Feb 182012
 

I’d like to introduce you to Lee Ridley, known as “Lost Voice Guy”. Ridley is a stand-up comedian who has no voice. By his own description he lost it when he was very young and couldn’t find it anywhere, not even down the back of the couch. Ridley suffers Cerebral Palsy (he promises he’s not drunk no matter what you tell your children) and this is his debut stand-up comedy act using an iPad as his voice.

You will laugh, you’ll be inspired, you’ll want to know when you can buy the DVD. Continue reading »

Jul 252011
 

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.

- John Lennon

T.

Photo of rose from my garden

May 312011
 

Today’s Tip: Don’t Assault People

With all that’s going on in our society at the moment regarding Slutwalk, one policeman’s off the cuff remarks and discussion around who is to blame for domestic violence and sexual assault, I felt this was a very timely message. I saw it on Rick’s Tumblr and had to repost. We can all look at prevention from the victim’s perspective, but lets flip it around for a moment…

don't assault people

T.

May 202011
 

Not so long ago (or maybe it was a couple of years, good grief!) I saw an article about the Most Annoying Facebook Friends. When I read it, I laughed heartily at the annoying facebook friends and realised I know almost all of them. I even posted it on my facebook, stating I know all except The Rash. To which my friend Matt took it upon himself to ‘like’ and comment on everything on my wall. Just so I didn’t feel left out.

Recently I became aware of another annoying facebook friend and proceeded to have a silly conversation in a bad David Attenborough impersonation with Linzi who coined this annoying facebook friend’s new title: The Status-Bomber.

You know the ones. You have posted a status about something, it might be funny, it might be random, it might just be an update about your life, a little titbit of knowledge, anything and they have to take it over. They have to one-up you, prove how you’re wrong or somehow stupid for possibly considering that the world might be that way, or they hijack your status entirely for their own purpose.

*In a David Attenborough impersonation* The Status-Bomber, found natively lurking in social networking sites. No longer content with their own updates, they seek out others to hijack for their own agenda. We have just observed one in action - let’s see what happens… Continue reading »

May 182011
 

Go the F*ck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

One night after putting his 2 year old daughter, Vivien, to sleep, Adam Mansbach updated his facebook status that he was going to write a book called “Go the Fuck to Sleep”. Apparently the response was overwhelming so Adam set out to do just that. His book has gone viral and has made it onto the Amazon.com bestsellers list despite not actually being released yet and for the bargain price of $8.22 why wouldn’t you buy it?

Here are some excerpts from the book. Continue reading »

Feb 042011
 

It’s Friday. Thank God! I know a lot of people hate the phrase “thank God it’s Friday” because Friday comes every week, but this week it is a welcome blessing and I truly am thanking the Lord.

This week has been dreadful in so many ways. There has been a cyclone in Queensland. There still is, I should say. Overnight it hit the town where my stepdaughter lives, thankfully it did not hit hard and as far as I know they’re fine – I haven’t heard from them yet, but we spoke with them last night and I have a contact in the town who advises me it’s all been OK. Looking forward to hearing confirmation from them soon.

Closer to home (geographically, at any rate) there has been a heat wave in Sydney and I, for one, haven’t dealt with it amazingly well. I don’t do well in cold and I do even worse in heat, getting heat exhaustion at the drop of a hat. Luckily thanks to gatorade I haven’t gotten sick this week, but travelling on un-airconditioned trains has not been pleasant! Unfortunatley it has meant that although I have slept, I have slept with fevered dreams and today suspect I won’t make it to the end of the day without falling asleep at my desk. Add that to an already busy week with something on every night, and I’m exhausted.

This weekend I have every intention of doing nothing. If I’m really motivated, I might go see Black Swan in the super-cold-over-airconditioner movie theatre. Or I might join my cat in melting on the floor of the family room.

Unfortunately I don’t even have the energy to pen a good blog post, or anything more exciting than a complaintive missive. So, instead of having a total whinge I shall state that I am grateful. I am grateful that it’s the end of this week. I am grateful that there was no loss of life in Queensland, despite Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi being bigger than Hurricane Katrina. I am grateful that my family are OK. Most of all, I’m grateful that we are all still here, carrying on, able to be grateful. We are blessed.

And, in case you’re still not smiling, here’s a Lolcat.

T.

PS: I know it’s not a cat. Not all Lolcats are.

Jan 242011
 

Recently I watched the Montreal Comedy Festival (a repeat) on TV and it made me think about high school. In high school I used to love watching comedy festivals and then retelling the jokes to people at school who hadn’t seen it. I already knew I had a good memory for television (served me well whenever we studied a book in English that had a movie version), and this made me realise I was good at retelling jokes. I was actually funny! Or at least, my friends laughed.

So, for a while there, I decided I wanted to be a comedian. The down side of this particular occupational choice? I didn’t have any of my own material. I was very good at retelling other people’s jokes, but could I make up my own? Not a chance.

These days I resign myself to watching the festivals and not participating in them. My favourite comedians to watch are the ones who are a little bit weird in their humour, and let out fantastic one-liners. Some of my favourites (in no particular order) are Demetri Martin, Noel Fielding, Billy Connelly, David O’Doherty, Eddie Murphy, Dylan Moran and about a million more I have temporarily forgotten. If you have the time and the inclination, I would recommend looking them up.

I heard this lady say “I love kids.” That’s nice, a little weird though. It’s like saying “I like people, for a little while.” “How old are you? 14? Fuck off!” You can say “I love kids” as a general statement, that’s fine. It’s when you get specific that you get into trouble. “I love twelve-year olds.”

Jan 212011
 

Ok, so it’s actually more of a Friday Cute, not a Friday Funny, but I simply had to share these adorable pictures. I love animals of all kinds, including mice (so cute!) and especially big cats (my favourite is the Cheetah), so these pics made my day.

leopard with hungry mouse
leopard with hungry mouse
leopard with hungry mouse

PS: I’m aware it’s a leopard.

T.