Voices on trains

Haven’t been listening to music to and from work recently — really have to rectify that by sorting out my mp3 player situation — but instead I’ve been reading a lot, and sometimes ending up listening to other people. Eavesdropping, I know … but sometimes it’s just impossible to avoid. So I’m reading Scott Westerfeld’s ...

When doing your own thing ceases to be your own thing

This is about World Youth Day, something that as a Sydneysider has been hard to ignore recently. I’ll say up front that I’m not religious and certainly not Catholic, but I have nothing against them even though it’s not my thing — I’m certainly no Dawkins/Hitchens-style militant atheist, that’s for sure. My theory has been ...

Carousel jumping book choices

Am quite tired right now … it’s that usual thing about getting to the last weeknight and really starting to feel it. It’s quite usual for Thursday nigt but it doesn’t last. Picked up some new books today. Finally got myself one of Scott Westerfeld’s YA books — been curious as to how they read, ...

Small boys can finally jump

Had lunch at the parents today … a family affair, we’ve done it many times before. No Wests game to watch actually made it easier, of course 🙂 But it was just so much fun! Not that it isn’t a good time of course, but Will and Alex just enjoyed themselves so much. Alex gets ...

Well there goes State of Origin again

Another year, and oddly enough, another loss for New South Wales in the State of Origin series. We go down 2-1 again. We lose because of bad selections, again. No brilliance in the halves again. Anasta and Pearce weren’t bad per se, but they were average, and it became clear in the last 15 minutes ...

We’re all nuts

It’s funny to see that David E Kelley has clearly just had enough of the state of his nation right now — every week on Boston Legal it’s more of Alan Shore (James Spader) trying to convince some judge on what’s wrong with America. And he’s always right, and it’s just getting more and more ...

The power of the niche

Read a couple of things today that seemed entirely unrelated at first, but then it all came together in a magnificent way. Locally, ABC chief Kim Dalton says that we should be regulating Internet content like we do TV content. Thought he was talking about censorship at first, which is both dumb and unenforceable online, ...

The workplace of the future

Talking Points Memo is a political blog/commentary/news site from the US that I’ve read for years now, and it’s top notch. It’s leftish, but a real reportage site, better than most mainstream news, and really fair. It was started by one guy, but now has 9 or 10 staff in a few locations. They have ...

Finding a pub that costs you nothing

As a very last minute activity, I met Wayne (the brother) and a couple of his mates to watch the football tonight. I wasn’t planning on doing anything, mostly because I have almost no money to my name until Tuesday night. But Wayne called up and asked if I wanted to watch Wests play the ...

Sundays …

For some reason we didn’t go to bed until 3am this morning … Sallie’s been on a real productivity bender with her new Pressure Canner, though I have a feeling it’s not quite as easy as she’d hoped it would be. Maybe it’s just first time issues, I think. I could have gone to bed, ...
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