Tram Town
Monday, March 31, 2008
Category: Web
I found dafont.com at this page from the UK Telgraph of the 101 most useful websites. All worth a look.

Category: Gore
Over at AccuWeather, Joe Bastardi questions Al (Darth) Gore's credibility as a climate commentator. It's a great read and this note about the science of climatology from the comments is spot on:
Patrick Henry:

leave the climatology to professionals who know what they're doing

Hi BT,
That sounds like an oxymoron.
Predictive climatology is in it's infancy, and no one has demonstrated skill better than a random number generator to date. There are too many random chaotic factors (volcanic eruptions, solar activity, clouds, etc.) for there to be much likelihood of success in our lifetimes.
Several climatologists have demonstrated limited skill at politics and manipulating numbers to fit a curve however.

Friday, March 28, 2008
Category: Ejukashun
Bob Cringely has a really nice short article here about technology and progress in the field of education. I had to re-read much of it, Jack, but it's worth the struggle.

Category: RDC
(bugger, I really wanted to grab 3333) Egg McMuffin.

Category: AFD
I think AAP have jumped the gun a bit on something that was meant to be published next Tuesday...
State's sky to get heritage status
THE sky above New South Wales is to be given heritage status by the National Trust.

Thursday, March 27, 2008
Category: 3333
This is the 3333'rd TramTown post and you folks are still reading. Well done!

Today, Tommy and I went to the ACMI to see the Game On thing. We went so you won't have to. My advice is to go and download MAME and perhaps wander off to some lame computer history site. That would give you a more satisfying experience. We paid $25 (1 adult full and 1 child concession) to get in and left after only 20 minutes.
Nothing to see here citizens. Move along!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Category: Theater
David Mamet has caused a lot of fuss with his election-season essay over at the Village Voice Why I Am No Longer a 'Brain-Dead Liberal'. It's actually quite a good read IMHO.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Category: History
This picture of the crowning of The Queen of Manufactures in the Brunswick centenary year of 1939 includes my aunt. It's amazing what you can find on the internet.
I found this stuff doing a search for something independent and the Picture Victoria site has some great stuff but it doesn't seem to be easily accessible from the front page.
More pictures from the Moreland library collection can be found in a fairly unfriendly format here (just click on any of the ".html" filenames.
Other collections are here with a couple of click throughs until you find those ".html" files. Give it a go!
UPDATE: What about this one of the 1945 Box Hill GF winning team? Recognise anyone there, Jack?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Category: RDC
ACC Vale.

I don't believe this. Apple makes you creative, Disney makes you honest? Rubbish!

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Category: Music/Littachuh/Culture
I bought Thirteen Tonne Theory yesterday and am currently on p. 169. It has a lovely and very readable quality to it and is an interesting look at one blokes perspective of almost two decades of "local" music. I'm thoroughly enjoying it as a read. I have different memories of some of the early 80's anecdotes but. (well, neither me or Gail get a mention (at least in the first 169 pages) for a start). Richard does though.

Friday, March 14, 2008
Category: Animals
Here is a story about two men and a lion. Go look!

Category: RDC
Eliza. Vale.

Category: Humour
Is it allowable in a PC sense to have a favourite Benny Hill song? Maybe Ben Elton won't whack me so hard if I say that Broken Hearted Lovers' Stew is one of my less despised Benny Hill songs.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Category: Comedy
A mate of Tram Town's has a gig at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival -- go see him.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Category: Stunts
Improv Everywhere is a "Chaser" like team that organise stunts in public places. I like their latest offering:

Category: Exhibitions
I've never been much of a "gamer" but I reckon I might take the girls off to see Game On over at ACMI.

Category: Homework
In the UK there has been a call for a ban on homework. I'm just sayin' is all!

Category: WHWTMSitW
Over at the Herald Sun, Rosemary Desmond has fallen for the Mights, Mays and Ifs nonsense of press release science. It seems that Doc Monica Gagliano has discovered that less perfect specimens of a certain species of fish are less likely to survive and breed. Well done Doc!

Monday, March 10, 2008
Category: Pitchers
I watched The Club today on DVD and I think it is a really good piece of cinema. I've probably thought that on the multiple occasions in the past that I have watched it but they were a long time ago. A $9.98 price tag at JB made me pick it up without a second thought and I'm really glad I did.
I've got a lot of time for the boy Williamson as a playwright even if he has come up with the odd clanger as a social observer.

Category: Drinking
And we all thought that fluoridation was bad! Nup! It's the drugs!

Friday, March 07, 2008
Category: Barack
This GooTube video made me smile...

Thursday, March 06, 2008
Category: Space TFF
Go to Mars, Go directly to Mars, do not pass go, do not collect $200, do not come back!
Fascinating article/discussion on a (potential) one way trip.

Category: China
Construction of Bejing's Olympic Stadium continues apace....

Category: Barack
Curiously, that name is not in the Blogger spell checker. Never mind, on with the post...
This article in the Times of London gives us some idea of voters' perceptions of Obama's policies. JJRay pointed at it in a post titled
Obama as a Rorschach inkblot
He is so non-specific that everyone thinks he will do what they want
Also, in the letters page of the Racine Journal Times, this letter gives us hope:
Hope for an alternative
I agree with Kim Morrison that Barack Obama would be a great president. I have hope that he can provide free health insurance for everyone.
I have hope that he can bring our soldiers home and make the world a safer place. I have hope that he can protect Americans from poverty by printing more money at the mints.
And, I have hope that he can make me a taller, more attractive, wealthier person, immune to all illnesses. The best part is that all of these will be accomplished at absolutely no cost to me.
Some skeptics would say that he can’t do these things because he hasn’t had enough leadership experience, foreign policy experience, or government experience. Some would say that Obama can’t provide for all our needs without doubling taxes. And, some would say that he hasn’t provided one piece of a specific plan to reach these goals.
Well, to those people I ask, “Where is your hope?”
All these years I’ve been creating accomplishments and gatherine experience to list on my resume. From now on, I’ll just list my hopes and plans. All that work was so unnecessary.
Angie Smucker

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