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The Grumpiness of the long-distance traveller 0

The Grumpiness of the long-distance traveller

Not one of my better travel days. Left the wonderful Best Western (USD77 a day wonderful) at 6am this morning after getting up at 4:30 (sleeping-in anxiety means I set three alarm clocks and...

A new font 0

A new font

Just found a wonderful font made by averaging 725 other fonts together. Sadly embedded fonts are not yet supported on Safari for iPad. And if you are using Internet Explorer, too bad. You can...

Linguistic drift, or When is a Salad no Longer a Salad? 0

Linguistic drift, or When is a Salad no Longer a Salad?

I understand that in different cultures, the word “salad” has different meanings. In Italy, a salad is 5 types of lettuce and olive oil. Where I grew up, a salad is as many raw...

What is wrong with the food on qantas? 0

What is wrong with the food on qantas?

Seriously, I think today’s business class menu was put together by a lazy, hungry drunk. Entree was conventional – Parma ham, parmagiano and rocket. Only the halal, kosher, vegan, vegetarian and readers of the...

Visions of hell: #1 LAX 0

Visions of hell: #1 LAX

Well, I am just devastated. I have been amusing myself for the last several hours blogging how I am keeping sane while sitting in LAX Terminal 4, only to find that my iPad has...

Artificial life principles as applied to serviced apartment kitchens 1

Artificial life principles as applied to serviced apartment kitchens

It is a strange fact of serviced apartments that their kitchens are “fully equipped” in the sense that Coles is “where Masterchefs shop”. Drawers and cupboards seem to be populated at random from the...

Fried crumbs with salsa verde 1

Fried crumbs with salsa verde

I continue my annual series of musing on where Masterchefs really shop. This year, I have taken a real masterchef recipe – Seaweed Crumbed Crayfish Tails with Ceviche, Chargrilled Paua (Abalone) – to Coles....

Melbourne Cut-ups 0

Melbourne Cut-ups

William S. Burroughs used to experiment with cut-ups – snippets of speech randomly assembled from tape or from the physical cut-up and reassembly of text. Here is an audio cut-up: snippets of speech overheard...

…and it’s beige, beige, beige all the way! 0

…and it’s beige, beige, beige all the way!

Never let it be said that I am reluctant to try new things. Hence this week’s experiment with Oaks Dreriora (I mean Aurora). I did go into its 67 stories with open eyes –...