Sydney Brick Show

Sydney Brick Show

The Sydney Brick Show is back for its 3rd year, now at a bigger venue. Located at the lower level of Sydney Town Hall, the show goes from 24th – 27th of April.

Book your tickets online at http://sydneybrickshow.com.au/
No ticket sales at the doors so you must buy online. Last year’s show sold out so get your tickets fast!

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Barry pulls the pin

Barry pulls the pin

Barry O’Farrell has just resigned over his evidence to Icac, in which he said he did not receive a gift of a 1959 bottle of Penfolds Grange Hermitage from the head of Australian Water Holdings, Nick Di Girolamo. This morning the Icac has been a shown a note in which he thanked Di Girolamo for the bottle of wine.

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This week’s tool of the week

This week’s tool of the week

This dickhead was driving while texting, also on her P-plates when she ran down a scumbag cyclist.

The court heard that the victim couldn’t believe that Davis rang triple-0 after the accident but refused to offer him help after she parked 100 metres up the road.

Even more stunning was Davis’ answers when interviewed by police two days after the accident and asked about using her phone.

“I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it,” she told a police officer.

“I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist. I wasn’t on my phone when I hit the cyclist.”

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I think we need to bring back tool of the week. How could it possibly go wrong? :D

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Excursion of Doom: Parking…

Excursion of Doom: Parking…

Ok this is a short post. I have been parking here for years and it’s only recently that I have realised that no one else really knows about this place and how cool it is.

So what are we looking at here? Well, Sydney is literally riddled with old abandoned train and tram tunnels for lines that were never constructed or disused when Sydney got rid of its tram network. We have already visited the spectacular abandoned tunnels of St James station so I thought I would share another place where the tunnels are actually in use.

It is actually a Wilsons car park next to Wynard station and under the Menzies Hotel. This parking garage is a set of disused tram tunnels that have been convert into parking. Originally these tunnels were used for allowing commuters to jump off the tram to a train.

The entrance is off Wynard lane and the exit comes out right near the south side of the Sydney Harbour bridge. Here are some snaps I grabbed. Continue reading

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Murder charges against 9 month old baby dismissed

Murder charges against 9 month old baby dismissed

A Pakistani judge has thrown out a charge of attempted murder against a nine-month-old baby, in a case that cast a spotlight on Pakistan’s dysfunctional justice system.

Baby Muhammad Musa Khan appeared in court in the city of Lahore, sitting on his grandfather’s lap and drinking from a bottle of milk.

He and his adult relatives were charged this month with attempting to murder a policeman after his family clashed with police and gas company workers trying to collect overdue bills.

Police registered a case against the whole family, alleging they threw rocks at gas company officials carrying out an anti-theft inspection in the low-income Ahata Thanedaran neighbourhood of Lahore on February 1.

The family said the child, who was granted bail, should never have been charged.

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Finally the gyroscope-powered monowheel “IT”

Finally  the gyroscope-powered monowheel “IT”

Pirate adds: Ok nothing to copy and paste here because their website is stupid (typical cyclists). Basically you’re looking at a new uni-cycle bike that looks remarkably like the South Park unit above. It will be used by cyclists (aka, speed bumps for people who can afford cars). Check out the source for more or don’t if you’re not a peasant who can afford a car.

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Finally its here I am speechless dues to my constant riding of this amazing machine…..

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Telstra to turnoff copper services in NBN connected areas.

Telstra to turnoff copper services in NBN connected areas.

A number of homes and businesses in 15 towns across Australia face having their phone and internet services cut off when copper lines that connect them are switched off in 45 days, NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski warned on Tuesday.

At a speech at the CommsDay conference in Sydney, Dr Switkowski said 19,000 premises still had an active copper connection, which would be turned off on May 23.

An NBN Co spokeswoman later sought to clarify that there was a mistake in his speech, and that the “vast majority” of premises in the affected towns had switched from copper to an NBN connection.

“D-day for the first fifteen communities around Australia to switch their voice and broadband services is in 45 days from now,” Dr Switkowski said.

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I wish I could have NBN to get rid of the crosstalk and chatter on the copper line in my street. I’m lucky if my ADSL reaches 640k some days. So people have had 18 months in the test areas to connect their NBN service and are bitching that they will lose their current copper service. First world problem to me.

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KIm Jong Un seems more like a cartoon supervillain as each day passes

KIm Jong Un seems more like a cartoon supervillain as each day passes

A NORTH Korean official has reportedly been executed by flamethrower, as part of an apparent purge against supporters of Kim Jong-un’s uncle.

Jang Song-tank was killed by the regime in December after it accused him of corruption and disloyalty. Since then as many as 11 senior party officials have been killed or sent to prison camps, the UK Telegraph said.

The Telegraph cited a report in South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper saying that O Sang-hon, a deputy minister at the Ministry of Public Security, was “executed by flamethrower.”

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Wow! Execution by flamethrower. That’s truly barbaric. Or should that be barbecuic?

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Police seek Melbourne tag-fags

Police seek Melbourne tag-fags

What was expected to be a fond farewell of the Hitachi Electric Train in Melbourne (Australia) was today marred by an attack on the train by vandals near Rushall Railway Station in Melbourne’s inner Northern Suburb of Clifton Hill.

The ‘final train journey of the Hitachi series train organised by Metro Trains and ElecRail was returning to Flinders Street Railway Station from a timetabled visit to South Morang when the train was stopped near Rushall on the approach to Clifton Hill. Once stopped a crew of vandals emerged from trackside trees and began “tagging” the train.

The response from passengers was in the form of throwing food, drink and colourful abuse (with that unique Australia flavor) at the graffiti crew.

Tagging is the action of spray painting an object (usually a train) with a logo or symbol of reference to oneself. The action was met with an angry response from train passengers many of whom were rail enthusiasts and historians.

It was later discovered that the vandals tampered with the train operationally by pulling the ‘air taps’ on the back of the train disabling some brakes, causing delays into Clifton Hill Railway Station and also at Essendon. These delays extended to the network, and not just the vandalized train.

Police have confirmed that no arrests have been made, but that the charges are likely to escalate given the tampering of the brakes of the train endangering the passengers.

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I hope they get ass-fucked. No time for wankers like this, they can’t even tag well.

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Americans want to arm unborn babies

Americans want to arm unborn babies

ThinkProgress notes that this measure—which was advanced by a state Senate committee yesterday—is part of a nationwide trend by anti-abortion activists to codify “fetal homicide” as a crime, because it’s a step closer to getting broader cultural acceptance for the idea that abortion is murder.

Which is all well and good, except that South Carolina isn’t talking about criminalizing fetus-killin’: It’s talking about legalizing the killing of alleged fetus-threateners, which is a pretty bizarre cause for a group with a name like Americans United for Life.

There are also weird moral philosophy implications, such as: If a pregnant woman endangers herself or her fetus, should she kill herself to stop it? Apparently she’d be legally justified. Conundrum!

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Oops, someone mentioned the war

Oops, someone mentioned the war

A small German furniture store chain says it inadvertently ordered 5000 coffee cups bearing a faint portrait of Adolf Hitler from China.

Christian Zurbrueggen, co-owner of the Zurbrueggen chain, told German news agency DPA on Thursday (local time) that 175 of the offending cups were sold before customers reported the problem.

Zurbrueggen said he wants to take the cups “out of circulation”.

The 4825 unsold cups have been destroyed and Zurbrueggen says he’s offering a €20 (NZ$31.95) voucher for the return of the others, which were sold for €1.99 each.

The cups have a faint feature of a Nazi-era stamp bearing Hitler’s portrait and a postmark with a swastika in the background overlaid with another layer of decoration. They were ordered from a trade fair in China and delivered last month.

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Captain Kirk is REAL!!!

Captain Kirk is REAL!!!

The USS Zumwalt destroyer will be christened this coming Saturday with Captain James Kirk at the helm. No… not the character played by William Shatner, this is the real James Kirk.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the Star Trek actor George Takei celebrated when he heard a James Kirk would captain the US Navy vessel the USS Zumwalt:

“The name of the captain of this new Zumwalt-class destroyer (the latest guided missile vessel to be deployed by the U.S. Navy) is…wait for it…James Kirk. Truly epic..”

The real Captain James Kirk received his commission as an officer at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990 and has served “as Executive Assistant to the Navy’s Chief of Legislative Affairs and as an Action Officer on the Joint Staff.” Sorry, but he’s never spent any time on the real USS Enterprise as far as we’re aware. And, no, the executive officer is not named Spock. Instead, we’ll have Cmdr. Jeffrey W. Hickox filling that role (sans the pointy ears, we’d assume).

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Doctors figure out how to implant VAGINAS

Doctors figure out how to implant VAGINAS

Scientists announced today that four women received lab-grown vaginas between 2005 and 2008 — and, according to their doctors, all of the patients are doing quite well.

The women, who were between 13 and 18 at the time of the surgery, were all born with a rare genetic condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome(MRKH) — a condition that causes about one in 4,500 girls to be born with either an underdeveloped or absent vagina and uterus.

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Drop Dropbox

Drop Dropbox

On April 9th, Dropbox announced that Condoleezza Rice will be joining their Board of Directors. Dropbox’s CEO, Drew Houston, posted the following message:

..We’re proud to welcome Dr. Condoleezza Rice to our Board of Directors. When looking to grow our board, we sought out a leader who could help us expand our global footprint. Dr. Rice has had an illustrious career as Provost of Stanford University, board member of companies like Hewlett Packard and Charles Schwab, and former United States Secretary of State. We’re honored to be adding someone as brilliant and accomplished as Dr. Rice to our team.

This is deeply disturbing, and anyone — or any business — who values ethics should be concerned.

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Condoleezza Rice help start the Iraq war, thousands upon thousands dead for no good reason. She OK’d the USA torture plus a bunch of other shit that marks her as an evil piece of shit human. The source above has alternatives that you can use. I like Drop box, but I’m dumping it because I don’t like evil.

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NSFW: Would you like some fries with your order?

NSFW: Would you like some fries with your order?

A mother-of-two whose near naked antics in a fast food restaurant have attracted over a million web hits says she cannot recall her reasons for the counter streak.

The bizarre behaviour of Sandra Suarez, 41, who was later arrested for resisting arrest, was revealed in footage posted by McDonald’s workers to a video sharing website.

Police allege Suarez became angered after a restaurant worker turned down her offer of sexual favours in the car park at the branch in St Petersburg, Florida.

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Don’t use the Internet! It has AIDS

Don’t use the Internet! It has AIDS

The German software developer who introduced a security flaw into an encryption protocol used by millions of websites globally says he did not insert it deliberately as some have suggested.

In what appears to be his first comments to the media since the bug was uncovered, Robin Seggelmann said how the bug made its way into live code could “be explained pretty easily”.

The encryption flaw, called Heartbleed, has exposed large swathes of the internet to malicious exploitation, prompting some security experts to warn internet users against even using the web for the next few days.

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Foxtel says “Stop Pirating and use Foxtel Play”

Foxtel says “Stop Pirating and use Foxtel Play”

The criticisms relate both to price and the Foxtel business model. Some even conclude that unauthorised downloading is justified because of these objections. As KGB commented in relation to a recent Mumbrella story, that’s like justifying stealing a Ferrari on the basis that the waiting list is too long or the price is too high (maybe it’s because you don’t want all of the features). You only have to state the proposition to realise how absurd it is.

Another argument that is sometimes made is that you’re only making a digital copy, not actually stealing an object. Try telling that to the actors, extras, writers, camera crew, make up artists, editors, special effects teams and the many others who make Game of Thrones. The artistry and skill they bring to the production has real value and deserves to be rewarded.

Having said that, at Foxtel we recognise the need to be flexible to meet consumers’ reasonable expectations as to speed of access and pricing. That’s where Foxtel Play comes in. Foxtel Play is the best comparison to iTunes and similar services.

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To use this online service to watch GOT. It will still cost you $50 a month. This ain’t going to do shit.

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Companies seeking to censor Australian internet to stop piracy

Companies seeking to censor Australian internet to stop piracy

The call from groups including the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) and Music Rights Australia (MRA) are for reforms that would require Australian ISPs to block or take down websites that host illegitimate material. They follow therelease of statistics today showing Australians again led the way with illegally sharing versions of Game of Thrones.

Vanessa Hutley, general manager of Music Rights Australia told Mumbrella: “We hope the Attorney General will do as he said and allow rights holders to go to court and get a court order that would have ISPs block these sites.

“This isn’t about stopping people being on the internet, but nothing on these websites is about legitimate content.”

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*cough* bullshit *cough* Maybe Ms Hutley could get off her fucken arse and work for a solution that provides content for Australians at a fair price and with easy access? No. No money in that for these cunts.

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