime. Exploring Perth and Auckland will have to wait until next time.
Cathedral of Light, Vivid Sydney 2016
Hello, it’s me.
I’m checking into the 2016 new year with rejuvenated enthusiasm, increased drive and ambition! Adios 2015, you were a challenge accepted, sometimes unwelcomed, but always accepted.
It’s an amazing feeling when the examiner yells, “TIME’S UP, PENS DOWN!”, and you’re ready for the school semester break to begin. It’s an even better feeling when you realise there aren’t any more semesters ahead, nodding to your nearest neighbour in acknowledgement that soon it’ll be time to don your graduation gown and walk on stage.
G-Day arrived for Malisa on Friday, 6th March to step onto the stage, after completing her Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. It was a beautiful Friday morning graduation, in contrast to the awful weather Sydney’s been experiencing this past week (#sydneystorm). It was the perfect occasion to dust off the old photography gear—actually I’ve sold all of my SLR gear except for the 24-70mm f/2.8L so I had to borrow a Canon body from a mate—and get some happy snaps.
When Apple announced iOS 7 back in June at WWDC 2013 Tweetbot fans were excited to see what the Tapbots developers had planned, but as the iOS 7 launch day arrived there was still no update in sight. After 4 months of hard work Tapbots answered with Tweetbot 3 for iPhone, a full-featured Twitter app re-designed from the ground up for iOS 7, priced at $2.99.
Tweetbot 3 has been re-imagined for iOS 7 and feels right at home thanks to its integration of icon outlines, the Helvetica Neue font, and circular avatars. With all Tapbots apps the amount of detail the developers have put in is clear with each perfectly placed pixel.
YouTube has come a long way since the day I first stumbled upon it. My first favourited video when YouTube launched in 2005 was of a pair of Korean girls that appeared on a Korean game show for laughs (aptly titled korean madness). Back then I had to sit at the desktop while lo-res YouTube videos slowly—and I mean slowly—loaded on our 33.6kbps dial-up modem connection. I know…we were behind. It slowly became a central hub for all the viral email chain videos going around (do these still exist?) and channels began to emerge for content-creators to get their message out there.
Today, we stream HD content across multiple devices within a single household or even on the go. There are now millions of channels that we can subscribe to for content on any particular topic or genre. Artists and comedians have been able to use avenues like YouTube to amass a huge following, catapulting them into Internet stardom. Businesses have discovered that avenues like YouTube can raise brand awareness.
YouTube sensations from across the globe and digital marketing experts were gathered for one day of madness on 18 August 2013: Boom Video presents VIDinc.