Underbelly: Now Channel Nine could be in a bit of trouble 1

I’ve already blogged before about Nine’s legal troubles with screening Underbelly in Victoria, and the ridiculousness of a suppression order on one state in the Internet age. We all knew that copies would be on BitTorrent as soon as they were aired in other states (in numbers I’ve never seen before for an Aussie show, ...

Quote of the night from Oscar land …

This – the fact that we’re standing here tonight, the fact that we’re able to hold this – it’s just to prove, no matter how far out your dreams are, it’s possible. And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up. — Marketa Irglova, star and songwriter, “Falling Slowly”, ...

And the Oscars went to …

Largely what I expected, funnily enough. The Oscars are done for another year, and again I was an avid watcher, even though they didn’t finish on our telecast until midnight local time. But they always go quickly for me, and I’ve always been a sucker for a good awards ceremony, so I lap it all ...

Review: Ratatouille or Cooking is fun for everyone

Finally watching Ratatouille tonight, probably the last chance I had to watch anything up for Oscars before Monday. And it was as good as I expected, sometimes better, but really a unique film. I think that one of the most amazing things about Pixar overall is the way they’re able to make every single movie ...

Sleepy time

It’s an odd situation when both parents in a house want to go to be, and the three-year-old doesn’t … This is what happens when Will puts himself to bed at 5pm, then wakes up at 10pm when his brother is ill. You get two grumpy kids, one sick, one tired … But Will cheers ...

A day of frustration, with fun links …

A day that started off OK, then ended up feeling really frustrating, at least in a professional sense. Some amusement in the morning that at least gave me the illusion of being involved, but then an afternoon that dragged on and on with no end in sight. It usually ends eventually of course, but then ...

Even Mensa thinks some TV is smart

That’s hardly an unheard of accusation in these parts, as I’m big on smart TV and always have been. But I read today about a list from international genius group Mensa, that lists their smartest TV shows (of all time presumably). As an aside, I can’t believe I didn’t read about this list online first, ...

It’s a political stunt, but a damn clever one

Nice move from the Labor government today — a stunt, but a damn good one — that shows both their humility and desire to change, while highlighting the power-mad idiocy of the previous government: I have too much power: Immigration Minister Immigration Minister Chris Evans has ordered a review of his role, saying he feels ...

Morning is for the logical, night-time the creative

Been going through freelance journalist Clive Thompson’s blog today — he’s a regular writer for Wired and New York magazine, two excellent publications. A couple of months ago, he wrote about a study that identifies morning people as logical, and night-owls as creative. I can’t say I disagree 🙂 I like to think of myself ...

What I said about dumb Americans …

… can of course easily be applied to, well, everyone basically. I found this Gallup poll (via Scalzi) that shows various response numbers to several different scientific and general knowledge questions. The fact that one subheading says “Four out of Five Americans Know Earth Revolves Around Sun” is actually a funny way of glossing over ...
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