Mobody’s home

November 29th, 2007

I feel bad about not joining in the spirit of Movember this year and failing to raise any money for prostate cancer or depression, so next year I shall redeem myself with Cocktober.


November 29th, 2007

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
- H. Lecter


November 26th, 2007

Apparently Ian’s Shoelace Site – one of the original links in the sidebar – is the world’s number 1 shoelace-related web site. Not bad for a local. He was recently profiled in the Moorabool Leader newspaper. The article also links to a video showing how to tie the world’s fastest shoelace knot: the Ian knot.

The winds of change – or not

November 15th, 2007

People in our neighbourhood are very politically switched on. Within days of the federal election being called, the placards began to appear:

Obviously these people are somewhat sheltered from the gusty winds of politics and, what’s more, they don’t care who knows it.

Apple cake

November 9th, 2007


Spin your brain

November 7th, 2007

Is this woman spinning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

Spinning girl - left brain ~ right brain

If you see her as spinning clockwise, it’s supposed to mean you’re right-brain dominant (uses feeling, “big picture” oriented, imagination rules, symbols and images). If you see her spinning anti-clockwise you are supposedly left-brain dominant (uses logic, detail oriented, facts rule,words and language).

Whichever you see, it’s possible to switch to the other, although it’s perhaps telling which direction you perceived straight off.

For me, she was spinning clockwise. Definitely, definitely clockwise. Until she wasn’t.

What about you?

Thanks to the folks at the Herald-Sun for this one.

She who must be portrayed

November 7th, 2007

Links (7 Nov 2007)

November 6th, 2007

Because of the new site design, I have more room for the slowly increasing collection of links. Recent noteworthy additions include the art of pencil sharpening, the museum of scientifically accurate fabric brain art and – my current favourite – anatomically correct and ethnically diverse dolls.

If you prefer something less twisted (not that there’s anything particularly bent about sharpening pencils), you may like Martindale’s reference desk, or perhaps freely useable images from Wikimedia, Clusty the clustering search engine or the information rich Internet resources for Australian journos.

Perfect day for it

November 5th, 2007

J insisted I post this photo. I apologise for imposing such cuteness on your unsuspecting selves.

Rohan Tickell

November 1st, 2007

Perhaps some day Rohan Tickell will Google himself and find his way here. If you’re reading this, Rohan, I just wanted to thank you for an absolutely outstanding, touching portrayal of Jean Valjean in the Melbourne production of Les Misérables at the Princess Theatre around 1989. I don’t know how often, as understudy, you got to perform the role, but it can’t have been that often, so I feel lucky to have caught you. I also saw the late Rob Guest in the role that same season.

Thank you for a truly memorable performance. It was over twenty years ago  but I can still hear your voice.