Wednesday, January 08, 2014

i had to share this email i received from my "sister in the lord"

This is just so tempting, in the name of the LORD.

I'm an atheist and a sceptic, and certainly NOT a child of God, whoever she may be.

Dear Child of God
Calvary Greetings in the name of the LORD.
Please don’t be surprise by receiving my message, i am currently sending you this mail from my sick bed in the hospital despite my critical condition now But don't worry, All i hope is that you will not betray this trust and confident that I am about to repose on you. I have to thank God this moment for his direction as regards this mission,

Monday, December 30, 2013

Countdown to the next Australian Federal Election: 2016

The first date that a normal House and half-Senate election can be held in Australia is 6 August 2016.

The last date on which the next election can be held is 14 January 2017.

So assuming the election is held and it takes a while to finalise, I estimate that Tony Abbott's last day as PM will be 31st December 2016.

I have added a widget to this blog to count down to this date, just to keep it in the front of our minds that all tings must pass.

We might live in a global economy, but why are there so many local?

I’ve often read about new product launches with great excitement, then been disappointed when the local release date is ages away.

We’ve always had this issue with music and books in Australia, and more recently we've had the issue with technology. Many electronic items take a long time to hit our shores when they have been commonplace in Asian, European and North American markets for months.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Australians and asylum seekers: not in my backyard

Tony Abbott managed to get a great deal of mileage out of the asylum seeker debate during the 2013 election campaign and during his time in opposition.

I often wondered if his nasty inhuman stance was just him being contrary, in order to differentiate himself from the Gillard/Rudd government and attract the heartless Australian heartlanders.

Well, I no longer need to wonder.

I don't have anything in particular against Clive Palmer, but.......

Is there really a constituency in Australia, or even the world who would find Clive Palmer representative of their social political concerns and issues?

The only way he will win Fairfax is through an expensive process of challenges powered by a top notch legal team most people would never be able to access.

I'm reminded of the gun toting scumbag Gorge Zimmerman who murdered a young Trayvon Martin in cold blood. Palmer is nothing like Zimmerman obviously but the legal scenario smells the same. Money wins! Zimmerman was backed by the NRA because he exercised his ridiculous right to carry a gun.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

David Rowe (of the AFR) really captures Abbott's new cabinet...

It's kind of creepy how David Rowe manages to capture the spirit of the moment and the person.

It's work like this that reminds me why newspapers are still worth buying.

Note: This is just a link and a reference, I haven't stolen the image.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Australia, we have three years to plan for a better outcome

I used to be passionate about politics.

When I was young there seemed to be a real line in the sand between left and right.

There was also the Australian Democrats, the Greens under Bob Brown and ALP leaders from Union rank and file. Outside of Australia we had the Berlin wall the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Rwanda, South Africa etc making us feel lucky to be where we were.

Friday, September 06, 2013

DIY surgery - try this at home!

When I was young I used to use a medical encyclopaedia to diagnose ailments. I wasn't a hypochondriac; I was just curious and interested.

When I was thirteen or fourteen I had a couple of warts that I removed by burning & biting with varied levels of success.

This led me to my most invasive self surgery. I correctly diagnosed an ingrown wart, on the heel of my foot. It was uncomfortable and not responding to the smelly junk the chemist suggested, so I wondered if I could remove it myself. I read that this type of thing is not very deep and that extreme temperatures could kill it off.
I gathered together the surgical equipment: fire, a compass from maths class and some disinfectant, and proceeded to mutilate myself.

The surgery was a success and I was very proud of myself.

Since then, I have continued to self diagnose, but have avoided more self surgery. I have however, remained fascinated with self surgery and by extension body modification, piercing, self mutilation etc., so I thought I’d share the following article. It is a Self Surgery How To. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

anyone but abbott - australian federal election 2013

Although I have been disgusted with the behaviour of Australian politicians of all shapes and sizes of late, I was never in any doubt about who SHOULD NOT be given a majority at election time.

At worst, I was hoping for the Coalition to get a minority, much like Labor has had to endure in the recent parliament.

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In an age where a most of the developed world is online, is more or less literate and many of us have access to mobile devices, the majority of first world news at least starts with "citizen journalism".

Add to this the fact that newsrooms around the developed world have made no secret of the fact that they are cost cutting and downsizing.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

happy birthday mobile phones

Up until 40 years ago, people were doomed to use fixed line phones to communicate.

How dull must it have been to have to wait until you saw someone, or until you were in reach of a "landline" phone before you could share the details of your lunch? And, imagine this, you couldn't send them an image of your lunch or a funny sign you had seen because, not only were phones stationary, but they also didn't have cameras!!

Then 40 years ago this month, a researcher from Motorola made the first "mobile phone" call from a street corner in New York. The heavy, ugly monstrosity used by the Motorola employee would be unrecognisable using today's definition of mobility, but it sure does mark the start of something big.

It wasn't until the 80's that i can remember seeing mobile phones in the wild. These were monsters too, mostly battery, with huge LCD or LED number screens. As batteries became smaller and processing power per square centimetre began increasing at an exponential rate, mobile phones became practical and affordable.