Does Lush Dirty Shaving Cream Work With A Philips Philishave Electric Shaver?

February 3, 2016Matt No Comments »

The vital question to any man using an electric shaver when it comes to selecting a shaving cream for a wet shave. Will it actually work with my shaver? Or is it just going to clog it up?

I’ve tried a lot of different shaving creams and gels with my Philips SensoTouch 3D electric shaver, and Lush Dirty is the first shaving cream I’ve found that doesn’t clog it up. It just glides perfectly and makes the shave much more pleasant.

I highly recommend it if you have one of these shavers or a similar Philishave model that is capable of wet shaving. Watch the video review below for all my thoughts on it. Continue Reading


Does Lush Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash Actually Work?

January 28, 2016Matt No Comments »

I’m pretty dubious about any kind of cosmetics or things that seem a bit faddish – eg beard and facial wash.

This one though I find quite interesting so I decided to do a video review on it.

So does the Lush Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash actually work? Check out the video to find out! Continue Reading


Collective Dichotomy – A Fractal Animation

January 24, 2016Matt No Comments »

I haven’t made any fractal animations for a while now, but I came across this one on one of my older hard drives. I created the audio track in Apple Soundtrack Pro during my early uni days and then using Apophysis I generated a series of fractals to match it and animated it using Flam3.

I never shared it anywhere but I figure why not put it on YouTube and share it here, no one gets to enjoy it hidden away on a hard drive. I’ve been thinking about making some more if I ever can fit in the time. I used to really enjoy designing them. I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think in the comments. Continue Reading


Creating an iOS App Using The Alarm

December 8, 2015Matt No Comments »

I’ve got an idea for an app that will use the alarm and push notifications associated with the alarm on an iPhone and ultimately an Apple Watch. So I’ve been reading up a bit on how to approach that. The below links look promising so far and I plan to experiment with them. We’ll see how I go!

  • http://www.raywenderlich.com/32960/apple-push-notification-services-in-ios-6-tutorial-part-1
  • http://apigee.com/docs/app-services/content/tutorial-push-notifications-sample-app
  • http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/setting-up-push-notifications-on-ios–cms-21925

Ironically Macca’s just released a new app that has a lot of similarities to what I am envisioning. Also some key differences.


Dealing With oom-killer and MySQL Crashes on Debian

December 7, 2015Matt No Comments »

I recently had a Debian server where MySQL was crashing every few days. After some hunting through the logs, it turned out oom-killer was killing the MySQL process because the system had run out of memory.

It wasn’t MySQL that was using the memory though, it was actually Apache2.

After some hunting around I found a few sites that look at how to resolve the issue.

This one primarily just suggests rebooting after figuring out what is causing it. This is fair enough, but doesn’t solve the root cause.

This site suggested limiting the amount of memory the kernel can allocate so that it can’t over allocate, resulting in crashes. I think this is a great idea but I’d rather not play with kernel settings if I don’t have to.

What I have done at this point is as this site suggested. I have reduced the amount of server processes that Apache2 is allowed to run. So far this seems to have done the trick. Where I was having 2-3 crashes a week we’ve now gone 2 weeks without a crash so hopefully this has resolved the problem.

So to summarise, what I did was open /etc/apache2/apache2.conf and changed the default

<IfModule mpm_prefork_module> 
StartServers 5 
MinSpareServers 5 
MaxSpareServers 10 
MaxClients 150 
MaxRequestsPerChild 0 
</IfModule>

To:

<IfModule mpm_prefork_module>
StartServers 2
MinSpareServers 2
MaxSpareServers 5
MaxClients 40
MaxRequestsPerChild 0
</IfModule>



D-Link DUB-1312 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter on Mac OS X

November 10, 2015Matt No Comments »

If you are like me, and find it frustrating that you can only connect two Thunderbolt devices (unless they are daisy-chained) to your Macbook Pro, even on a 15″ one, you have two external screens, but you want gigabit ethernet, so you either have to sacrifice a Thunderbolt port and second display, or fork out for an expensive display that can be daisy-chained. Or alternatively, find a HDMI capable external display to use the HDMI port, or a Thunderbolt dock that has built in gigabit ethernet. All viable options, but none is really cost effective while maintaining dual external displays.

I personally think it is crazy that Apple have not made their USB ethernet adapter USB 3.0 and gigabit ethernet capable. I do understand that when there is a Thunderbolt one it may not be necessary for everyone, but for me. It’s nuts. I either have one screen, or I have 100mbit ethernet. Neither of these is ideal either.

Enter the D-Link DUB-1312 USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.

D-Link Dub1312 Box Continue Reading


Designer Children’s Clothing From The Little Luxury Shop

April 9, 2015Matt No Comments »

Applehouse Australia LogoI’ve been working on some new SEO projects for TerraMedia over the last couple of weeks. One of the more challenging ones is The Little Luxury Shop, a new retailer of designer children’s clothing, specialising in kid’s clothes from Australian designers. One of the key ones being AppleHouse Australia, a brand of children’s clothes designed and manufactured in the historic Tasmanian town of Oatlands.

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Review of Rydges Horizons Snowy Mountains Rise Buffet

February 1, 2015Matt No Comments »

The Rise Buffet Breakfast is Rydges’ new standardised healthy breakfast across their hotels and resorts. I’ve had it once before at Rydges Capital Hill in Canberra when it was fairly new. Coming to Jindabyne I was not sure whether to expect it to be really matching a city buffet or whether it would be much simpler.

It is simpler, but I must say, I am very pleasantly surprised with how close it is. I should note though that we were there in Summer, and there is a large section of the restaurant that was closed off, so it may well be identical in Winter when the resort is busier. Continue Reading


Review of Rydges Horizons Snowy Mountains Deluxe Studio Apartment

January 30, 2015Matt 1 Comment »

I recently spent some time in Jindabyne, and stayed at Rydges Horizons Snowy Mountains Resort. We were put in a lovely ground floor room with a gorgeous view of the lake, number 305. One thing I’ve noticed about Rydges previously is that their customer service is fantastic, and this stay was no different. Unfortunately in the 9 days we were there, we had a number of issues, but a few staff did a great job at resolving them and making our stay as pleasant as possible regardless of the problems. If your bosses are reading this, Kyle, Danni and the night manager who’s name I unfortunately can’t remember were all excellent! Continue Reading


Inclusive Training & Person Centred Practice with Include Us

November 30, 2014Matt No Comments »

Include Us is a client I’ve been working with recently at TerraMedia. Run by Liz Gehring, they offer inclusive, organisational training on person centred practice, that is, organisational policy and operations that is inclusive of all people involved, be it employees or other stakeholders with the ultimate aim of making the organisation and it’s services operate at their maximum potential. Continue Reading



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