Category: Personal

Lessons from the edge – finding gifts in important places

October 27, 2012 By pipka

Spent all day yesterday hanging out with a good friend, Peter Miller. To see someone I care about dealing with Leukaemia (CLL) and putting all the theory and philosophy of martial arts into practise to not only cope, but to grow and evolve through such an experience is humbling, inspiring and deeply profound. I highly recommend people […]

Online Culture – Part 1: Unicorns and Doom

June 26, 2011 By pipka

There is a lot of commentating, hypothesising and general navel-gazing around the topic of “online culture” and how the Internet is changing society. Some believe we are ascending into a euphoric utopia where we will all be free and ride unicorns over double rainbows! Some bemoan our descent into ego driven fickleness that is undermining […]

Parting ways

June 9, 2011 By pipka

After nine years together, Jeff and I have decided to part ways. This is a mutual and amicable decision, and we wanted everyone to know that we are both ok 🙂 Jeff’s post is at Though we still care for each other and will remain good friends, unfortunately we have grown significantly apart and […]

Air traffic control and Somalia

February 22, 2011 By pipka

I was moved to blog this evening by two inspiring conversations I had whilst travelling to Melbourne. Both fascinating for very different reasons! Firstly, on the plane from Canberra to Melbourne I sat next to a guy who works in the air traffic control systems industry. It was fascinating because it is an industry with […]

A Sheik, a Rabbi & a Priest in Yass

September 4, 2009 By pipka

My parents are putting on an event in Yass on the 16th September which proves to be very interesting. Basically it is the Together for Humanity Foundation, which bring a Sheik, a Rabbi and a Priest together to discuss the differences and similarities of Islam, Judaism and Christianity (respectively) and ultimately help promote understanding and […]

My top 10 songs of all time

July 2, 2009 By pipka

So I didn’t actually get to vote in the Triple J top 100 of all time. I feel really stupid to have missed it! I was just asked (live on radio) whether I had voted and I stupidly said yes intending to get straight off the phone and onto the voting, but it was closed! […]

Bonfire night photos

June 8, 2009 By pipka

The bonfire was great fun, and although there were a lot of pikers (sickness, bad weather concerns, wusses) we had a lovely group of friends come out to enjoy the bushland and the explosions 🙂 Below are the links to the photos I know of. I’ll add more as they come in: Mike’s photos Jenny’s […]

Speaking at SoGikII in Sydney on Tuesday

June 8, 2009 By pipka

I meant to blog about this, but have been busy. I’m speaking at the SoGikII conference on Tuesday, which is an incredibly eccentric geek conference that should be awesome! Anyway, check it out 🙂 GikII noobs be warned: this is a conference with the boring bits left out, and the level of ‘geek’ cranked right […]