Why I should never challenge my wife to anything…

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Largely because she’s awesome. Last Saturday, she finished off a hand-knitted Dalek, which was pretty awesome all of itself. For those that care, our youngest now insists on taking it to bed with him. I’m sure he’ll grow up to be a fine, well adjusted young man. Or ruler of the universe. Either one is […]

The wonderful wizard of Um

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I came up a theory this morning about my continued use of “Um” as an interjection to allow my brain to catch up when I’m talking. It’s been suggested to me that talking too fast is something of a Kidman trait, and that’s probably true, but as I get older, my brain’s getting slower, which […]

Like most people my age… I’m 35.

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How on earth did that happen? While I ponder the imponderables (and try to work out where all my hair went), why not check out this review of mine at CNET.com.au? Sanyo PLC-XU355: “Sanyo’s projector is notable for the inclusion of wireless connectivity, but not much else.”

Disturbing (featuring Hippos)

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That’d make a great album title, now that I think of it. Some recent twittering reminded me that the Hippos section of the site hasn’t been updated in a while. Trusting to Google news to ferret out the latest in Hippopotamidae related facts, I headed there, ready for the usual mix of “cute” Hippo stories […]

Big Fish, Little Fish, Cardboard Box…

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It’s been a bit quiet around this blog for a little while — a necessary side-effect while I take on board some rather drastic changes to the way I work, who I work for and what I do. Interesting times, and all that. In the meantime, though, it hasn’t stopped already written material appearing, both […]

What’s this strange relationship that we hold on to?

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Today’s writing efforts are in a format I don’t do a lot of work in (although if any editors are watching, I’m more than happy to), namely feature-length guides. In this case, a guide to online consumer security for CNET.com.au: Online Transaction Security: Tips For Staying Safe: “Any time that much money is changing hands […]

A new low in EULAs

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I’m somewhat gobsmacked by this end-user license agreement that just came up. This is 100% unedited, exactly what’s come up on screen. Would you agree to it? I mean, really. That’s just one of the hurdles in the life of a busy product reviewer, but it’s not all bizarre EULAs and pain. Sometimes, I get […]