February 27, 2005

Australian Summer wins Tropfest

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Shock horror, a film with social commentary wins Tropfest.

Big big congrats to Luke, Arky, Nicola, Mim, James and all the rest of the team who made Australian Summer.

Best Film and Best Actor (Arky Michael) awards will look even better in daylight.

Sydney Morning Herald report.

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February 18, 2005

Sneaky sneaky virus

What a sneaky sneaky virus. If it wasn't for the modest size of thequality.com and the fact that I have to be both MD and sysadmin I may have fallen for this one. Maybe...

Dear user of thequality.com,

We have found that your account was used to send a huge amount of spam messages during this week. Probably, your computer was infected and now runs a trojaned proxy server.

We recommend that you follow instructions in order to keep your computer safe.

Sincerely yours,
thequality.com support team.

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February 13, 2005

T J Hickey memorial in Redfern

This morning we went to Redfern and attended the memorial service for the one year anniversary of the death of T J Hickey. The family aims to have the State's Coronial enquiry re-opened as crucial witnesses were never called. The presiding judge didn't impress people by referring to the incident as a tragic "accident" in his opening address, suggesting that the verdict was a foregone conclusion before any evidence was presented.

Mrs Hickey and the plaque
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Anniversary of TJ Hickey's death, Redfern - a photoset on Flickr

A commemorative plaque was given to T J's mother by the UTS Student's Association in a short ceremony. The plaque was to have been affixed to the spot where the boy was impaled on a metal fence but due to opposition by several government departments this was banned, on the grounds of the phrase "police pursuit" being used.

Ironically, after listening to a speech imploring the media to "lift their game", we turned on the evening news to hear two completely different versions of the day being told.

Allison Langdon, reporting for Channel Nine, gets the award for Joke Journalist of the Day. After attending the whole event, interviewing all the key participants, and receiving written press material, she reported T J's mother "laid a plaque". The Department of Housing's refusal to grant permission for the plaque was a key element of the day.allison_langdon.jpg
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February 03, 2005

Queeruption Sydney

I'm doing a couple of re-mixable film workshops on the 18th and 19th of February at Queeruption Sydney.

QUEERUPTION is a free DIY radical queer gathering that has so far happened in London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Amsterdam.

I'm curious. This is the town where a judge (and subsequently the vice-chancellor of a university) ruled that it is excusable for a gay man to have been bludgeoned to death on the grounds that the murderer had been made a pass at. No joke. Go figure.

queeruption7 : sydney feb 16-23

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