2012 in review

I can’t quite work out why anyone would read my blog, and why they read the article I posted on JFK. It’s a weird world, all right…

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Monster 8 Super House

So, Super 8 is pretty much the same film as Monster House. Both are produced by Steven Spielberg, and both have similar characters completing similar quests in similar methods. Here is some compelling visual evidence, just released today. I couldn’t decide if it was better with or without the captions… I think without the caption looks nicer, but it needs at least a little explanation. Hmm…

11 Rules for Making Tea – by George Orwell

George Orwell (Eric Blair, that is) published an article in 1946 with “eleven outstanding points” for making tea. His article is written in prose, but I just wanted the list of rules, so I’ve summarized the article as a list and removed the explanations for each rule. Check out the original article here.

  1. Only use Indian or Ceylon tea.
  2. Tea should be made in a teapot (not in an urn or cauldron).
  3. Warm the teapot before use.
  4. Tea should be strong.
  5. Loose tea leaves should be added to the pot – not put into baskets or strainers.
  6. The water should be boiling when added to the teapot, not just off the boil.
  7. Once the tea has infused, stir the pot and let the tea leaves settle.
  8. Pour the tea into a mug – not a teacup.
  9. Pour the cream off the milk before pouring milk into your tea (this one doesn’t really apply anymore).
  10. Tea first, milk second.
  11. No sugar.

Buying a phone outright or buying a phone on a plan…

Here’s some sums I did. I couldn’t work out how to turn this into an intelligible graph or table, so you visual types will just have to get verbal for a while. Although it’s just dot points, so you should really stop complaining…

1. Optus $49 plan ($550 of credit) with a Samsung Galaxy S2 (extra $5 per month) for 24 months

2. Live Connected $10.99 plan ($500 of credit) with a Samsung Galaxy S2 from Mobicity for $599 over 24 months
$862.76 ($335.24 cheaper than Optus and you’re not locked in to an ongoing plan)

3. Live Connected $10.99 plan ($550 of credit) with a Samsung Galaxy Ace (the entry level Galaxy) from Mobicity for $299 over 24 months

$562.76 ($733.24 cheaper than the Galaxy S2 with Optus, and no lock-in contract)

Best value mobile plans for under $20

I’ve been doing a bit of research about phone plans for use in Brisbane, Australia (just had to make that clear for all my international readers), and made this graph of the value to cost ratio of different mobile deals (i.e., divide the value the company gives you by how much you pay). This was created on 4 February 2012, and I’m pretty sure it’s accurate. Also, here’s a link to Live Connected, because they won!


And for the people who like to see the data, here it is…

Company and offer Cost Value Value to cost ratio
Live Connected $5 $ 5.00 $ 100.00 $ 20.00
Live Connected $8 $ 8.00 $ 135.00 $ 16.88
Live Connected $11 $ 11.00 $ 500.00 $ 45.45
Live Connected $16 $ 16.00 $ 650.00 $ 40.63
TPG $10 $ 10.00 $ 100.00 $ 10.00
TPG $18 $ 18.00 $ 550.00 $ 30.56
Optus $10 $ 10.00 $ 60.00 $ 6.00
Optus $20 $ 20.00 $ 140.00 $ 7.00
Telstra $10 $ 10.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
Telstra $20 $ 20.00 $ 20.00 $ 1.00