Tram Town
Monday, September 29, 2003
Category: Computers
A fairly technical but very interesting paper on the Google file system was discovered in an interesting tech-blog called Boing Boing.

Sunday, September 28, 2003
Category: Pitchers
Save the world. Get the girl. Pass math. Agent Cody Banks is a lovely movie that is already on DVD in the US but has only just had cinema release here in Melbourne. We saw it last week and loved it. It stars Hilary Duff who is Lizzie Maguire. One really nice bit had a background PA announcement in the Seattle CIA offices asking for the owner of the silver Aston Martin to report to reception. All of the operatives get around the offices on Segways and that's a fine segue to an item about Segways having been recalled.

8/10 because it gets the gag without shouting about how it gets the gag. Much better than the Spy Kids Pictures.

Also, Agent Cody Banks II is on the way but does not seem to have Hilary Duff in it.

Saturday, September 27, 2003
Category: Religion
Andrew Bolt presents an interesting argument for keeping our society Christian at heart. Also something about those idiotic wind farms which represent "science by declaration" (we will have sustainable energy sources even if they are next to useless, ugly, noisy, and expensive).

Category: Audio
Don't throw away that old laptop. Rip Rowan knows how to put is to good use as a remote controller for a DAW. Indeed, I would consider getting the DAW completely out of the control room and use the laptop there as well, instantly eliminating all that horrible disk and fan noise.

I wish ProRec.com was updated more frequently, what is there is terrific.

Category: Sport (as theatre)
David Williamson writes My traitor's heart in The Age. A great piece covering theatre, VFL history, Eddie Everywhere, Darren Millane and much, much more.

Friday, September 26, 2003
Category: Theatre
Killer Sets on a Budget. Just one of the links from the theatre tech site pointed at below.

Category: Environment
By all accounts, Bjørn Lomborg is no longer doing the public lecture this Monday in Melbourne. It appears that all other announced lectures will go ahead. Just us TramTowners will miss out.

Category: Cartography
This is going straight into the pool room. I love maps and have always wanted Edition 1 of the Melway. I am drooling! 25/-, what a bargain.

Thanks Tim Blair for pointing this out (go Pies!). He got it from tubagooba who posted quite an extensive piece on Brunswick. Because I was alive and lived just a click or two from where he is now in 1966, I already knew most of what he learned from edition 1. I have spent most of the day poring over other pages, though.

Thursday, September 25, 2003
Category: Theatre
Edward R. Murrow was a U.S broadcast journalist who was so respected that they named high schools after him. This particular one hosts a magnificent theatre tech page that is extremely practical and useful.
"and just remember that even the best wireless microphone system, a $10,000 system, is almost as good as a mic cable."

Monday, September 22, 2003
Category: Climate
One of the best modellers of climate in Australia was Dorothea Mackellar. Why, oh why, were we never exposed to that first verse that puts the entire poem in context?

John Daly, who is Still Waiting for GreenHouse, put me onto this.

Category: Skippy
What is it Skip? A farmer has been hurt by a falling tree and needs to be rescued?

Saturday, September 20, 2003
Category: Cheese
The history of Coon Cheese at the Dairy Farmers' site. Apparently it is considered offensive by some.

Somebody suggested that Albert Einstein's achievements might be abandoned because his name is often used to deride third quartile IQ achievers: "thanks einstein". This is PC.

Friday, September 19, 2003
Category: Technology Humour
Hmmm, Nigerian SCO.

Category: Recently Dead Celebrities
Australia's Country Music Legend (and our ONLY 78 RPM Gold Record Holder (AFAIK)) dies.

Category: Blogging
It's very simple. She writes letters to people and posts their responses. Not Patty, Patsy A. Newton.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Category: Music
Hmmm, that site is more exhaustive than I first thought!

Category: Music
Interesting article on The Models. In fact, the site looks worthwhile as well!

Category: Stardom
I'm Joey Bishop. Which member of The Ratpack are you? (pointed out by The Yobbo)

Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Category: Technology (ancient)
The very sad thing is that I still have most of these in my cupboard at home!

Monday, September 15, 2003
Category: Blogging
13. Drink heavily while posting.
One of 41 great pointers on How to be an Internet woo-woo. Great reading!

Category: Environment
My pin-up poster boy Bjørn Lomborg is going to be in Melbourne for a public lecture on the 29th of September. My last post about him is here.

Category: Phonies
Slatts points out a magnificent counterfeit.

Sunday, September 14, 2003
Category: Blogosphere
Marginal Revolution is a really interesting blog which is about just about everything. It will be high on my regular blog roll for at least a week.

Some samples:

Saturday, September 13, 2003
Category: The complete works
Country music legend dies (September 12, 2003). Johnny follows June into the burning ring of fire.

Thursday, September 11, 2003
Category: Nemo
I think Andrew Bolt is being a bit mean spirited but I was a bit disappointed with Finding Nemo and maybe some of what he says explains that.

Category: Blogging
Oh, potentially very good news here. Maybe Tram Town can do some fancier stuff into the future like, ummm, like, you know, ummm fancy stuff!

Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Category: Job Opportunities
Quite a few years back both Semi and I were involved in the computer programming caper in different capacities. Thank goodness that we didn't have competition like this!

Category: Humour
Hmmm, just what I need! An astounding number of telephone answering machine messages.

Category: Music
He was just an excitable boy.

Monday, September 08, 2003
Category: Technology
I've always wanted to play the bugle, well, maybe now I can.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003
Category: Hygeine
Slatts pointed me at Hippy tampons - The spin starts here darl

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