Friday, March 31, 2006
Slatts comments on lefty journalists:
Vapours-prone Herald Sun columnist Jill Singer is one of those bourgeois bolsheviks who regards the proletariat as truly lumpen.I had lunch with Slatts at his local on Wednesday. It was a terrific feed and the company was particularly good though I felt like a bit of a mental midget amongst giants. That's all a bit irrelevant to the fact that the post pointed at above is a terrific read as are all of Slatts' posts.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
I was in an Eastern Suburbs Asian Restaurant today and (a not particularly well looking) Don Chipp was there. We both had the same tie! -- how does that work? I congratulated him on his fashion sense and his minder said both of our wives must have taste!
Sunday, March 26, 2006
|Category: Acting Naturally|
Buck Owens has gone over to the other side.
I found Etiquette Hell to be an interesting if at times painful site.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Via John Ray a Reuters article:
Friday, March 24, 2006
I quite like this, Semi won't!
Do your bit for National Security, walk around humming this and when some folks start to stand up dob them in!
They've got a bloody track record though for goodness sake.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
|Category: mp3 Players|
I'm guessing that most of the above have similar information available somewhere but only Apple folks would so anally document the iPod process.
The 20 most important tools of our time! (oh, and duct tape).
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
|Category: Umm, Relationships (I Guess)|
Folks meeting folks with similar interests.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
|Category: Space TFF|
200 days into its' 90 day mission, Mars rover Spirit seems to be dragging its' feet -- slacker!
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Over at Diogenes Lamp, a story from Parade magazine is pointed at. Parade has compiled its latest list of the world's twenty worst dictators. Get his about Ronery Kim's "citizens":
Malnourishment is widespread: According to the United Nations World Food Program, the average 7-year-old boy in North Korea is almost 8 inches shorter than a South Korean boy the same age and more than 20 pounds lighter.
This is an interesting site about water-related pseudoscience.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
|Category: Technology (older)|
Some nice photos of older computers with some commentary attached. Auffers will like it if no-one else (hmmm, so why have I blogged it?? -- I liked it too).
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Apparently a lot of people failed to die last year. C'mon Aussie, do your bit for Straya.
The London mayor (aka that idiot Ken Livingstone) is creating "Clarkson zones". Jeremy is not concerned.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Bringing together the whole tram thing that has been going on over the past couple of days on Tram Town, I have an interesting little piece of irony to report.
For the duration of the Comm Games, the number 55 route is going from West Coburg to Malvern. An interesting (for some sufficiently loose definition of interesting that applies to only me) side effect of this is that we have Z2 class trams on the route for the first time in decades. Normally we have Z3's or B-classes. This lines up beautifully with the fact that the tram-a-like to be used in the opening ceremony is not even a little bit accurate in its attempt to look like a W-class.
Not entirely clear? You see Z2's have two doors per side and Z3's and B's have three doors per side. The W-class-a-like to be used on Wednesday night has only two doors when it should really have three.
I swear I'm really a very interesting person just a tram tragic as well.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Charles Murton over at Diogenes Lamp has managed to obtain an accurate version of the Comm Games opening ceremony. I can't say much more because I was there and they have threatened a re-introduction of the death penalty if I blab.
Charles also has an interesting report on a kidnapping.
Best new blog of 2005: Diogenes Lamp (it is in the pool room, BTW).
Route 55: West Coburg to Malvern!
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Does a W-class tram look like this:
Or like this:
Note the import company, Grandma!
300 Kbps @ 100K is sorta cool. (albeit a bit slow but better than nothing)
Friday, March 10, 2006
I don't think this "The Biggest Subwoofer Ever Made" would fit inside the classic Toyota Soarer which will irrtiate the heck out of the regular drivers of those vehicles who seem to wake me up most nights driving up Melville Road at 3am with their thump-thump-thump.
Oh Gizmo! looks like a really interesting site just generally. The iPod Nano MAME Cabinet is an absolute cracker of a gizmo.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Divers have discovered a new crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and is covered with what looks like silky, blonde fur, French researchers said Tuesday.But what does it taste like?
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
The History of Future Transport.
Hmmm. World Leader iPod Index. Votes in to date: Bush 1; Pope 1; Blair 0.
The bog-standard toilet apparently has had to have its weight supporting ability increased from 45kg to 150kg. I'm here to tell you that if they can only hold 45kg currently then I must have unknowingly destroyed a few over the years.
The Adelaide Advertiser asked for comments from readers and got quite an uncharitable response. Amongst the comments:
Why are we catering to all these fat people! Make it socially unacceptable to be so overweight and then perhaps we'll see some changes.and
Let's reinforce concrete for those lardarses and their buggies who are too fat to even walk on footpaths or at the shops or to the ER...and
This whole body acceptance movement is entirely to blame. Fat folk just started feeling proud about being obese rather than being humiliated into doing something about it.and this cracker
We have some quite obese friends and they often come over for BBQs on our back balcony (10 metres off the ground). Our house is only 8 years old as is built to structural engineering standards. We have been considering putting steel plates under for extra support as we worry when we get the whole family over that it won't take the weight. If we all go down with the balcony another question who would sue who, do we sue them for their overweighty contribution or do they sue us for not having it reinforced.And then there is the notion that, because we have a nationalised healthcare system, the state has the right to intefere in our lives
This is getting absolutely DISGUSTING! I think the fat of Australia needs to get up off their asses and do something about it, and stop making excuses! They are EMBARRASSING!!! It even affects my life (e.g. health benefits) because they can't look after themselves! And what is worse is that some of them think we should be feeling sorry for them!
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
"everyone wants to be green but live as they damn well like" says Michael Duffy in this article about green bags and lots of other things. Amongst the interesting details:
In the years before the Reformation, the wealthy could buy indulgences from the church to take care of their sins. Maybe that's what those green bags represent for the shopper I saw - sort of moral carbon sinks.This article was first pointed at for me on Jennifer Marohasy's blog which is now in the pool room (at left).
[CAUTION: Nudity may offend] This flash marketing tool has been viewed by plenty of people who are not in the market for a sports bras is my guess.
The Aural Times - We sing the news so you don't have to.
|Category: War (civil)|
A bloke by the name of Ralph Peters (no relation as far as I know) has a few words to say about the "pending" civil war in Iraq in the New York Post (of Headless Body in Topless Bar fame):
I'M trying. I've been trying all week. The other day, I drove another 30 miles or so on the streets and alleys of Baghdad. I'm looking for the civil war that The New York Times declared. And I just can't find it.
Monday, March 06, 2006
|Category: Radio 1/3LO/774|
Those of you who listen to this station will know that their new(ish) "talk-back" number is: 1300 222 774. Heck, I've even rung it a coupla' times. What I'd never noticed was the middle number group token (viz. 222) is, in fact a telephone pad mnemonic for ABC. I was astonished I'd never noticed it before.
Guess who told me? Razer -- sorry, but that shits me!
|Category: Cartoons (not)|
I haven't seriously watched "The Simpsons" for years -- but this looks very interesting. Maybe Panto's may not be far off!
Saturday, March 04, 2006
If this is fair dinkum it looks interesting, but it also looks a bit like two blokes in a high-tech pantomime- horse costume. (Semi and I have some experience with pantomime-horses)
Not a Flying Car!
That Blair Bloke (I don't believe I'm pointing to Tim Blair) has pointed to an interesting story. Teen Pleads Guilty To Hiring Hit Man To Steal Block Of Cheese
Friday, March 03, 2006
Vale Jimmy. (what this bio doesn't mention though is that the agent who "discovered" him was in fact Phil Collins' (drummer) Mum)
I was astounded by the range of people consulted by the Hun regarding the playing of the national anthem at the Comm Games opening ceremony:
ANZ chief economist Saul Eslake said he disliked both anthems, but agreed both should be played.Disliked both anthems! Everyone's a bloody critic.
Me, I'm at a bit of a loss as to why you wouldn't play it. The only reason I can see is that perhaps there is a risk that a significant proportion of the crowd would remain in their seats and that would be embarrassing for some.
Anyway, my compromise is to play the Sex Pistols song of the same name. It went down well at the silver jubilee.
Again with health...
The Thorpedo's illness concerns me a little. It seems that the doctors are reasonably sure they could at least reduce the symptoms but they are not able to give him the requisite drugs. His manager, Dave Flaskas, said
restrictions on what medication swimmers could take was impeding Thorpe's recovery.Now, as you all know, I don't really have complete confidence in modern medicine but common sense says that if the tools that they do have in place are not able to be used due to some petty sporting rules, it's the rules that should go (or at least be altered).
Just One Guy's Opinion™
Thursday, March 02, 2006
There's a 4-dimensional hypercube over at www.mathematik.com that you should definitely take a look at. There's a lot of other really nice stuff, too. Well worth the visit!
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
An article on a possible cause of the Little Ice Age suggests trees growing on farmland abandoned due to the bubonic plague some two hundred years before temperatures started to go down sucked up warming culprit CO2. This is what passes for academic rigour in this post-scientific age.
* We have way too many scientists in this world.
Steve et al had a huge event last night and released some fantastic iPod cases -- Italian Leather! Microsoft would never think of that.
Oh, and some other stuff too. I really like the Italian leather gig though -- is SJ thinking or not?
We're big on health here at TramTown today.
I was listening to the latest Absolute Science podcast when I was in the pool this morning and came across the notion that there appear to be a virus that can cause obesity. It initially seemed ridiculous but read on...
On the wireless this morning I heard the "pending" bird flu scare described as Y2K with feathers. Here is the press release from Central Otago Mayor Dr Malcolm MacPherson which was the source.
Following on the heels of the low-fat-diet-has-few-benefits fiasco comes this marvellous Dutch study telling us that
older men who ate the highest amount of cocoa were half as likely to die of cardiovascular disease as those who ate less or no cocoaBut just a coldarn moment, we can't offend the nutrition doctrinaires
Experts warn, however, that the current study did not establish a causal relationship between cocoa use and the risk of death from heart disease and others, nor recommend eating cocoa to lower death risk because the long term effect of eating cocoa remains unknown.The message is quite clear... NOT!
Also in the health game, this from the Hun
VICTORIAN scientists have developed a vaccine for two dangerous animal viruses that can easily kill humans and could potentially be used by terrorists.How many button do they press in that single leading sentence?