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Xbox One - ya blew it...

Added on by Tom Cramond.

There have been no shortage of people basing Microsoft's new console  the Xbox One over the past two weeks since its announcement, and I for the most part have defended it. But today's announcement of the restrictions placed on the next generation console are just plain ridiculous. 

Have a look at the infographic below - the 360 has been my console of choice, but I'm seriously unimpressed by its follow up. Disgusting.



Welcome to Guardian Australia

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UK Newspaper The Guardian has just launched an Australian focused digital edition, available right now:

When the Manchester Guardian launched on 5 May 1821, it had 1,000 readers, was published weekly and ran to just four pages. Today the Guardian has more than 40 million readers worldwide, most of them outside Britain, and is the third most-read English-language newspaper website in the world. Already more than a million of those readers are in Australia. 
Guardian Australia is digital. This gives us enormous freedom to deliver, discover and discuss stories in new ways. And because we are open, with no paywall, we are able to put the reader at the heart of what we do; we are open to suggestion, correction, clarification, engagement and debate.

A long time favourite of mine, and a well respected force of journalism - I can't wait to see how this turns out! 


The Goodes Incident

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A great piece from Alex Walters on The Yarn on the racial abuse at last nights football match:

 The image of Goodes pointing out the offender will remain in our game for all time. It is to be hoped that instead of coming to symbolise division, cynicism and ignorance the image becomes a catalyst for an enduring recognition of the diversity and strength that indigenous players bring to the game

The way that Adam Goodes has handled this incident is nothing short of extraordinary.

The One-Person Product

Added on by Tom Cramond.

I'm a little late to the party on this one, but Marco Armet's inside look in to the acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo is a great read: 

Anyone who knows David can tell, very clearly, that he wrote every word of his announcement post. Not only did Yahoo let him end it like that, but the subhead on their official press release shows that Tumblr and Yahoo are seeing eye-to-eye on quite a lot already. In many ways, this feels more like a merger than an acquisition. This is clearly what David believes is best for his product. On such big decisions, he hasn’t been wrong yet. This time, though, I don’t have any doubts.

Marco was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Tumblr and his unique perspective on the company and it's founder is second to none.

Dear Gina

Added on by Tom Cramond.

A new tumblr offering 'sage wisdom and practical advice from everyone's favourite richest-woman-in-the-world'

Dear Gina,
I’ve recently come into some money and want to use it in a way that is of the most benefit to society, as I feel that the staggering social inequality in this country is the unjust result of an evil system perpetuated by the basest elements of human nature. Do you recommend donating to an existing charity or establishing a benefit or institution of my own?
Dear Blake
Please write in English next time.

Very funny.

All I could do was run

Added on by Tom Cramond.

Filmaker and foreign correspondant Olly Lambert on the emotional toil his latest work camped in with the Syrian Rebels has taken on him:

I felt a terrible expression contort my face: I was pulling back my lower jaw and cheeks, my top teeth were bared, and my eyes were wide. I was still filming, but was aware that my face had contorted into a look of horror. The weirdest part was that I was relieved to be horrified, to be human among all this inhumanity, and not just some robot with a video camera.

 I really do urge you to take the time and read this extraordinary piece of writing about what could only be described as hell on Earth.

In addition, PBS has posted about 30 minutes of footage from his upcoming PBS/ BBC documentary. 


Watch this.

Marriage, define it

Added on by Tom Cramond.

The Stock Market vs. the Labor Market

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Carn the Yarn

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The Curse of Australia's silent pervasive racism

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 Waleed Aly writing in The Age on Australia's very real problem of silent racism:

Our real problem is the subterranean racism that goes largely unremarked upon and that we seem unable even to detect. Like the racism revealed by an Australian National University study, which found you're significantly less likely to get a job interview if you have a non-European name. The researchers sent fake CVs in response to job advertisements, changing only the name of the applicant. It turns out that if you're surname is Chinese, you have to apply for 68 per cent more jobs to get the same number of interviews as a Anglo-Australian. If you're Middle Eastern, it's 64 per cent. If you're indigenous, 35 per cent.

A good movie is never long enough

Added on by Tom Cramond.

When I read the news of Roger Ebert passing this morning I immediately thought of one of my favorite writers, Andy Ihnatko:

For years, I resisted the thought of writing down a few notes and organizing what I would say when this day came. I think having such a draft on my Mac would have acknowledged that someday, Roger would be going away.

Ebert was a writer before my time and on the other side of the world, yet so many of my favorite writers held him in such love and appreciation. So despite never having a personal connection of note I cannot help but a great sense of loss at his death.

Last week I read his final column for the Chicago Sun Times in which he announced he stepping back from his reviewing for the foreseeable future:

At this point in my life, in addition to writing about movies, I may write about what it's like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you. It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness.

Ebert finished that article with a passage that may echo with his legend for generations to come:

So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies.

Thank you for a life well lived, RIP.