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Heathen Scripture Friday, August 16, 2013 - 04:13 Source

There is a strange magic to aeroplanes.

I’m not just talking about the mechanics of flight, explained in the same terms of bilateral air pressure variance that apply to a cricket ball’s swing. Of course the physics are remarkable enough; that confluence of lift, drag, weight and thrust that allows three hundred tons of metal to glide across air like a skimmed stone. Every take-off, I watch the ground drop away, the world recompose itself into aerial maps, with a reverence akin to the religious.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 10:22 Source

Issues With PlumbingPlumbing can be very intimidating to someone that has never done it before. It can easily lead to a bit of information overload because of all of the resources available to new plumbers.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 11:27

Bob Brown put it best. “I get asked on this immigration question, as with others, well, why aren’t we bringing this government down? Because you get Tony Abbott.”

Politics is the art of the possible. We end up with what is do-able rather than what is desirable. In Australian politics at present, whoever owns the Bogan vote gains Federal office.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 09:34 Source

Kitchen renovation tipsThe following kitchen renovation tips will help you transform the room without it resulting in you spending a fortune whilst doing so.

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Things Bogans Like Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 12:25 Source

“The future is a foreign country,” says the bogan wisely as it looks up from The Daily Telegraph, comfortable that it pulled that quote that it heard on A Current Affair that one time. Quotes always make you sound wise.

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Things Bogans Like Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 12:25 Source

“The future is a foreign country,” says the bogan wisely as it looks up from The Daily Telegraph, comfortable that it pulled that quote that it heard on A Current Affair that one time. Quotes always make you sound wise.

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Things Bogans Like Friday, June 14, 2013 - 12:29 Source

The bogan is perpetually curious. As the world rockets from dial-up porn to broadband porn to live-streaming HD NBN porn, from Carlisle to Gaga to Skrillex, from real politicians to ‘female’ politicians, it can all get a bit much, and the bogan periodically needs to take stock and assess the state of the universe.

So it Asks Questions.

Powered by an overwhelming desire to know The Truth, the bogan will diligently Ask Questions about the things that are troubling it in this crazy ol’ world.

“Oh, so you’re coming back from maternity leave?”

“What even are male hairdressers?”

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A Senex View Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 14:02 Source

Paul Krugman recently posted on predictions of the crisis before it happened, in a piece entitled “Non-prophet Economics”. It had a set of propositions about how one should evaluate such claims with which I completely and utterly agree. I’ll quote it in its entirety, because it’s an eminently suitable starting point for evaluating whether a prediction was in fact made:

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A Senex View Friday, May 31, 2013 - 08:30 Source

New Modern Money and Public Purpose Seminar at Sydney University this Friday afternoon (Australian Eastern time), with Bill Mitchell, Sean Carmody, and Peter Kriesler, on

“Macroeconomic Policy Making in Small, Open Economies: An Australian Perspective”.

More details here:

http://www.modernmoneyandpublicpurpose.com/macro-policymaking-in-australia.html

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Things Bogans Like Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 10:27 Source

It is just plain wrong to categorise the bogan as a straightforward, simple creature. There is nothing simple about naming a child “Mhadeziyn”, attempting to perch atop a revolving system of four different interest-free finance facilities, and clutching seventeen different mutually exclusive conspiracy theories about foreigners, allergies, and corporate fat cats.

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Things Bogans Like Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 17:51 Source

The bogan understands the universe. From the big bang that started everything approximately 13.75 billion years ago, to The Big Bang Theory that started on Channel 9 on March 12, 2008, the bogan soars over space and time, like a golden, winged Jet Ski with the ability to transcend all of existence.

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Friday, November 23, 2012 - 08:17
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Things Bogans Like Friday, September 21, 2012 - 15:46 Source

The picture of the bogan that we here have painted for all y’all over the past three years could be described in various ways. The bogan is a multi-faceted beast, hard to easily pigeonhole, which is why such a task requires an exhaustive categorisation of over 250 different things that it likes. But if one were challenged to boil it all down to a single adjective, surely one that would sit near the top of any list is ‘angry’.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 - 10:50
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Heathen Scripture Friday, September 21, 2012 - 10:50 Source

I was cleaning out my phone last night and found this in its dim recesses, from a UK number to Australia last year. Still amazing. Still no idea what the fuck was going on.

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Monday, September 17, 2012 - 14:11

A salute to the captain of the good ship Queensland. On visiting Campbell Newman’s sunny state last week, I was asked to be part of an event called The Sincerest Form of Flattery, in which writers mimic the style of a favourite author. I decided to go with A.B. Paterson. When I’ve got a minute I might rework this, keeping to the Banjo’s original metre. But I rather had to knock this piece together on the day, so this is it, as performed at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Campbell of the Overflow

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Heathen Scripture Monday, September 17, 2012 - 14:11 Source

A salute to the captain of the good ship Queensland. On visiting Campbell Newman’s sunny state last week, I was asked to be part of an event called The Sincerest Form of Flattery, in which writers mimic the style of a favourite author. I decided to go with A.B. Paterson. When I’ve got a minute I might rework this, keeping to the Banjo’s original metre. But I rather had to knock this piece together on the day, so this is it, as performed at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Campbell of the Overflow

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Heathen Scripture Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 20:29 Source

Here’s one of the more exciting things I’ve been working on while I’ve been away. The record label Elefant Traks is a great Australian institution, founded by The Herd over a decade ago and supporting top-class Australian music and writing ever since.

A few months ago I joined forces with Ozi Batla on a new project. He assembled a supergroup under the ET aegis, with members of The Herd and Metabass joined by ace rapper The Tongue, soul singer Candice Monique, and spoken word legend Adam Gibson. The whole crew is heading to Newcastle in a couple of weeks to offer an intensive workshop combining writing with music. And it’s free.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 16:56

"At last count, I've knocked on more than 3 million doors since 1969, that's a lot of doors", Clive Palmer said.

It sure is - that's 69,767 per year. Let's be generous and allow 366 days in a year. That's an average of 190 doors a day. At 3 minutes a door that's 9.5 hours a day. Clive has been a busy boy. Or else it's a sad indictment of the numeracy skills of the political journalists who left this claim unchallenged.

Update: On Lateline last night he said it was 4 million. Must have had a busy day.

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Heathen Scripture Monday, June 4, 2012 - 11:59 Source

You can tell there’s pre-election tension in Malaysia when they start locking up writers. On Tuesday, Australian-educated political publisher Ezra Zaid was arrested and brought in front of a judge, where a date for him to be charged was set for July.

For Malaysia observers, a move against Ezra’s ZI Publications was hardly a surprise. In a country where official censorship remains heavy-handed, ZI releases the kind of books that politicians would prefer were not available.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 09:00
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Heathen Scripture Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 09:00 Source

One of our new projects is about to be released.

It’s always rewarding when you get to be a part of making something beautiful. Not that a new website necessarily sounds like the most thrilling thing. Nando’s Chicken has a website. The Australian Society of Orthodontists has a website. Christopher Pyne has a website. But it can also mean the creation of something startling, compelling, and a little strange; the digital equivalent of a tongue in your ear.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 14:31

With not a small twinge of nostalgia for the 4-year old original Blogotariat site I have thrown the switch to a completely rebuilt Blogotariat. The original site stopped processing all feeds yesterday so I decided that enough is enough.

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En Passant Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 00:18 Source

QPro Developments is a new development company based in Brisbane, Queensland, but with a view to introducing overseas investors to opportunities in regional Queensland. While much of the world is suffering a financial crisis and property slump, thanks to the mining industry parts of Australia are experiencing a boom bigger than any they have seen before.

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En Passant Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 00:18 Source

QPro Developments is a new development company based in Brisbane, Queensland, but with a view to introducing overseas investors to opportunities in regional Queensland. While much of the world is suffering a financial crisis and property slump, thanks to the mining industry parts of Australia are experiencing a boom bigger than any they have seen before.

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En Passant Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 03:39 Source

WattsNet are our neighbours here in Fortitude Valley Brisbane, and they’re also the developers of very effective business management software called “Heads-up“.

I know it’s effective because our other neighbours Deicke Richards are using it, and they tell me it’s making their business more transparent and measurable than ever before.

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En Passant Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 03:39 Source

WattsNet are our neighbours here in Fortitude Valley Brisbane, and they’re also the developers of very effective business management software called “Heads-up“.

I know it’s effective because our other neighbours Deicke Richards are using it, and they tell me it’s making their business more transparent and measurable than ever before.

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En Passant Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 00:58 Source

One of the great things about open-source CMS Joomla is that it has so many pre-existing free or inexpensive extensions available, allowing the Joomla core to be easily adapted to incorporate just about any functionality you might need, for all kinds of different websites.

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En Passant Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 00:58 Source

One of the great things about open-source CMS Joomla is that it has so many pre-existing free or inexpensive extensions available, allowing the Joomla core to be easily adapted to incorporate just about any functionality you might need, for all kinds of different websites.

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