Diamonds In The Rough

I’ve been meaning to do a podcast for quite a while now. I’d been playing around with a few ideas and then after siting through a less than satisfying video games history presentation at PAXAUS2017 and then listening to a few of Meena Shemaly’s episodes of Game Show on ABC Classic FM, my mind was…

Those dang kids and their dang video games!

In the wake of yet another mass shooting the usual arguments are trotted out and as the hyperbole reaches a fever pitch some Americans have returned to blaming video games for societies woes. Which is kind of surprising given that there is no evidence linking video games to gun violence. I’ve seen Florida’s attourney general…

Princeling

It should be no surprise that media outlets are reporting that Eric Prince, who is widely regarded as a marchant of misery and someone who capitalises on human suffering, was potentially involved in attempting to set up a back channel between Russia and the Trump administration. Prince took a gamble by dropping money on the…

Bittersweet threads

I clicked on an article by Melissa Singer. Here’s why. I had mayonnaise on my finger and when I went to click a link on my iPad I accidentally mashed an article titled “The rise of the plain white T-shirt as a status symbol”. I’m not entirely sure why I read it instead of backing…

Your own trumpet

I was surprised by some of the reactions when ABC Classic FM chose to feature Nobuo Uematsu‘s Final Fantasy soundtrack as the album of the week. The wailing and gnashing of teeth that followed would have made you think that the sky was falling. The pretentious, snarky and holier-than-thou comments were front and centre. The…

Master System: Castle of Illusion

My second addition to my Master System collection is Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse. This title was pretty high on my to-get list because it’s one of the games that, visually, have stuck in my head the most. People who I talked to before buying a copy (Shelley, Frez) remember exactly the same thing…

Master System: Hang-on

A few months ago I’d decided to put together a list of the Sega Master System games I remember playing as a kid. This would form the basis of a collection I could work on. To that end I’ve added two new titles recently. The first is Hang-On which is a motorbike racing game. Apart…

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 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…

Custom Gorechosen board