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As they say in the classics "I'm too old for this shit".
That said, I live in sunny Brisbane (Australia), forging a career in advertising / marketing whilst enjoying life as it comes.
I take photos on my iPhone, listen to (a lot of) music on my iPhone, and like Star Wars. So yes, I'm a geek.
That's about it.
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James Hance is following ME?
Honoured I am.
About to enter a church for the third time in a decade (nephew’s christening).
Hope I don’t burst into flames.
Just saw an appalling “statistics infograph” stating that US deaths in 2011 included 323 by semi automatic guns, 496 by hammer, 690 by knife, 12,000 by drink drivers, and 195,000 by medical malpractice. Ergo they should ban Obamacare, not guns.
God bless NRA rednecks.
Funnily enough, the stats aren’t 100% true. Whether the medical deaths are correct or not, they aren’t homicides.
The FBI stated that murders in 2011 were broken down as follows:
Knives or other cutting instruments: 13.4%
Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.): 5.7%
Blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.): 3.9%
Other dangerous weapons: 9.2%
In other words this is another piece of NRA propaganda.
Yes, the world needs better hospitals and better control of drink drivers, but every country with strict gun control laws have significantly lower murders by firearms.
I implore you, the next time you see one of these inflammatory support pieces (whether for guns, asylum seekers, or hot-topic-of-the-day), just do a quick google search using the main facts listed.
The resulting information will confirm or deny the issue, and help you decide if you want to share it or not.
Contrary to rumours and whispers across the web, there is no way CDs will be phased out by the major labels in 2013.
Why? Take a look at the current ARIA sales charts - the #2 album on digital (Ed Sheeran’s +) is #11 on the overall album chart, while the 2nd highest selling album overall (One Direction’s Take Me Home) is only #13 on the digital sales chart.
Over the pond, the Billboard Digital #5 album is The Lumineers eponymous LP, but it only ranks #20 on the overall sales chart.
You see, there’s this little thing that record companies like, and that’s money. If a format is still selling, and obviously outselling a different format, it’s not going the way of the dinosaur just yet.
CDs are here to stay. For the 2013 at least.
Why is the world’s media focussing on blame and recriminations in their reporting on the death of British nurse Jacintha Saldanha instead of using their influence to help avert this happening again?
A search of UK, USA, Indian & Australian news websites predominantly put the focus firmly on the two Australian DJs whose prank call is being identified as the reason this poor woman committed suicide.
But suicide is a complicated matter, and even if this poor taste joke was the primary reason Mrs Saldanha decided to end her life, the glaringly obvious issue in this situation is not who to blame, but how can this be avoided in the future?
Mrs Saldanha was “highly traumatised” by this prank call, felt “very lonely and confused”, and “expressed her anxiety to her husband”, which appear to be natural reactions for someone who is passionate and committed in their role as a caretaker.
What it also shows is that warning signs were evident, but with depression and anxiety being taboo issues, it appears no-one took the time to help her overcome her mental trauma.
This is the news story that the media should be running with: nothing is so bad that you should ever consider ending your own life, and if you know someone who is displaying symptoms of anxiety or depression there are things you can do to help them.
Sadly this is not so. Searching major media websites reveal each have published multiple stories focussed on retaliation, with minor by-lines promoting mental health websites.
BBC News - 16 articles
The Independent - 16 articles
The Daily Mail - 17 articles
The Hindu - 17 articles
The Guardian - 18 articles
The Telegraph - I lost count at 20
Sydney Morning Herald - 36 article. 36!
There are some articles with a main focus on mental health being published, but not on the front page. All I hope for is that the editors gain some perspective and position them where they can actually do some good.
The Age: Reconciling Guilt & Blame After Suicide
Mumbrella: Radio Duo Don’t Have Blood On Their Hands Over Nurses Suicide, It’s More Complicated Than That
SBS: Let’s All Take A Deep Breath
There’s a time and a place for everything.
Except black holes.
Love the new Reject Call with Text feature on your iPhone but want to personalise it?
Go to Settings / Phone / Reply With Message.
Apple have provided you with three messages: “I’ll call you later”, “I’m on my way”, and “What’s up?”. You can change all three. Just type your standard responses into the fields and away you go.
“Bite my shiny metal ass.”
“I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food-trough water.”
“Hey, you just called me, And this is crazy, But I’m on the toilet, So I’ll call you back, maybe?