Archive for the ‘blogging’ Category
Apparently there’s an American Kath & Kim coming out in a couple of days. The producers must’ve been shirted off that they didn’t get Sarah Palin to star as Kath… I can kinda imagine her and Bristol shopping at Ice-Fountain Gate, and her accent has the perfect comedic effect. But maybes that’ll be something for Tina Fey to do on SNL when the McCain camp admits that letting her do interviews with Katie Couric was a Really. Bad. Idea?
ANYWAY. What was I going to say? Oy. Stream-of-consciousness blogging was probably a bad idea.
Oh yeah, so. During my “hiatus” (or, more actually, last night, when I couldn’t sleep. Again) I was thinking that I need to define this blog properly. ‘Cause seriously. WTF am I doing here?
Rogue Ink’s impending-relaunch post yesterday got me thinking about defining a blog’s purpose and existence and stuff. I did the break, I even sneakily changed the layout (like, three times) but then I just came back (mainly because I just had too much to say) without actually thinking about what exactly I am trying to do here.
So here I am, thinking aloud (in the sound of typing?) and having a good, hard look at my blog.
I mentioned that this was supposed to be for “serious” posts and stuff… but, in all seriousness, what do I think this is? Time/The Economist? Pssh.
It’s not like I rely on SEO (oooh! Fancy Geeklish!) or hits or getting/keeping readers to earn a living. I just have shit to say, and here, I don’t get offended if nobody reads it. Mainly because I have low expectations.
While I always have something to say on things like politics and media, there is this overwhelming tendency for me to relate how I feel about an issue and, since this is MY Blog I can’t see why I need to pretend to be serious.
I can be serious at work and stuff (like, if I want to submit serious articles to other serious places) but this is my me space. And I’m usually not very serious.
So that’s that. I’m not going to self-censor myself and cut out the self-indulgent rambling that I may/will want to, from time to time, indulge in for the sake of pretending that this blog is serious. All you readers are hereby warned.
There’s just this one caveat: I promise I won’t turn this into my LiveJournal. We’re well over the early Noughties, so that’s that. I will at least try to relate the incessant me-rambling to serious-ish issues, even if the effect is not so serious.
In the immortal words of Heath’s Joker, “Why So Serious?”. (That quote would have probably been a better choice for title to this post. Meh.)
(*note: number may or may not refer to actual count of items in the list below, and most likely refers to the number of posts in this blog so far):
- Western Australia had an election…
- Malcolm Turnbull was voted as Leader of the Federal Opposition…
- when Nelson “did a Carps” and called a spill in an attempt to catch Mal off guard. Oops.
- Kerry O’Brien had a go at Mal for claiming to be a Typical Aussie Battler.
- Mal had a go about how Kevin Rudd is so totally rich.
- And Ben Pobjie the new matilda wrote what may be my favouritest political article ever on the whole thing.
- The US Election got into full-swing…
- The US economy went into full uh-oh mode.
- In the wonderful world of science…
- The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator started up, with great fanfare AND doomsday fears ( see http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/)
- A week later, it turned out that it broke on the first day. Bummer.
- But at least a cute, white, scientist chick did a fun rap song about it’s theoretical awesomeness.
- On the education front…
- Administrators at my old uni are apparently a widdle wupset over the damage being caused by a couple of blog posts I wrote earlier this year (who’d’ve ever thought I’d be so influential?? Not me, that’s for sure.)
- And in proof that it’s not just ND that is lame-o, the Uni of WA decided to slash the number of undergrad courses they offer (they reckon “employers would approve”) in a move which pretty much signifies that we’re well and truly in the dusking of the age of enlightenment (or that UWA peeps have forgotten that Julie Bishop ain’t Education Minister any more)
- Law-stuff included…
- Awesome TV shows right now…
- Personal stuff included…
- An appreciation for the teachings of The Buddha, through, of all things, Twitter.
- I joined the Australian Youth Climate Change Coalition. (Starting on Goal # 5! But I haven’t had time to actually do anything since joining, but I’m working on that)
- Speaking of goals, my gym-going schedule has been fairly ok, but I think I’ve been going pretty lamely on the rest. Ah well.
Right, that’ll do. I’m not going to count those things, because I suck at counting, but, I hope y’all enjoy those links til I find time to get back to seriously writing about stuff… hopefully not too long now!
Until then, in the words of Gossip Girl,
you know you love me
The hundredth post for this blog seems like the perfect spot for me to announce that I am going take a little break from here for a while.
Work’s really busy and I have a few other things happening that I want to finish off.
This blog was always meant to be a [semi] “serious” blog where I could ponder matters of import re politics and social justice and world issues and all that kinda thing, but posting about all those sorts of issues takes lots of time and effort. I like to at least try to get facts right for posts about that. But alas the time and effort is a little scarce right now, even if there’re heaps of things to be blogged about.
Massive apologies to Retarius in particular, who told me to keep the blog up just days ago… it’s just that since my stats seem to plummet when I post about that kind of stuff anyway, I am assuming leaving things unattended is not going to bother too many people!
Never fear, fair readers of this blog (who I can count on one hand, hehe)!
I am not leaving the interwebs. Because it is the home of my true soul and I would never actually exile myself like that. It would be horrible and may ’cause yukky withdrawal symptoms et cetera.
People who have been following me on Twitter may know that I’ve been posting some bits and bobs over on a “tumblelog” at http://sayitagain.tumblr.com (and more observant readers may have noticed the feed of links in the sidebar over there).
Tumblelogs are awesome because they’re really low maintenance. I have another one at http://sunili.tumblr.com which was really like an on-line scrapbook of sorts, where I posted funny pics and cool videos, but I decided to start up the other one for adding random comments about the things I post if I felt the need to. I don’t know why I didn’t just start the posts random comments on the first one instead of setting up a whole other one, but hey, I’m ODD ike that sometimes. And tumblrs are dead easy to set up so that didn’t help.
So yeah. I will no doubt be posting to both more often than not, as I am an awesome procrastinator, so feel free to check them out whenever:
- This one is for the cool stuff (I lay claim to nothing but collecting it)
- This one is for some cool stuff, some commentary, and mostly random ramblings
See youse all around!!!!!!!
So in the season one finale of 30 Rock (AWESOME SHOW, btw) Liz Lemon says “blerg” about fifty seven times (approx.) to signify that things are going rather lamely right now.
That word completely describes this week. I have had the killer bug from hell hanging out in my sinus cavity since Sunday, and, as Aunty Pauline would say, I don’t like it.
A bunch of kids from work went down with it; my entire family has it; partners of people have it; people that work with partner’s of people who have it have it, and so have their partners.
If this bug was a marketing campaign, whoever thought it up would totally be ready to retire right now. Forget about the Leave Britney Alone Guy and the Montauk Monster; this is viral doing what viral does best.
I am convinced that the entire city will be buried in scrunched up snotty tissues within a few days.
Where is the disaster preparedness system, though?
I may have been watching too much of the X-Files recently (stay tuned for a Guest Post @ the lovely Sandie Law’s Geeked Off! blog on that subject), but as the Varanus “gas crisis” reminded us, as the 2004 tsunami reminded most of South and South-East Asia, there is pretty much nothing we can do with the proverbial excrement hits the wind-agitator affixed to the ceiling.
We all get covered in crap (or giant waves, or blankets cause we can’t turn the heater on) and we can do nothing about it.
Makes you worry, doesn’t it?
Sorry for the gloomy post.
I highly appreciate sick leave, though, so there’s a blessing to count. I am going to set up my CPSU membership stat. (We might be getting back pay from FEBRUARY! SQUEEEE! New iPod nano, mayhaps?)