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The loose end

February 28, 2011

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One of the hardest things about losing someone is not knowing what to do with yourself. Sure, there are things to do right after someone dies: breaking the news to others, sorting out leases and mortgages and utility bills, cancelling their mobile phone, closing their bank accounts, organising the funeral. These logistical tasks are not […]

Friday news picks

February 25, 2011

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WordPress’s visual editor that I usually use to put links in isn’t working today so I’ve put these in manually. Let me know if they’re not working. NASA is about to launch a new satellite that’s going to monitor airborne crap on Earth. Oil prices are the highest they’ve been in two and a half […]

Please stop capitalising the i in ‘internet’

February 23, 2011

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In English, the only nouns that get capitalised are proper nouns. Place names like streets and countries, names of organisations, names and titles of people, trademarks and brand names, titles of books and magazines, names of TV and radio shows. The internet is none of these things. It’s not a place, it’s not a publication, […]

The thing about rivers

February 21, 2011

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The hobby farm between Logan and Mount Tamborine in South East Queensland where I grew up has a tiny creek running through the front of it. The two houses on the property are far away from the creek, built, in 1977 and 1981 respectively, above the 1974 flood line. I distinctly remember my dad pointing […]

Friday News Picks

February 18, 2011

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Here are some of the things that happened this week. The Business Council of Australia thought it would be a good idea to cut disabled services to pay for post-flood and cyclone reconstruction. CBS’s foreign correspondent in Cairo was viciously assaulted. She left hospital and went home on Wednesday. Targeted social media platforms for particular […]

“No man is capable of being your best friend…”

February 16, 2011

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“[N]o man is capable of being your best friend. A best friend is someone who goes to get their nails done with you, and I can’t respect a man who gets a pedicure.” Chelsea Handler has a strange definition of “friendship”. From Musings of an Inappropriate Woman — You said it, Rachel. There are so […]

The hows and whys of networking

February 14, 2011

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Over the next three weeks I have about 20 meet-up-and-catch-up meetings scheduled and I am looking forward to them as well as thinking very seriously about how to approach them and what I want to get out of them. About a third of them are with people who have already told me they might have […]