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Holidays and unfinished blog business!

I’m going to be away from Brissie for about a week – visiting a friend who lives outside Toowoomba (and expecting to freeze!) – so won’t be around the intertubes though I’ll be scheduling the Saturday Salon post before I

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Posted in culture, Developing world, feminism, life, Notices, Women

John Howard, the 007 version

Pure comedy gold from Aussie Bob at Surfdom – Cabinet: The Movie. Nothing more to say. Go round and look.

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Posted in culture, Federal Elections, Howardia, levity

Ozonomics – Inside the Myth of Australia's Economic Superheroes

The meme that the steadily growing economy of the last decade owes a lot to a) luck, and b) the Hawke-Keating reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, has been steadily propogating after, seemingly, starting out as a few grizzles in

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, Economics, Federal Elections, government, Howardia, Policy, politics

Happy birthday blogosphere!

I had no idea, perhaps because as suz observed in a recent post, we in Australia were mostly just discovering the intertubes for the first time a decade ago, but apparently the blogosphere turns ten today. Via Crooks and Liars,

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Posted in culture, elections, Federal Elections, media, sociology

Riverbend bids Baghdad farewell

Riverbend, the author of Baghdad Burning, whose blog has become well known around the world, is finally packing up and leaving Iraq. Two million Iraqis have already done so.

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Posted in culture, Iraq, War

Reprise: What's it like to have one leg?

I don’t blog on disability issues very much, but I noticed at tigtog’s place a link to a blog that’s new to me – The Gimp Parade, and also via that link, I became aware of one of the very

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Posted in culture, Disability, life, Philosophy, Technology

Quantum geek blog stoushes hit the big time

A guest post by Mick Something really weird is happening in science right now, it seems that the blogosphere is changing the nature of scientific discourse. A great example of this, and one that I’m familiar with because it’s a

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Posted in culture, science

Moral Panic Monday!

I couldn’t bring myself to watch more than five minutes of Difference of Opinion tonight (not for the first time). Let me just say that bullying existed before cyber bullying, pron existed before the intertubes, teenagers were writing angsty poetry

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Posted in culture, Disasters, media, sociology

Sunday Spruiking

What are the two best posts/articles you read online this week, LarvyProdders? A link and a short paragraph each describing what appealed to you, please. (If you post more than two links you’ll be automoderated, sorry.)

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, culture, misc

Virginia Tech and (violent) creative writing

There’s been some discussion on the other thread of the fact that Cho Seung-Hui was a creative writing student. Let’s dispose of the claim made by some wingnuts, desparate to throw up a smokescreen to obscure the fact that gun

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, Crime, Disasters, education, Film, TV, Video etc, USA

Gratuitous Sopranos thread

Rebecca Traister [profiled here] is my favourite writer on tv. How spot on is this? I have never understood people who yammer on about wanting “closure”; they can’t wait to have the mysteries of their relationships explained, their strings tied

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, culture

Decline to publish unacceptable content

Kos thinks women (well, specifically Kathy Sierra) whine unjustifiably about being harassed online, which is not a big deal, apparently. Bitch PhD explains to him that he is being an arse, as do quite a few Kossacks. Kos and Bitch

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Posted in culture, Ethics, sociology

Vonnegut was from somewhere else: Tralfamadore, perhaps.

I liked this remark from Tim Sterne’s (non) obit post at Sarsaparilla so much I thought I’d lift it for this one. Hope you don’t mind, Tim! As already noted by commenters on Suz’ thread, Kurt Vonnegut has passed away.

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, culture, Disasters, Iraq, life, politics, War

The best book I never read…

A friend’s son is doing the NSW HSC this year and she tells me that one of the books they study is The Shipping News by E Annie Proulx. I remember that — wryly funny, slightly melancholy, fascinating details about

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Civility 2.0

In the wake of very distasteful things like the character assassination of Jill Filopivic and the horrendous cyberbullying of Kathy Sierra, there’s a welcome movement in the US blogosphere to adopt voluntary civility codes for blogs, as reported at Reason.

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Posted in culture, Ethics
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