commute

Some Call it Art

Let me start by making it clear that I am not advocating aerosol art on private property without consent of the owner, let alone "tagging". At the same time, I am a fan of aerosol art that is done properly.

I generally find the commute to work pretty boring, especially the walk to and from the station/office. I am always on the lookout for things to bring some joy into my day. A little while I ago I saw (photographed on my crappy phone camera) some stickers which I found pretty amusing.

Photo of 'I spray AU sticker' taken near Camberwell Railway Station, Victoria, Australia
Photo of 'Color your city' sticker, taken off Riversdale Road Camberwell

Looks like someone has started an advocacy campaign.

I think both are pretty well done, especially the thought and skill that went into the "color your city" one. In the case of the stickers, I come down clearly on the side of art.

Using Technology on the train

It has been many years since I have caught peak hour trains. Last time I did it was about 5 years ago when I was working at the City of Darebin. Back then I used to lug a heavy Compaq Armada (I forget the model number) home most nights, but I rarely used it on the train. MP3 players weren't worn as fashion accessories back then.

These days I have a Dell Latitude D810, which has a 15.4" widescreen screen, which runs well at 1920x1200, but it is a too big to use comfortably on the train. The UMTS/GRPS data card hanging out one side and the headphones lead out the other take up even more room. I have quite broad shoulders, so it very hard to type on a laptop which is as wide as my lap, with people sitting either side of me. I have also noticed that my laptop screen becomes communal reading material, just like a newspaper. Maybe I should offer to come to their work and read their emails and monitor their web surfing while they are at work.

Time for me to return to listening to psy trance and catching up on my feeds in liferea.