Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 10:10 pm
The woman in the middle, on the side of the Skytrain, advertising the Bank Of China, looks completely demented.
I won’t open an account unless she’s the point person I deal with daily. I used to have a demented bank manager at the ANZ in Parnell many years back. I liked him and I think he liked me. He never rang.
You have to love the retail wars of Asia — nowhere else would you find, amongst the dozens of humongous overblown shopping precincts, a haunted mall, pitchblack inside during the day aside from the large hanging moon.
A pet shop with doggie Playboy bunny outfits, a Spiderman costume and multicoloured canine wigs completes the thrill.
Monday, October 4th, 2010 at 10:50 pm
Yep. Smug satisfaction. 110,000 words written, then edited, then edited again and then finally rewritten.
That’s 440,000 words.
That only one on 2,000 manuscripts is ever printed, or so I’m told is almost neither here nor there.
Of course I’d like to see the damn thing in print and I tell myself it’s different.
Nevertheless, the sense of exorcism is almost worth it.
And it’s reordered my mind.
Now of course, I can begin to work on less demanding things like teaching myself how in the hell HTML5 embeds video. I don’t understand.
And working out why my WordPress installation’s twitter plugin won’t fucking well work.
And finishing that book on the English Civil War.
I might even blog again.
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 at 9:16 am
The Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister proves once again that being a moron is no impediment to getting a cabinet post in that nation.…
Suryadharma added he did not agree with Muhammadiyah’s branding of smoking as haram, saying he believed Islam’s original stance on tobacco was makruh (frowned upon) but not haram.
“Unless it poses a direct threat to human health, such as by causing heart disease, then smoking should not be haram,” he said.
[From Minister calls anti-smoking edict ‘unwise’ | The Jakarta Post]