Archive for November, 2007

Myer Christmas Parade

Tomorrow (November 17 2007, Saturday), the day of the annual Myer Christmas Parade. Starts at 11am, starting from Spring St. all the way to Myer in Bourke St Mall, so travelling all along Bourke St. basically. Guests this year are expected to be Jennifer Hawkins, Lord Mayor John So (our bro), and Santa. The floats, and all the entertainment are simply fabulous, I’m thinking of making a trip there, before my other engagement at noon.

In other news, who’s seen the Myer Christmas Windows? They were unveiled at noon, today (Friday). Thoughts, comments, etc. ?

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Melbourne Norg

Everyone’s appending the word “2.0” to the end of things, and the Norg is no different – they define themselves as “News 2.0”. I give you, the Melbourne Norg, with their tagline being “people powered news”.

I see it as an aggregation of Melbourne news, that matters to the people within the community. A place for news reports, that a regular newspaper wouldn’t cover (maybe, the Leader and friends, might).

Success itself, remains to be seen. Mainly because, people like to write on their own blogs. Feed their own ads. Currently, their advertising supported model of 3 clumps (top banner, another square ad below the weather, and the infamous google ads at the bottom) is probably what funds the site.

To some extent, it looks a bit like Digg/Slashdot. Since it does also support linking to external content. I’m beginning to think “portal aggregation sites that are people powered” are going out of fashion, just like portals in general seem to have disappeared off the Internet (they were popular about a decade ago). Of course, if you get the right user base fix (by providing value), you’ll be yet another portal for n number of users (beauty of the Internet, till the costs start knocking on the door).

I was amused at: ”
ADVERTISE on MelbourneNorg? Reach influential people in our community. Contact us through …”

Here’s wishing the Norg crew all the best.

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Feminist Symposium

From Feminism in the Academy: Mainstream or Muzzled? – A friend e-mailed me about this upcoming symposium.

It’s $20 to register (unless you’re a postgrad, in which case it will be free), and it’s on all day next Wednesday (from 9 until 5:30). Gryphon Gallery, Graduate Centre, University of Melbourne (along Swanston Street).

A list of the speakers involved can be found via the link above…

Even a non-footy fan found it funny

On Joy FM yesterday morning:

“Why don’t you grab the new Ben Cousin’s Happy Meal at Maccas? It has no burger, no fries, no toy, just coke and ice.”

$20 project: Getting through a day

I am finally following up on squirt’s first post. Here is what a (poor) international student can make out of $20 on an average school-day:

Brunch in school: $8.50
Dinner at Dominos with discount coupon (courtesy of OZbargain): $6.95
Bottle of 1.5L coke from Safeway: $1.65

Total: $17.10

Evidence that you can survive on $20 a day with $2.90 to spare.
Not recommended, of course.

Metroblogging Melbourne $20 Project
Find out more about the $20 Project.

Foggy Melbourne


What a beautiful morning. And a foggy one too.

Picture courtesy of Left Side Software, looking towards Port Phillip Bay.

Forget the News …


Forget about the news! Get ready for the Video Games and Entertainment Expo in Melbourne this coming weekend. Starting on the 16th and finishing on the 18th, it promises lots of games and consoles to try.

Adult tickets are priced at $16 while a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) will set you back $38.

What a News Day!

What a bizarre day in the news.

A killer dim sim…(I thought dimmys were made of pork or at least cats)

A killer bird

A killer bonsai plant

and my favourite, A Cats fan gets a tattoo with a few typos. Got to love the Thailand sense of humour.
“Gay Premiers 2007” indeed.

Video as well.

Stay classy, San Diego.

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From NY with Love

Reading over the NYC Metblog last week, Josh wrote a post about a guy named Patrick who saw the girl of his dreams on the subway. He put up a website in a creative way to find this lucky lady.

Patrick writes:”I saw the girl of my dreams on the subway tonight. Please help me find her”

and drew a cute picture.

I’m thinking this sounds a bit familiar.

No kidding!

I caught sight of this from the beach of Port Melbourne. No shit, is that an actual ship?

Ahoy, matie!

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