Thursday, 30 December 2004

Indian Ocean Tsunami Warnings & Helpful Hints - charities & contacts 2004/12/29/1103996616211.html

Indian Ocean tsunami disaster: Who to call and how to help

December 30, 2004

Foreign Affairs help lines
The Department of Foreign Affairs has two toll-free help lines. The first is for people concerned about relatives or friends in tsunami-affected areas: 1800 002 214. The second is for Australians in disaster zones who need help from embassy staff: +61 1300 555 135 or 6261 3305.

Travel advisories
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued warnings about these areas:
Thailand: The west coast and islands, including Phuket, and southern region (Ranong province and all provinces to the south). A temporary consulate has been established at the Hilton Hotel to assist Australians in the surrounding islands and can be contacted on +66 76 370 672 or Phuket Airport is operating and travellers are encouraged to leave by commercial flights. A Department of Immigration and Indigenous Affairs officer will be at Phuket Airport to provide travel documents to Australians who have lost their passports.
India: Coastal areas of southern and eastern India plus, in particular, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Sri Lanka: The east coast from Trincomalee in the north-east to Galle in the south. Colombo Airport is operational. Travellers are encouraged to leave by commercial flights. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are being used to transport Australians to Colombo and the Sri Lankan Air Force will also help stranded Australians who are south of Colombo.
Maldives: Avoid all travel to the Maldives until further notice. A British team has set up an emergency consulate at the Iskander school in Male. An Australian official will join these consuls for any Australians in the Maldives who require assistance. The airport in Male is operating and travellers are encouraged to leave by commercial flights.
Indonesia: The west coast of northern Sumatra, including Aceh province and offshore islands.
Malaysia: The resort islands of Penang and Langkawi were hit by the tsunami, but escaped the devastation of other areas. The department advises those heading there to check with local authorities and hotels that it is safe to travel there.

More information and updated advice from the department at

PLAN: Vist or call 1800 038 100.
CARE Australia: 1800 020 046 or
Australian Red Cross: Call 1800 811 700, visit or post a cheque to GPO Box 9949 in capital cities.
Oxfam: 1800 034 034 or
Medecins Sans Frontieres
UNICEF: 1300 884 233, 1300 732 240 or
World Vision: 13 32 40 or
Baptist World Aid Australia: Call 1300 789 991, by mail to Baptist World Aid Australia, Locked Bag 122, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086, or
Caritas Australia: 1800 024 413 or

Some banks are also allowing donations to be made to various charities at their branches.

Tuesday, 28 December 2004

We have some of these in our cupboard

Gallery of Regettable Foods
Where have all these images slumbered, lo these many decades? In small faded books, shoved in the back of some Mom's pantry...

The Other Other White Meat

Meat! Meat! Meat! In which you'll meet Meat! Meat! Meat! Also, Meat!

The Unbearable Sadness of Vegetables

Jello Confronts the Depression

Sunday, 19 December 2004

Future Blog Titles?
Musicohistorical Theomathematics
Hypnagogic Myoclonus 005797.html#67146
If my love
is an echo
what is it an echo


The Genesian Theatre Company was formed in 1944 and has developed into a community theatre group providing a training ground for young actors and a place where those who love the theatre can meet, share and extend their knowledge of the performing arts.
The building which houses the Company dates from 1868. It served as both a church and a poor school until 1932 when it became the Kursaal Theatre, housing the Sydney Repertory Company. In 1938 it became the first Matthew Talbot Hostel [for homeless men]. Since 1954 it has been the home of the Genesian Theatre Company. The Company took its name from Saint Genesius,the patron saint of actors. 1036026977747.html
Spencer Tunick
November 1 2002

Spencer Tunick's images of mass nakedness reveal much more than just skin, writes Peter Hill.
Spencer Tunick - Melbourne Photo Shoot
As part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival American artist Spencer Tunick asked for people to strip off and pose nude on mass for a photo shoot.
On a cold and rainy Sunday morning in Melbourne 4,300 people turned up. I was one of them. This is my story of this remarkable and exhilarating event.
Chris Padgham
1st November 2001
Highly Inappropriate Christmas Cards

Kraue, sch?ner Schadenfreude,
In der Weblog Heiligtum;
Schlag in Ruhe, mit Verst?ndnis
Sandy Claws (Index page) (The Cargo Ship)
Old Units of Length - Units of weight and volume are also considered details-db.php?collection=siggraph&collectionid =et138_18_pipe_dream
Pipe Dream 2001
In this SINGLE from a VIDEO ALBUM, all instruments are played by steel balls shot out of PVC tubing.
From the producer of the original ''musical fountain'' in More Bells and Whistles, SIGGRAPH 1990. Two years in the making, the full video album comprises 7 pieces, each by a completely different instrument configuration. Proprietary animation software analyzes the music, and automatically drives the movement of the instruments for highly accurate and efficient animation. Essentially no traditional keyframing is used. The DVD version of this video album is due to be released in late Summer 2001.
Director: Wayne Lytle
Producer: Wayne Lytle
Production Company: Animusic
Contact information:
317 Nye Rd.
Cortland, NY 13045
United States
Caring for the Wounded in Iraq — A Photo Essay
George E. Peoples, M.D., James R. Jezior, M.D., and Craig D. Shriver, M.D.
From the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
New England Journal of Medicine
NEJM Volume 351:2476-2480 9th December, 2004 Number 24