Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2011«

Random things I need to know

May 30, 2011


A lot of people I know seem to know a lot of random information. For a writing project I’m working on I need to know a lot of random things so rather than looking things up myself, I thought I’d ask my blog readers whether you know any of the things this project is asking […]

Friday News Picks

May 27, 2011


The Climate Commission said “We know beyond reasonable doubt that the world is warming and that human emissions of greenhouse gasses are the primary cause.” Hate to break it to you, but this isn’t new information. It’s been available for years only no one on the science side has explained it very well and a […]

Getting out of the rat race

May 25, 2011


My friend is starting a business. We had a Facebook chat about it yesterday. I’m posting an excerpt because it reminded me that while I’ve been a bit stressed and run down lately, I’m still confident I’m doing the right thing with my life. Friend: Any tips for getting out of the rat race? Me: First, […]

Festival week!

May 23, 2011


It’s festival week. A month of massive weekends (in which, as discussed previously, I am used to sleeping) in the lead-up is probably not the most strategic manoeuver in terms of personal energy conservation/stockpiling but there’s nothing I can do about that now. Luckily, I’m really excited about the festival which is pretty energising. I […]

Friday News Picks

May 20, 2011


Poorer Australians think they’re better off than they are and the well-off think they’re hard done by according to a new survey. China tried to suppress a UN report that said North Korea violated weapons trade sanctions against Iran. A new children’s book for adults, Go the Fuck to Sleep, got pirated a lot which […]

This is one of the best, cheapest ways you can support writers

May 16, 2011


The Emerging Writers’ Festival which happens every winter in Melbourne is the best festival for writers I know of. And I’m not saying that because I’m one of the official schmoozers. I don’t do cash for comment (on this blog). EWF is great because it’s a festival for writers rather than authors’ groupies. If you […]

Friday news picks

May 13, 2011


Donald Rumsfeld said maybe Pakistan didn’t know bin Laden was there. What it’s like in the refugee “queue”. A new Victorian parliamentarian, Geoff Shaw, acknowledged God as the traditional owner of Australia in the opening of his maiden speech. If you believe in a god, does your conception include a being who is interested in owning […]