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Friday, May 30, 2008
Category: Transport
One of the Deakin lectures this year is Cities, nations, trains and transport - A Special Melbourne Conversations Event with Tim Fischer (from The Great Train Show podcast) and Austin Williams who wrote an article for Sp!ked a couple of years ago called Down with carbon colonialism.
Based on the podcast and the article which are both great, I have committed to going to the lecture Wednesday week at lunchtime in the town hall.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Category: RDC
I never knew who he was but I reckon he's one of my favourite composers. Heck -- Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, That Girl -- I can still hum all of those today! Vale.

Category: Airlines
This article suggests that the alternative medicine industry has something to offer the airline industry.
The solution lies in the success that as occurred in health care. The revolution in health care improvement due to embracing complementary and alternative medicine needs to be applied to aviation. The precepts, ancient wisdom, and alternative ways of knowing that have been fostered by the CAM movement need to be applied to commercial aviation.
We need Alternative Aviation, or AA.
It's a great read!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Category: RDC
I think I actually liked more films he produced than he directed. Although The Electric Horseman was a cracker.

Monday, May 26, 2008
Category: Language
In a must read from the Sydney Morning Herald, Phillip Coorey writes about the way our Prime Minister talks. Included is this quote:
"Now we must cut our cloth to make sure it fits and that applies to the totality of the budget."
"There has to be a greater synergy between, let's call it our policy leadership in this - which has been focused so much, legitimately, on targets - and global architecture almost reverse-engineered back to the means by which you can quickly deliver outcomes."

Sunday, May 25, 2008
Category: Weather
Anthony Watts has started up a new site called Weather Picture of the Day. Well worth a look.

Saturday, May 24, 2008
Category: PC
I'm not sure of the actual source of this quote but there are claims that it "is the 2007 winning entry from an annual contest at Texas A&M University calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term". Whatever, it is good!
"Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

Category: Warmening
Tim Blair, 66 years of age, channels back from 2031 with this magnificent piece that Ridley Scott should turn into a fillum.

Friday, May 23, 2008
Category: Beds
16 of the Most Extreme & Modern Beds You’ll Ever See

Monday, May 12, 2008
Category: Audio/SFX
Hadn't come across Television Tunes before. Good source of non-commercial-use TV Themes mp3's. Just in case you need them to get into Shakespeare's Shorts for some reason.

Monday, May 05, 2008
Category: Irony
I missed this report from a week ago that noted Tibetan flags being made in China.

Category: Truth

Category: Solar
Apparently it would only cost about $21trillion for the US to go solar for electricity. Of course there would be no power at night with this model but, meh?
BTW I have checked the spreadsheet and it looks correct to me.

Sunday, May 04, 2008
Category: Ejakashun
From The Times comes news of a back-to-basics push in French Primary schools. This minister had this to say:
“It's not by listening to a great pianist for hours on end that you become one, it's by doing your scales.”
One commenter said:
The comparison with learning one's scales is apt. Music teachers have resisted the educational fads of the past 40 years, because, I think, the terrible results would be immediately obvious. Math and English teachers have the luxury of experimenting whilst pushing the prolbem on down the road.
I though you might like that one, Jack!

Thursday, May 01, 2008
Category: Typing
This is for people who are tempted often type L5 when they want 15 on the keyboard.

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