Category Archives: Stuff

Book Review: Tabish Khair’s How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position

How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position by Tabish Khair My rating: 5 of 5 stars A book review is never objective but when I know the person who has written it, it becomes less so. Not that … Continue reading

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My New Keepcup: The Reuse Revolution (again)

I ordered my new keepcup online and it arrived last week. I had one already, but have decided lately I really want a LARGE coffee and so needed a proper large cup to match. I’m completely amused by Keepcup’s website … Continue reading

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Bike Bashing on Media Watch

Friends informed me that I was on Media Watch last night! Luckily both a video and transcript are up online. A number of weeks ago, I was incensed to read about the misinformation that the Daily Telegraph is putting up … Continue reading

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Welcome Maneki-Neko.

You know, I always wanted a Maneki-Neko, a Japanese fortune cat, or money cat, or lucky cat, he goes by many names. I find him endearingly tacky, and he reminds me of Japan (which I love), or even little shops … Continue reading

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It’s not me, it’s you: Office: Mac 2011 = Crazymaking

4 Feb 2013 As an editor, and a mac user, the main tool of my trade is Office: Mac 2011. I wish I had a better tool. Regularly, my documents will suddenly show me a blank dialogue box. Then the … Continue reading

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Kamahl Extras!

Kamahl Interview, Part 2: Extras! When I arrived at Kamahl’s beautiful and spacious home in quiet North Sydney, he asked me to sit down at his table, and apologized if there were any problems with our interview time. He had … Continue reading

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Here’s Kamahl

[In 2009, I had the great privilege to interview one of Australia’s music legends, Kamahl, for Peril Magazine. I recently checked on it to share it with a friend who was recently hanging with Kamahl… and discovered that their archives … Continue reading

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Our culture stagnating

Ages ago, a friend forwarded me an article from Vanity Fair. From January 2012, Kurt Anderson argues that our culture and style has stagnated in reaction to so much technological and political change (we’re exhausted by change and hang onto … Continue reading

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What I learned in voice class

I just finished 8 weeks of ‘Contemporary Singer 2‘ class at the Sydney Conservatorium of music with Edoardo Santone as our teacher. Final concert was last week! Phew. It went well. What I learned My past singing didn’t given me … Continue reading

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Book Review: Anne Tyler’s Back When We Were Grown Ups

Back When We Were Grown Ups by Anne Tyler My rating: 2 of 5 stars I’ve read a few Anne Tyler novels, way back when, and obviously liked them enough to keep returning to them. She creates memorable, fully-dimensional characters … Continue reading

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