Archive for November 14th, 2008

Friday Funnies: It boosts the entertainment, not the news

I’ve been looking around on YouTube lately finding various former station and news IDs from Canberra television stations as I intend on bring them to you over the coming weeks, and while I was looking around I found this rather amusing clip from ABC TV’s Media Watch from 1999 which reminded me of a rather amusing column that Rod Quinn wrote for The Chronicle about Seven’s amusing changes to their news service in that year. I don’t remember the exact quote, but it was something along the lines of “They’ve had one presenter, two presenters, people standing, people sitting, people standing again, one presenter, more sitting, back to two presenters and standing…and they still can’t beat Nine. It’s no wonder, with gimmicks like these”.

I think I still have that column at home somewhere, I’ll have to dig it out and share it with you at some stage.

In the meantime, enjoy Channels Seven and Nine battling over the definition of the word “leading”, trying to work out who “knows news”, and Ann Sanders using the word of the week, which probably summarises their whole failed experiment.

Yes, that word was “shonky”…and I can’t help but wonder why, with Ross Symonds just off camera, she didn’t cross to him on the large television? Surely it would have saved the arduous lengthy walk from the other side of the room…just stand next to the television and chat with Ross through it!

If you have a joke or a funny video that you’d like to see here on a Friday, send an email to and it might just appear in the coming weeks.


November 14th, 2008 at 06:05am

Odds And Ends

Because I just won’t get to them otherwise…

New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees solves the problem of incompetent ministers. Just sack them all and have a one man show.

Gmail Chat was always an effort to save the Google Talk client, and now finally the two can be considered equal: Gmail Chat has audio and video capabilities.

Got a spare $USD130 billion to give away each year? Good, because Barack Obama’s health plans could cost that much. And to think that political parties in this country bother to cost their promises before the election.

Using an “unsupported web browser” (or even an ever-so-slightly customised version of a supported web browser)? If so, Microsoft have introduced random bugs in to Hotmail for your convenience. That said, if you use Hotmail, you kind of deserve what you get.

Got a problem and the media won’t ignore it, but don’t feel like launching another inquiry? Kevin Rudd has the answer…declare war on it!


November 14th, 2008 at 02:50am


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