Trump V. Turnbull

Aractus 02, February, 2017

Turnbull on Sunday: Tells Australians that Trump has agreed to honour the deal made under the Obama administration. Tuesday-Wednesday: White House spokesman say that no decision has been made yet whether to progress with the deal, and that any refuges would need to face “extreme vetting”. Note that we’re talking about people who have already […]

HTTP is officially deprecated. SSL is DEAD.

Aractus 30, January, 2017

Just in case anyone’s confused by the title – SSL is dead, its successor is TLS and that’s what people really mean when they say SSL now (we still call security certificates SSL certificates). In the latest Firefox update Mozilla quietly put into action the first step in their plan to phase out HTTP. What […]

The Force Awakens: Still terrible and here’s why!

Aractus 28, December, 2016

RIP Carrie! 21-10-1956 – 27-12-2016. What a difference a year makes! Feel free to read my original review first, this is more of a supplement to that post than anything else. As usual, some spoilers are ahead. Why is the film bad? I’ve had a lot of discussions with people over the past year, many […]

Rogue One – Reviewed

Aractus 15, December, 2016

This post contains SPOILERS, however plot details are very light in this review. Well what can I say? Is it as bad as The Force Awakens? The Good Let’s start on the positives. At least this time the cinematography wasn’t awful, although the cross-cut action editing was annoying as hell. The first 20 minutes or […]

Dr. Phil exploiting Shelley Duvall

Aractus 23, November, 2016

So, before we begin here is a hopelessly low quality copy of the episode. As it is copyrighted, I will have to remove it if asked (and I will probably remove it anyway quite soon), however I am aware that this show is no longer being promoted or marketed, and there is no way to […]

What’s the deal with mythicists?

Aractus 22, November, 2016

Before we begin, please view this short 18 second clip: Bart Ehrman. Video © Mythicist Milwaukee, 2016. As Bart says above and will wholeheartedly agree, I don’t think Christians are foolish. There are many types of atheists, and again as Bart puts it, some are atheist fundamentalist, every bit as bad as a fundamental Christian. […]

Indians are selling your personal information!

Aractus 19, November, 2016

Continuing on from my security-based theme, let’s examine the claims made by a Fairfax investigation that a bunch of Indians are selling Telstra, Optus, and Vodafine customer details. According to the report, they (a company called AI Solutions as well as others) will sell anyone willing to pay: your name, your address, your date of […]

Is this website safe?

Aractus 16, November, 2016

I want my visitors and readers to know that I take your experience seriously. I don’t want to waste your time with a trashy blog, and I don’t want you to feel you were click-baited or otherwise mislead either. One of the things that keeps my website objective is that it is not a commercial […]

Hillary you lost: accept it

Aractus 15, November, 2016

Following the US Presidential election something very interesting has happened. It’s also quite serious and I’m not writing to make light of it. Now I know some of you might think “that doesn’t sound like Aractus, he hates the US”, but there are two reasons why I need to be serious about this. Firstly, because […]

How I predicted a Trump win

Aractus 11, November, 2016

Well firstly, I didn’t. I’ve been saying for a number of months now that I viewed the most likely outcome as a Trump victory, I never said I knew he would win mind you. I can’t see the future – I gave my assessment, not a “prediction” per se. In this post I’ll explain how […]

Protected: Androgen-insensitivity syndrome

Aractus 03, November, 2016

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

I’m NOT sorry UKTV: I will “pirate”!

Aractus 21, September, 2016

Right. It’s been exactly one year since my last deliberately provocative post on copyright. Then I was talking about Doctor Who and our inferior quality experience in Australia. Here we have Red Dwarf S11E01 which isn’t even yet scheduled for Australian broadcast. Now I am not a fan of online streaming, and I will never […]

Freelee & Durianrider – health experts or hacks?

Aractus 17, September, 2016

There is a section at the end of this blog post about their recent Tumblr drama, but the focus on this blog post is on the question health advice, as well as mental health. Okay, so let’s get right into this. They both have a superiority complex – and I have one as well. I […]

How bad are multivitamins?

Aractus 09, September, 2016

First thing’s first. Most people do not need to take multivitamins. Sadly though people are stupid and tend to self-medicate with them anyway. So let’s start by considering who would need to take a multivitamin: the main groups of people who would need multivitamins are: People on restrictive diets (including people with eating disorders, people […]

Census privacy woes

Aractus 04, August, 2016

Updated 8-8-1026 Well. I have been swearing a lot in the last two days at my television. Mostly that’s because the ABS’s chief statistician David W. Kalisch seems to have no fucking clue when it comes to the privacy problems with the 2016 Census. Now I want to say something very clearly. I fully support […]

More changes are coming…

Aractus 29, July, 2016

I want to let YOU know about upcoming changes here. I’m developing my own ‘wordpress theme’, which in other word means my own code. It will look substantially similar to the current ‘wood is good’ theme, but will be pure XML (as opposed to pseud-SGML) and optimised for different resolutions (responsive). In addition I’ve been […]

My congratulations – Shawn Farquhar!

Aractus 17, July, 2016

Shawn Farquhar has become the first magician on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us to win twice. Now I want to preface my praise for him by going over what I (and a lot of others) have seen throughout the second season of the show – and in fact in the other tricks in the first […]

Enjoy your all new secure experience!

Aractus 07, July, 2016

Welcome to my blog. Let me make this clear from the outset: I don’t share visitor information (in fact I barely even look at it myself). My blog does not set any cookies unless you interact with it (i.e. submit a comment or attempt to log into the administration panel), and is used purely for […]

Magician stabs TV presenter’s hand!

Aractus 05, July, 2016

Marcin prepares to stab TV presenter with magic prop. Well, there’s a wonderful video of this incident, as it happened live on Polish television. I have embedded the video at the end of the blog post if you wish to view it. The Magician is Marcin Poloniewicz, reportedly a semi-finalist of “Poland’s Got Talent”. Ironically […]

My scathing review of Star Wars the Force Awakens

Aractus 17, December, 2015

This post contains SPOILERS, however I keep specific plot details out of it until the “plot” section, so that’s the most spoiler-heavy part of the post. Proceed at your discretion… Charm and Enthusiasm None, whatsoever. Atmosphere and Cinematography Terrible. Hands down the worst cinematography in a Star Wars film, and there’s a complete lack of […]