Archive for June, 2004

No iTunes in Australia

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Sounds of silence By Garry Barker June 24, 2004 Have you ever felt, as you stand in this broad, parched land - like a child with nose pressed to the window of a rich person's house, peering hungrily at a table laden with cream cakes, trifle and jelly - ...

iPod

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

I've been thinking about getting an iPod for ages and today I finally cracked and got one. Of course, when you buy an iPod, there are further tempting accessories to buy. I walked out of the Mac shop with a 20 gig iPod which comes with a case, earphones, a remote ...

Vehicular Rain Dance

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004

Last night I tried to break the drought. I performed a vehicular rain dance - I washed my car. Normally this causes torrential rain within 24 hours. So far the skies are cloudless… (Note: I know that washing your car is currently illegal under the water restrictions but I went to one ...

Back to Yoga

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004

For the first time in two months, I went to yoga last night. I usually go every Wednesday but the flu and various colds kept me away. I'm glad I went to the beginners class rather than my usual general class because I've become very unfit over the past two months ...

Nothing to show but a wasteland

Monday, June 28th, 2004

From the Sydney Morning Herald: Nothing to show but a wasteland By Paul Sheehan June 28, 2004 Australia has the potential to become one of the most stupid, short-sighted, short-lived civilisations (for want of a better term) ever created. The nation could last little more than three greedy, mediocre centuries as an advanced economy, ...

Fahrenheit 9/11 Review

Monday, June 28th, 2004

A review of Fahrenheit 9/11 by my friend Rob Jung: Went to see FAHRENHEIT 9/11 today. In a nutshell: WOW. After seeing the movie, you'll know why it's been sold out and gone into extra showings all across the nation. Technically, it's not anything amazing or awesome. Structurally, though, it's Moore's ...

GD Library and Editing Program

Sunday, June 27th, 2004

Dirge and I stayed online most of tonight while Dinu, the Fabulister programmer, fiddled with the server. I introduced Dirge to Fark and we spent far too long looking at the photoshopped images, howling with laughter and e-mailing the best ones to Dirge's home e-mail account. It turns out the GD ...

Whale of a No-show

Sunday, June 27th, 2004

Went hiking with my boyfriend on Avalon's Bangalley Head reserve today. It's the best-tended bushland outside Kuringai Chase National Park. They really keep the asparagus fern and other weeds down. It's steep though, the steepest headland in the area apart from Barrenjoey. As it was my first hike after being sick ...

Proof of Life on Mars?

Friday, June 25th, 2004

Fascinating episode of Catalyst last night. I was particularly amazed by the "Mars Rover" part, which showed a microbiologist (and his dog, hence the 'rover') who had discovered a species of bacterium in a mangrove swamp which exactly matched the microscopic 'fossils' in the famous Martian meteorite. Have a look ...

Big Baby

Friday, June 25th, 2004

From CNews: Super baby holds cures? By LINDA A. JOHNSON A seven-month old baby with a genetic mutation that boosts muscle growth is seen in an undated black and white image released by the New England Journal of Medicine. (AP Photo/New England Journal of Medicine, HO) (AP) - Somewhere in Germany is a ...

White Whale

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

Migaloo ("White Fella") the white humpback whale was seen off the New South Wales / Queensland border this morning. Whale researchers have finally worked out Migaloo's gender - he's a singing, female chasing male. Speaking of female chasing, my boyfriend and I are going on my first hike for two and ...

Bush’s Accurate Case for War

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

From Common Dreams: Published on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 by the Miami Herald Bush's Accurate Case for War by Robert Steinback Let's alter history just a little bit, and imagine that President Bush had given us an accurate case for war in Iraq 18 months ago. "My fellow ...

Michael Moore’s Latest Film

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

From Common Dreams: Published on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 by the Calgary Sun / Canada Am-Bushed: Turns out Peaceniks were the Real Patriots All Along by Rick Bell It should anger all of us, this Fahrenheit 9/11 film. In fact, Michael Moore's award-winning, irritatingly incisive expose of ...

NSW Writers’ Centre

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Belinda asked me on the weekend why I hadn't joined the NSW Writers' Centre yet, if I was interested in writing and editing. So I joined a couple of days ago, via their website. Can't say I like their website too much. It's got frames (gahh!) and the login section where ...

Journalists Not Doing Their Job

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

Atrios has printed a very good interview of Michael Moore: COURIC: And wouldn't your movie have been better balanced if you had at least included some about Saddam Hussein's own reputation? Mr. MOORE: You guys did such a good job of--of telling us how tyrannical and horrible he was. You already did ...

Bug Me Not

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004

I've found a site that's well worth using if you use sites that demand you log in. Bug Me Not Enter the URL of the site that wants you to register and Bug Me Not will offer you a login and password that somebody else has created for the site, so you ...

Oscars for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

From Hollywood Reporter: Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," directed by Alfonso Cuaron, attracted very favorable reviews, many of which called it the best of the three "Potter" films to date. Cuaron, an Oscar nominee for his original screenplay for "Y tu mama tambien," could get a directing ...

Good Dogs

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

From The New York Times: Behavior: An Epileptic Child's Best Friend By JOHN O'NEIL Published: June 22, 2004 When a child has a seizure, the family dog may be the first to respond, according to a study released yesterday. The researchers surveyed dog-owning couples who had a child with epilepsy. Almost half said their ...

The First Private Spaceship

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

From the Independent: Hopes for commercial space flights soar as SpaceShipOne glides safely back to Earth By Andrew Buncombe in Washington 22 June 2004 Sixty-two miles above the sun-baked Mohave desert, the test pilot Mike Melvill could observe the curvature of the Earth. Seeing the planet from the edge of space was, he said, ...

You have Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Monday, June 21st, 2004

You have Hantavirus Pulmonary SyndromeHow you get it: Exposure to mice or rat droppings, nest, or contaminated dust, especially while cleaning in areas prone to mouse infestation.Incubation period: 5-15 daysEarly symptoms: Fever, headache, fatigue, general malaiseSymptoms at full disease onset: Coughing, shortness of breath, low blood pressureFinal outcome of this ...