That boy’s got a face for radio…

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I’ve been told that I’m rather too fond of the sound of my own voice, and that’s probably fair enough. It’s just that normally my “voice” is on the page (be it printed, or web), notwithstanding my single appearance on BRAN. As an early Christmas gift (I’m such a nice guy), those who are hanging […]

On the day I was born, the nurses all gathered ’round, and they gazed in wide wonder, at the joy they had found…

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I feel I should point out that I’m not actually bad to the bone. Possibly slightly mischievous, or a bit cheeky at worst. But “Cheeky to the Bone” just doesn’t cut it in rock lyrics. In any case, what I most definitely am is published, yet again — and depending on how the family health […]

Can journos be bought?

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As a journalist, I realise that I rank somewhere up there amongst politicians, used car salesmen and bank managers in terms of the public’s love and trust. Blaming “The Meeja” is a popular pastime in today’s culture, and while I occupy a small sub-niche of the kind of “Meeja” that’s usually vilified, there’s still certainly […]

A bottle of red, a bottle of white, it all depends upon your appetite..

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Wow. It’s been a busy, busy year, and the whole business of sending out Christmas cards just snuck up on me. So if you didn’t get one yet — there’s still time, Australia Post willing — or don’t get one at all, don’t fret. The lurv is still there. It’s just that I’ve been insanely […]

A short pause between drinks…

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Dang. I broke my own mildly funny story. When I first started in tech journalism, just shy of ten years ago, I was working at Australian Personal Computer Magazine, less formally known as APC. The first thing I ever wrote for publication was a review of the rather fine MechCommander. When I left, almost literally […]

I didn’t steal 16 tonnes of ham and bacon..

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No, really. It wasn’t me. Somebody did, but not me. I couldn’t lift that much at once, and it would take ages to eat my way through that much processed piggy. Did they think to question Nibbler? I did write the following two reviews, live at CNET.com.au, however. That’s one that I will confess to. […]

“Look, if you don’t get that camera off me, I’m going to kick you right in the *BOING*”

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That’s a pretty much direct quote, uttered by yours truly, from a Christmas video shot some fifteen years ago that I’ve just unearthed and backed up from its rather grubby VHS original. Family history, and all that. A few key observations, one for each year that has since elapsed: I was a moderately unattractive eighteen […]