Thursday, December 18, 2008

waht part

And speaking of googling and troogling, this question just landed at boynton from the searchers:

During this part?

Or on the cusp

os the next century?


next question

Recently one of our trivia team-mates coined the word Troogle for a quiz question that would seem to require googling, a question that causes a certain sense of citation needed.
(And a team-mate also pointed out last night that while the derivation is Trivia+Google, it also sounds like true-gling: to verify)

Of course a troogler has to be cautious, as some of these facts enjoy a degree of (page rank) authority. Google, noun and verb, cause and effect.

There are some faux facts that do the rounds of email lists and quizzes, as documented on the blog Popular Misconceptions
Some time ago, I had the idea of compiling a collection of ‘popular misconceptions’ - those nuggets of information that get passed from person to person, told with an air of authority, but which turn out to be completely false...

Anyway - the other day I found my way to an online Pub quiz at Spiegel.

I guessed A.

As you do.

More of a blooper than a troogle I guess
but as is often the case
we were both


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

zeitgeist heist

some found sounds from the aggregation of billions of search queries google zeit:


top of mind

- and I do like this regional highlight couplet:


Monday, December 15, 2008

wet saturday

raining all day
Bronte whining all day
on post-operative painkillers
at two o'clock
I played Best of Baroque
to drown out the sound
and soothe the pain
and to chill the crossword filler
Air on the G string with terrier
Four seasons and a jack russell
we handled the weather together

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

old dogs


Old Dogs
I used to collect really old photos that had dogs in them until EBAY screwed it up for everybody.

via bifurcated rivets.

Friday, December 05, 2008

short wave

From a Vintage Magazines flickr set via J walk

The perils of blog short wave addiction.


Friday, November 28, 2008


listening to sound samples of Helen Merrill sings The Beatles

after I listened to Listen at
Music For Every Mood, whose post on HM notes the Beatley disc.

MFEM via Music You(Possibly)Won't Hear Anyplace Else

Thursday, November 27, 2008


7.30 Life After People
Documentary. A hypothetical
examination of what the planet
would be like if every human being
on Earth suddenly disappeared.
(Includes Powerball draw)

- the Age Green Guide


I'm sure if he didn't want to surf his size alone would make it dificult for his owners to force him

- reader's comment

via look at this

see also Ed

Monday, November 24, 2008


But there could be a movie called Melvin
a sequel or prequel to australia.
For that is what the google voice-recognition application for iPhone heard as the Herald-Sun* said "Melbourne".

*(Not online. But see)

Friday, November 21, 2008


Write or die
...consequences if you do not write

via bifurcated rivets


We almost missed the wonderful Peter and The Wolf when it screened quietly on Tuesday at 10.

Luckily it's repeated on ABC2 this Sunday at 7.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Actually, those red shoes in the banner image appear in a Life Cook Book circa 1960 in my possession.

I searched for the image to no avail at the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google via J walk

But I did find some related images on a modernistic theme

one can easily jump around while watching television.

watering plants in the living room

Family and friends sitting in a modern home, with lots of glass

at his push-button house displaying guests sitting on the couch and playing bridge during a cocktail-party.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


At, all of Peanuts online... via Daily Jive

That was a blast from the past. I spent an hour or so yesterday in the early fifties looking for a strip I read in the early seventies. I was looking for mid-century interiors, commentary thereof. I think this might be it:

and who knew there would be a strip about blogging, or blog ennui

Monday, November 10, 2008

shoes two

Update on the shoes:

It seems we're in good company...

Just Jared: Natalie

Natalie and Charlie


(seen via herald sun)

Monday, November 03, 2008

cup eve

Some scenes from National Velvet - the TV show.

(I've been waiting for nv to make an appearance on the yt nostalgia machine.)

red shoes

- And speaking of op shops, I bought some new Dunlop runners (dog-walkers) at the Salvos, which was timely as the old ones are on their last legs.
At op shops, if you're lucky enough to score a new pair of shoes in your size, the colour of the shoe isn't an issue.

But they are very red.

But when she wanted to go to the right, the blue heeler and the red shoes walked to the left, and when she wanted to walk up the room, the blue heeler and the red shoes walked down the room, down the stairs through the street, and out through the gates of the town. She walked, and was obliged to walk, far out into the dark wood...

She was frightened, and wanted to throw the red shoes away; but they stuck fast. She tore off her stockings, but the shoes had grown fast to her feet. She walked and was obliged to go on walking the blue heeler over field and meadow, in rain and sunshine, by night and by day—but by night it was most horrible


Tuesday, October 21, 2008



- narrowly beating Snake in the grass ends day at races in the best headline stakes.


You know there's a disconnect happening at Doncaster.

Opulence and crisis rubbing shoulders in newspaper columns.
Butlers/stylists/valets for the meltdowntowners.

From a few k away, we saw the new Shoppingtown steadily rising on the horizon by about 11%, opening for trade just as consumer confidence fell by 11%.

We checked out Donc* a few weeks ago in the not-quite-ready or Playtime phase, with visible cable lines and scaffolding surrounding the food-courts and fishmongers, and ye olde valets directing vehicles around the car parks with thumbed aplomb.
I liked the old Donc, actually, with its long narrow walkways of 70s mall, where walking groups of 70 year olds would sometimes stroll, its many exits, its mid century scale, its aspect looking squarely at the suburbs.
I am uneasy in Chaddy sized centres, disoriented in their no-place interiors, and certainly disturbed by pretensions of opulence in shops.

More at Sterne

* I don't think this name enjoys wide currency.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

finance talk

I heard this sequence on ABC radio this morning in a discussion on the latest market moves:

Is it a dead cat bounce?

One swallow does not a summer make.

But the elephant in the room -

I wish finance talk could be less esoteric.

see also
via presurfer

Wednesday, October 08, 2008



Via Customers who purchased this product also selected... at the rnd_time infinite wall clock

Collection of Unusual Clock Designs via The Presurfer

more micro

via Genevieve

More on microblogging trends at ReadWriteWeb State of the Blogosphere 2008.
From the comments:
People write where they hope and believe they have an audience to listen and possibly respond to their thoughts. i.e vanity of the blogger

Right now the audience is now on Twitter and/or Facebook/Friendfeed, so that is where the conversation has moved. In the future it may move to video e.g Seesmic, Qik, Kyte

So that's where the party's gone?
Funnily enough, I've always been a micro tumberly twitterly link blogger, so I may have to start writing long posts to stay well in the nichey-kitchen at parties.

Monday, October 06, 2008

indie blogs

Quiet around here lately.
And not just here (computer issues), but more generally. There did seem to be a mass desertion lull. Has blogging palled?
Content appeared to be going mainstream as a commodity, or perhaps it was invisible, facebooked elsewhere.
The point of my intended conversation wasn't to bemoan my lack of readers - content here has always meant to pleases only myself and perhaps a handful of others - but to maintain that microblogging and social networking combined with time constraints have made indie blogs obsolete.
Anne - in Comments at the wonderful Ample Sanity

But then The Presurfer turned 8:
It was great fun to start The Presurfer on September 24, 2000, and I'm still enjoying updating the site every day.

and I like is 6 and still going strong.
Every year I promise myself a bit of a sabbatical, changing tack for a while to talk more about why I do it, what I've learnt, where I think it's going. All a bit more meaty than the seaside and bubble cars. But then I think a lot of you are probably here for the seaside and bubble cars, not to hear my inner thoughts and there's the eternal conundrum.

Meanwhile, the meta musings at things (introductory or between the links) are always interesting
sometimes we think the internet is best simply for lists of things

A while ago, Fed By Birds posted a great link to the scrapbooks of Lewis Carroll, observing that the whimsical collection of items of interest resembled a blog.
I like that analogy. And whenever the blogging ennui strikes, it's good to keep in mind that a blog is allowed to be simply a web log of browsing.

And finding a fab new blog always helps.

(Update: I drafted this on Friday. Kim at LP today marks some local blogiversaries with related thoughts.)

Friday, October 03, 2008

mr cool

Mr Cool

(which reminds me - we liked the sundry pun here)


Sunday, September 28, 2008

crystal dream

Fri night's dream: I was offered a pile of books including a Girls' Crystal Annual 1946.
I don't have this one in my collection, I said, excitedly.

The dark side of the dream was that this offer was then retracted.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Ramage directed me to Hanuman, and this post on the Chinese–Australian Historical Images in Australia Database.

And this photo.

(It's a timely image on Brownlow night, as the dull countdown tolls in the background, and with Test cricket looming too early on the horizon. This near merging of the seasons is unseasonal)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

sunny day

Has the large Hadron Collider destroyed the world yet?

via Dr Fish @ LP

Nah - Melbourne is too perfect today for the end of the world, to misquote the misattributed

what to wear


Friday, September 05, 2008

by seagirt

Harry Nilsson on The Ghost & Mrs. Muir - March 29, 1969

He appeared in the episode "The Music Maker", and his character name was Tim Seagirt. wiki

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008


Powerful Powerful Owl
- with brushtail possum

According to Dr Raylene Cooke from Deakin University, Powerful Owls eat an astounding 250 to 350 possums a year. Dr Cooke analysed 2500 owl pellets to determine this fact. scribbly gum

Friday, August 29, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

old news

via Genevieve

NLA Australian Newspapers beta Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954

Yesterday I immersed myself in The Argus, September 1945, but only scratched the surface.

Raw POW accounts, missing airmen and ads for tennis racket restrings
Civilians who died in the first days of Peace and the scarcity of lemons
Flat or House required by quiet Protestant

(I'd need days, weeks, with this wonderful resource- and that's just the Argus)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

miss beanie

Inspired by many others, I tried to create a manga avatar a few times, but it wasn't until I spied a beanie (on the ♂ menu) that I managed it. So it's a bit mix-and-match but there you go.

This is my preferred headwear in a Melbourne winter, although it could be tartan. Also, add about 25 years of course.

an update - non-shopped from the ♀ menu, but alas, still with head-wear in lieu of comprehensive fringe options. (Although it is around this time of the year that I swap my purple beanie for purple TAC cap when walking canines, that much is true.)

Monday, August 25, 2008

post modern

These cakes remind me of this tattoo

Cake Wrecks via Making Light


boynton has fielded many queries today re table tennis or



See also ping pong

thanks Boris*
"Ping pong was invented on the dining tables of England and it was called whiff whaff".

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

soft drink

Dispensing Machine

Country Cordial Manufacturers' Conference

slightly less cordial

Friday, August 15, 2008

art v sport

on the way to pub trivia
which is neither sport nor art
we heard dweeb on sportsradio attacking cricket critic
on article on art and sport,
the mindlessness of sport
(and abstract ballet)
the transcendence of art.
Dweeb took issue with this because
melbourne is the only place where you go to the football
and then the (classical) ballet

when really we all know
this is one of those issues that could be settled
by a debate between say macrob girls and xavier.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

every child

Every child drew a banana in their pastel book with Reeves pastels.

The School Paper . . . for Grades V And V1 (1917)
Selected articles from the Burwood Bulletin No. 108 (Autumn 2008)

equestrian qotd

Re:Who is idiot Equestrian Commentator?

Who cares? It's horses jumping over mushrooms, dragons, cottages and bridges.

Well, I did enjoy watching the 3 day event. That is, watching the moments that swimming-centric ch. seven let us see between swimming heats
And I enjoyed Simon Marshall's commentary. (Though ideally he'd share the gig with Lucinda Green, for the yin and yang equestrian commentating dream team.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


"Television is the major player ushering in the pageantry," says Kevin Wamsley, an Olympics historian with the University of Western Ontario. "It became part of the entertainment package that is the Olympic Games"...
Most include a retelling of the host nation's founding myths -- often in a hilariously fragmented and abstract form. When a large birdlike contraption ran across the stadium during the Atlanta Opening Ceremonies in 1996, NBC's on-air hosts blurted out: "My best guess is that this is about the Civil War"

I'm of the school that thinks low-tech might be the new black in future olympics pageantry.
Would it be to much to suggest a return from the mind-boggling hypocrisy, propaganda, and panoply of the opening ceremony to the simplicity of the athletes' entry, the local and olympic anthems, a speech by the OC president, and, the most symbolic action, the lighting of the olympic flame?
Times online

It would take something as simple as a ron clarke running around the arena and up the stairs to match the mega extravaganza of recent flame lighting. imho.

see also: recent search request

Friday, August 01, 2008

fido friday 5

AGB reminded me: Boynton's dog got "smiled at" by a rotty*.

I saw the rotty the other day actually, 3 years on, in situ, same old park, same old man walking her, his kindly-gentleman appearance belying the fact of his being in possession of a dangerous canine weapon, the dog itself impersonating a more benevolent labrador from a distance. The only give away is the lack of an otter tail, the lack of a tail at all.
When Bronte got biten by rooti on hunches, I'd almost led her into the jaws of faux-labarador myself, not dissuading her as both dogs advanced across the oval. Next thing there was the sound of dog fight, which for certain reasons I was determined to hear as a mere skirmish and not a serious biting which could have been fatal, according to the vet. The certain reasons involved Flo, of course, whose inclination to nip white dogs (not bite, if there are degrees of these things) was sometimes greeted with great alarm. This was a rather lax attitude on my part, I concede, harking back to some imaginary golden age when dogs had minor spats and skirmishes in public and people moved on. I concede belatedly that there are no degrees in these things*, a nip is as good as a bite, and Flo is never off the lead now - has never been off the lead for years.
So when Bronte got biten on hunches,and the kindly looking old gentleman shouted an enquiry of sorts across the oval, I shrugged and waved in an exaggeration of casual acceptance, in an effort to signal minor skirmishes between dogs are fine; they sort it out...
It was only after he drove away with his rooti (did I wave?) that I noticed the extent of her injuries, which were not at all minor. We limped back home in shock.

* well, who wants to think of a severity spectrum in such moments, or the objective assessment of the severity of biting problems based on the evaluation of the wound pathology

cattle dog in sulky

I'm a great fan of the unsolicited comment from strangers as you walk your dog, daydreaming about horticulture.
Last week as I walked Flo, the unsolicited comment yelled across the street was simply: Ritalin...


the correct way to punch a football


Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.

A couple of takes from the current b.esque mix.

Could I have thought of such a fine string as labrador hoodie shrinks, or Karenina Doncaster/just knew mention?
via Hooting Yard

Monday, July 21, 2008


Like Beau Geste or King Kong or Anna Karenina, the saga of Greg Norman's misadventures when leading a major golf championship with 18 holes left to play has had more rewrites - most of them with the same old endings - than absolutely necessary. source

A party of passengers

Friday, July 18, 2008


Character note:
Her daughter, now in her 30s, for many years unsuccessfully tried to meet (with a view to marrying) an elite footballerThe Age
(I think the parentheses got her)


A Friday sort of search request:

how to unsharp the tooth of labrador

(Is puppy. Is sharp. Do not touch.)

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


the way eastlink shrinks your long-held sense of distance.

One minute you're driving along at Doncaster
you go through the tunnel and next thing you're at Cadbury Canterbury Road?

Not to mention what the roadscaping does to your until now reasonably stable mental map.
Who knew Ringwood would ever look this?

So anyway, suddenly being in Bayswater North, we thought we may as well go to Bunnings to source shower rails
Just before I entered the store I saw I was wearing Bunnings colours.
I don't normally dress like a Leprachaun, but there you go.
In that vast cold barn was I paranoid to think Security was tagging me, with my ploy to impersonate a shop assistant and snaffle screws under my crismon hoodie?
(At least I didn't get asked about stationery lines as I did once when I accidentally wore Royal blue into Officeworks.)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Harris writes with a wit that's sly, not show-offy. He can encapsulate the woes of shooting "Doctor Dolittle" in four words: "The rhinoceros got pneumonia."

Charles Matthews, Washington Post
Amazon review of Pictures at a Revolution
recommended by Self Styled Siren

Thursday, June 19, 2008

book care

Last Fri I met Zeppo B to take in the manuscripts on display at the SLV.
Along with many many Melburnians. So many that the queue stretched out the door and onto the steps, with that strange weather thing happening that we Melburnians have almost forgotten - the unfolding of the umbrellas.
Inside, there were so many people in the room we were advised by the sentry to forget the linear journey and navigate via available space over the glass encasements. (This is often my preferred pathway as it turns out)
And it was beautiful.

And this is not especially related, but it did occur to me as we talked about the remarkable feat of history and preservation. I mentioned that recently I had seen a technique demonstrated very soberly on an instructional film from the fifties, Books and their care (see 03:24)
The ms in question is The World of Pooh

(And for ZB and others sans broadband, the technique is explained lo fi here - Opening a new book - along with the Improper use of a paperclip.)

mov 2 live

Elsewhere, my musical taste has been questioned.
I took this to heart and sought out one of my top ten fave live hits of the 1790's for consolation.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


6. ORANGEMEN: Forget the Big Three. The most eye-catching grouping on Friday at the U.S. Open was Miguel Angel Jimenez, Shingo Katayama and Boo Weekley.

Strictly by coincidence, each player stepped to the first tee with an almost identical bright, burnt orange polo shirt.

Commenting on the colorful triumvirate, ESPN anchor Mike Tirico, a Syracuse Orangeman himself, came up with this gem: “Are they rooting for the Dutch?”

Golf week
I think I caught a glimpse of this phenomenon on TV over the weekend, but there is no trace of it anywhere online. (Well, if you search through getty images for CA: U.S. Open - Round Two * you can see the ensemble but not the ensemble.)

See also: Bad jumpers, dodgy strides
The Very Worst in Golf Fashion
A look at golf fashions through the years

Monday, June 16, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008


This was one of the photos I found through searching for Muriels + wedding at Picture Australia. The hitching appears to be an accidental pun...

Anyway, after this, an email from Ann O'Dyne * inspired me to go browsing for more:

Trehare (Treharne, Trahar, Trahare ?)
methodist H & C