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Pizza Base Recipe with Sourdough Starter

I found a website here with the best pizza base recipe I’ve read and I refer to it every few weeks when I make my own pizza bases. Varasanos recipe has a lot of theory about what makes a good base. It is a lot to wade through, so I...


The Best Place To Live

A friend and I were talking about finding a house to buy. The prices in Melbourne are high. They are unaffordably high. Worse than buying property in Switzerland. Men and women live with their parents until their late twenties and thirties to save for a deposit. And whilst they save,...


How Cheap is Aldi?

On a weekly shop at Aldi, the total bill came to $157.77. I’d bought quite a lot, but it still sounded high. I couldn’t help but wonder whether or not Aldi still represented good value compared to Woolworths. If my shop had been at Woolworths instead that day, how much...


Why is petrol 20c cheaper in Sydney than Melbourne?

As usual, the price of petrol increased in Melbourne just in time for christmas, I recall it being over $1.25/litre before leaving to holiday in Sydney. Upon arriving in Sydney, fuel was advertised everywhere for close to $1.10/litre. Since that point, I’ve sporadically checked prices in Sydney and compared to...


The Los Angeles Housing Market Compared to Melbourne

I take a look at the housing crisis in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2013 to understand by how much prices fell, and how they have recovered. The regions of Los Angeles Los Angeles is a large sprawling city, difficult to get around in without a car, not unlike Melbourne....


Without owning a car

click here to see the calculator I don’t own a car, and haven’t for 4 years. My choice isn’t based on an environmental standpoint, rather it is purely economic. I save money by not owning a car. From time to time I question whether or not this is true. Especially...


Melbourne House Prices Compared to Ireland

Ask two people what they think about Melbourne’s property prices and you’ll likely get two different answers. Since I don’t own a house, I have an interest in seeing house prices in Melbourne come down from their current levels. Specifically I’d like to see prices reduced in the areas that...


Remote working from a park

It’s quiet. I’m compiling some code but can’t even hear the laptop fan moving. While I wait for it to finish, I chat with a visitor to my site. They are from South Africa. And I’m based in Melbourne, Australia. Winter is losing it’s hold. The chill in the air...


Small Pot Sizes Considered Harmful

Last summer I began growing vegetables on my balcony. Never having planted or grown anything in my life, my first question was: What should I grow? Followed by How big should the pot be? We planted a chilli and a tomato. And I picked lots of cute little pots from...


A better baby monitor

Our baby monitor was made by the devil. The way I see it, a baby monitor has a single purpose: A baby monitor will let us hear our baby when he makes something other than normal sleep noises This monitor picks up on the quietest of murmors. That wouldn’t be...