Archive | March 2006

Usyd podcast

Another bit of cross-promotion for my work…

We launched the USYD podcast feed this morning with the release of our second podcast in the series, the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Regional Update held at the University yesterday.


Why do you blog?

No, I’m not going to write one of THOSE posts, I’m going to point you in the direction of Mark Bahnisch who is doing some research on why people blog.

I’d like to do a survey on [why people blog], with a view to writing up the results for an academic journal article. If interested, please leave a comment or email me at m dot bahnisch at griffith dot edu dot au.

Off its tits and going berko

The story is terrible but the reporting of it made me realise that sometimes I do enjoy being Australian, our language is often so unashamedly brash. Headlined ‘Berko rooster pierces girl’s throat’ this SMH story contains the following quotes from the poor girl’s uncle:

“It’s gone off its tits. I don’t know what it was doing. You hear of cranky roosters but I’ve never heard of one actually attacking anyone like that,” Mr Angel said.

“It’s just a dumb bloody white rooster. I didn’t think roosters were that violent actually.”

He said Grace’s father would have wasted little time in destroying the rooster.

“I don’t think the rooster’s alive. Knowing my brother, he would’ve smashed it.

And to think my Dad never believed us when we told him the chooks were pecking us when he sent us to feed them…

I am…

You’re Brave New World!
by Aldous Huxley
With an uncanny ability for predicting the future, you are a true psychic. You can see how the world will change and illuminate the fears of future generations. In the world to come, you see the influence of the media, genetic science, drugs, and class warfare. And while all this might make you happy, you claim the right to be unhappy. While pregnancy might seem painful, test tube
babies scare you most. You are obsessed with the word "pneumatic".

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Might as well run the warm bath and get the razor blades ready now…

Bottle of red, bottle of white

This one goes out to my family (and those privileged enough to know about the only weak spot in my music collection): a teacher in Syracuse uses Billy Joel lyrics to teach her year 7 students about poetry (and no, it’s not a compare and contrast exercise).

This has just made my day. I wonder if they’ve done Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

(via Bookslut)


Last week there was some excitement around my workplace because Condoleeza Rice was to speak at the Conservatorium. Now, despite the fact that I have obvious political problems with Condi I have no problem with the University inviting/allowing her to speak. Even though I agreed with the sentiments of the protesters I did not agree with their call for the University to censor Rice by not allowing her to speak. To be honest, if an extreme left speaker was not allowed on campus due to a clash with the ideology of the University there would be an uproar. I also disagree with the claims that the University was racially profiling students invited to the talk. (And my boss was on Hack explaining the questionnaire they were required to complete). I would hazard a guess that these requirements were not made by the University but some external party.

Anyway, we would have loved to podcast Condi but we didn’t. You can read a transcript on her own site.

Update: Read a student’s account of the whole thing at Sydney Life.

Update II: Sort of related – the 12 warning signs of fascism. Scary isn’t it?


In the old days it was only drag queens at seedy pubs who thought that lipsynching was an art, now you can video yourself lipsynching to your favourite song, whack it up on Google Video and who knows, you might find yourself on Googleidol.

What. Is the world. Coming to.