Avatar Part Two

I went to see James Cameron’s movie Avatar last night. It is everything I said it would be. It is courageous greenies in touch with nature, beating back the greedy Tasmanian loggers. It is Dances With Wolves with blue indians instead of red. It is so PC that if its head were any further up …

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Baz Lurhmann’s Australia

I finally got around to seeing Baz Lurhmann’s Australia. I cannot remember ever having seen a film so offensively bad. It is three hours of unmitigated drivel. My mother-in-law said about half way through ‘This thing just goes on and on. It must be six hours already!’ My brother-in-law Bruce, at whose insistence we were …

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Stories In Common

Reader James T suggests I should have given Andrew Bolt credit for my comments on James Cameron’s film Avatar. Proper referencing is important for one’s intellectual integrity. It is also polite. When I write about a newspaper article or other primary source, I always reference the source, with a link if possible. If I have …

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On Journalism

From Jeff Lindsay’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter: You don’t have to take an IQ test to become a reporter. Even so, I always hope for just the smallest glimmer. And I’m always disappointed. Perhaps I saw too many blacka nd white movies as a child. I still thought the cynical world-weary drunk from the large metropolitan …

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Wild Things

This afternoon Kathy and I went to see the movie of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. We were the only adults in the cinema who were not accompanied by children.  I wrote in April: if the director and producers have been able to resist the Hollywood temptation to tamper too much with the story, …

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Beautiful Music to End the Day

Two songs by Jewel. Thoughtful lyrics, and what a rich, pure voice. Angel Standing By Hands – If I could tell the world just one thing, it would be that we’re all OK – not to worry in times like these… only kindness matters…

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WoW Fifth Birthday

World of Warcraft is five years old. If you log on over the next few days there is a free pet, the Onyxia Whelpling. But even more fun are the Mohawk Grenades:

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Nicholas Sarkozy is a Nitwit

Firstly, for his gushingly warm congratulations to Barack Obama on his totally unmerited win of the Nobel Peace Prize: By awarding you its most prestigious prize, the Committee is rewarding your determined commitment to human rights, justice and spreading peace across the world, in accordance with the will of its founder Alfred Nobel. It also …

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Solar Power is a Waste of Energy and Resources

Seriously. I wrote earlier this year about the Kangaroo Island Council’s decision to partner with the Federal Government in a scheme to subsidise the installation of solar panels on houses on the island. About 200 households applied for and will receive grants of $8,000 for solar panels which will produce about 100 watts of electricity per …

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Art Without Bludging Off the Taxpayer

I know, I’ve said it a thousand times before, almost all subsidies are a waste of time, and end up costing more than any benefit they provide. There are three reasons: First, if you are getting a subsidy, you don’t have to worry so much about careful planning, or financial responsibility (because someone else – the …

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Ridiculously Hot Sauce

Read this column by Jeremy Clarkson for the fun of it. It’s just a silly story about not realising how hot a bottle of hot sauce was going to be. But in passing, it makes a point I have thought about a few times – that the result of the proliferation of product warnings on every imaginable …

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An Australian Film Worth Seeing

I know, it sounds like an oxymoron. But it might just be true. I haven’t seen Paul Hogan’s new film Charlie and Boots yet. Philppa Martyr has, and has written an intelligent and amusing review, full of praise for what she says is an intelligent and well made film. Two of the things she enjoyed about …

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