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 ...

Six-word biography

There’s a bit of a “web meme” thing going around right now where writers famous and anonymous are writing six-word biographies that sum up their lives to date. Sounds fun, I can be in this too … wouldn’t promise this as a lasting example, but here’s my thought on it at 2am on a Sunday ...

Review: Juno — or Life doesn’t always fall to pieces when …

Saw Juno tonight, and as good as I’d heard it be to. Cute, funny, sweet and endearingly entertaining. Top notch cast, especially Ellen Page and JK Simmons. Excellecntly written and very likely to win an Oscar for that soon. With the little bit of moral outrage I’ve heard about for this movie, I was glad ...

TV: Life on Mars

… was the best new drama last year, and to my great surprise, ABC has put on the second season already. A good start, with Sam Tyler (John Simm) seemingly in a very bad way, and almost off the deep end, but recovering very nicely. Keeps the same great things about the first season, but ...

I’m sorry too

Just in case it looks like I’m only thinking of today as the premiere of Underbelly, I really need to mention the National Apology speech by PM Rudd this morning. I didn’t catch all of it at the time (it was on as I was still commuting to work), but I saw the crowds in ...

Underbelly: Ridiculous media suppression 1

So everyone now knows that Underbelly has been banned from airing in Victoria, and banned from the Internet altogether. But the reasoning behind this and the ridiculousness of it all in the modern media age is what I want to mention here. Basically, the judge’s thinking goes: We have a murder trial coming up, the ...

Underbelly: Reality vs fiction: your guide to the characters 30

Underbelly: Reality vs fiction: your guide to the characters
[Added May 8, 2009: What did I think of the new Underbelly series?] Underbelly, the Nine Network’s new multi-million dollar series debuting on February 13 at 8.30pm, is a dramatisation of the real life Melbourne crime wars of the 1990s and early 2000s. Blending the documented journalistic account from John Silvester and Andrew Rule’s series ...

Underbelly: Bad luck if you’re in Victoria … or …

News in today that a Supreme Court judge has banned Underbelly from being shown on Victoria television. Sucks if you’re in Victoria, so being in Sydney, this isn’t a problem for me. But it’s an exact replica of the Blue Murder situation from 1995, where ongoing trials stopped the show from being aired in NSW ...

Damn Google … or Optus … or something …

It is so incredibly annoying when things don’t work properly. Especially when you don’t even know what it is that’s stopped working. Since at least yesterday morning, my blog posts have gone a bit weird. Can’t get any images to upload properly (missing my wonderful image of the Deschanel sisters from the previous post!), and ...

Making things …

Been working on many creative things — everything but my writing it would seem. Finished one woodworking project, with another two that can be done quite soon. Pics of those when I can. The RPM project is proceeding — haven’t recorded much, but since I”m actually working out how to use Ardour, that’s a triumph ...
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