Monthly Archives: April 2008

Mr Safety says: “Just Say NO to Crack!”

Crack is a terrible scourge in today’s society.  You might have thought a nice city from Melbourne wouldn’t have a problem with crack but as this video plainly shows, crack is a problem here.  This video was shot in the middle of the day in a crowded shopping mall.  The crack abuser was oblivious to the crowds.  That’s how bad crack abuse can be.

Thank god someone as prominent as Mr Safety has stepped forward to speak out against this scourge.

Where were the police?  That’s what I want to know!  Melbourne is the home of Fashion Week – the fashion police should have been on hand to tell this fool of a girl to pull her jeans the fuck up!

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Dealing with online bigotry

Here’s the final part of my little series on online bigotry.  In this video I talk about ways to deal with it when you’re on the receiving end of bigotry.

To me, the single most important thing to remember when you’re faced with these morons is that it’s all about you.  Don’t waste time worrying about changing the hateful attitude of bigots – you can’t change them and it isn’t worth the time and effort you’d waste trying.  Decide what works for you and go with that.

If you want to launch into them (like, ummmm… me) then go for it.  If you want to ignore them, then do that.  If you want to delete their comments and block them from making further comments that’s your right.  Don’t listen to any bullshit about “free speech” or how you have to “debate” with them if you disagree with them.

If you take the trouble to create a blog, a website, a forum, a YouTube channel, you have the right to define how that works.  If these worthless, hopeless, gutless losers don’t like what you do, they can fuck off and do something of their own.

I’m not in favour of developing “codes of conduct” or anything similar. I think they’re impossible to enforce in practice and more than a little lame conceptually.  If people don’t understand how to act like a decent human being then don’t waste your time on them.

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Mugabe demands vote recount in Zimbabwe

Did you hear the one about how Robert Mugabe is going to peacefully hand over power after losing an election?  No, neither did I…

Some reading for those who are interested:

Mugabe Party demands vote recount
A brief history of Robert Mugabe

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US invades Iran!

Sorry to anyone who thought that headline was real. Actually, it’s well known that the Bush Administration *is* actually making plans/excuses to attack Iran. Which would be fucking suicidal by the way.

But this isn’t actually about the real situation of Bush, Cheney and the rest of those insane bastards wanting to plunge the world into hell with their completely fucked plans about Iran.

It’s just some weird shit that was in my head. And I wanted to wear my new hat in a video.

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Bigotry online (part three)

I rambled so much when I was making my video about online bigotry that I filled up my memory card before I’d said everything I wanted to say.  So I shot some more on another day.  I even found another nice seaside location to shoot at.

In this part I talk about (among other things) my own first-hand experiences with racism when some stupid people seemed to think I was an Asian female.

There is one more part to this series of videos where I talk about strategies on how to deal with online bigotry.  Stay tuned.

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Happy Blog Birthday to me

Well, I’ve officially been a blogger for more than two years.  The fact that I didn’t do anything big to mark the actual day (which was about a week ago) is unfortunately a reminder that I have not been particularly focused on this blog of late.

The name of the blog, Angry 365 Days a Year, was a description of a challenge I set myself when I first started: write something angry at least once a day, every day, for a year.  I actually achieved this, partly by driving myself crazy a few times in my desperation to maintain my quota.  Once the first year was over I relaxed a little, promising myself that I wouldn’t get to worked up if I missed the occasional day.

Even so, for quite a while I was still averaging 25-30 posts a month.  The turning point was when I took time off work to organise the YouTube gathering in Melbourne last year.  I never realised how much I relied on the rhythm of a workday – 90% of my blog posts were written in my lunch hour. Without that pattern, I found it very hard to make the time to sit down and type a post.

Also, YouTube has been taking up more and more of my time.  For some reason I find it easier to make videos than it is to write blog posts, even though making the videos takes longer.  Thinking of the idea, shooting it, editing and rendering the video, then uploading it takes at least 2 or 3 hours.  And that’s not even factoring in the time I use up answering comments.

It took me almost 18 months to reach 1,000 subscribers on YouTube and in the last 6 months I’ve gone up to almost 4,000.  Along with this, the number of comments on each video has gone up gradually from a handful to at least 100 for each video, often more than 200.  So given my obsessive need to answer comments, most days I’m answering well over 100 comments (as I still get a lot of comments on old videos.)

One of the reasons YouTube has become more appealing for me than the blog is there is much more instant gratification on YouTube.  It is much easier to find an audience on YouTube than it is on an individual blog as YouTube aggregates the videos in a way blog hosts don’t.    On the other hand, achieving success with a blog post feels more satisfying as you have to do it yourself.

And while there are more people watching YouTube than there are reading blogs, I shouldn’t underestimate the power of a popular blog post.  After all the closest I’ve come to a “big break” has come via this blog.  My infamous “alli diet pills make you shit oil” post was noticed by someone from one of the American broadcast networks and I was almost interviewed for one of their feature programs.  I’m still kind of bitter that didn’t go through but that’s the way things go sometimes in this big, tough world.

Well, I’m about to start a new contract.  The last one was pretty stressful and I never regained the rhythm of writing in my lunch break – I essentially had to get the fuck out of the building for an hour each day.  Maybe this one will be a bit more balanced and I’ll get back to writing regularly.

Anyway, to round off, I want to thank everyone for their support (for however long you’ve been with me).  Particular thanks to the die-hards who’ve been reading almost from the start, like Sandra with whom I pretty much share a blog birthday.  It’s been quite an adventure and I’m not about to stop now!

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Angry April Fool’s Day prank

It’s April Fool’s Day so I figured it might be expected to do a prank.  So here goes:

For anyone who has to ask:  Yes, this is totally for real and my neighbour is now dead.

The music used in the video is “Badman” by NSG from his debut album “Working Class Superstar”.  He’s a legend, check him out.

And for those who are interested, here’s the previous prank involving the same neighbour and Mr Safety.  Note that I’m not totally heartless, this prank is more on Mr Safety than on the neighbour.

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