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Well, partially; there is still the matter of Australia’s World Cup match against South Africa to deal with (the Efricans are chasing 378; currently 0/79 after just 11 overs). Apart from that, this thread is as open as can be.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/24/2007 at 02:36 PM
    1. Here’s a love story to warm our hearts.  We’ve all been brought a little bit closer together by this happy union.

      True love

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 03 24 at 02:44 PM • permalink


    1. Anyone know where I can find a live broadcast?  (4.50am) SA-0/93, 12th over.

      Posted by JAFA on 2007 03 24 at 02:46 PM • permalink


    1. The Yarpies will win with 5 overs to spare. Or more.

      Truth is, we’d have lost even if we got 500. Our bowling has declined to a shocking degree.

      Posted by Scott W on 2007 03 24 at 02:48 PM • permalink


    1. #2 Fox Sports 3 live now.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 03 24 at 03:21 PM • permalink


    1. Its on the ABC radio.  Only reason why I let them take my 8c a day.

      Posted by Fleety on 2007 03 24 at 03:25 PM • permalink


    1. A cricket thread and an open thread combined.  Does it get any better than that.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 03 24 at 03:30 PM • permalink


    1. Is the losing coach getting killed?

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 03 24 at 03:33 PM • permalink


    1. Fleety, which one ? Not on local ABC radio, Sydney.

      Posted by JAFA on 2007 03 24 at 03:35 PM • permalink


    1. #6. A cricket thread and an open thread combined.  Does it get any better than that.

      Well, yeah. Wronwright and paco could do the color commentary, Texas Bob could get kicked out for getting frisky with the pit lane girls and Margo could demonstrate her hover car.

      Posted by GaryS on 2007 03 24 at 03:44 PM • permalink


    1. Awww.  Tasmanian “rookie” Marcos Ambrose just got crashed in his #59 Kingsford Matchlight Ford Fusion at the Bristol (Tennessee, USA) Motor Speedway Busch Grand National Sharpie-Mini 300.  (phew)

      Looks like they’ll get him going again.

      Posted by reese on 2007 03 24 at 04:05 PM • permalink


    1. Sister of Dying Man Refuses to Donate Bone Marrow to Save His Life

      Without the donation, Pretty could be dead by the end of the year. He would leave behind his wife Jacqueline and his children: Rebecca, 8, Jack, 6, and Benjamin, 3.

      Article says these two never got along. Well no shit.

      I’m no forensic expert, but how long would the bone marrow be usable, after the ‘accidental’ death of the sister?

      Fox News

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 03 24 at 04:23 PM • permalink


    1. #8 Jaffa

      ABC 774 Melbourne is playing the game live but the online version is playing Australia All Over. Must be to stop them pesky furriners listening in.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 03 24 at 04:41 PM • permalink


    1. I’m in WOllongong, listening to 97.3 FM.  Not sure about AM dial though.

      Posted by Fleety on 2007 03 24 at 04:47 PM • permalink


    1. Since this is an open thread, for your viewing pleasures have a gander at this.

      Safe for work. 🙂

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 03 24 at 04:52 PM • permalink


    1. A walk in the park. Australia win by 83 runs.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 03 24 at 05:37 PM • permalink


    1. Blue State Sil : Re #1 :
      Actually it’s far sillier than you think. You see in 32 counties if Texas (but not the other counties), not only is the marriage legal now, it would be if the chromosomal male was post-operative, that is, had female bits not male bits. Because they don’t recognise any of this sex-change stuff.

      Now in many other places, they’d just end up dead. Another “freak” was dumped like garbage by the side of the road the other day. Just listen to this 1 minute mp3 of what Michael Savage had to say about that case.
      His audience is in excess of 8 million people: like Tim, he delights in baiting Moonbats and Lefties, a sport I enjoy too. Unlike Tim, he’s, well, he’s unlike Tim.

      Here’s a sample of the transcript from my blog if you wish to digg it:

      (quoting an article)..It appeared the victim had been in the process of becoming a woman…Yeah, process of becoming a woman—psychopath… should have been in a back ward in a straitjacket for years, howling on major medication.

      You’re never gonna make me respect the freak. I don’t want to respect the freak. The freak ought to be glad that they’re allowed to walk around without begging for something.

      That’s my place you see. Not a PhD candidate. Not someone who’s designed spaceflight avionics or naval combat systems. Not an engineer or scientist or lawyer or excutive like these women. I’m supposed to know my place as subhuman filth, begging on the streets and subject to execution at whim. And a lot of people don’t just say that, they act on it. First by putting you out of a job.

      Now pardon me while I get off this soapbox and remove this furschlugginer bonnet, the one with a bee buzzing around in it. It’s uncomfortable, and all I want is something like a normal life.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 2007 03 24 at 05:49 PM • permalink


    1. #16 Zoe. In case you missed it, here is a comment that I left for you on the All Boxes Ticked thread.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 03 24 at 06:08 PM • permalink


    1. I listened to Michael Savage once for about 3 minutes. It was a spew of insults and name calling and I don’t think he once mentioned whatever issue he was spewing about. I thought, “What do I need him for, I can do this well by myself.”

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 03 24 at 06:20 PM • permalink


    1. #18 dean.
      Me too. I was able to stand only a few seconds of the mp3 in Zoe’s link before hitting the stop button. It worries me that there are so many people out there who think he makes sense.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 03 24 at 06:42 PM • permalink


    1. If the wild bowler thinks he bowls,
      Or if the batsman thinks he’s bowled,
      They know not, poor misguided souls,
      They too shall perish unconsoled.
      I am the batsman and the bat,
      I am the bowler and the ball,
      The umpire, the pavilion cat,
      The roller, pitch, and stumps, and all.

      Christ on a pogo stick.

      Cricket poetry, who the fuck knew, I mean who-the-fuck-knew!

      Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2007 03 24 at 06:42 PM • permalink


    1. From Zoe’s last link:

      “I will tell you it is not about transgenderism,” said Commissioner Gay Gentry. “It is about making sure that the 1,000 people who work in the city, work in such a way that they can give superior services for the 75,000 people who live in this city. I tried to vote the right way for the right reasons.”

      Commissioner Andy Guyette said honesty, integrity and trust were the foundations of their relationship with him and that “without trust, there is no longer a foundation to any relationship.”

      Gentry and Guyette were among the five commissioners who moved to fire Stanton…

      With names like those, the commissioners have probably spent their whole lives trying to convince everyone that they were straight.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 03 24 at 06:53 PM • permalink


    1. Thanks, skeeter, I had noticed.

      The trouble is, I really can’t blame anyone for not understanding, not knowing. For thinking of such people as weirdoes out of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. For not wanting their kids exposed to such… questionable things.

      2 years ago, that’s how I felt. A real Sgt Schultz “I know no-THINK!”. Well, it was a defence mechanism, it enabled me to function despite being TS.

      Gosh, it’s only been 22 months. And here I am, 4 months post-op, and hormonally and medically transitioned for a lot longer than that.

      No, I don’t blame anyone on the right for not wanting to get involved, seeing this as “Land Rights for Gay Whales” pseudo-injustice. Professional victimology, Goodness knows there’s enough of that.

      All I can do is keep on plugging away with information, with URLs, trying to get folks to see us as Human. As people with a fairly common (albeit embaressing) congenital anomaly. People who are quite genuinely ridiculed, persecuted, and yes, victimised. It doesn’t help that so many of us look like men-in-dresses during treatment. And sometimes after. If we all looked like, for example, Tali MayanAndrea Colliaux or Caroline Cossey, we wouldn’t be quite such objects of derision. But to look like that, you must transition young.

      As one of the incredibly rare women whose physical transition is spontaneous, I could disassociate myself from Transsexuals, claiming I’m just Intersexed. But psychologically, I’m exactly the same as Steve (soon to be Susan) Stanton and all the rest who do this “voluntarily”. It’s as voluntary as parachuting from a burning aircraft – the only question is when do you jump. I got pushed, that’s all.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 2007 03 24 at 07:00 PM • permalink


    1. Zoe—San Francisco’s Michael Savage is to the rest of us what Fred Phelps is to Baptist ministers.  Straight or gay, that city’s one export is bile…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 03 24 at 07:01 PM • permalink


    1. BTW, is this an open thread or an open del Gesu catgut?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 03 24 at 07:02 PM • permalink


    1. Come on all Australian Hyphens- let’s go to the polls and Vote for a real Australian mufti. Let’s all celebrate and let’s all participate.

      1: Sheik dumb-dumb uncovered meat.
      2: Female Sheik-covered meat in black burqa’s
      3: Sheiks for an Islamic sharia australian nation that is funded by westerners!

      Vote now is sponsored by “Islamic Australian pensioners Insurance Agency” for over 55 Jihhads, join now and receive a free backpack!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 03 24 at 07:07 PM • permalink


    1. #1 Blue State Sil, as far as love stories go, this heartwarmer takes some beating.

      This story should be a boon for headline writers:

      Not tonight, deer.
      Man does doe.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 03 24 at 07:11 PM • permalink


    1. What the hell is wrong with NSW…

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 03 24 at 07:14 PM • permalink


    1. Dan, NSW is dumb. I’m disappointed, and give it a year they’ll say, but I didn’t vote for them!!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 03 24 at 07:18 PM • permalink


    1. #16 Zoe

      Unfortunately, Savage’s rant doesn’t surprise me in the least.  I’m quite familiar with that particular bloviating idiot –  his spewings give RWDBs a bad name.  I’ve had more than

      Actually, the transgender aspect of the link in my #1 isn’t an issue for me.  What I find really creepy about that situation is the fact that a 22-year-old traveled halfway around the world to marry a 58-year-old convicted rapist she knew only from the Internet.  That’d be off no matter who’s involved.

      I’d never condemn anyone who is transgendered or intersexed – far from it, both because I’m an allied health professional familiar with the vagaries of the human brain and body, and because I’m a woman who doesn’t begin to fit the social norms.  I’ve always enjoyed your thoughtful, informative posts – anyone who faces the hatred and idiocy spewed in her direction with such grace and eloquence is to be admired in my book.

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 03 24 at 07:37 PM • permalink


    1. Mamdouh Habib, the semi literate disability pensioner with a “colourful” background, including a spell in Club Guantanamo Bay, managed to collect 3.8% of the vote in the seat of Auburn (about 1200+) votes.

      I presume ASIO will be setting up an office there so they don’t have too far travel to work.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 03 24 at 07:49 PM • permalink


    1. #26 rebase

      “Deerly beloved, we are gathered here today…”

      Hathaway…admitted to becoming aroused by the sight of the dead deer, which he dragged into the woods and assaulted.

      Hmm…that’s not usually what people mean when they say they love nature.

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 03 24 at 07:50 PM • permalink


    1. I just read about the Stanton case in my local paper, the Tampa Tribune. I was saddened to read of the vote. Ironically, in the same issue of the paper, there is a column by Daniel Ruth that discusses the upcoming runoff election for City Council, and the possibility that Joe Redner, a notorious strip-club operator, may gain a seat. Ruth then lists some of the more colorful predecessors in local politics to make the point that Redner would be right at home.

      Compared to these, Stanton is small beer indeed.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 03 24 at 07:57 PM • permalink


    1. If No Toilet Paper Guy didn’t have an innocent two-year-old involved in his nonsense, I’d be inclined to send him this link and suggest that he join this movement:

      Now, I’m from a fairly rural area, and am no stranger either to bringing home potentially useful stuff somebody else has thrown out, or to putting out useless-to-us things at the roadside with a “FREE” sign attached (preferably spray-painted in black paint on a piece of plywood in the time-honored tradition).  I’ll pass on this, though, thanks.

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 03 24 at 08:06 PM • permalink


    1. Cripes, perview was my fiend in #29.  Meant to say that I’ve had more than one lefty idiot present Savage to me as an example of how “you conservatives think.”

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 03 24 at 08:11 PM • permalink


    1. We won! Won’t anyone think of the cricket?

      Well done Socceroos as well.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 03 24 at 08:31 PM • permalink


    1. #33
      Thanks for the interesting link. Some quotes from the Freegans website:

      limited participation in the conventional economy

      Read dole bludging.

      Freegans embrace community, generosity

      Freegans take advantage of peoples’ good nature and aren’t afraid to beg.

      “urban foraging” or “dumpster diving”

      Freegans eat other peoples’ garbage.

      Freegans recognize the disastrous social and ecological impacts of the automobile…Therefore, freegans choose not to use cars…we use other methods of transportation including…hitchhiking

      Freegans are hypocrites who say they despise cars but are happy to ride in them so long as someone else is paying.

      Some freegans find at least some use of cars unavoidable so we try to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels by using cars with desiel engines converted to run on “greisel” or “veggie-oil”

      The Freegans who do use cars then proceed to make the neighbourhood smell like the wok kitchen at a Chinese restaurant.

      Freegans believe that housing is a RIGHT, not a privilege

      Freegans expect someone else to provide a roof over their head without them doing or paying anything in return.

      Squatters believe that real human needs are more important than abstract notions of private property

      Freegans will trespass and live on your property without compensating you.

      joining activist groups to fight the practices of the corporations who would otherwise be bossing us around at work

      Instead of working Freegans actively protest against those of us who do.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 03 24 at 09:06 PM • permalink


    1. Cricket world Cup:

      ” Under the Souhern Cross I stand,
      A sprig of wattle in my hand,
      A native of our native land,
      Australia, you bloody beauty!”

      _ Rod Marsh, Australian wicketkeeper, 1987.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 03 24 at 09:21 PM • permalink


    1. #35 Bravura performance in the first half. Viduka was outstanding. He got a huge ovation from what looked like a 50,000-odd Chinese crowd. Having lived through the ‘Sheilas wogs & poofters’ stage of Australian soccer, and played it all my life, nights like this make it all worth while. And this was just a friendly!

      Posted by JonathanH on 2007 03 24 at 09:24 PM • permalink


    1. I sat opposite a TG person a few years back, on the Sandringham line.

      Pretty face – check
      Appropriate make-up – check
      Nice bristols – check
      Nice dress – check.
      High heels – check

      Straight hips, male voice pitch, 180cm tall – uh-oh. “This ain’t quite working as intended, sunshine” was my thought.

      Other mays remember the TG case a few years back when a lad of 19 was TGd to female.  About 4 years later he sued the medicos as he reckoned he had been badly advised and surgery should have been refused as he had changed his mind and wasn’t really female.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2007 03 24 at 09:25 PM • permalink


    1. Pardon the American ignorance, but I’ve a couple honest questions about the phrase “(the Efricans are chasing 378; currently 0/79 after just 11 overs)”, to help me understand whether the parenthetic above reports good news or bad.

      Chasing 378, I assume, is similar to having scored 378?

      “0/79” sounds like they’ve not scored in their last 79 batsmen, or in the last 79 times the ball (or whatever it’s called) has been bowled to them?

      “just 11 overs” – does this indicate their “at bats”, in the same way that “innings” would, in American baseball?

      What, pray tell, is a “wicket maiden”?

      Even if I get no response, it’ll still be true that every last thing I know about cricket, I learned here.

      Posted by Patton on 2007 03 24 at 09:32 PM • permalink


    1. #38,
      Well said. Good sport is good sport, particularly when it is played with skill. I dont like the mentality of the league crowd in particular who feel that other codes such as the AFL and scoccer are inferior.

      It was a big match for us leading up to the Asian Cup. Good to see that we are taking a professional approach as well.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 03 24 at 09:34 PM • permalink


    1. Freegans are what we used to call bums. Now they have a fancy philosophy attached. I suppose it just means that the educational level of the modern day bum has improved.

      Posted by Latino on 2007 03 24 at 09:38 PM • permalink


    1. #40 Patton

      Chasing 378 means the other team (South Africa) scored 378 runs so thefore we (Australia) have 378 as the score to beat (hence ‘chasing’)

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 03 24 at 09:46 PM • permalink


    1. #40

      #43 should be the other way around – Australia actually made 378 so South Africa was chasing 378. Gee this is harder to explain than I thought. Tim?

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 03 24 at 09:49 PM • permalink


    1. #40 Patton sounds like a scholar and a gentleman.
      Perhaps someone who remembers where it is can direct him to that excellent site explaining the intricacies of the Game.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 03 24 at 10:06 PM • permalink


    1. “Amazingly”, I have been too busy this week to follow the games via cricinfo. Incredibly, cricket made 1st page (well at least 2nd or 3rd or 4th) in North America due to THE CRICKET MURDER dedahh.

      I am very sorry for him and his familly but what a plot for an Agatha Christie or Murder She Wrote.

      OH NO. Canada lost! I am shocked! Shocked! Well, maybe not; but at least the team got a little exposure to first line teams. And had a nice winter vacation down South.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 03 24 at 10:08 PM • permalink


    1. 0/79 means that at that point South Africa had scored 79 of the required 379 runs (378 to tie, 379 to win). None of their 11 batsmen had gotten out (or ‘lost their wicket’). Therefore 0/79 means :no wicket for 79 runs.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 03 24 at 10:10 PM • permalink


    1. More wisdom from the Freegan bums from their Why Freegan? page:

      If you can get government food or food stamps, go for it!

      After all, it’s not like you’re exploiting someone else’s labor by squandering their tax dollars because you want to make a Grand Political Statement – oh, wait.

      Get a book on edible plants and start looking around; there is a lot more edible food growing all around us than we realize.

      The vast majority of it doesn’t grow in the middle of urban areas, of course, but that’s neither here nor there.  Also, there’s no chance of being, y’know, poisoned or anything if you happen to pick the wrong thing, as plants are natural and everyone knows that natural is always good.

      Shoplifting – There is some debate over how freegan this really is because you are still creating an empty shelf that must be restocked, but it is more freegan than forking over big bucks.

      Stealing isn’t illegal if you’re sticking it to the Man, man!

      Water – Don’t shower often and when you do, instead of showering, “go swimming” in the shower with a friend – it is fun, explorative, liberating, and consumes less water! ).

      I guess toiletries and personal hygiene items are few and far between in the dumpsters.

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 03 24 at 10:11 PM • permalink


    1. #7 rbj1.

      “Is the losing coach getting killed?”

      Hey, this is just the round-robin round. Just wait until the sudden death part of the tournament.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 03 24 at 10:11 PM • permalink


    1. This is not the site that I meant at #45, but it seems to be a good starting point for some of the technical aspects.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 03 24 at 10:14 PM • permalink


    1. Anyone contemplating the seafood buffet at the Brisbane Marriott, forget it. The staff are lazy, rude and quite possibly drunk- 30 minutes to get a Stella and six bucks for the privelidge of waiting, likewise for a fucking cappuchino which came out in a fucking thimble. The dessers were stale, the oysters had shell fragments throught them, and who the fuck puts lychees in a curry of any kind? Avoid as you would Jehovahs Witnesses.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 03 24 at 10:16 PM • permalink


    1. ‘just 11 overs’ : the ‘fielding’ team (the non-batting team) bowl to the batsmen in sets of six balls called ‘overs’. There are 50 of these for each team in this one-day version of the game. Therefore S.A. had scored their 79 runs in just 11 overs – an average of 7.18 runs per over, whereas the required run-rate at the start of their ‘innings’ was 379/50=7.58

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 03 24 at 10:20 PM • permalink


    1. A ‘maiden’ over is one of those sets of six balls (overs) where the batsmen do not score. A ‘wicket maiden’ is an over where they do not score and one or more of the batsmen ‘goes out’ or ‘loses his wicket’.

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 03 24 at 10:24 PM • permalink


    1. #40 Pattobn, you doing well.

      Chasing 378 – The Australians, who batted first, got 378 runs. This is the score that South Africa must beat, henc they are chasing it.

      The Aussies do it arse backwards. Any civilized person would say that South Africa was 79/0 i.e. had scored 79 runs with the loss of 0 wickets (batsmen out).

      “Just 11 overs” An “over” is 6 balls bowled, not pitched as in baseball, where the “bowler” is allowed to bend his elbow. The number of overs is important in this contest because they are playing “limited-over cricket” that is: each team is batting for a maximum of 50 overs, or 300 balls.

      Just out of academic interest, the maximum score possible in a game of 50 overs is 1,800. This assumes a batter gets a 6 off every ball. Only once, ever, in an international game has a batter got the maximum of 36 off one over – the famous Windie player Sir Garfield Sobers.

      An “innings” is when the batting team bats. There are 11 members of the team (no pinch-batters) and there must always be a batter at each end of the pitch. Thus only ten batters need to be out. The rules for being “out” are not dissimilar to baseball rules, except for LBW – this is basically stopping the ball hitting the wicket with your body. (It’s a little more complex than that and LBWs are always a source of controversy).

      A “wicket maiden” is good for a bowler and feels really good if you are the batter who was bowled, caught, run, lbw or otherwise knocked out. A maidend is an over (remember? 6 balls) where no runs are scored. A wicket maiden is whne no runs are scored in the over AND a batter is “out”. This is v.good for a bowler, indicating dominance.

      What is the significance of an “over”?

      Well, there is a batter at each end of the pitch. When a bowler has bowled (not pitched) 6 balls from one end, he, or some other bowler then bowls 6 balls from the other end. If no runs, or an even number of runs, were scored on the last ball, then the bowler will then be facing the other batter. There is a considerable amount of strategy and tactics in making sure the right batter is facing the other bowler, if there is one, from the other end. There is no restriction upon when a bowler can bowl, or not, as in baseball. A bowler can stop bowling for a while then start again, bowl from both or one or alternate end. But always 6 balls must be delivered. You will hear a lot of “delivery

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 03 24 at 10:35 PM • permalink


    1. #51

      Unfortunately, Habib, I have found this behaviour pretty widespread in Oz. Coming from N.America, I am used to prompt and polite service, and rapidly delivered food. I found this to be a difficult concept for Australians to grasp.

      Forget the fancier restaurants, they haven’t yet quite comprehended the concept of fast food, or it’s delivery.

      From two visits, this is my only complaint, oh, except for the whinging poms :^)

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 03 24 at 10:44 PM • permalink


    1. #45

      I had that site bookmarked on my computer but my computer is now kerplunk.  SCD sent me too it.  I would recommend the wiki site.  It was most helpful to this yank. You can find most of the info required for basic cricket knowledge there.  IMO.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 03 24 at 10:56 PM • permalink


    1. Awhile back Wron wanted to see the Yojimbo cry.  Well, consider it done.

      UCLA over KU.  Clink Klank Jayhawk!

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 03 24 at 11:01 PM • permalink


    1. #55 WC

      Unfortunately a lot of people in the ‘hospitality industry’ here haven’t quite grasped the literal meaning of the term. (Great job explaining those cricketing concepts by the way.)

      Posted by CO² max on 2007 03 24 at 11:01 PM • permalink


    1. #51 I stayed at the Brisbane Sheraton and found it decent enough.  That was quite some time ago though.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 03 24 at 11:06 PM • permalink


    1. #51, #59

      I am thinking of booking a twentieth wedding anniversary weekend at the Marriott on the Gold Coast on recommendation of brother-in-law.

      anyone stayed there?

      Posted by JonathanH on 2007 03 24 at 11:16 PM • permalink


    1. Whatever happened to Stoop Davey Dave?

      And is MentalFloss OK?

      Sorry, I don’t get to read all the threads and I’m wondering whether I missed something important.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 03 24 at 11:21 PM • permalink


    1. #60 Nope

      #61 Don’t forget Stop Continental Drift.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 03 24 at 11:25 PM • permalink


    1. Yorker? Off stump? Biffed?

      Ow, my head…

      Posted by mojo on 2007 03 24 at 11:30 PM • permalink


    1. #63

      Stay out of the Bronx!  Serves you right!

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 03 24 at 11:34 PM • permalink


    1. Anyone hear how Mrs. Phatty and Black Jak went? I’d say they dipped out on burrowing their snouts deeper into the public trough, but then again electors tend to be idiots.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 03 24 at 11:36 PM • permalink


    1. # 51

      who the fuck puts lychees in a curry of any kind? Avoid as you would Jehovahs Witnesses.

      Again, your comments are apropos. Lychees in curry is an insult both to the lychees and to the curry.

      Posted by Dr Alice on 2007 03 24 at 11:42 PM • permalink


    1. #54, I seem to remember a Sthfrican getting 36 off an over last week in the world cup.

      Guess that makes it two people.

      Posted by petedenham on 2007 03 24 at 11:42 PM • permalink


    1. I think we would call Freegans bludgers.

      Posted by Janice on 2007 03 25 at 12:18 AM • permalink


    1. Labor mates watch:

      A LABOR candidate for a marginal South Australian seat who reportedly wrote a reference for a high-ranking Hell’s Angel bikie convicted of drug-trafficking has the support of party leader Kevin Ruddd. (sic)

      Posted by C.L. on 2007 03 25 at 12:40 AM • permalink


    1. (the Efricans are chasing 378; currently 0/79 after just 11 overs).

      Is that anything like 3rd and goal from the 11, down by a field goal with 0:08 on the clock and 1 timeout?

      Posted by TallDave on 2007 03 25 at 12:59 AM • permalink


    1. Behold the mighty power of Cute Knut!

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 03 25 at 01:13 AM • permalink


    1. 71 comments and I still have no clue who’s winning.  Actually, I’m not even sure who’s playing.

      Posted by Achillea on 2007 03 25 at 01:22 AM • permalink


    1. Habib,

      The Democrats have left the building.

      Continuing MLCs (Elected 2003): Greens (2), Christian Dems (1), Shooters (1).

      Lee Rhianon and Fred Nile have won a place. Last places up for grabs amongst these three parties.

      Repeat, the last Democrat has left the building.

      latest results

      1st 36.27% Labor
      2nd 30.70% Libs/Nats
      3rd 8.16% Greens
      4th 4.00% Christian Democrats
      5th 2.55% Shooters Party
      6th 1.54% Aus Democrats

      14th 0.56% Mrs. Phatty Group
      15th 0.38% Socialist Alliance

      0.08% Dawn Fraser (no group)

      Posted by monaro on 2007 03 25 at 01:27 AM • permalink


    1. under the whip, Skeeter, and Wimpy Canadian:

      Thanks for the info, and yes, I understand quite a bit better. That link, Skeeter, is similar to one I was referred to from this site some time ago. Back then, I don’t think it was “play-by-play terminology” that had bumfuzzled me, but I’m damned if I recall what it was I needed to learn that day.

      I am a bit embarrassed to have needed it explained in such detail, but I appreciate it greatly.

      Posted by Patton on 2007 03 25 at 01:38 AM • permalink


    1. #30 I wonder who benefited from Habib’s flow of preferences?  That could be of future interest when the day comes 🙂  Bbwwaahhaha. Pinky at corner of mouth.

      Posted by entropy on 2007 03 25 at 02:00 AM • permalink


    1. The Efricans are all out for 294 in the 48th over.

      Puzzle that one out, if you will Mr Patton!

      Posted by entropy on 2007 03 25 at 02:04 AM • permalink


    1. Patton, I’m often embarrassed by how little I know about cricket and I’m an Aussie.
      You may have noticed that I left it to others to answer your questions.
      I’m currently trying to stay one or two steps ahead of my 5-yr-old grandson who is besotted with the game.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 03 25 at 02:04 AM • permalink


    1. This evidently was written for cricket-befuddled Americans like myself – after reading the page, it almost makes sense.

      An explanation of cricket

      Posted by Blue State Sil on 2007 03 25 at 02:05 AM • permalink


    1. #78 My goodness, it would take 500 posts to answer all the questions. Just out of curiosity, is baseball as hard to get to someone who’s never seen it?

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 03 25 at 02:53 AM • permalink


    1. it would take 500 posts

      Hey everybody! dean martin just dared us to break 500 on this thread!

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 03 25 at 03:04 AM • permalink


    1. #71 that’s one cute bear – mind you we’ll probably be reading about the tragic mauling of his surrogate dad in a few years

      Posted by KK on 2007 03 25 at 04:48 AM • permalink


    1. Here’s a list of ratbags:

      A major protest is being planned against the exercise, with a concert at Yeppoon from June 18 to 24, when the military action will be at its height.

      Australian filmmaker David Bradbury is organising protest rallies and hopes to enlist support from musicians Paul Kelly, John Butler, Deborah Conway and Robyn Archer, as well as actors Judy Davis, Geoffrey Rush, Bryan Brown and Sam Neill.

      “Shoalwater Bay will cop it all – aerial bombing, ship-to-shore naval firings, underwater depth charges exploding in areas where turtles and dugongs breed, and nuclear aircraft carriers inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park,” Mr Bradbury said.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 03 25 at 04:53 AM • permalink


    1. Patton, don’t be embarrassed about not understanding cricket. I find I understand it, and what’s being said, and I’ve played it before, but I can’t explain it to save my life.

      It’s like vegemite. You have to grow up with it,  I find, and rarely do grownups seem to acquire the palate for it.

      Poor buggers.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 03 25 at 05:26 AM • permalink


    1. “Shoalwater Bay will cop it all – aerial bombing, ship-to-shore naval firings, underwater depth charges exploding…

      And we don’t even have to round them up.

      Posted by monaro on 2007 03 25 at 05:37 AM • permalink


    1. Socialist Alliance more than doubles vote in NSW

      …In the lower house, Socialist Alliance’s Pip Hinman in Marrickville (where the Greens have raised their vote to 33% from 29% in 2003 ) has so far received 565 votes (1.8%). This was the next highest vote after Labor, Greens and Liberals – beating Democrats, Christian Democratic Party, Unity and a independents) compared with a final vote of 526 (1.5%) in the 2005 Marrickville by-election.

      That’s 39 extra votes.

      At this rate they can take Marrickville by the 4223 election, provided they can get Green preferences.

      Posted by monaro on 2007 03 25 at 06:08 AM • permalink


    1. Damned ungrateful whales. Fox news video item (on main Fox page today):

      Enraged whale turns on would-be rescuers, leaving Japanese fisherman dead.

      Next time whales want rescuing (and they frequently do around Australia) they can whistle for it. I won’t be there.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2007 03 25 at 06:26 AM • permalink


    1. #85 I would like to be the first to welcome… etc etc

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 03 25 at 06:52 AM • permalink


    1. Another carjacking in Sydney and the SMH actually provides a bit of a description.

      The man, who was wearing dark clothes at the time of the carjacking, is described as being in his early 20s, more than 183cm tall with a muscular build, dark hair and a long face.

      They could be looking for a horse.

      NSW Police website has the same description…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 03 25 at 07:28 AM • permalink


    1. I am watching the Foxtel replay of the Serf Effricans being flogged by our square jawed, keen eyed and handsome Aussie heroes (except for Andy, who is of, ahem, somewhat rugged appearance, Hoggy, who is not exactly an oil painting, Punter, a little rough around the edges, but exceptionally good looking for a Tasmanian, Haydos, looks like he should be lumping sugar bags in FNQ, Gilly, whose ears are a little, ahem, prominent, and a couple of others who have a startling resemblance to blue heelers except for their nice haircuts.)

      Wonderful stuff.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 03 25 at 07:45 AM • permalink


    1. Coming Event:  Report by Greens Senator Kerry Nettle on her recent
      fact-finding tour of Palestine.

      6pm,  Tuesday 27 March
      ACT Assembly Reception Room, London Circuit

      While touring Palestine Senator Nettle met with Palestinian President
      Mahmoud Abbas and Archbishop Elias Chaccour, as well as members of the
      Israeli Parliament, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions,
      Checkpoint Watch and the Arab Association of Human Rights.

      In her visits to Palestinian refugee camps, Israeli settlements and the
      cities of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Tulkarem and Hebron, she was able to see
      first-hand the impact of the Wall upon Palestinians

      Anyone in Canberra want to go check out our delightful redGreen senator in action?

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 03 25 at 08:46 AM • permalink


    1. …and nuclear aircraft carriers inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park…

      No, no, no… through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park… “Helmsman, put it in first gear, that coral crap can be stubborn…”

      Look, I know the GBR is huge, but is a sensible naval officer going to stick a CV(N) between it and the mainlaind casually…

      But maybe you’ll get lucky and we’ll use the new medium-frequency whale-cooking sonar, too…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 03 25 at 11:34 AM • permalink


    1. #32 – ErnieG
      You & Ruth left out my favorite—50’s Hillsborough County Sheriff Hugh Culbreth – carried on the books of the local Mafia as “Cabeza de Melona”—Melon Head.

      Posted by OldUS on 2007 03 25 at 04:21 PM • permalink


    1. Priceless Headline #327:

      Iran partially suspends U.N. cooperation

      Posted by guinsPen on 2007 03 25 at 05:58 PM • permalink


    1. Hey it’s an O/T (open thread)

      but it’s Canadian

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 03 25 at 09:30 PM • permalink


    1. Just out of academic interest, the maximum score possible in a game of 50 overs is 1,800. This assumes a batter gets a 6 off every ball. Only once, ever, in an international game has a batter got the maximum of 36 off one over – the famous Windie player Sir Garfield Sobers. – #54

      There is no maximum possible score. A bowler could (in theory) bowl a 200 ball over in which the first 194 balls were no-balls that were hit for six. Of course it’s not going to happen – then again neither is 300 consecutive sixes.

      Also hitting a no-ball for 6 gives 7 runs off the ball (and of course the ball gets bowled again). Running three and having the fielding side then give four overthrows would also give 7 off a ball – there’s no limit to the runs off a ball due to overthrows and the ability to keep running. Of course a smart fielding side would “lose” the ball when the batsman got that sixth run – but that’d be unsportsmanlike…

      Finally Gibbs hit 36 off an over in this very world cup – which is an international game (a one-dayer which reduces the achievement a little, a 40 over one-dayer which reduces it a little more). Sobers did it in a one day match between Nottinghamshire and Glamorgan – not in any way shape or form an international match. Ravi Shastri has managed the same thing but in first-class cricket.

      Posted by sam on 2007 03 26 at 11:29 AM • permalink


    1. I missed: “against the Netherlands which reduces it even more”

      Posted by sam on 2007 03 26 at 11:30 AM • permalink


    1. Also s/one day match/three day match/g – thinko on my part.

      I suspect the achievement in first-class cricket is in fact “harder” than against the Netherlands in a 40 over match – but “international” that Netherlands match was…

      Luckily this thread is so old no one will notice my three attempts to get a simple post right.

      Posted by sam on 2007 03 26 at 11:37 AM • permalink


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