Interesting read. Makes sense, ignorance is bliss and it often feels like Australian culture is all about celebrating stupidity. Still, they got one thing right, the high dollar makes Internet shopping very fun, as my credit card statement can verify.
Seriously though. I do love it here, and though I want to travel more and live in other countries I will always call Australia home (and New Zealand, it’s a tie).
For anyone looking to broaden their mind in the field of chemistry. MIT offers most of their material from their classes, including chemistry. Anyone who loves science should take a look because in addition to undergrad chem stuff they also have graduate level classes. Link below. http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
“Writing a novel — actually picking the words and filling in paragraphs — is a tremendous pain in the ass. Now that TV’s so good and the Internet is an endless forest of distraction, it’s damn near impossible. That should be taken into account when ranking the all-time greats. Somebody like Charles Dickens, for example, who had nothing better to do except eat mutton and attend public hangings, should get very little credit.”—Steve Hely, How I Became a Famous Novelist (via synecdoche)
“Douglas and I, as the first two owners of Apple Macs in Europe, played for years (before the internet would have made it easier) like kids with train sets, swapping software and routines and programmes. No colour, no hard disks for some years: but damn it was fun.
Downstairs lurked Sue Freestone, DNA’s publisher, wishing that I would go away so that Douglas would get on with his latest novel. As a way of getting rid of me she offered me an advance for a book of my own.
So I went off and wrote one.
When I came back Douglas was no further forward with his. As is well known, he HATED writing.
He was a huge man: when he was in a house it rattled and you always knew he was there. He did the same to the earth. It doesn’t rattle any more now that he’s gone.”—(via fuckyeahstephenfry)
I want to print this out for my friends! To say, this is why I like living by myself. This is why I don’t want to go to the pub (unless it’s trivia night, that’s my time to shine). This is why I love you lots, but only in little bits. Most of my mates are big time extroverts and don’t seem to understand the concept of being alone without being lonely, this might help. Or at least give them a giggle.
This makes me glad and sad at the same time. I am happy that the initiative of the previous prime minister Kevin Rudd has been such a success. Without him making organ transplantation a priority I might have died last year while waiting for a liver transplant. Instead I received 2 in the space of 2 months, the first happening about a week before I would have been taken off the transplant list and placed on palliative care (my portal vein had completely detached, something that was only discovered when the transplant took place but would have been seen in my scheduled ultrasound). The hospital that I was in was at total capacity for my entire 4 month stay. I remember one long weekend where they did 5 adult and 1 child liver transplants, and the kidneys seemed to happen constantly, there was never an empty bed. I hope the funding increases but you unfortunately you can’t just magic-up good surgeons.
“We live on a world of wonders. A place of astonishing beauty and complexity. We have vast oceans and incredible weather. Giant mountains and breathtaking landscapes. If you think that this is all there is, that our planet exists in magnificent isolation, then you’re wrong. As a physicist I am fascinated by how the laws of nature that shaped all this also shaped the worlds beyond our home planet. I think we are living through the greatest age of discovery our civilisation has known.”—Professor Brian Cox (via mission-to-mars)