This is a test post, but it also includes a picture of Izzy rocking her PJ’s so it doesn’t completely waste your time.

With the Dauphine starting today, the cycling season kicks into high gear as we run up to the Tour de France. And at this stage, I think Richie Porte has to be the favourite for the Tour de France. Both Froome and Contador have had fairly subdued early seasons, devoid of big results, and Quintana was less than electrifying in the Giro. In contrast, Porte has had a winning start to the season and looks to be in awesome form.

Most years I get pretty bad sinus infection in the spring or summer. I thought I had dodged it this year, getting through both seasons, unscathed. I really didn’t expect it to catch up with me at the start of winter. Such a pain.

Was a rather exciting Grad Prix last night. The race between Vettle and Hamilton for first was close and exciting, and there were a few good scraps further down in the pack. However, the race really highlights the current issues with Formula 1. When only three drivers finish on the lead lap, and third place was over a minute off the pace, something needs to be close up the difference in performance.

The Giro has been great do far, with some great stages and some surprising results. But its good to finally get to the meat of the race. The Blockhaus is an epic climb and we should see the GC contenders finally have a crack so we can gauge their strength.

Pretty happy with Shorten’s budget response. A more progressive approach to increasing the Medicare Levy, and maintaining the budget deficit levy are both good moves. There’s also zero justification for the company tax cuts proposed by the Liberals, so happy to see opposition to those.

The idea of a cap on the deduction for managing tax affairs is a good one, but they could (and should) take this further and extend a cap on a wide range of deductions, which would go some way to reducing the unfairness in the system.

Shorten’s budget reply: Labor will back Medicare levy hike for top income brackets

Labor says it will back the Turnbull government’s plan to increase the Medicare levy by 0.5%, but only if the hike applies to workers earning above $87,000. Bill Shorten has used his budget reply speech to say Labor can accept an increase in the Medicare levy for workers in the top two tax brackets to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but not for workers on incomes as low as $21,000.

Sad to see Rohan Denis out so early. I really wanted to see what he would make of a genuine GC bid. I’ve been enjoying the Giro so far, the first three stages were good fun, with some unexpected results. The course gets epic from here on out, so should be great.

Seasons!

It’s taken a really long time but the excellent Diablo 3 seasons for PC have finally made it to console. Couch co-op on PS4 is hands-down the best way to play Diablo 3, so super happy  that I can stop compromising and play seasons on the couch now.

Armouries are also a nice addition, and will cut down on busy work re-specing.

Diablo III Seasons Finally Come To Consoles

Years after ‘s seasons first started, they’re finally coming to consoles. Just as PC players begin clicking their way through the game’s 10th season, those who decided to go with the superior version of Diablo III will get to start seasonal characters on Friday, March 31.