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Jigsaw.

We are currently house-sitting for some friends in the beautiful coastal community of Kiama. Unfortunately, the heavy smoke haze that has been rolling in each evening from the bushfires south of us has necessitated engaging with some indoor activities rather than long sunset beach walks. To wit, Kelly has been methodically solving a 1000 piece […]

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Your mobile phone is tracking you.

The New York Times has a sobering article: How Your Phone Betrays Democracy) demonstrating how easy it is for governments and political parties to use the data gathered from our mobile phones to track us. By tracking your movements a data-set of activities is built up that deduces your home location, as well as the […]

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Spiced Mushroom Walnut & Lentil Loaf

Kelly and her mum made this delicious vegetarian mushroom and walnut lentil loaf for me. Super easy to make (even I could have done it I reckon) and so good that I thought I would share it here. Ingredients: 1 Cup Walnuts, dry roasted 400g tin of brown lentils 2 cups diced button mushrooms 2 […]

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Things that piss me off #8.

People who use charity donation bins as an easy way to dump their unwanted junk!  Before reading the evidence I would have bet my transverse colon that 99% of the people doing this know that the junk they are leaving in the bins ( or, more commonly laying all around them) are totally unsuitable and inappropriate to […]

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iPhone. From talisman to tool.

Its been a little while now since I dumped the last of my social media accounts. One thing I have noticed is that my iPhone spends a lot more time in other places than my hands. In my bag. On a table. Somewhere else. For the first few days, there was this habitual almost reflex […]

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Climate emergency: code blue.

In the medical environment, the response called to a medical emergency is known as a CODE BLUE. A code blue is an immediate and intensive interrupter to business as usual. It requires a complete reframe of priorities and activities. EVERYTHING is at stake. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has reported the entire continent Australia […]

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What the heck do I do with this blog?

With the end of the year looming, I thought I would take a moment of self-indulgent introspection to ponder the substance of this blog and think about what I should do with it….moving forwards as they say. Right now shojiwax.com is kinda drifting around in a sort of journal format.It covers my travel experiences, my interest […]

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How to stop the internet tracking you.

Following my last post about dropping out of FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram I have had a few people asking me: Is there anything else I can do to stop big these corporations from gathering data from me & tracking my browsing whilst I am online? Im not really up to anything illegal and its kinda […]

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Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. No.

A quick update just in case anyone is wondering why I have suddenly gone all quiet on social media.  As you might know I closed down my Facebook account a few years ago (for many reasons including these) and have not regretted it for a moment. I have continued to use Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) and […]