Month: October 2006

  • 30/10/06

    Weight: 111.3kg Breakfast: Vegemite on toast Lunch: Vegemite Sandwich Dinner: Chicken fillo Exercise: 15 mins cycling Rung: 1 Snacks: None

  • Holiday Economics

    So which special occasions do we (well, the US) spend the most money on? The National Retail Federation has the breakdown (via Snopes): Christmas (‘winter holidays’): $438.6 billion. Back to school: $54.2 billion. Mother’s day: $13.8 billion. Valentine’s day: $13.7 billion. Easter: $12.6 billion. Father’s day: $9.0 billion. Super Bowl: $5.3 billion. Halloween: $5.0 billion. St […]

  • Making lemonade from lemons

    While at Harvey Norman today I found this piece of inventive advertising: A Choice award? How fantastic! Let’s investigate… The CHOICE 2006 Shonky Awards Ten products to make you weep in despair. […] The CHOICE Shonky for Best Dirt Redistribution Goes to the iROBOT ROOMBA robot vacuum cleaner (CHOICE, November 2006) […] But what really […]

  • Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make.

    If you’re currently somewhere where you can make a bit of noise you might want to have a look at this music generator. Some very strange, yet in its way beautiful, algorithmic music. Well done, with very pretty animation. Kind of reminds me of the soundtrack for Dr Who back in the 1960s. (The quote […]

  • Can you tell a story in six words?

    Via Boing Boing (and many others) is this brilliant project from Wired magazine. Ask a bunch of famous writers to tell a story in six words: Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so. (Joss Wheedon) Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time (Alan Moore) Kirby had never eaten toes before (Kevin Smith) Awesome stuff! (Although that last […]

  • Got a quiet 50 hours or so?

    Found via some source I cannot now remember (sorry!), is this collection of 100 scanned issues of Computing Gaming World. The collection covers from 1981 to 1992, so it’s a pretty dramatic period in computer games. The first issue covers mainly computer based wargames (with a very prescient essay about the advantages that computer war […]

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

    Via The Daily Show, I give you the Jimmy Dean Chocolate Chip Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick: There are just no words…

  • Sounds like a bargain to me…

    From, 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?

    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…

    From 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 […]