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The end of Toxic Custard

Before blogging and the web, there was email and Usenet and FTP sites. Just over 29 years ago I started writing online, sending out literal undergraduate humour to mates at Monash University and beyond mostly via email, under the truly ridiculous name "Toxic Custard". It got into the student newspaper, then in 1996 it went onto the web and became the early version of this blog. Along the wa

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Welcome to the year 2015

Welcome to the year 2015. Sounds so futuristic, doesn't it. A while ago, last century, I wrote a short story called The Year 2031, about a space mission to Venus, published in 19 weekly parts in 1998 as part of my (still going) Toxic Custard weekly email newsletter. Back in 1998, the year 2031 seemed way off into the future. It alarms me somewhat to find that we are now halfway to 2031.

Geek

Automatic for the people

Those of you who read the blog regularly might know that it started in my university days in 1990, with a twice-weekly email called the "Toxic Custard Workshop Files". You can still subscribe to it, via YahooGroups -- it's got about 650 members. I never quite imagined when I sent the first edition that it would still be going 24 years later. These days the email is mostly a compilation of my

Net, Retrospectives

It was twenty years ago today

Exactly twenty years ago today, on the 12th of August 1990, I posted my first online writing -- under the distinctly odd title the Toxic Custard Workshop Files. Being well before the Web, it went to a handful of people at uni via email. As I later wrote (in 1997): Well, back in them days of '90, I was in the second year of my course, a Bachelor of Pretending Cobol Is Structured, failing

Net, Politics and activism, Retrospectives

Ancient political history

Trivia for you: Back in prehistoric times, when most of you had never heard of the Internet and barely anybody used the Web, and way before Twitter and Facebook, I blogged the 1996 Federal election campaign. Several times a week I'd add something new, including a spoof leader debate transcript, a Hippy Party manifesto, Ron And Jeff on voting, and advice on what to tell How To Vote hander-ou

Culture, Net

Toxic Custard?

When you throw two random words together, the likelihood of someone coming up with the same combination is, I think, fairly low. A great way to think up a dot com name, I reckon. Which is why I did a double-take when I saw this: (Originally here, but now only visible in the Google cache.) What it means, and if it has a link to the Toxic Custard web site and email list that I starte