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Turn a Lightbulb into a Mini-Terrarium

If, like me, you’ve been forced to give up your spacious, windowed office full of natural light and productive, healthy zen for a dark yellow cave with an obstructed view of the equally dark hallway causing you to suffer not only vitamin D withdrawals during Seattle’s most seasonal-affective-disorder-prone time of year but also to pine for even the smallest glimpse of the natural, non-polystyrene world no matter how contrived or construed, then perhaps the light bulb terrarium is for you. I just replaced a 120-watt over the weekend that could have housed some mean micro-banzai trees, although I’m not sure I’d bring it to work anyway as I’m trying to minimize the personal effects in my office to reduce the logistical impact of getting laid off. Still, clever idea to re-use trash into art and I especially like the delicate balance of a thin, fragile glass bulb acting as the protective shell for my adventures in terraforming.

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Turn a Lightbulb into a Mini-Terrarium via Lifehacker.

First weekend in Sydney

Since I’m still waking up about 5 hours before I need to be at work, I’ve had time in the mornings for a leisurely breakfast and posting some photos I took during my first weekend exploring Sydney. It’s a beautiful city, polished and modern but with the occasional bit of history tucked in the corners. I’m very impressed so far, and combined with the sunny climate it’s definitely a place I could spend a lot more time.

Saturday I walked around Darling Harbour, my neighborhood for the next two weeks, exploring the waterfront and marina in between afternoon naps. Sunday I caught a ferry to Circular Quay, on the east side of Sydney City proper, which took me under the Sydney Harbour Bridge (aka “the coat hangar”) and past the iconic Sydney Opera House. I walked down the plaza to get up close and personal with Australia’s most famous building, and then through the Royal Botanic Gardens and briefly into The Rocks, Sydney’s historic neighborhood. The light haze in the sky had cleared by my afternoon cruise home and I caught an even better water-side view of the Opera House, which is a stunning structure both up close and from across the harbour.

I’ll keep posting more photos in here, but what I’ve got so far is uploaded for your vicarious-living pleasure:


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Monday I spent at work (obvs) which was great in its own right, as my mates in the office are a bonza crew, and set me up well for my visit. The office is in a building owned by Nokia with a sweeping view of the harbour from the top floor cafe, the walls of which are covered with Nokia promo posters and oversized mockup phones. The coffee there is excellent, and has been everywhere I’ve tried it – the Aussies definitely know good coffee.

Speaking of coffee, it’s 6:30 Tuesday morning here (I know, it’s so strange) and I need to work out, get dressed and head out into Pyrmont to find breakfast and coffee myself. So enjoy the pics!