Monthly Archives: April 2008
April 25th is one of the most significant days of the year in Australia. It marks the day that the Australia and New Zealand Army Corp (along with other armed forces of the British Empire) landed on the beaches of Gallipoli on the Turkish peninsula.
A long, bloody, pointless and quite frankly disastrous campaign ensued the ended with a retreat. It was, like all of World War One, an horrific and senseless waste of life. And yet it was certainly a turning point in the establishment of an individual identity for Australia and for modern Turkey. Interestingly, there is quite a bit of closeness between Australia, New Zealand and Turkey over the commemoration of Gallipoli with shared respect for the sacrifices made and bravery shown on both sides. I don’t know of any other major conflict where the opposing sides now identify so closely over the conflict.
Here’s a video I made to mark this year’s ANZAC Day.
For anyone who wants to know more, this link leads to the official Australian government site. Also, here’s a series of videos I made last year.
If I could say one thing to the guy I had to deal with on the bus it would be: “TAKE YOUR FUCKING MEDICATION!”
Douglas Adams knew the score.
I never got into this whole “Anonymous” is going to take down Scientology thing. I’ve always thought Scientology sucked – I did their “personality” test about 20 years ago and it was clear that they were evil, manipulative bastards. But I never really spent a lot of effort attacking them.
Until the fuckers decided to start advertising on YouTube. Just after I got partner status. Which means I get fucking Scientology ads next to my videos. Now *I* know the fact that an ad appears next to my video doesn’t mean I endorse that product. But I know there are some people stupid enough to make that assumption.
Luckily, I don’t give a shit about stupid people.
But I have to admit, seeing an ad for something as evil as Scientology next to my videos creeped me right out. Even I started to suspect I was endorsing Scientology. This would not stand. YouTube doesn’t actually give partners the ability to block certain advertising – they just serve up whatever they feel like. I don’t like feeling powerless. So I took action!
Just in case anyone thought I was gonna wuss out now I’m a partner.
Well, kind of. YouTube have decided to send out press releases about the launch of the Partner Program in Australia. They asked if I’d be OK with doing some media about the fact that I’m in the partner program and be a total attention whore I said “Sure!”
So I was actually mentioned in a few media outlets, was quoted in the Australian Gizmodo website and I might be doing some radio and TV interviews. Which actually gives me pause for thought. I just started a new job, I’m not sure I want them seeing what freaky things I do online.
This all coincides nicely with a video I did exploring the obsession some people have with being “famous”.
You know how some fundamentalist religious types think the Harry Potter books are encouraging devil worship? Well, they really wouldn’t like the playground i took my kids to on the weekend.
For those who don’t know, the “Angry Aussie” theme in this video (and others) was done for me by the most awesome muso on YouTube, the one and only NSG!
If you like it, you can download the full MP3 from: