social comment in utah?
Court okays nude Barbie photos. 30/12/2003. ABC News Online -
A United States federal appeals court has upheld a Utah artist's right to take photos of nude Barbie dolls being menaced by kitchen appliances. Noting the image of the Barbie doll is "ripe for social comment", a three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected toymaker Mattel's appeal against a lower court ruling which found in favour of the photograher.
waferbaby: 'postku'. waferbabies protecting their own :) plus the target of the hostilities have done the right thing, including what seems like a sincere apology.
Duty and Loyalty: You serve your purpose and do what you must do. People would consider you someone to rely on, and one who keeps his/her word when he/she gives it.
if you can't use it properly, you'll get it taken off you...
happy arbitrary event
merry christmas, for those of you who celebrate it. for those who don't, hope you had a good day anyway :)
the perils of christmas shopping
Promillelukko, an amusing simulation of coming home after a night on the turps....
- NEWS.com.au | Young drivers face curfew (December 23, 2003)
- NEWS.com.au | Grave delay in the new kitchen rush (December 23, 2003):
Monumental masons are so busy fitting trendy new granite kitchens that the bereaved are having to wait five months or longer for delivery of headstones and other graveyard monuments.Normal delivery time is three months.
no progress on fusion while france and japan bicker
live view of los angeles international airport
keep yer OBE, ma'am
- Roosters' 'arrogant, self-centred' threat on salary cap draws scorn from all quarters - www.smh.com.au / FOX SPORTS | League | Roosters put gun to cap (December 21, 2003). The Roosters being arrogant fucktards. The cap is there to keep the entire game worthwhile. As people are pointing out; they didn't complain when they were at the bottom of the ladder...
- NEWS.com.au | Only 2pc know the G-G's name (December 22, 2003). That was why he was chosen - Jeffrey (and, yes, I had to read the article to get his name) is so incredibly low-key, people are forgetting how badly Hollingworth fucked the job up. Speaking of which: NEWS.com.au | $380,000-a-year to keep Hollingworth (December 22, 2003).... *froth*
- dodgeit - free. receive-only. email. no set up. rss.
- 5ives. lists of five things.
- Textism: Photos: Found Alphabet
- LOGO R.I.P.
- Open source firm releases patch for IE spoofing flaw - theage.com.au
- Slashdot | Coffee Flavored Breakfast Cereal
- Guardian Unlimited | Life | Goodbye sunshine:
Each year less light reaches the surface of the Earth. No one is sure what's causing 'global dimming' - or what it means for the future. In fact most scientists have never heard of it. By David Adam
- ongoing · On Search, the Series. A lot of info about searching.
the 12 days of christmas economy
PNC Bank - The Annual:
As part of its annual tradition, PNC Advisors also tabulates the 'true cost of Christmas,' which is the total cost of all of the items in the famous carol, including all of the repetitions. The price tag for the 364 items this holiday season is $65,264, up from 2002's true cost of $54,951. This increase of nearly 19 percent shatters the previous record increase of 8.4 percent that was achieved in 1987.
save the children, kill a PETA activist
Fur flies over flier: PETA targets "Nutcracker" kids:
Animal rights advocates will single out small children at performances of "The Nutcracker" in the next few weeks by handing out fliers saying "Your Mommy Kills Animals" to youngsters whose mothers are wearing fur.
To anyone who wants to advance a cause, here's a tip: don't be bigger arseholes than the target of your campaign. Maybe they should follow this action up by telling the kids that their shoes are made of dead cows and horses; that last night's lamb chops were dead sheep; and production of their favourite toy caused pollution that killed dolphins. Then tell them about battery hens; explain how all that milk they drink contains hormones that'll make them mutant freaks; before heading into the grand finale where the kids are harangued about Santa being a capitalist plot and their favourite present from last year was made by kids - just their age - in slave labour in a third-world country... and it's ALL YOUR FAULT, KIDS!
PETA really are a bunch of fuckwits. I've never seen an interview or heard about an action that didn't make me want to throttle the lot of them... even when I agree with the principles behind it all. They always come off as ratbags who just want an excuse for their antisocial behaviour and don't especially care about the cause they claim to fight for. A bit like CHOGM protestors who just want to join a mob and vandalise stuff.
- Saddam will get a fairer trial than Hicks: lawyer - www.smh.com.au. A little dramatic, perhaps; but the situation at Guantanamo Bay is crazy.
- Hicks okay, given circumstances: lawyer. 18/12/2003. ABC News Online. The ABC goes for a less overblown headline.
- Tanker blast in Baghdad 'an accident'. 18/12/2003. ABC News Online
- CNN.com - Former inmate rejailed when picking up belongings - Dec. 16, 2003
accessibility legislation for australia?
Impediment no barrier - smh.com.au:
New extensions to the Disability Discrimination Act, aimed at improving education and training, will soon affect online learning and computer training generally. After seven years of unproductive consultations with the states, the Federal Government is set to act unilaterally next year, with regulations enforcing training accessibility for disabled people. The move is likely to cause the re-engineering of e-learning systems and curriculum, and modification of face-to-face software application courses.
I'd like to point out that Macromedia gets an unopposed pulpit here; despite the fact Macromedia ships products like Dreamweaver with all the accessibility features switched off by default - the same problem which caused so many inaccessible PDFs. Macromedia have also just released "Flash Paper", which is an utterly inaccessible format being billed as a replacement for PDF. Be very careful what you believe. Macromedia are not champions of accessibility; they are simply responding to pressure from advocacy groups. They know their market wants a tool that can create accessible output, so they're working on it. It's business, they're here to make money.
So is this legislation change a Good Thing? It should be, but I'm not getting excited. There is no silver bullet - people still have to want to do the right thing before they'll do it properly. All we can realistically hope for is to raise the minimum standard which people will reach in order to avoid being sued. That's still better than nothing; even if it's not ideal. The problem I see is legislation being rushed through without realistic considerations about implementation. There's no point in doing a half-arsed job or creating rules so impractical they can't be followed (like the internet censorship laws we have).
Basically it will help because it will raise the bar a bit. It will no longer be good enough to slap something together, stick it on a server and hope for the best. The maddening thing is that the worst offenders are the expensive consultancy firms; and they'll continue getting away with murder. Not to mention the Australian government itself and its own sparkling track record.
- NEWS.com.au | Flight centenary celebrated (December 17, 2003):
[T]oday marks the 100th anniversary of the first flight by the Wright brothers.
- Howard urges doctors to back indemnity plan. 17/12/2003. ABC News Online
- Little taste for legal niceties in the matter of Saddam - www.smh.com.au:
The Americans, who declared Saddam to be a prisoner of war after his capture on Saturday, pointedly refuse to commit explicitly to how he should be dealt with - President George Bush says the US will 'work' with Baghdad and 'Iraqis should be involved'.Why is the US acting like it's their right to decide what happens to Hussein? Well ok, because the US is the biggest bully in the schoolyard; but more seriously, how can Iraq move forward if the nation is not allowed to deal with Saddam in its own way? The death sentence may not be palatable to Kofi Annan, but the Iraqi people don't seem likely to lose sleep over the idea of executing Saddam.
- Rumsfeld orders CIA to grill Saddam - www.smh.com.au / 7.30 Report transcript: Saddam's trial to take months:
Now that deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is behind bars, US interrogators are expected to take months -- perhaps even years -- extracting information from the former dictator before he faces trial for crimes against humanity.
script guru leaps into action
- Montreal Gazette - Smart soldiers decided to flee the Rings battle:
Digital warriors thought for themselves - and their first thought was to run away. heheheheh.... they built the animated warriors just a little too well I guess :)
- BBspot - God Considers Smiting Bible Pirates:
God said that 'spreading the Gospel' was not a valid defense for distributing copyrighted materials. 'Rev. Jackson has published at least 35% of My word electronically, where anyone with an internet connection can download it. Thrice did I call on him to repent; thrice did he ignore me or refer me to the EFF [Electronic Frontier Foundation].' Jackson said he had had several emails from someone claiming to be the Deity, but had first dismissed them as pranks.LOL* :)
- jwz - on RFID stupidity. As always boingboing picked a cracker of a quote:
'I like that it's on your keychain and it's fast to use,' said Kristie Beenau, 36, of Peoria, Ariz., who has used ExpressPay for about six months at a CVS Pharmacy and fastfood restaurants. 'I charge everything anyways. Now I wave it rather than get my card out. It's more convenient.'
I'm going to make a fortune by selling an invention that lets you punch a hole in a credit card so that you can wear it on your keychain. Then later I'll repurpose that invention to let you punch a hole in a $20 bill, so you can wear that on your keychain too!
* please note: when i say "LOL" i really mean i'm laughing out loud. none of this AOL-style LOLOL OMFG!!!! bullshit.
zen and the art of css
well not quite. in fact, not especially close. but anyway... you now have a choice of two, count 'em, two different designs for this blog (it's also a lot better in terms of semantic structure, but only i get excited about that sort of stuff). up top there you'll see "style: 1 / 2". first person to make a joke about half-arsed design gets a (virtual) slap. *slap* i know you were thinking it :P
style one is the original pimpazz orange design (pimpazz as in "nothin says 'i'm a pimpazz designah y'allz' like orange and grey", if you recall that post). that design is based on one of blogger's standard templates, just technically far superior and - i think - a nicer final product than the original.
the new style is "halo blue" (named for fairly obvious reasons - there's no deep meaning, it's just design for the hell of it). created from scratch, it uses PNGs and a couple of more advanced CSS tricks, so IE6 get some details wrong... and i don't care enough to fix that before releasing the design :) i might get to that in the next few weeks; during the phase where i tinker with the design in nitpicky ways none of you are likely to notice.
Sadly Opera doesn't remember the design choice you make; a flaw in an otherwise excellent css swap method.
I haven't done the archive page yet either... or a neutral favicon... or.....! But that's life.
- Saddam capture: NEWS.com.au | Arab world's mixed emotions (December 16, 2003) / Resentment burns even without tyrant - www.smh.com.au / Annan not in favour of death penalty for Saddam. 16/12/2003. ABC News Online / Police, troops disperse pro-Saddam protests. 16/12/2003. ABC News Online:
Iraqi police have fired into the air to disperse several hundred demonstrators who gathered in Baghdad to protest at the arrest of Saddam Hussein, according to witnesses. 'We want Saddam back,' protesters chanted while marching in a street in the Sunni Muslim neighbourhood of Azamiyah....which should remind use that we just don't understand the Iraqi people as a nation.
- One in 8 billion a pokie maker's odds - www.smh.com.au - I'll stick to the odd Gold Lotto ticket, thanks. That's a one in a few less billion chance ;) Seriously though, this highlights how fucked up pokies really are.
- Hole lot of gimmickry - www.smh.com.au: you can already buy "captured saddam" action figures. I also saw multiple "Santa Saddam" photoshopped images within 24 hours. Sidenote: For anyone not familiar with CafePress, their system is just to add a graphic to their entire potential range; it's not significant, no matter how this article is worded.
- Meanwhile; what's news to us? Well the SMH has a pic of Saddam on the left; and a teaser on the right for this article: What's this? Kidman craves curves - www.smh.com.au. Apparently news about the captured tyrant is of almost equal interest to readers as Nicole Kidman discussing her arse.
- NEWS.com.au | Children trapped at day care centre (December 16, 2003). A pick at a classic piece of bad journalism: this article describes the incident as a "tragedy", which is technically an allowable use of the term; but goes against the usual usage, which is to describe an event involving one or more deaths. Nobody has actually died; so it'd be better to avoid the word. Then they start talking about a driver being killed; but it's an entirely separate incident.
The net allows so many people to post their work; whether it's words, art, photos, music... Some is great, some is crap. A good example (of both :)) is the LJ Photographers' Journal. It's all down to taste, of course... eg. I like this but I'm sure plenty of people would not. I also like this guy's style.
US military officers don't like dogs
Sun-Sentinel: Orders to kill adopted puppy leave Florida soldiers mourning. In short... troops in Iraq adopt stray dog. Army insists this is against the rules. Troops forced to have the dog put down.
I'm fucking stunned, actually. That's absolutely fucking horrible.
waferbaby: the sign project: no swimming in moat...
Goth, or Angry Goth depending on a couple of questions. There was no Jaded Brisigoth With Rivet and Graver Tendencies option. I love the writeup for Mall Goth, though - funny :) Our more accurate local version would be Mansonite/Spookie Kiddie (or Stupid Wankers). Oooh, catty!
- NEWS.com.au | Saddam's interrogation not so smooth (December 15, 2003)
- NEWS.com.au | Police to get new spy powers (December 15, 2003)
- Swastikas slip into MS Office - www.smh.com.au
- Summit adopts plan of action on technology. 15/12/2003. ABC News Online / UN to look at www governance. 15/12/2003. ABC News Online. That second headline should be "UN to look at www governance, maybe, in two years".
saddam hussein captured
- DNA tests confirm Saddam capture: Iraq council head. 14/12/2003. ABC News Online
- NEWS.com.au | Blair confirms Saddam arrest (December 14, 2003)
- Saddam captured alive in Tikrit - www.smh.com.au
I never thought I'd see the day. I thought Saddam would have left the country, had plastic surgery and comfortably lived out his days in some obscure location. But then, I don't imagine that I think the same way as a deposed dictator.
[Happy] - I Like To Watch - 2003.12.12:
It's never a good thing when the thrill of riding in a stretch black limosine for the first time in your life is marred by the fact that the Hilton sisters have been crusing around in the same limosine for the past two weeks, and you have no idea what skanky diseases you've just exposed yourself to.
New Driver Down....
it's hot and noisy
It's hot and noisy... the two surest signs that I'm working from home today. The two building sites across the road have been relatively quiet for the last couple of weeks. Today I'm at home, and voila! they turn up with bobcats (earthmoving gear for the uninitiated). Plus the lovely rain has stopped; letting us know that summer is really here now. No more relief, just heat and humidity.
To make it perfect, I have no car and will have to walk to the shops to get lunch. Yech. Plus, brains trust here left his hat and umbrella in the car; so I'll have to find something in the cupboard to keep a little sun off, lest my pale skin go crispy-fried.
The mechanics better get everything right today. Otherwise deaths may occur. Or at least, pissed last-time-coming-here customer will occur.
- ACCC green lights Eftpos proposal:
BANKS are to stop charging each other Eftpos fees but have yet to decide whether to also axe them for consumers.But seriously folks, would banks really keep that money for themselves?
- One punter claims entire $30m Powerball prize. Bastich! That was mine :)
- Comment: Moral hypocrites all:
...despite the PM's intervention, Abbott's narky jibes at Latham continued into this week, reaching dizzy levels of maturity with his claim that Latham started it.
public service announcement
To anyone who doesn't live in Australia: Australians don't drink Foster's Lager. Ever. It's just the brewing industry's little joke.
Sadly, plenty of people do drink XXXX (pronounced "four-ex", not "X-X-X-X") even though it's shite. In the southern states many drink VB (Victoria Bitter) and Toohey's New in place of XXXX. VB isn't so bad on tap, never had Toohey's New although I am partial to an occasional Toohey's Old (black ale, eat with knife and fork).
If you actually want a *good* Aussie beer; see if you can get hold of any of the following: Hahn Premium (they do an excellent driver's beer, too [that means a light beer]), Carlton Cold (NOT the vodka shot version), Tooheys Extra Dry, J. Boag & Son (they also do an excellent driver's beer), Coopers, Crown Lager. Americans please note: the alcohol content of all these is higher than you realise. Go easy ok? Bud Light is water, so don't base anything on your experience with it.
But we never drink Foster's Lager.
here's one worth bidding for
eBay item 3644508865 (Ends Dec-16-03 08:31:01 PST) - Germaine PARIS HILTON idiot sketch. A little Hilton bashing is always good.
Oh, and this attention on Foamy means there's a new NEUROTICALLY YOURS episode.
- A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks? creek
- What the thing you push around the grocery store? trolley; or more accurately, f***ing trolly which won't go in a straight line.
- A metal container to carry a meal in? lunchbox
- The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in? frying pan
- The piece of furniture that seats three people? couch
- The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof? gutter
- The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening? verandah or deck, depending on the shape
- Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages? soft drinks
- A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup? pancakes
- A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself? roll or sub (but only due to the influence of Subway)
- The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach? boardshorts, or DTs (dick togs)
- Shoes worn for sports? sneakers
- Putting a room in order? cleaning up, or tidying up
- A flying insect that glows in the dark? umm, firefly i guess; not that we have them where i live.
- The little insect that curls up into a ball? no idea what you're on about.
- The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down? see saw.
- How do you eat your pizza? one slice at a time....??
- What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff? garage sale
- What's the evening meal? dinner
- The sucky thing you put in a baby's mouth: dummy
- What a baby wears to poop in: nappy
- The main room the family sits in to relax, watch TV: living room
- The thing you wear in winter made of wool: that'd be my trenchcoat actually. but in context: jumper or pullover.
- A vegetable with purple skin: eggplant
- The stuff that makes a car go: money, ha ha ha. petrol.
- Slashdot | Remail: IBM is Reinventing Email. The comments immediately point out that IBM fucked it up completely in Lotus Notes. Then, Lotus programmers jump in and call everyone else idiots for thinking Notes sucks. ATTENTION DEFENSIVE LOTUS PROGRAMMERS: SHOVE IT UP YOUR ARSE. Yes, with thousands of dollars worth of training; we could all make Lotus sit up, beg, roll over and make us coffee. Without thousands of dollars worth of training, we can do precisely NOTHING. I don't give a flying fuck in hell what YOU can do with Lotus, all I get is the out-of-the-box install. I have to go calm down now.
- Slashdot | Best 35mm SLR Camera for Beginners? Spend more on the lense, less on the body. Get a clear lense filter to protect the lense. Don't be shy to shoot off plenty of film. Overall though; I'd still go for a digital SLR.
the problem with "equality"
Don't mention the hormones, female lawyers told. Problem is, basically everyone is sort-of right. Harrison is trying to tell female lawyers not to act like a separate group; which is a valid approach to equality (in fact, it's a pretty pure form of equality). Meanwhile Batrouney is pushing the Affirmative Action barrow based on statistics about how many female lawyers are in the highest positions within the profession. I don't agree with that approach but I recognise it as having the same ultimate goals.
Problem as I see it is that Affirmative Action got the wrong end of the stick; by focussing on getting jobs filled with whatever minority is being disadvantaged. That's an extremely counter-productive method since it creates a focus on the very differences which shouldn't matter; encourages tokenism; and can lead to the hiring of people who are less skilled than other applicants, but represent a minority. The push should be to get more people within the minority group to train up and apply for the jobs; ensuring there are no blocks at that stage of the process. You can't increase the number of people getting jobs without increasing the number of people applying. By the time you're at the stage of filling a position, it's too bloody late to make a difference; and besides that you have no right to be given preference over another applicant based on factors unrelated to the job (such as race, religion, gender).
Meanwhile, how can you ask to be treated differently and the same.... at the same time? There are so many crossed messages: this article quotes claims that women are inherently better at the job, specifically because they are different. Then it quotes stats saying that women are disadvantaged, because they are different. Then it quotes a call for different treatment, because they're different; then it quotes a claim that women are the only hope for the law, which is a discriminatory statement. So anyone looking for a coherent message can't find one. It just looks like female lawyers want the same argument to prove two different things; which is not going to work amongst lawyers.
At the end of the day I'd rather see issues broken down into generic problems - if a specific group has trouble funding and accessing education; set up methods to help anyone who can't afford or access education. Do not set up a specific method to help a specific minority - that just segregates them. If you approach the problem from a generic standpoint; you can not only solve the problem for one minority, you can solve it for any individual who ever faces that problem. Then you have equality - everyone has an equal chance. You can't achieve equality by giving specific people advantages that others don't have; all you accomplish is ultimately disadvantaging a different group.... who will then need help...
maybe it's his shout?
- NEWS.com.au | Hitman kills the wrong man (December 9, 2003). Unbelievable... it's disturbing that these crims were probably after two guys in their early twenties; yet they opened up on a young girl and a man in his 60s. On a sidenote: again journos describe something a a "drive by" shooting, despite the fact the attackers were not driving at the time. Accuracy? Fuck that.
- US unleashes 'Avalanche' in Afghanistan. 09/12/2003. ABC News Online. Apparently they didn't solve all the problems last time they were there. Who'd-a-thunk-it?
- DIY spikes: police face a new kind of stick-up - www.smh.com.au Well it worked for James Bond... he just had better equipment.
- James Brown appointed to funk up US Government. 09/12/2003. ABC News Online
- Democrats to meet over Bartlett's future. 09/12/2003. ABC News Online. Not that they have a lot of options. Poster boy for anti-alcohol campaigns?
- NEWS.com.au | Entertainment | Ozzy injured in quad bike accident (December 09, 2003). Also mentions a claim that Ozzy was heavily over-prescribed prescription medication, which "explains his behaviour" on The Osbournes - 42 pills a day? No wonder he looks like he's chasing space shuttles...
- BBC NEWS | England | Berkshire | Fish drags angler to death. Fish Win.
- NEWS.com.au | House prices correcting: Costello (December 8, 2003):
THE Treasurer said today house prices were experiencing a 'correction' rather than an outright collapse....because it helps to call it something different.
- Bartlett faces pressure to quit as leader - www.smh.com.au / NEWS.com.au | Stott Despoja and others wait in the wings (December 8, 2003). They should have stuck with Stott Despoja in the first place, IMO. One thing about this whole issue I'm tired of is the media acting like Bartlett got into a brawl - he grabbed her by the arm and verballed her. Totally out of line, yes; but from some of the headlines you'd think he'd clobbered her with a chair and then kicked her head in. Personally I'd like to know why Parliament doesn't have a zero blood alcohol requirement; and why nobody has questioned why a drunk person was allowed into the room in the first place. I'd like the people running the country to be fucking sober while they do it.
- Feel it's time to start a family? Go for broke - www.smh.com.au:
... Amanda Vanstone thinks Australia's birthrate is falling because today's parents are too materialistic. ... How quickly she forgets. Only last year, when she still had ministerial responsibility for women and for families, she argued that government failure to give adequate financial support to women having babies was at least partly to blame....how about this: maybe people just don't want screaming shit machines in their lives? But anyway, this is a good example of keeping track of what politicians say from year to year. If voters actually kept track, politics would be a very different game. But no, we have memories like the proverbial goldfish.
- Semi-automatic stinkers - www.smh.com.au. Pepe la Pew... He fights crime!
it had to happen eventually
Yahoo! Top Stories - Bogus Dictionary Lands Tourists In Trouble!:
A practical joker has stirred up trouble by publishing a Japanese-to-English phrase book with incorrect definitions for every phrase!
Note the tiny Weekly World News icon at top right.
LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD!?. Check out the other options down the bottom as well.
- New Microsoft goal is a computer in every car - www.smh.com.au - think about this for a moment: what if your car broke down as often as your PC crashed? Microsoft should get their computer operating systems right before they try for cars.
- University fees could rise by 25pc: Nelson. 05/12/2003. ABC News Online:
Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson says under changes passed through Parliament last night university fees could rise by up to 25 per cent, but that will not stop people on low incomes from attending.Maybe the full quote was more like "The increase won't stop people on low incomes, they couldn't afford it anyway so what difference does an extra 25% make?"
- Microsoft to charge for FAT file system, ClearType - smh.com.au Patents making the world better.
- Passage of anti-spam laws proving problematic - smh.com.au
- NEWS.com.au | Latham enemies get personal (December 5, 2003) / NEWS.com.au | Beware glass houses (December 5, 2003) (Tony Abbott throwing stones at Mark Latham). The Liberals must be scared of Latham; if they weren't, they'd have just ignored him. On this topic though... I really don't see why Latham's bitter ex-wife has suddenly been given front-page billing. Has anyone verified anything she has said? Is every other pollies' ex-partner going to be interviewed? There must be plenty of ex-husbands and -wives to go with all the politicians; let's give all of them the opportunity to have a bitch about their failed marriage on national television. Because it's just so fucking interesting.
music downloading heading for australia
Australian IT - Music download battle looms (Chris Jenkins, DECEMBER 02, 2003). Copyright laws here aren't ready for this either. You can't legally make mp3s; but now you will be able to download them....? Well, actually they're going to use WMF just to make sure they're not useful.
- Air traffic system defended after near miss. 04/12/2003. ABC News Online. You may recall that the new rules were criticised from the beginning. Private and commercial airspace used to be separated for a good reason.
- Aust population hits 20 million. 04/12/2003. ABC News Online
- Australian IT - Parliament farewells Alston (Sharon Labi, DECEMBER 04, 2003). Looks like everyone thinks he's an arsehole. You can just see the fixed grins as people try to make jokes out of things that made them want to smash his stupid face in.
carl cox is coming to brisvegas
merry friggin christmas
Wrap Hell: The World's Craziest Gift Wrap! Wrapping paper by those disturbed little munchkins at Tshirt Hell :)
xbox survives appropriate treatment
Xbox deflects real bullets. Microsoft thrilled to have finally released a bulletproof product.
- Technology News: Public Libraries Use Internet to Sell Old Books, Help Budgets. Librarians once again proving they are actually geeks hiding behind books.
- AskTog: Security D'ohLTs -
Only a D'ohLT would come up with a security scheme that is so overly complex that it's guaranteed people will write down their passwords. And yet, this kind of D'ohLTishness is par for the course ... Actual security is the goal.
Just checked out the Toyota Prius03 website.... to my surprise, it really seems to be getting there; even the price is dropping. Still can't quite afford it yet; but it's getting closer - close enough to be at the back of my mind for a future car. One thing which will come out in time is how much it costs to run/service one of these. It might be cheap on the fuel; but how much will maintenance cost?
Still, it's encouraging.
- Jangle bells makes them crazy - www.smh.com.au. Christmas music in stores is psychological warfare on all of us, but the staff worst of all. I am so fucking sick of Christmas music it's not funny - I do NOT need Jingle Bell Rock blaring at me while I'm trying to buy stuff. It does not lend a festive atmosphere to the place, it just makes me want to kill someone. I can't imagine trying to cope with it all day every day for weeks.
- NEWS.com.au | Spam bill passed (December 2, 2003), without the amendments that might have made it useful.
- NEWS.com.au | Nelson close to Senate uni deal (December 3, 2003)
- Whisper 'em, cowboy - www.smh.com.au. Horse whispering as a management training tool. Fad me up, baby.
yet more fonts
NEWS.com.au | It's Latham to take on Howard (December 2, 2003). Here's me thinking Labor would go with the relatively "safe" option; meaning the one more voters could actually name without prompting.
NEWS.com.au | Single life a happy one (December 2, 2003). Note that "single" is poorly defined for this article; it wavers between meaning "not married" and "living alone".
NEWS.com.au | Chastity best AIDS protection: Vatican (December 2, 2003). Phew, they've really got their finger on the pulse there. I can't say that I've seen a more practical proposal; I mean, how could this possibly fail? :-]
In the name of justice - www.smh.com.au:
A man is accused of rape. Even if he is innocent, his reputation is forever smeared. Bettina Arndt examines whether either party should be named in sexual assault cases.
If this guy ever attempts Flight of the Bumblebee, he'll end up in traction. Hugi - Háhraði.
yay for local* press
FIEND Magazine : The Website. Sweet logo and textures; makes sense when you notice the site's by Roshiweb. Although I'm surprised at the classic forget to set your white background blunder (my windows background is grey - you'd be amazed how many websites forget to explicitly set white backgrounds).
* local meaning australian. it's a melbourne-based publication.
fun, and educational too!
- Slashdot | Technology In Primary Education, Boon Or Bane? Bane, IMHO. Keep the computers for later, in High School.
- Slashdot | Novell's Certified Linux Engineer. Linux takes another baby step forward - a real certification by a known company.
- Beazley's deal: I'll lead now, your turn later - www.smh.com.au / NEWS.com.au | Beazley repels Generation Next (December 1, 2003) (the journo should be shot for that stupid headline). Good to see some good old-fashioned infighting in a party other than the Democrats. It occurred to me the other day that Beazly was very clever with his words during that bullshit "leadership challenge" a while back. He only said he wouldn't challenge the leader. He didn't say he wouldn't stand for the leadership should the current leader get tossed out. Technically he didn't lie. You do all remember that he said he wouldn't challenge again, right? You'll remember his statement that he'll resign if he doesn't win the next election? Of course you will. We have such great memories when we go to vote...
- University funding tug-of-war continues. 01/12/2003. ABC News Online
- NEWS.com.au | Nigeria fights online fraudsters (November 28, 2003). Next up: Americans urged to eat more fibre and stop worrying about the size of their dicks; in a bid to reduce other SPAM (what's with all the "clean colon" spam lately?).
- Injecting room is damaging us: PM - www.smh.com.au -
The director of St Vincent's Drug and Alcohol Service, Dr Alex Wodak, said: 'This is a hollow threat and says more about political positioning before a federal election than it does about policy.'
- Superstitious thief returns stolen Thai temple glass. 30/11/2003. ABC News Online
- FOX SPORTS | Motor Sports | Feud boils over as warriors collide (December 1, 2003). Pretty intense. Both were being incredibly stupid, good to see both of them penalised. Although I still can't believe Ingall swerved towards Skaife though - that's stupid beyond belief, even edging out the stupidity of Skaife staying on the track.