Monthly Archives: January 2011

The descent into narcissism

Following the floods that brought devastation to a wide stretch of Queensland, the Federal government has declared its intention to enact a levy starting with the new financial year, to run for a year, to help fund the estimated $5 billion rebuild cost. The levy is relatively minor, has exemptions for those who are in… Read More »

I still don't feel proud on Australia day

So another year has rolled on, and I find myself reflecting on what I wrote last year, “Why I’m not proud to be an Australian today“. In reality, the same holds true for this year as did for last year. Sure, there’s lots of things to love about being Australian. The recent floods in Queensland… Read More »

8 months with the iPad

Darren and I both got our iPads on May 28, and I’ve been asked by a friend to give a review of what I think of the iPad now. In the past I’ve said that it’s effectively a new computing platform paradigm – neither desktop nor smartphone, but somewhere inbetween. And it’s a paradigm that’s… Read More »

"You're part of a league of morons"

There’s a memorable quote in “Burn after Reading”, where John Malkovich’s character, Osborne, says to another, “You’re part of a league of morons.” I think this, with some exasperation, every time I hear Tony Abbott finding another reason to demand the immediate cessation of the Australian National Broadband Network (NBN) programme. I’m starting to gather… Read More »

Chaos theory

This could almost be nominally a follow-up to a post I made ages ago, “The walled garden vs the overrun garden“. You’ll probably want to read that first. Now that Android has been out for a while, I wanted to reflect on how fragmented the Android platform has become, and how the consumers have not… Read More »

The egregious culpability of violent rhetoric

Over the weekend, the United States saw an attempted assassination attempt – an act of terrorism – committed. A democratic congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, was attacked and gunned down; multiple people including a judge and a young girl were killed in the attack, and the prospects of a full recovery for Giffords is yet to be determined.… Read More »

The deconstruction of falling stars

When MP3 was becoming a popular file format, I started ripping and converting my CDs. Over time I actually built up quite a large CD collection before iTunes came about, and I ended up with a huge pile of the little blighters. Eventually, about 8 years ago, I got sick and tired of the sheer… Read More »