Archive for October, 2006

Have you ever wondered why there’s an obesity epidemic?

October 26th, 2006

Via The Daily Show, I give you the Jimmy Dean Chocolate Chip Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick:

Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage

There are just no words…


Sounds like a bargain to me…

October 23rd, 2006

From smh.com.au, a Harry Seidler designed home is up for sale, and apparently:

the new owners would probably demolish the house

The price is $3.5m. To knock down something by Harry Seidler that sounds like a bargain. How much for Blues Point?


What free trade agreement?

October 23rd, 2006

From The Courier-Mail (via Boing Boing):

THE United States has slapped a ban on Vegemite, outraging Australian expatriates there.

I don’t feel that I’m exaggerating when I say that this is the greatest outrage ever! Where’s Mark Latham when you need him?


Worst typo ever…

October 19th, 2006

From MSNBC.com:

The Kazakhstan central bank has misspelled the word “bank” on its new notes, officials said Wednesday.

Hee hee hee! Although, has anyone checked our bank notes carefully?

In fairness to the central bank, it does sound like a pretty small typo:

The Kazakh word for bank is the Cyrillic form of “bank.” On the new note, the word was written with an alternate Kazakh form of the letter K, which has a slightly different pronunciation.

Genocide: a primer

October 18th, 2006

A quick primer for beginners:

John Cobb describes [comments made by Clive Hamilton] as “agrarian genocide”.

Any questions?


A blast from Apple’s past

October 17th, 2006

Via Peeve Farm is this video from the 1997 MacWorld, with Steve Jobs announcing the deal with Microsoft.

It’s fascinating watching Steve – he’s so clearly hating what he has to announce, but he has to as it’s the only way to save the company. When the introduction of Internet Explorer as the default browser is announced the reaction from the crowd is almost savage. And how often does ‘non-voting shares’ turn out to be a big applause line?

(Of course, the reaction to Bill Gates makes anything for Steve look kind).

Really interesting to compare this to the Intel announcement, which was (in some ways) as big a cultural shift, but it didn’t cause anything like as much reaction.