Monday, March 30, 2009

Believe what we tell you

Mike Hickinbotham
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 3:54:14 PM


Sorry to disappoint, but no one is getting fired and my update to yesterday's post addresses your comment about 'where the story diverges'.

Checkout the link here: http://tinyurl.com/c28l96

Mike Hickinbotham
Telstra Social Media Senior Advisor

Spin spine spineless

Leslie is subject to disciplinary action not because he Twittered as the Fake Stephen Conroy, but because of his ongoing unauthorised public statements about Telstra, including abusive comments towards a colleague.

Telstra, better than Canadian Mounties. They always get there man. Anyway they can.

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Thomasr's Twittering gets him in Mainstream Media

the-age-30-3, originally uploaded by thomasrdotorg.

Wait, yr doing it backwards!

Thanks to Suzanne Carbone for having the vision to include a few paras about me at the F1 GP tweeting like an OCD sufferer (without the suffering bit!)

No... where are those offers of Social Media work? HUH?

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Epic Fail at Albert Park.

The following is the full presser from the Aus Raving cars race held earlier at Albert Park. What a screw up. 

28 March 2009

A communication issue has left half the Aussie Racing Cars on the form-up grid and out of race 2 today at the 2009 Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix.

Confusion reigned after the event as to the exact chain of events that led to only 17 cars starting the race while 15 were left behind with officials refusing them access to the track.

The issues are expected to be resolved in the next few hours but it is expected that the race will be designated as a non-event from a round and series points perspective.

What is not in dispute is the action that those 17 cars provided on-track as a reverse-top-nine format was implemented to beef up the action for the fans.

Maurice Masini was set to start from pole position with Tyler Owen next to him and Adam Gowans and Peter Carr on the second row.

As the field entered turn three for the first time a melee erupted after Peter Carr connected with the rear of Gowans Toyota Aurion, this set off a series of spinning cars as the field went in all directions to avoid the carnage.

Clews was an innocent victim but soon recovered to start picking off the competitors ahead.

Race 1 winner, Richie Rapa was a benefactor of the carnage as he drove through the gap and into the top three and proceeded to move into the lead early in the race.

"I knew that the guys would be pretty toey out there with the reverse-top-nine so I just held back in the first few corners," Rapa said.

"We had a good clear run and I was really happy with how the car was going."

Allan Simonsen forged his way to second place and began a race-long battle with Clews and Masini for a podium position.

"Obviously he (Clews) was coming pretty quick and I tried to drive defensively," Simonsen said.

"I thought I was pushing it as hard as I can but obviously not, it was a great race.

"You can't compare them at all really, I just jumped in for the first time on Thursday for practice and have not spent any time setting it up.

"The cars are easy to drive and great fun and you can really chuck them around on the track," he said.

The three exchanged places many timed before Clews was able to break a gap on the last lap and Simonsen was able to overcome Masini in the drag to the finish line.

David Lawrence threatened the top four but didn't quite have the speed to make the top three.

Many of the Masters Cup drivers didn't get to race but the three that did were Darren Chamberlin, Glenn McNamara and Shane Sullivan.

"There was no point pushing hard because I knew the others were not out there and it didn't seem to make sense to risk my car for effectively nothing," Chamberlin said.

The drivers that missed the race were:

Phi Ward, Kevin Smith, Garrett Halder, Dan Evans, Taz Douglas, Shane Wolki, Brendon Tucker, Rob Thomson, Darrin Masini, Michael Hovey, Tony South, Ruth Bowler, Adam Johns, Sheridan Phillips, and Grant Ludbey.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Peter Wherrett dead at 72...

Lovely tribute from, Car Advice's Anthony Crawford to Peter Wherrett- one of the people I idolised when I was a youngster.

What made Torque such compulsory viewing was Peter’s utterly candid approach to what he thought of a car. He wasn’t afraid to call a lemon a lemon. On the other hand, he was always quick to point out improvements by a manufacturer.

It was this kind of straight talking that made Peter Wherrett a household name in Australia, and gave the program the high level of credibility it thoroughly deserved.

Peter Wherrett, world’s first TV motoring presenter, dies at 72. » Australian Car Advice | News Blog
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Google maps bogged down in... mud.

Ooops. The Google street view car (an Astra I believe) got itself into all sort of of bother.

[Image Google]

Thank you Nissan Patrol!

Hat Tip: Google Street View: Google Street View Car Stuck In Mud Down Under

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He went to to the danger zone

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mick Doohan thinks World Superbike is shit

Last night at the Premiere of "Love The Beast" I had occasion to chat with former 500cc Champion Mick Doohan.

POst chat about things film related, I moved on to chat about MotoGP this season and we wandered into a MotoGp v WSBK discussion and then the sparks started flying. I dared to suggest that that WSBK- with its field of 35, close racing and keen fans might eclipse MotoGP as a spectacle in 2009.To say Mick was NOT convinved would be an understatement.

Here's how I saw the discussion:

Me: The fans want to see close racing, big fields and skill playing an important role (over say, traction control). MotoGP might struggle as there are just 18 bikes on the grid this year to get the fans fired up.

Mick: MotoGP is the pinnacle of the sport. World Superbike is not. Therefore MotoGP is better without even referring to field numbers, fan interest and closeness of competition.

Listen to the discussion here.

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Love The Beast podcast interview with Eric Bana » Australian Car Advice | News Blog

New podcast has gone live at CarAdvice.com.au Click here to check it out!

Love The Beast podcast interview with Eric Bana » Australian Car Advice | News Blog: "CarAdvice was invited to the red carpet premiere last night at Crown Casino’s Village cinemas of Eric Bana’s documentary on his ‘74 XB Falcon Love The Beast that stars Eric, Jeremy Clarkson, Jay Leno and Dr Phil McGraw."

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Some of my favourite things

The following is an amazing Japanese gameshow- I want to host, be a part of or just watch an Australian version. It's insanely brilliant.

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Saturday, March 07, 2009

The Live Lounge - a live music compilation [torrent]

In the late 90s I was at Monash Uni, arsing my way through an Arts degree.

While there I was on the committee (and later chair of) Radio 3MU- Monash Uni's student radio. Back then we were on 95.7FM.

While chair, I proposed and built a ''proper'' recording studio. To get the studio going, and to train students, we debuted a show called ''The Live Lounge''. Every week we had a band play live.

I've just created a Torrent of the first (and ONLY) CD we produced from those sessions. In time I will torrent up the other (latter) performances.

Here's what we got:

  1. Southcity- ''Celeb Meyer''
  2. Pornland- ''Wacca Wacca Disco''
  3. Couch Grinder- ''Visit''
  4. Matt Handley- ''Brittle Then Broken''
  5. CW Stoneking & The Bluetits - ''Beedle Um Bum''
  6. Loin Groin- ''Big Balls''
  7. Shonytonk- ''Shonkytonkin'''
  8. Davey Lane- ''I Know''
  9. Vent- ''Insomnicide''
  10. Symbiosis ''Seein' You''
  11. The Surrogate- ''Noosa''
  12. No Idea ''Just Another Song''
  13. Secret track/compilation.
[132Mb 320kbs VBR MP3]


To download the full version visit vuze.com

Check out for the torrent page.

Or this direct torrent link if you wish

Please download AND SEED!

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Stupid Things That My Father Did

What will my kids make of this life? I have maybe 30 photos between 0-4. Harry has as many videos in his first 7 months. Will he recklessly delete it all or become an archiver?


Harry and VH
Originally uploaded by thomasrdotorg
...when I was too young to understand.

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Wardrobe malfunction in Paris:
Emma Thompson to the rescue :: rogerebert.com :: News & comment

I also love that all the film clips for the foreign language noms inevitably have characters saying "fuck" or "fucking" a lot. And that the show's host said to Penn, about "Milk," in English, "And by the way, you were fucking great in that movie." And everybody in the theatre, including the (female) Minister of Culture applauded in agreement.

People love to bag the French, but I'd rather the cool, sophisticated style of the French over the uptight, conservative idiotic mumblings of most of the English speaking world.
Wardrobe malfunction in Paris; Emma Thompson to the rescue :: rogerebert.com ::
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