- A bunch of links – March 12, 2009
Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2009 in webHow To Make Any Firefox Add-on Compatible With All VersionsFree Fonts Of The Month: Myndraine, Museo SansPortions Calculator Cuts Down on Waste, Makes Just What You Need [Cooking]The difference between PR and publicityThousands of foreigners splurge stimulus overseas | smh.com.auWhoops.Crabb on K-Rudd, the toxic boreDear GodLetters to God from young children.Why committing suicide doesn’t change a Christian’s standing before God.
- A bunch of links – March 9, 2009
Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2009 in webExcellent public speaking adviceCreate Flash Content with WidgetMeScrewed … in anyone#39;s language | smh.com.aunm.campbell – Crabb on Economic obfuscation. A nice comparison between Rudd’s ability to explain the economic situation and Obama’s ability to do the same.Which animal did we domesticate first?
- Ad value
Tim Challies is one of the world’s preeminent Christian bloggers. Today he wrote about advertising and the church – mostly advertising but this was a great quote about his approach to ads:”I guard against this because I’ve seen what happens to churches when they adopt a marketing mindset. Every church markets; the moment a church places a sign outside or puts an advertisement in the phone book or the local newspaper, it is marketing.
- Apologetics accepted
Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 in ChurchOne of the things I do in order to increase my levels of frustration is read annoying things written by atheists who feel intellectually superior to us “unenlightened Christians”.I spend a lot of time arguing with three of my friends – two of whom are declared atheists – one is a notorious fence sitter. I often ask myself why I bother.
I’m about to break an unofficial rule – and post something about Mark Driscoll. If you’ve never heard of him – look him up on wikipedia – or check out his blog at his church’s website.I’ve mentioned him a couple of times – but I know that he doesn’t really like bloggers. Unless they’re flattering. I also don’t want to appear to be a fan boy.
- Election Scorecard: Candidates in Townsville
Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2009 in PoliticsThe campaign proper has been underway for two weeks now. Here’s part one of my take on the candidates for Townsville’s three seats:Townsville:Mandy Johnstone – Labor’s factional darling somehow got the nod to replace Mike Reynolds, the seat’s former member. It says a lot about Mandy Johnstone’s campaign that her campaign website features a prominent photo of Anna Bligh and a tiny photo of Mandy Johnstone.
- Election Scorecard: Change, can we believe it?
Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 in PoliticsThe latest roundof election ads are out – the ALP has gone negative. They’re telling us that despite poll results the other guy – Lawrence Springborg – is not ready to lead us. Labor seems concerned. Government media releases (still being sent via Government distribution lists despite “caretaker mode” being in full swing) are consistently refering to the LNP as the Nationals.
- Election Scorecard: Poll
Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 in PoliticsYour thoughts in the comments – is the scarcity of political talent around an indication of market failure and a justification for closing down State Governments?I think so. The Labor Party is so desparate to fill out all the seats around Queensland they’ve picked a Brisbane uni student to run in Hinchinbrook who won’t do recorded interviews with the ABC – the Premier had to chastise him via the media.
- Foetal position
Ben just sent me a link to this ABC story where Tony Abbott attacked Kevin Rudd for allowing changes to Australia’s aid policy and aid money being used to fund abortions.The comments thread is telling. These discussions always bring out the rabid atheists who want to accuse Christianity of “holding back society”… I do like it when they put together a coherent argument.
- Get write on it
Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2009 in LinksThe things I create using these online web tools that I keep posting are never that funny. Maybe I should spend more time thinking before I post – but WriteOnIt has so many cool features that you should check out that I just couldn’t wait.
- I dare you
Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2009 in Links
- I’m a generator
Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2009 in LinksA while back I posted another online comic strip generator – perfect for re-envisaging airline safety cards. Here’s a different, better, platform that does the same thing. You can even “stripblog” which would be cool. If I had anything funny to say.
Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 in MediaIt’s obviously a pretty difficult time to be a Manly supporter – what with guys who punch fathers of attractive girls who dare to interfere in their advances and alleged sexual assaulters named to turn out for the team on Friday.The NRL has just suspended Stewart for five rounds.It makes me feel sick.I don’t even want to trot out the “innocent until proven guilty” line in their defense.
Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 in MediaTurns out I was wrong. The platypus may not be the ninja of the animal world after all. I feel like I’m a little behind the times only posting this now – I saw it on the Today Show this morning. A kangaroo broke into a house in Canberra and the owner had to take it down wrasslin’ style in just his undies.
- Periodic table for nerdy nerds
Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 in ComputersRobyn and I had a fairly long discussion last night over whether or not I’m a nerd. I think I’m a geek, but not a nerd. She thinks I’m a nerd. This post may well decide it. I give you the periodic table of video game characters. Which I think is clever. Nerd? Maybe.
- Question Mark: persuasion, influence and manipulation
Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 in MediaIn the comments of a previous post Mark asked: “when it comes to presenting a message, how clear are the boundaries between persuasion, influence and manipulation?” As I’m a renowned “PR Spin Twit” (according to the local paper’s nasty “Magpie” column) I feel I’m qualified to tackle that question.The organisation I work for is a “marketing” and “economic development” body – by our very nature we engage in all three of the above.
- Sans serif
Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2009 in LifeI just swapped the font on our website from Verdana to Helvetica. It looks nicer already. I don’t know why it was in Verdana to begin with.Speaking of our website – if you’re from North Queensland and haven’t spammed your local candidates and the party leaders to tell them to fix the Flinders Street Mall – you totally should. Here.
- Shout Out Townsville
Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2009 in LifeThis one’s for Townsville locals – but those of you who don’t live here should check it out too. We’ve launched a new campaign with the Townsville Airport – and you can win prizes by chucking your photos and videos of North Queensland on the website. Then using them to lure your friends and family up here. It’s called “Shout Out Townsville” – and you’ll find a few of my pics up there as placeholders.
- Watching Watchmen
Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2009 in ChurchOn Saturday afternoon I caught the Watchmen with a bunch of guys from church. Having not read the Graphic Novel I wasn’t sure what to expect. Having caught the movie I now want to catch the graphic novel.The movie was violent. Graphically violent. And had a fair bit of sex – so it’s hard to “recommend” to Christians if that’s likely to cause you to stumble.
- Written by man…
Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 in webAccording to GenderAnalyzer my blog is written by a man. You probably knew that already.I guess my predilection for toilet humour probably gives it away. The uncertainty in the result probably comes from my deep, emotionally charged insights. Thanks to Simone and Ben (Vanishing Point) for the link.”We think http://nathanintownsville.com is written by a man (62%).
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