Free hugs day – courtesy of the read/write web?

Okay, I know there are those of you who will shudder at the saccharine nature of this, but if you can set aside your more cynical side for a moment and look at the mechanics, you might just be wowed. It started with a YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4 about a young man who came back to Australia from the UK after a major life trauma in 2006, and felt the way to heal himself would be…

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Ink and paper warning after woman ‘held captive’

Okay, so that wasn’t the headline that I saw in the RSS feed from the ABC.  Their story started with the following: “Police are warning internet users to be careful when they form relationships in cyberspace, after arresting a man who allegedly held a Perth woman captive after meeting her online.” Umm – what if they’d corresponded as penpals?  Then my heading would work, wouldn’t it?  Or what it they’d met in a bar?  Would…

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Makn BACN

Okay so what’s the rule here – is it more than one syllable and drop the last vowel? A new word is quickly making the rounds — I first read it in a Washington Post blog post from Friday — followed a link in a comment by Erik Schark (sorry sweet pea, you didn’t leave your web site URL) claiming the word originated at Podcamp Pittsburgh http://www.podcamppittsburgh.com/ five days earlier — and now there’s an…

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The elderly are not the socially weak

This quote from a Japanese grandmother who loves computers and the internet, is from an article on the ABC news site “Japanese grannies go high tech” http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/08/13/2003066.htm Members of the “Computer Grannies Society” (founded in 1997) exchange photos and music, share their own creative endeavours and got funding to set up a training day for other senior citizens.  On that day, there were touch panel computers to make it easy for non-typists to use them and plenty…

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They speak, yet they say nothing (apparently)

I’ve been carrying on a conversation with a representative of my bank regarding the overdraw fee that the now appropriately monikerd NAB charges.  I asked a simple question – how did you arrive at a figure of $50?  The series of replies I got boiled down to – some of it covers costs, the rest is a deterrent – because we can — we aren’t going to tell you which percentage of the $50 covers…

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