Sunday, November 25, 2007

Kevin '07 Indeed

Disclaimer: Since 20.00 I've had 2 jelly-vodka cups and most of a bottle of shiraz, so this may not be the most cogent update I've ever written. Nevertheless, I think the circumstances that I should write something.

Howard is done. Whether or not he is replaced by Maxine McKew in Bennelong, his era is certainly gone. According to the ABC's election guide, it's 86 Labor seats to 62 Coalition. Kevin Rudd will be the new Prime Minister (something rather bizzare, having someone other than John Howard being referred to as Prime Minister), something that I've refused to believe until his victory speech about an hour ago.

This is my first election (I wasn't registered for the NSW state election earlier in the year, and frankly, it seemed like Sophie's Choice anyway, so I'm not really concerned), and I'm incredibly happy that Howard's hypocritical, unaccountable, amoral reign is over on my watch. This is tempered somewhat by the result for the Greens (I used to be a Greens member(. It looks like the Greens probably won't win a House of Reps seat (one can dream), and it also looks like Kerry Nettle losing her Senate seat (a crying shame, considering her excellent record). However, again according to the ABC, it looks like the Greens will pick up a few seats overall, so that's a positive result for the party.

Here's to the end of Howard. Cheers all!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Movember Update No. 1

Check it out:



Just a reminder to donate!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Movember

So I'm participating in Movember this year. Donate money! Yes, I know that I'm technically cheating, since I grew a beard in October and then shaved it all except my mo off for Movember. But do you really want to call me on that, and then not donate to a good cause? I thought not.

So go ahead, click this link. You're a bad person if you don't!

Obligatory mo picture coming soon.

EDIT: And here they are! (Click for large)





So wrong, yet oh so right.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

750mL Of Lactose Fun

I went to see The Bourne Ultimatum last night with Ru, and it was awesome. I'm such a sucker for a half-decent action movie, and this was more than half-decent. I really don't get where Matt Stone and Trey Parker were coming from with the whole "MAAAAAAAAAAATT DAMOOOOOOOOOOON" thing, because he's actually pretty awesome in both the big movies this year involving him - Ocean's 13 and The Bourne Ultimatum. But yeah, lots of gun- and fistfights, lots of intrigue and politicking, and all of it vaguely realistic.

Except for the amount of punishment that Matt Damon takes, that is. I mean, I get it, he's a government superagent. But goddamn it, you can't walk out of an intense five-minute fistfight preceded by a 20-minute foot chase and just be limping slightly. That's just ridiculous. Still, the movie's totally worth seeing.

Before going into the cinema I got a 750mL iced coffee at Coles, which I consumed during the movie. Based on the way my stomach felt for the rest of the night, I have a feeling I might be at least mildly lactose intolerant. Fun times!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Last.fm's Latest (Awesome) Project

If you have an MP3 collection of any shape or size, you should click this link and grab the audio fingerprinter that's linked on the page. You need a Last.fm account to use it, but if you don't have one now's a good time to sign up! I know I often sound like a Last.fm viral marketer, but goddamn it's an awesome service, and everyone should join up and help out.

Basically what this app does is it goes through your MP3 collection, creating an audio fingerprint of all your songs and uploading that along with your metadata (Track Name, Artist, Album, Year, etc). Then the Last.fm team will go through and match up all the different names for various artists, tracks and albums, and fix common mistakes and so forth. Just check out this page for an idea of the sort of problem it could fix.

End free plug.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Venture Brothers

If you grew up watching Hanna-Barbera cartoons, then I urge you to check out The Venture Brothers. It's basically a spoof-take on all the conventions of Scooby Doo and all the superhero/villain cartoons of that age, much along the lines of Harvey Birdman. I picked it up at HMV for 25% off because I'd heard so many nerds ranting about how awesome it was, and I can tell you they were right. Here's a little sample:



So awesome.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Of Books And Covers

There are some really interesting things that can be found just by performing the right search.