- Penny Wong Blew Up And Tore The Government A New One In The Senate Today | Junkee:
It is an absolute disgrace and really demonstrates the arrogance of this government — that you would not even allow a committee stage in a debate when you have been given more time…in order to ensure a proper process. You have spat in the face of that offer; you have said ‘You know what? We don’t want a debate, we just want a media conference. We’re going to run the Senate in time for the media, and we will not even do the Senate the courtesy of telling Senators what our proposition is — we’re going to go out and background the media ahead.Presumably Abbott was too busy having people photograph his crotch to do more than organise the media conference.
- Why Google Is So Interested In Kenya's Transit System
- My 14-Hour Search for the End of TGI Friday's Endless Appetizers. People do some weird stuff...
- What makes an Archibald winner? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)Ikea Advertises Adoptable Dogs In Stores, Because Every Home Needs A Rescue Pup. Part brilliant, part evil ;)
- Terminator 2 and the world’s biggest spoiler / The Dissolve:
Re-watching Terminator 2: Judgment Day, it’s actually frustrating to see how carefully crafted the first half-hour is, how thoroughly it takes advantage of audience assumptions, all in order to floor them with the big reveal, when Patrick and Schwarzenegger’s Terminators face off over a terrified John Connor, and Schwarzenegger’s is the one who saves John’s life and hustles him to safety. Counting Cameron’s first run at these characters and this basic idea, it took around seven years to build up this fake-out—and just a couple minutes of trailer (and a tagline, “This time he’s back… for good!”) to blow it. It’s one of the dumbest marketing missteps of all time—at least in terms of audience experience.
- The elegant art of not giving a shit:
Not giving a shit sounds like apathy, but it’s not. It’s simply a refusal to waste your energy and time on thoughts you’re not going to act on. So when you do give a shit, make sure that the point of this shit-giving is to figure out what you’re actually going to do in response to what happened, and then move on to the action part.As it turns out, this is incredibly fucking hard.
- Forget the Shortest Route Across a City; New Algorithm Finds the Most Beautiful | MIT Technology Review
- 19 Epic Pictures Of The Monster Thunderstorm That Shook Sydney and Dramatic storm down under « Flickr Blog
- Twitter / noahWG: fish avoiding sharks
- Vintage Female Badasses | Pinterest
- Eleven photos that define 'American Cool' | Art and design | theguardian.com
- Photographs taken inside of instruments » Lost At E Minor: For creative people
- Magic Budapest trams jumping into hyperspace
- Behind the Scenes Photos of Actors Laughing Between Takes - My Modern Met
It's an NRL town. The banner says it all.
- A Beginner's Guide to Pour Over Coffee Brewing Methods | Prima Coffee. Ever wondered what the hell "V60" or "aeropress" was on the cafe menu? The results from each one tend not to be wildly different to each other, but they are very different to the usual espresso options. Well worth trying if you like a good coffee.
- 10 things the snack food industry won’t tell you | News.com.au:
Beetles aren’t the only I-dare-you-to-eat-that items you may have unknowingly noshed on. Vanilla-flavoured snacks like cookies and cakes are sometimes flavoured with castoreum, a secretion from a beaver’s behind (technically, from a sac near his anus called the castor sac)At least Snopes rates it as unlikely you'll actually run into castoreum, since it is so impractical and gross to get the raw material.
- BMW 3D prints new thumbs for factory workers | Technology | theguardian.com
- How not to say the wrong thing - Los Angeles Times:
Here are the rules. The person in the center ring can say anything she wants to anyone, anywhere. She can kvetch and complain and whine and moan and curse the heavens and say, "Life is unfair" and "Why me?" That's the one payoff for being in the center ring. Everyone else can say those things too, but only to people in larger rings.
- Meet the gothic bake queen whose creepy cakes are storming Instagram - People - Stylist Magazine. That's some freaky baking.
- The age of entitlement: how wealth breeds narcissism | Anne Manne | Comment is free | theguardian.com:
as people grow wealthier, they are more likely to feel entitled, to become meaner and be more likely to exploit others, even to cheat.
- Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 211, William Gibson:
But I had only been using a typewriter because I’d gotten one for free and I was poor. In 1981, most people were still writing on typewriters. There were five large businesses in Vancouver that did nothing but repair and sell typewriters. Soon there were computers, too, and it was a case of the past and the future mutually coexisting. And then the past just goes away....
The strongest impacts of an emergent technology are always unanticipated. You can’t know what people are going to do until they get their hands on it and start using it on a daily basis, using it to make a buck and using it for criminal purposes and all the different things that people do. The people who invented pagers, for instance, never imagined that they would change the shape of urban drug dealing all over the world. But pagers so completely changed drug dealing that they ultimately resulted in pay phones being removed from cities as part of a strategy to prevent them from becoming illicit drug markets. We’re increasingly aware that our society is driven by these unpredictable uses we find for the products of our imagination....
I think the popular perception that we’re a lot like the Victorians is in large part correct. One way is that we’re all constantly in a state of ongoing technoshock, without really being aware of it—it’s just become where we live. The Victorians were the first people to experience that, and I think it made them crazy in new ways. We’re still riding that wave of craziness. We’ve gotten so used to emergent technologies that we get anxious if we haven’t had one in a while.
- The Planet Just Had Its Warmest May On Record | ThinkProgress
- Government may be forced to retain Clean Energy Finance Corporation | World news | theguardian.com:
The government appears to be conceding it will be forced to retain the $10bn Clean Energy Finance Corporation, removing the abolition of the “green bank” from the other carbon tax repeal bills that were passed by the lower house for a third time on Thursday night.Forced to invest in clean energy. Forced. By a loony fringe party. This is how Australia is dealing with climate change.
- Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less:
The average raise an employee can expect in 2014 is 3%. [...] But, the inflation rate is currently 2.1% calculated based on the Consumer Price Index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that your raise is actually less than 1%. [...] The average raise an employee receives for leaving is between a 10% to 20% increase in salary.(US numbers, obviously)
- The end of the Big Day Out is the end of one-day festivals. Hang up your singlets | Dom Amerena | Culture | theguardian.com:
For years the BDO has made the mistake of trying to cater to all kinds of musical tastes. The 2014 lineup was a weird mishmash of genres; there’s something for everybody, but not enough of any particular style of music to justify the $185 price of a general admission ticket.Yup. Cheaper to just go the side gig for the one or two bands you actually want to see; and you just hated the BDO for the bands who obviously had lock-in contracts preventing them doing a side gig.
- 50 Photos Of Actors Behind The Scenes. Some amusing shots in there.
- rarely seen photos from the last night shooting "Blade Runner"
- Online advertising effectiveness: For large brands, online ads may be worthless.
- Inside the Mirrortocracy:
We've created a make-believe cult of objective meritocracy, a pseudo-scientific mythos to obscure and reinforce the belief that only people who look and talk like us are worth noticing. After making such a show of burning down the bad old rules of business, the new ones we've created seem pretty similar.
- Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
- Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Thousands of Workers - NYTimes.com
- Rainbow-Cake Recipe Inspires Comment Apocalypse
Credit card company: What's your mother's maiden name? Me: Donkey Kong Bumper Boat. Them: Uh, yes. What? Me: I'm in security.— Steve Werby (@stevewerby) February 7, 2013
- What School Lunches Look Like Around the World | pic
- "Joe Strummer's London Calling": All 8 Episodes of Strummer's UK Radio Show Free Online - | Open Culture
- This Is How Subaru Broke The Isle Of Man Record In A 2015 WRX STI
- Why the Nürburgring is so difficult to learn
- 40 stunning cars discovered in ultimate Canadian barn find | Driving
Surprisingly interesting video showing how the pilots put an A380 on the ground at SFO:
- Tony Abbott lambasted on US TV show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver | News.com.au
- Dark Roasted Blend: Stunningly Intricate: Curta Mechanical Calculator
- This Is The Most Surreal Isle Of Man Lap You'll See:
Isle Of Man TT videos are losing their shock value. Yes, it's fast. Yes, it's dangerous. Yes, we're in awe of their two-wheeled talents. But this run by TT legend John McGuinness is different. He's on an electric bike setting a new world record. And it's an odd combination of tranquil and terrifying.
- Articulated Hand Armor Makes These The Safest Gloves Ever
- 'Your George W Bush' – Tony Abbott makes a splash in the United States | Comment is free | theguardian.com
- An Ex-Con Reviews "Orange Is The New Black" - Arts Desk
- Right time for Boonah's quirky new clock
- Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please don't buy Fiat 500e electric car | Reuters
- Twitter / lilaineurope: Checking out local startups ... (very cool workspace)
Sometimes an ad is done so well you simply don't care it's an ad. Dear Kitten:
- Phone Box Libraries | The Hickensian
- Brisbane accused of imposing 'curfew' on the blind:
Mr Innes says he had never come across the situation in other capital cities, and residents must know there was an element of noise associated with living in CBDs. He also noted traffic signals contained sensors which reduced the level of sound at quiet times, such as at night.FFS, Brisbane.
- How Australia’s winking Tony Abbott became one of the world’s most unpopular prime ministers | Washington Post
- My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever | Bored Panda
- Whitehouse Staff Register Reveals No Role For Frances Abbott | newmatilda.com
- Bronwyn Bishop holds Liberal fundraising dinner in speaker's suite | World news | theguardian.com:
Federal Labor has again called into question Bronwyn Bishop’s impartiality after allegations the Speaker used her parliamentary suite for fundraising purposes. Bishop reportedly hosted a Liberal party fundraising event in her suite on the night of the 13 May budget.
- How Much Time the World Spends Looking at Screens, Visualized
- More signs of protest at Whitehouse Institute over Frances Abbott’s scholarship | News.com.au
- Inside Amazon's Bizarre Corporate Culture
- BBC News - Keepod: Can a $7 stick provide billions computer access?
- This 21-Year-Old Built A Rally Car In His Barn And Is Cooler Than You
- What if Abbott and his cronies are just a bunch of psychopaths?
- Cruise Ship Plays the Loudest Seven Nation Army You've Ever Heard
- Tony Abbott's trust deficit: has the PM underestimated the Australian people? | World news | theguardian.com:
The budget also breaks pre-election promises on almost every front. The only thing more likely to offend voters than obvious multiple broken promises is the government’s attempt to argue that it hasn’t broken any.
- Day in the life of a Disability Discrimination Commissioner - A day in the life | Howzat?:
I communicated with Josh who has autism, very concerned about re-assessment of his Disability Support Pension, but no real jobs plan to move him off welfare. Jess was very pleased about the rollout of the NDIS, but worried that co-payments in the medical system for her ongoing health issues would eat away at her small income. I talked with Eliza, concerned about how the sector would now have a more muted voice, because the ABC Rampup site would not be funded by the government, and the ABC could not pick up the funding. And I heard from Sharon, who shared my views about the need for a full-time Disability Discrimination Commissioner, who has a disability, and who wonders what will happen to people like her when my term ends.
- Joe Hockey hosts $50,000 dinner before delivering hardline budget | News.com.au:
Despite declaring “the age of entitlement is over’’ in his Budget speech, Mr Hockey’s own Treasury department paid the TV chef to fly business class and airlift truffles from Australia to Washington DC last month.
- Apparently even the SMH noticed the demonstrations this time... March in May protest swells on budget outrage, Tens of thousands turn out for March in May to protest against Abbott Government’s budget | News.com.au, March in May: Tens of thousands across Australia march in budget protest | World news | theguardian.com