August 14th, 2008


Art That Scares You Auction Goes Live

Ever read a short story by Paul Haines? Chances are that afterwards you needed a strong drink, strong cup of coffee, or a long shower. Paul is well known in the Australian speculative fiction community for writing the creepy stuff, the scary shit, the story that makes you go 'whoa' or 'aargh' or 'ewwwwww.' And we love him for it, because he does it so damn well.

Right now, Paul and his family are dealing with some scary shit of their own. After being diagnosed with bowel cancer, having sections of his bowel removed and enduring six months worth of chemotherapy, he has recently discovered he has spots on his liver. Paul has met this news by reloading his guns and is going to fight it with two other forms of chemotherapy for cancers like his, combined with a monoclonal antibody called Avastin. Avastin, however is not part of Medicare or the private health system's funding at this stage. It costs $20,000 to do it.

The ART THAT SCARES YOU auction is now live at artscaresyou until 9pm AEST, 28 August 2008. We are accepting donations and pledges of art, books and auctionable goodies right up until the last day. Some auctions are ending early, so come check us out now!

How to Bid
How to Donate

The Paul Haines fundraising tally recently hit the $16,000 mark which is fantastic, but we're not there yet. If we should overshoot this target before the end of the ART THAT SCARES YOU auction, any extraneous donated funds will also be passed directly on to Paul and his family to help with the other costs they need to cover right now.

Email with any queries about the auction.

In the meantime, if you'd like to make a general donation via paypal click here:


The pill can make women pick Mr Wrong

Today's headline comes via my mum:

Contraceptive pills taken by tens of millions of women around the world can disrupt the innate ability to sniff out a genetically compatible partner, a study released today has found.

Normally women are instinctively attracted, via their sense of smell, to men who have a dissimilar genetic makeup.

Overly similar gene profiles can result in difficulty trying to conceive a child, an increased risk of miscarriage and a weaker immune system, earlier research has shown.

hmmmm... I wasn't on the pill when I first met the ex but then I hopped on it soon after. And come to think of it ... that *is* about when the crazy started! Just another thing to chalk up to that evil stuff.


One bronze medal for Jessicah Schipper and one silvr one for Eamon Sullivan. And one silver for Brenton Rickard.

So Ruddy, when ya gonna increase spending back into sports then?

Course we'll see what the drugs tests throw out there first, eh?

It's not like it's a HUGE Olympic record, or anything ...

AFTER moving the swimming finals to suit its advertisers, US television giant NBC didn't show Michael Phelps' historic swim live yesterday.
The juggeranut network haggled with Olympic authorities and other networks around the world for several years to have the swimming finals moved to the mornings to cater for the US prime time television audience.

At one stage, NBC threatened to withdraw their nine figure rights deal if the finals were not switched to mornings.

Swimming bodies complained about the change because of the way it would affect the swimmers' preparation. They were forced to re-arrange all lead up swimming events to ensure swimmers were well prepared for the dramatic change.

But we can reveal today that Michael Phelps' and other major swimming finals have not been telecast live into the US even though the events have started in prime time in the US.

When Phelps swam for his tenth Olympic gold medal yesterday, Los Angeles NBC was screening entertainment program, Access Hollywood.

The network then crossed to a live news bulletin when the news presenter promoted Phelps' swim by saying: "Will Michael Phelps make Olympic history?" The US star had swum - and won - the race half an hour before the news bulletin was aired.

Swimming finals are traditionally held in the evening at all major swimming events.,27313,24177810-5016813,00.html

Adventures in the Stationary Department

My foolscap v A4 adventures continue. I realised Officeworks was clearly where I needed to be in order to sort out my A4 cabinet. And so I popped over there tonight after work.

Guess what? Pretty much the only suspension files they make today are in Foolscap size. And only KMart sell A4 cabinets. I really do lack patience in life, don't I? Anyway. Officeworks sell one kind of A4 file but only by the 20 pack and wayyyyyyyy more expensive than even 50 Foolscap. I feel like the Stationary Gpds are laughing and taunting me. Somewhere I have clearly thrown away a pen that wasn't quite finished yet. Or started using a new pad because I liked the colour better than the one I was only halfway through using.

I did a quick check on whether it was better for me to return the filing cabinet and buy a foolscap sized one from Officeworks but no, it's not. Its still better value to pay more for the freaking files. Which I did. And I also bought a whole heap of other pretty officetype requirementy things. Lalalalala. I like stationary. What of it?

Anyway. Got halfway through setting my office up tonight. Well, that's an exaggeration. I probably did 5% and have realised how bad my filing system is! More tomorrow I suppose.

Bed now.