Monthly Archives: September 2008

Surprise visit

Yes, a Rabbit!

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… who kindly permitted this picture.


Posted by on September 30, 2008 in personal


Blame game begins after US bailout failure — ABC

This is not good news. Could it be that what terrorists could not do the USA is doing to itself? And to us…


Read Joseph Stiglitz on these matters; this came my way via one of the items in my Google Reader, and appears in one of the better US left sources (intelligent left, if that is not a redundant pairing).

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Posted by on September 30, 2008 in America, current affairs, USA


Boring geeky navel gazing for September 2008: 1

Thought I’d get started on what has proved to be a record month here with my reports to myself, and anyone else who may be interested. 😉

Posts which rang bells in September

Ninglun’s Specials

  1. Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008 117 individual visits during September, according to WordPress stats
  2. 10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill Henson controversy 110
  3. Top poems 2: John Donne (1572-1631) 61
  4. Surry Hills 9: The Northcott 56
  5. Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields 52
  6. Surry Hills 10: Little Lebanon 34
  7. First fruits from the Casio: Surry Hills 33
  8. Top poems 1: The amazing web site of Shakespeare’s Sonnets 25
  9. Surry Hills 8: Belvoir and Buckingham St 24
  10. Surry Hills 12: personal space 23

Floating Life

  1. Sarah Palin 2,496, which almost entirely explains the record month!
  2. Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — “The Angel’s Kiss”  623
  3. NSW Local Government Election 2008 / Sutherland 308
  4. Cutting Edge: Embedded with Sheik Hilaly 236
  5. 2008 Beijing Paralympics Games 217
  6. The Great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 2005  146
  7. How good is your English? Test and Answers 127
  8. The Hollowmen – ABC TV 123
  9. Australian poem 2008 series #10: Peter S 93
  10. Blog Roll 90

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Posted by on September 30, 2008 in blogging, milestones, site news, site stats


Slim Browser – Tabbed web browser with popup killer

Yes, I am giving another browser a run. Slim Browser does boast of being one of the lightest on resources, comes with some nice skins, and is amazingly invisible in full screen mode.


In its skin, or one of them.


And here it is naked… But then Firefox looks much the same naked.


Why my Toshiba tends to like Slim Browser…

It also supports the Windows Live Writer “Blog This” plug-in, which I am using now. Firefox 3 and Google Chrome do not.

Slim Browser does piggy-back on IE, so you do get endless nag screens when using WordPress with the new hpps security enabled. Firefox and Google Chrome are much better in that respect, so one or the other will probably remain my usual tools. Firefox is my default, but I tend to use Google Chrome more often these days, and still sometimes use Maxthon2 — also IE based but with the option to change to a Firefox-based version — or Flock. Of course I allow none of them to remember or autofill passwords. You know why…

Slim Browser does tend just to disappear when the CPU gets strained, but reinstates what you were doing very easily.

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Posted by on September 30, 2008 in computers, web stuff, www


Meet a blog: Northern Myth

Bob Gosford left a comment yesterday. Now I have visited his new blog and recommend it to you. I have added it to my Google Reader.


Consider what he said recently about Mal Brough, who does seem to have personality issues…

I gave up on hate as a waste of time many years ago and it is a very rare moment now that I can be bothered to even strongly dislike someone. Contempt and pity rise a little more easily but are still occasional pleasures. And I don’t like seeing small furry animals in pain and I think that there are some people who should just be removed from public life, with extreme prejudice, for all our sakes. And despite having little faith in anyone from a  conservative party based in Queensland being able to do anything right anytime…you get lucky sometimes.

So it was with some pleasure that I read today’s reports in The Australian, Brisbane Times and Crikey that “Mad Mal” Brough (as he is known in these parts, largely for his weird dancing and impromptu verbal outbursts) has finally pulled the pin on his leadership of the Queensland liberals. One of those “You can’t sack me – I quit!!” moments.

I will leave fuller consideration and comment to you, my dear readers, and perhaps make some further contributions on another day when and if I can be bothered, but for now I’m just glad to see the back of Mad Mal, the man who will for ever rightfully be held responsible for that shameful blot on Australia’s history, the Howard Government’s Intervention into 73 Aboriginal townships and villages across the Northern Territory.

There are of course some worthy aspects of the Intervention, but the bloody-mindedness, incompetence and sheer wastefulness of its implementation, the shameful and pointless representation of all Aboriginal men in the NT (and by association, beyond) as vicious and drunken sexual predators and of all Aboriginal women and children as their unwitting prey was beneath contempt and served only to drive Aboriginal people further into the recesses of our imagination…

I can go along with that.


Posted by on September 29, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, blogging, other blogs



90% of Australians NOT racist!

That of course is the corollary of this morning’s story One in 10 are racist, study says. And you know something, as Kevin Rudd might say, in international terms that may even be remarkably good!

I certainly would not be surprised by a story that told me one in ten Australians are stupid…

Or should that be one in ten is?


See Jim Belshaw for a detailed post on this.

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Posted by on September 29, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, racism



Have you been to the revamped Ninglun’s Specials yet? You really should; I think it is turning into a rather good photoblog, with original photos, though of course it has more to offer. Here are a few of the items published lately. These thumbnails do not lead to bigger pics. You will have to go to Ninglun’s Specials to see them properly displayed.

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I have also rejigged the recent photo series so each entry displays just one photo when you view the blog as a whole. Each post viewed individually will show the full three to six photos on that post.

How the blogs are travelling

Now the end of the month approaches, and I thought I would show you the WordPress monthly stats for each blog. Floating Life has gone well in September, but the most successful blog in terms of hot months remains English/ESL, though Floating Life is not far behind.

The graphs are over the fold.

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Posted by on September 29, 2008 in blogging, milestones, miscellaneous stats, site news, site stats