Posted Friday June 12, 2009 by John Gunders in |

OK people, we are rapidly closing on our 1,000th comment. Who will hit the jackpot? The 1,000th comment will earn an honoured place in the history of Memes and its author will enter the annals as one of the most significant contributors in a prestigious and honoured medium. There may even be a cash prize*.

Quickly, to your keyboards!

*There definitely won’t be a cash prize.

Twitter users that never tweet

Posted Thursday June 11, 2009 by John Gunders in |

A new study reported by Ars Technica reveals that more than half of the people with Twitter accounts have never sent a tweet and have no followers:

A new report about how the majority of the population uses Twitter reveals that most people, well… don’t really use it. The microblogging service has grown exponentially over the last year, but a little more than half of its users have never sent a single tweet, according to the latest report from HubSpot. The report reminds us that, like many Web services, much of the content is produced by a small number of users while everyone else likes to look in and watch.

In breaking news, I can also reveal that many people who buy books never get around to reading them; that video-tapes and DVR harddrives are full of shows that never get watched; and that a significant number of wardrobes in this country contain unused exercise equipment bought from late-night infomercial programmes.


Offending Wordsworth

Posted Monday March 2, 2009 by John Gunders in |

OK, I’m tired and emotional, and I’m not enjoying this at all, but I’m writing about the Romantic Subject in the final chapter of my thesis, and have felt compelled to re-read Wordsworth’s Preface to the Lyrical Ballads. My way of coping is to cut and paste the most egregious examples of Eighteenth Century excess for your delectation.

It has therefore appeared to me, that to endeavour to produce or enlarge this capability is one of the best services in which, at any period, a Writer can be engaged…. The most effective of these causes are the great national events which are daily taking place…

OK call me cynical, but was that an application to be made Poet Laureate, or what?


Community Service Announcement

Posted Tuesday February 17, 2009 by John Gunders in |

OK, I might be a little late coming to this, but I have always harboured a mistrust of Wordpress blogs because of that irritating “Snap Shot” feature which, in spite of my best efforts, I have never been able to disable.

However, having been tipped off by a self-confessed “Wordpress junkie” (thanks Clif), I redoubled my efforts, and thanks to the miracle of teh internetz, I discovered the solution.

If you have a blog on wordpress.com, for the love of god think of the children and disable that wretched piece of ad-ware.

Another TV bonus?

Posted Tuesday February 10, 2009 by Lisa Gunders in |

Call me a cynic, but it was interesting that only a few days after Kevin Rudd announced that taxpayers would get a $950 stimulus package bonus the K-mart catalogue in our mailbox was advertising a wide-screen plasma TV for $949 (page 16).

Dear World...

Posted Wednesday January 28, 2009 by John Gunders in |

I just found this as the email signature block of an American academic. I suspect it’s doing the rounds, but in case you missed it…

Dear World: We, the United States of America, your top quality supplier of the ideals of liberty and democracy, would like to apologize for our 2001-2008 interruption in service. The technical fault that led to this eight-year service outage has been located, and the software responsible was replaced November 4, 2008. Early tests of the newly installed program indicate that we are now operating correctly, and we expect it to be fully functional on January 20, 2009. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the outage. We look forward to resuming full service and hope to improve in years to come. We thank you for your patience and understanding. Sincerely, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

By the way: holidays are over and my inbox is nearly empty, so normal blogging should return shortly.

iTunes Genius Open Thread

Posted Sunday October 12, 2008 by John Gunders in |

OK, this is the post that had to happen eventually…

iTunes 8 most vaunted feature is Genius: “Play a song, click the Genius button, and iTunes creates a playlist of other songs from your library that go great together.” Sounds fun!

First up I selected “Her Song” by Hungry Lucy, a laid-back, electro “trip-pop” outfit from Cincinnati. Sure enough, Genuis constructed a playlist of cruisy, chillout songs like “Finished Symphony” by Hybrid, “Teardrop” by Massive Attack, and a lot of stuff from the gentler end of Faithless, VNV Nation, Smashing Pumpkins, and Assemblage 23.

And “Smack My Bitch Up” by The Prodigy.

Oh well…

I’m reminded of the John Cusack character in High Fidelity, who makes mix-tapes as a way of picking up women. I wonder whether Genius is going to ruin that age-old last-resort for the terminally geeky?

I’d like to hear your own Genius stories…

Things you really don't want to find written on your draft chapter

Posted Monday May 12, 2008 by John Gunders in |

That is, things you really don’t want to find written on your draft chapter when you get it back from your supervisor. A potentially continuing series.

Number one: “cliché-a-rama”.


More Excesses

Posted Thursday May 1, 2008 by Nick Caldwell in |

Public transport ticket inspectors with police powers. What could possibly go wrong? (more)

We're back

Posted Tuesday April 15, 2008 by John Gunders in |

A little spam attack (since fixed, I hope) brought the blog back to mind, and I realised that no one has posted for over a month (inexcusable!) In our defence, we’ve all been really busy…

I’m back studying full-time for three months, courtesy of a completion scholarship, and I hope to state posting parts of the thesis here, looking for comments and advice (which was part of the purpose for the blog in the first place), so watch this space. In the meantime, it seems I’ve found Lisa’s room of my own: I’ve got the run of the house, iTunes is on overload, and I can spread across the table (even if I do have to move everything back before I can start getting dinner on!)

But anyway, back to the problematics of a touristic construction of a temporary and contingent community…