Civic Duty

I just scraped in. Tomorrow I become an Australian citizen and — thanks to the special provisions that allow new citizens to provisionally enrol to vote — on Saturday I’ll get to exercise my civic duty in the 2013 Australian Federal Election. I’m taking this seriously, even if I might just be in it for ...

Sense of Perspective

Sense of Perspective
Yes, that’s right, The Herald Sun, the fact that you, living in a free country with a democratically elected government, might have to pay slightly more for your electricity is exactly the same as living under an oppressive dictatorial regime in the Middle East.

Is This Supposed To Be Aspirational?

There’s been some unfortunate sporting endorsements on the airwaves here in Australia during our big summer of sport. Inevitably England’s domination of the Ashes was never going to be entirely compatible with all those ads featuring Aussie cricketers that popped up in between overs. Just how many multivitamins does Ricky Ponting need to take, one ...

Desperation

I think McAfee must be getting a bit desperate. Seems they *really* want me to renew my anti-virus: Subject: Subscription Renewal Price Enclosed From: subscriptions@mcafee.com Date: Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 1:06 AM Subscription length: 1 Year(s) Renew Subscription(Auto Renew) Base price (pre-tax): £ 64.99(GBP) Subject: Alert: 1 Month Remains From: subscriptions@mcafee.com Date: Fri, Nov ...

Radical New Direction

I think they normally play these things on a cricket oval. Can’t help thinking that this radical new direction by Cricket Australia is going to result in a lot of balls lost in Sydney harbour. Guardian: Australia announced their Ashes squad for the first Test on Circular Quay in Sydney this morning…

Misdirection

Hey. So you know when you receive an email that isn’t spam as such but is from a real person who meant to send it to another real person that isn’t you but is probably someone with the same name as you and a very similar email address, and you read the message and think ...

Genius Product Ideas #247

This genius business idea is free to anyone who wants it: someone really needs to make a little tool for cleaning out the headphone socket on the iPhone. As I carry mine around in my pocket typically without the headphones plugged in, I find I’m constantly having to use the end of a paperclip to ...

46 People Like This…

46 People Like This...
I’m all for social network integration and everything, but I can’t help thinking that there might be some occasions when that Facebook “like” button isn’t actually an appropriate thing to have on a news story: Really, NME? 46 people “like” the fact that a former member of ELO was killed in a freak road accident? ...

Survey Fail

See Film First, they of all those free movie screenings that we used to go to when we lived in London, seem to be starting up over here in Oz, which can’t be a bad thing now that Sal and I have a whopping mortgage to service and need some cheap entertainment. I’m not quite ...

So I was just booking tickets to see Brett Easton Ellis speak when he’s in town next month, and I was having a look around the other events that are happening as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. I was thinking about The Davitt Awards, but it looks like I’ll have to brush up on ...