Archive for January, 2007


January 17th, 2007

Weight: 109.1kg
Breakfast: Weet Bix & OJ
Lunch: Vegemite Sandwich x 2
Dinner: Fillet Steak with Potatoes and Peas
Snacks: None
Total Calories: 1221
Exercise: Cycling, 20 mins
Ladder: na

What the???!!!

January 16th, 2007

Via Washington Monthly is this unbelievably strange story in the Guardian:

Britain and France talked about a “union” in the 1950s, even discussing the possibility of the Queen becoming the French head of state, it was reported today.


When Mr Mollet’s request for a union failed, he quickly responded with another plan – that France be allowed to join the British commonwealth – which was said to have been met more warmly by Sir Anthony.

What the hell? Strangest thing I’ve seen in months.

No comet

January 15th, 2007

Went out tonight to try and find Comet C/2006 P1 McNaught with no luck so far – too much haze, and Canberra is just too bright.

This continues my near perfect record of not being able to see astronomical phenomena from Canberra, having also missed a solar eclipse, a lunar eclipse, and I could never really see Halley’s Comet either.

So very,very wrong

January 10th, 2007

Last night I very nearly posted a long rant about how it’s ‘Macworld’, and not ‘iPodworld’ or ‘iPhoneworld’.

Good thing I didn’t…

Apple only announced two big new products at the Macworld keynote, neither of which are computer hardware: the Apple TV and the iPhone. The phone looks very, very nice, but there’s no word about when it will be out in Australia yet.

Oh, and Apple changed its name to ‘Apple’ rather than ‘Apple Computer’.

Oh well, at least I can buy a shiny new toy a little more quickly…

Stupid, stupid policy

January 8th, 2007

From ABC News is this brain dead bit of policy:

Australian Young Labor is calling on the ALP to adopt a policy of not taxing people under 18.

Young Labor president Sam Crosby says it is unfair that those aged under 18 have to pay tax even though they cannot vote.

OK, let’s ignore the ‘taxing people under 18’ bit. Let’s just think about the ‘cannot vote’ thing and what that implies:

  • only citizens have to pay taxes;
  • people who don’t pay tax can’t vote; and
  • people who don’t live in Australia don’t have to pay tax.

Stupid, stupid justification for the policy. If you’re going to advocate new policy (and it’s an idea interesting enough to debate), please don’t try to justify it using this fairness argument that a 3-year-old could see through.


January 8th, 2007

Weight: 110.4kg