14 September 2011

Shopping: Scottevest

Looks brilliant. Inside pockets left, right, and centre.

Other cool looking stuff too.



11 September 2011

Electric shaver

Rotary: The Remington Diamond 360 SR9130 gets it because of its good performance and very reasonable price ($184).

Foil: More complicated. See the Choice article.

H/t: Choice.


09 September 2011

Are jobs obsolete?

This one goes out to Milord Edwards.

Are jobs - a relatively new concept - obsolete?

H/t: Sam Roggeveen at The Interpreter, who always comes up with quirky gems from all around the Net.

Luttwak on fire as usual

Luttwak Q&A on Tablet.

H/t: Zenpundit.

Shopping: Marty McFly's self-lacing shoes

This is not high on my shopping list, but it was quirky enough to make it here.

Marty McFly's self-lacing shoes are being produced by Nike.


07 September 2011

Shopping List

I love well-made things recommended by people who seem to know what they're talking about.

Here's some shoes: the Roclite 288 GTX.

H/t: Feral Jundi.

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04 September 2011

Bored UCLA Student Joins Libyan Rebels

There but for the gumption of a wet lettuce leaf go I.

How to hack voicemail

This is how the New of the World journalists did it.

Australia's frozen Antarctic policy

I am glad someone has brought this up.

A video of a conference on Australia's criminal neglect of its Antarctic claim.

Watch the first part at least. The second half is a little long and the legal stuff can be a little obscure for the layman - but you need to see the part towards the end on Communist Chinese (who else?) shenanigans on our claim.

A few more ideas:

* A glamorised, televised annual coast-to-pole race. Foot, dogsled, skidoo, 4WD divisions? Qualification limitations for entrants? (Australian citizens only? Citizens of countries recognising Australia's claim? Citizens of democracies?)

* A ski resort/school/AIS facility with a view to making the transport infrastructure commercial (tourism was touched on). (I recall seeing an excellent argument being made for the importance of making space flight commercial.)

* A spy satellite (this point was hinted at).

* I support the idea of a more aggressive inspection regime, especially of foreign bases on Australia's claim.

* I like the idea of moving the AAD into the AG's Department. Perhaps hiving off its non-transport, non-security functions?

For more, here's an entry at The Interpreter and here's an response.


03 September 2011

Executed for Being Gay

Once again, I think it is imperative for Australia to offer asylum to gays from these countries.

H/t IPS.

Five nations still outlaw homosexuality and carry out executions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, according to a recent report by the U.S. group Human Rights First.

Currently, the nations that prescribe capital punishment for homosexuals are Iran, Mauritania, the Republic of Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

South Sudan, the world's newest country, may become a sixth nation to do so, while, if religious extremists have their way, Uganda may become the seventh.

The death penalty also is carried out against homosexuals in certain parts of Somalia and Nigeria.

Many of the countries that carry out the death penalty against homosexuals also have anti-democratic regimes, noted C. Dixon Osburn, director of the Law and Security Programme at Human Rights First.