The Null Device


Visionary or crackpot? A retired inventor and science writer by the name of John West is proposing digging a canal to cut Australia in half, opening up the centre of Australia and reducing shipping times.


Pinkness and horror: Just saw a piece in the local murdoch complaining about the anti-mainstream bias in the media; about how this bias means that much-loved Australian crooner John Farnham gets very little radio play despite topping the sales charts, and how arts correspondents have little to say about Australian national storyteller Bryce Courtenay, whilst presenting lunatic-fringe culture like rap and grunge. I found it amusing.

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For some reason, I find the latest Parking Lot Is Full really amusing.


First there was a wave of successful mentally ill retailers such as Crazy John and Ken Bruce, and now this site takes the concept into the e-commerce arena. (via Grouse)


The Virgin Top 100 albums is in; not surprisingly, baby boomer acts like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan dominate, tempered by heavily-marketed 90s alternative (Nirvana, Oasis, Alanis Morissette). There are a few good acts there (The Smiths made the list a couple of times, and The Cure's Disintegration is also on there; My Bloody Valentine's Loveless also makes an appearance, not surprisingly, though I've always thought Slowdive were more listenable.)


Oh dear; Jon Katz discovers Mage, the role-playing game. And, obviously links it to geek pride and corporate conspiracies.

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