Poor state planning led to the worst air quality disaster NSW has ever seen. So far zero accountability.

The national business hub of Australia — Sydney. It’s landmarks recognizable worldwide, it has a global reputation, and yet the city itself has been rotting from the inside for a long time now. As NSW reports exponential COVID numbers from a bungled lockdown, I am beginning to wonder if we’re near a tipping point of thinking about Sydney as the “business capital of Australia”.

At the start of 2020, I went to Sydney for a work trip. Morning pitch meeting in the CBD. Full disclosure — I’m from Perth and so perhaps I’m privilidged to live in a smaller city…

When I was growing up, I moved between Australia, Poland and the Philippines a bit. I first saw the gate in 1994, a trailer for the original motion picture film, Roland Emmerich’s Stargate, came on. Something about the gate itself, perhaps the use of practical water effects, left an impression on me that lasted years. I wondered for a long time what ever happened to that cool film I saw a trailer for, but I couldn’t even remember it’s name by the time I saw it again.

Two years later, in 1996, I was living in Poland. I still hadn’t…

Australian Parliament House — You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy

The Australian federal government has become a shambolic mess of half formed ideas, corruption and delusional thinking. The people will make their voices heard soon and it’s seeming like we’re on a trajectory to boot the LNP out of power, but I fear that it’s going to be too little, too late. The damage of years of LNP governance is incalculable. …

My puppies — Sam Carter and Jake the Dog

2020 was a really good year, for me personally. My consulting business had a slow but promising start to the year, which included my first paid trip as a freelancer to Sydney in February. Sadly, the client only paid for flights and a few hours of my time on sales pitch. I decided to stay at my dad’s instead of risk the hotel they were going to pick in the CBD, but it proved to be an invaluable moment for me to visit my loved ones in Sydney before COVID-19 got out of control. …

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For a few years now, I’ve observed a really curious thing happen when I take on a new website. My Facebook ads start to echo the project I’m working on with uninteresting content invading my experience. This is presumably due to marketing engines tracking my work visits to things like tourism, eCommerce and whatever other category of site my client of the day seems to be in.

It seems I must now pay a toll for living my entrepreneur dream at Open Studios as the most boring and poorly conceived ads I’ve ever seen in my life invade my personal…

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I have owned a few graphics cards over the past 26 years so I thought it’d be fun to look back at what they looked like, what games I played and a bit about the computer they were installed in.

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The Kettlefish project is something that arose from restructuring the Langenium project from being a Node.js server to a static HTML site built for Github Pages. At that time in 2015, I had no income and faced the prospect of having no ability to regularly look after the EC2 VPS even if I could afford it. Github Pages offers high performance free hosting for static websites so it seemed like a good fit.

Five years on, it was one of the best decisions I could’ve made for my studio. Kettlefish is at the core of my entire web domain, allowing…

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Since returning to self employment at the start of October, I’ve focused all my attention on finding new passive sources of income that I could scale up. I’ve spent almost 18 months working as a contractor and have experienced a similar kind of burn out to full time work. Not only do I need a change, the world has has changed a lot since I first became a web developer in 2008. There was a time when being a developer in an agency was the dream, but I think the dream is dead now. Especially in Perth.

I have played…

This cockatiel wasn’t my pet, he’s an MCSE helping me deploy Windows 98 from floppy discs.

Back in 1999, I was prescribed my first pair of glasses for short sightedness. I never liked wearing them because it was so inhibiting for sports and it wasn’t a good era nor age to be a nerd. By 2001 I was rocking soft contact lenses just in time for my first year of high school, desperate to escape my nickname “Bill Gates” from my last year of primary school.

Calling me Bill Gates didn’t even make sense since I was well into Linux and the open source movement by that age, I guess people just didn’t have any other…

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I’ve finally produced and released the first pages of Issue 04 of Kamigen. It’s been an awesome journey — particularly because the process makes me focus on individual scenes as they unfold and I’m really pleased with the tale this has created.

Paul Brzeski

Don't dream it, be it.

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