A few years ago when I was visiting Alaska, one of the more interesting portions of the trip was the 45-minute drive from Anchorage to Girdwood along the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet
. This is one of the world's rare bodies of water that features bore tides
, an amazing scene. The highway is one of only 15 roads in the United States that have been designated an "All-American Road." What about some of the world's greatest highways? [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Apr 17, 2008 -
has been chosen as Australia's new head of state from next month. As the first Australian female in the role she joins a growing list (currently 48
) of international national leaders. Bryce previously served as the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner and director of the Queensland Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission prior to her role as Queensland governor.
Replacing a highly decorated ex-soldier
, who cut a low profile
, who had himself replaced a controversial
clergyman, Bryce has the opportunity make a significant mark on the country.
She will join the list
of first holders of political offices, and bring us closer to to a situation where the appointment of women to positions of power is no longer remarkable.
posted by bystander
on Apr 13, 2008 -
, a bit of an introduction
to the game of Cricket (youtube)
for those of us who may not be familiar
with the sport
. Next, a few clips (1, 2, 3, 4)
on how awesome
the Gentleman's Game
can be (and you thought we didn't do anything but roam around in our white pants and cotton shirts...). But, if that wasn't enough for you, then here's a taste of Twenty20
Cricket (the fast
paced version of the game), and the new DLF Indian (pdf) Premier League
. (This is in addition to the One Day Matches
, which were instituted to bring in a bit more excitement into the game during the 1970's, prior to which the match only consisted of Tests
. However, some purists still maintain that the game would've been better served had it not been commercalized
to the extent that it has, and still prefer the leisurely pace of the original format to its current incarnation.) [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy
on Mar 20, 2008 -
Two historic photography collections from Sydney's Powerhouse Museum:
The Tyrell Collection
- glass plate negatives from the Sydney studios of Charles Kerry and Henry King from 1884-1917 depicting a local record of the times; and the Hedda Morrison Collection
- photographs from China, 1933-1946. The collection also includes personal papers and objects, such as Chinese papercuts, belt toggles, and photos from a 1930s-era folk festival in Germany.
posted by madamjujujive
on Mar 16, 2008 -
If you who hear a symphony each time you open a beer, here's
a little Friday fun.
(Check out the 'Behind the Scenes' video too.)
NB: Flash and music.
posted by essexjan
on Mar 7, 2008 -
Master of the 'didge'
- after veins burst in his throat some years ago while he was playing the didgeridoo, doctors warned that continued playing would threaten his life. Admitted to hospital last week with bleeding on the brain, he died on Sunday from a brain haemorrhage. He was 40. [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Feb 28, 2008 -
End of Empire
: A collaboration of all areas of geopolitics affecting countries of the world in relation to the 'Empire' of the United States of America, and the 'sub-Empires', such as the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and any other country which seeks to exploit poorer nations and their people in the quest for domination.
posted by adamvasco
on Nov 27, 2007 -
Senator On-Line (‘SOL’) is a truly democratic party
which will allow everyone on the Australian Electoral roll who has access to the internet to vote on every Bill put to Parliament and have its Senators vote in accordance with a clear majority view. They will be running candidates for the upcoming federal Upper House (Senate) elections.
posted by finite
on Nov 15, 2007 -
is a collection of photographs, texts of speeches, transcripts of debates and political ads from Australian election campaigns (both State and Federal) from 1901 to the present day. More materials will be added when they become available.
posted by Effigy2000
on Oct 25, 2007 -
And we're off
! Prime Minister John Howard has set the date for the Australian Federal election as November 24th, meaning we're up for a long six-week campaign. With Kevin Rudd leading the PM by between 16 to 18 points
(depending on who you read) in recent opinion polls, this election seems the most likely to provide a change of Government since Howard was first elected 11 years ago. Antony Green's usual excellent election guide is up and running here
, along with an excellent calculator
which shows which seats are up for grabs dependent on a 2 party preferred
swing. You might also want to check out the Vote-O-Matic
, a fun but entirely disposable quiz which aims to help you decide who you'll vote for. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Oct 13, 2007 -
Google launches a site dedicated to the upcoming Australian Federal Election
with Youtube channels from each party, electoral boundaries integrated into Google Maps, a search engine to allow you to view what each candidate has said on a range of issues, from immigration to interest rates, news from your electorate, and graphs of media activity on candidates and issues. Australians have been lacking a comprehensive political resource like the UK's The Work For You
, and Google has brought it one step closer. Unfortunately, many of the resources are in the form of gadgets you add to your iGoogle homepage, rather than standalone applications.
posted by Jimbob
on Sep 16, 2007 -
Like the US
, the UK
, and Canada
before it, Australia has recently announced that, as part of its new citizenship guidelines, prospective citizens must pass a test
relating to Australian history, society, and culture. Not everyone is a fan
of the test, though, or the information on it, and today The Age has released its own suggestions
for a citizenship test. Could you pass it?
posted by mosessis
on Aug 29, 2007 -
Spending years clarifying my observations of the community and putting them down on paper slowly revealed a society beset by a fatal condition; an affliction that has been destroying us at an ever increasing rate for two centuries and must eventually return us to barbarism. A final result that should be no surprise, as it has overtaken every other civilization; a fate that appears as inevitable and as irreversible as old age with its increasing feebleness and dementia. I was no longer interested in why our bureaucracy was full of incompetents? but why our society was full of incompetents? My original aim to improve my community with technology was replaced with answering the question, why does a community age like any other creature?
knows: civilization is in decline. And he's determined to tell you about it.
Find out the truth about Nelson Mandela
, standard weights and measures
, and, of course, the Ten Commandments
. We're screwed
, guys. Sit down, read a book
, and watch it burn
posted by nasreddin
on Aug 22, 2007 -
launched today. You can view clips from Australian feature films, documentaries, TV programs, shorts, home movies, newsreels, advertisements, other historical footage, and sponsored films produced over the last 100 years, with curators’ notes and other information about each title. [via Margaret and David]
posted by tellurian
on Jul 18, 2007 -
An "order of magnitude older than the dinosaurs
," even older than clams, bugs, vertebrates, are jellyfish
. At almost 600 million years old, jellyfish are some of the oldest animals on the earth that have survived the test of time. Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin
, (yes, of that Gershwin
family) is a scientist
in Queensland, Australia and was recently interviewed by the ABC
. I was particularly disturbed by her gripping description of the tiny Irukandji
jellyfish and how the venom affects humans
. This summer, swim at your own risk
posted by gen
on Jun 13, 2007 -
"Troy is only 8, but he knows the words to Yanguna, an Arnhem Land song celebrating kava. He sings in tune with Saltwater Band's anthem to the drug as the car bumps along the dirt track. Kava
came to Arnhem Land 20 years ago as a ray of hope. Aboriginal community leaders believed the calming drink from the Pacific could be a peaceful alternative to alcohol, then raging through Aboriginal communities like a cyclone. But kava became just another abused substance.
posted by jason's_planet
on May 1, 2007 -