Various lockdown hacks and escapes — 64 — the kids and the bunnies are ok!

Yes, let’s focus today on the good stuff. First, this story is one-up on all those reactionary wankers on places like Sky — Donners for example — who have been wringing their hands and beating their breasts about the parlous state of education today. Let’s look at these kids, 15, 14 and 15 respectively.

Here is the story:

And as reported on our ABC:

The brains behind a popular COVID-19 tracking website have unmasked themselves — and much to everyone’s surprise, it turns out they’re a trio of teenage boys.

The faces behind the data website, CovidBase AU, are Jack, Darcy and Wesley and they chose the day they got their Moderna vaccinations to reveal their identities.

The group said the idea for the website came about after wanting to create a place to simplify the data and present it in an easy-to-understand format.

The website has already become a big favourite of thousands of Australians. 

“Darcy’s really skilled with coding and I’m sort of really into the news …and have been really interested in the data. So we’ve decided to take what we’ve been doing and sort of create something with it,” Jack told ABC News.

And in The Guardian:

Nick Evershed, the data and interactives editor at Guardian Australia, said CovidBaseAU had done impressive work collating hard-to-find information.

“There has been a few occasions, particularly with the numbers around vaccine imports and supply, where I’ve cross-checked my numbers against theirs,” he said.

“They did a really good job at combing through all the disparate media releases and press conferences in the early stages of the rollout to piece together a good picture of how many doses Australia was producing or importing at various points, which was extremely helpful as I was compiling similar data.”

Jack, Wesley and Darcy were praised by fellow Twitter users after revealing their identities, amassing more than 16,000 likes in a 24-hour period, as well as a part-time job offer from the head of public health at the Burnet Institute.

“You three pull off some awesome work!” Ben Krauth wrote. Prof Mark Stoove added: “Nice work boys! Need a part-time job?”

How encouraging to hear and read a story like this! The kids are OK! Check it out!

The Bunnies are headed for the Grand Final!

Yes, that deserves a big heading. They have been almost there several times in recent years — 2019 for example.

Great images of Redfern and my old stomping ground there!

Last night’s game against Manly Sea Eagles:

Check my earlier posts on this topic!

Penrith Panthers beat Melbourne Storm 10-6 this afternoon, so there is the Grand Final: Bunnies vs Panthers.

Various lockdown hacks and escapes — 48 — footy tipping, history and that pianist

Quite a mixed bag today! First, again as has become the way, to quote myself from Facebook yesterday:

Footy tipping would have ended today. I miss you, Illawarra Leagues!

OK, checked the first game — 30 minutes in and going my way so far. HT: Titans 16 Warriors 0. The Titans score again minutes into 2nd half — Warriors are cactus. 22-0. With 20 minutes to go it’s 28-0, so I am claiming this one! And at FT: 44-0. In Game 2 The Bulldogs seem to be determined to win at last! Good on them, but bad for my tipping. Well — 26-0 with 20 minutes left. Good for you, Bulldogs! 38-0.

And this is what happens now:

Meanwhile and completely different — the 2021 NSW Premier’s History Awards have just been announced. These are the winners — and I am not surprised that the big one goes to the wonderful People of the River. See my post of 23 March!

Senior Judge Dr Matthew Allen praised the “imagination, courage and empathy of contemporary historians and the importance of their work”.

And the winners are…

— Australian History Prize‘People of the River: Lost Worlds of Early Australia’ by Grace Karskens.

— General History Prize‘The Wardian Case: How a Simple Box Moved Plants and Changed the World’ by Luke Keogh

— NSW Community and Regional History Prize‘Landscapes of Our Hearts: Reconciling People and Environment’ by Matthew Colloff

–Young People’s History Prize‘Tell Me Why for Young Adults’ by @archieroach

— Digital History Prize (not pictured)‘FREEMAN’ by Laurence Billiet (General Strike and Matchbox Pictures)

Now that pianist. You know the one by now. Perhaps this image will be new:

Handsome young man — almost 20 now. From his favourite pics.

This is one of my favourites from him:

Various lockdown hacks and escapes — 18 — The Gong rejoices

For all that might be said of the Tokyo Olympics (for and against) there is no doubt The Gong has rejoiced, especially the McKeon family!

…[Emma McKeon] became Australia’s most decorated swimmer, passing the nine medals won by Australian Olympic greats Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones.

McKeon also became the first woman to secure the 50m-100m double since Jodie Henry achieved the feat in 2004.

Her 11th and seventh at Tokyo was also McKeon’s fourth gold, which is the most by an Australian at a single Olympics.

Including her win at Rio, McKeon has won five gold medals over two Olympic Games, the equal most by an Australian all-time.

After her last race on Sunday where McKeon helped the Women’s 4X100m Medley win a Gold medal, she was asked by Channel 7 how it felt to be compared to greats such as Thorpe and Jones.

“Surreal. It is so surreal,” she said.

Takes me back — 1972 in fact:

So what I offer now are selections from my August 2011 photo blog — images of The Gong. Enjoy. I don’t have to stray far from home to find some beautiful escapes…

From my window
Crown Street West Wollongong — cabbage palm
From my window
Early signs of spring
Mount Keira
Mount Keira from my window

Oh yes — footy tipping…

Saturday’s games were played in front of empty stands on Sunday. The Bunnies won, but I did not do so well. Sunday’s games to finish the round are being played today. All games are played in just the one stadium — Suncorp in Brisbane.

Various lockdown hacks and escapes — 17 — horses’ birthday

All thoroughbred horses celebrate their birthday on the same date, January 1 in the Northern hemisphere and August 1 in the Southern hemisphere. You knew that, right?

徐悲鴻 — Xu Beihong (1895-1953) — marvellous.

So that immediately makes me think of tipping — not that I follow the horses, but rather the hobby I have developed thanks to the clubs here in The Gong of footy tipping. Well, given the lockdown here in NSW the Illawarra League tipping comp, which I mention from time to time, went into limbo, but I have carried on for several weeks. But today, bad news, given that lockdown had sent the entire Rugby League competition to Queensland — large parts of which have now also gone into lockdown!

Which means today’s games have been called off, and tomorrow’s most likely — and then it is still up in the air what happens next! But as one commentator on ABC Sports Radio said yesterday, you may as well tear up the rest of the draw — that is Rounds 21-25, which conclude the ones we tip on in our competition. Mind you, I was not doing all that well this last week.

Bye-bye tipping!

However, this blog has done OK in the past month, partly thanks to the lockdown! After all, what is there to do but blog? As of yesterday afternoon July 2021 was the second-best month for views and visits so far this year, after March. NOTE: Yesterday evening I did an extra post on the Mount Kembla Mine Disaster of 31 July 1902. It could attract quite a few visitors rendering these stats out of date!

The highlighted ones were posted in July.

Well, there are memories of course — tips I got right, and famous Bunnies victories.


The latest on the NRL:

The NRL will introduce new Level 4+ protocols as part of an agreement with the Queensland Government for round 20 of the Telstra Premiership to be completed on Sunday and Monday.

The three originally scheduled Saturday games will now be played on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium, headlined by a 4.05pm Storm v Panthers blockbuster.

Sunday’s fixtures have been switched to Monday to ensure the entire round is completed ahead of round 21.

We speak of things that matter…

Cheating really, because this post is REALLY about footy tipping! In 2021 City Diggers, thanks to the takeover by the Wollongong Golf Club, no longer had a tipping competition, but my current club of choice, Collegians/Illawarra Leagues, did. There are 136 tipsters spread over all six Collegians venues

Round 15 2021 began with South Sydney Rabbitohs annihilating Brisbane Broncos 46-0. I got that one right, so seven games to go. I should mention that so far this year by best has been 7 out of 8 correct, and that only once.

I posted on this important topic in April, I see. That was Round 6, and will serve to show my typical form.

Yes, a matter of random coin-tossing really…

But consider this past round, the glorious Round Fifteen!

Will I be the only tipster in Collegians to get 100%? Last round no-one did! So let us see — I will know on Wednesday when the tips are published at Illawarrra Leagues. Or maybe not. There is a gap caused by the second State of Origin game next Sunday, so Round 16 is in the first week of July.