And So He Said

While I’ve already written about “the marriage thing”, given the fever pitch that the discourse has reached, it’d be pertinent from an engagement and web stats perspective to add a little more to the debate. I enjoyed reading rabbi  Moshe Gutnick’s article on why he’s voting no but doesn’t hate gays. I’m confident he doesn’t….

The Master System Collection

I’ve been casting around for a little while for a new collection to pursue. My last serious effort was the Peanuts badges (Americans call them pins) by Butterfly Originals. I have just shy of 70 now, which is basically the whole series.I continue to collect Laurent Durieux prints but I am running out of wall…

The Clickbait Times

I had plans to create a mock-up of what the online version of The Canberra Times would look like in a few years’ time, but Fairfax beat me to it and made the thing a reality. My estimation is that the clickbait culture has been creeping in over the past three or four years or…

The Coward’s Complaint

As Trump announced the continuation of America’s failed approach in Afghanistan, Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater and one of the worlds most pathetic excuses for a human, whinged and whined as he saw the dollars slipping out of his slimy hands. While America’s presence in the region will cost innocent lives and waste money, at…

Order in the Court

Recently I found out that Margaret Court Arena is not just an oddly named tennis court, it’s actually an arena named after Margaret Court. This knowledge was thrust upon me when I read that she was having a cry about gay marriage. A while ago I wrote about the inherent problems in using the term “religious…

Freedom of/from religion

Semantics are important. They’re tricky, too. I was recently asked “What’s the difference between freedom and religious freedom anyway ?”. It seems to me the difference is a misunderstanding of the world “freedom”. For the purpose of this post the word freedom is interchangeable with”liberty”, as it is in common parlance. Freedom/liberty is the base…

DRUDGEHUFF

I happened to read this morning about The Huffington Post’s name change and site reboot. I was “triggered” by one of the articles that happened to be in the screenshot of the revamp. It made me realise that I’d drafted a post about the network quite a while ago but never finished it. I’d initially…

Somin VS Tucker

I happened to catch a short interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight where he interviewed Ilya Somin, a professor at George Mason university. I’ve seen Tucker struggle before but this was special and demonstrates exactly how someone with opposing views needs to conduct themselves when appearing on FOX. Far from being a bleeding heart liberal, Somin…

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Airbrush progress

I’ve been using an airbrush for a while now. My Sylvaneth tree lord is the latest attempt and finally it all gelled. I switched brushes from the Badher Rage to the Chrome, and much prefer it. Siphon cups don’t seem to hold a huge advantage and there are risks (like it falling off…). Anyway. The…

Conrad Black visits Australia

The following short story was written after I read an article in the National Review that suggested that politicians were responsible for making public servants leak sensitive information. A pitiful attempt at a smear, for some reason I immediately picture the author whinging to a traffic cop after being pulled over… “It’s not my fault…

You am I

For a very short while I thought about writing in to respond specifically to an article I read in The Daily Telegraph. About five seconds in I abandoned the idea – it’s not a venue for sharing ideas, more an echo chamber for poorly thought through social positions. What follows is an example. You could…

Monkey attack leads to use of tanks

At least 16 people died and 50 were wounded in Libya in four days of clashes between rival factions in the southern city of Sabha…according to residents and local reports, the latest bout of violence erupted between two tribes after an incident in which a monkey that belonged to a shopkeeper from the Gaddadfa tribe…