Sunday, March 1, 2009

Built-in built-in obsolescence

How come you're not supposed to leave sun-screen in the sun?


GTH - Shippy. Well played, grash-hopper. Tell Captain Fucking Useless to make me proud.


  1. I think you'll find that Sunscreen will degradate when it gets warm. Yes, it gets warm when applied to your skin, however it does become absorbed to the skin and doesn't have long enough to degradate.

    But I'm guessing the blog was one of those things that was meant to make you think harder about things. Such as why do 24 hour shops have door locks? Why does Megan Gale date a radio C-grader? etc.

  2. degradate or degrade - me no sure of me english.

  3. Shippy-that would be degrade. Or possibly deteriorate. Either way, keep your sunscreen cool.
    Why do packets of sleeping pills have "may cause drowsiness" on them?
    Life is full of unanswered (trivial)questions.

  4. You crazy kids.
    Best non-sequitur wins the points.

    Why do nonsequiturs always end up cutting the conversation short?

  5. What the heck is a non-sequitur? Reaches for dictionary.....oh.

    GTH:-Glow worms in various stages of deterioration?
    That strange underwater fluorescence which makes coral reefs glow at night?
    Alien laser rays beaming down to earth in a massive take over bid?
    The normally invisible microwave rays that cook your food?
    Dead sunscreen particles on their way to heaven?
    Your turn shippy.....

  6. Ok my dear river, I shall attempt the somewhat ungettable.

    GTH: The Fringe is on, however it's a place where you're more than likely to see long haired hippies without fringes.

    Or, they're the led lights in the tube in one of your most recent beer gardens, where you were actually drinking wine.

    Oh, non-sequitur. Sorry about that.

    One of the nights out with Dell Sailor when you were about to take a photo of him in the beer garden when all of a sudden TOOS runs up, grabs your ankles and pulls you to the ground, where in the process your finger hits the button only to take a photo of the umbrella and roof above you, from which you later realise contains the unforgettable image of the green raybans that those pink lensed oakleys protected you from those many years ago.

  7. GTH: some radioactive LED party lights at a cocktail party where the only thing missing was the sunscreen, and the sun...

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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