Sing and rejoice ye people of Televisionland!
Monday July 14th 2008
For the dark one is cast down! And his empire ended until picked up by another network!
Well I was going to write about having a particularly Kevin Smithesque day - on the basis that I went into work even though I wasn't supposed to, and I had to pick up a timetable for the number 37 bus (yeah I was stretching) - but this has been superseded by the wonderful news we were all hoping for.
Channel 10 has axed Big Brother!
To quote NASA - w00t!
Of course it will almost instantly be replaced by Gordon Ramsey's Etiquette School or 20 to 1 Most Embarrassing Chainsaw Accidents or something equally inane, and there's at least a 50/50 chance of it being picked up and reworked by another network - but for a little while we can rest in a state of blissful non-Big-Brotherness.
For tonight at least I shall sleep well!
File under: TV, Cinema and Other Ways to Waste Your Life
I want my morphine!
Saturday July 12th 2008
FACT: Australia has no R rating for video games.
This is something I've known about for quite some time, and - apart from a vague sense of annoyance at the Government being so backwards - it's never really been something of much concern to me. In fact I have to admit I found myself quite amused a few months back by the frantic efforts of certain people to get hold of an uncensored copy of GTA 4. But all that's changed now, because the Government has launched a direct attack on the Wyrm fortress.
They're refused classification for Fallout 3.
Apparently the ratings board don't like the game's use of morphine injections to temporarily repair inured limbs, and don't feel that they can give the game a MA15+ rating with this feature included. Now, the sensible thing to do would be to give the game an R rating and make it... oh, but hang on, there isn't and R rating, so Fallout 3 will remain unrated, making it illegal to sell or rent the game within Australia.
Let's all say it together. Idiots!
Now it may be that a chopped down version of the game - without morphine and anything else the censors may object to - will be released here. But that's not the point. The point is that the Government is still stuck in the mindset that computer games are something played exclusively by children. I'm not going to carry on about how adults play games as well, and that responsible, sane adults can watch something on a screen without immediately rushing out to do it - that's all been more than covered in the debate about GTA - I'm just adding my voice to the chorus of disgust at our elected officials still living in the dark ages.
Happily it's not illegal to import, own or play the game, so I'll be looking overseas for a copy. God bless the internet!
Ummm, apart from that my life has been pretty boring of late. I thought I had some other things to blog about, but I can't remember a single one. I guess that's what three straight hours of Gilmore Girls on DVD will do to you :)
Oh yeah, FreakAngels Google Earth file updated. DON'T MESS WITH JACK!!
File under: Law, politics and other boring things
From the Gospel According To Lol - Chapter 19
Friday July 11th 2008
22: And Pilate posted a comment reading JESUS KING OF TEH JEWS FTW!!!1!!
23: And the High Priests posted an owl captioned O RLY?
24: And Pilate posted a response reading YA RLY
(not intended to cause offence, I'm just messing around with language here *g*)
File under: Linguistics
Thursday July 10th 2008
Final proof of the existence of the monster of Glamis!
Hey, go read the Wikipedia article and tell me the description ain't dead on.
File under: Generic Stupidity