Thursday, August 31, 2006

So that's what's been going on for the past 20 years

Ha, ha, ha; apparently I have asthma.

Not 100% sure because I've got to go back next week for the full work-up, but close enough. Darn, I guess I really will have to give up smoking now.


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Drug Sniffing Dogs - wrong two-thirds of the time

Boycat's mum told me about a drug dog operation at Brunswick Street station last week.

I didn't like those things because I don't like the police being able to arbitrarily pull people up and search them. I mean, I agree to be searched going onto an aeroplane or going into Lang Park, because those are the rules I agreed to abide by when purchasing my ticket. But just walking along?

Anyway, it seems that the 'reasonable suspicion' that causes the cops to search you is a reaction from a drug dog. However, it's instructive to read the Police PR release in its entirety:
Drug operation, Brunswick Street Railway Station: Police have arrested 26 people following a policing operation at the Brunswick Street Railway Station on Friday night and early Saturday morning. The operation involved a passive drug detection dog team as well as police from the Railway Squad, Public Safety Response Team, and the City Tactical Crime Squad. During the operation 80 people were detained and searched after the drug detection dog indicated that they had been in contact with dangerous drugs. Police arrested 26 people for 28 drug related offences as well as two other people for public nuisance and stealing. Those arrested will face court at a later date.
Get that? 80 people searched, 26 had something on them - that's a 32.5% success rate.

I saw a documentary about drug sniffing dogs once - they said that a single false positive meant the dog was fired from the drug squad. Obviously not in Queensland.


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Atlantic Hurricane Watch

Florida Panhandle on Alert


Weekend Update 060827

Queensland Roar 3 - Perth Glory 0
Phew! It was looking grim for a while there. Like last season, but worse. And Queensland gives up possession again.

All that time spent looking for strikers and none of them looked that hot in the first half; Milicic was fiddling around with it and never getting a clean shot in, Reinaldo looks more like a mid-fielder. And Queensland gives up possession again.

Seo didn't have a good night, we didn't control the ball in the mid-field at all; Wedau was invisible - so much for the "push button tempo controller" or whatever it was that Miron the Mouth called him in an interview I saw on Total Football the other day when I was away: Murdocca should be in the run-on side instead of him. And Queensland gives up possession again.

Although that might mean Massimo wouldn't be so fresh and able to slice through them at the end of the game like he did. Because until the fresh legs came on it looked like being another really bad night for the Roar. No one should really fail to beat Perth, given what's going on with them. Then we scored three goals in six minutes and all was forgiven.

Except by me: as you might have guessed, I thought we gave up possession far too easily, far too often.

Still, the Roar might end up at the top of the table after today's games, if no one else wins 3-0 or better. We were on top after the first round last year. Eventual position: 6th.

Taringa Rovers Falls at the Final Hurdle
There was an article in Saturday's paper about Taringa Rovers. Well, it was about the final weekend of the Premier League and how there were five teams going for four spots and all the permutations of what would happen if particular teams won or lost, but the headline was Last-ditch bid for Rovers, so I'm going to say it was about my old team, Taringa.

"Taringa, on 39 points, must beat third-placed Palm Beach today to cement its finals spot while Pine Rivers can also jump into finals contention witha win over Brisbane City. "

Pine Rivers did (2-0), Taringa didn't (0-3), so they ended up fifth, one place better than last year, according to the Wiki.

The Premier League Reserves team won 2-0, but also ended up in 5th place.

Manchester United Top of the Table (after three games)
...though Chelsea haven't played their third, yet.

Still, they've got a goal difference of +8 (10 for, 2 against) and only one of those three games was played at home, so things are looking good.

I know it's early in the season; but, it's never bad to go out to a commanding lead early.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Darwin Police look freaky

Judging by the footage I saw on tv this morning, they dress like soliders and act like Nazis.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Farmers' Almanack


Fire season started six weeks early this year.

This would be tied into the fact that we got our usual September heat starting around mid-August.


Monday, August 21, 2006

Update to Misc Week ending 060813

I'm not sure how Taringa Rovers went against the Strikers, but they drew 1-1 with Rochedale Rovers yesterday. Unfortunately, they've slipped into 4th place. (My cousin's team, the Premier League reserves lost 8-0.)

Souths-Logan were the TV game, but I didn't see it. We lost 60-10, so that's probably a good thing.

Queensland Roar beat NZ 2-1 in the 7th place-play-off in the pre-season cup. Back to our usual position on the table.


Saturday, August 12, 2006

Misc Week ending 060813

Damn 'drafts' folder. I lose stuff in there. Here's something I wrote last weekend...

Queensland Roar lost to Melbourne in their pre-season match 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

Bojinka! Imagine if this had happened 11 years ago... Oh, it did?

Taringa Rovers plays the Brisbane Strikers tomorrow.

People analysing those search terms that AOL released have found some interesting patterns.

The Souths-Logan Magpies play Toowoomba today, but the score isn't up on the QRL's website yet. It looks like we're going to be the TV game next week - there's only ever one game played at 2pm on a Saturday. Yep, a troll through the ABC program guide confirms it.

White guys on the Down Low?

The results are on now: Souths-Logan got thumped by Toowoomba 48-22. Mind you, Toowoomba are the Broncos' reserve team, so I didn't expect any different.


Friday, August 04, 2006

I used to produce songs this bad

Jennie Pearl: "Maybe in Another Year"


Misc 060803

I've been slack and have not yet mailed that DVD.

Here's a story that's been happening for a while, but which might be of interest to any reader who used to live near Narangba. The link is to Google news, so I have no idea what will be on it when you look at it, but there should be something toxic still there.

The Catholic Education dude wrote a letter to the editor denying they'd ever thought about the value of the Rosalie land when working out whether to close the school. (This was on July 18, but I hadn't read it when I did the Rosalie thing below.)