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Perth Wheelcats

Yesterday I went down to Elizabeth Quay with my friend Andrew Dewberry to photograph his open day with the Perth Wheelcats. Members of the public were invited to grab a chair and give it a go. The Dewbinator made an excellent tutor! There was even a match between the Liberal and Labour parties. Despite the […]

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The Ideological Lens

The one problem that all religions and ideologies have in common is that they squander the search for truth and perpetuate the fight for validation of ideas. By committing to a belief system, we compartmentalise our intelligence and humanity, and bottleneck our ability to learn and discover. We view reality through a warped and tinted […]

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Is Free Speech Under Threat?

Is free speech under threat? The word Black is now an inherently racist “microaggression”, and the word Bossy is now considered sexist and oppressive. Obesity is now a respectable choice of lifestyle instead of a serious health concern, and Gay is now a harmful description of homosexuality. Feminist Anita Sarkeesian implores the United Nations to […]

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Pogo Live In Melbourne

Sold out at the Scratch Warehouse in Melbourne. Big big thanks to everybody who came down! It was a riot! Photos by Caterina Fizzano

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The XBox All-In-One

If I had to summarise my view of the XBox One in a single sentence, it would be an average graphics card wrapped in a media centre and placed in a VCR with XBox written on it. I don’t mean to knock the machine, but I do think the XBox team at Microsoft has taken […]

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LED vs OLED TV’s

Since posting my review and calibration of the LG 55EC9300 OLED TV, I get quite a few e-mails asking me if I think an LED 4k TV would be a better purchase than an OLED HD TV. My answer is no. Although 4k OLED TV’s have started to roll out, Ultra HD won’t likely push […]

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Being A Night Owl

I find daytime absolutely exhausting. It’s blinding, noisy and overwhelming. I can endure very little of it before lethargy hits me like a ton of bricks. If I shut the curtains and hit the sack during the day, I’ll fall asleep without the slightest bit of effort. Night time is the opposite in every way. […]

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XBox One Elite Controller

I couldn’t resist taking some snaps of the new XBox pad! It came bundled with my XBox One Elite. The controller feels heavier and more solid than the standard version. There’s also diamond rubber grips on the back. The triggers can be adjusted to depress only a small fraction, which reduces fatigue and makes it […]

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Thoughts on Syndicate

I thoroughly enjoyed Black Flag. It wasn’t a conventional Assassin’s Creed, but I finished it to 99% anyway because being a pirate with your own ship in a big open world was just damn fun. Finished Unity, didn’t like it. The story sucked, the combat was broken and the only thing new on the table […]

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Thoughts on Halo

I think it’s time Halo takes a page from the books of Fallout and The Witcher. The chief needs a vacation and a new direction. If you threw me into an open-world galaxy with nothing but Cortana, 117’s identity and a UNSC ship maintained and piloted by my own free will, I’d be hooked on […]

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Astro A50 Halo Headset Review

I’ve always been disappointed with gaming headsets. The price tags are usually high, and the sound quality is usually average at best. I think if you want excellent sound for your games and movies, you need to shell out for a 5.1 speaker setup and get your room acoustically padded. Despite its looks and excellent […]

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Producing For Pixar

  Not long after Alice went viral, I had the tremendous honor of producing music and videos for Disney Pixar, starting with a Pogoism of ‘Up’ to promote the DVD and Blu-ray release. After a few e-mails, I was pulled out to Emeryville in California where I met the executives of music and marketing at Pixar. The flight […]

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Begoos Galaxy S6 Sleeve

After a long wait I finally got a new sleeve for my Galaxy S6 Edge. The Begoos, sold here on Etsy, came wrapped in an envelope with my first name written on it and a tiny leaflet explaining the sleeve and washing instructions. The sleeve is very high quality. The fabric and stitching is top […]

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The Marketing Dilemma

Over the past few years I’ve learnt that I’m not adept at dealing with publicity. It threatens to turn inspiration into obligation and brings up a demon or two when I’m going through the lows. Dealing with support and critique every day robs me of the personal relationship I try to keep with my work. […]

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Mixing Kick And Bass In FLStudio

In mastering music, especially Electronic stuff, you will always have to solve the problem that arises when your bass and your kick drum play at the same time. The combined amplitude can be enormous and very problematic if you run your final mix through a limiter like Voxengo Elephant (my personal favourite). Enter side-chain compression. […]

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One Day With You

youtube.com/watch?v=Zkf8G-QvP_A One Day With You is a song and video I created that explores different aspects of the human spirit. Like most of my tracks it started out as a fun and simple sketch, but it evolved into something I felt could communicate a great deal of emotion through video. I sampled several tracks from […]

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Why I Don’t Take Requests

I deeply appreciate it when somebody takes the time to write to me. Some of the letters I get are absolutely amazing and I save them to a Notebook in my Evernote. However, I have to say — I’m perplexed every time someone throws me a casual request as if they’re operating a slot machine. […]

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Close Encounters Of The Bogan Kind

I took a beautiful stroll last week on a sunny afternoon listening to some Deep House. As I walked along the highway, a Ford RustBucket pulled up on the T-junction ahead, and opening the door was a complete psychopath pointing at me and screaming. He was a lanky skinhead with less teeth than fingers and […]

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Mixing and Mastering Tips

Over the years I’ve picked up a few tricks and tools for getting a mix sounding just right. Making music is expression for me, and mixing it just right is a good outlet for the perfectionist in me as well. Without good mixing, your music may not have the clarity it needs to translate across […]

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HDR Panoramas For Download

Here I have some HDR panoramas for download. All files are 360° panoramas taken with a Sigma 8mm 3.5 Fisheye, a Canon 5D MKII and a Nodal Ninja panoramic tripod head. Images are 32-bit and ready for use in any 3D package. By Tree: .HDR (2048×1024, 7.1mb) Garden Shed: .HDR (2048×1024, 6.4mb) Mandurah PAC: .HDR […]

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