This Season

Last growing season I left the fields to fallow. It was an important thing to do but i certainly missed the home grown produce. Since that time Annabel Eggsworthy and Yolko Ohno have established themselves as a fixture of the back yard, and their fertiliser has gone a long way to replenishing the garden beds….

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 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…

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…

ACT Pinball Championship 2016 – This weekend!

The second ACT Pinball Championship is on this weekend. Last year went down very well with a good crowd and visitors from interstate. This year it’s on 20 August 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm, and on Sunday 21 August 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm at Exhibition Park. The lineup includes an ACDC Lucy, Tron LE, a Ghostbusters…

The Age of Sigmar

A long time ago battles raged access large swathes of fantasy land. Great armies rose and fell. High technology and magic were used to unleash devastation. As a kid, Warhammer was a bit complicated to play. I did however so a lot of painting of the miniatures. My key army was Eldar, space elves of the…

The Hobbit pinball

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend an “unboxing party” for a shiny new The Hobbit pinball machine. Limited edition no less! This is Jersey Jack’s second entry into the scene, with Wizard of Oz preceding it. I’m a huge fan of Woz.. If there’s a lineup that includes it, I will pick it…

Composer notes: Chris Tilton

As a PC gamer I’ve spent plenty of time listening to Chris Tilton’s music but missed out on his earlier work because the games were released on the PS2 and Xbox. Black (2006) had a significant following but as a PC gamer I never played it. As an action driven FPS it was no surprise to see…

Philips hue update

The new Philips Hue app is just what was required. There are some key differences that make it easier to use that were maybe a bit overdue. When I first got the kit I did make note that the colour picking method was difficult because of the size of the drop pins and that you…

Nice haboobs

I wasn’t sure if it was worth the effort to post about the hubbub that is the haboob. But after realising that it sounded funny I had no choice. Some Texans are upset that their weather bureau used the term “haboob” to describe an incoming dust storm. The term has been around for quite some…

Enter the Dragol

So there’s a guy called Dragol who sometimes has something to say. Generally he does this by yabbering away in his clan’s TeamSpeak channel. That necessarily means that his audience is limited. And maybe some of those who hear his message aren’t appreciative of it. The solution, I realised, was to give him a proper…