Better watch out . . .

Because school bullying, emo music and the interwebz turn kids into mass murderers and suicides. After having ridden the outrage they built up and stoked, detail by gory detail, for as long as they could, giving self-promoting pop psychologists and shameless politicians alike their chance to say something insensitive and inappropriate, sensible media types are…

Taste with your earlobe

Sorry for the dad joke, but I heard that awful song Listen with Your Heart on the radio in a cab yesterday and it occurred to me that technically speaking, you can’t listen with your heart any more than you can: Taste with your earlobe Do a poo with your elbow Produce bile with your…

Newsflash: guns kill people

I doubt anything I say here hasn’t been said before, but I’m always completely mystified when people who otherwise seem at least vaguely competent at rational thought repeat the NRA slogan – now all together kids, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” – as if they actually believe it. Because it is obvious to…

Second Lifers: mass murderers in the making?

Having avoided it for as long as humanly possible without going into total media boycott, I finally watched the infamous Cho Seung-Hui videos on Lateline tonight. Those videos that NBC News in the US received in the post and “handled it with dignity”, according to Virginia Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty. (Yeah, all the dignity of…

Newsflash: George W Bush is stupid and US democracy is broken

Australian Martin Bryant still holds the record for the world’s worst gun rampage, when he killed 35 people at Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996. A dubious honour, to be sure. Prior to this, Australia had a fairly strong going-postal tradition: Milperra in 1984, Hoddle Street and Queen Street in 1987, Strathfield in 1991 and the…

Why Microsoft loves open source

The open source movement has been a godsend for Microsoft and the other commercial software developers. It allows them to say, “Maybe our software is shit, but LOOK AT THE ALTERNATIVES!” Open source software is, with a few well-known exceptions, not as good as commercial software. Linux has been around for 15 years, you’d think…

PM should shut the fuck up

Even Singaporean former head honcho Lee Kuan Yew, as he accepts his honorary doctorate in Fascist Cronyism, or something, from the Australian National University, says John Howard is out of touch and risks becoming irrelevant. And he’s got a freaking point. What the fuck is Johnny doing supporting Alan Jones after the Australian Communications and…

Bitter misogynist fuckwits are the problem

The downsides and limits of all this Web 2.0 free speech blogarama have been brought into sharp focus by the perils of prominent blogger Kathy Sierra (not for the squeamish) who has gone into hiding after having received death threats on her blog and others. Violent, ugly, woman-hating threats like “fuck off you boring slut……