RIP Tom Clancy

Was saddened to read yesterday that author Tom Clancy passed away, aged 66, after a “brief illness”. Guess it must have been sudden, as he had a new novel at the end of the year, and a new Jack Ryan movie directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine (a “reboot”, I guess). His passing ...

Remembering this date

Just like everyone else in the world, it seems fitting to put at least something brief down about the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. A lot of conflicting emotions, I must say. It was a terrible event, that goes without saying, but I think straight away the reaction to the event (and the ...

More history in pictures

The gang’s all here… Obama and top advisors watch the special ops raid as it happens: The numbering is a list of everyone involved, with the details at The Atlantic. Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like Loading...

While it’s still live at the FBI

Couldn’t help but take a screenshot of this one: It’s a bit squeezed, but you get the idea. An historical record this one, and given the nature of the 10 most wanted list, Bin Laden will be off there and replaced with a new villain soon enough. Very interesting times… (Of interest, the other villain ...

Halloweenies…

Halloweenies...
For many years now, we’ve always made ourselves slightly prepared for Halloween, not that keeping some chocolate in the fridge is hard for us or anything… but we’ve kept it in mind. And every year previously, we’ve just eaten it ourselves a week later, none the wiser. Until this year. Must be the neighbourhood, but ...

Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize…

Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize...
… and Glen Beck’s head explodes. (While Rush Limbaugh fat gut explodes). It was surprising news today… great news, but still surprising. There’s been some headshaking from all sides, but pleasant congratulations from anyone sane enough not to be a jerk (that includes John McCain, oddly enough)… but a lot of talk all the same. ...

Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Well this one has just blown up today… first heard just after I got up, then watched a lot of morning television while at the hospital with Sallie and Lachlan… It’s one of those stories that is surprising yet somehow not that surprising. Jacko was increasingly odd in recent years and he reportedly had a ...

New Simpsons opening titles

For the first time in 20 years, The Simpsons has created an all-new opening title sequence, largely to coincide with their move to HD and widescreen format. It’s largely the same setup as the old title sequence, but with heaps of new embellishments and additions. Some good laughs, all embedded on YouTube: Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike this:Like ...

The end of The Shield 1

Just watched the last episode of The Shield… spoilers follow: Damn… pretty hardcore, yet real. A lot of big moments, but it stayed in the right realm of reality for the show. VicĀ  sort of does get away with it, and yet his life is destroyed. His family hates him and is gone, his team ...

American Martians

The joke used to be that Americans lived on a different planet to the rest of the world — and it was exacerbated by their election of George W Bush to two terms. But finally, with the result yesterday, it’s a resounding reminder that most Americans aren’t that different from the rest of us. But ...
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