Tram Town
Friday, October 31, 2003
Florsheim's MagneForce Shoes, Should We Worry about "Magnetic Deficiency"? "Wild Yam Cream" Threatens Women's Health. You've gotta love Quack Watch.

Category: Reproduction
Not Without My Handbag monitors baby name mailing lists, has a teen sex column, and has a custom handbag thing happening. Also lots of other stuff including lynx.

Category: Theatre
Andrew Bolt reviews the reviewers for this year's Melbourne Festival and finds them just as bewildered as the rest of us non-intellectuals.

Category: Technology
There's something about this that just smacks of Virtual Pets!

Thursday, October 30, 2003
Category: Anderson
DB has been smoking hot in the posting caper so I have left well enough alone but I had to mention that JB has the Captain Scarlett box set for about $41. (also Joe 90)

Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Category: Blogging
My friend Rusty has started (another good local Melbourne boy), no Semi not THAT Rusty. (Colourful Language & Geek Warnings applicable FWIW).

Category: Significant Cultural Acheivements
A fitting tribute to one of the world's greatest comics.

Category: Apple
I was tempted to categorise it in the "Over Engineered To Buggery" Classification but it seems we don't have one.It's Over Engineered To Buggery! Thanks Kenn.

Category: Zany Advertising Types
Hmm, it's the best of Stealth Disco, thanks linkless Howard. (Bit of a Quicktime warning for those on dial-up).

Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Category: Disused Public Transport
Mark points to this fascinating link.

Monday, October 27, 2003
Category: Internet
nwoT marT!looc ytterp s'taht kniht I

Sunday, October 26, 2003
Category: Evil Empires
Big Surprise! No more support for Linux, BSD, Netware, and Solaris!

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Category: Apple
Big Black Cat. (Just citing, FWIW).

Category: Apple
Oh My Goodness Toto! I don't think we only make Macintosh any more.

Friday, October 24, 2003
Category: Political Puns
Knock Knock.
Who's there?
President who? Yeh, I know. It only just occured to me.

Category: Audio
Lengthy (but apparently thorough) article on ripping LP's.

Category: Audio
This looks like an interesting product. Apparently it can "pre-cut" an album side into indivdual tracks as well which is kinda cool.

Category: Search Engines
We push the results through our proprietary nodal structure. Phrases and chunks of meaning accumulate in nodes, our intelligent algorithms then analyse those nodes and present the user with a series of categories that encapsulate the content of the search results. Whew! Thanks Kenn.

Category: Religious Technology
Hmm, Life's God.

Category: Censorship

I want to make more FOI applications to these guys!

Category: BBQ's
I can't remember the last BBQ I went to which featured Macadamia Pavlova Roulade with passionfruit ice cream and new season mangoes but I may have just forgotten about it or something. I'm like that. (Interestingly enough the Blogger spell checker spat on Pavlova, Roulade, passionfruit and mangoes. What kind of spell checker is that? FWIW)

Category: Intellectuals
The National Museum of Australia needs $45mill to make their museum present the facts. You have to wonder how they could spend $150mill initially and get it so wrong(BIG PDF ALERT).

Thursday, October 23, 2003
Category: Fillums
Oh No! Very sad news. They're about to remake The Six Million Dollar Man. It'll be directed by Todd Phillips (OK so far) and will star this bloke. (Updated) OK, I take it back. They're positioning it as a "spoof".

Category: Technology
Oh, look! It's a whole new slant on recycling paper.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003
Category: Fillums
Tonight on cable I watched an earlier fillum that bloke made, Jeez it was good! What happened? Well, I know that he died and all. (I know, another "in-the-know" post -- by jingo, I've gotta try and stop doing these filmo smart-assed posts)

Category: Internet
Everything you ever wanted to know about Easter Eggs.

Category: Fillums
Jeez, I've been waiting for this to come out on DVD for a while.

Category: Audio
These guys have some software that looks interesting.

Category: Topical Tidbits
No, not those twins these twins!

Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Category: Technology
Shockingly wet.

Category: Technology
Dive! Dive! Dive!

Category: Conspiracy theories
Find the Boeing!, I like stuff like that (or rather this kind of thing at least not necessarily this specific thing. Oh, you know what I meant).

Monday, October 20, 2003
Category: Fillums
This site has to be a good thing.

Category: Litercha
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, where WWW means "Wretched Writers Welcome".
"As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the echo chamber he would never hear the end of it."

Category: Environment
Well not six bob a fart, rather 54c per beast per year, a big discount for attractive sheep, and a bit of a premium for an udder.
The "flatulence levy" was proposed by the Cabinet's climate change convenor, Pete Hodgson, to fund $8.4 million of research into livestock emissions. It would have required farmers to pay nine cents for each sheep, 54c for a beef animal and 74c for a dairy cow.
But they decided against it due to "international derision". That's a fine way to legislate.

Sunday, October 19, 2003
Category: Kyoto (RIP)
Iain Murray writes about the Russian announcements at the United Nations' World Climate Change Conference in Moscow. He makes a lot of sense IMHO. Aaron pointed this one out.

Saturday, October 18, 2003
Category: History
I'm guessing that most of you are too young to appreciate this ironic event, Semi and I aren't.

Friday, October 17, 2003
Category: Environment
6 bob a fart! I'm frankly a bit concerned that neither Semi nor Timmy alerted me about this. (Unless they did and I missed it, which is highly likely).

Category: Software/Audio
Hell froze over! (Although I suspect that QuickTime set the precedent)
(Time limited link I suspect)

Category: Religion
Robert Bidinotto publishes something he wrote some years ago suggesting that Earth day become a religious holiday.
We may even be able to insist--on grounds of separation of church and state--that the government stop shoving environmentalism down our throats, through smothering regulations, public school indoctrination, and insufferable sermons from politicians such as Al Gore.

Thursday, October 16, 2003
Category: Technology
I guess you'd better firstly look before you Leap Second.

Category: Politics
Kev (and Bob Carr wierdly enough), I dips me lid to ya!

Category: Diversity
Tim Blair suggests celebration of diversity might be taken too far. I found the actual article quite funny (is today April 1?).

Category: Gentle Humour
Pointed out by my brother in computing, Ben (it panes me to think we are of the same blud, tinkle tinkle plonk), and me shocked that I have never seen it before, How to be Topp in Compsci. If you are still with me you will be pleased to see that St Custard's is online. If you are not still with me perhaps you need to go to About Nigel.

I am pleased someone made the connection with that wet Potter boy. Oh and there's a t-shirt and all.

But was it Geoffrey Willans or Ronald Searle who left the biggest mark on us all?

If you're still completely in the dark go look at the Amazon readers' reviews.

Category: Parody
I'm not sure that I fully understand this, but folks better read than me probably will.

Category: Technology
As the world turns the wrong way! Thanks Mark.

Category: Fillums
Last night on cable I watched the other fillum that bloke made, (NO!!! Not that one(s)). Jeez it was good! What happened?

Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Category: Iraq
From 'A Gift From God' Renews a Village (washingtonpost.com).
[In 1991] Even after Hussein's army quashed the revolt by slaughtering thousands of Shiites and attacking their villages, the president was bent on retribution. He ordered the marshes drained.
"Saddam did everything he could to kill us," he said. "You cannot recover from that right away."
Go read it! Thanks Bargarz

Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Category: Copyright
Thank goodness I can go back to using my shift key again.

Monday, October 13, 2003
Category: Technology
Is that a micro-processor in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

Sunday, October 12, 2003
Category: Journalism
I have come to know a little of Melanie Phillips from her diary which has become a daily read. I have come to like Melanie Phillips a lot.

Category: Audio
What appears to be quite a comprehensive buyer's guide for DAW's.

Friday, October 10, 2003
Category: Local Culture
Whilst researching further for the previous post, I stumbled across this fascinating site! Haven't had a decent look yet though, FWIW!

Category: Recently Dead Celebrities
It Could Be You! Vale. (Personally I preferred the "Queen For A Day" segment most of all and if I get a chance over the weekend I'll try and find a link).

Category: $US
I originally thought that this was a Photoshop mock up but apparently it's fair dinkum. Funny lot Americans, apparently they're not in favour of it either, reminds me of the dollar coin debacle! (Can't seem to find a link, sorry).

Category: Science
The Annals of Improbable Research site has some lovely stuff including the Ig Nobel home page, and this bear suit article.

Category: Science
How come I didn't know about the natural nuclear reactors at Oklo in Gabon? I was reading a nice little anti-anti-nuke article in Bizarre Science when I discovered a reference in a section about containment of waste. All great reading!

Thursday, October 09, 2003
Category: Language
Boy, that Robert Fradkin is certainly a character!

Category: Supercomputers
From the sublime to the ridiculous!

Wednesday, October 08, 2003
Category: Internet
Everything you wanted to know about Worms, but were afraid to ask!

Category: Festive Season
USB Christmas Tree Light!

Tuesday, October 07, 2003
Category: Bali
A must read article on the details of finding the perpetrators of the Bali bombing has been pointed to by lots of people but I have to give The Age a tick for printing such a magnificent piece. It could be that dead-tree readers will forget about this piece of writing, but digital nuts never will!

Saturday, October 04, 2003
Category: Divorce
Daughters cause divorce? Well... the numbers don't quite produce such a substantial conclusion but they certainly seem to increase the likelihood. A very interesting article pointed out by Gene Expression.

And... we're on fire with questionable statistics here at Tram town today: Breast Implants Linked to Suicide!

Friday, October 03, 2003
Category: Audio
The Incredible Shrinking Studio

Category: Audio
The colour of noise - fascinating!

Thursday, October 02, 2003
Category: Recipes
Hmmm, how to cook an Alien.

Category: Complete works
I guess it's been possible to get the complete (film) works of Elia Kazan for some time now. It's a great body of work he leaves behind. Over at BrookesNews is an interesting response to some left commentary on Kazan in The Australian.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Category: Tourism
It's school holiday time and me and the boys just spent some time down at Phillip Island in Westernport Bay about two hours from Tram Town Central. We went to see the fairy penguins returning from their daily fishing adeventures. A less spectacular spectacle I could not imagine. It's about 40 years since I last saw it and my memory of it had definitely become falsified over the years. The 8-year-old forgot to take a jumper and I had to give up mine for him because concerned parents were commenting on how cold he was; teach him a lesson, I was thinking. I'm guessing we saw about 30 penguins altogether and at $30 for entry that makes $1 per beast and I'm here to tell you that they're only small buggers... I estimate that, for every ten or so steps you take on the island, signage reminds you that you are a guest invader on the territory of some flying animal (bats are amongst the list so I couldn't just say bird) and that you should avoid all normal human activity and totally suspend any regular commercial behaviour for 5 days following your incursion. If you have the slightest problem with green-ness, I would keep away from Phillip Island, but... we did a guided tour of the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit and saw a Cooper-Climax that Jack Brabham drove to victory in the 1960 world drivers' championship (amongst lots of other great stuff). We didn't make it to the dairy museum or the Viet-vets museum in San Remo, or for that matter the annelidously shaped worm museum just up the road on the South Gippsland Highway, we'll save them for the next time I am brave enough to venture into such green territory.

STOP PRESS: Semi scores in the competition for first Tram Town use of a word with all 5 (6) vowels in alphabetical order.

HUMOUR: A man was charged with slaughtering and cooking an Australian native bear a koala and by some means managed to get off. The judge however was interested enough to pull him aside and, whispering, ask what it tasted like. He confidently replied: "Oh much like platypus or fairy penguin". [thanks Paddy] [I really should have told that joke to some of those self-satisfied rangers at the penguin parade]

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