Friday, April 29, 2005

cross media linkage.

Following the newly betrothed (many congratulations) Northcote Knob’s comment* about problems with site registration at Hugh Martin’s blog, I came across the NY times link generator (via H.M.). Basically you go to their site and find their article, go to the generator and it presents the archived address for you. Here is a test of a current story and the archived link.

It would be good for the the Murdoch and Fairfax crew both adopt this. For the West to do this, they would actually have to develop a functioning website first.

* Which I generally agree with, but I figure, you do it once and it’s done.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

no surprises.

Four out of the five highest ranking officers implicated in the institutionalised torture at Abu Ghraib have been cleared of any criminal misconduct.

The story broke just over a year ago – we got the photos and the shocking stories, then the interviews and the documentaries. The military just lets it lay low for a while, and then exonerates its top brass.

No surprises here …

It is worth reading the Hersh article again, just to remember how horrible these cunts were/are.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

call to squidbloggers.

I am not sure what has been happening over there at squidlog -- they sort of seem to have gone a bit AWOL. I am not being critical ... I am just worried.

Anyway, I found the picture and a whole bunch of other great material at the wonderfully named National Resource Center for Cephalopods. I am glad that there are some people providing help to underprivileged Euprymna scalopes

I found the NRCC via the 'other' squidbloggers (I am not cheating, I swear).

BTW I am fully aware that I have been lax with posting -- I have much to do at the moment.

Monday, April 11, 2005


It was very enjoyable to watch West Coast defeat Freo on the weekend. From all over little Perth (aka Melbourne) a bunch of West Australians descended upon the East Brunswick hotel. A few hardcore West Coast fans — big props for Stash bringing his own West Coast bar mat to the pub (!) — and a veritable bandwagon of bourgeois Dockers fans all watched as West Coast cruised through the first three quarters, and then pressed the midfield button in the last quarter to finish it off.

Things are looking good at West Coast — three from three (including two away games), a midfield that looks as slick as any other in the competition, and a forward line that is beginning to take marks and kick goals.

Friday, April 08, 2005


A few things worth having a look at:
  • Percentage of born-again U.S. Christians who have been divorced: 35
  • Percentage of other Americans who have been: 35
  • Chances that the divorce of a born-again Christian happened after he or she accepted Christ: 9 in 10
  • The Alfred Deakin series of lectures is coming up — here in Melbourne from April 29 to May 12. There looks to be a whole bunch of interesting topics, although not much economics.

Thursday, April 07, 2005


I just found this link (via these sites) providing some tips for tweaking firefox.

rooster is a magpie.

I was sitting by myself today, having lunch and trying to read the paper, when two fellows sat down at the table next to me. One of them obviously liked the sound of his own voice and began talking about the problems that his club were having – lack of skills, no confidence in his colleagues, crap leadership …

I recognised the voice straight away, before I looked up.

The conversation with his staffer had to progress further before I was sure that he was talking about Collingwood rather than the ALP.

This is just another reason not to like him, in addition to being loud and obnoxious and interrupting my lunchtime reading.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

if i was in southpark …

… this may be what I would look like.

Many apologies to the poor blogger who led me to this site — I can’t remember who you might be! Still, this is a fun way to waste time.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

luther anyone?

Is it just me that is seriously annoyed about the idolisation of the Pope? Remember he was not a deity incarnate – there is no need to worship. He was merely a representative elected by bunch of selective bunch of men who seek to maintain a dogmatic preeminence for themselves within the Catholic church. I am being annoyed for the sake of it, but you must remember that this was a man who refused to support the promotion of the use of condoms, despite the epidemic of Aids in Africa. This is not the action of a righteous man – this is a selfish attempt to maintain a conservative, closed-minded and ill-founded doctrine, at the expense of millions. Not that this has any direct relevance for me, but I think that his passing is actually an opportunity for the Catholic church to do some good (maybe include some recognition of the value of women, perhaps?).

I am not holding my breath.

Friday, April 01, 2005

thought and power.

“[t]he ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas. Not, indeed, immediately, but after a certain interval; for in the field of economic and political philosophy there are not many who are influenced by new theories after they are 25 or 30 years of age, so that the ideas which civil servants and politicians and even agitators apply to current events are not likely to be the newest. But, soon or late, it is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good and evil.”

by John Maynard Keynes The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, Chapter 24.