I've been using prescription lenses with my HTC Vive for a year now and they're fantastic. Wearing glasses is really inconvenient because adjusting the position of them can require taking the headset off, and they usually overlap badly with the headset lenses (so there are parts at the side I don't see and parts above and below that I don't need to see). With lenses on my headset all I have to do is put the headset on and I have normal corrected vision of virtual reality with no loss of view.
A month ago I was on holiday in Brisbane. I arrived in the early evening so I got a takeaway and attempted to check into my apartment. This took about an hour because the out of hours key safe wouldn't drop the card and they had also managed to give the room they planned for me to someone else.
I walked the skywalk at Tamborine Mountain and along "Gallery Walk".
On the last day I took a tour to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland & Noosa.
I took a few hundred photos and some videos. It was definitely worth the effort and space in my hand luggage to take my 100-400mm lens with me to get photos at the wildlife sanctuary and of the whales.
Persil have shrinkflated their liquid detergent products from washes down to washes. Their website hasn't been updated yet but the new products have appeared on Tesco's website.
They haven't reduced the size of a wash (it's still 35ml) but the initial price for 38 washes is £8.00 whereas 40 washes only costs £7.00. At over £6 per litre this is significantly more expensive than the usual special offer prices of £3.33 to £3.57 per litre.
Less than two years since they last did it, ASDA have applied shrinkflation to their own brand toilet paper "Shades So Soft" again. This time the sheets are shorter and you get fewer of them. In April you could buy 24 rolls with a total area of 63.20m² for £8.00 but from May the same 24 rolls (also £8.00) have a total area of only 59.18m². That's 1½ rolls less paper for the same price. We're now down over 2 whole rolls of paper since 2016.
They're still advertising it as
Bigger Pack Better Value too.
More electric sanding, the remains of my mahogany wood stain and rubber feet... the second bench is now complete and back in the garden:
I've now added rubber feet (solid rubber door stops) to the first garden bench and put it back outside:
A couple of weeks ago I was on holiday in Sydney. When I arrived it was early evening so I had dinner at the hotel and went to bed.
Being winter at the time, the early nights meant that the
Light events of the Vivid Sydney festival were open in the evening. It's a good thing I went to the Royal Botanic Garden before it started because there were a number of barriers restricting access for the duration of Vivid. They don't take them down during the day (including the barriers on the harbour blocking access to some of the seating!).
Despite being over 10,000 miles away I was still able to watch the latest episodes of Doctor Who on the TV in my hotel.
There was a wide variety of restaurants available in the evening such that I didn't eat the same meal twice. For breakfast however I had a pistachio and chocolate roulade almost every day from a nearby French patisserie.
I've recently installed an 80A Power Meter on the electricity supply to my house. It measures the current active, reactive and apparent power as well as providing a count of the total active and reactive energy. These reading are updated every second.
After installing a 100A isolator and pulling through extra cables, the installation of the power meter was relatively straight forward. It's in an enclosure with an 80A circuit breaker, located inside to avoid inconvenience if it ever trips, and because the distribution board doesn't have enough space for it.
I intend to write an Android app for a real-time view but for now I'm just collecting historical data: