Comics 103

Comics 103 I’m not really a comic book guy. I’m a story guy with a strong Sci-Fi interest. I didn’t follow comics as a kid, outside 200AD and Dredd. Instead I picked up a comic here and there, inbetween reading the collected Asimov stories, or Ursula K Le Guin and Philip K Dick in the school library. And a lot of Harlan Ellison for some reason. And more recently, Terry… Read Article →

Comics 102

Comics are two dimensional. Literally. And because of that, I harbour a regular bias against comic characters, who are as two dimensional as the format in which they appear. But as more of my leisure entertainment is rooted in comics, that bias is challenged more and more. That is to say, more of my entertainment seems to be rooted in comic book characters. I rarely read actual comics, but much… Read Article →

Comics 101

When I was a kid, comics were mostly filled with American superheroes, and British war heroes. Superman. Batman. Spiderman. Avengers. Battle. Victor. Warlord. Fireball. Action. For the younger kids, there was the Dandy. Beano. Topper. Whizzer and Chips. Marvel and DC came in the post from the USA, an intermittent treat from the American cousins. One of the things I read it for was the classifieds, offering such intriguing goods… Read Article →

Public interests

I see enough bad news about the news business (the latest ABC figures, for example) so I thought I’d post these words, from Mr Justice Max Barrett on court reporting and privilege recently, on why court reporting matters. Court reports are not just of interest to the public; they meet a great public interest. In a liberal democracy that prizes individual freedoms, all branches of government are rightly subject to… Read Article →

Idle thoughts

How come Hollywood can build realistic dinosaur models and CGI spaceships, but the special effects department still can’t recreate realistic puking? Can someone please do me a director’s cut of Julie And Julia so that it’s just Julia? When a party tells you its manifesto is “fully costed”, remember they were “fully costed” in 2007 too. Based on property tax revenues. If someone holds a press conference and photo op,… Read Article →

The Big Lie

The Big Lie, Part One: Spout any old bull you like, so long as it panders to the audience’s prejudices. Indulge yourself. Cite bogus studies. The Big Lie, Part Two: When corrected, do not address your directly. Repeat the lie. Preface with “What the PC brigade won’t tell you is…” The Big Lie, Part Three: Keep going until the media stop calling your lie a lie, instead referring to “a… Read Article →

The Jobbridge database

The Jobbridge database [Version One] courtesy  of a Freedom of Information request. [Since the Excel XLSX file is rather large at over 14Mb, there may be problems in formatting etc. Any suggestions for improving usability gratefully received.] Version Two: Jobbridge database in Socrata (from a suggestion by Steve White)

Jobbridge and Freedom of Information

Victory of a sort…but mostly not In March 2012, I sent a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Social Protection (DSP), looking for the Jobbridge database. By July of the same year, DSP had replied with some of what I sought, but I had some problems, and so an appeals process began. My first problem was the DSP refusal to provide details of companies which had asked for… Read Article →