Changing MMORPGs

I have played World of Warcraft for nearly three years. Now I am playing Rift. I had two WoW accounts. That was from the time when you couldn’t have characters from both factions on the same account on a PvP server. Because I had opened the accounts in different names I was not able to …

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Saying Goodbye to Torchwood

I have been ambivalent about Torchwood from the beginning. The constant ‘gay is cool’ theme was annoying. Captain Jack is cool, and he has casual gay sex, which he ‘needs.’ But gay is not cool. Indulging in homosexual acts is vastly more dangerous to one’s health than smoking or obesity. Let’s see the White House or …

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This Is Good News …

After many years of informal experimentation, I am happy to report my findings about the benefits of beer as re-hydrative beverage of choice have been confirmed in a more objectively scientific study. After exercise, water is good, beer is better.

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Cold Calling Computer Con-men

A letter from me to our local paper following a rash of rattled residents handing over credit card details to mellifluous malfeasants: Residents report rorting by rascals ringing randomly. Rancid rogues wrongly represent themselves as reps of reliable retailers. These reprehensible rapscallions rip off retirees with relish. Refuse rotten requests to ransack your RAM. Ring …

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Australian Films Bite the Dust (Again)

As soon as I saw the previews for new Australian film ‘A Heartbeat Away’ I knew, and said, that it would bomb. For the last several years, Australia has turned out movies which are preachy, boring, shallow, badly acted, have poor production values, or some ghastly combination of these faults. Just who did script writers and …

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Music

Ezra Dulis at Big Hollywood has posted a list of his favourite 25 songs of 2010. The list is in two parts, numbers 1-10, and numbers 11-25. This is Ezra’s number six – The Innocence Mission – God is Love. ‘Rain or shine, this street of mine is golden.’ What a great line! And this is one that …

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White Lie Cake

Over twenty years ago I wrote a short story for a church magazine. I called it ‘Just Desserts.’  It was the story of a forty year old woman, Clara, moving into a small Australia town and trying to make a home there. A small part of the story was about a failed cake which had to be repaired in …

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Why I Love Top gear

Top Gear is in trouble (again). Richard Hammond said Mexicans were ‘lazy, feckless, and flatulent.’ James May said Mexican food looked like ‘sick with cheese on it.’ Jeremy Clarkson then claimed that the ambassador to the UK wouldn’t complain because he would be snoring in front of the television at his embassy. But the ambassador …

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The Road to Hell

Two videos from the thought-provoking and frequently sensible Andrew Klavan. The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions. Yes, we’ve all heard that. But why is it true? And can you give some actual examples? Why, yes I can, thank you for asking: Is America Satanophobic? Probably, but why not? Satan is bad. No, …

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Grasp Your Flotation Device Firmly!

This is one of those ‘only in Australia’ stories. A young couple grabbed two inflatable women they had lying around the house and took them for a ride down the flooded Yarra River in Victoria. The man and woman, both 19, were left clinging to a fallen gum tree in the middle of the river in North …

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Just for a Laugh

The 11 most painfully obvious newspaper articles. Including: About a plane crash:  ‘So far, investigators have determined that the crash occurred when the plane hit the ground.’ About a crime: ‘Police have two theories. One is that the victim knew the person who did this. The other is that he didn’t.’ About teen pregancy: ‘Statistics …

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‘Proof’ of Psychic Powers, Fish Numbers and HIV

Proof of psychic powers? Actually, no. Just proof that academics are not easily able to think beyond their preconceived notions. Professor Daryl Bem says his work shows most people have psychic powers. He conducted nine different experiments on over 1000 students. Eight of the experiments showed some psychic ability. I am willing to bet that …

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Grinding Works

This is just for World of Warcraft players. And all I want to say is that for pure levelling, grinding works. This is a partial screen shot of my level 70 death Knight, grinding a spot in Howling Fjord. Unrested – yes unrested –  XP per hour is around 195k. In the olden days, a year …

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