Some Twitter nonsense


Umberto Eco once wrote a lovely little article on how Mac vs PC is, essentially, the equivalent of the age-old dichotomy of Catholicism vs Protestantism.

At the time, I was working at a posh Anglican school, and I chose to email Eco's quote to all the staff - who reacted with defeaning silence. The only other Rock Chopper on the staff - who happened to have gone to my old school (a Catholic private school whose reputation for academia and discipline I never questioned until employed by said posh Anglican school, where I realised that in comparison, we got away with murder and learnt little) - assured me I was wasting breath, effort and intellect sharing that sort of learnéd observation. In other words, I'd probably offended everyone else on the staff.

As it happened, they would have been more offended by my zealous embrace of Apple Macintosh dogma rather than Catholic dogma; just as the IT department was poised to stock computer labs with a multitude of iMac G3s (remember them?) someone in the senior staff did a deal that saw every student receive a PC laptop and all us followers of false prophets and questionable computers seemed to be given a bit of a wider berth.

I do remember, around that time, realising that 'goodies' used MacBooks while 'baddies' used PCs. Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for example; Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. (I said they were good; I never said they were great. But then again, there's Stephen Fry, who is better than all of them put together.) Bond villains, on the other hand, always use PCs.

The other day, Judah Friedlander suggested a totally different take via Twitter (perhaps both Catholicism and Protestantism are a little less relevant to him). For Judah, the Mac/PC divide applied to Star Wars. But it's not what you think; the Death Star Droid isn't powered by Windows.

Rather, this happened, which made my day:

Judah Friedlander

Best Twitter interaction since the day Fry RT'd and LOL'd my foolish comment...

Stephen Fry LOLs Dom




Star Wars Episode IV: A New Op… Op…
Oppa Gangnam Style!


A new oppa


I know people are upset that they paid too much to see a seeming one-hit wonder (yes, yes, six albums in his native Korea but you'd need a couple of North Korean ships allegedly full of heroin to sit through them, I bet) perform his one song and then nick off from a nightclub. Still, I can't help myself. Along with the Oppa Gangnam Heil meme, may I present:

Long, long ago, in a Gangnamcy far, far away…


The CunningList: Luke, Leia & Lingerie



At the moment, one of the exciting projects I'm working on is a brilliant new daily newsletter called The CunningList. To be honest, you should sign up to it more or less immediately (ignore that the page says 'coming soon'; once you sign up, you'll be receiving each issue via email).

I bring this up because a little while ago, when I was waxing a little to honestly about my attitude towards burlesque, I somehow forgot to mention Star Wars Burlesque - something that so appeals to my geek sensibilities.

So here's the CunningList piece from a couple of weeks ago now; Star Wars Burlesque opens tonight at The Vanguard, King St, Newtown.



Here's a taste:


Star Wars Burlesque from Tenderloins on Vimeo.