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These are the news stories from our pre-wordpress days. It ain’t pretty.

TUNESDAY: B.M. Sharp – Imbroglio

I’ve raved about this guy before, and I’m here to do it again. This song is taken from a collection of music that Ben Sharp (AKA Cloudkicker) under the moniker B.M. Sharp accumulated over the course of a couple years. While his music as Cloudkicker tends to take on more of an essence of Meshuggah type riffage, this side of him tends to take on a more ambient oriented approach, and is a very melodic and open ended album.

As usual with all of Ben’s music, it’s free to download and share to your heart’s content. Do yourself a favor, grab it up. All in all, 90 minutes worth of music that’s great for just getting lost in whatever you’re doing.

I’ve had several exchanges with this guy, and he never fails to impress me with his demeanor and his outlook on being an artist.

Here’s an interview with the guy here, and here’s a blog post of his giving a bit of his opinion about choosing music as a career by way of a couple of examples from bigger names.
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The undercity

As an urban historian & photographer, I try to peel back the layers of a city to see what’s underneath. From the tops of bridges to the depths of sewer tunnels, these explorations of the urban environment help me puzzle together the interconnected, multi-dimensional history and complexity of the great metropolises of the world.

Usual undercity stuff, but also has vids and excellent ‘under NY’ series.

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Welll…obviously we have a rapist in Luna Park

A man has allegedly indecently assaulted two teenage boys at Sydney’s Luna Park, and police fear he may have molested more children.

The 49-year-old man was arrested on New Year’s Eve and charged over the alleged indecent assault of a 14-year-old boy in the fun park on December 28.

He was also charged with assaulting a 13-year-old boy in Luna Park on December 5.

Apologies for the title/accompanying image in advance.

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Badass Lego guns. The book.

Badass LEGO Guns shows you how to build five impressive weapons entirely from LEGO Technic parts. With the help of rubber bands, some sanding, and a touch of Krazy Glue, you’ll build five complex and functional guns that shoot plastic LEGO bricks or rubber bands at high speed with surprising accuracy. The easy-to-follow building instructions include complete parts lists, assembly tips, and a discussion of general design principles.

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Just like a real Jedi

You can buy lightsabers and pretend to be a Jedi.

Or you can be a real Jedi and make one from scratch on your own like a BOSS.

The following build took place between November 1, 2010 and December 24, 2010. Normally this kind of thing takes me about 3 or 4 months, this one took two, as I was under a deadline for Christmas.

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Westpac, your money is not safe with them

Yes yes, I know I have complained about this asshole bank before and I am in the process of changing banks already. But I just have to share this story of incompetence that I have just been dealing with thanks to Westpac’s “fraud protection”. You see, I have had all the money in my account stolen over new years.

These days banks like Westpac claim to be hard on fraud and scams. They have proven this to me in the past because about 12 months ago I ended up stranded in the middle of the city with no way to get home. The ATM that I had attempted to use to get some money out had swallowed my card without saying why.

Eventually I got the story from Westpac. My card was skimmed in a McDonalds and it was being used illegally. Yay, it would have been nice to be told that before I was stranded. Westpac apologized and refunded some fees. And that was the end of it.

Or so I thought.

December 31st. I go and make some purchase at coles. My card is declined. All my money is gone.

I ring Westpac.

“Where be my money”
“I don’t know. I dunno until Jan 4th. Call back then”

So I wait. Thankfully my sister lends me some dosh. So I can eat.

I called them back today and this is what happened.

Those same scammers who got me 12 months ago? They are back and for some reason Westpac has allowed them to take all of the money from my account ($500 I am poor) using the old card number which was CANCELED 12 months ago.

So there you have it. Westpac’s fraud protection is a fucking joke. You can get scammed on cards that have been cancelled for 12 months!! And I am still waiting for my money to be returned.
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Parents buy a darwin award for christmas

A 10-year-old US boy was being held in custody on Monday for allegedly shooting and killing his mother with a rifle he received as a Christmas present.

Deborah McVay, 46, was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head at her home in Big Prairie, Ohio on Sunday night, according to a statement from the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.

McVay’s mother and the 10-year-old’s grandmother, Beulah Mae Mike, said the .22 calibre rifle allegedly used in the shooting had been a Christmas present to the boy.

I wonder, you see lots of people thing guns are a grand idea for protection against robbers and rapists. So why are there not more stories about people protecting themselves against such things? Why is it that we only hear about idiots shooting each other? Media bias?

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Australian retailers can't hack competition

Big retailers pushing for an overhaul of tax rules that allow foreign websites to sell products to Australians GST-free have come under fire, with claims the bid is driven by self-interested market dominators pretending to be David rather than Goliath.

A campaign backed by Myer, David Jones, Harvey Norman, Target, House, Borders, Angus & Robertson and a number of others began today with the placement of full-page advertisements in some of the nation’s newspapers.
The ads call on the government to either scrap the GST for locally sold goods priced at less than $1000 or apply the same impost to goods bought from foreign sites.

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Stoopid immigrant is stoopid

A MUSLIM girl caught between her religion, her parents and wanting to be a typical Aussie teenager is at the centre of an apprehended violence order against her father after he found she had a boyfriend. Police were called to the family home after the man threatened to kill himself and the 14-year-old girl when he discovered the boy in a room of their home, Parramatta Bail Court heard yesterday.
The man, who cannot be named, allegedly told police the relationship was disrespectful to Muslim culture and brought shame on his family in the Afghan community.
The court heard he tried to detain the boy in the early hours of New Year’s Day at the house in Blacktown.
The family called police because they were scared the father would kill the boy.
After police arrived, the man became enraged because they would not arrest the boy, who had been invited into the house by his daughter.

Kids these days

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Karma?

BRITISH actor Hugh Grant found himself in an awkward situation when he was forced to accept help from a former tabloid journalist who previously targeted the star in a series of exposes.

The Guardian reported the Notting Hill romantic hero was caught out after his £140,000 ($216,000) Ferrari broke down on a busy highway in Kent, south-eastern England, last week.
By coincidence, the first person to arrive on scene with help was Paul McMullan, the ex-deputy features editor of British tabloid the News of the World.

Can’t spell carma.

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GEEK: DIY LED mod for your cars map light

needed to replace the map light lamp in my car this afternoon and I thought I would go for LED replacement bulbs.
The original incandescent bulb’s orange glow looks dingy anyway and the last few times I needed to see by way of the map light it seemed rather dim.
I figured the local auto parts store would be teeming with LED’s as it seems all of the futuristic cars nowadays are jamb packed with the things.
This, however, turned out not to be the case. According to the worker at the parts shop, LED’s are “high performance” parts and as such, must be custom ordered.
I was also told that “the internet has them”.
Neat. Too bad “the internet” thinks LED replacement bulbs are more valuable than McDonald’s orange juice.

Slow news day? Fuck around with some LED’s….

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Romania officially allows witchcraft

Romania has changed its labour laws to officially recognise witchcraft as a profession, prompting one self-described witch to threaten retaliation.

The move is part of the government’s drive to crack down on widespread tax evasion in a country that is in recession.

In addition to witches, astrologers, embalmers, valets and driving instructors are now considered by labour law to be working real jobs, making it harder for them to avoid income tax.

For months the measure had been debated, protested by witches and mocked by the media.

A witch called Bratara has told Realitate.net, the website of a top TV station, that she plans to cast a spell using black pepper and yeast to create discord in the government.

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Rain drops the roof on movie goers

Dozens of moviegoers have been injured after the roof of a cinema complex in central western NSW collapsed, police say.

Heavy rains caused the false ceiling at The Metro Cinema in Piper Street at Bathurst to break at 12.45pm (AEDT) today, a spokesman from the State Emergency Service said.

“(The) heavy rain and hail may have been a contributing factor to the internal roof collapsing,” he said.

There were 50 people inside the cinema at the time, with “one near-miss” as a patron narrowly avoided being hit by a large piece of air-conditioning duct that fell to the ground.

*insert argument for pirating movies here*

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The Banshees Record First Album

With the proper skills and hardware, most Recording Studio software programs can deliver a professional-quality finished product. That remains true for Garage Band, too. However, with its streamlined interface, simplified tools and fea… Oh, different sort of Garage Band.

The Banshees, not to be confused with “Siouxsie and” are an up and coming outfit from Sydney. Chunky guitar riffs reminiscent of early Seattle sound – think Mother Love Bone or Mudhoney with the occasional nod to surf rock inpired melodies. Oh yeah, and they seem to have forgotten the words.

because i am a baller and recorded an album over xmas with another guy and I think it is good for zgeek to support zgeeker music.

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WWII Resistance Fighter Tops French Bestseller List With Political Essay

Proving that age is no boundary to publishing success, the French book world has been taken by storm by a surprise Christmas bestseller: a political call to arms by Stéphane Hessel, 93.

The unlikely publishing sensation is a former resistance hero whose 30-page essay, Indignez-vous!, calls on readers to get angry about the state of modern society. […]

Hessel’s book argues that French people should re-embrace the values of the French resistance, which have been lost, which was driven by indignation, and French people need to get outraged again. “This is an appeal to citizens, young and old, to take responsibility for the things in our society that don’t work,” he said. “I wish every one of you to find your own reason for indignation. It’s precious.” Hessel’s reasons for personal outrage include the growing gap between the very rich and the very poor, France’s shocking treatment of its illegal immigrants, the need to re-establish a free press, protecting the environment, the plight of Palestinians and the importance of protecting the French welfare system. He calls for peaceful and non-violent insurrection.

I can’t find an English translation, but it sounds interesting.

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What are your boobies doing right now?

Hi All,

What are your boobies doing right now? Sitting under a shirt not doing much?

Well THAT IS NOT GOOD.

Just a reminder that our 2010 booby competition is running until the end of January. The competition is open to everyone. Male or Female and you don’t even have to take them out to enter. Just make some awesome boobage. Like clevage, sideboob, bikini, tight t-shirt.. fuck now I need to have a wank.

So get them out and enter here or pop me a private message if you want to enter anonymously. We have a $390 flight voucher for the winner and some other prizes for runners up. BOOOOOOBIESSSS
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