Tram Town
Monday, July 31, 2006
Category: Music
Some years ago I did a course in sound production and I was required to write an essay about the Western Swing genre. I stumbled across the essay recently and decided to post it and have done so here on TramTownLarge. Boy, that first paragraph is a flowery bunch of words!
One thing, I wish the Wikipedia entry on Western Swing was available when I wrote my essay.
Also, on Wikipedia, the Onion had a great item last week: Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence

Category: Defense
It's a very sad day when The Mountain shuts down. Maybe Disney would be interested in a Cheyenne theme-park. (heck at least local jobs'll be kept).

Category: Warmongering
Public Disservice: Melting Myths
Read it all, Jack!

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Category: DDT
Tim Lambert has been carrying on about DDT for quite some time. J. F. Beck has done a lovely debunking job on Tim. It looks like science may win this one 44 years on from Silent Spring.

Category: Pomes
Samela Harris, daughter of Max, has put together a terrific website covering just about everything there is to cover about Ern Malley. I found it interesting.

Friday, July 28, 2006
Category: Radio
There's an interesting discussion with Tim Blair from ABC Queensland's convo hour here.

Category: Art
Annemieke Mein's work has apparently not been shown in the Sale gallery until recently because of the claim that "it was craft not art". What a lot of nonsense! Even the current gallery director is dismissive and probably a little irritated that the exhibition attracted a record crowd.
"Look, Annameike is a very, very popular artist and no-one can doubt the amount of effort and skill that goes into creating her works," he said.
"She's obviously quite a well-known Gippsland identity, she was on the front cover of the Gippsland phone book a little while ago and of course she was awarded an Order of Australia some years ago for her contribution to the arts."
You can get an idea of what she does here but, even with high quality prints, nothing can come even close to the experience of seeing it up close. Look out for future exhibitions of her work.

Category: PDA's
Ten years dead but still going strong(ish). (interesting article in a 'pile of rubbish' kind of way)

Category: Radio
That woman who does the traffic on 3LO just said "On the Calder Highway near Bendigo you'll have to slow down for a fallen tree in the city-bound lanes". Not much information there, is there? Which side of Bendigo and bound for which city?
At least she now talks about clockwise and anti-clockwise on the ring road.

Category: Music (?)
Bob Geldof, who doesn't like Mondays, recently cancelled a gig because only 45 people turned up.

Thursday, July 27, 2006
Category: Adams
As Slatts says: Game On! Last week Phillip Adams wrote an unpleasant article about the Johns, Laws and Howard. This week Laws responds in this item in the Oz.
Me, I can't believe I ever considered Adams to be a wit and an intellect.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Category: Telly
Nobody's Watching.

So, there you go, TramTown has stepped into the YouTube era.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Category: Audio
Most of us have done some analogue (cassette, 1/4" tape, vinyl, et al) transfers to digital format for our pre-loved audio archives. My pathologist recommends this mob. She reckons about $A40 per album for clean-up and transfer to CD -- she was very happy with the result!

Category: mp3 players
I dunno. I keep thinking X-Box, but in trying to work out what I reckon about the Microsoft "iPod Killer" I keep thinking: Design, Marketing, Product, Licensing, Coverage, Back Catalogues, independents, Software, Digital Rights Management, OEM's -- I dunno what to think. Very interesting space to be watching later this year. Zune.

Category: Science
The SMH reports here on a "Randomized Controlled Trial" comparing four diets conducted by a bunch of people with letters after their names. It included all of "129 overweight or obese young adults" who undertook the diets for all of 12 weeks. From this they drew conclusions about diseases that tend to appear late in life. We have way too many scientists in this world™.

Monday, July 24, 2006
Category: Culture
Courtesy of (can't spell worth a cracker) Peter, TV Themes (which we may have noted a while back but I can't remember).

Category: Technology
(watch straight through) Some analysis on the thinking of Senator Stevens (R-Alaska)

Sunday, July 23, 2006
Category: Records
Bought this today from JB for ten bucks, bargain!

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Category: Health
The following was presented as a joke on one of my regular reads but, certainly in Australia, it is simply a statement of truth.
Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement. The first patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week. The second patient sees his family doctor after waiting a week for an appointment, then waits six weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn't reviewed for another month and finally has his surgery scheduled for three months from then. Why the different treatment for the two patients? The first is a golden retriever. The second is a senior citizen.
As an addendum, the second patient would, in the meantime, have had blood tests and the doctor would have phoned him up to tell him he has high cholesterol levels. The doctor would not even remember the hip problem.
I am astounded that we can spend so much on health care and still arrive at such poorly perceived outcomes.

Category: Millionaire
Under the banner "“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Vote!”, Arizona has come up with an encouragement to voters:
A proposal to award $1 million in every general election to one lucky resident, chosen by lottery, simply for voting — no matter for whom — has qualified for the November ballot.
I doubt that the idea will get up but it's certainly an interesting approach.

Category: Eggs
Tramtown has talked of egg cooking before and discovered the perfect solution for poached eggs. Now, from, of all places, ILoveBacon, a recipe for omelettes that looks well worth a try. Ziploc bags are going on my shopping list for this week.

Friday, July 21, 2006
Category: RDC
Peter Hawkins, the voice of the Daleks, died a couple of weeks ago.

Category: Cars
There's an interesting article over at Reason.org about the so-called dust-to-dust costs of owning a hybrid versus a normal petrol vehicle. Guess which wins!
ALSO, at the Weekly Standard the following claims are made for hybrid fuel consumption claims:
For example, a 2004 Toyota Prius got 35 miles per gallon in city driving, off 42 percent from its EPA rating of 60 mpg. The 2003 Honda Civic averaged 26 mpg, off 46 percent from its advertised 48 mpg. And the Ford Escape small sport utility vehicle managed 22 mpg, falling 33 percent short of its 33 mpg rating.

Thursday, July 20, 2006
Category: Video Games
Stop motion version of Space Invaders featuring live people.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Category: Video Games
It may be just a game, but it's just not Cricket('s).

Category: Religion
I guess it's a religiobot.

Category: Green
I say shame on the people who elevate environmentalism to a religious status, shame on you for your arrogance, shame on all of us for allowing the environmentalists' war against the human race to begin, and take hold.
I couldn't agree more.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Category: MultiCult
Over on Diogenes' Lamp a truism:
When a Greek girl gets married, she always hopes to reduce the number of letters in her name.

Category: Walls

I'm guessing that this is trying to say "John Howard and George W. Bush will be best friends for life". My reason for posting it, though, is the amazing (and completely unnecessary) apostrophe position between the i and e: besti'es.
The restaurant (a grand description for a Hungry Jack's) is no longer there and the building which is all of 15 years old is about to be pulled down. It is, as it happens, quite close to where my last wall watch photo was taken.

Category: Important
Big news: Libby Gorr "has now signed on as the Australian face of weight loss program Jenny Craig". I don't know why I even clicked on it but it did contain an interesting snippet. She has called her first child Che. Disgusting!

Monday, July 17, 2006
Category: Pets
I reckon the world's gone completely mad! (FWIW)

Category: Popular Culture
A long time back I used to queue for tickets for "rock concerts". I queued many weeks for David Bowie's first Australian tour (as featured in this film.
I was only 1 of 5 (all of whom I knew) to queue at The Comedy Theatre (irony) for 24 hours to get tickets to Leonard Cohen's first Australian tour. I'm now thinking about going to see Dwight Yoakam and The HalfWho.
At my age I'd still find overnight queuing quite appealing but there's nowhere to queue. So, instead, I get this.
How does that work?

Sunday, July 16, 2006
Category: Lists
A list of tall Melbourne buildings.

Category: Littuhchah
Most TramTown readers will probably have heard of the prank played by the children who work at the Oz whereby they sent a chapter from a Patrick White novel to a variety of publishers and it was both unrecognised and rejected by all. The obvious conclusion is that the publishers are illiterate swine. Fortunately, the article goes on to consider other conclusions. This in particular met with my approval:
[Nicholas Hudson of Hudson Publishing] told Inquirer he recalled reading the manuscript and was being kind in his letter. "I was trying to be polite. I thought is was pretentious fart-arsery. I don't like White".
"Obviously, one has to ask, how the hell did this guy get to be a great literary figure? Right from the start, people were saying: 'Is this really as good as people are saying?"'
The interesting thing is that the novel "clinched his Nobel Prize in Literature in 1973, with the judges describing it as one of his most accomplished works". Well perhaps not so interesting, after all, Jimmy Carter and Yasser Arafat both got Nobel prizes.
Read the whole thing (the article not the novel).

Saturday, July 15, 2006
Category: Breeding
How did I get this way?

Category: Reference
Here's an interesting reference (if a little out of date): Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Friday, July 14, 2006
Category: Viromunt
Dan Shanefield presents a few useful facts about the global warmongering phenomenon here.
I wish I had some good suggestions, but outside of cheap solar cells, I don't. It's just that I'm tired of being told it's the fault of sinful old America, and if we make a vow of poverty, it will cure the problem.

Category: Spelling

I'm a bit shallow I guess. This makes me laugh.

Category: Space TFF
I've seen this and I was the "tv" monitor (pun) for the grade 5/6 group when it happened, so this is worrying (if true).

Category: Performance
Those of you who know me even slightly will appreciate how much musical talent I have (ie. not that much (if any)).
I really hate people like this!

Thursday, July 13, 2006
Category: Virtualisation
MS Virtual PC (for PC's) appears to now be free. Gee!

Category: Gambling
Why would anyone design a poker machine designed around the Marlo Thomas TV vehicle "That Girl"? Go Figure!

Category: Meeja
Sun reporter Neil Wilson has taken a very interesting tack in this story about some veterans' affairs issues.
COLONELS Klink and Hogan and Sgt Schultz of the sitcom Hogan's Heroes have done real PoWs of the Nazis no favours, a federal minister says.

Category: Academia
Deb Frisch was, until recently, a psychologist and adjunct professor at the University of Arizona. She has resigned. Read the story.
Are all academics this nutty or just most?

Category: Engineering
The Big Dig is in a bit of strife (again).
"People should not have to drive through the Turnpike tunnels with their fingers crossed," the governor said.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Category: Technology/AV
Bought one of these today. Let you know how it turns out. Looks nice but.

Category: Academia
Longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute

Category: Celebrity
Spare Room is carrying an article from the January 1985 edition of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly about Russ Le Roq. Russ went on to become Russell Crow and he was a very cocky youth.

Category: Ejacashun
The Tullamarine Trotskyite Tribune is carrying an article with the headline State Liberals look at parent contracts. I hope the heck that having looked at them they immediately look away. The only case that seems to be made is for schools having rules - not a particularly contentious notion, surely?

Off on a tangent... the article is written by Chee Chee Leung. What does she want, a gig at the UN?

Monday, July 10, 2006
Category: Telly
Watch, watch it now... watch! Why is it so? JSM is now downloadable, that's gotta be educational.

Category: Sport
Tim Blair found a more interesting sport than soccer: Anvil Shooting!

Saturday, July 08, 2006
Category: Audio
I bought one of these earlier today -- seems OK so far. The girls like it so much I've not gotton a chance to use it myself!

Friday, July 07, 2006
Category: Cartography
Who doesn't love a good map? I know that I do! I've been playing around a bit with the new(ish) version of Google Earth, but I reckon City2See is also worth a look (although it can cost a bob).

Category: Apple
And another thing, iPods can kill you! They're just rubbish.

Category: Language
I always though that Google was a 1 followed by 100 0's (which is actually Googol, my mistake). Looks like I was wrong!

Category: Theatre
Looks like Hedwig is opening in Sydney soon.

Thursday, July 06, 2006
Category: Music
Listening to some of this reminds me of me a number of years back. Thanks Auffers. (also, my friend Warren said that Brian Eno is currently in the studio with Roxy Music -- no link but so far).

Category: Culture
I went to see this this morning and it was a cracker. Whilst small, the entire "Historic House" was worth a look. Semi, you and the boys would love it. (Interesting aside, I worked in the building directly above it for six years and never ventured to the basement)

Category: Fame
That Feiss Gal (who some of you may remember, (Google if not)) has got an acting gig! Good on her, no surprise really.

Category: Golf
Slatts also pointed out a discussion on YouTube about the invention of golf. Jack, grandma, the language is too strong for you I'm guessing. Encourage David to look at it, though, grandma.

Category: Mystery
Slatts points out a fascinating article from the Geelong Advertiser. Look quick, it won't be there tomorrow.
POLICE want to know who built an elaborate underground bunker system hidden inside a Torquay sand dune.

Category: Ejacashun
Janet Albrechtsen's column in the Oz is always worth a read. This week she talks about the good works of W's brother in Florida.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Category: Culture
I don't remember coming across This Is Broken before. Thanks Auffers.

Category: Academia
PhD candidate Nick Dyrenfurth lists language amongst his interests. Tim Blair is not impressed with Nick's sloppy approach to the English variant.

Category: Transport
Take the first left turn and you'll find yourself at Larvatus Prodeo where there is a discussion of what can be done about public transport fair increases:
Public transport fares are going up today for commuters in Brisbane and our long-suffering counterparts in Sydney.
I find it regrettable that these new slugs are being introduced without some cultural-political resistance by our songwriters
In Boston the songwriters knew just what to do!

Category: Telly
The concert on ABC2 that DB referred to was quite good value but I was disappointed that Emmylou only appeared for one song despite the what was stated in the show notes.
...and for quite a contrast Emmylou Harris who joins him for three songs...
UPDATE: Blogless Clive makes the point...
the TV special was 1 hour of a 165minute DVD.
The blurb was was from the DVD. Lazy programme department.
Typical of these music specials on TV in recent years.
They have been reduced to extended promo clips for the DVDs.

Monday, July 03, 2006
Category: Telly
Costello, E. Live in Memphis looks a cracker!

Category: Technology
A basic primer on how the Internet works -- cannot testify to its veracity but.

Category: Flying

You can tell when you're flying over Africa!

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