Browsing All Posts published on »December, 2010«

Fuck China

December 26, 2010

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China has been the cool new kid of the business and political world for the last couple of years. Its economy has been developing at a rate of knots (finally) which means it’s spending a whole lot of money that everyone else in the world would like a piece of. So everyone has been super […]

Friday News Picks

December 24, 2010

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It’s a bumper issue this week—my contribution to your holiday reading and relaxing. Writers in prison: when having an opinion becomes a crime. A study on Echinacea says it doesn’t help common colds. I thought it was for infections? This cracked me up and taught me a few things too: 5 Ridiculous Things You Probably […]

Grammar Geek: Twitter Verbs

December 21, 2010

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Or: why we need both ‘to tweet’ and ‘to twitter’ There’s been some discussion among grammar/web geeks about correct terminology around social media platform of the hour Twitter. Here’s my weigh-in/explanation for anyone who cares. When you’re tweeting, you’re posting a tweet via a Twitter account. When you’re twittering, you could be doing anything at all […]

Friday News Picks

December 17, 2010

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An explanation of life for someone who is trying to seek refuge with their fellow humans who we insist on calling queue jumpers and terrorists. Something that I wish didn’t have to be explained but that our major newspapers, Today Tonight, A Current Affair, Sixty Minutes, the Today Show and Sunrise, plus almost all talk back radio make it necessary to […]

This sums up my philosophy of life

December 16, 2010

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Courtesy of xkcd.com via Rowley.

Seriously, who does that?

December 14, 2010

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A few years ago, I wrote a story that ended up being called Dragon Dust. I thought of the ending first, as I often do, then filled in the beginning and middle later. The idea came suddenly and was written quickly. I don’t often do that. It was set in an imaginary world, nothing too […]

A Wikileaks Reader

December 13, 2010

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Wikileaks has been all over the news so I thought I’d get in on the action. Here’s a collection of links to articles and posts and sites that, I think, each add a layer to the whole issue. On New Matilda today, Ben Eltham writes about what Wikileaks reveals about the state of the world’s democracies, […]