Monday, 28 June 2010

Mt Buller - Home

Mt Buller - Home
Winter in Australia! Some snow and temperatures below zero. Looking forward to a weekend on snow.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Unforgettable Places - Buzz Inn

Unforgettable Places - Buzz Inn

15 Unfortunately Placed Ads -

15 Unfortunately Placed Ads -
Marketing is wonderful!

15 Unfortunately Placed Ads

15 Unfortunately Placed Ads

Bosnia Press Review - June 25, 2010 ::

Bosnia Press Review - June 25, 2010 :: "Hundreds of hooligans took to the streets of Banja Luka on Wednesday following Serbia's 1-2 defeat to Australia in their World Cup game, attacking homes and businesses of Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) and Bosnian Croat returnees to the town. According to Banja Luka police official Drazen Arbutina, hooligans broke windows in several buildings in the town."


Frets On Fire

Frets On Fire is a free game similar to Guitar Hero.
I've played Guitar Hero last night with friends for the first time. It was Metallica edition and I'm a bit hooked at the moment. Just found this link and wonder what the game is like. :)

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

The Algorithms Design Manual (Second Edition) - AlgoWiki (link) is the home for Steven Skiena's Algorithm Design Manual, one of (if not) the best books on algorithms.
The site below contains answers to the questions posed in the book.
The Algorithms Design Manual (Second Edition) - AlgoWiki

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

2 Degrees this Morning

The temperature indicator on the Internet shows 2 degrees on a Celsius scale. Fortunately, the temperature indoors is more like 12. Expected high today is 15. This is like middle of the Summer elsewhere. :)

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Manhole Cover: How Products are Made

Manhole Cover: How Products are Made: "All manhole covers are round because a round object cannot be dropped into a round hole of the same diameter."

LOL! Here's an answer to one of the supposedly job-interview questions.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Oceanic Climate Map of the World

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The above map, from Wikipedia, shows areas of the world with oceanic climate. Coincidentally, all the areas I've lived in have these climate characteristics.

Thursday, 17 June 2010


Just had two interesting conversations. One with a friend living in a beautiful country in the North of Europe and one with a recruiting consultant from a large global company. Both discussions involved software development positions in Europe and both seem interesting and challenging. At least my worries about moving continents again seem to disperse now.

Citizenship Application Approved

I have just received the approval for my citizenship application from Australian Government in Canberra. Now the arrangements are undergoing to place me in the queue for the citizenship pledge at a local council.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Australian citizenship test

I’ve just had an appointment with DIMIA regarding my citizenship application. Part of which was the citizenship test. Now all the administrative tasks I had to do are finally done. I hope the processing will be straightforward and I should receive a letter of approval in the following weeks. After that the local council should notify me of the ceremony date.

Citizenship Appointment and Test

Today is the day. I’m off to the citizenship appointment and test. Its been a bit over two months since I submitted the application. Wonder what happens after this is done.
Hope to have a small celebration today after the test. :)

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

US Immigration – A Guide for Employees

US Immigration – A Guide for Employees: "E-3 Visa for Australians

In 2005, the US announced a new visa called the E-3, for Australians only. The E3 visa allows Australian nationals, along with their spouses and children, to come to the US to work in a specialty occupation.

This should be welcome news for Australians interested in working in the US. Until now, Australians have had to battle it out with others around the world for the highly desired H1B Visa. Last year only 900 Australians obtained an H1B - now Australians have 10,500 E3 visas just for themselves. A specialty occupation is one that requires a body of knowledge in a professional field, and at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States. For Australians interested in the E3 visa, the process is actually quite similar to the H1B visa. You must first find a job with a company who will then sponsor your visa. There are 10,500 E-3 visas available per year.

Spouses of an E-3 visa holder are permitted to come to the US and work also. A spouse's employment may be in a position other than a specialty occupation."