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Ooo Eee Ooo Ah Ah Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing Bang

June 28, 2013 by


You know how when you’re really little you think that your family is a template for the world? Like, this is how parents are, this is what ‘holiday’ means. But as you get older you realise that’s not true. You figure out the difference between family traditions and cultural traditions and even broader group behaviours. […]

Probably Not About A Pair of Rollerskates and a Bathtub Full of Yoghurt

June 26, 2013 by


Me: [John Carter of Mars] reminded me forcibly of Flash Gordon. Arkem: He is the saviour of the universe! Me: He has a song and everything. In fact, if you say the word ‘flash’ in any context near Greg C or I we both sing, ‘ah-ah’ reflexively. When I was sick once at about age […]

A Very Happy Unbirthday to You (Unless it IS Your Birthday. Then Merry, Happy, Shiny Birthday!)

June 24, 2013 by



I Hear the Voice of Rage and Ruin

June 21, 2013 by


I am going to see these guys play in a few weeks. Arkem says it would have been cooler to see them twenty five years ago. Which is true. Of course he was an infant then, so I’m not sure he would have appreciated it.    

I Am Not Your Boxable Statistic

June 20, 2013 by


So now you can be an unspecified gender on some Qantas forms. Which is lovely. Because you couldn’t do that last time I flew. Also, on the ESTA* website there’s a section that says, If you obtain a new passport or change your name, gender or country of citizenship, you will be required to apply […]

Can’t Sleep. Clown’ll Eat Me.

June 19, 2013 by


Arkem: I’m having a “I’d rather be napping” day. Me: Aw. That was my yesterday. Although to be fair, I’ve only just woken up today and I’m not sure yet that I don’t regret it. The problem with being ridiculously sleep deprived is not that I can’t write. I write just fine when I’m out […]

Insomnia is a Conspiracy of Squirrels?

June 17, 2013 by


I’m not leaving town for like three weeks, I don’t understand why my brain is trying to switch time zones in advance. It is driving me crazy. Er. Crazier.    

A Distant Time, A Distant Space, That’s Where We’re Living

June 14, 2013 by


All the thoughts you never see / You are always thinking Look for love in evidence / That you’re worth keeping As far as I can tell there isn’t an official video clip for this song, but this one is sort of a love letter to the earth and includes a guy conducting the ocean. […]

I Do Like to Set Things On Fire

June 13, 2013 by


I have around a quarter of the book left to edit at this point and my sidebar is full of these weird sarcastic notes to self. Last week when I was sick I wasn’t really focusing clearly enough to want to mess with the text so I just flipped through it and made comments. That’s […]

I Don’t Want to Tell You What I Dream About

June 12, 2013 by


You know how in Inception you can walk around in other people’s dreams? I love that idea to pieces. I want to get inside everybody’s heads. But I don’t want you in my mine. It’s not — well, yes, okay, it’s partly that I don’t want you to see what goes on in my head. […]