Saturday, December 03, 2005

Great lines from the Internet

A comment after an article about how parents these days are so terrified of their children getting hurt that they don't let them do anything by themselves anymore. Comment away, Pete Nightingale...

Too right, I grew up in the 70s when every piece of play equipment was surrounded by a concrete apron and you had to be really really careful when you rode your bicycle down the slide.
Pete Nightingale, Reading UK

Article at BBC News, here.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

How to build Google.

I've been wondering a little bit about what it takes to build a company like Google - is it just about making the search engine algorithms a little better, is it hiring the smartest engineers going, or is it cleaning out your rivals of talented people?

I think this probably captures a bit about what makes Google seemingly different to other dotcoms.

First, I accept that Larry and Sergey really are brilliant. I'm sure that on IQ tests, they're off the charts, but that's not the kind of brilliance I mean. I mean brilliant in the sense that they have a vision that burns so brightly within them it scorches everything that stands in its way. The truth is so obvious to them that they have no patience for the niceties of polite society when bringing that vision to life.

From Xoogler.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Baby got back in time for the noughties.

Ladies. Gentlemen.

Do yourselves a favour and listen to this mind-blowingly cool cover of Sir Mix-a-lot's infamous "Baby Got Back" by Jonathon Coulton.

Mp3 is around the top of the page - seriously, this song is ridiculously good.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Great Lines from the Inner-net

Today's great line comes courtesy of MAKE mag. Here's Jasmina Tesanovic talking:

Back in 1999, while my hometown of Belgrade was being blown up by 19 different countries, I was writing and uploading a diary. One day, a producer from German national TV phoned me. She’d been reading my online journal (Diary of a Political Idiot) and thought it might make a good film.

Unfortunately, since her country was so busy bombing mine, she couldn’t give me any practical help.

Saturday, November 19, 2005


These two dudes are very very funny. I can't wait for more.

See the frogs review websites here.

Who woulda thunk it?

This is just about the most astonishing thing I've seen recently.

And the story is just as good.

Thursday, November 17, 2005



Germany, prepare yourself. Stock the fridges, put the pies in the oven, order the tomoto sauce and make sure you've got plenty of green and gold paint because -


Monday, November 14, 2005


Is it me, or are the jacaranda's super bright this year?


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Yeti do bad...

This image from the front page of the Yetisports website just looks wrong.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

No Dickheads, Please.

Recently the Sydney Swans won their first premiership in seventy-two years. One of the stories to come out of the post-victory analysis concerns the recruitment policy of the Swans.

While interviewing the recruitment manager for the team, one of the specific policies that was mentioned is a policy called, in a wonderfully to-the-point way, the “No Dickheads” policy. The manager stated “You won’t find any dickheads in our team”.

Apparently this comes down to two factors. One is that the team has instituted a player welfare scheme that aims to provide training and support for the players to keep them out of trouble and keep them playing.

More interestingly, though, is that the team has overlooked potential recruits with “superior skills” because they didn’t have the right character. Says the manager “I won't name the names, but we've been laughed at sometimes for overlooking kids because they didn't have the qualities we wanted…a few years later, the same blokes are making headlines for the wrong sort of things. They’re underperforming”.

Having just finished “Good to Great”, it made me wonder about the Swans performance. It seems Jim Collins provides the basis for this policy with the summary point;

“Whether someone is the “right person” has more to do with character traits and innate capabilities than with specific knowledge, background, or skills”.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Unbelievable and frightening

Plot from a novel I read recently.

On the most significant day of the sporting calendar, when literally an entire country stops to watch the main event, a shadowy law is rushed through the democratic parliament with debate curtailed to just ten minutes. The laws allow unprecedented powers of arrest, without explanation, justification, and most significantly, without publication. They are to be used willy-nilly by the 'intelligence' agencies against yet more shadowy dissenters, criteria unknown.

I lied - this isn't a novel. It's about to happen.

When the Melbourne Cup starts, say a little prayer for sanity whilst you pray for your horse.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Oil, Chemicals, Environmental Protection.

From Fortune magazine, the annual Social Responsibility index.

There is just something very wrong with this table, don’t you think?

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Read This:

Read it RIGHT NOW!

Ipod's Ugly Boring Stupid Cousin

Great quote from a Slate article about how the Motorola ROKR iTunes phone, well, kinda sucks, and how people might not want a device that does everything.

"I associate my BlackBerry with work," a friend retorted to me. "I use my iPod to forget about work. I don't want it to fucking ring."

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Woot! Mod chips not illegal after all.

In a judgement hot off the bench the High Court of Australia has deemed that mod-chips that allow you to play games from different regions are not illegal. It deemed that the technology implemented by games companies allows them to artificially control prices in different parts of the world. Link to article here and the judgement here.

Now if they could only do something about my Indonesian copy of GT2 that turned out to be Barbie Detective.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Go the SWANNIES!!!

You wear it well Barry. I'm officially on the bandwagon.

Friday, September 23, 2005

PowerPain - an antidote?

If you've ever had to, might have to, or anticipate having to give a presentation, presumably you will be using PowerPoint. In that case, please read this from Presentation Zen, and we'll all be a lot better off.

Friday Fun One : 000,000,000,000,000,000...

Donald Rumsfeld is giving the President of the USA the weekly briefing on the War in Iraq. He finishes his speech with condolences to three Brazilian soldiers who were killed in action.

Abruptly, Bush brusts into tears. Great, sobbing jerks shake his body as he is overcome with grief. His staff look on, his tender concern for the lives of foreign soldiers clearly evident.

He look up, with tears streming down his face, and asks Rummy;

"How many in a brazillion?"

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Ermm...God? Did you drop something?

Maybe this?

Or this, perhaps?

Monday, September 19, 2005

September 19th - Talk like a Pirate Day

Ladies! Prepare to be boarded!