Greetings, and welcome to the personal website of Graham Barker of Perth, Western Australia. The diverse and original content is organised into several main sections, with full details and menus for each section available by clicking on the heading links above. Here is an overview of what is on this website:
The Blog is intended for miscellaneous writings and observations that don't warrant their own web pages. Contents relate to the rest of the website, but is updated more regularly. Other subjects include hiking, travel, books, faith, interesting websites, experiments ... and other stuff.
Snow in Western Australia
Weather fascinates me, particularly the cold and snowy variety. In Western Australia this sort of weather is tantalisingly rare and not well documented, so I created this series of pages on the subject.
It includes information on the occurrence of Mountain Snow and Low-Level Snow in Western Australia, a guide to forecasting WA snow using the internet, and a Snowchasing Guide for visiting snow on the Stirling Range, and some useful links and Weather Calculators.
I've also created a comprehensive record of all known snowfalls in WA, with extra details researched from old newspapers. My own snow seeking trips to the Stirling Range are documented with descriptions and photos.
Landscape photography is one of my hobbies, and in this section I depict some of the natural beauty of Tasmania and south-west Western Australia, organised by region. There are also photos from Australia's Snowy Mountains in winter, the ski areas of New Zealand, and some portraits of fine cattle grazing in rural Australia.
My 3D photography pages show how to create 3D or stereo photos with your existing camera, and view them without any special equipment. Gallery pages show examples of this under-appreciated branch of photography using photos taken around Australia and USA.
Another of my hobbies is writing - this section contains articles on Winter Travel and Speed Cameras, accounts of some of my adventurous experiences, and the story behind my appearance on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Creative writing includes some rhyming poems, parables with a message, and even a bit of toilet humour.
Collecting unusual things is something else I do - what visitors find most amazing is my collection of Navel Fluff! Yes folks, I have the world's biggest collection of one person's navel fluff (lint), which has been certified by Guinness World Records. In this section I reveal my collection of navel lint (with photos), how I started collecting it, some interesting and amusing comments from my online survey of navel fluff (the world's first), and the curious history of my collection and the surprising media interest ... and where its's taken me.
I don't just collect lint - there are also pages featuring my collections of Beard Clippings, Bogus Names, and Bakery Bags, amongst other things.
A few things don't fit into the above categories, so they are listed here:
The fear of God is important to me, but what is it, and what has it got to do with the other stuff on this website? Check my Fear of God page and see.
I once had a Guestbook on this website. It no longer accepts new entries, but here you can read other people's impressions of me and this site, good and otherwise.
Recipes - a few of my favourite tasty and healthy delights that are either my own original concoctions, or substantially modified improved versions of other people's recipes. So far there are only Salads and Soups - it's not comprehensive, but you won't find these anywhere else.
(other than the Blog, which is updated more regularly)
- Oct 2008 - expanded Tasmanian photo gallery from one page to five
- Oct 2007 - revised Snow in WA section, added Bakery Bags, major redesign of website (see blog post for details)
- May 2007 - added Soup Recipes
- February 2007 - updated History of fluff collection, updated Snow in WA (added pages detailing 1992 and 1998 snowfalls)
- January 2007 - improved WA photo galleries (removed two pages and replaced with six), added Ski Areas of NZ