A quick thought on free speech

by NFG - 1st May 2015 in Australia, Social Studies

From a recent ABC news article, this reply by Tim Wilson makes a very important point about free speech. Scott McIntyre was an SBS Journalist who some contentious tweets, on ANZAC Day, which I thought were a fairly reasonable (though […]

Australia, lol

by NFG - 18th April 2013 in Australia

While Australia fights over 25 or 100mbit internet, Japan casually starts rolling out 2gbit. #Australia #lol #cry This utter failure is all too common in the West, where the infrastructure players refuse to compete with each other, instead drawing lines […]

Giant Beetles Ahoy

by NFG - 23rd January 2013 in Photography

When I lived in Japan I was introduced to the local beetles, giant rhinoceros and stag beetles like we never, ever saw in Canada. They’re awesome, and I was delighted to find they existed in Australia. Every christmas they emerge […]


Just a quick photo for ya.

Grr, gnash whine complain

by NFG - 7th November 2006 in Personal

I have no internet at home. It’s been almost three weeks. First it takes a week for the useless Australian monopoly that is Telstra to actually TURN OFF the ADSL at my old place, then it takes a week to […]

Australia Rocks: Part 2

by NFG - 25th August 2006 in Australia

So, an update. (part one) I called Customs about the airsoft pistol they didn’t want me to have. They said I couldn’t import it without a permit, but in order to get a permit I needed to get a license, […]

Australia rocks.

by NFG - 25th August 2006 in Australia

I’ve been abused in the past for hating on Australia. I’d like to take this moment to write some positive words about this country. Specifically, I’d like to talk about Australia’s super-happy protective gun laws. Let’s start with the backstory. […]

Meanwhile, Back at the Hall of Brisbane…

by NFG - 2nd April 2006 in Australia

I went into Brisbane today, to the Queen Street Mall (it’s not, like, a MALL) and hung out for a few hours. It was pretty awesome. First I arrived late and missed my train into town, and since I was […]

A momentous evening.

by NFG - 14th January 2006 in Personal

It’s been an interesting night. First I found a microscopic baby gecko in the kitchen. After chasing him around for a while, I coerced him onto my hand. Then I had a nasty, nasty shock. Witness The Lurking Horror!! He’s […]

Plenty of changes around here.

by NFG - 6th January 2006 in Personal

Things are happening. Things are always happening, of course, but lately they’re happening a lot. First, the big news: I got paid for the book. More on that soon. With the money I’ve paid off most of my car loan, […]