Thursday, July 29, 2010

Moving forward

MFlight International reports that Julia Gillard has taken the campaign to outer space. Despite being an atheist she has, pledged to move Australia forward with a Hy(er)Cause.

Caption: The Australians are moving forward with HyShot and HyCause, launched June 2007.

Obviously Flight International made a small error with the caption as it should read:

The Australians are moving forward with HyShot and HyCause, launching Kevin07 into space as our first ambassador to the Universal Nations

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Alex loves trains

B drove Alex and I home from work yesterday. Late in the drive Alex suddenly started saying "No, no! Woo-woo. Woo-woo". Woo-woo means train. It was pretty clear that he wanted to ride on the train rather than the car. He was so upset he threw up a couple of times.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Alex loves his Dad

Childcare told me that they had to put tape over their photo of Alex and I as Alex was walking up to the photo, looking at it, then crying. He used to kiss it.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The blonde gets blonder

Instead of taking 500 mg of chloroquine phosphate per week to prevent malaria, a 16 year old blonde took the dosage daily during a holiday in Costa Rica. One week after her holiday her hair turned even paler.

I wonder if any brain cells died in the process.

Reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hughes having fun with the election?

Normally elections bore me to death. Noisy advertising and lots of emotive promises devoid of any rational thinking behind them.

But this year it's different in the Shire. No more Danna "John-Howard-is-like-a-father-to-me-we-will-be-out-bred-by-the-Muslims" Vale. And our electoral boundaries have been extended outside of the mostly racially pure Sutherland Shire to include chunks of, wait for it, Sydney's lawless South West. You always know that if a news report begins with "gunshots were fired" it will end with "in Sydney's South West".

I should know. We've been living on the border between The Shire and The South West for years now. That's why I am able to live in a partly Asian household as the borders are somewhat porous.

Unfortunately, the effects of extending the electoral boundaries are now apparent. The Labor candidate Brent Thomas' home in Engadine and electoral office at Moorebank were both shot at. As we all know, the Hobbits of the Shire only have access to Aussie flags, utes, and broken bottles of VB when it comes to weapons, so it is obvious that the deed must have been done by out of towners. Not fellow members of the Labor party as Mr Thomas would otherwise have been a victim of a midnight knife to the back.

Anyway, now that it's vale for Vale, the Liberal candidate is a Mr Craig Kelly, whose ugly mug has been appearing on street sides all around our area, looking like a typically trustworthy real estate agent or used car salesman. But thankfully for Mr Kelly he's got some great admirers/supporters, including a Malcom KY who refers to him as a his goddess (see the comments at the end of the article).

I can't wait to see who will make up the rest of the ballot paper for Hughes!

Exciting news from Apple

Wasn't Steve Jobs' press conference last week so EXCITING? I, for one, was thrilled by to see Apple add value with the addition of a phone cover to their standard iPhone 4 package. Apple are again leading the world in innovation. They have REDEFINED the mobile phone cover. These babies are going to GO FAST. I bet there will be long queues in front of the Apple Store with fellow Apple lovers who bought an earlier version of the iPhone 4 lining up to get their covers. I'm sure Microsoft will releasing a cover for their wanna be Windows Phones any day now, but you can rest assured that it won't match the iPhone 4 cover's functionality, good looks and sex appeal. The iPhone 4 cover is definitely a MUST HAVE item for the cool phone user.

In other news, I hear that Apple are considering Mel Gibson for their new television commercials. Why Mel for a Mac? Well, he definitely isn't PC.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Trottoir Roulant Rapide

The Trottoir Roulant Rapide was a very fast travelator located between Paris Montparnasse station and the adjacent metro. I remember using this, though I can't remember if it was in 2004 or 2005 and whether we had luggage with us or not. Scary and exciting at the same time. Pity that it has been slowed down or even dismantled now.

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