Archive for March 2008

8 random facts

Bloody hell, I’ve been tagged.

The Rules

  1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  2. People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
  3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Random Facts about Me

Well, thank goodness this doesn’t have to be 8 random things you don’t already know.

  1. I was raised in an Open Brethren church. Well, not raised so much, that mostly happened at home, but my family attended the assembly religiously. My father was an elder (and I think his father was too).
  2. Bob’s my uncle. Actually, Bob is three of my uncles – my mother’s brother, my father’s sister’s husband, and my mother’s father’s brother.
  3. I have a 2.5-greats grandmother. Let’s call her Betsy, as I don’t remember her real name. Betsy had a daughter out of wedlock, and later, another daughter in wedlock. The second daughter had a son, who married the first daughter. I’m descended from this union…
  4. I’m hideously unsymmetrical. I have a Darwin’s Tubercle on one ear, but not the other. On one foot, my third toe is longer than my second toe, but on the other foot it’s the other way around.

Shitty, shitty journalism at SMH

SMH is running a lovely slow-news-day story today, about oddities in the latest Google Maps/Earth imagery in Sydney harbour.

The article as a whole is a lovely bit of fluff, but what really upset me was this paragraph:

The ferry “collision” appears right beside a giant cruise liner – either the Queen Elizabeth 2 or Queen Mary 2 – which was docked at Sydney Cove when the photographs were taken.

Fucking hell. If you want to pretend to be a journalist, spend a few seconds doing some basic research.

Here are some hints that might help you figure out whether it’s the QEII or the QMII:

* The ship is displaying an odd string of letters. Due to the power of the interwebs, it’s trivial to figure out which of the two ships this is.

* Just in case there’s any doubt, search for “qmII sydney circular quay” – the top hit makes it clear (in case you weren’t in Sydney at the time and don’t remember) which one of the ships is too big to dock at the OPT.

I’m too angry to continue writing. Bah humbug!