- A bunch of links – March 17, 2009
Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 in OdditiesWedding cake made from 80 Pac-Man cupcakesSelf Destructing Pixel Coffee Table100 matches, carved out of a solid block of woodWaveforms as braceletsI would have blogged this yesterday – but my host was down so you’ll see it today (unless you’re seeing it in Google Reader now).
- Ahh… It’s a trap
Posted on Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 in OdditiesNo it’s not. It’s a cheese knife and cutting board set. Shame it’s not actually for sale. I’d totally buy one. They’re available here. I’d love to buy one. And then my wife would totally make me give it to someone as a present.Found here.The guy behind the product design has some other cool ideas.Like this.And this.Update – it turns out a lot of the really cool ideas I’ve linked to before were designed by this guy and the company he works for – worldwidefred.
- Atheist Hunting
Posted on Monday, March 16th, 2009 in ChurchOccasionally nasty parody site Landover Baptist has a great list of tips for how to spot them atheists that needs some converting (sic)…Here’s a summary of their five tips so that you can dob your local atheist in to police: Five Tips on How to Spot an Atheist1. Usually Atheists are pale of skin.They spend a lot of times indoors, because they are afraid to come outside. They believe the preposterous lie that Christians are trying to kill them, when in fact, all that we really want to do is force a quick conversion or to kindly place them in a maximum security prison for their own protection from devout Christians who may try to kill them.
- Be my friend
Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 in LifeYou can now be my “friend” here via Friend connect (unless you’re a subscriber then you’ll have to actually physically visit my blog) or see if this link works.I only really added this friend connect thing to see if it made a difference when valuing my blog. Largely because Chris’ blog is worth over $5 million and mine’s only worth $500 and I want to figure out what made the difference. Also, it’s made by Google – so it must be good right?
- Clean feed ship listing due to leaks
Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2009 in PoliticsThere’s a lot of debate still raging about the proposed clean feed. We all thought it was dead when Nick Xenophon decided he didn’t like it. But no. It’s alive and kicking. And costing money for anyone who dares link to the leaked blacklist.Obviously there’s a fair bit of support from the Christian side of the fence for anything limiting people’s access to pornography – particularly child exploitation material. But these objections are, in my opinion, misguided.
- Election day
Posted on Saturday, March 21st, 2009 in ChurchThe countdown is over. We voted this morning. Robyn told me afterwards that she’d voted for Family First. It was a funny joke. We laughed. Here’s why I don’t vote for Family First… While I appreciate that Family First put the family first and often that means supporting things that are good for Christians and Christianity – I think their very presence dilutes the conservative vote and is counterproductive for Christians looking to vote on their issues.
- Ethical dilemma
Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 in CultureLittle sister number two asks:How much money are you ok with keeping if you find it on the ground?Discuss.
- Fruity protest
Posted on Monday, March 16th, 2009 in ChurchHere’s a novel protest against perennial protesters Westboro Baptist (the hateful “God Hates Fags” mob). It’s pretty Biblically sound – but the Bible has a fair bit to say about homosexuality and sin.
- Geek checklist
Posted on Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 in LifeContinuing the vein of discussion about whether I’m a geek or a nerd (and in fact whether the distinction is necessary) – here’s a list of ten habits of a geek spouse from Wired. And here’s how I fare…1. Punning.Guilty as charged. Really, really guilty. I had no idea that this was a geek thing. 1 point.2. Swearing in Klingon.Nope. Not interested. Not really interested in sci-fi – but that doesn’t stop me wearing my Star Wars inspired “Milk I am your Father” shirt.
- Good water use
Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 in CoffeeLast time I posted something pointing out how awesomely unsustainable the use of water in production of coffee is people jumped up and down screaming and we ended up talking about the plight of battery hens.Here’s another picture from Good (click it for full size) highlighting how coffee is not the worst of the bunch, and suggesting giving up steak as well. Greens arguing for not eating meat… that’s original.
- Gruen man
Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 in LifeThe Gruen Transfer returned to TV tonight. It’s a brilliant show. Tonight’s topic – tourism advertising. A subject close to my heart. Made some interesting observations about how tourism marketing works and the basic formula. A couple of years ago at a marketing workshop with Virgin Blue marketing guru Sean Cummins (from Cummins and Partners) showed two tourism advertisements from different states with the soundtracks switched – and it was almost impossible to tell the difference.
- Knowledge of all font
Posted on Monday, March 16th, 2009 in LifeHere’s a list of the 100 best fonts of all time – written in German – Helvetica takes out top spot. UPDATE: Here’s an English version of the 100 best fonts with a bit more info on how the list was compiled. If lists aren’t your thing and you’re more a periodic table type here’s a periodic table of fontness (click it for the full sized version).
- Pictures and words
Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 in ChurchGordo has issued the challenge to demonstrate how a picture can paint 1000 words. There’s my entry.
- Plant rant
Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 in ChurchThere’s a lot of chatter around the Australian evangelical blogosphere (that’s a pretty narrow field really) about a future church planting movement in Australia. Some people are over in the US with Mark Driscoll and other renowned church planters right now. And they’re blogging up a storm. Most of the posts are buzzing with fanboyism. They’re chock full of quotable quotes, photo ops, video interviews and summaries from talks given at conferences. It’s no doubt very exciting for those caught up in the movement.
- Shirt of the Day: Pacman redux
Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2009 in OdditiesI posted a Pacman shirt from Glennz.com last week. This one is funnier. And it’s from BustedTeesRunners up in the almost shirt of the day category (which is generally weekly and completely arbitrary)… from the same site include the following.And this one is too rude for me to display – even though I think my mum would approve. And my wife would relate.
- Stimulus rains on cats and dogs
Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 in PoliticsApparently “literally hundreds” of cats and dogs will be receiving stimulus money inherited from pensioners who’ve died since filing their last returns. If these pensioners bequeathed their estates to their feline or canine companions and a tax return was filed the animals get the one off payment.Joe Hockey is jumping up and down crying fowl (because chickens don’t often get these sorts of rights)… he thinks it’s a waste of money.But really, the stimulus is only effective if the recipients spend the money.
- The Costa Coffee
Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 in CoffeeA British coffee taster has insured his prime asset for $14 million. His tongue. So he’ll no doubt be steering clear of overly hot coffees from now on. From the ABC.”Gennaro Pelliccia is the chief taster for Costa Coffee and tastes every batch of raw coffee beans the company uses.He says his 18 years of experience in the industry has made his tongue a valuable asset.
- What’s black, white and read all over
Posted on Monday, March 16th, 2009 in MediaYes, the humble newspaper. Thanks Peter Combe. If you want to track down the leading daily (or in fact any other dailies) from the 400 biggest cities in the world – here’s a nice aggregator.
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