Monthly Archives: August 2013

Maximise the Value of Your Myki Pass Refund

Don’t you love dealing with companies to get refunds?

Earlier this month my Myki died. (Out-of-towners: Myki is Melbourne’s public transport smartcard ticket system. We use the term “Smartcard” loosely.) In fact it got me to the city but wouldn’t let me go home. Totally dead. All readers at all gates just stared blankly up at me. Continue reading

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Scaling Images for Websites

Last week I hastily posted a rant about massive images used in some web pages and web formatted email newsletters.

Fingers have since been pointed at Mailchimp, a popular mass mailout service, for the bungle. Apparently Mailchimp says it scales images that are published with emailouts. It does, sort of. Continue reading

When Adding Images to a Website… PLEASE Scale!

G’day everyone! It’s been a while hasn’t it? I haven’t posted lately because I’ve de-prioritised blogging for a bit to get some other stuff done. Sorry about that. Or maybe you’re glad of the space?

Anyway, time for a bit of a rant and hopefully some education. Continue reading

The Sapphires DVD Cover: Racist or Clever Marketing?

There are lots of writing blogs telling us to get our book covers just right. I’ve also written a couple of posts about the mistreatment of indigenous people recently. Today they come together.

Sapphires USA DVD Cover

No, The Sapphires are not an obscure backing group for a slick and horrid in-your-face white dude dancing

The Sapphires is an Australian movie based on a true story about four talented aboriginal girls, played by Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell, who, in the 1960’s, fight racism and discrimination to become recognised as the great singers they were. Continue reading

Character Development: When Your Main Character Tells You How It’s Done

My main character from Rochelle’s Briefcase popped into my head the other day and boy did she give me serve!
It took me a little by surprise. I mean, it shouldn’t have. Who else’s head would she be in?
It was an interesting exercise in character development. Here’s what we had to say to each other: Continue reading