5 ways to change your life by “Sorkinizing”

November 23rd, 2006

I used to think my life lacked direction, but I now realise what’s missing is good scriptwriting.

5 ways your life would improve if it were scripted by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip):

  1. You would rarely be at a loss for words and if you were, it would be for powerful dramatic effect.
  2. You’d be thinner and also much fitter from the constant walking-while-talking. Younger too, probably, and definitely more beautiful/handsome.
  3. Your friends (mainly from work which, of course, would be in a highly influential field such as federal politics or national network television, with you one of the central puppetmasters . . . ) your friends would also be very fit, for whenever they turn up for a chat you’d get them to “walk with me”.
  4. You would speak (rather quickly) in perfectly constructed sentences of staggering brilliance rather than like, you know, um . . . sort of . . . whatever.
  5. None of your relationships would be taken for granted, nor wither due to inattention because you’d focus on even the most peripheral of these at least every few months in an introspective letter to a close relative.

Do it, don’t do it . . . it’s entirely up to you.




And I had these thoughts well before seeing this or this.

Believe me, don’t believe me . . . it’s entirely up to you  ;-)

Canine Conscription

November 8th, 2006

Today’s Odd Spot in The Age:

The German Army has called up a dead dog for national service. Helga Koehlke, 53, of Rostock, received an official army letter demanding that her pet Pekingese Tommy Jakob, who died almost blind in 2002, report for a military medical examination with his ID card and a pair of swimming shorts.

The World’s Hardest Sudoku

November 7th, 2006

As reported today in the Sydney Morning Herald (thanks KJ) the world’s hardest Sudoku has been uploaded to a players’ forum on sudoku.com.

The puzzle — known as “AI Escargot” or “AI Etana (Snail)” — was created by Arto Inkala and it looks a little something like this:

Here’s a blank Sudoku grid you can copy the puzzle onto if you’re inclined to have a go at it.


Annual Diary Anguish

November 4th, 2006

The buying-of-next-year’s-diary time is once again upon us and, as some of you may know, I usually go through much anguish as I review how this last year’s diary has performed and as I try to predict which–if any–of my diary-based needs will change in the year to come.

No real anguish this year. I’m still happy with the Collins Sterling week-to-an-opening (A5) that has been my companion for two years running.

I was tempted by the new Moleskine offering (the large weekly planner)

but at three times the price and lacking Australian public holiday and other useful local information it doesn’t quite beat the Collins Sterling, even with its uber cachet.


A quick game

November 4th, 2006

If you still have time to waste after perusing the pussies, you may want to accept the hand-eye coordination challenge posed by this simple but highly addictive game (Click on the Union Jack in the lower left corner to see the instructions in English). Be warned: if you are someone who spends hours playing Solitaire or Minesweeper, Double Jeu is pretty much guaranteed to wipe out out whole chunks of your day, even though most games won’t last longer than 20 seconds.

At first.


Uberpets: stuff on my cat .com

November 2nd, 2006

My attention has been drawn to stuffonmycat.com (thanks J + K), where you can see gems like these.