Friday, January 27, 2006


Prof offers students a B-minus to drop his class


Fashion Week


"Red is the new libertine" - Galliano rolls out revolution,10221,17930202-10431,00.html


Sydney Ferry race

Our party begins with the Great Ferry Race aptly named the "Ferrython". Many harbour ferries (that normally provide commuter transport on Sydney's beautiful waterways have been completely transformed by fancy dress from the waterline to the funnel and beyond with streamers) take up position on the starting line in front of the Sydney Opera House. Once the ancient cannon on Fort Denison is fired signalling the beginning of one of Sydney Harbours most exciting events, the captain of each of these colourfully clad, normally "staid workhorses", opens the throttle and the whole spectator fleet (literally hundreds and hundreds of craft including us) surge forward to keep up with the racing ferries. The course of the race takes the ferries around Shark Island and on toward Watson's Bay before turning back towards the City. There is much glory for the skipper of the victorious ferry in this event, so you can see "every trick in the book" including smoke screens as the ferries race toward the finish line under the Harbour Bridge.


Roger and doubt: Observations on tennis strategy,5744,17949190%5E2722,00.html


Marcos living a dream,5744,17952596%5E2722,00.html


Australian dust storm


Gore accuses big oil of bankrolling Tories in Canadian election


"Many Americans on the left and the right aren't interested in the truth, but simply want news that confirms their viewpoints."

Aaron Brown is shocked "by how unkind our world has become." E-mail and talk radio appear to have given people the license to say anything, regardless of how cruel or false it may be, he said.

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Internet Strengthens Rather Than Replaces Offline Friendships

Wednesday, January 25, 2006




The Boys of Baraka

On September 12, 2002 twenty "at risk" 12-year-old boys from the tough streets of inner-city Baltimore left home to attend the 7th and 8th grade at Baraka, an experimental boarding school located in Kenya, East Africa


One Red Paperclip: He started with a paperclip; now he owns a large cube van


Zero Sugar or Zero Coke?


Optus Tennis Challenge


Wonderful Adidas soccer ad




Local papers can't get enough of his story

Cyprus' giant-slayer Marcos Baghdatis was at it again last night, throwing the Australian Open into chaos with a remarkable five-set victory over Croatian Ivan Ljubicic. 

After sending No. 2 seed Andy Roddick packing in the fourth round, the unseeded Baghdatis produced more heroics to set up a semi-final showdown against Argentina's No. 4 seed David Nalbandian. In an extraordinary display, the 20-year-old gave up a two-set lead before rallying against the odds to beat seventh seed Ljubicic in a 3hr 17min marathon, 6-4 6-2 4-6 3-6 6-3, that finished just after 1.20am this morning.


Nasty German

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Cats know the difference: Clever ad


Stephen Harper wins Conservative minority in Canada


Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne


Sharapova accused of "legalised cheating" with her high-pitched squealing during points,5478,17917085^11088,00.html


Canada: The times they are a changing


British expatriates find these funny


Rookie filmmakers snag $10M deal at Sundance


Said to be President Bush's finest speech


The New Yorker: Cartoon Caption Contest


Too weird: Group Hug // anonymous online confessions


iTunes Signature Maker: Who you are and what you listen to

Monday, January 23, 2006


Aussie humour

The missus is away with the dog and I sure miss him.


Bundarrah Days: Life in the Australian Bush


Forest fires knock tennis off Australian headlines




Exciting match, loser is still Australian (and my) heroine

Three-time champion Martina Hingis has ended Samantha Stosur's career-best grand slam run with a hard-fought and thrilling 6-1 7-6 (10-8) fourth-round victory at the Australian Open.

Stosur was hoping to join 2005 quarter-finalist Alicia Molik as only the second Australian woman in almost two decades to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park.

But the 21-year-old Queenslander was left to rue an erratic display of serving and a definite missed opportunity in the tense second-set tiebreaker as the Swiss Miss advanced after one hour and 32 minutes.

Stosur twice looked gone when the former world No.1 served for the match at 5-3 and then again at 6-5 in the second set.

Twice, though, Stosur broke back before building a 5-2 advantage in the tiebreak.

Hingis recovered to establish match points at 6-5, 7-6 and 8-7 in the breaker, only for Stosur to gallantly stay alive on each occasion.

Stosur finally surrendered with a backhand in the net after a second set lasting 69 minutes.

Hingis was delighted to have booked a quarter-final showdown on Wednesday with US Open champion Kim Clijsters, but also expressed praise for her vanquished opponent.

"She's still only young and she's got this amazing kick serve," Hingis said of Stosur's second service delivery.

"I think she has a great future ahead of her."


NYT ahead of Canadian election

January 23, 2006
Op-Ed Contributor

In From the Cold



AN outsider watching the Canadian election today may be forgiven for wondering what the fuss is about. A centrist Liberal government is about to be replaced, if the polls are correct, by a centrist Conservative one. Like its predecessor, the new government will probably hold only a minority of the seats in Parliament, meaning it will have to work with the other parties to pass legislation. Small earthquake in Canada; not many hurt.

But beneath Canada's placid surface, the tectonic plates are shifting.

Slowly, by stages, rather than suddenly and violently, the Western world's most enduring political dynasty is cracking up. The Liberal Party of Canada, it is often noted, held power for more years in the 20th century than the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. It has governed Canada, with occasional Conservative interludes, more or less since the First World War. Not for nothing is the system sometimes called "one-and-a-half-party rule."

Since the election of 1993, especially, the Liberals have ruled all but unopposed, the opposition having fractured into several regionally based parties. But you know what they say about absolute power, and sure enough the Liberals were implicated in a series of scandals, including a huge kickback scheme in Quebec.

At the same time, the party was beset by internal divisions, culminating in the sitting prime minister, Jean Chrétien, being forced from office by his own party. His successor, Paul Martin, came to power with enormous expectations, owing to his success as finance minister in taming our national deficits.

Mr. Martin quickly fell short of the mark. In 2004, the once-invincible Liberals were reduced to a minority, thanks in part to the scandal in Quebec, in part to disappointment with Mr. Martin, and in part to the resurrection of a united Conservative opposition led by Stephen Harper.

A dour economist from Alberta, Mr. Harper is no one's idea of a natural politician. But he is blessed with both a first-rate mind for policy and a sure strategic sense. Though decidedly from the (libertarian) right of the party, Mr. Harper has learned to temper his ambitions to reshape Canada's federal system and rein in its sprawling government. It isn't that he has suddenly been transformed into a moderate, in the mold of the party's hapless past leaders, but he has been converted to incrementalism.

Mr. Harper bet the election on this strategy. The Conservatives had been so far from power for so long, he calculated, that they had become an unknown quantity to many voters. Fear of the unknown was the Liberals' last remaining political weapon, their sole defense against widespread public fatigue with their government. Deny the Liberals that, and they would collapse.

Whatever his ideological objectives, Mr. Harper has as his first goal to make his party into a permanent contender for power: to end one-and-a-half party rule, forever. That is a matter not only of building a lasting electoral coalition, but given Canada's peculiar political history, of reforming its institutions. Conservative predecessors had won smashing victories, only to be overwhelmed in office by the vested interests of Liberaldom.

To avoid the same fate, Mr. Harper will have to confront the entrenched apparatus of Liberal rule, including the vast network of dependent client groups the party has cultivated over the years: big businesses, small businesses, activist groups, ethnic organizations, all on the federal dole and close to the ruling party.

He will also have to make reforms to Canada's outmoded democratic institutions, notably the appointed Senate, in which the Liberals, quelle surprise, hold a majority of the seats.

Last, he will have to set aside some of his own privileges, placing limits on the powers of patronage with which prime ministers have consolidated their rule. The Conservatives must plan for when they are again out of power and remove the instruments by which they were kept out.

Previous Conservative prime ministers aspired only to run the Liberal machine for themselves, leaving the motor running for the Liberals when they returned. Mr. Harper wants to dismantle it, piece by piece.

Andrew Coyne is a columnist for The National Post.


Can you imagine North American political leaders so relaxed?


A blog on TV advertising: Duncan's TV Ad Land


Sunday, January 22, 2006


NBC Cancels 'West Wing'


Conservative view of Canada?

"In America, conservatives have long dismissed Canada as a vast,
bleak landscape of pinko, peacenik homosexuals debilitated by a
socialist medical system, are starting to see vitality."

The Times of London on the eve of the Canadian election.


Regarding undertested new iLife software: No thank you, Steve


Apple Sux

This is INSANE!!! I bought my shuffle last spring and was working fine until I thought it would be a good idea to download the updater 11 05 - since then, I get the flashing green/orange lights, it no longer plays and my PC will not recognize it. After spending COUNTLESS hours rebooting my machine, making sure I had all my windows updates installed, trying all the "5R's" on the support site, I'm placing this heap of junk in the trash. What a waste of money and a huge disappointment. Mr. Jobs - if you wanted us to pay more for one of your higher end iPods, you should have not put this product on the market - I was seriously considering switching from a Windows PC to a Mac and now I'm not buying another Apple product for a LONG time. 

If anyone has figured out how to fix this piece of X&^(% and wants mine, let me know and I'll send it to you - I don't want to look at it anymore!


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