Posts by TracyMac

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  • Hard News: Friday Music (on a Thursday):…,

    And it's not just the menz thinking about Sharon O'Neill all those years ago. ;-)

    Totally cool, and very hot. She gave an aura of being confident in her sexuality without it being "slutty" or gratuitous in a skin-exposing kind of way. Lots of my friends modelled themselves on her, which given some of the other potential rolemodels of the time, was great.

    ...On another note, there aren't that many varieties of English where this couplet rhymes:

    And it's telling me that
    You're so hard to forget

    So endearing. :-)

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 539 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Wogistan form book, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I've been carrying all manner of kinky gear thru lately (checked luggage), and I am soooo thankful I haven't been tossed yet. I'm sure the handcuffs (real ones) would be entertaining enough, not to mention the various floggers, whips, knives, rope, sex toys, etc etc etc...

    I have stopped carrying hypodermic needles across borders - it seriously didn't cross my mind until recently that if they were discovered, I could be viewed as an injecting drug user, which of course most Customs agencies would have a few looooong questions about. :-(

    Just a question on the US situation: are they still fingerprinting everyone (non-US passport holders) like criminals?

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  • Hard News: The Wogistan form book, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Canberra Airport ALWAYS pulls me aside for bomb screening. I go there every 6 or so weeks, and I'm just assuming they're so bored, they need to be doing something. They love their bomb screening there.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Free and Legal, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    in combination with the age of my OS (Windows 5.0SP4). Time for an upgrade methinks.

    I'd definitely say that would be the first port of call! Windows 2000?

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  • Speaker: Queen City: A Secret History of…, in reply to DeepRed,

    Dude, her lifetime. She was a transwoman, not just a drag queen.

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  • Hard News: The Next Act, in reply to Shaun Lott,

    Don't worry, I've lived here most of my life, and I never got the fascination with Holmes either. Nearly all of the causes he espoused - and I include Eve Van Grafhorst in this - had an air of the dogwhistle about them (in that instance, while he was probably genuinely shocked at Eve's treatment, there was a big helping of "We're better than those Aussies" about it).

    Thanks for the balanced obit, Russell, and here's hoping that will be the end of all the slavering from the rest of the media. This past couple of weeks of pre-obits has been incredibly irritating. I think the only day when there wasn't a story was the day before he actually passed away.

    I'd also be interested if Damian can crank something out, because I'd like to understand what the fascination was with this so-called champion of the "underdog" was (John Banks? Don't make me larf).

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  • Speaker: Queen City: A Secret History of…,

    I just missed the KG club, which met its demise just before I became part of the queer community.

    But thanks for the reflection on where we were and how much things have really changed (while a few things remain the same).

    I would like to mention the fact that lesbians weren't just playing in softball/soccer teams or creating newsletters (although those were important cultural icons). In the 80s and 90s, we were also dancing away at clubs like Juliana's, Tongue n Groove, whatever that bar was upstairs in Albert St with the iconic pool night, and Lasso upstairs in Staircase in its latter incarnation on K Rd.

    Also, I'd like to acknowledge the important role Rainbow Youth (formed out of ALGY) has played for many GenX and Y youths (and young people like my nephew now) in supporting their coming out process and other advocacy. I never directly participated in their groups, but many many of my friends did, from the gay, lesbian, bi and trans subgroups. A fantastic support organisation.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 539 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: MegaBox: From f**k-all to zero, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    +1

    Frankly, if I WERE a child pornographer, I would sure as hell be encrypting everything up the wazoo already, and have been doing so for years. Not to mention PGPing emails and suchlike.

    I think there have been papers written about how internet crime/dodginess enables certain technologies to develop faster, like engineering and the military. While porn isn't crime as such, the amount of huge web farms and sophisicated content-delivery methods they use has certainly enhanced those technologies - they have the money to throw at it.

    So too with crims and certain types of viruses, bot, and encryption/"hiding stuff" technology.

    Canberra, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 539 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The mathematics of marriage, in reply to Euan Mason,

    I totally agree that "polygamy" smacks of horrible patriarchal institutions - despite the fact it's supposed to technically mean "multiple marriage" these days, there is the etymology and associated baggage.

    That's why a bunch of hippie Westerners invented terms like "polyamory", which still gives me the shits with its wankiness, but is the best way to describe my relationship style.

    Sure, there are a bunch of unreformed Mormons who call themselves "polygamists" in the US, and traditional Middle Eastern/African immigrants (not just Muslims) in many places, but I would guess there is a good proportion of us liberal polyamorous types in Western societies, in comparison. That is, engaged in multiple and more-or-less egalitarian relationships (no less so than the majority of marriages/relationships in broader society - in fact, I would go so far as to say they are often more egalitarian).

    Since it is the laws in countries like ours that we are considering, I don't see why it should be too problematic to support multiple marriage laws. If you are concerned about the effects on communities that endorse "harem-style" setups, our marriage laws now make no difference to those situations , evidently, oppressive or not.

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  • Hard News: The mathematics of marriage, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    Fair enough.

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