Today’s horoscope

All my attempts to abdicate responsibility for life direction have failed today; I may be forced to to make my own decisions.

Don’t think

I find myself constantly infuriated by, but unable to stop reading, the Herald’s Sam and the City blog . . . to the extent that I’ve had email wars with Sam after she refused to publish one of my more outraged replies. In today’s post, Sam quotes Doing it Down Under by Juliet Richters and…

Nanny state

The nanny state is alive and sticking the boot into those hard-working, misunderstood folk in the advertising industry. The Sun Herald tells glowingly how the Advertising Standards Bureau received a record number of complaints about ads last month because ordinary, decent Aussie types are sick of all the dross they see on TV and aren’t…

Evil twin

This guy I know, Dan, wrote an article where he used the power of the worldwide interweb to track down people who have the same name as him. Ugh, so ten years ago. Or at least that’s when I discovered my doppelgänger, a bloke who lived in Cleveland (and now San Francisco) and writes software…

Transcendental, man

Had a total Koyaanisqatsi moment this evening on the way home waiting to cross King St from the station and watching a 747 bumble towards the runway passing the dark grey clouds seared red along the underside by the setting sun. It didn’t hurt that I was actually listening to the Naqoyqatsi soundtrack at the…

Cheaper porn

Look, I know I’ve previously painted the Nationals as whingeing, handouts-addicted communist dinosaurs. But to be not entirely unfair, people in the country are among the most vulnerable when it comes to Corporate Greed vs The Little Guy. And the main point of regulation is a mechanism to balance when the free market doesn’t deliver…

Ripped off

Have been too busy lately living life to write about it (cliché time) but a thought occured to me. I finally realised why I hate online dating websites. They are exactly life self-help books. They make money by preying on your insecurities. You are wonderful, of course: look at all these hobbies you have and…