What to do with e-waste.

We recently discovered that for the month of June our local council will take all e-waste without a charge to the resident as long as you deposit it at a local drop off point.

The reason I mention this is the fact that my husband has collected computers as a hobby for many years but since moving to our present residence the collection has remained largely untouched in our back shed.  I managed to convince him that now would be a good time to get rid of it rather than leaving it for our offspring to get rid of when we are no longer able to.

You can see by the amount in the back of the ute how much stuff he had.  This is only some of the gear, we will need to do a second trip.  By getting in the back shed it made me look at some of the other gear that is in there and it prompted further culling of the contents of the shed.  I have several items ready to take to the charity shops now.

I should mention that I now have some empty boxes that my husband no longer has a need for so I will need to find things to put in them! I do have lots of wool in my stash so I will be able to sort the wool into various categories in the recycled boxes. 🙂

The last of my May reads

These are two non-fiction reads this month.  Wake up was read in a sitting and it certainly shed light on many aspects of our use of digital technology.

“Your essential guide to the biggest revolution of the past century. David Fagan was at the forefront of this revolution as he helped take one of Australia’s largest media organisations from print to digital. In Wake Up, he explores the challenges and opportunities of the digital age from his position on the front line. He chronicles the rise of social media, online shopping, the Uber and Airbnb phenomena and the upending of traditional industries. Fagan observes the big emerging trends and examines the technologies leading this change, as the arrival of robots and artificial intelligence affects the way we live, work and play. If you haven’t been paying attention, now is the time to wake up.” (Goodreads)

This is a great read and it will be interesting to see if his predictions come to pass.

Screen Schooled I borrowed as I had recently read an article where a school in Melbourne had returned to using textbooks rather than texts online.

“As two veteran teachers who have taught thousands of students, Joe Clement and Matt Miles have seen firsthand how damaging technology overuse and misuse has been to our students. Rather than becoming better problem solvers, kids look to Google to answer their questions for them. Rather than deepening students’ intellectual curiosity, educational technology is too often cumbersome and distracting, causing needless frustration and greatly extending homework time. Rather than becoming the great equalizer, electronic devices are widening the achievement gap. On a mission to educate and empower parents, Clement and Miles provide many real-world examples and cite multiple studies showing how technology use has created a wide range of cognitive and social deficits in our young people. They lift the veil on what’s really going on at school: teachers who are powerless to curb cell phone distractions; zoned-out kids who act helpless and are unfocused, unprepared, and antisocial; administrators who are too-easily swayed by the pro-tech “science” sponsored by corporate technology purveyors. They provide action steps parents can take to demand change and make a compelling case for simpler, smarter, more effective forms of teaching and learning.” (Goodreads)

This is a book, which if given to a group of parents or teachers would certainly provide lively debate.  Well worth the read.

I liked this comment from Maya on Goodreads.

“Just as dropping off a child at a library doesn’t guarantee that child will learn to read, so too does giving a child technology not guarantee that child will know how to use it appropriately.”

I suggest you go to Goodreads and read the reviews there if you are unsure if it is a book you need to read, particularly if you have school aged children.

I have also just finished A Gentleman in Moscow, apparently a mega bestseller about to be made into a tv series.  I gave it five stars so it was definitely one I loved but I will write about it in my June reads.

Too many decisions to make

I am in the market for a new car as my trusty Peugeot, which I have had for fifteen years, is at the stage where things need to be done to it.  The air-conditioning has packed in twice now so it is time to find a new car.  What a mine-field that is.

I thought it would be relatively easy to work out what I wanted but there are so many additions on offer that need to be taken into consideration.  I think I have narrowed it down to two models but I now need to consider the economics of purchasing either a diesel or petrol model.  The cost of servicing is also a consideration that needs to be taken into account.  I wish there was some sort of button that you could press that would calculate for you, on average, how much it would cost to run each model over a certain time and distance, taking into account the cost of servicing and fuel along with the original cost of the vehicle. Wishful thinking.

I have had test drives in several cars but I have yet to make a decision.

A great start to the day

I usually try to get a walk done early in the morning and depending on how the mood takes me it can be a complete dawdle or I can really test myself with some intermittent jogging.

My son put me onto the app Strava and since then I have really upped the speed when I walk.  I have several different routes that I use and I tend to use the boardwalk route when I am taking time to enjoy the surrounds.

This is the walk I did yesterday morning but the start point is not quite right so I will need to set the route again before I walk this route again.

You can see two tiny pictures on the screen shot I did and if you use Strava you can bring them up in full size.  It was such a lovely morning and there were lots of swans on Bancroft Bay.

The board walk is a lovely part of Metung and is ideal for a leisurely stroll.

My next walk will be up around Kingscove which a hilly part of Metung and gives me a more vigorous workout.

The National Library of Australia

When I lived in Canberra, our nation’s capital, I considered myself fortunate to have access to so many wonderful national resources.  The National Library still is a resource that I can use here in Metung thanks to the wonders of the Internet.  I am a member of the National Library and so can access most of their resources.  Unfortunately there are some aspects of the library that you can only appreciate by actually being there.

The SellThere is an exhibition on at the library until April 2017 and I will certainly have to make sure that I take time, when I am in Canberra, to go to the library so I can view this particular exhibition.  I am sure it will be fascinating. I will let you know when I have visited.

A library is much more than books.

Andrew CarnegieAndrew Carnegie certainly gave so much to the world when he bequeathed monies to set up libraries. You can read about his life at this website.

From Wikipedia:

A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.  A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university library systems.  1,659 were built in the United States, 660 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 125 in Canada and others in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France, the Caribbean, Mauritius, Malaysia and Fiji.

I have always loved visiting the library and I recall many happy hours spent with my dad when we used to go to the library on a Friday night when we lived in Armidale, New South Wales.  At that time browsing books and borrowing books was what you did at the library now it is all so different.

My most recent visit to a library was here in Bairnsdale. I was looking for a particular book but came away with much more.

While I was checking out my books the librarian asked if I had used Borrow Box and I said I had.  She said there were two other apps that I could use to read books and magazines offline once I download them to the app.

I think I have mentioned previously how I use Borrow Box and I tend to use it more for audio books rather than ebooks.

Borrow BoxThe other apps are :

Axis 360 for ebooks

Axis 360

Axis 360 2and Zinio.  Zinio is the app for magazines.

zinioI have already made use of Zinio having downloaded the most recent issue of Homespun

Homespunand Australia Home Beautiful.

Home beautifulThe range of magazines available is extensive and I can see that this is an app I will be using frequently.  You should check out your library to see if they provide the same free services.