Monthly Archives: June 2008

Coffee break

For a few days the only new entries here will be on the Gateway Page:

There’s a bit more back-editing happening here too, mostly tidying.

Progress in editing

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Changing themes

It may be temporary, but I have found a glitch with all the two column themes with right-hand side bars that I ran on the site in the past 24 hours: in the ‘read by month’ mode they were all in some months, but not in others, dropping the side bar to the bottom. Very nasty… Hence that left-hand side bar number for a while, ironically one of the first templates I ever used here.

July1: bear with me while I experiment to see if I can solve the dropping side bar problem…

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Posted by on June 30, 2008 in site news


Papal Surry Hills July 2008

Residents in Surry Hills — World Youth Day Co-ordination Authority: the map (PDF) and details arrived in our letter boxes this morning. I am thinking of setting up a stall for my holy relics…

Which reminds me of an earlier Papal Visit in 1986, a scene from which you may see here:


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The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals

Foreign Policy: The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals and Prospect Magazine’s Top 100 came my way through The World’s Top Public Intellectuals Are… posted on Nah, Nope, Not Quite, who commented:

Perhaps I am horribly uninformed, or perhaps not. I will confess that my five votes were biased towards the West (they’re either American or English), though there were many more that I wished I could have voted for…

The results are also interesting because you know the people on the list care about where they rank. Salman Rushdie beat Christopher Hitchens (Amis wasn’t even on the list). Poor Ian Buruma finished dead last. Thomas Friedman was in the middle of the pack. And still other names shouldn’t have been there at all (I’ll leave you to judge who).

In any case, the results merit consideration…

What is drawing most attention is that the top 10 were all Muslims. What hasn’t so much been noted is the variety of thought within Islam the list indicates.

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Experiment over…

Yes, the side bar is a side bar once more. Hope you all like it — and don’t forget to do the poll. 🙂

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Posted by on June 29, 2008 in site news


Have your say on the issue of the day!

There’s a poll on the current Australian petrol price situation over the fold. Do participate! 🙂 You can find it too on the new Polls Page.

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Posted by on June 28, 2008 in Australia, current affairs



Da book meme

OK Bruce, I’ll bite. Here are the rules:

The instructions as I can gather go; repeat instructions so the next clod in-line can repeat them when you tell them to repeat them (you didn’t tell me to repeat them did you Mikey!); turn to page 123 of the nearest book to you (I’m assuming with 123 pages in it) and write out the 5th sentence.

Glad to see you have The Little Red Writing Book by your computer, even if Christopher Hitchens was 4cm closer. I happen to have Mark Twain’s Roughing It closest at the moment, but only because I was too lazy to put it back on the shelf a few days back, and here is p. 123 of the edition I have (Konemann 2000):

Chapter XXI

We were approaching the end of our long journey. It was the morning of the twentieth day. At noon we would reach Carson City, the capital of Nevada Territory. We were not glad, but sorry. It had been a fine pleasure trip; we had fed fat on wonders every day; we were now well accustomed to stage life, and very fond of it; so the idea of coming to a stand-still and settling down to a humdrum existence in a village was not agreeable, but on the contrary depressing.

There it is. I nominate Kanani, check_tick1.gif Aluminium, Denys, Thomas (if he is in a position to respond right now) and Marcellous. I would nominate The Rabbit and Adrian, but neither has a blog any more — or if they do it is locked down… Adrian has Facebook, of course; and The Rabbit? Well, that’s a mystery…

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Posted by on June 28, 2008 in blogging, diversions


25 June 2008 – Three New Judges Appointed to the Federal Court

25 June 2008 – Three New Judges Appointed to the Federal Court: Delenio just forwarded this via Facebook.

One of them is (my I feel old, but pleased) a member of the class of 1986! See also here.

Legal too, but unrelated…

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Posted by on June 27, 2008 in events, ex-students and coachees, friends, Lord Malcolm, personal