a penguin of very little brain


A WELL-respected leader of this state’s African community says he is heartbroken by a series of rock attacks on his family’s Glenorchy home. 

Horrible. Also it seems like cops in Australia would rather do anything other than admit something is racist.



Countries that recognize the State of Palestine

anybody else notice a trend here?

Australia for fuck’s sake what are we even doing



Countries that recognize the State of Palestine

anybody else notice a trend here?

Australia for fuck’s sake what are we even doing



I’ll reblog this in the morning, when Australia is actually awake, but…

I collaborated with some fellow political tragics on this info-thing about the Abbott government’s proposed changes to Medicare and the pharmaceutical benefits scheme, based on this study from the University of Sydney (PDF).

There’s also a single-image version, on my website.

Accompanying links:

Please reblog and share however you can! Even if you’re not Australian but you like the cute animals and maybe some of your followers are Australian, for example?

#ourABC promo

i’m not crying, you are. [wipes face]


The continuing struggle of having Tony Abbott as PM

It’s funny because it’s true



Doesn’t the government see that these funding cuts will inevitably ruin lives?!

Not to sound trite, but I think the awful thing is, our current government doesn’t actually see that. 


My sculptures are all constructed with recycled materials — old CDs, computer hard drives etc, so I classify my work as “sustainable art”. They’re a lot of fun to make, but they take an extremely long time to finish, so I don’t do a lot of them.

Animal Sculptures Made Of Shattered CDs by Sean Avery.



the first female chinese immigrant to america was a sixteen-year-old girl who was part of a cultural exhibit where she sat in a life-size diorama and people watched her eat with chopsticks while wearing silk clothes and that’s really all you need to know about the commodification of chinese women


This is an illustration of Afong Moy on display.

On November 6, 1834, the Carne Brothers ran their first ads announcing the exhibition of the Chinese Lady, whom they renamed Afong Moy. The ads offered this description: “she was nineteen years of age, four feet ten inches in height, dressed in her national costume, and her feet were but four inches in length, as a result of her having worn iron shoes throughout her childhood”. For the price of fifty cents, anyone could come and gaze upon Afong Moy between the hours of 10am and 2 pm, as well as 5pm to 9pm. (source)


On the 17th of July 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the air over Ukraine airspace, killing all on board.

A number of those passengers were AIDS researchers and policy makers headed to the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne - amongst those lost include prominent HIV researcher and University of Amsterdam Dept of Global Health head Joep Lange, as well as World Health Organisation spokesman Glenn Raymond Thomas.

In honor of MH17 and those lost on board, I am setting up a fundraiser for the Malaysian AIDS Foundation, which manages funds for the Malaysian AIDS Council. The Malaysian AIDS Council supports the works of NGOs and others in providing care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Your donations will go straight to MAC, minus fees by SimplyGiving (5% plus PayPal charges). I’ve contacted MAC and they referred me to here as the best way to collect funds from overseas.

You can also donate directly via bank transfer to:

Account No = 514105421257

and forward the transaction slip to Arif at arif[at]mac.org.my

You can also send a cross cheque made out to the Malaysia AIDS Foundation at:

Malaysian AIDS Foundation
No 12, Jalan 13/48A,
The Boulevard Shop Office,
Off Jalan Sentul
51000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Note that all donation amounts on SimplyGiving are in Malaysian Ringgit - RM1 equals about 30 US cents. If you are Malaysian donations above a certain amount are tax deductible.

I (Tiara) am not personally affiliated with MAC - I am, however, Malaysian (and a frequent flyer with MAS) and the recent news events of both MH17 and MH370 have affected me deeply.

Thank you for your support.


Steampunk Totoro 




Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”

I would love to know what this means.

I think that might be code for “punched him in the balls with devastating accuracy”.




7 Sculptures Can Pekdemir
"As in music and also in painting, the fact is not to reproduce or invent, it is to capture the forces." - Gilles Deleuze

7 Sculptures is a project dealing with virtual figures deformed by the photographs’ location and time data. A standard human figure is deformed using algorithmically generated images. These images which are called procedurals are mostly used for creating realistic texture maps for 3D models and every procedural map kind has its’ own parameters. In this project the numeric input of the parameters and kind of procedural maps are determined by the photographs’ location(longitude, latitude) and time data(H:M:S, D.M.Y taken from EXIF). Using the black and white value of the images generated, a base human model’s vertices were displaced.

Using algorithms for every input of a procedural, unique virtual sculptures were (de)formed.”




Hi, in a couple of recents posts/reblogs I noticed the word "deadly" with an apparent positive connotation. Is that an Aboriginal English expression or (general) Australian English? Do you happen to know how this semantic change is motivated?


It’s an Aboriginal English expression that means really good or awesome (sort of like the word ‘wicked’ is now a good thing). This from Diana Eades:

An interesting Aboriginal English word is deadly which would translate as ‘really good or impressive’ in standard English. It appears that this is a word which is spreading from Aboriginal English into general Australian usage, especially among young people (compare the way that the African American English word ‘bad’ to describe something very good has spread into many other varieties of English).

I recall reading somewhere that is may be derived from Irish dialects stemming back to the the convicts during colonisation. 

Deadly, unna?! (Awesome, isn’t it?!)