I didn't know there was a clandestine national cat-bashing conspiracy until just now, but please, where the hell do I sign up?
Author Warren Ellis has a weblog. It is suitably weird. He in fact appears to be building a web empire: in addition to die puny humans, he has warrenellis.com of course, and is the co-founder of this "graphic novel explosion", artbomb.net. This latter site is brilliant.
The Wooster Collective is a global scope, frequently updated resource on street art. Good.
Referentially, two sites I suffer mild addictions to are Hyperdictionary and Wikipedia. The latter is effectively an open-source encyclopedia (in what seems to me a very Diderotian spirit) of consistent quality and enormous breadth. Its new current events page is.. uh, give me another superlative here… Plus, I found out on Wikipedia that I share a birthday with Ivan the Terrible. For that bit of knowledge, I will be forever in its debt.
Speaking of calendarpedias (I made that word up), subdue your natural instincts and have a browse through the Patron Saints Index. If you've read my wallowsong of drogo loone, you might be interested to look up his namesake on that site. (I am hardly the only one to exploit this site for creative inspiration -- Melbourne band the mime set do a great song about one of the saints that singer Samantha found therein. I've momentarily forgotten which saint.)
I have conducted a couple of odes to Google upon this very turf in recent weeks -- turns out that they are in fact evil after all. Which in an odd kind of way is a relief. Big corporations being nice and being helpful is really a bit scary. Of course, Google has been unmasked for its true nature in the singularly sinister world of web advertising, which is something of a mitigating factor -- I'd rather work in sewage processing than web advertising. Still, we must treat Google as we treat MS now -- militating against it and hopelessly reliant on it. I'm getting used to the deal.
I've got a theory. It runs: all is not well in the Unity camp. My evidence is meagre, but my gut feeling is strong. Scott Crawford held a bizarre meeting last Friday week, which I chanced upon -- hearing his gurgling tones out the window as I browsed comics in the Rowden White Library. He stood in the North Court at a microphone before a ring of empty chairs, in the middle of which someone had chalked "CORRUPT" in blue. A handful of students sat or stood nearby with fire or mirth in their eyes as he rattled on about "factionalism" wracking the Union. At first it seemed to me just an odd word for the leftist groups trying to undermine his "agenda" (is theft and censorship an agenda?) But it occured to me that Scott has sufficient grasp of political language to know that "factionalism" is hardly the word for that. This meeting was supposed to be a convention of the Student Council, I believe -- a body his own party dominates. Yet no-one had attended at all. My feeling is that his hitherto accomplices are (finally) starting to get cold feet about the Ray-Crawford enterprise.
He repeats this mantra against "factionalism" in a couple of Age articles. I'd love to be a fly on the wall at some Unity meetings -- I think at this stage they would be quite vociferous, and we can always hope they get a little bloody.
There is a student meeting to discuss the corruption in the Student Union on Tuesday 14th October, at 1pm in Old Arts D. I don't know much about it, but I'm looking forward to it. Open discussion is the only way back from this precipice.
Hey remember, things could be worse.
One of the most lifelike puppets in world history is coming to our shores in three weeks or so. Namely, US President George W Bush. Or is he? And if in fact it will be him, should we ask "Business or pleasure?" But the latter seems unlikely, because the White House has clearly and correctly identified (amidst some extraordinary gaffes) that Canberra is quite boring.
There's a Yahoo group for organising the protests. It is called StopBushVisit, which is not a name I really approve of, because I'm quite looking forward to his visit. It gives me a chance to communicate in his presence what I think of him and his puppeteers, and what they are doing and have done, in a non-violent and hopefully relatively articulate manner.
I've been notified by a couple of people, via email and in the comments, of a couple of errors in the MUSU stuff above. Firstly, as the individual known to me only as Peter Moore pointed out, with corroboration from another student, there has not exactly been a domination of the Student Council by the right this year. Read Peter's comments for an account I assume is much more accurate.
Secondly, the above-mentioned meeting originally had the wrong date -- I think the organisers must have changed it. In any case, the discussion about corruption in the MUSU is now on Tuesday 14th October, 1pm, Old Arts D. Unfortunately I can't make it at that time, due to the necessity of, well, keeping my day job. If anyone can email me a brief account of the proceedings I would be very grateful.
Joseph | 5 Oct 2003