Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Great movie quotes you might not have heard of : [Herod [Gene Hackman]is about to have a gunfight with Cort [Russell Crowe]] John Herod (Gene Hackman) : How are you feeling, Cort? I'm nervous. It takes a lot to scare me...I love the sensation. In what a lot of people dismiss as a b-movie cash-in on the success of Unforgiven, I have a huge soft spot for The Quick and the Dead. Although Sharon Stone is eminently forgettable in the 'main' role, the support cast is a dream of character actors : Leonardo DiCaprio, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Lance Henrikssen, Pat Hingle, Tobin Bell, Keith David... Hackman's character has always taken all before him, perpetually pushing for a challenge and a change from his perpetual ennui. His upcoming fight with Cort (Russell Crowe) provides this challenge, and provokes the quote above, both showing his respect for Cort and his acknowledgement that this may be the challenge he has been seeking.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I've set myself a new goal - one post per day, until further notice.

I've just been reading about how a state Republican party in the United States is now requiring all new members to sign a pledge :

- No extra- (or pre-) marital sex
- No pornography.

No word as to whether lie detector tests were taken at the time...


Monday, March 14, 2011

Just visited various members of the Smurfette's family in Mildura over the weekend...

The cricket plague in that area is just awesome. Seriously, the little buggers are absolutely everywhere.

My admiration for the simple hard work of so many people who work on the land remains unabated.


Earthquakes, fires, floods, tidal waves...

If anyone doubted that Mother Nature was still the boss, doubt no more.


Monday, February 21, 2011

I've been reading a few nostalgia posts for the games and activities I enjoyed as a 8-15 year old geek. In particular, old computer games and Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks. I'd recommend both CRPG Addict and Fighting Dantasy.

CPRG addict chronicles the writer's attempt to play through every computer role-playing game dating back to the original Akalabeth, while Fighting Dantasy takes us through one attempt at each of the classic Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, that I snaffled up with great glee in the 1980s (and which have recently experienced a renaissance).

Guess I'll have to get out my box of old gamebooks...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Question : Apart from sport, do the new television stations make pay television redundant? I mean, if you're sitting on the couch trying to find something to watch, between the six extra commercial stations, you can usually find something. Back when I was living with my parents in the 90s, that was the glory of pay-television - being always (or almost always) able to find something worth watching on one of those mornings when you weren't at university. I guess this comes to mind because we're considering getting pay television, but I can barely find a single station on the 'basic' package that I (or the smurfette) would watch with any regularity.

Of course, I suppose that's the idea - the basic package is really just your foot in the door, and then the icing is the extra money that you pay for the other supplementary groups of stations...


The Liberal Party gets both entertaining and sickening by the day. The revelations regarding Shadow Cabinet discussions are sadly predictable regarding the Party's healthy desire to exploit xenophobia. By contrast, the Labour Party's willingness to actually (god forbid!) praise multiculturalism is heartening.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

If I can suggest a link, the anti bogan web-page is a great antidate to much of the mindless racism going around in Australia. Simply quoting people's own words, it demonstrates the meat-heads who think they are better because of the content of melanin in their skin.


The focus of much of the political news has been the reaction of Scott Morrison, immigration spokesman for the Coalition, to the fact that several family members of asylum seekers were flown to funerals in Sydney from detention on Christmas Island. The funerals were in Sydney due to the wishes of family that the dead be laid to rest in Sydney.

Not to put too fine a point on it, Morrison thought that this was a waste of taxpayer dollars. Morrison has stated that the funerals should have been held on Christmas Island, with the family members in Sydney being forced to fly (presumably at their own expense) to Christmas Island.

A couple of points :

(1) Scott Morrison, you are absolutely disgusting. Attempting to score political points by criticising funeral arrangements for children is beyond the pale.

(2) Scott Morrison, you and your political brethren are screaming hypocrites. While you are dancing around screaming about 'waste', your colleague Barnaby Joyce has totalled a government car, while other MPs are busy stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of printer toner for their parliamentary offices. Didn't hear you caterwauling about government 'waste' in those circumstances, did I?

(3) Scott Morrison, you are obviously a worthy successor to Mr Tony Abbott, who never saw a non-white, non-Christian, non-male that he didn't want to subjugate.


Anyone who is reading this - I have done the unthinkable : I have changed comic book shops after around seven years.

Mitchell and Troy, previously managers at Comics 'R Us on Bourke Street, have taken the plunge and opened their own concern : All-Star Comics at the junction of Queen and Lonsdale Streets in the Melbourne Central Business District.

I highly recommend it to everyone.  Check out their web-page for yourself, and see what you think.

And for the financially minded, their prices are approximately 10% cheaper than my previous store.


After a long hiatus, I intend to resurrect this blog.

For those who don't know me, I'm a lawyer working in Melbourne, Victoria, married with a beautiful young daughter.

I love my family, comics, Hawthorn, and my politics are decidedly left of centre.

I have no idea how you may have arrived here, but I hope you'll stick around.


Thursday, November 08, 2007

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