Jayeless.net

Posts categorised ‘Articles’

Privacy and the 2021 Census

In just over two weeks, it’ll be Census night in Australia – that time every five years when every household is asked (in a “let us make you an offer you literally can’t refuse” kind of way) to sit down and fill out a detailed questionnaire about anyone who’s staying there that night. Now to be clear, while it’s easy to snark about the draconian penalties levied …

Read more…

Rake and Its Depiction of Women

The other night, Viv and I finished watching Rake (IMDB link). If you’re not familiar, it’s an Australian comedy-drama about a randy barrister, Cleaver Greene, whose life is a neverending trainwreck. And before I get too deep into the rest of this post, I can confirm that it is a seriously funny, though densely-plotted, absurdist kind of show. They made five seasons of it, each with …

Read more…

Laundry in Winter

A couple of years ago, I think, I put out a tweet that went along the lines of, “So sick of hanging out the same washing day after day and it still NEVER DRIES. How are you supposed to line-dry clothes in the winter?”

This got retweeted by a mutual with tens of thousands of followers, and then I got inundated with snarky replies like “TIL they don’t have dryers in Australia …

Read more…

Forays Into the “Curly Girl Method”

A bit over a week ago, I stumbled across the concept of the “Curly Girl Method”, a hair care routine which is supposed to be better for curly and wavy hair. Uncharacteristically for me, because I’m not usually a “hair and beauty” hobbyist kind of person, I quickly became intrigued. I may not have curly hair, but I definitely have wavy hair, and (while this might …

Read more…

Updating My Hugo Blog From My Phone

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an individual in possession of a Hugo blog must feel compelled to make loads of posts about every aspect of their Hugo setup, and I must admit that this instinct has not totally escaped me 😅 At least I write enough about other things to not be in the bottom-right corner of shame on this scatterplot. Today’s post is on something I’ve seen a …

Read more…

Reviewing Victoria's Public Holidays

For those who are unaware, today (Sunday, 25 April) is the public holiday of Anzac Day, which commemorates a campaign whereby Australian and NZ soldiers tried to invade part of modern-day Turkey at the behest of the British, who had put together their plan so haphazardly that it was pretty much doomed from the start, and got solidly trounced. Now, even when I was a kid I didn’t really like …

Read more…

Melbourne's Property Development Crisis

Like many people, I think, I have an instinctive contempt for property developers.

It’s not that I object to new apartment buildings, per se. There do seem to be a lot of people in Melbourne who think that three million was the perfect population size for our city, and since as far as they’re concerned we were “full” at that point, we should continue to have a housing …

Read more…

AstraZeneca, blood clots and Australia

Australia has followed the lead of a few European countries in curtailing the rollout of AstraZeneca vaccines, due to the extremely low, but still existent, risk of dangerous blood clots. Last night the government announced that it would now be “recommended” for under-50s to get a different vaccine instead, of which Australia had only ordered Pfizer, and only enough to partially cover …

Read more…

photo of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.