Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I suspect that humans are the only species to dress their own young as the young of predatory species.


  1. I believe this tradition relates to the gogs period, where baby bears were skinned to provide an insulatory layer for the little screaming gogs.

    Canadian's still follow the more traditional gog approach when it comes to murdering, I'm sorry, culling young seals with clubs.

  2. Please tell me that outfit was a gift and not something you purchased yourselves

  3. Shippy - Who were probably screaming because mumma bear was coming to claim back the hides of her young.

    Kath - I think we've actually managed to escape spending any money on any possessions for the child! But, that said, everything does have ears on it.

  4. that funky finds shop near the market (though I think it has closed?) used to do a good line in hats with antannae too

    sooooo cute

  5. I think it's going against the spirit of "single sentence september" to add a picture. After all, they are worth 1000 words. Even though in this case that just consists of the non-word "awwwww" repeated 1000 times.

  6. 3rd Cat - I think a funky costume shop still lives on, but thank you for the insight into the future headgear needs of my own son.

    Dan - Good thing you don't make the rules. Ya-ha!

  7. A picture makes a thousand words, but there isn't a full stop anywhere.

  8. He was so leeetle in that picture! But hey, he's so much cuter now,even though every recent picture captures viscous, glucose-like drool dangling from his lip...

  9. Ha Ha. Humans are the only species to dress their young at all.
    He's gorgeous.

  10. Nice one River.

    Human's the only one's that don't migrate or live in places acceptable to their butt nakedness.

  11. Shippy - Unless you count the little button nose!

    Mele - I'm considering a post on the various industrial applications of CSDF Drool.

    River - I KNOW!!! THANK YOU!!

    Shippy - Not unless you count my house.


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32