Month: July 2013

MANIAC Pale Ale – A special batch for the MANIAC BBQ next weekend

I just finished preparing the batch of MANIAC Pale Ale for the BBQ of the MANIAC Challenge next Saturday! This year’s challenge is designed for students to experimentally implement and evaluate cooperation strategies for mobile data offloading. The challenge is co-located with the 87th IETF/IRTF meeting in Berlin and takes place in the institute of computer science of the Freie Universität Berlin. I am sure it will be lots of fun, since 6 teams have signed up and the DES-Testbed will function as the backbone network for the challenge. More information is available on the MANIAC Challenge website. For the beer, the MANIAC

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Grampians – Billimina and Manja shelters

After the excursion to the Dimboola Pink Lake, we came back to the Grampians to spend the night on the Buandik camping area. The campground is just in between two important art shelters of the Jardwadjali. The Billimina (Glenisla Shelter) is just a 15 minute walk away from the campground. The shelter looks like a huge chanterelle when you approach it. The shelter is famous for the many red ochre lines in horizontal rows. The meaning of the bars is not known, but people suggested that events or days have been counted with them. There are also some animal tracks

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Dimboola Pink Lake

About 80km north west from the Grampians lies the Dimboola Pink Lake. Very conveniently on a summer scorcher, the lake is right next to the highway and a short path of about 50 meters gets you to the salty shore. The pink color comes from a type of minute algae that generates beta carotene and leaves the pigments on the salt. The intensity of the pink color depends a lot on the current water level. The less water, the more reflects the dried salt a white light thus reducing the pink effect. It was pretty dry when we got there,

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Grampians – Mount Stapylton

After Hollow Mountain, we relocated the car to the Stapylton car park and started the ascent of Mount Stapylton. The walk is about 5km long and has some steep parts. The trail starts over a rocky but flat surface (called Flat Rock) where you have to look out for the markers a bit. After passing Hollow Mountain on the left, the track winds up the Amphitheatre along the Taipan Wall which has very impressive red parts. On the way up, you come across a beautiful rock which looks  a bit like a swan. The track becomes steeper towards the end

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Grampians – Hollow Mountain

The short but steep ascent to the Hollow Mountain in the Grampians (Gariwerd) starts from the Hollow Mountain carpark, which is also the one to visit the Gulgurn Manja shelter. The walk is just 2.2km return but you go up about 200m. A little bit of climbing is required at two steep locations, but it is very short and easy. The trail starts quite flat to the base of the mountain and then leads you up a ledge to the first plateau just below the top. Here you will come across one of the large caves which may have been the

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Grampians – Gulgurn Manja and Ngamadjidj Shelters

After the Mackenzie Falls, we made our way further west and north and stayed for the night on the Stapylton campground. We arrived in the late afternoon so there was a enough time to visit the Ngamadjidj shelter which is just a 5 minute walk away from the campground. At Ngamadjidj, there are several white figures painted beneath an overhanging rock. Ngamadjidj means white person, however, the meaning of the paintings has been lost due to the effects of the European settlement. After the walk, we pitched our tent and prepared a quick dinner. Right in time to be back

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Grampians: Reed Lookout, Balconies, and Mackenzie Falls

On the second day, we crossed the Grampians from East to West, stopping at the Reed Lookout, the Balconies, and the Mackenzie Falls along the road. The Reed Lookout offers great views both of the Northern and Southern Grampians. Since this summer was incredible hot and dry, we could see the smoke from remote bush fires from the lookout. Luckily, the Grampians were not too much affected by the fires but several campgrounds had been closed as a precaution. Also luckily, they were usually closed on the day we left them. From the Reed Lookout, its about a 10 minute

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