Thursday, August 17, 2017

Suspicious minds

It is forty years to the day since Elvis Presley died. By the time I was born, his career and personal life was already in decline. This is how the Daily Mail reported on the commemorations, with Elvis fans from all over the world descending on Graceland to mark the occasion.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4788290/Elvis-fans-flock-grave-40th-anniversary.html

Two things stand out to me in this article. Some of his fans worship him as a religious figure. Secondly, on a somewhat lighter note, it contains a link to a video of his legendary Las Vegas residency. It says that it dates from 1960. This was actually the same year that he was discharged from the army, and filmed three movies. Elvis's Vegas residencies did not commence until 1969, and this footage actually dates from 1970.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Spectacle


Today is the birthday of Mike Hugg, best known as the drummer in Manfred Mann. Here he is in action on their 1968 hit, My Name is Jack. The song is actually about a dodgy hotel in San Francisco.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Buffering, please wait

Acclaimed film director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Dunkirk) prefers to watch movies on Blu-Ray over online streaming platforms such as Netflix.

So do I. Blu Ray has better picture and audio quality than Netflix. Australia has second rate home broadband speeds. The difference is clearly noticeable.

https://www.choice.com.au/electronics-and-technology/internet/connecting-to-the-internet/articles/australia-internet-speed-trails-50th-globally-020617

http://www.techradar.com/news/christopher-nolan-chooses-blu-ray-over-netflix-for-his-movie-watching

Sad news

Senator John McCain
American Senator John McCain has had surgery to remove a brain tumor. He will also require further cancer treatment. This is sad news. I have followed McCain's career since 2000, and he recently visited Australia. He met with senior figures of the Australian government, and addressed the United States Study Centre at the University of Sydney. He strikes me as a decent man. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Head in the clouds


Sky News Australia has ambitions of rivaling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as Australia's largest media organisation. I occasionally notice spelling errors in its news ticker. Their website is no better. Perhaps the same people are responsible for both. Consider if you will this report from today. Attorney General George Brandis said that he had "no sympathy" for former Senator Scott Ludlam. Ludlam was forced to resign from the Senate because his dual Australian and New Zealand citizenship makes him ineligible to be a senator. What on earth is "duedilagence?"

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/politics/federal/2017/07/16/brandis-unsympathetic-towards-scott-ludlam.html

Saturday, July 08, 2017

You can't get good help these days

Rivers, I'm offering you my services to proof ready your catalogues. I'll even work free of charge. If you are using a word that you're not sure how to spell correctly, don't rely solely on a spell checker. May I also strongly suggest that you check at least one reputable dictionary. 

Monday, July 03, 2017

The Bible is groovy


Long before Sons of Korah, Boney M were turning the Old Testament Psalms into songs. 39 years to the day, they had a number 2 hit with Rivers of Babylon. Until I wrote this post, I had no idea that composers have been putting this Psalm to music for hundreds of years. It shows how much I know.

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/Badgerdarkness/australian_top_100_singles___03_july_1978/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalm_137

Nature abhors a vacuum

The release last week of the results of the 2016 Australian census indicate a rising tide of overt secularism. As a Christian, this concerns me. Australia is not a Christian country. Nonetheless, Christianity is the basis of the Western civilization of which it is part. In current civic discourse, secularists are attempting to drive Christianity from the public sphere. The question is, what will replace it?

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/columnists/jennifer-oriel/faithless-australians-may-lose-more-than-just-god/news-story/6a34b099a828ee3b5ccefbe52d2a20ee