Sometimes people just _want_ to be upset and offended over something.
They will absolutely ignore all evidence of intention, nuance, pop cultural references and heck, any other form of evidence to the contrary, simply to push forward an idea and claim injury, insult and offence.
I have lived in Australia for extended periods on three occasions. There are many reasons to love Aussie, it’s people and culture. It is a wonderful, dare I say it-a lucky country. But my best memories are around the robustness of its politics. No prisoners, no quarter. Theatre at it’s finest.
Carry on Australia. Thank god you don’t carry guns.
When you say “theatre” are you by chance referring to the same thing that those establishments that offer dinner with a theme-based put-on-by-a-local-amatuer-group recycled-material-you’ve-seen-a-hundred-times-before-that-even-gran-is-calling-it-old show call theatre?
If so, then, I concur.
Julian Assange has lost his appeal against the decision to extradite him to Sweden. This is a link to the judgment for anyone who has a lot of time. You’re welcome!
… And books are now open on how long after landing on Swedish soil the FBI will issue an Interpol warrent for his extradition on grounds of treason, national security threats and the catch all terrorism badge?
Not that I’m cynical or anything.
at the osteopathic clinic trying to untangle the knots in my back
ok, now that we've massaged your back, time to flex that spine a bit. Ready?
I guess so
Ok, onto your side
She moves my limbs around until my legs are askew and my waist and torso are counter twisted with my arms and legs somehow interlinked with hers so I resemble a body hugging pretzel she is about to pick up and body slam
OK, so we're going to start flexing now ... are you ready? How's that?
I’ve seen that clip. I found the repeated shooting over and over again highly disturbing. Then again, I don’t think elephants (or any wild animal for that matter) belong in circuses and the people that keep them there get karma served on a platter.
I do not disagree - and am not debating the karmic value of the incident, especially after one finds out that the elephant in question had tried to run away at least four times before and had often shown reticence and distress at performing.
I am also not, by any means, advocating the need to play the clip of the elephant being gunned down. I don’t actually want to see a life extinguished under such circumstances.
I just find it odd that we seemingly place so little value on one life over the other.
So, there was some show on the TV the other night about tragedies that were caught on film and then they do the whole dramatisation, dramatic music, obnoxious voice-over and shitty CGI slo-mo repitition of the footage from multiple angles all in the guise of “science” but it’s really just a morbid fascination with accidents and death.
The point I’m trying to make is not about crappy tv, but that I noticed something very interesting.
This particular episode was about a rampaging elephant at a circus in Honolulu. The elephant attacked her groomer, and then crushed and killed her trainer. This was shown repeatedly. I mean, at least five times, in slow motion, and with said crappy CGI recreations, we were shown a human being crushed to death. A snuff film. On TV. Like - you know, that’s normal.
Yet … when later the video continued to the chasing of the elephant in the streets and the shooting to death of said elephant by the local PD - the video was frozen and we were given a message that the footage was withheld as it “may disturb some viewers”
The life of a human being extinguished is less disturbing than the life of an animal?
I find it … disturbing, dismaying and perhaps disappointing that we value human life so little.
So, I thought I’d start noting the differences I find between the Android and iOS devices into a table. Now, my positives and negatives may not be yours, so do not look at this as a means of saying one is better than the other so much as listing the differentiators. I will continue to build this out as I go, and you are welcome to add to the list and categories by accessing the google spreadsheet here.
If you are looking to determine the right device for yourself, then other than my most important tip (go out and play with it!) my other sugestion is to copy this sheet and assign a category a weighting (e.g. 1 for not important and 10 for very important) and then provide each differentiator with a score of 1 for positives and 0 for negatives. multiply the differentiators by the weightings and add them all up to provide an overview of the device that is most likely right for you.
The weekend has passed away, slipping through the fingers, like the vapours from the fog machine, as we exit the nightclub, do they still do that at nightclubs, it’s been so long since I went to one, perhaps I should have researched it, prior to utilising it as a metaphor, this poem has taken a strange turn, must be the morphine, what were we talking about, oh the need for longer attention spans, and weekends as well, perhaps a push for a three day work week, with a four day weekend, wouldn’t that be grand, do you think we’d start to complain, that the work week was not long enough then, Somehow I doubt that would ever happen, So I am at work again, I am still tired, and the pain killers have muddled my mind, yes even more than it normally is, So … Mondays, eh?
Absolutely! Many Seth Efrikens make their way over to Australia. Most have emigrated to Perth, which I am led to believe is apparently a lot like Cape Town. Whilst the Government hasn’t officially recognised it, Afrikaans is becoming the secondary language of the city.
Those that do make it to Melbourne, though, tend to find that sunshine may have been nice, but warm hearts are nicer :)
I could live in Melbourne. Of that I haven’t a doubt.
I really believe you’d love it. I mean, we may not have the best weather … but we have representatives from every culture and way of life here that (along with the need to escape the aforementioned weather) means that we have wonderful food options and dining is the going out event. Plus there’s all the laneways to explore, and the café culture and the crafties and the Portlandish streets of Fitzroy, the San Franciscan South Yarra region, general Chicagoan blasé attitude all mixed in with an English sense of humour and a European sense of style and an event calendar so chock full of stuff that “event burnout” is actually something locals can suffer from.
Should: You can have Erin do your nails! Kanga Bangas! Shouldn’t: SPIDERS DEAR GOD THE SPIDERS. Also: How on you on Jews? I can’t live anywhere without other Jews.
Erin — enough said. She is reason enough to want to make the move :)
Kanga Bangas are good, but Kanga steaks are better. Wait till you have an Emu burger though!
Spiders: pffft. Trust me, you build up a resistance to the toxins.
Jews? As in the race or the religion? I mean, that really should be clarified. As a highly multicultural culture, we care little for one’s background creed or race as long as you can swill a beer, eat a pie and scream at the TV with singular fluid motion. Also - we has them. Even the really weird orthodox ones who live in East St Kilda, put up high walls around the schools and have bodyguards out the front, presumably to keep the kids in at lunchtime as East St Kilda is also the red light district and you know what pubescent kids with bar mitzvah money burning a hole in their pocket are like … wait, what was the question? Oh, yeah, there’s a really good kosher place just down the road that serves a mean matzo ball soup.
I’m in the uk, and it’s near impossible for me to move to either. Anyone for France?
Umn, Mike, really, you just have not thought this through - your options are:
marry an Aussie girl … we send a few thousand over to you guys every year …
steal a loaf of bread and then claim your Irish (they’re still sending unwanted convicts over here, right?)
Apply for Australian Citizenship (which is automatically approved for the English I have been led to believe) then, wearing an Australian flag, run across the cricket pitch and urinate on Andy Strauss’ gear … I’m pretty sure that’s an instant deportation …
OK, fine … France - they’re socialists, it could work.
I now know his weekend plans, that when he prefaces a sentence with “I’m not going to brag but …” he means for than 18 minutes and apparently anything further than a five minute drive is “just far too far to go on a weekday”
Also, he is apparently here for his daughter … Not his hearing, or his voice … Shame.
It’s hard to find words that rhyme is a small town, as the traffic comes to a slowdown, people watch the hoedown, taking place in midtown, it’s happening at sundown, causing the brown clown with a frown, wearing both gown and crown, to cry such tears as to make the people drown, … in a small town.