Monthly Archives: February 2017

How to Not be Accepted by Google

How to not be accepted by Google Adsense for advertisements to your website.

Google’s Motto is “Don’t be Evil.” However, what if they are evil and that is just a front?  A scam to pull the wool over the eyes of the flock of people on the interwebs? I don’t know. I’m just a bit pissed that they denied me for their services, thus me thinks they be evil.

The Googs

What I do know is that this website is a hobby.  And you can easily see it too. Just look at the design. A current 4th grader could make a better presentation. But then they would not have the wonderful life experience that I have to share with you. 🙂   I also update it about it once every few months.  About as much reliability as a intercity Thai bus schedule.  But I actually have random people visit my site.  Yesterday, I had 8 people read one article on thrift store shopping in Orange County!  Let’s just say we have a niche market here.

But this being a hobby did not stop me from applying to Google for their adsense program.

Adsense is a program to place ads on websites.  Yes, those annoying ads on the side of every site I wanted to put on my own site.  Google even advertises: “Turn your passion into profit.” (Link) So I had a grand scheme to make money off my hobby.  Time to get in tune with reality! That just ain’t going to happen.

Buy Stuff

I will relay my story of attempting to sign up for a Google Adsense.  This happened half a year ago and I am finally getting around to writing about it.  I forget the actual process to apply, but I am assuming I linked my Gmail account to my website.

Immediately after I received a response which was promising:

Alas, I got a response soon after that My account does not qualify as is “does not meet our program criteria”  Fine.

Access Denied.

Is it because I use an apple computer and own an iphone?  Nah, probably because I use vulgarity and am quite spastic.  I am unprofessional.  Good to know.  Also good to know I need to step up my game to be included in the Google way of life.  But, I actually hate ads so I am quite the hypocrite to even to want to put up ads on my site.

In reality, probably better to not have ads.  And I should be thankful for Google to deny me rather than resentful.

So, from now on I am just going to do this for fun and for free.  There is Liberation in that.  Freedom!

What is the best public swimming pool in Sydney, Australia?

Short answer:
The Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool in Woolloomooloo Bay
.  It is next door to the Royal Botanic Gardens.  Go check it out!
City of Sydney Public Pools Link    &    ABC Pool Link
Map: 

Here’s a couple photos of the place I took over weekend.  I even got a like on the  instagram from the café at the pool!  Winning!
Be sure to grab a coffee from them when you go.

Time for a swim

Longer Answer

The Boy Charlton Pool, or ABC pool as I shall call it to ease my typing, is a Summer only pool.  However there are 4 other pools in Sydney run by the city that you can use.  2 more outdoor and 2 indoor.

Stolen directly from City of Sydney Pools detail as it is a Better summary than I could provide:
Aquatic centres in central Sydney

Sydneysiders love the water and the City of Sydney proudly provides the community with 5 outstanding aquatic centres. While each centre is different, they all boast 50-metre pools for lap swimming as well as a smaller pool for learners and leisure seekers.

The stunning Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool is located on the edge of the harbour and is famous for hosting its namesake's world-record races in the 1920s. During the 2012 off-season it was closed for a major renovation and it now looks better than ever.

Cook + Phillip Park is partially underground and was designed to make the most of the natural light that streams in from outside. Its pools are indoors and open all year round.

The new Prince Alfred Park Pool was opened on 13 May 2013. The pool is the first fully accessible, heated outdoor pool in the local area. Year round opening hours are being trialed until 2015.
The Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, named after the Olympic gold medallist, is a standout example of contemporary architecture. Designed by Harry Seidler and Associates, the building is shaped like a wave and cost $40 million to construct. It opened in 2007.

The Victoria Park Pool was the first in-ground public pool to be built in Sydney when demand for such facilities boomed in the 1950s and 1960s. Opened in 1953, the pool has been refurbished many times but the original building has been preserved.

All that and more

Each aquatic centre offers a range of other facilities and services, including full-size gyms, indoor courts, fitness classes, massage/physiotherapy treatments and cafes.

 

My opinion:

Cook & Phillip is a good winter option as it is indoors, close to CBD or city hotels for any visitors.  Can be a positive or a negative depending on your situation, but there are a lot of little kids at the Cook & Phillip pool on the weekends.  It has a massive kid pool area.  So if you have children, great.  But if not, be prepared for a lot of children about.  Not to be a Grinch about it, just pointing it out.

Both Victoria Park (outdoor) and the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre (indoor and has a spa/sauna) are other options, but I have not been to either so I cannot opine on their greatness or improvements.

Have a great Swim!

 

 

 

 

What is it like to work in Australia as an American Expat?

 

The Land Down Under

An overdue article on the differences of living down under; Australia!  I have been in Australia 9 months now.  As an American living and working in Sydney Australia, there are surprising quite a few cultural differences.  There’s always the first two questions of

  1. What’s your opinion on trump?  (do you really want to know?! Or are you just saying something to fill the void of empty conversation)
  2. Do you own a gun? (well, not anymore!)

But alas, someone else had my idea of summarizing the cultural differences in Australia with an article titled: 24 things expats find surprising about Australian working culture. (Link. Tip: if the link does not work as AFR may block you, just google the article title and click in that way.  Works for me when I don’t want to pay for the articles!)

Very timely article for me as I am feeling a bit out of place in Australia and some of my favorites or the ones I relate to the most:

The Dance (#1 in the above referenced article).
Just at the bank today.

Teller: “What do you think of your new president?”
Me: “ Ahh,  none of your business.”

Come on bro, This is no bank related.  plus I DON’T CARE!!  Just fix my credit card you fools!  Ergh.

Or a separate example.  At the copy shop yesterday to get a report bound for work.  The receptionist started to chat to the customer about ‘the tennis” (in reference to the Australian Open of Tennis played in Melbourne) before getting the order down for the copy request.

Everyone assumes you know what they are talking about.  A lot more assumptions.  Maybe because everyone tends to be on the same page more in Australia and less dissenting opinions?

The Slang (12 in article)
Example that I heard within my first week at my job:
“Why don’t you update the spready to put it in the pack for the preso this arvo?”

WTF?? especially to this American.  But translated to ‘merican English:
Please update the spreadsheet to put it into the power point for the presentation this afternoon.

Or “That’s all right” used instead of “You’re Welcome” In America.  After someone else says thank you.  This still catches me off guard.  As in that aussies are not used to being thanked? Americans probably say ‘thank you’ more often that we should and definitely more often that Australian’s (see # aaaa about being direct in the linked article above).  Directness.

Won’t be long.
This is used everywhere from the coffee shop to the copy shop. To signify. Please wait. As in I have no idea how long this will take, but not “Long”  quite a cop out, face saving tactic.

Next waiting.
Called out by the teller at the checkout counter. Theoretically makes sense.  But in the states we just say “next”.

Coffee (22 in article)
Everyone likes coffee and wants to go for a coffee.  And everyone has their own special spot they have to go to for coffee.  Aussies are mad (aussie term for crazy) about their coffee and think it is the best.  But, it is not.  All it is is milky caffeine.

Grab a Coffee mate?

Flat whites are the rage here.  But come on, they’re  Just espresso with heaps (aussie slang for lots) of milk.  Latte.  Same thing.  Espresso with milk.

Where is the flavour?  I need a cup of joe!  Brewed coffee!!

No coffee at work.  Well, that is a bit of an exaggeration.  There is coffee in the office, but it is all Nescafe instant coffee.  Tastes like drinking hot dirt.

But the worst is alll the coffee shops close at like 4 or 5pm.  Why no late night coffee shops?  I guess because of the big drinking culture in ‘Straya.  Starbucks may get a bad rap down here, but at least it is open late and you can hang out and do work.

I am curious where all the students do their late night studies if the coffee shops are closed?  Just a thought.

My own contributions:

Late Lunch
Lunches don’t start until after 1pm.  I would be back by 1pm in the U.S.!  No biggie, just different.  Also, lots of people eat breakfast as work (Mainly toast or cereal).  I think more people eat breakfast at home before work in the States.  Again, just a difference.

The Weather

As a Souther California native, I find the weather in Sydney a bit bipolar.  Just yesterday morning it was over 85 degrees F (35 C) and humid.  A very sticky, icky day.  Now it is 72 F (22C)  WTF!  Why the sudden change.  If are moving from New York, Sydney is probably going to be awesome.  But for a spoiled Southern California guy, the humidity is a killer.   I am drenched in sweat before I even sit down to my desk at work in the morning!

As the scouts say, be prepared!

Make sure to have an umbrella as it showers here.  California just gets storms and you get like a 3 day warning something is coming.  Not so in Sydney.

 

Anyway, Good on ya mate for reading!

Cheers and G’day!