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Thursday, August 28, 2003
Category: Cartoons
Remember Bluey and Curly? What a great site! And you gotta love this Narre Warren museum.

This link found at the Professor's response to Scott Wickstein's top 10 Australians of the 20th century challenge. I wish I had half the ability of the respondents to come up with such a list. BTW Slatts did a good job, too.

My list would probably include GK and Roy Rene, Sir John Kerr, Sir Jack Brabham and maybe even (exceedingly reluctantly) Gough. It would probably even include R. A. Santamaria if he hadn't gone a bit silly toward the end; I can't forgive him for that matey interview with Phillip Adams when they both naïvely slammed economic rationalism (was it on ABC TV?).

Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Category: Economics
Any search engine will hit the motherlode if you enter "Cowperthwaite Hong Kong". An article by Milton Friedman. PJ in fine form. An interesting history of technical education in Hong Kong. Some stuff on statistical collectivism. The freedom and whisky blog. The list goes on. Sir John Cowperthwaite is one of my heroes.

Monday, August 25, 2003
Category: Blogs
Jeez I get annoyed when Mark links to something that I find funny. (Minor Flash alert! Don't think it's too big though).

Category: Web
The Presurfer - Your Daily Dose of Diversion. This might be my new homepage.

Category: Amusement
I was Confucius in a past life. Who were you?

Sunday, August 24, 2003
Category: Humour
A study of the effects of celery on loose elastic. Lileks rules!

Saturday, August 23, 2003
Category: Music
I've read this annotated American Pie many times and still find it fascinating.

Category: Humour
I found The Rash Report | The World's Most Contagious Newsletter somewhat amusing.

Thursday, August 21, 2003
Category: Blogs
For what it's worth, my friend Mark's blogging again. Hopefully it'll be more dynamic than last time .

Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Category: Cartology
Things have changed a bit since DB was working with DB's like this.

Monday, August 18, 2003
Category: Literature
I don't understand this. Thanks (last article, can't work out how to link directly(sorry)) Risks!

Sunday, August 17, 2003
Category: Humour
Bill Gates Inbox by John Walkenbach who has some terrific Excel resources.

Category: Cars
Memepool points at Rich W.'s monster deLorean.

Saturday, August 16, 2003
A nice, simple article about humanity's ability to affect the weather. Spiked! is good

Friday, August 15, 2003
Category: Culture(?)
If you like David Jones, (no! not THAT David Jones)well, Bowie you'd probably like this , thanks Michael D.

Category: Disability Mobility
This is sorta cool. From the inventor of the Segway et al comes the iBot. Thanks Dean!

Category: Politics
"One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license." -- P.J. O'Rourke

Lots of quotes, most of which I have read some time or another but it is nice to have a collection all in one place.

Thursday, August 14, 2003
Category: Music
I bought The Reels' Requiem and subsequently discovered Howlspace. It is good.

Category: Cars
On the toll road back from Monash this afternoon I saw a brightly coloured Monaro (local GM product being sold in the US under a different name, I believe) with the number plate ROUT31. It seems sad that a performance car (even though I am a Ford man I must refer to the Monaro as a performance car) should have a number plate referring to one of the guvmint's main speed traps. Tim Blair is going to expose himself to the Benalla Revenue Droids this weekend. They pinged me once and I was shorted $130 and had my license suspended for a month. The suspension was because I was going 132k in a 110k zone which is 30k over the speed limit. You do the math, I can't. My mum drove me shopping and I used 6 door green limos for thirty days.

These days I drive a front-wheel-drive, four cylinder, slushomatic, Japanese, people mover. I was much happier driving my '68 boxy Corona but that was declared dead for nothing more than a petrol leak. Where are the real mechanics these days?

But I'm Not Bitter.

Category: Technology
Hmmm, it's a Smart Dunny!

Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Category: Technology
Hmmm, 30 billion Windows system crashes a year!

Category: Language
I'm eternally grateful to the Urban Dictionary for explaining to me what a metric shitload is. Now I'll just have to work out a way to work it into the conversation.

Category: ABC
Annabel Crabb writes about Christopher Pyne (Lib, Sturt, SA) talking about advertising on the ABC. On pointing to the article, Fight Fire With Fire
remains committed to the disaggregation and sale (in that order) of the ABC...

Monday, August 11, 2003
Category: Blogs
Hey! Semi, have we linked to this before?

Category: Magic
Is it an Optical Illusion, or does it just look like one? Thanks Kenn.

Thursday, August 07, 2003
Category: Telly
Thank goodness for the National Broadcaster budget cuts. Telly the way it was when I was a kid.

Category: Printers
If the ink were gasoline, it would cost you $175,000 to fill your gas tank. (via The Yobbo)

Category: War
Blood on Our Hands? Another set of data points on the events of 58 years ago today. (via Tim Blair)

CORRECTION: Errr... Yesterday. (or was it Aug 6 US time when the Enola Gay took off and probably Aug 7 here? Research time!)

RESEARCH: The tiny island if Tinian is on this side of the dateline so it was yesterday. My bad.

UPDATE: And this guy's got it at August the 5th. Kooky Americans!

Category: Science
Bizarre Science is written by Aaron Oakley and is always a good read. Tuesday saw him posting an article from the Calgary Herald about the sources of "global warming". Yet another theory to explain something that we may or may not have observed.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Category: Technology, Toys, TV
I'd heard of Max, but not Cindy. No! Not THAT Cindy.

Category: EUSSR
I discovered via Tim Blair that the EUSSR has a standard for condom sizes. The Germans are none too keen on the standard.

It's probably nonsense but it is a bit of "harmless" fun.

Monday, August 04, 2003
Category: Blogging
Tim Blair points to a terrific blog. A must see.

Friday, August 01, 2003
Category: Telly
Jump the Shark yields some more wonderful information (in particular, see last dot point).

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