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Sunday, October 26, 2008, 7:21 AM

Yes, this does qualify as a post (holy shit!)...

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Friday, April 20, 2007, 3:42 PM

Just poking my head in. Yes, I managed to escape the clutches of The Fairfield Fiasco (about six weeks back). Now quite settled in a nice little terrace house not far from the old Institute. I've been gardening. And working. And sleeping. And generally not getting angry. ...

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Welcome to the House of Fun (btw cya lol)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 10:26 PM

You are moving out because:You butter your toast before you put it in the toaster, leaving a fearsome greenish residue in there and forcing me to wake up every second day to a house filled with an odour not unlike the mould behind a hirsuite sumo wrestler's balls. The walls aren'...

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Panhandle Clambake

Monday, June 26, 2006, 11:34 PM

The plane has NO inflight entertainment at all; a small rear-engined thing with stumpy wings and a tiny cockpit. The staff seem to have been in this game for a while; a late thirties blond southern belle saunters around the cabin like a grinning insect and I sit here in a brown s...

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So Bad they named it Twice

Saturday, June 17, 2006, 5:45 AM

New York, motherfuckin' New York. If fawning over New York is a text-book, well-worn tourist cliche, then give me a big fuckoff visor hat, a stupid hawaiian shirt, half a dozen cameras to hang around my neck and a sizeable beer gut, because I'm clearly a member of that particu...

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Oligopoly -- Where Everybody Knows Your Name...

Thursday, June 8, 2006, 5:10 AM

Dick Cheney, yesterday. Does he have to pay Peter Costello royalties for that smirk? Or is it a mutual licensing deal? America is a country where a lot of fingers are in a lot of pies they probably shouldn't be - not unlike Australia; eg Rio Tinto® Australian Chief Scient...

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Fear and Loathing on S. Wabash St

Saturday, June 3, 2006, 6:31 AM

Old Mother Hubbard Stooped Down to the Cupboard To fetch old Rover a bone Well old Rover When she bent over He gave her a bone of his own.. And with that, I was introduced to the skanky, misogynist and altogether underwhelming experience of a Chicago Blues Club. I'd roll...

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Paper Chess and War Stories

Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 8:24 AM

Were I to be accosted by a TV crew at this point of the trip and asked one of the stupid questions that contemporary journalists tend to ask, requiring me to distill the previous almost two weeks down to a single "moment", it'd have to be playing chess on a hand-made paper chess ...

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Why reasoning with a snoring Albanian is pointless

Saturday, May 27, 2006, 6:03 AM

The following is a revision of something I was planning to finish and post before I left San Francisco but I didn't get around to it; instead it ended up being a horrid mess by the time I left the hostel for the railway station on tuesday morning, with no time or energy remainin...

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Transport Xenophobia

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 1:14 AM

We are a society at once paranoid and vengeful; irresponsible and baying for blood. We demand a scapegoat for anything and everything that happens, but cannot stand the thought of taking responsibility for our own actions. We are a society predominantly made up of motorist-pedest...

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Suburbia, Mistrust, and The Darkness

Wednesday, April 26, 2006, 7:52 PM

To some extent what you get out of people is a result of what you expect out of them - the subtleties of communication between us are something we pick up on subconsciously. I have always believed that people can usually sense when they're not trusted, or when they are, and their...

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Monday, January 16, 2006, 11:53 PM

Well well well.. the things that happen when you leave town for a bit. Welcome The Age readers; the bit you're looking for is here: The Zero Dollars (yet) Movement .. yep, this humble old crock of sh-- blog got quoted in the paper, while I was off dragging my way up hills i...

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Gone Fish--err, touring.

Saturday, January 7, 2006, 1:20 AM

Gone off bike touring in the lush tropical jungles of Western NSW for a while. Talk amongst yourselves while I'm gone. ...

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The Zero Dollars (yet) Movement

Thursday, January 5, 2006, 2:29 AM

There are a few examples in recent history of weird billboard art that had no corporate sector funding, was interesting, and wasn't trying to hock us crap. Sadly, though, most apparently non-commercial billboard/poster "art" is both dull and trying to sell us something.. so wh...

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Tuesday, January 3, 2006, 2:02 AM

... erm I mean actually: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=79528 Tassie parties hard to see in new year Sunday Jan 1 12:25 AEDT Drizzle did not dampen the spirits of Saturday night's revellers who saw in the New Year around the state, reports the Sunday Tasmanian....

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Wheels; The Breakfast of Decadents; Time-travelling Werewolf Pirates

Friday, December 23, 2005, 2:49 AM

Coasting home down High Street on my way back from the suburbs the other night, it struck me just how long it is since I've posted anything bike-related. And for that matter, how bloody long it is since I've written anything topical. There's nothing quite like barelling down a hi...

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Discontentment, series endings, real life drama and the Big Furry Patriarch

Thursday, December 8, 2005, 2:09 AM

Tonight, my Tuesday night routine was weird, disconcerting and uncomfortable. I wrapped up working for the day late, went to the gym as usual on a Tuesday, but I was stroppy, easily tired, sweating when I shouldn't have been and not sweating when I should have been, inflicting...

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OMG GIV IN 2 DA gSUS!!11oneone - also featuring A trip down Memory Lane

Friday, December 2, 2005, 1:37 AM

About a fortnight ago myself and my erstwhile compatriot and fellow traveller The Colonel were accosted during early Friday night pre-flight checks in Bourke Street Mall by a young lass insistent upon us reading the pamphlet to the left. When it comes to misuse of the language...

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Is this the Shittest TV show EVER?

Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 11:22 PM

What in the name of almighty fuck has happened to British TV? What happened to the days where the Yanks would attempt to remake British shows (The Office, Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers) and come up with some piss-poor failure of an imitation that proved once and for all that the Am...

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A brief (robot related) interlude

Thursday, November 24, 2005, 4:00 AM

In lieu of actually writing something, a photo series from the archives: ...

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Partial Transcript of Proceedings

Friday, November 18, 2005, 3:05 PM

15 November 2005 THE FEDERAL COURT OF FALSE PREMISES The Estate of Sir Isaac Newton v The Author Proceedings: 17446/2005 Counsel for Plaintiff: Mr Bert Newton QC Counsel for Defendant: Dr Henrik Ziegler Mr. Newton: In summary, Your Honour, the defendant was ...

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We apologise for recent technical problems

Saturday, November 12, 2005, 5:34 PM

The Rae Street Institute apologises for the break in transmission. You will soon be returned to regular scheduled programming. Yep, uni's over. I'm a free man. I'll actually start posting stuff again soon. Right now I've got 100km of road with a pub full of beer at the e...

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A question for/from the floor

Friday, October 14, 2005, 12:18 AM

So here I am, burnt out, fucked up, light at the end of the tunnel, nearly done with the whole pressure cooker of a year this has been, but I'm confronted with a problem: When your thesis supervisor tells you, with 5 days to go, that she can't read the file format you've been ...

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Let's get things nice and sparking clear (also feat. Warnography)

Monday, September 26, 2005, 10:09 PM

OK, so this here blog's been full of shit on a pseudo-hiatus lately, but it's crunch time for a bunch of different things; I've been busy. However I promise that a regular diet of gruff media analysis and drunken rants about inconsequential junk will resume shortly. For now...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2005, 2:24 AM

That story, and more, after the break. But first: Watching television when I should have been writing the other night taught me the following things: If you buy the bad guys' car from Back to the Future, random women will fall in love with you. They left out the bit whe...

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A very imp[COURIER]sue

Saturday, September 3, 2005, 2:33 AM

This is an open suggestion that anyone can take up. If it gets momentum though, I'm totally going to take 104% of the credit for it. If anyone gets in trouble, however, this post never existed. Not at all. Nope. You see, here's the thing. People with "COURIER" stickers on thei...

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Gentrification, Degentrification, and the Hedonistic Imperative

Monday, August 29, 2005, 11:45 PM

What, exactly, is the catalyst behind that moment of truth where you cross the line and whatever you *had* to do isn't going to happen? Why do we throw important things away for a few hours of escapism? Or, specifically, what propels 'one' to decide, late on Saturday night...

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Something kinda weird

Tuesday, August 23, 2005, 6:17 PM

Now this is mainly about something that happened a few weeks back, but there was a pseudo-repetition of it today, and I still don't know what to think about it.. let me outline the scenario: INT. Early afternoon, in a bank (quiet, mostly empty of customers), depositing cheques....

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War between Australia and the US imminent

Saturday, August 20, 2005, 6:36 PM

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=58476 Troops undergo extreme torture training 05:58 AEST Sat Aug 20 2005 AAP Elite Australian soldiers are being blindfolded, stripped naked and threatened by savage dogs during extreme torture training exercises. The regime has...

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Dole bludging fat kids on bikes -- how they're giving you speeding fines and trying to steal your hamburgers

Thursday, August 4, 2005, 10:53 PM

ACA fired another salvo in the current bike media war tonight. I'm going to run with a full transcript first, then pull it apart. RAY: Alright, let's take to the road now. Millions of us do it, every day in our cars. Some of us, I'm told, do it on bicycles. The two groups often...

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Blue Velvet Moment

Tuesday, August 2, 2005, 11:34 PM

In a perfect Lynchian moment a few weeks back, without reason I walked out the front door (can't remember exactly why), and sitting neatly on the footpath in front of the step, in the sun, was this: It's a strip of three images shot on expensive slide film (Fuji Velvia - R...

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Pimp my ride (or don't) + Becak Bule! + Is this leaflet sexist?

Sunday, July 31, 2005, 10:29 PM

Friday night, as every last friday of the month (for the past damn near 10 years) saw Critical Mass. Now this month was special for two reasons.The police were chilled, the media was quiet (a little bird 9 foot tall androgynous helicopter pilot in a rabbit suit tells me that M...

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Shh, I'm trying to hear the dialogue

Thursday, July 21, 2005, 11:16 PM

This is the first of many delayed stories, partly because I'm sick, but mostly because I'm working my arse off in the weeks before uni due to the fact that I have the lust for cash of a full-blown money grubbing cnut to move house fairly soon, etc, plus less time once uni's back,...

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Getting back into it, getting desensitised..

Friday, July 8, 2005, 12:31 PM

OK, so I'm back from my Fact Finding Jaunt/Whistlestop Tour/Sunshine Express/Cattle Rustling week in Southern NSW and Sydney. Returning back to town piggybacks along with it the following three pieces of information:I'm sick. Sick like proper sick. Sick like can't talk for the...

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Gone Fact Findin'

Friday, July 1, 2005, 8:55 PM

I've decided to take a leaf out of IOYC's book, and turn my interstate jaunt into a proper, no-holds-barred, no beg-your-pardons Fact Finding Mission in the interests of Journalism, Truth, Objectivity, et al. While the details are still being compiled, facts checked and connec...

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Social Responsibility

Sunday, June 26, 2005, 11:24 PM

While in the process of finally getting a copy of one of the best Samurai Movies in the History of the Entire Universe * Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance; the first one in the series. Supposedly Darren Aronofsky is working on a version of the series (based on the graphic ...

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Things that should scare the hell out of you.. but don't.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005, 6:51 PM

On Friday I screened a film. This film I have been well, sort of officially working on since 2000, but it stems back really to mid-late 99. The first shoot for the three-minute project that ended up as the 103 minute end product was on November 21, 1999. Nearly six years. ...

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Drama on the High Seas.. of, err.. Nicholson St

Monday, June 13, 2005, 8:09 PM

On a journey back from round-the-corner, walking up Nicholson St, mulling over crap (particularly how the hell I'm going to get everything that's meant to be finished this week done, as usual...), sudden edit: SFX: Loud crash CUT TO: Michael-Mann-esque TV-aesthetic handhe...

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Blatant theft of ideas

Saturday, June 11, 2005, 2:33 AM

In the spirit of others.. or maybe just because I felt like ripping off an idea, here's some of the weird crap people are googling to end up here -- and in another blatantly stolen concept, two of these are made up.racv straight line reverse twice, and from entirely different lo...

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Brief 4am thoughts

Wednesday, June 8, 2005, 4:24 AM

So, well, I'm not devoting as much time as I'd quite possibly expected to blogging. This may, however, be a good thing. Nevertheless, here I am again, blogging only at the most completely silly moment. 4AM. But, well, I guess it's a bit of an update for those who care (a...

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Two part titles: In which it becomes clear that I tend to crap on a bit

Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 11:18 PM

Okay, so I haven't blogged for ages. All that this means, is like the proverbial, well.. erm, unfulfilled need, I've got a month's worth of blogging banked up. Gradually getting sucked into blogland is a scary thing at times. So, what have I been up to? I hear you think. And b...

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I heart fog: also featuring Toyota in the toolshed, and Eugene McGee in Super Smash Bonanza

Sunday, April 17, 2005, 5:38 PM

The fog-bound environs of Brunswick, appx. 3am.. OK, so on top of all my stupid scheduling I may just have gone out last night to a family do and spent a little longer there than necessary.. and ended up out there till 3am.. so I rode home.. In the fog. That's one ...

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Whooooooo is the man in the suit? Whoooooo is the cat with the beeeeak?

Friday, April 15, 2005, 1:18 AM

Best 15 minutes of TV around. OK, so I'm sleeping three hours a night. And I'm still unpaid for work from two months ago. So I've got a presentation to do tomorrow, and contracts to sign. And I've got a ~100 minute film I have to have ready in under two weeks. But...

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Dole bludging fat kids -- how they'll save you money at the petrol pump, rip you off on renovations, and their MIRACLE cure for arthritis.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005, 7:10 PM

Channel Eddie, April 5, 2005 The Age, June 20, 1981. Two moustach-ay. Comin' up on tha side. When an American friend sits through A Current Affair and assumes he's just watched the news. Is that:A negative statement about the state of US TV News? A negative statement ...

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On Sundays Ring Road Supermarket

Wednesday, March 30, 2005, 11:10 PM

The first of a series of adventures into the strange dark recesses of the Australian Media, Transport policy and Activism, 1974-1986 From The Age, November 11, 1978: Motor pioneer calls for drive against killer cars By DAMIEN MURPHY Picture credit: JOHN KRUTOP ...

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Night photos

Wednesday, March 30, 2005, 4:23 AM

Not much of a blog entry this morning really; just some photos... A re-run of the Eltham -> Institute ride tonight, but this time I took a mini tripod. and now for some with slightly odd colour (different conversion process -- all of these were shot very late at night)...

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On late night rampages, the Workplace Relations Act and losing the way

Sunday, March 27, 2005, 3:21 AM

WORKPLACE RELATIONS ACT 1996 - SECT 170VW Damages for breach of AWA (1) A party to an AWA who suffers loss or damage as a result of a breach of the AWA by the other party may recover the amount of the loss or damage in an eligible court. (2) The action must be brought wi...

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Melodrama and the threshold of bullshit

Sunday, March 13, 2005, 3:48 AM

Now I'm not cold and lifeless, I'm not unemotional or detached (usually..); but I HATE soap-opera bullshit (as in when it happens for-real-like, not the TV stuff, which I just plain don't watch) -- The whole you-fucked-them-so-he-hates-her and they-aren't-speaking-to-you-and-...

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The Separation of Church and State

Monday, February 28, 2005, 2:25 AM

On tonight's show we're making a casserole. Ingredients:One packet rice, two packets nuts, one monkey (optional). Marinate in hatred of everything not absolutely hardcore right-wing, or alternatively garnish with a side salad of posturing and sprinkle liberally with shrewd ...

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The Great What the Fuck Hunt

Tuesday, February 22, 2005, 9:35 AM

There are certain people you expect to die in a hospital, surrounded by family and friends, after a short illness, maybe a long and relatively healthy life. There are certain people you expect to die alone in a nursing home, abandoned and forgotten by their jaded, far-flung ch...

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The Firebombing of Dresden (and other Swedish Interior Design conspiracies)

Monday, February 14, 2005, 10:30 PM

The story of how the Firebombing of Dresden, a morning at St Andrews Market and a devoutly religious tourist in the wrong place at the wrong time resulted in me gaining the nickname of The Reverend is one that I don't intend to elaborate upon here, as it is neither sufficiently K...

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He's baaaack

Thursday, February 10, 2005, 1:53 PM

http://thoughtsfrommyanus.blogspot.com/ I don't know who's behind this blog, and frankly I don't really care, because whoever's responsible, it's sheer brilliance. Little needs to be said, I'll let the words tell their own story.. ...the devoted conservative few who refus...

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You fucking beauty / this is the end

Thursday, February 10, 2005, 3:52 AM

Anyone who knows me probably knows about my grand film project.. in fact I've been working on it longer than I've known most of the people I know these days. The fact that it's now 2005 and the film isn't out there scares me, so I've set myself the target of getting it into MU...

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