Beware the Creeper!

Iain's life as a psychotic crimefighter


The Bells!

Originally posted by alexandreev at Город П. Купол

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In Memorium Thomas Charles Triffitt / Ratu Tomasi Bilolevu 1935 - 1984

My father died 30 years ago today.

It's still hard to write about because it was the result of an operation to remove tumours from bowel cancer. He developed perotinitis and the infection spread through his whole body. By that stage he was too weak to fight it.

There isn't a week or a day that goes past without me seeing something that reminds me of him - more than just looking in a mirror. He knew a lot of what was going to happen in the world, he was involved in environmental concerns in the 70s and 80s, he introduced video technology into staff training when he worked at the National Library and he was worried about the effects of the technological revolution that we were just on the cusp of, even as he was fascinated by it.

He influenced a lot of people, wove our family inextricably into Fijian culture and left a gaping hole in our lives.

He was a great photographer, and my mother is still working on publishing and sorting his photos, starting with a record of the Fijian village that adopted us.

He is still greatly missed by me, my brother Ross, my mother Geraldine and all those whose lives he enriched.


Gayby Baby

in all the kerfuffle last week, I forgot to mention seeing Gayby Baby at a special screening at Broadway (the shopping mall, not the New York theatrical district.)

Those of you outside of NSW will probably not have heard of it, or the controversy surrounding it and, indeed, if / when you see it, may wonder why there was any controversy at all.

It’s a documentary about four children with gay parents - and it follows each of the children through a challenge in their life and shows just how they, and their parents, navigate it.

Ebony wants to get into the Newtown School of Performing Arts. She lives out west with her two mothers and they would like her to go to school in the inner west where her parents relationship is accepted. As the mothers are both on welfare and Ebony has a much younger brother with serious health issues, they are making a lot of sacrifices for her, which she is well aware of, and just increasing the pressure she feels herself under.

Matthew wants to play Aussie Rules but one of his mother’s is a charismatic Christian, who wants to keep Sunday free for worship. The fact that her fellow congregationalists considers her a sinner, changes Matthew’s ideas about faith.

Gus just wants to go to the WWE

Graham is the saddest. His natural family had prevented him from speaking until the age of 5 and his adoptive gay parents are doing their best to help him catch up with the rest of his peer group. This is not helped when the family is forced to relocate to Fiji (where homosexuality is even less accessible than the western suburbs of Sydney.)

The focus is squarely on the kids, They can clearly speak for themselves (though Graham, of course, has a little difficulty) and they do.

And that’s the point. If anything, the awareness of their parents’ non-compliant relationship makes them even more aware and sympathetic. Ebony even talks about her own homophobia until she adjusted to have two mothers.

GB is gripping. The director, Maya Newell, keeps a sharp focus on one particular thread in these families complicated lives and has a great cinematic sense. This is not a dry polemic, this is a warm human account, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking of four non-traditional families and how they deal with very traditional challenges. It is made with great sensitivity and artistry and gives us the good fortune of the acquaintance of four wonderful children: Ebony, Graham, Gus and Matthew.

For further information (including forthcoming screenings - and it is worth seeing in a theatre) check the website


Vincent Crabbe and the Goblet of Bile

Current Australian politics as Harry Potter fanfiction.

For those late to the story, you may want to brush up on the first part.

Originally posted by blamebrampton at Vincent Crabbe and the Goblet of Bile
You may have been wondering what’s been happening in Australian politics lately. Haven’t we all, kids, haven’t we all.

One or two people too lazy to look it up on Wikipedia have been waiting longer for a sequel to this post than I’ve been waiting for Jo Rowling’s Potter Encyclopaedia. The difficulty has been that the recent government has been unsatirisable. Because they are so ridiculous, it's hard enough to convince non-Australians that the reality is real – actual jokes about them are doomed.

However, recent events have left me with no choice but to hit the keyboard. Thus, I bring you:

Vincent Crabbe and the Goblet of Bile
This may not actually make it any clearer for most of you ...Collapse )


Happy Anniversary


I got you a new Prime Minister.


Windows versions

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The Marketing Of Ashley Madison

Originally posted by bart_calendar at The Marketing Of Ashley Madison
When I've tried to tell people recently that AshleyMadison isn't primarily for people who cheat, the reaction I've gotten is "Well, that's how their advertised!"

No. That's how they are advertised to you. Here's how Ashley Madison is actually marketed/advertised.

1. There are those garish "Life Is Short - Have An Affair!" ads. They are not really meant to bring in members, nor are they want prompt most people to sign up. Their entire purpose is to let people see that they are a big site with a lot of real members and that if you are married it's a place you can go.

2. Then there is affiliate marketing. This is what gets most people to sign up and if you are the type of person who might get offended by a non mono relationship you've probably never seen it. What happens is that AM pays a commission to a site that can get people to sign up for it. What these sites do is target the real demographic - poly people, cuckold relationship people, gay people in beard marriages.

What the sites do is offer helpful information in general for people new to these types of situations. Because people in these situations need to find out how to meet people to date outside normal dating channels. The sites that offer solid information are very popular because people need this information. Then, in the articles themselves it is pointed out that Ashely Madison can help them.  Another variation of this is that the site will have erotica based on these scenarios (because people may choose to read erotica before they look for real advice) and then have customized Ashley Madison ads on the pages of the site.

Now, if you are  not one of the people who needs Ashley Madison for these non cheating reasons, there it is unlikely you've seen those affiliate ads, which are the most common ads for the site, becuase you haven't gone to pages that would provide you with those links.

This is why you may think that most of the people on the site are cheaters and that is who the site is for, but you'd be wrong.  The truth is that it's marketed much more extensively than that.


The top 100 American films as determined by a bunch of critics

The rules are simple: bold the ones you"ve seenCollapse )

Obviously there's more than a few I have to catch up with.


A rough year

By way of apology for not updating - a bit of whining.Collapse )


Bloom County Is Really Back!


Originally posted by bart_calendar at Bloom County Is Really Back!


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