Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas

...and a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Summer started seven days ago but it sure doesn't feel like it. I'm not complaining, always preferred the cold to the heat. Not to mention the flies, the way shirts stick to ones back and how deodorants fail to stop that trickle...

Suffering in sympathy with our northern neighbours about to experience a White Christmas? Maybe...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My Castle Fantasy...

I've finally found the perfect spot to build my dream home. It's in Cambewarra, away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney. It's 40 acres, 10 cleared, nestled below a rainforest pocket on the Browns Mountain, private, overlooking a panorama of the distant Shoalhaven coast. Asking $395,000.

And the house, it's got to be a Queenslander. Love the design, verandah all round...

Give me a home among the gumtrees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two, a k-kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Verandah out the front
And an old rocking chair ...

John Williamson - Home among the Gum Trees

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Say no to FB Groups

In the SMH today, headlines read Facebook intelligence used to target CHOGM protesters.

Deputy Commissioner Chris Dawson said in the meantime protest actions, such as the Anti-Corporate Greed and Anti-Wall Street movements, have been widely monitored through Facebook and Twitter.

"Police are monitoring all such groups and that's proper, there's nothing underhanded in that," he said.

Guess why I deactivated my account...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Why am I not surprised II...

I'm sure you've been following the story in China about the little boy who was hit by a van and how long it took before anyone helped...

Unfortunately, that's a reflection of today's society. I wrote a while ago Why I'm not surprised, where ambulance officers were being sued for "unlawful assault and battery" and the judgment of the California Supreme Court.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Done it!

Leaving Facebook. Screenshot kept for posterity.

Finally, I've pressed that deactivate button. Yes, I've removed myself from Facebook, deleted, gone!

The final straw? It was being added to a protest group, campaigning for something by a "friend", without my consent. To a group I have no interest in, nor did I support what they were campaigning for.

Fun is one thing, but landing up on the blacklist of a foreign government is another.

Friday, October 7, 2011

How many...

PS: This is an interesting post as it embeds a calculated field from a Google Spreadsheet. It is linked to a Google Document and published, updated every 5 minutes. From the Google document menu, select File, Publish to the Web.... easy!

Friday, September 30, 2011


Long weekend, mow the lawn, read Game of Thrones and generally do very little!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mid Autumn Love Story

I'm a fantasy novel nutter and was quite taken by the story of Hou Yi and Chang'e. Yesterday, 12th September was the Mid Autumn Festival (think moon cakes and paper lanterns).

It's the story about a Hou Yi, the god of archery who lost his immortality, and had to live the rest of his life on earth. One day, he defeated the water god, who abandoned his daughter Chang'e in his haste to escape. Chang'e was downright gorgeous, and it was love at first sight for Hou.

They were soon married and as with most marriages, when the Hou was out hunting the baddies, Chang'e was bored at home. Hou was previously rewarded two bottles of the elixir of life (one for Chang'e and one for himself), but did not tell Chang'e what they were. In her boredom, she drank the double dose, and ascended to the moon to live forever with a white rabbit (that's another story).

She became the moon goddess. What became of Hou? He was murdered by his best student...

Monday, September 5, 2011


Sometime ago I whinged about Facebook insisting that all accounts be opened with real names and that Young Werther wasn't a real name. Hmmm...

Looks like Google+ is going the same way. Is it fair that I have to use my real name and identify myself. Some argue that it's the right way to go as FB and Google+ are social networking sites. Maybe, I do have something to hide and no intention of linking my drunken activities, blog confessions and opinions to my LinkedIn or FB account (that are populated by workmates and family).

After all, you wouldn't befriend Tom, Dick or Harry (unless Harry's got HRH preceeding it), similarly, you wouldn't accept any invite from Young Werther on FB or any other social networking site... would you?

In the stone "type" writer age, writers used nom de plumes. It's a well established precedent, so let us secretive b*stards be!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai

Kanagawa oki nami-ura by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849)

I'm a bit of a SF/ Fantasy bluff, and many years ago I read "24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai". Bit misleading, the novel's not by Hokusai (that's the title) but is a short Science Fiction novel by Roger Zelazny. It won the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novella.

What really grabbed me were the woodblock prints by Hokusai. They were gorgeous. The story followed a widow's travels around Japan. For e-book owners you can download* a EPUB version here (right click and save as).

*Shared under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Monday, July 25, 2011

Australian Fairy Tale

A koala was sitting in a gum tree smoking a joint...

When a little lizard walked past, looked up and said,
'Hey Koala!
What are you doing?'

The koala said,
'Smoking a joint, come up and have some.'

So the little lizard climbed up and sat next to the koala where they enjoyed a few hits.

After a while the little lizard said that his mouth was 'dry' and that he was going to get a drink from the river.

The little lizard was so stoned that he leaned over too far and fell into the river. A crocodile saw this and swam over to the little lizard and helped him to the side. Then he asked the little lizard,
'What's the matter with you?'

The little lizard explained to the crocodile that he had been sitting with the koala in the tree, smoking a joint, but got too stoned and fell into the river while taking a drink….

The crocodile said that he had to check this out and walked into the rain forest, found the tree where the koala was sitting finishing a joint. The crocodile looked up and said,

'Hey you!'

So the koala looked down at him and said,

'Shiiiiiiiiiiit dude....

How much water did you drink?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Kick ass chicks - Part II

Sometime ago, I compiled a list of ladies who are more than capable of whupping my butt. As time goes by, new heroines arise and unfortunately, classic broads like Lt. Ellen Ripley are put to pasture. So, without further ado, here's my new list...

1) At the top is Eliza Dushku as Echo in Dollhouse. For those who are not familiar with the storyline, 'dolls' have their memory wiped and reprogrammed for each assignment.

2) Who can go past Lena Headey as Sarah Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She's English and carries a big gun.

3) One of my favourites, Natalie Portman at her butt-kicking best as Mathilda in Leon: The Professional. As Padmé in Star Wars and Evey in V for Vendetta, these were secondary, love-struck roles (IMHO)

4) Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in the Millennium Trilogy, abused but still manages to tattoo a rapist in the nether regions and hacks into an account, running off with a billion SEK.

5) Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, witch extraordinaire!

6) Something about Japanese girls in school uniform wielding samurai swords... Gianna Jun as Saya in Blood: The Last Vampire.

7) If Johnny Depp can get the ladies drooling, Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann gets me hot under the collar.

8) Can't go past a flaming red head, Famke Janssen as Phoenix in the X-Men.

9) One has to include Miranda Otto as Eowyn, the strong silent type in Lord of the Rings.

Ringwraith: No man can kill me. Die now.
Eowyn: I am no man.

10) Dilemma, do I include someone tried and trusted or a total new comer. Went for the latter and introducing Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games.

Keep an eye out for her... could be another Lara Croft

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Have been wasting a bit of time on this "social site" called Empire Avenue (you can blame Krys for that). The objective is to maximise your share price by conducting "social" activities like Twittering, Blogging or linking to other "social" places like Facebook.

So Young Werther opened his FB account and guess what? FB thinks that I'm not a real person and suspended the account .... duh!@!@#$!

More than that, Werther has been requested to "upload a copy of my government-issued photo ID making sure that my full name, date of birth, and photo are clear". This is going to be fun...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jesus, food for thought...

Was reading Lilly's blog on faith, something twigged. On the face of it, can Christians really have more in common with Muslims than with the Jews?

Yet as Christians, we align ourselves with the Jewish faith. Browsing Wikipedia, managed to glean the following.

Christianity is a religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the gospels and the letters of the New Testament. Christian derives from the Greek word Christ, a translation of the Hebrew term Messiah. Meaning CHRISTians believe in JC, pretty obvious this.

Wiki goes on to say almost all Christian groups regard Jesus as the Messiah who suffered death by crucifixion and rose bodily from the dead and will come again to judge the living and the dead. So far so good.

But Wiki explains that in Islam, Jesus is considered to be a Messenger of God and the Messiah who was sent to guide the Children of Israel with the Gospel. According to the Qur'an, Jesus was born to Mary and was given the ability to perform miracles. However, Islam rejects assertions that Jesus was crucified by the Romans, instead claiming that he had been raised alive up to heaven. Islamic traditions say that he will return to earth near the day of judgement to restore justice and defeat the Antichrist and the enemies of Islam. Hmmm...

But Judaism holds that Jesus is not the Messiah, arguing that he had not fulfilled the Messianic prophecies in the Tanakh nor embodied the personal qualifications of the Messiah. According to Jewish tradition, there were no more prophets after Malachi, who lived about 420 BC.

Huh?? Well, Christians, what's with all the discrimination and Islam-phobia?