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Job's Prayer

I wrote the following ditty as a blog comment back in August, in response to John Birmingham's post, From iPhone to ...more

Textual Pleasures

Every so often, the bells and whistles of the graphical user interface are painful to deal with and I find myself ...more

The sounds of silence

I was sitting on a camp site pit toilet listening to a currawong warbling to its mates in neighbouring trees. It ...more

Did You Know?

Mayor Quimby - The Simpsons and the Addams Family

Matt Groening named a number of characters in the Simpsons after street names in his home town of Portland, Oregon. Names like Flanders, Lovejoy, Powell, Kearney and Quimby.

Now, this may well be true, but I was just watching an episode of the original Addams Family television series, Gomez, The Politician(2nd Oct 1964), in which there is a city council election. And who should become Mayor?

A fellow called Quimby! Yep, that's right - just like in the Simpsons. (Or the other way around, really).

Could this have been in the back of Groening's mind when picked that name for his mayor?

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