PAX Day 2 – Sexy Stats: Making Sense of Your Numbers

Yes. Only I would go to a video games conference to listen to people discussing statistics. If someone threw an Excel spread sheet at me, my life would have been complete. I was honestly expecting to be the only one in the lecture. Boy, was I mistaken! Turns out… I had found my people. Even more fascinating? How gaming stats started changing player behaviour! Here’s how the achieved it. Continue reading “PAX Day 2 – Sexy Stats: Making Sense of Your Numbers”

PAX 2016 Day 1 – Wrap Up

If you love video games, then PAX is one of those amazing annual events that is worth going to over the three days. Admittedly, I was only introduced to it formally in 2015 but had heard rumblings about it from a raving fan in 2014. It’s definitely one of those things that you need to go experience for yourself. To give ou an idea, here I am writing up notes and blogging about all the amazing things I found out about the event. Here is my biggest takeaway from day 1. Continue reading “PAX 2016 Day 1 – Wrap Up”

A weathered Brunch at Tower Cafe

First, let me paint the scene for you..

It was a typical Tasmanian Winter late morning – dreary and overcast, with the leaves just sopping with rain. Just finished an early shift at work and with a hot coffee and food in the front of my mind, and my mum having a day off work, the idea of a spontaneous brunch out became a reality.

A pretty standard outing, yet with an especially great reward.

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Hiya! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. If you’re like me, you’re probably looking for a great & inexpensive way to travel and visit all things. Given the current climate, becoming frugal has a higher emphasis than it ever was. However that doesn’t mean we should put an end to all travel. Whilst I am still a fledgling adventurer, there is never a “bad time” to start. And it’s always great to start at home. Hence, I decided to look around my own backyard: Melbourne. This site is intended to check out some of the best things that Melbourne has to offer.

They say that the best things in life are free. So I hope I can inspire you to enjoy Melbourne as much as I do. You’ll find plenty of interesting things about the city!

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What makes a place great? Well here are a few suggestions that I use to answer that very question. Plus to keep the cost down I’ve set a limit to spending money. Please note that all currency is in AUD. So here they are:

1. Spending money: $50

Some might say that it’s a lot. But $50 (AUD) doesn’t stretch too far. But if you’re smart with it, you can. Remember this is for the WHOLE trip and not just “spending money”. Fear not, I’ll show you how to streeeeeeetch it that little further. And whilst this is based for a single person, I believe you just multiply it per person in your journey. If you’re travelling with a child…I’m considering if you can split it in half…but I’ll report back once I do more research on that.

2. Travel on a Sunday via Public Transport.

Yeah, if you’re not a “train” person – well parking in the city is around $8-$12/hour. Then consider the cost of petrol of driving to the city. (I know it depends where you’re coming from – the closer you are, the cheaper it is. But I tried to make it fair for everyone.) As such, travel to the city is always cheapest on Sunday. Here you can find the cost of ticket. The best thing about Melbourne’s transport system is that you can use one ticket across the trains, trams and buses – I know… AWESOME!

UPDATE: Well apparently, it’s the one fare for the weekend ($3.30). Finally MyKi has come through!

3. Sample the local cuisine.

You’ve taken the time to go to some place that’s piqued your curiosity. If you really want to get into the spirit of the place, why not spoil your taste buds with some of the local delicacies? I’m not saying that fast food isn’t convenient. But you can always get it, at any time and it’s the same from place to place. So why go for the dull, boring, the usual? Take a chance!

4. The place

a. Access to public transport.

If we are going to travel via public transport, well the location must have easy public accessibility.

b. Atmosphere.

This can make or break a place. It’s all based on the people around it.