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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

iBook

I give you my first post from my new 12" iBook. Now, I go play.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/30/2005 05:04:00 pm || || Return to Top


Bolton and the UN

While doing some readings about the development and subsequent failure of the League of Nations for my course on international organisation I've had an idea as to what the US might be trying to do with appointing Bolton to the UN.
...the League could not fulfill in the international sphere the same tasks which the state performed in the national community.
...the existence of a political central authority standing above individual states had seemed incompatible. Such an authority was still nonexistent.
Transfer that to the UN; the US seeks legitimacy through the UN because they want to lead the world legitimately. Not just be the sole superpower, but actually legitimate the UN to the point where it is the world authority and under their control, and thus they control the world... Conspiracy theories abound. Back to work, rats.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/30/2005 01:39:00 pm || || Return to Top


REM

Whew. Just got home from the Brisbane REM concert. It was awesome. He did a six or seven song encore where he got some old classics in, but the majority of the concert was from their new album. Anyway, I'm going to bed now.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/30/2005 12:49:00 am || || Return to Top


Thursday, March 24, 2005

Easter

Easter weekend is upon us. Not that I post much anymore anyway, but I'll be gone all weekend on a 'mission' to Murgon. Don't worry, I don't know where it is either. Where we're going, Bjelke-Petersen Dam, is apparently a popular camping spot for Easter weekend, usually attracting around 1,000 campers.

So we're running a kid's program Friday to Monday. First thoughts for naming the mission, apart from Murgon Mission or something equally original, was Dam Kids. Funny, but we decided best not to give it a name, just do it.

See you all next week. Don't forget what Easter's about. Friday, Sunday, rock on.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/24/2005 02:22:00 pm || || Return to Top


Sunday, March 20, 2005

Word up

The word is out! What's the word? I have ordered an iBook online. 10% student discount, plus a sweet deal, meant I couldn't say no. Well, I could have. I chose to say yes. I guess that means the word that's out is iBook.

There's another word, but it's not out yet.


And since I'm feeling:

a) particularly materialistic and possession-oriented, and
b) even more convicted for first writing, "the word is iBook",

I just feel this needs to be added.

The word is Jesus. Get that? Jesus. The Word. The Truth. The Life. Yes, my dumb ass needs reminding, so yours can be too.

Ah yes, and this was the post that was supposed to change the world that I had forgotten earlier. It sounded better in my head.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/20/2005 10:21:00 pm || || Return to Top


I object!

I was going to post something. Then commented and forgot what it was. Is this post a waste of your time then? Most likely. But I tell you, that other post would have put me on the map, my name in lights, my blog on the Blogs of Note. If only I could remember it.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/20/2005 09:19:00 pm || || Return to Top


Saturday, March 19, 2005

Elementary, Watson

Ohhhhhh. THAT'S why I have insomnia! Because I work halfway to daylight and am lucky to sleep at all every Friday night... Hellooooo 5am.

Kate recently got a job as a support worker with some mentally disabled women and did the sleepover shift last night. She finishes at 6am and I think I'll take her out for breakfast. The Pancake Manor is open 24 hours and sounds good. Well...sounds good to me. Perhaps the lady would like something a little more refined.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/19/2005 04:59:00 am || || Return to Top


Friday, March 18, 2005

An aside

I have lots to do and not much to say, so I'll let Kate do the talking. And besides, I'm also too narcissitic for my own good. This was left under my windscreen wiper at work the other night.
D evastatingly Handsome

A mazingly compassionate

V ery Intelligent

I mpeccable taste (in girls!)

D ependable
She said some other things too, but damn I'm good. ;-)

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/18/2005 09:55:00 am || || Return to Top


Deprivation

This unnatural aversion to sleep is going to catch up with me some day. Some day soon.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/18/2005 04:08:00 am || || Return to Top


Thursday, March 17, 2005

Update on Milosevic

Slobodan Milosevic's trial at the International Criminal Court of Justic in The Hague continues indefinitely, but with a quote worth mentioning today.

In a story from B92 News (Serbian) Milosevic has said war crimes were committed by Serb forces in Kosovo. This is a fairly significant statement. That he would say it at all is surprising. Unfortunately I think he will still maintain they were isolated incidents and he holds no personal responsibility for the genocide taking place in Kosovo in 1999.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/17/2005 10:26:00 am || || Return to Top


Fat for iPod

A certain popular drinks manufacturer is running a promotional campaign to give away iPod mini's. And not just give them away, but give one away every 30 minutes. Every 30 minutes for SIX WEEKS. As it says on the label, a total of 2017 winners.

My first reaction?

How could I not win one? So many!

How do you win? Each drink label has a unique code on the back that you send in a text message. All texts received in that half hour have a chance to win, the winner is return texted, and the fun process begins for another half hour. The brilliance of their marketing is that the competition doesn't even open for another six weeks, but the labelled drinks are already selling.

My second reaction?

If I store up codes now, text message them all in one late-night hit to maximise my returns when those other poor suckers are sleeping, and how can I fail? I MUST WIN AN iPOD MINI!!


Brilliant, I know. So I already have seven labels. Problem is, I also have one forlorn drink sitting naked, stripped of it's label, but still unopened because I couldn't bring myself to drink it. Six weeks is a long time.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/17/2005 02:39:00 am || || Return to Top


Monday, March 14, 2005

Hot air

It would be nice if this piece by Tony Blair in The Guardian meant something was actually going to get better in Africa, and I sincerely hope it does, but I'm not holding my breath. This excerpt I particularly liked.
The lesson of the past few years is that we can't, for our national interests, ignore other countries and continents. Famine and instability thousands of miles away lead to conflict, despair, mass migration and fanaticism that can affect us all. So for reasons of self-interest as well as morality, we can no longer turn our back on Africa.
Or anywhere else. This is why I think everyone needs to know what's going on in 'darkest Africa' and other far-flung reaches of the globe; the small conflicts, ingored famines, increasing reach of HIV-AIDS - it all adds up to affecting the rest of the world and, yes, even us in our armchair-bound ignorant bliss. And those 'far-flung reaches' are not so to the people who live there. To them it's home.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/14/2005 09:02:00 am || || Return to Top


Sunday, March 13, 2005

Welcome to Australia

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I've been receiving endless requests.  What do the bathrooms in Australia look like?  It seems the international fans of this blog are never satisfied.  I pour my life and soul into this, and what do I get in return?  Paltry requests for pictorial evidence of the misconceived "Australian" bathroom.  As if there's something special to behold, something significant and purely Australian.  Well, you can't get much more Australian than this: the public toilets at Circular Quay in Sydney.  Feast your eyes on the glass, tile and porcelain mundanity that is public bathrooms.  After inner turmoil has been relieved in these sumptuous surrounds however, step outside and look at the Opera House a hundred metres to your right and the Harbour Bridge across the water in front of you.  I hope you're satisfied.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/13/2005 01:10:00 am || || Return to Top


While you were out...

I got this text message while at an engagement party tonight:
A v lge spider ran in2 yr rm 2 get away frm the cat. I cld not find it 2 kill it. U may want 2 chk b4 u go 2 sleep.
Now I'm home and not particularly enjoying the suspense that is wondering where yet another homnivorous arachnid may be lurking. Useless cat.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/13/2005 12:10:00 am || || Return to Top


Thursday, March 10, 2005

confusion

If you try clicking on the story links from my SBS World News ticker (thanks SBS) and can't get a link... don't worry, neither can I. At the moment I'm not really sure what the problem is with blogger, since I can do it on my geocities page. Also had to briefly remove my blogroll since it was somehow stopping my page from loading.

Must. study. tonight.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/10/2005 08:26:00 pm || || Return to Top


Just quickly

I ordered the movie The Mission online and the DVD came in the mail today. Just popped it in to check it worked and watched the first few minutes... It's been a long time since I've seen it, but I literally CAN NOT WAIT to watch it with Kate.

Also received my $75 rebate cheque from Micro$oft for the student version of Office2003. Would it be wrong to put that money towards an iBook? No. How can it be wrong when it feels so right? Now I have to rush off to try and learn some French at university.... no, I won't embarrass myself by trying to say something in French.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/10/2005 12:40:00 pm || || Return to Top


Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The sanctity of woman

I was going through a couple of video tapes the other day to see what I had recorded and came across an episode of Dateline or Foreign Correspondent where they showed a story on Iraq. Instead of just ejecting it again and writing "Iraq" on it I became engrossed and ended up watching about 20 minutes. The focus was around Fallujah and the initial US occupation of the city, and described one particular incident where the wife of a suspected insurgent had been arrested because he wasn't there. One of the most influential imams of Fallujah was interviewed and described this as one of the worst things the Americans could have done, because "the sanctity of a woman in Islam is higher than anything else. It is higher than religion itself." Peaceful (but vocally angry) street demonstrations followed, naive and frightened 18-year-old GIs shot unarmed civilians - a general mess.

Based on other things I've read I find that 'sanctity of woman' deal incredibly difficult to believe anyway, but particularly so when reading a story like this from Pakistan:
The 30-year-old was raped for more than an hour in the village of Meerwala in Punjab province in June 2002, as punishment for her brother's alleged affair with a woman of a powerful rival clan.

The gang rape was allegedly ordered by the village council.

She was then forced to walk home naked before her father was finally able to cover her with a blanket.
How's that for sanctity and respect?

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/09/2005 12:41:00 am || || Return to Top


Friday, March 04, 2005

Shiny and New

Messed around with new template. Finally found the font I had craved for so long. Simple white is kind of nice, but I'm also messing around with some other backgrounds.

Check out:
BG01

BG04 and

BG10.

If you care, let me know what you like. I'll stick with straight white for now.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/04/2005 07:48:00 pm || || Return to Top


UN getting tough?

I agonised over which international relations subjects to do this semester, and finally settled on International Institutions and Political Cooperation and Globalisation and International Political Economy. One of the ones I had been quite keen on was Peace, Morality and Justice in International Peacekeeping, as it was called last year. Unfortunately the slight course name change this year put me off just enough to decide not to do it - peacekeeping was changed to politics. While the second half of the semester would still focus on peacekeeping, I was finding it hard not to think cynically about the peace, morality OR justice in international politics.

Events in the last 24 hours however have, I think, guaranteed that course just got a little more interesting. And yes, I have just thought of the lack of sensitivity involved in reducing an entire conflict in Africa, and it's most recent 'newsworthy' event, to the amount of interest that one event will generate in a single, relatively insignificant course in a single, relatively insignificant university in the grand scheme of things. I digress.

If you hadn't heard, nine Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo were killed in an ambush on their patrol, more injured. What's amazing is that the UN seems to have finally had enough. Although perhaps not sanctioned from on high - it's very easy to urge calm from New York when the other half of your office hasn't just been murdered - the chief of staff of the country's UN mission said, "If these armed groups continue to attack us, we will respond."

As the opening par of that first link says, "In a significant change in policy, UN peacekeeping troops have killed at least 50 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a military offensive launched in response to a deadly ambush last week." (Emphasis added)

Yeah, launching military offensives would certainly be a little out of character for UN peacekeeping missions, to say the least. The BBC has a great page, as always, where you can find out more information on the conflict in DRC.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/04/2005 12:16:00 am || || Return to Top


Wary

There was a brief kerfuffle in the hallway and muffled shouts of, "Fight! Fight!" But as soon as I got home the troublemakers had apparently scattered. Trying to sign-in to blogger at uni today was very strange.

Using my own username and password to sign in did not take me to my own 'dashboard', but rather to that of '10pokermission'. Who? I don't know either. Trying to click on anything then changed the signed-in username to 'Geoff Reeks'. Again, I don't get it. My name's not Geoff, and I only reek occassionally! Anyway, since arriving home I seem to be back into my own account when signing on, although that reminds me, CHANGE FRICKIN' PASSWORD!

Back to business.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 3/04/2005 12:02:00 am || || Return to Top