What’s wrong with the status quo?

“We want to constantly challenge the status quo.” – Corporate branding statement for investment management company “While we’re at it, there are systems for a reason in this world. Economic stability, interest rates, growth. It’s not all a conspiracy to keep you in little boxes. Alright? It’s only the miracle of consumer capitalism that means…

Off your trolley

Another week in John Howard’s Australia, another poor-and-vulnerable-screwed-over-by-Work-Choices story. It is great, of course, that the media brings these stories to our attention, but one worries that bad publicity seems to be the only way any kind of justice is served. And one wonders what will happen when these cases become so commonplace the media…

Weighty matters

“A fat guy is like a Vespa – a great ride, but don’t let your friends see you.” – Horrible woman “Oh won’t you take me home tonight? Oh down beside your red firelight, Oh and you give it all you got Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round” – A bunch…

Unoriginal thought

I was going to make some witty remarks about how Nathan Barley must be working at Wolff Olins, the company that designed the London 2012 Olympics logo, but plenty of people beat me to it.

Faster porn for farmers

It’s a few months before the next federal election and suddenly everyone’s interested in broadband. Today the government announced a policy, of sorts, which may or may not amount to giving Telstra the ability to charge competitors whatever it wants to access the network, once built. Telstra’s plan only provides access in five capital cities,…

Inner-city dilemmas

Having wasted a month interviewing countless freaks, weirdos, persons of dubious financial solvency, persons of dubious hygiene and the occasional very nice person (who, inevitably, would turn the place down), I resolved last week to give up on finding a flatmate for my beloved Newtown terrace and to get a place on my own where…