This tells you a lot

When Obama mentioned John McCain during the victory speech, there was quiet applause. When McCain mentioned Obama in his speech, there was boos. McCain’s speech was pretty gracious in defeat, and was far better than his supporters deserved. Maybe McCain will start to show again exactly why more people thought well of him a few ...

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 ...

Easy route to frustration

Having a good Saturday, still cleaning up and unpacking, playing with the kids, enjoying the nice weekend weather, and I figure that in the night, I’ll watch some more Daily Shows and maybe The Shield. I’ve got this great new system where I can burn files straight to DVD with no conversion and play them ...

Politics, race and nutjobs in America

Republicans are really, really, sore losers. And they haven’t even lost yet. They’re already displaying a bitter, vindictive, paranoid, fantasyland anger that is quite creepy, though not that surprising. In recognising they’re likely about to lose, many Republicans have already decided on all the reasons to spout, every one of which can be conveiently blamed ...

Grrrrrrr…..

Spent most of the late night at home going through hair-brained questions passed on to me that originate from someone thoroughly repellant related to work. They were answered, and spoke clearly to my immense frustrations at aspects of the place, but it doesn’t leave me with much hope for it really. I mean, if this ...

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. ...

Things best left unsaid

I was going to write a reasonably lengthy reply to a thread on John Scalzi’s site about the Republicans and their new “rock star”, but I gave up in the end. Too rambling, too all over the place (part of the problem with writing it after midnight), and probably too pointless pissed off as well. ...

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 ...

When doing your own thing ceases to be your own thing

This is about World Youth Day, something that as a Sydneysider has been hard to ignore recently. I’ll say up front that I’m not religious and certainly not Catholic, but I have nothing against them even though it’s not my thing — I’m certainly no Dawkins/Hitchens-style militant atheist, that’s for sure. My theory has been ...

Why is it that flatpack furniture drives you nuts?

Bought Sallie a large pantry cupboard for all the preserving today (she paid but I went and got it!) And as I put it together as well, I was able to see first hand just how typically screwy the instructions usually are. This was locally made, so no Engrish or anything as an excuse, but ...
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