Journeys of a Snow Leopard

A blog that delves into my various thoughts and ideas.



Local Charity Shop Fire

A witness has described how flames engulfed a Salvation Army store in Greenwood this morning.

Employees and some customers were in the store when the fire began, The West Australian understands.

Michael Dawes said the fire started “very small but within the space of 10 minutes it was massive”.

“I saw a guy running around the front of the place on his phone and the fire kept growing,” Mr Dawes said.

“The flames started off about 2m high but then got up into the roof, and then they were about 10m higher than the roof of the building.

“It was pretty crazy. Then windows started exploding, which was really loud.”

FESA spokesman Allen Gale said there was significant structural damage to the building but some of the items in the back of the premises would probably be recoverable.

Mr Gale said the flames reached about 10m high, but fire crews had the blaze contained within 10 minutes and controlled in 35 minutes.

They’ve used some great tactics to get the fire under control, he said.

Firefighting crews from Belmont, Osborne Park, Duncraig, Perth and Wangara are attempting to extinguish the blaze.

Mr Gale said the cause of the fire was yet to be determined, but said it was probably an accident.

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority rated the fire as a “third alarm”, which means there was a serious risk from the amount of electrical appliances in the building.

Updated: Employees were permitted to retrieve their belongings once the fire had been dealt with.

Motorists are advised the fire has resulted in the closure of Wanneroo Road between Canham Way and Cockham Road.

Updated: Road closure is no longer in effect.

Post adapted from this post.



Anime Films I’ve Seen

After reading this blog post on, I have decided to check off the ones that I’ve already seen in a blog post of my own.

Some that I own, seen (or had), but are not in the linked list;

  • Millenium Actress
  • Vampire Hunter D
  • Steam Boy
  • Evangelion 1.11
  • Evangelion 2.22

I’ll of course update the ones that I’ve seen and currently own – once I have the time to do so, in a future posting.

– Nightwolf

Thoughts on Everything, Nov 21 2011

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet., just a few lines – no full page essays… I’ll try not to do a full page…

SOOOOOOOO busy, so busy. We’ve got our spring sale on to boost sales at all our Western Australian Salvos Stores 🙂

Skyrim, Skyrim, Skyrim
So, on the 12th of November, I got to play my copy of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim after letting it download for most of the day.
It’s early days for me in the game, and I’m having fun with a Kajiit Mage/Thief roughly halfway through the main quests. I’m loving the updated engine, but I’m still finding that the animations still need some work.

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
This is an idea I’m having. A thought. It could be a birthday present. I may leave it for xmas though, I’m NOT touching it otherwise, as I still have to pay for my flights to/from melb in January and MiJFur.

My Puppet Show
… I’ll try to get some more filming donefor the show, but no promises. Stay tuned to the blog for more information as it comes to hand.

My short stories
… still working on them. The prisoner is almost done with the first draft as is the other story.

My adventure game
… first few combat encounters have the basics done, but i need to work on the other parts of the combat system, or else the player gets an odd endless combat loop.

My fallout 3 and new vegas mods
… still working on them, when i get some free time, which is rather rare.

– Nightwolf

This house… Be falling apart…

Another entry for my rantlog folks, It’s been a while… And here goes:

Okay, I know I’ve said it before, but this house is falling apart. Every time something is fixed another problem arises that needs to be solved… It is really quite frustrating. As an example, I am sure I repaired the roof, yet here it is leaking, in the kitchen, splattering my electric stove with water (It’s a miracle I don’t get an electric shock)

I’ve managed to patch it up a little, so it shouldn’t leak, But the landlord is supposed to be doing this, not me, I’m not really supposed to be touching it :/

On top of all that, I have a feeling the kitchen ceiling is going to collapse again (It’s sagging) and the loungeroom ceiling isn’t much better (It has cracks all through it, you can see them whenever you look up)

This house is 45+ years old and was around when my mum was a kid, so some issues with the house are to be expected… But yeah, hehe…

– Nightwolf

Movies and Other Things

Lately I haven’t had the time to edit my blog, what with numerous projects being undertaken, so apologies to my readers.

I’ve been seeing a few movies lately, including a recommendation from 7 years ago to see the movie Orgazmo – which was a crazy movie and quite funny, well a bit.

I’ve also had the opportunity to see all three of the Mad Max movies, though I preferred the last two, which felt more post-apocalyptic than the original movie.

Other movies and TV series I have watched are: Going Postal, Terra Nova (Could have been better) and classic Doctor Who (With my favourite doctor being Tom Baker and his odd scarves).

Oh, And my phone’s back from repair, though I’d much rather keep my replacement phone, as the keyboard is better and easier to use.

The game is coming along nicely as well, I can’t really disclose anything at this time though, as I would prefer the game to be in a more complete state.

– Nightwolf

A wee bit crook

Ok, So I’m back after a break… The bad news is that after the last few weeks of trying to beat this sickness, I am still not feeling the best. This cough still won’t go away, back & neck problems are still here and yeah, pretty much f**ked.

On a much lighter note, an upcoming puppet show ‘The Dingo Pawpet Show’, which I’ve been planning while sick, will commence soon. Its first episode has been somewhat planned out and is scheduled to be filmed sometime in the next few weeks.

The Dingo Pawpet Show, is a show about everything, and possibly nothing australia related. Examples of content may include: Jokes, Video game reviews, “What’s on in Capital City X”, Movie reviews, weather, etc.

The show currently has 1 character, but I plan to expand that to 4 as the need arises. It’s to be a 50/50 gender split. 3 Folkmanis puppets will be used in this production, and 1 non-folkmanis puppet.

The show will be filmed with 1x 10mp camera in 1080p and, in future a more powerful 16mp camera. A live feed, is scheduled to be streamed to my account, however the stream will be very low quality compared to the youtube and “downloadable” versions. The show will also be uploaded to my youtube account, though I may make a seperate youtube account for the show.

– Nightwolf

I’m back after a bit

And so my readers, I am back, but I need to clean the place for a rental inspection which is just 2 weeks away. So I may be away again.

My smartphone is on the fritz and is currently under repair at a repair joint in Queensland. Can’t wait to get it back as I miss it terribly.

Also, there was a bomb scare at my local shopping centre. No-one was injured and the police had the area blocked off for quite a long time.

One last thing is that after 2 months of looking, I have finally found my watch…. lol…

– Nightwolf

NightWolfNET 5ghz Band WiFi Experiment: The Plan

Okay, starting tonight, I am planning to construct a Wardriving Warriding rig for a Pushbike, yes, a Pushbike, not a car, or a boat, a Pushbike, using all the knowledge that I have gained to date. I already have clamps, cables and cable ties that might suit the whole operation. The rig will of course be used to travel around and look for wireless hotspots. I am planning to record at least most of this with my HTC Desire HD.

A rough diagramAn image of the basic plan is either to the left or above this text.

I have a list of equipment that I am planning to use below…

Planned Equipment:
1x Ubiquity Bullet M5 (HP) []
1x Rubber Duck style bendable antennas []
1x N-female to rpSMA-female adapter []

1x 12/15V 7AH Lead Acid Battery []

about 1.5m of appropriate cabling will be used, as the bullet will be mounted in the existing air pump clamp and a battery will be mounted in the bottle holder… Or I’ll make a custom holder for it… out of old bike parts.

As seen in the above image, the antenna will be mounted on the front of the bike.

A POE will be located between the bullet and laptop, and run off the battery.

There are a few physical limits to this experiment:

  1. Total weight must not exceed 100kg
  2. Total cost must not exceed $200
  3. Total back pack weight must not exceed 10kg (Due to back problems)

– Nightwolf

Rather Uncharitable Robbery

The person who committed the act.

The GREENWOOD Salvos store that I currently work at had its entire takings stolen in an uncharitable March robbery.

“It is certainly devastating for us being a charitable organisation,” Salvation Army State manager Sean Burgess said.

The robber smashed his way into the Canham Way store through a glass panel between March 5 and 7. He then broke into an office, smashing his way through a door, located the store’s safe and stole money from a metal cash box.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Post Adapted from this source post

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