Saturday, April 30, 2005
Very light beer! The Brain Guy has pointed at some important research into brewing beer in space. It all sounds too hard for me, I'll stay at home and get my beer from the back fridge.
Junie Morosi is writing a book and I doubt that it will be about her brother's petrol station. Apparently, though, Jim Cairns' grand-daughter is not too pleased about it. Why do I care? I don't really but I do want to know how Jim Cairns' grand-daughter came to be known as Mrs Cairns???
What Tiger broke next. (no pun intended)
|Category: Tram Town|
Today we turn 2! Happy Birthday and go us.
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin. He probably remembered the words better than Ella Fitzgerald.
ars technica has a lengthy review of Tiger. Looks to be worth a read if you like that kinda thing. I reckon I'll go shopping later on today.
Read this article about mutton birds on Phillip Island and then answer me these questions:
On the day I was born "Bird Dog" by The Everly Brothers was #1 on the US hit parade!
Friday, April 29, 2005
|Category: Optical Illusion|
Which is real and which is Computer Generated?
You have to read this story: Man Who Put Mom in Freezer Had Odd History
The Darth Side: Memoirs of a Monster.
|Category: (Intergalactic) Politics|
Another Hollywood Heavyweight weighs in. This time it's Steven Spielberg and his opinion on whether aliens are likely to be aggressive when they arrive. Important stuff this is.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
By Jingo! The new Pope's not wasting any time!
Another important Hollywood Heavyweight, Maggie Gyllenhaal, has made a vague statement that seems to promote isolationism.
We must take more notice of our actors because... well, just because.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
|Category: Space TFF|
(Well, not quite) I read about this in the TTT yesterday. It's sorta cool (but so was the LZ-129 I guess).
|Category: Lucas, G.|
Life After Darth, long but interesting article on that Star Wars bloke.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
|Category: ABC, Your.|
A small victory, a month and a bit on...
Dear Mr BissettThere, I've outed myself on TramTown for anyone who cares. As If!
|Category: Optical illusion|
Or does it just look like one? New Pope has horns.
|Category: Star Wars|
Looks like Episode III.V is destined to be on the telly!
Byrne Blogs -- I don't reckon Semi will think much of it but.
Monday, April 25, 2005
Google Sightseeing . Why bother seeing the world for real.
Apparently it's harder to sneak up on the new Daleks "In rehearsals we found ourselves talking about the Dalek's motivation".
Sunday, April 24, 2005
|Category: Recently Dead Celebrities|
www.JumboJoke.com is worth a look. This particular instance really got me laughing.
|Category: Who knew?|
From James Tarantino's The Best of the Web (it's in the poolroom):
[Benedict XVI is] according to this list, the first pope since Adrian Dedal (Adrian VI, 1522-23) whose surname ends with a consonant.
|Category: Ohh, Duh!|
Sinners unhappy with new pope. It appears that a former North Dakota Governor, George Sinner, and his wife consider your boy Benedict XVI to be a tad reactionary for their liking.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
|Category: Substance Abuse|
E-mail worse than pot! Not surprising really.
|Category: Recently Dead Celebrities|
A colourful character, often seen in bright and flashy ties.
A Drouin man got himslf stuck in a rubbish bin early this morning: Teen freed from rubbish bin. And this:
The jaws of life would not cut through the marine grade stainless steel, so firefighters had to use an air powered hacksaw to cut him free.I can't help but feel we are spending a little too much on our rubbish bins.
An important "Hollywood heavyweight", Russell Crowe, has an opinion on Schapelle Corby's plight. Thanks to the Hun for that enlightening observation.
Friday, April 22, 2005
|Category: Sorry, Not Sure|
I'm not sure, Sorry.
A home for the MTC is what this gaping money pit is being called in the Hun. My prediction is that it will be finished late with substantially less facilties than are currently predicted. Also, within a couple of years of it opening, the MTC will say it was never going to be adequate for their needs. As for the Recital Centre...
Ms Delahunty said the new Recital Centre would be ranked among the world's best for uncompromised acoustics, architecture and the calibre of the artistic program that will be presented.The artistic program will be okay for the first year and then somebody will turn the cash tap to barely a drip and it will only be used during the Melbourne Festival and as a venue for mime during the Comedy Festival.
Whatever, I don't reckon Melbourne needs more theatres and auditoriums. This is just going to starve the existing ones. Just One Guy's Opinion.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
|Category: Transport, Public|
I figured out what's going on with this guy and mentioned it in passing earlier. He really is just a tram freak but if you live in Sunshine, way west of any normal tramlines, you have to get to a tram to practice your fetish. Let's say he wants to "steal" a tram on the number 82 route so he needs to get to Footscray station. He's obviously going to need to "steal" a train to get there. And how does he get to the Sunshine station to "steal" the train? Simple, he steals a bus. No need for quotes on the bus stealing because with a big enough shed he may even be able to keep it.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
And other Public Transport I guess.
Not that I'm endorsing public defiance or anyhing, but is this guy a winner or what?
Semi, I'm looking forward to your analysis on this puppy.
Hannie Rayson's latest play, Two Brothers, didn't get a stellar review from Owen Richardson at The Tullamarine Trotskyite Tribune. In an understanding spirit, she offered him notes on understanding the play. This is typical of her condescension:
The play opens on a dark and stormy night with a cabinet minister stabbing a man to death, in self-defence. That clearly signals to an audience that we have leapt into fiction.The Bolta is even less impressed with the play than Mr Richardson, here and here. Tim Blair quoting the Bolta quoting Ms Rayson says:
How naff of you to come from Werribee, Tim!"Our Government is turning us into a kind of cultural Werribee,” she complained.
Comments are worth reading over at Tim's place, too.
I haven't seen many of Ms Rayson's plays but all that I have seen have been poorly thought-out mush so none of this surprises me. Just One Guy's Opinion.
We got a new 'un a bit quicker than expected.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
I am always a little behind on reading Janet Albrechtson's columns and I missed this from about a week ago:
I'm really glad Janet is on the ABC board because I think she is very smart. Also I like it because it is a source of irritation for that intellectual light weight Ramona Koval.
Monday, April 18, 2005
Slatts points out the Malcolm connection.
From the TTT article:
David Iliff told theage.com.au about eight police cars surrounded the tram, which was at the intersection of Glenferrie Road and Wellington Street, and carrying about 10 passengers.and
The boy, from Sunshine, was taken to Boroondara police station and charged with nine offences, including two counts each of theft of trams and conduct endangering life.That brings a few points to mind:
WinAmp plug-in for iPods (FWIW).
Pursuant to this, the boy also asked his passengers where they wanted to go and did his best to get them there as well (tram tracks permitting).
This sort of faction fighting would make the western suburbs Victorian Labor folks proud.
Police were called in to break up a fight between 100 right-wing recruits and a left-wing faction, the newspaper said.
When there's significant tram news I feel duty-bound to point at it. In this case, a fifteen year old boy "stole" a couple of trams. I'm not at all convinced that you can call it stealing when it should be fairly easy to find once it is established that there is missing inventory (there is, after all, only 236km of track to search). I'd rather call it malicious misuse of public property.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Tenth Doctor Who announced.
Oops, Lethal Injection hurts.
Channel Seven showing NOTHING outrates SBS. 'nuff said.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Tim Blair pointed me at a story on the ABC site about an [scare quotes alert] "academic" paper generated by computer (and actually gibberish) being accepted for presentation at a conference.
It's even possible to generate your own scientific papers online. That should make conference attendance easier, DB.
iPod DJ Mixer. Might have some interesting theatrical applications I guess.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Video. Jeez, what'll they think of next?
WindOSX. That's sorta cool.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
To the USB music!
No pictures yet but (I guess I've gotta speak to Semi soon).
|Category: (Just for) Fun|
I took the boys down to Luna Park today.
Here are the rules to follow to have an enjoyable visit:
Just in case you saw this post as a bit negative, I must make the point that our experience was very positive, go do it if you get the chance. I'm sure you would have a great time even without following my rules, but I probably wouldn't, I am very impatient and easily disgruntled.
This photo was taken from about the spot where we parked the car.
If my memory serves me correctly, when we first started blogging nigh on two years ago, having pictures in your BlogSpot blog was only possible on a paying basis. At the time I had no digital camera and I had no use for pictures. I probably still don't but with Hello we don't have to worry about storage problems and it's all for free.
Testing on tramtown.
I've been complaining for years about Acrobat's startup time. I guess I should have investigated a little and I would have found that many of the plugins can be moved to a sort of "load on demand" directory. Thanks to Charles Wright (who runs a politically left blog called The Bleeding Edge) I have discovered someone who has not only done the research, he has also written a little application to do the hard work.
Monday, April 11, 2005
I've quite enjoyed a bit of a read of The Cheese Stands Alone.
Thnaks to the brain dude for the pointer.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Charles has just pointed at something that I'd like to follow through on. (Maybe, haven't read it yet. But it looks interesting but.)
People lining up at the wrong theatre for EpIII?
As Dave Barry says at his blog:
YOU MAY CALL THEM PATHETIC GEEK NERD-O LOSERS
When you add up the cost of the rack and the insert, this is an extraordinarily expensive wine rack.
You control with iControl. "iControl delivers total tactile control over GarageBand".
Friday, April 08, 2005
Baggage handler dons passenger's camel costume.: "David Cox was waiting to board his Qantas flight when he saw a baggage handler wearing the costume on the tarmac".
UPDATE: Sorry, my fault half a camel costume. (the Corby reference muddies these waters a bit but).
Thursday, April 07, 2005
I am beginning to look like a complete idiot on this water thing. It seems that the Thomson dam was full to overflowing in January 1996 and Melbourne water made $700,000 by reducing the storage to 75% by letting water go through its hydro plant. By geez, that vegitation grows back quickly. Just think, though, of the pain caused by that $700,000 for Melbourne Water users. Never, never let a full Thomson disappear again and always remember the Chinatown story.
As stated by the TTT in April 2003:
Mr Young said the Thomson Dam was full and overflowing when the continuous release of water began on November 11, 1996. The water release was stopped when the dam was 75.4 per cent full on October 7 the following year. Today it is just 34.7 per cent full.November the eleventh. Maintain your rage!
UPDATE: Of course we have to remember that power supplied at the supplier's discretion does nothing to help alter our base-load problems so the $700,000 is funny money just like the money paid to wind turbine operators.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Could MSNBC have mis-dated this article that claims that dandruff is causing global warming?
And how far out of whack can the basic measurements climatologists use for their models be before alarm bells ring?
He estimated that the amount of biological particles in the air, worldwide, annually is 1,000 teragrams. A teragram is somewhat more than a million tons.These "important" particles exist to the extent of 1000 teragrams or 54 teragrams? Throw your models out the window folks.
It's gotta be an April Fools' Day gag, surely?
Miranda Devine crossed the Tasman over Easter and found herself in the beautiful country of the Otago peninsula. It turns out the Kiwis have discovered the secret of perpetual motion. Pump water up into a dam and then use it to generate hydro electricity. And what powers the pumps, you might ask. The electricity, I suppose. But what about energy loss in the process, you might also ask. Easy, cover that with subsidies funded by carbon credits.
I have my man on the ground down Otago way on the job as we speak. Expect updates.
UPDATE: from my MOTG:
Well, I suppose it is possible that the pumping is only over a short rise to provide water to an existing power station making use of a greater fall than the rise required to get the water there. The article did say that it made little commercial sense and that it seemed beneficial only after the convoluted system of carbon credits and so on were applied. There is also the possibility that the "pumping" would involve using slave labour to carry the water bucket by bucket and then, as everyone knows, the cost is zero.I admit I had considered that the pumping might be only over a little distance but with far from perfect efficieny in the pumps and the fact that any energy used to pump the water up has to discount the value of the process I think this is idiocy in the extreme.
According to Pastor Fred Phelps, God Hates Fags, Sweden, and America. I'm not going to quote any of the pages of the Westboro Baptist Church because it could soil our Google footprint. It's fascinating but very ugly reading. I particularly dislike the use of children to promote such an unpleasant cause.
Monday, April 04, 2005
I've been lurking here lately and I keep going back for more. FWIW.
To Be or not to Be.
Sunday, April 03, 2005
|Category: Nanny state|
There's some astounding reading over at Nanny Knows Best including this stunner:
Nanny is very concerned about road safety, so much so in fact that she has instructed her law enforcement officials to make sure that as many motorists are possible are fined for speeding, dangerous driving and the like.Read on...
From the Malthouse Theatre website (click on The Ham Funeral):
This black comedy by Australia's Nobel Prize-winning writer Patrick White is his first published play and great expressionist drama – never before performed in Melbourne.In 2001, Heidelberg Theatre Company did it according to my memory. It was a cracker of a production, too, even if I didn't understand a word of it.
|Category: Recently Dead Celebrities|
|Category: Virtual gaming|
On Samizdata, a post about various legal/technical/violent aspects of online gaming that is worth a read.
The thought of the characters in the game world, forbidden to speak to their enemies, yet finding a way to communicate by going outside the bounds of their own reality, would make a story worthy of Philip K Dick.
Friday, April 01, 2005
By all accounts, David Penberthy has been made editor of the Tele in Sydney. It works for mine, he makes quite a bit of sense:
It's the height of impertinence for a government department -- which, rumour has it, is chock-a-block full of lesbians -- to decide that the lifestyle which many of their number have embraced is deserving of a taxpayer-funded plug before an audience of six-year-olds.As a matter of Style, there may be some redundancy in "chock-a-block full", in my humble opinion.