Category Archives: Reminisce

Complete my collection of Croatia Soccer Jerseys


Pictured is my collection of Croatian Soccer Jerseys taking up most of the closet – LOL.  They don’t get worn and some still have their tags.

But I’m missing some.  Can you help me find them.  Responses please in the comments.  One’s in good condition please.

Here’s a list of Jerseys throughout the years that I know of.  The years I have are in bold.


1994 – first accepted into FIFA – but did they have a jersey?

1996 – Used in Euro 1996

1998 – 2000 – although missing the blue away jersey

2002 – 2004







Here’s a snap shot taken from Wikipedia.  I think the 1990 one doesn’t look right.  It was a smaller check pattern was it not? 1940 would be a rare find I imagine!

Croatian Kit History


It was late, so what!

The year was 1993 and I did an honours year at Curtin University.  I was awarded a Lower Second.  It was late by a month and they said it was worth an Upper Second.  FYI – To get First Class you need to doing an original piece of work.  I was extending something already started.

Was that a valid reason to give a lower score.  Others were late but apparently gave good excuses, like finishing a piano competency and some others I don’t recall but sounded equally invalid.


I decided not to contest.  Dates are not a valid measure as such.  It someone finds it valuable then this should not matter.  That said managing WIP and slicing work would’ve helped.  But despite this we still get it wrong and yet we place so much emphasis on deadlines and their cousin estimates.

I did something more valuable in retrospect.  I was a student councillor and I created a magazine and got people collaborating.  Getting a lower mark on a lone pursuit is a small price to pay then so be it.  I get and still receive criticism for it.  I think they are wrong.

Do something that aligns to your ‘Why‘ as Simon Sinek would say.  Conformance leads to mediocrity I think.

For those interested the work of the thesis (1, 2) was on MIME – the start of multimedia in internet email.  The stuff in the work is now so everyday it’s really dated.  If I had known about Visual Basic I could have created a program in 20% of the time as compared to C and X-Windows.  It could have been in earlier even.  But I could not be seen to be using a simple language at a University. LOL.

It’s still worth an Upper Second for the time – if they said it was!

Retro Games from the 80’s

A reminiscence. Remember the basic graphics and sound of those early games. Here’s a simple game called Gridder I cloned from a Commodore 64 game called Supergridder. It’s written in C.  I was infatuated with this simple game of the C64 and thought it an interesting project to write my version of the game as a project.

Screen 2 of Gridder

Screen 2 of Gridder

To run it you will need a Dos emulator like DosBox. You will also need to slow the CPU speed down in the emulator. In dosbox you can use Ctrl-F11 to decrease the CPU speed.  Use the mount command in the emulator to access the downloaded game on your local hard drive e.g. mount c c:\temp.

When the game was written it worked on much slower hardware. It’s quite hard to play when it’s too fast.  If you have an ancient dos machine it will probably still run.

Game Play

The idea of the game is to fill in the borders of the rectangles to cause a rectangle to be filled in. At the same time the player needs to stay out of sight of the two bugs. If you are caught you lose a life but you can put a temporary gap between you and the bug by pressing the F1 key. On completion of a screen you move onto another screen with a different layout. You score by filling in rectangles. Complete a screen fast and score a bonus with the time left on the countdown timer added to your score.


Respectful Conduct?

Was out at Morley Galleria today.  Was asked by some homeless people for money.  I refused.  I thought again.  Read what I left with Coventry Village.  I could have been taken for a ride.  Is that not a symptom of a bigger problem?



Music Press

Back as a teenager I got into following the happening in the music scene.  Maybe inspired by Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum.  I started out with the magazines directed at teenagers primarily like Smash Hits.  As I grew older I moved over to Rolling Stone and then when I discovered the New Musical Express I moved over to that and used to buy that religiously week in week out.  Then I discovered Q Magazine from the UK and SPIN from the USA.  Along the way I sampled some magazines which have now seized to exist like No. 1, Melody Maker, Juice, Vox and Select.  I very rarely buy any musical press.  The advent of the Internet in the mid 90s means alot of information now comes through on that medium.  Here are some covers from 1999 through to 2008.











IPI: Eye Palindrome Eye, A Self Organising Team

Way back in 1993, during my final year at Curtin University, I joined the Computing Students Association Committee.  We had a quite a driven bunch of people on that committee who wanted to make the association at lot more fun for us and the students.

I had a spark of an idea/vision to produce a newsletter or more lie it a magazine.  I was inspired by the Computing School’s Head at the time, Steve Kessell, who wanted the University experience to be more than just a training experience. He was all for having a degree supply tools for life.  I don’t think he totally succeeded in all of his goals, but he did have an effect on me.  I started a magazine called Eye Palindrome Eye or IPI for short.

I got to say it was the most valuable experience I got at Curtin.  All the other subject material you can throw away.  Why was this. Well I really had nothing to do other than edit the stories and provide seeds for stories that inspired others to take part.

Right at the start I had support from my sub-editor, Jo, who instantly signed up to help out.  Our first issue we got out with a hotch potch of stories which we put together in MS Publisher and printed by rapidly using up the quota of free photocopying we had at the schools photocopier.  We slotted copies, after Jo’s idea, under key lecturers doors and handed then out to students with a call out to help out with articles.  (I’ve archived the issues in a previous blog post)

palindrome1Page1, Issue1 (all pages here)

I was really quite surprised with the positive response we had.  We had all sorts of people submitting articles.  Some lecturers encouraged and that no doubt helped.  We had a librarian from the University Library request a copy be sent to them for archival there.  Eventually the School of Computing gave us an account at the campus printer as well.  For the following year the Head of School organised an office for the IPI editor in the new computing building that was due to be finished.

Personally I felt we had triumphed immensely.  The way people organised themselves to write articles was a revelation to me.  I could not be happier with that.  We just supplied a vision and people just jumped on board.  I would gladly throw way my degree for this experience again.  It just seemed like the natural thing to do, and who was I to tell smart people what they should write!

Unfortunately my working life has not been that rewarding.  Subjugation to hierarchical and arcane and soul destroying reporting structures has not been pleasant.  But I think the world is turning.  With the works of Drucker, Deming and Ackoff preceding modern day works by Daniel Pink and L. David Marquet and movements and organisations like Holacracy and ADAPT By Design (I’ve written about ADAPT in a previous post) things we be looking up.

It’s slow going but we will see other companies join the likes Semco, SouthWest Airlines, W.L. Gore and Associates, Zappos, Spotify and a few others in making work a rewarding and enriching experience.


The name John

I remember having a argument with someone over the name John once.  I said that the name Ivan is the Croatian equivalent of John.   He would not have a bar of it.  Meanwhile others in the room watched not really sure whether to buy in – they weren’t really sure themselves either way.

We were all of Croatian background so I then asked – how do we called Pope John Paul in Croatian.   The response was Papa Ivan Pavao – the Croatian translation of Pope John Paul.  Silence then ensued.  Funny that no one hardly ever concedes that they were wrong.

Perhaps not surprisingly this is a little known fact.   It genuinely derives surprise – naturally thinking that the spelling is so different so they must not be the same name and/or that Ivan is used so separately that it must be different.  I must admit as a youngster my parents failed to educate me and my siblings on this either – my older brother is named Ivan.  I guess some things are meant to be found out by osmosis or by the power of God.

Interestingly the name John has many other variants in different cultures. Even the feminine variant Jane is not equated with this.  Here’s a list of the variants from wikipedia.

The interesting ones for me are:

Ireland:  Sean, Eoin

Italian: Giovanni

Scotland: Ian, Jock

England: Jack

Welsh: Evan

German: Hans, Jan

French: Jean

According to wikipedia it is not to be confused with Jon.