Best of 2008

I actually reviewed a lot of things here this year. Some of my best: Best music: The Hold Steady, Stay Positive. Reviews Best movie: Wall-E. Review Best US TV: Burn Notice. Review. Best local: Underbelly. The guide Best news: Obama wins. Posts Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...

And as the year draws down…

Here I sit, at our family place in Nelson Bay, thankfully feeling better (but hardly perfect), and planning our night’s activities, and thinking about the year that was. Only about five hours left in the year, and it’s certainly been a varied one. Really don’t go for all that “year that was” stuff, so there’s ...

Yes, drive-ins still exist

Went out to some local second-hand markets this morning, a first in our new local area. Nothing unusual about that, since we go to markets a lot. But these were a little different, as they’re held on Sunday morning at the Blacktown Twin Drive-in. And… One, I didn’t know they existed still, and two, I’m ...

Thank you Stanislav

Twenty-five years ago, something nearly happened that, if it didn’t kill us all, would have seriously ruined, well, everything. Thank you Stanislav Petrov for defying yourr apparent standard orders, for using common sense, and for knowing better. What kind of a world would we have had without this man, and others like him? Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike ...

9/11 won’t ever stop being a date

Seventh anniversary of the event, and while I don’t think we ever want to forget it, it’s still clear that some people really have to start remembering it in different ways. Yes, I’m looking at the Republicans who peppered their convention with 9/11 imagery, in an apparent attempt to show how tough they still are. ...

A quickly noticed blog record

Coming into this too late as usual, but on my Dashboard screen in WordPress, I believe I just worked out that this is my 200th post this year, which amounts to almost a doubling of the size of my overall blog this year alone 🙂 Hooray for progress! When this year started, I wanted to ...

Was 1993 this important?

My first thought about 1993 was that it was my first year after high school, but I don’t remember it being this influential … in fact, 1994, being my first year of exposure to the Internet (or probably more 1995), seems far more important to me. But Wired, in a further effort to play up ...

Moving this blog to WordPress — go there for the new stuff

I am somewhere in the process of moing this blog to WordPress on its own server — now properly and accurately at stephen-turner.net. But there seems to be no end of problems to the import/export process, to the point that I don’t even know if it will happen properly.So I suspect I might just start ...

Happy perspectives

Went to my Mum’s 60th birthday party tonight. Nice restaurant by the harbour, good food, drink and company. I knew most of the people there, though it had been anything from a few to many years since I’d seen most of them. It was a good night, catching up with people, talking about family and ...

An 18-year-old today …

Charles Stross had an interesting post today that related to a long studied uni project that looks at the life experience of the new freshman class each year. It’s a very American study, so he took it further and thought about the British experience from his point of view and the view of British youth. ...
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