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Online vs Retail

Another online vs retail comparison. Component cables for a Nintendo Wii, so I could plug it into the new TV. Nintendo official product: $47.99 (JB Hifi and others). Around $41.00 online, from an Australian online seller. Futuretronics clone product: $29.94 (Dick Smith). Dick Smith also had the cables included in a "Wii Starter Kit" with some other stuff I didn't need, for $39.94. I'm dou

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Muckup day FAIL

It seems some students at Xavier went over-the-top in their end of school celebrations, ties used as G-strings, with one student injured, food fights on trams, jumping on cars, firecrackers let off at Balaclava Station, and all year 12 classes cancelled. (Some newspaper reports say the entire year level was suspended, but the principal was on radio on Wednesday morning saying this wasn't strictly

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New Year’s Eve thoughts

This NYE, I'm not out and about. So instead, amidst the chaos and heat of today, here are some random thoughts (including some attempted ideas for blog posts during the year that never got past embryo stage). I've seen two Dymocks bags disintegrate after being kept for a few months. It's great that they biodegrade rapidly, but don't try and reuse them for long-term storage. Why do some peopl

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Ex

Manchester Lane, four years later. She looked about the same. Some bloke on her arm. Both smiling. Don't know if she noticed me noticing her as we passed. Didn't say anything, just kept walking. Glad she seems happy. Me too. PS. It was an ex, not the ex.

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A moment of tenderness

A little kid (maybe 3 or 4) had come off his scooter, in the school playground. He was sprawled on the ground, crying. Somewhere, his parent was seeing off an older sibling. I looked around, but couldn't see an obvious candidate. Before I could see if he was okay, a bigger kid with a Grade 6 shirt on reached him and helped him up, looking him over. "You're okay" he said softly. "You're all righ

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A few random thoughts

Given the risks some highway charity collectors seem to take dodging cars, I sometimes wonder if I'll ever see them collecting for injured highway charity collectors. Has anybody published a book listing 1001 "1001 things" books you must read before you must die? I just got asked if my History of the World is accurate enough for a uni assignment. Hmmm. Well most of the dates are reliable eno