Angry Republicans on the loose

It appears at the moment that the Internet is awash with hordes of angry Republicans, desperately commenting and baiting and ranting on every blog comment thread on every conceivable site they can find. Whether US sites, British, Australian, whatever, no site is immune, especially mainstream news sites. The hatred and bile from them is extraordinary ...

Memo to Telstra, Optus, govt, whoever…

Will you all please get a move on and improve connection speeds and general Internet quality in this country? Because if Will’s reaction at the moment is anything to go by, if we don’t improve things soon he’ll be ballistic if he has to wait for a Flash movie still by age eight! At the ...

The geekiest thing I’ve seen in ages — but funny!

With the Large Hadron Collider opening up at CERN in Switzerland this week, and the attendant media idiocy over whether this will mean “the end of the world” (or just their juvenile need to play-up that joke), it’s instead really refreshing to see this kind of “PR”. A science writer who works at the centre, ...

Highs and lows

Highs: The first part of Joss Whedon’s “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” is streaming live now (though slightly poorly from Australia…) Funny stuff, clever tunes and that clear Whedon polish from something so seemingly “small”. Lows: Of all the things that Emusic could have gone and posted “We’re sorry. This album is unavailable for download in ...

So many downloads … I mean shows

Watched 30 Rock for the first time in weeks tonight. Damn it’s funny. Funnier than most supposed sitcoms in primetime. Naturally, Seven puts it on at 11.30pm, a time I just haven’t been watching for. Of course, since I downloaded the first season ages ago, I should know this by now, but haven’t been able ...

Blog additions

It’s nice to see that the del.icio.us import function that I tried to use ages ago (when I was with blogger.com), that never ever worked for me there, has now worked very easy under WordPress (no surprises there really). It gives me another stream of data to bring into my blog, since what I’ve been ...

Being popularly hated

I’ve sort of known this for a while, but part of building yourself (or your writing, music, whatever) as a popular brand and successful business, not only involves building an audience that likes you work, but also an audience that hates you. I certainly wouldn’t say that you should go out of your way to ...

Joss Whedon brings his Dr Horrible to life

After a warning to the world several months ago that I mentioned here, Joss Whedon has put out the first preview for his comic book, sci-fi, comedy bizarro musical short film “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”. What started as a joke of a good time during the writer’s strike is now a very real and very ...

The Saturday that felt like a Sunday

Real quiet one today, nice and slow, not doing a lot except some cleaning at home and watching some movies. Watched most of Cars again with Will and Alex … felt very cute and cozy in a family way, and Cars is very watchable even on multiple repeats. Been reading up on some Cars stuff ...

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, ...
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