Shopping on teh interwebz

Was on the hunt yesterday evening for some geeky bits to upgrade my home-made blogpod when I came across one online retailer that had a good price. Went through their ordering rigmarole, but they didn’t take a credit card number and they said they’d contact me. Two hours later, they emailed me asking me to…

Newsflash: journalist found to be self important

Having been a journalist in the past, I think I’m fairly qualified to comment on how far up their own arses many journalists’ heads are. And the answer to that is, very, very far. Today’s shocking story begins when Wired journalist Fred Vogelstein was in the process of writing a fairly long-winded and detail-heavy story…

Blogs are dead

This is not, as you might think, because people are beginning to realise that the so-called democratisation of the Internet means the voices of professionals and experts are drowned out by a dictatorship of idiots or because “99% of the ‘blogosphere’ is rubbish created by idiots” but because pea-brained, crotch-flashing celebrities lack the self-discipline to…

Everyone’s a Little Bit Jewish

At a recent(ish) Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS concert, the casts of Avenue Q and Fiddler on the Roof got together in a fine example of the “replace regular words with Jewish words for humorous effect” school of comedy. ‘You live on Avenue Q’ becomes ‘You shlep/kvetch on Avenue Jew’. Hilarious!

The drought of Howard

Apologies for getting all biblical, but a stint visiting Ma and Pa Vealmince tends to put me in this frame of mind. The elder Vealminces, ordinarily the most liberal, egalitarian folk, have of late turned to the right on issues of national security and hold some fairly un-PC views about Muslims. As a result they…

I’d like my $20 billion back

The inefficiency, duplication and buck-passing of having federal and state governments in Australia cost $9 billion a year, according to a conservative estimate by the Business Council of Australia, which is really more like $20 billion a year according to a less conservative George Williams. That’s 9% of government spending and 3% of GDP. That’s…

The big 5,000

Some time this morning, the hit counter ticked over the 5,000 mark. Especially since it has been more than a year since I switched over to WordPress, this is a remarkably small and unimpressive number of page views of which to be proud. An average of 12.6 a day. But I am proud anyway. What…

Shannon Noll and Natalie Bassingthwaighte must die

I was forced listen to this on the radio while in the queue at the supermarket. Imagine the hubris, the chutzpah of two Australian nobodies trying to cover a Peter Gabriel-Kate Bush duet. Then imagine just how badly they murdered it, like the talentless, clueless Z-listers they are. Then imagine them dying slowly and painfully…

Pot calling the kettle a science fraud

Erin Brockovich – the real one, not Julia Roberts – is in town at the invitation of the Climate Change Coalition to raise the profile of said party ahead of its run for the NSW upper house in the upcoming election. But wait . . . isn’t there a party called, I dunno, The Greens…

It’s off to work I go (more than five minutes late)

The SMH reports Sydney buses are “slow, unpredictable and far less reliable than official figures claim”, touting the story on its website front page with the headline “bus shock”. I don’t think anyone who catches buses regularly would be in the least bit shocked. Still, you have to wonder about the Herald’s methodology – sitting…

The community strikes back

As if the Jewish community’s internal politics weren’t already confusing enough. Earlier in the week, a group calling themselves Independent Australian Jewish Voices, styled on the UK’s Independent Jewish Voices group, issued a declaration and petition arguing that dissenting Jewish voices about Israel should not be stifled by community bodies. We feel there is an…

No shit sherlock news #2

Jewish people who don’t toe the line get called names by Colin Rubinstein, but the first person to mention Hitler or the Nazis always loses the argument. Sam Brett plugs a whole bunch of other people’s books to discover the shocking truth that women like foreplay, but remains oblivious to the fact that her readers…

Talking tough

I was perhaps unfair to Assistant Health Minister Christopher Pyne when I called him “prissy”, “mincing” and making Alexander Downer look masculine. Christopher Pyne is tough. Rambo tough. Observe how he resolutely sticks to the government’s ridiculous tough-on-drugs ‘policy’ and war-on-drugs rhetoric despite masses of evidence – even from a conservative-stacked parliamentary committee – that…

The true meaning of education

Last night’s 7.30 Report “debate” between fed government and opposition education spokesrobots, Julie Bishop and Stephen Smith respectively, was remarkably civil. Most likely because the opposition has decided to agree with just about everything the government says, while complaining it isn’t spending enough – without detailing how much extra the opposition would spend, on what…