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Yesterday my little sister did something I thought was rather strange. She was typing a comment to someone on the internet and used the word “colour”, since she was talking about graphics. Then she mused, “No, these are Americans, I might as well simplify everything and use American English,” and deleted the U.

For a while I was dumbfounded. “What?!”

“Well, seeing as they’re all Americans, I thought I’d make everyone’s lives easier and just spell words their way.”

I spent the next ten minutes explaining that:

  1. Americans are going to understand what the word “colour” means just fine, even if they don’t spell the word that way.
  2. No, it is not even going to take them a second to “translate” the word. Do we need a second to translate the word “color”? No? Then they won’t either (unless they’re really, really sheltered I guess).
  3. It is actually MORE bother to type “colour” then go back and delete the U, than simply to leave it there. And it doesn’t save the Americans any bother either, because as points #1 and #2 state, they’re going to know what the word means.
  4. She didn’t even know the person she was typing the comment to was American. She was only guessing. For all she knew, this person came from one of the multitude of countries in which “colour” is spelt with a U, and then her efforts would have been completely counter-productive.

My sister was unimpressed and eventually retorted, “Why do you even care?!” Hmm. Good question.

I replied, “Because you’re not being very patriotic!”

…then she gigglesnorted at the idea that I would care about others’ lack of patriotism. Read More »

Wednesday morning, I had a Psychology exam. It went well, except for area of study one question one (which is ostensibly the easiest question in the entire short-answer section), which as usual I managed to completely overthink until I had written the wrong answer. Keep in mind there were only two possible answers. And I’d written the correct one originally but crossed it out. So you know, it was irritating to know I’d already lost two marks for such an easy question. But that’s not actually what this entry is about.

Because it was exam week, I had no more commitments for the rest of the day after my Psych exam. That left me free to attend a rally on the steps of Parliament House. I’m embarrassingly ignorant of state affairs a lot of the time, but I was aware of the protesters’ concerns and volunteered to go with my dad. So I went.

It wasn’t the kind of protest that would attract a lot of attention. Read More »

It often irks me when people offer vocal support to our Prime Minister. It irked me far less back when he was Opposition Leader — I was as pleased as anyone when he defeated John Howard at the polls — but hating Howard is not a good enough reason to be wilfully ignorant of Rudd’s failings.

I often don’t see how people can offer him their unconditional support. Does no one read The Australian? Has no one read the multitude of articles outlining his and his government’s various flaws? Apparently not, because I keep hearing glowing praise about him. He apologised to the Stolen Generations! He single-handedly saved the economy from recession by paying half the population $900! He saves the environment, but not at the expense of economic growth! His idea of foreign policy is “being a good international citizen”! What’s not to like?

Yesterday, the reasons for some of these attitudes were revealed to me. The Australian published an article entitled “Rise of Rudd’s sentinels of spin”. It outlines the ways in which the dissemination of information has been centralised in the hands of the Prime Minister, and how the media is forced not to examine any decision too carefully. Read More »