the Romans feathered helmets erect learned the sterility of war their Empire's wondrous landmarks became punctuation in history's soil their roads crossed continents in massive webs their confidence still glimmers in ancient armour and upturned pillars but now, we're in dress-rehearsal writing history our age split asunder by tablets lit with green-glowing back-turned candles - … Continue reading Different Century, Same…?
Fenny Fawcett ran a factory printing fiction and fantasy but while enjoying fanciful fiction, she also liked her facts, you see. ** Fiction claimed as fact, she could only view as fallacy and she fought this fact confection with significant potency. ** Fenny started fracking for fiction in our history and finally formed a faction … Continue reading Fenny’s Fact Story
You'll probably recognise the tune this goes with: Hush little Aussies, you've nothing to fear Scotty's giving gifts before election year If you vote blue, not red or green Scotty will get you the fastest vaccine. If that fastest vaccine won't ship Scotty's gonna get you a Natural Gas drip. If that gas is industry … Continue reading Hush Little Aussies
Inspired by this story: ABC News this mud, you say, came from yonder creek all frothing brown tea and gentle chatter among cicada's fierce racket and spearing acacia this mud, you say, wandered in 18,000 years ago on the feet of wasps, as busily they tessellated their bulbous home, 3D printing on this shaggy wall … Continue reading Mud from a Chattering Creek
Late night stabbing: man run through by dubious kebab!
I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts and among the ones I really like is “How to Fail with Elizabeth Day”. Elizabeth Day (author and journalist) interviews successful people (often mini celebs, on the internet if nowhere else). Not being a twitter user and not being British and just generally living largely under … Continue reading The Moneyarchy
Each Christmas I write a newsy letter and email it off for worse or better to friends and family, colleagues and such who may or may not care that much. Then, this year a neighbour chanced to say that she throws her Christmas cards away and how newsletters bore her half to hell and she … Continue reading The Newsletter
(The Rabbit Hole is a podcast produced by the New York Times. Definitely worth a listen.) So there's this French guy, right. He has a university degree in Artificial Intelligence. He's smart and he does well. He gets offered a job at a big well known tech firm in Silicon Valley. He's proud as punch … Continue reading Story from The Rabbit Hole
I am not a sailor. I get seasick pretty easily and am quite terrified of big weather on land, let alone at sea. But I have heard that one threat to the sea-faring sailor, is the existence of submerged shipping containers, floating invisibly beneath the waves. Imagine the shock of running into one! The thing … Continue reading Submerged Containers
If you look at what's published as "News", it's easy to get confused about who or what you should be listening to. A few weeks ago, I remember reading an interview with Tom Hanks' wife after she was released from the QLD hospital where she and Tom Hanks were treated for COVID19. I can't remember … Continue reading The Hierarchy of Knowledge