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It's become abundantly clear that I simply must obtain the box set by the group Orange Juice, and listen to it on repeat until I have absorbed all their songs. The wit of the lyrics, the joy of the melodies and harmonies, and...
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I am reading or re-reading some major league SF classics. Currently I am approaching the half way point of Gene Wolfe's 'The Book of the New Sun'. It is stunningly hallucinogenic and a unique work of art. Before that it was Dick's 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' and Hoban's 'Riddley Walker'. How many times can I blow my mind?
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I think the Pope and the Queen and the Dalai Lama can learn from the story of Krishnamurti. He was the Indian boy chosen by proto-hippie western mystical wankers as a new messiah. After building up a big following, Krishnamurti resigned, and declared the whole thing was bullshit.

He then continued his career, but one of his main messages was to tell people to think for themselves. Much better.

I'd like the Pope to do that a similar thing to Catholicism, the Queen to declare herself a republican, and the Dalai Lama to renounce the idea that his privileged position is acquired through reincarnation.
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The month I was born, Ed Sanders released this edition of Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts. It's primal, filthy, poetic madness, full of peace signs and hippy revolution years before the summer of love. It also has a poem by fellow Fug Tuli Kupferberg called Fuck is God.
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North Korea's version of Godzilla is Pulgarasi. I love the bit where they fire a flaming cannonball right in Pulgarasi's mouth and he just spits it back at them. (It's at 1:35:13)

This movie looks like a North Korean achievement which actually has some substance to it, rather than their usual diet of laughable hyperbole, propaganda and Potemkin villages.
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Game of Thrones... as a patriotic Australian, I did my duty, and seeded 250% #bittorrent  
Don't blame Foxtel for signing an exclusive GoT deal, blame HBO for offering it.
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Doc Marten shoes and boots decorated with Bosch's "The Garden of Earthly Delights". 
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I love the Yiddish bit, and the mournful traditional tune, and the way you first think it's a protest song, then its a kind of existential lament, then they even declare their friends and benefactors and mentors to be nothing. The Fugs are an inspiration, and Tuli lives on!
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Do you believe in gravity? Is electricity "just a theory"?
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The big debate in Australia...

The windscreen says "To our brothers, sisters, children on Manus Island and Nauru. I will not forget you".

As I was setting this photo up, a old man put the note under the windscreen. It reads "Where were you when 1200 drowned under Rudd-Gillard-Rudd?" 

The 1200 is not a solid figure, by the way. I think in  a similar period under John Howard there were many hundreds lost at sea too.
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I have a massive list of music favourites, from the 1960s to the present. Current likes include Panda Bear, Fleet Foxes, Fuck Buttons, First Aid Kit, The Tallest Man on Earth, Villagers, Metronomy. Without music not much else can happen for me.

I support filesharing and the relaxing of copyright for personal use by individuals. I like free and open source software and use linux.

I am an atheist and I am opposed to religion. I keep up with atheism news via Atheist Alliance Inernational and The Richard Dawkins web site.

I love science fiction and fantasy, but I also like children's/young adult literature and some science writing. I tend to have reading binges, but in 2010 I made a commitment to make the reading binge permanent. My reading log is here

I live in Sydney, I work as a journalist, my partner and I have 2 children. I prefer to keep personal stuff in personal circles.
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