Wally and I have had ups and downs like any great friendship. Dogs go through stages of development, physically and socially, in very similar ways to humans; and their relationship with us changes over time like all relationships do. I look back at my first meeting with Wally and I realise I had…
“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who rest assured are not dumb and are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible psychological reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV Spring Break on Primary Day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”—David Foster Wallace, Rolling Stone, April 13, 2000 (via alexlikestowrite)
Why My The Basics YouTube Video Has Been Delayed Indefinitely
It’s been a bad fortnight. My bad back has returned, and painful as it is, combined with my never-ending headache, I’m immobilized 70% of the time. Unpleasant. Painful.
Additionally, my 1 year old MacBook Pro kept freezing and crashing while I was marking assignments last week. Finally it stopped responding. I took it to the Apple store on Tuesday: the hard drive died. Lucky I’ve got a time capsule.
Picked it up on Thursday, went through the motions to restore my data … it couldn’t find the time machine data.
At this point I’m mentally and physically exhausted and distraught.
Back to the Apple store yesterday. Apparently the motherboard died when I took it home. Again, they don’t have the part, but this time it’s not 1 day but 3-5 to get it shipped in.
Glad it’s under warranty. Repairs over $1,500 so far.
They’ve been really great at the Apple Store and have promised to help me restore it when it’s fixed again.
But I’ve still got 26 (much more complex) assignments to mark. Even with the anti-inflammatory & pain killing tablets the doctor prescribed I’m still in pain.
And to add insult to injury, as one final act of evil defiance, before it died my computer wiped all my music during the final iPhone synch. You’ll know how dependent on my personal soundtrack I am.
Fortunately I discovered Deezer has a free trial period for streaming on your phone (slightly broke right now so it’s a welcome option) and most of my current favourites are now back with me.
I honestly don’t understand how Tony Abbott can have so many supporters?! Not one single person I have spoken to, whether it be friends, coworkers, patients and random strangers, are voting for Abbott. So where are all…
Considered argument? OK.
Fiscal: our treasurer was voted best in the world by his peers (something the brilliant - and I’m not being sarcastic - Costello never archived).
We have one of the strongest economies in the Western world, and one of the smallest deficits.
Climate Change: Labor is more proactive with a tax (something originally suggested by Abbott) than planting trees and hoping companies embrace renewable energy. Green energy output has grown by 8% in the last year, and lx prices raised by the same amount (the obscene price rises are due to infrastructure costs - look it up, it’s horrifying).
Maternity leave - while Labor is mocked by lobbyists, their plan is nowhere as damaging to business as the Libs. People in their own party oppose it because it’s financially reckless (done to buy votes).
NBN: no contest. Labors plan provides real opportunities to develop new industries. Liberals costs a lot more in the long run, but only delivers one third of the speed.
Asylum Seekers: neither, they both suck.
Human Rights: it may only be a gesture, but at least Rudd will allow a vote on gay marriage.