Saturday, January 26, 2008

It is always pleasant to gallavant with Polish mates like Christopher and Lidka or Slavek, Izy & Basha on Friday - the pirozky nights. To boot, watching the the fireworks with Greek friends like Vicki, Nicki, George Krys, Jules and my better half when even 3 am the night is still young on Australia Day weekends ;-) Like Poe we appear to have Indulged in a drink, perhaps, as in the past, to treat what he called a long weekend attack ; This website provided light reading on Australia Day I Enjoy Reading this pepper and salt mosaic of what is good and bad or ugly about the land of opportunity

Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle As Certain as Death: Methods for fleshing out characters!
This website is a companion to The Buying of the President 2008. Like the book, this site explores the roles that money and special interests play in presidential politics.

But unlike the book, which will provide a behind-the-scenes examination of how big money influences the presidential election process, this site is a work in progress — a continually updated window into the 2008 race that’s also richly supplemented with details, insights, and revelations from previous campaigns and, where feasible, those who engineered them. In addition to details about the 2008 candidates and their political benefactors, for example, the site includes everything from a history of money in presidential politics to in-depth, on-the-record interviews with current and former presidential candidates, consultants and strategists, donors and fundraisers, and academics who have studied the intricacies of the political system. What’s more, the site offers the Center for Public Integrity’s complete body of work on presidential elections, most notably cover-to-cover, full-text-searchable copies of the three previous books in the Buying of the President series."

• My Crown Employee experiences remind me just how Amazingly reliably the lobby groups operate in Australia and Amerika ; Limits to reining in the lobbyists ; Indeed, THERE’S no such thing as changing the government without changing the... country Links of Bespacific links ; The Battle for Bennelong: The Adventures of Maxine McKew, Aged 50 Something Exit Right: The Unravelling of John Howard
• · I was thinking about the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, with regard to writing, reading, and life. (So I'm a bit of a nerd. This wouldn't surprise any of you by now.) Wikis, blogs and other collaborative web technologies could usher in a new era of science. Science 2.0: Great New Tool, or Great Risk?; As to how the Heisenberg Principle applies to life -- well, I'm still working that out ;
• · · Over 20 million people in the UK used search engines for accessing travel information in the first quarter of 2007, Google UK and comScore, a research firm, found in a study carried out on online consumer behaviour in the travel sector. Google, comScore track online consumer behaviour in UK travel sector ; A new survey from Carat, a media communications company, found that the Hollywood writers’ strike is not driving viewers away from TV but is affecting their viewing patterns, with 72 percent of respondents watching the same amount of prime-time TV than before the strike, 25 percent of people watching less and 3 percent watching more. Writers' Strike
• · · · One of the things a writer is supposed to do is to strip away the surface of our everyday selves and get underneath what's polished and pretty to the more essential stuff of life. The Dangers of Writing Fiction ; A moment with: Marjane Satrapi, writer, artist and film director of 'Persepolis' Marjane Satrapi