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An afternoon at the library

June 29, 2011

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Yesterday afternoon I spent about 45 minutes exploring the State Library of Victoria building. It was research for a project I’m working on for October (check out its website if you want more information; I’m still getting my head around it). Research involved taking a few photos. I’ll have to go back and see a […]

Stupid things

June 28, 2011

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Here are some things I have encountered recently that have struck me as particularly stupid. 1. A social button on a news article Doesn’t really have the same ring as “Like”. 2. “I don’t like to drink soy milk. It lasts so much longer than normal milk. Doesn’t seem natural.” Just because they’re both whitish liquid […]

Friday news picks

June 24, 2011

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      A region of Canada is launching a five-year program to teach girls online safety. Self-published author John Locke became the first of his kind to sell a million Kindle ebooks. Three Australian senators finished their terms and gave speeches. Musician Moby released a book of photography. The Global Commission on Drug Policy said […]

Friday news picks

June 17, 2011

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A gay judge in California successfully overruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, setting a precedent that gay judges can rule on gay issues. Apparently all the conversation on the internet is making us dumber. Usually I hate these kinds of hypotheses, but this one could make sense. Although I don’t really see how humans […]

“Ah, festival conversations.”

June 14, 2011

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So said a friend who, like me, has had many festival and conference experiences. She’s in London and I was telling her all about the fantasticness of the Emerging Writers’ Festival. When you work on an arts festival you spend every waking moment  with the same group people for a concentrated period of time and […]

Friday news picks

June 10, 2011

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It’s been a lazy week here at Opinionate. After 11 days of doing little else but talking about writing, I’ve been more or less incapable of stringing together a sentence worthy of posting. But the Friday news is never neglected, so here we go! Scientists in Singapore have been slipping fluorescent stuff into silkworm food […]

Friday news picks

June 3, 2011

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A Frenchwoman talked about the chauvinist culture of France: “We know in France that the general culture makes it comfortable for men to take liberties with women, and in America it’s not like that,” Ms. Cottavoz, 49, said. A Pakistani journalist, Syed Saleem Shahzad, was found dead. He had been investigating links between the Pakistani military and […]