Tuesday, 31 July 2007

And you think you can't?

This video is for anyone who has doubts about what they can achieve in life.

Monday, 30 July 2007

The girl in the tunnel

Some Melbourne culture.

The girl in the tunnel - Opinion - theage.com.au

Billy Connolly's chain letter


Hello, my name is Billy and I suffer from guilt for not forwarding 50 billion fucking chain letters sent to me by people who actually believe if you send them on, a poor six year old girl in Scotland with a breast on her forehead will be able to raise enough money to have it removed before her redneck parents sell her to a travelling freak show.

And, do you honestly believe that Bill Gates is going to give you, and everyone to whom you send "his" email, $1000?

How stupid are we?

Ooooh, looky here! If I scroll down this page and make a wish, I'll get laid by a model I just happen to run into the next day!

What a bunch of bullshit.

Maybe the evil chain letter leprechauns will come into my house and sodomize me in my sleep for not continuing a chain letter that was started by St Peter in 5AD and brought to this country by midget pilgrim stowaways on the Endeavour.

Fuck 'em!!

If you're going to forward something, at least send me something mildly amusing. I've seen all the "send this to 10 of your closest friends, and this poor, wretched excuse for a human being will somehow receive a nickel from some omniscient being" forwards about 90 times.

I don't fucking care.

Show a little intelligence and think about what you're actually contributing to by sending out these forwards. Chances are, it's our own unpopularity. The point being?

If you get some chain letter that's threatening to leave you shagless or luckless for the rest of your life, delete it. If it's funny, send it on.

Don't piss people off by making them feel guilty about a leper in Botswana with no teeth who has been tied to the arse of a dead elephant for 27 years and whose only salvation is the 5 cents per
letter he'll receive if you forward this email.

Now forward this to everyone you know. Otherwise, tomorrow morning your underwear will turn carnivorous and will consume your genitals.

Have a nice day.

Billy Connolly

P.S: Send me 15 bucks and then fuck off

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Engels Leren?

Hilarious Dutch TV commercial showing why it's a good thing to learn English.

* Warning: mild coarse language.

Thursday, 19 July 2007

Clarke and Dawe: pulp fiction

Clarke and Dawe: pulp fiction

12/07/2007 - John Clarke and Bryan Dawe on the controversial proposal by forestry giant Gunns to build a pulp mill in Tasmania.

Video: Real Media (hi) | Real Media (lo) | Windows Media (hi) | Windows Media (lo)

Read the transcript.

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

World Community Grid Update - 100,000 Years and Genome Comparison Completion

World Community Grid has reached the 100,000 years of run time mark! THANK YOU to all our volunteers who have enabled us to reach this amazing milestone! Because of your contributions, results on critical health issues have already been achieved, demonstrating World Community Grid's potential to make significant inroads on a great range of future projects that can benefit the world.

World Community Grid also is pleased to announce that the Fiocruz Genome Comparison (FGC) project is finished. The last work units have been sent out and when the final results are returned, the project will come to an end. This project, which launched on November 16, 2006, will have run for just over 8 months by the time the last results are returned. During this time 146,000 members will have donated 3,800 years of computer time on 280,000 different computers. This is a significant contribution to helping scientists better understand human genes, how they play a role in disease processes, and ultimately in understanding how to devise drugs to combat human diseases.

But the end of this project is really only a beginning. Based on the results, the researchers who are working on this project have a plan to not only use this data, but to also make it available to other researchers. World Community Grid's team will keep in close touch with the research team and will post updates on the website in the Research pages. The researchers will also continue to update their FGC website with exciting updates about this project and the inroads it is making to research.

We still need your help with other ongoing projects! World Community Grid continues to run the FightAIDS@Home and Human Proteome Folding - Phase II projects. These critical research projects need your computer time as well.

We also are preparing three new projects that are due to be launched later this summer, including ones focused on flaviviruses, climate modeling, and cancer. We will publish more information about these projects when they launch.

On behalf of the research staff at Fiocruz, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, World Community Grid's team wish to express our thanks to you for contributing your PC power to this project. With your contribution, this project was completed in a fraction of the time it would otherwise have taken.

Sunday, 8 July 2007

O Canada vs Advance Australia Fair

This video of a Canadian Olympian singing O Canada gave me a lump in my throat and brought a small tear to one eye... It got me thinking about how the Australian national anthem, Advance Australia Fair just doesn't really cut it for me as a national anthem.

O Canada is a beautiful piece of music in its own right. Advance Australia Fair seems trite and contrived by comparison. I know it may sound unpatriotic to say that, but I just don't see Australia as being well represented by our anthem. Many of the lines in it aren't factually correct where they assert certain points, it sounds hokey in the same vein as that old Australian folk song about Tumut (Tumut: A Vision and a Venture - written in 1924 to mark the Centenary of the town) with it's quaint rhyming structure. And don't get me started on girt!

This is what I mean:

Tumut: A Vision and a Venture (E.L. Bridle)

One night I had a vision
Of beauteous hills and dales,
Next morn I sought to find them,
In sunny New South Wales.
I hastened to the Central,
Described the spot I'd seen,
A place where hills surrounded
A vale of Erin's green.
With trees of English beauty
And a river running thro'.
Is there a place so thrilling
Beneath the heaven's blue?


Oh change at Cootamundra for Gundagai's old track,
Soon beauty makes you wonder if you'll ee'r again turn back?
You linger at Mt. Horeb e're the promised land you see.
Your journey ends at Tumut
Capital T-U-M-U-T.

Old Tumut town it lies down South
Up Yerrangobilly way.
'Tis lovely in October,
'Tis beautiful in May.
Its willow bordered river,
Its fields of wheat and corn,
Enslaved my heart forever
That unforgotten morn,
I crossed the bridge at twilight
To see Bombowlee Lane
And ling'ring 'neath the poplars
Knew I'd not dreamed in vain.


Compare this quaint song with the words and cadence of Advance Australia Fair.

Advance Australia Fair

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in Nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing,
"Advance Australia fair!"

When gallant Cook from Albion sail'd,
To trace wide oceans o'er,
True British courage bore him on,
Till he landed on our shore.
Then here he raised Old England's flag,
The standard of the brave;
With all her faults we love her still,
"Britannia rules the wave!"
In joyful strains then let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"

Beneath our radiant southern Cross,
We'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas
We've boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"

While other nations of the globe
Behold us from afar,
We'll rise to high renown and shine
Like our glorious southern star;
From England, Scotia, Erin's Isle,
Who come our lot to share,
Let all combine with heart and hand
To advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"

Shou'd foreign foe e'er sight our coast,
Or dare a foot to land,
We'll rouse to arms like sires of yore
To guard our native strand;
Britannia then shall surely know,
Beyond wide ocean's roll,
Her sons in fair Australia's land
Still keep a British soul.
In joyful strains the let us sing
"Advance Australia fair!"

This harking back to Britain seems ludicrous in a contemporary context. I note that only Verses 1 and 3 are normally sung - with the more inappropriate parts left out of the official version, but surely there is a song that more exemplifies Australia and its society than this!

See how O Canada speaks of a commitment to protect the country where Advance Australia Fair wallows in joyful strains.

O Canada

O Canada! Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land
Glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee;
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Friday, 6 July 2007