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Friday news picks

September 30, 2011

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This Is Not Art (TINA) started yesterday. News Ltd executives knew about the phone hacking in 2006. A social media guy fired his Twitterer and then didn’t change his Twitter password. Obama, the UN and a bunch of other people said stuff about Palestine. A man in Ireland died from spontaneous combustion. An old NASA […]

Friday news picks

September 23, 2011

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Ernst and Young said that small live music venues contribute $1.2 billion to the Australian economy every year. Wikileaks shed some light on Singapore’s plans for nuclear energy. “Source A says the sky is blue. Source B says the sky is red. Shouldn’t the reporter look at the sky rather than just report the disagreement?” […]

Friday news picks

September 16, 2011

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A moose got drunk and stuck in a tree. The UN jumped on the social media bandwagon and did pretty well. The Winkelvoss twins made fun of Mark Zuckerberg in an ad for pistachios. Lest we forget Nauru. There was a shooting at an Arkansas courthouse in which at least one person was injured. The paradox of […]

Another call to action about a cool thing I love

September 14, 2011

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My favourite writers’ festival, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, is after your donations to do a cool new thing — a mini-conference for  the next round of writers who will remind the world how awesome Australia is, giving them ideas and inspiration about using the internet for the powers of good. The conference is to be […]

Grandmother chronicles: Some more about Alphonsine

September 14, 2011

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The stories told about my grandmother Madeleine are many and varied and mostly colourful. The most colourful and varied of these are those she told herself. I heard a lot of them before she died because she told us all stories when we were growing up and later I asked for more. I’m writing these […]

Friday news picks

September 9, 2011

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A man was arrested in Indiana, USA for walking down a highway with a samurai sword. Britain’s Poet Laureate says that texting is a form of poetry and its popularity is probably creating exciting poets of the future. Once they have the basics down, previously socially isolated older people find comfort and connection in online interaction. […]

Storytelling: my latest obsession

September 5, 2011

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This year I’ve been getting increasingly obsessed with the idea of storytelling. It seems kind of obvious that I would think about the idea seeing as I call myself a writer. But, honestly, with the type of writing that I spend most of my time doing (blogging, tender writing, marketing copy, sponsorship proposals), storytelling is […]