I’m having fun with Holedown, on Virginia’s recommendation. The gameplay is a bit like a mix of Breakout, Tetris, and Orbital’s precision mode. (Orbital remains the best local two-player iPad game, even five years after its release.)

When politicians congratulated themselves for criticising Fraser Anning, the press gallery fawned over them. Ruby Hamad calls bullshit:

And, suddenly, racism becomes a white people’s issue again; something to be solved by merely denouncing the most genocidal of racist intentions, without having to actually do anything about the societal conditions that create space for such statements and policies. And so, we are treated to the spectacle of political figures such as Hanson and Malcolm Turnbull assuming the role of Good Cop in contrast with Anning and Katter’s Bad Cop.

It is an absurd state of affairs that Hanson – herself castigated by George “people have a right to be bigots” Brandis – now gets to occupy a moral high ground by denouncing Anning’s “appalling” comments. Likewise Turnbull, who still presides over those refugee torture camps where children are wasting away even as I write this, and who himself not so long ago scolded the Muslim population of western Sydney for its high “No” votes in the laughable postal survey that his government foisted on us after years of dragging its feet on marriage equality, but who now gets to claim pride in Australia’s “successful” multiculturalism.

What a sight to behold as these politicians fall over themselves to pass the most basic of moral tests. In these endless culture wars, race is a cherished weapon, each side playing to its base, trading barbs in parliament and in the media, each presenting themselves as the real benefactor of the baffled “coloureds” consigned to the sidelines. But here is the thing about the good cop/bad cop trope – at the end of the day, they are all cops.

Mastodon is a thing now, and I like its focus on serving users instead of advertisers, and I hope that soon we’re all tooting instead of tweeting.

I watched the first episode of Disenchantment. Pretty good, but the high point of Groening’s career remains writing the foreword to First Dog’s book.

I also watched the first episode of Norsemen. It’s a funny parody of Vikings, featuring a bunch of funny people you’ll recognise from Lillyhammer.

Tim Dunlop:

Anning, like a lot of people who espouse this sort of rot, would no doubt tell you how much he loves Australia, but I think the opposite is true.

People like Anning don’t love Australia. They hate it.

What they actually love is White Australia, in all its dated, discredited irrelevance.

Actually existing, multicultural Australia, where half the population was either born overseas or has at least one parent who was, fills people like Anning with hate and disgust and they want to see it destroyed.

We need to get this through our heads: those who share Anning’s worldview are not patriots, they are traitors to the place Australia actually is. We are multicultural all the way down and we will remain that way unless…unless what?

It is surely no accident that Anning evoked the notion of a ‘final solution’ in his speech.

Read the whole thing.

When it popped up as a suggestion on Netflix, we gave A Very Secret Service a go, and it turns out to be one of the funniest things I’ve seen in ages. Bureaucracy porn (expense claims! receipts! rubber stamps!) with a very dry sense of humour.

At the tail end of an episode of Motherfoclóir, Éimear Duffy was asked to nominate a film to remake with all of the cast but one replaced by Muppets:

This one’s tough. I want to come up with something mad obscure, and I really want to say, like, Fatal Deviation… Filmed in 1998 in Trim, it is Ireland’s first and probably only full-length martial arts film, and it’s all up on YouTube. I would highly recommend you all go watch it because it is the most iconic thing that I have ever watched in my entire life.

Sure enough, Fatal Deviation is available on YouTube and it is everything you imagine. (The human actor Éimear would keep from the original would be Boyzone’s Mikey Graham.)

I’ve been following Hank Cheng on Instagram for a while — his grimy architectural dioramas are a marvel. Last week the ABC profiled Joshua Smith, an Adelaide artist doing similar work, faithfully recreating and preserving Australian urban decay in miniature. Here is his Insta.


A Tokyo medical school has apologised after an internal investigation confirmed it altered entrance exam scores for more than a decade to limit the number of female students and ensure more men became doctors.

Tokyo Medical University manipulated all entrance exam results starting in 2006 or even earlier, according to findings released by lawyers involved in the investigation, confirming recent reports in Japanese media. …

The investigation found that in this year’s entrance exams the school reduced all applicants’ first-stage test scores by 20% and then added at least 20 points for male applicants, except those who had previously failed the test at least four times. It said similar manipulations had occurred for years because the school wanted fewer female doctors since it anticipated they would shorten or halt their careers after becoming mothers.

This policy killed people:

[Researchers] analyzed two decades of records from Florida emergency rooms, including every patient who had been admitted with a heart attack from 1991 to 2010. They showed that women are more likely to die when treated by male doctors, compared to either men treated by male doctors or women treated by female doctors.

“These results suggest a reason why gender inequality in heart attack mortality persists: Most physicians are male, and male physicians appear to have trouble treating female patients,” the team writes.

… The male doctors in their study were better at treating women with heart attacks when they had more experience treating such patients—and especially when they worked in hospitals with more female doctors. … [T]he study suggests that when the proportion of female physicians in an emergency department rises by 5 percent, the survival rates of the women treated there rise by 0.4 percentage points.

The Dragon’s Tomb is a series of parody instructional videos for various board games — and not only does he poke fun at the games, but he creates new, viable games using the components of the originals. Take a look at Cards Against Humanity and Carcassonne (or “carcass own”) to see what I mean.

For The Win: a promising new podcast about “the people, strategy and campaigns that changed Australia forever”.