Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Heaps of zombies at ABC Pool

Just a quick update. There's now heaps of Brisbane Zombie Walk content up at Pool.

Photos (including the one above) by Giulio Saggin, video by Leonard King and I, audio interviews and sfx by me, and also contributions shared by other Pool members.

Head on over and check it out!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tweet digest

  • 08:06 @RubyTombstone Yeah, that was a good one. #
  • 08:07 @kate_eltham Thanks Kate! #
  • 08:46 did #brisbanezombiewalk trend? I think too many people may have been too zombified to tweet. :) #
  • 09:42 New #brisbanezombiewalk video of zombie chomping on set of legs outside 7-11! At Pool: #
  • 10:21 New #brisbanezombiewalk video on Pool. Crowd shot... and zombie dog! #
  • 11:34< /em> Horror writer killed in freak zombie attack! :) Faux news, on Pool: #
  • 11:43 @ABCPool @Tara_Moss Don't think a lurch has been organised for Sydney yet. FB #
  • 15:11 Going on 720 ABC Perth at 1730 AEST to talk about #brisbanezombiewalk. Tune in or stream via #
  • 15:13 My #brisbanezombiewalk story is now 2nd in most popular! #
  • 15:35 More #brisbanezombiewalk video: Attack of the zombie dalmatian 7 #
  • 20:20 @reputationrepor Hey there. Just got this. I was only on air for about a minute! #
  • 21:25 New #brisbanezombiewalk video at Pool. Vox pop with surprise ending! #
  • 21:30 #brisbanezombiewalk blog post at Pool: #
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Fantastic day at Brisbane Zombie Walk

It was kind of weird, covering the Brisbane Zombie Walk yesterday.

I keep thinking of weddings. First stop for Giulio Saggin (ABC News Online snapper - see one of this great photos above) and myself was at the home of organisers Cara Westworth and Anthony Radaza.

People were rushing around all over the place getting ready. Peter Tame from MarzFX was creating gruesome wounds with latex and make-up. Cara's mum was over at the stove, whipping up some more fake blood.

It had that 'getting ready for a wedding' vibe.

Then, when it was all over, there was a strange sense of loss. And extreme exhaustion!

I emailed Anthony to thank him for his help and he msged back, thanking me for 'sharing their special day'.

Again - weddings!

Well, there were certainly enough zombie brides there!

You can check out some stills and footage from the walk, or upload your own, at the Pool. Also, heaps of people are posting stuff to the BZW Facebook page.

I also wrote a short story for ABC News Online, which you can read here. (Our special presentation will be up in about a month).

Thanks again to everyone who helped me out.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

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  • 17:16 Back from awesome day at #brisbanezombiewalk. Big thanks to @rockfotze, Lara and Anthony, and everyone else who helped us out! #
  • 17:48 Just uploaded first (of many) #brisbanezombiewalk items to pool: #
  • 20:04 Undead lurch through Brisbane (via @abcnews) #
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

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Friday, October 23, 2009

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  • 09:09 RT @ABCPool: Call-out: DEAD WALK ... Are you a zombie lurcher? How did you survive the zombie apocalypse? #
  • 09:22 RT @KingLeonard: Anyone doing the Bris #zombiewalk this Sunday let me know. I'm wanting to stage a few shots for our @abcnews special. #
  • 13:28 RT @abcnews: 'Always blow on the pie': policeman's advice goes viral will #alwaysblowonthepie trend? #
  • 14:38 RT @awrd: RT @ABCPool: ABC News Online & Pool's 'The Dead Walk!' callout features on Boing Boing! #
  • 20:03 Into #zombies? @ABCPool wants to hear from you: #
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The Dead Walk... to ABC Pool

I'm doing a big audiovisual extravaganza on the Brisbane Zombie Walk for ABC News Online.

We're also teaming up with ABC Pool to do a zombie walk project, which means you can join in the fun!

Basically, you can upload photos, text, video, audio, mash ups etc around the theme of zombies.

ABC News Online will upload a selection of footage from Sunday's zombie walk (starts 3pm, Wickham Park, through to the Valley), which you're free to mash up/remix etc.

Creative Commons Australia believes this could be an Australian first!

The best submissions to ABC Pool will be incorporated into our ABC News presentation.


(As featured on BoingBoing!)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tweet digest

  • 12:27 @KevinRuddPM So will you be gracing the cover of Rolling Stone? Punch = yes: Editor = maybe: #
  • 13:15 Just had a meeting about logistics for covering the Brisbane Zombie Walk on Sunday! #
  • 13:20 RT @abcnews: BREAKING NEWS: Entertainer and TV personality Don Lane has died. #
  • 13:44 @GeordieGuy Is Borderlands any good? #
  • 14:17 @crikey_news Your article on Punch/ABC is incorrect. Le igh Sales and Mark Colvin write for ABC News' Off Air blog, not Unleashed. Thanks. #
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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  • 08:48 @howlingeverett @antiadventures thanks for the ideas. I'll check them out. #
  • 09:06 @antiadventures yeah, i'm sort of just starting out. a hobby. i want to put my work out there but i'm not fussed about hosting it myself. #
  • 09:19 @antiadventures Cool. I'll definitely check it out. #
  • 10:24 RT @abcnews: Cassie White interviews #horror photographer Joshua Hoffine: &lt;- love how he used to work for Hallmark! #
  • 12:47 @Stephanie_Gunn Sorry, sent those last two from @BlackOnline. I came into some cash so bought Mac, to use Scrivener. Very happy with it. #
  • 15:08 Just found out I'm coming to #sydney140! Woohoo! #ftw #
  • 19:27 RT @abcnews: ABC head of TV Kim Dalton is warning conservative viewers to avoid John Saffran's show Race Relations #
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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  • 20:24 Any ideas for best free solution for posting #webcomics online? Have been playing with tumblr but I'd prefer bigger pic sizes. #lazyweb #
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Monday, October 19, 2009

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  • 19:48 Getting back into my comics. I need a laugh. Pens - check. Idea - check. Paper - doh! #
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Friday, October 16, 2009

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  • 08:12 RT @abcnews: BREAKING NEWS: CNN says the 'balloon boy' has been found safe at home. #
  • 11:03 ÆTHELRED07 #medievalbumperstickers #
  • 11:24 RT @CristenTilley: Not happy, Joan #medievalbumperstickers #
  • 11:24 RT @KingLeonard: Magic Happens... then gets you burned at the stake. #medievalbumperstickers #
  • 11:26 RT @abcnews: Has your iPhone alarm ever let you down? If so, tweet us. Thanks. #
  • 20:49 Just purchased an excellent tshirt: #
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

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  • 08:36 Our photo editor says this photo reminds him of Mork & Mindy :) Now *there's* a franchise that needs to be rebooted! #
  • 11:59 @DarrylMason Shazbot! #
  • 11:59 @rachelsoma when i get paid i'm buying one of those tshirts. #
  • 12:01 RT 1twistedmind: Great photoshop of a creepy eye! #
  • 12:27 @DarrylMason Yes. That was awesome. Introd uced me to the concept of crossovers. #
  • 12:30 @DarrylMason Have you seen the ep of Friends with Dr Harad: "Just to clarify. I'm not Fonzie." Then: "Fonzie met Mork. Mork froze Fonzie." #
  • 13:38 @DarrylMason eeeeeeeyyyy! #
  • 13:42 Love this self-help Q & A (via @boingboing) #
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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  • 10:36 "When there's no more room in hell, the dead shall walk the Earth." Was this written for Dawn of the Dead, or does it pre-date it? #lazyweb #
  • 13:03 Love this headline: Tigers struggle to make lunch. (it's really hard to hold the knife with no opposable thumbs) #
  • 14:50 RT @rachelsoma: Warning: Full Frontal Nerdity tshirt now available! (attn @kingleonard) #
  • 14:54 @rachelsoma No worries. That is a supacool tshirt. I'd buy one except somehow I've never played D&D. I did own a d20 once, tho. :) #
  • 14:58 @rachelsoma I think the d20 is brilliant. it looks like one of those chemical/biohazard symbols, yet has meaning for those in the know. #
  • 15:00 @rachelsoma ...and it's symmetrical too. #
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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  • 20:06 sadface #
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

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  • 06:14 So did you end up going to see Julie and Julia? What did you think? #
  • 19:24 A list of research links for my latest project. Can you guess what kind of book it's going to be? #
  • 19:41 @Donnas_Blog :) now all i have to do is make it good and get it published. Easy! #
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Research for new book

I wrote the first draft of my new novel following some guidelines from Cory Doctorow, which included not stopping for research, but instead typing TK and then coming back to it later.

Anyway, I recently finished my TKs, and I thought it might be of interest to post them here.

You can get an idea of what kind of book it is, as well as stuff I previously didn't know!

Passenger ferry:

Luxury yacht layout:

Joint strike fighter:

The lake the city is on:

His gun:

Ammo .32 ACP

Her gun:

His ex-wife: Michelle

His son: deceased: Alex


Remington 870 pump action: Ammo: 

Assault rifle:

M4 Ammo:

Wegener’s dad: Antony

Chicago Police Dept:

US army standard issue assault rifle: Ammo: 5.56mm

His dad’s unit in Vietnam:

MP5: Ammo:

Illinois breweries:

When did it start: 9am

Where they were parked: Golem Parade

US army sniper rifle: M24 Ammo: .300 Winchester Magnum

US army sniper school: Camp Robinson Arkansas

Toyota Hiace:

SWAT armoured car: Engine:

Air-to-surface missile:

Sears Tower: Location: S Wacker Drive

World Trade Centre:

Sky lobby in Wills Tower 33/34 and 65/66:

US tank: M1 Abrams

Giant honey bees shimmer in waves

Antennas of top of Sears Tower:

Black Hawk:

M60 machine gun: Ammo: .308 calibre

Anti-tank missiles: Javelin

USMC weapons:

M41A carbine: with underslung grenade launcher:

Daisy Cutter:

James Montgomery, SEAL Team Six

Pancho: Michaels’ offsider

North Avenue Bridge: 50-ft drop

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tweet digest

  • 08:35 Headline on @abcnews from 1998: Customers give big four banks the thumbs down. #groundhogday #
  • 08:37 Murdoch attacks Google: &lt;- maybe all news ltd sites should opt to make themselves invisible to Google? :) #
  • 08:58 RT @OHnewsroom: Ed: "How's that story coming along?" Reporter: "It's almost done. I just have to write it." &lt;-been there #
  • 09:44 RT @abcnews: @KevinRuddPM No, but what do you think about Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win? #
  • 10:58 Attn @KevinRuddPM @mediahunter @MC_LH @NBarton @emes el @chopperT @cold_shuga @sarahstyle @travelingcherie Twitter story: #
  • 10:59 RT @abcnews: PM turns to Twitter over Julia dilemma: :) #
  • 11:04 RT @stilgherrian: Kurt Vonnegut's 8 rules for writing a short story. #
  • 12:04 @wmyeoh How is it lazy? We're writing something extra that wouldn't have existed otherwise. We're not funnelling resources from Four Corners #
  • 12:05 @wmyeoh social media stories are a miniscule part of ABC News output. Wou ld you prefer we ignored it altogether? #
  • 12:09 @sarahstyle no worries. #
  • 12:18 @wmyeoh I guess the story is aimed more at people who don't use Twitter. I can understand that some Twitter users might think 'so what?' #
  • 12:20 @wmyeoh The other thing is that, even if you do use Twitter, doesn't mean you're across everything that's being said. #
  • 12:25 @wmyeoh We think it's interesting that he's using technology in this way. #
  • < li>12:32 @wmyeoh That's a great idea. I'll forward it to our News Online reporters (who don't work weekends) for followup during the week. #
  • 12:39 @wmyeoh No worries. Thanks for offering it. I think we do a pretty good job @abcnews, but nobody is perfect! :) #
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Friday, October 09, 2009

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  • 09:08 RT @BlackOnline: No decapitation for Aussie version of #L4D2. Boo! &lt;- no dismemberment either. What's the point?! :) #
  • 13:46 @OzAlleyCat You should've pulled a @benjaminfolds and finished by chucking your stool at the piano. #
  • 13:55 @Elva_Darnell Wall of Fluff: #
  • 14:25 RT @tansyrr: who were your girl heroes growing up? join the discussion #
  • 19:21 @OzAlleyCat I don't know where I got piano from? I guess throwing a stool at a flute isn't as impressive. Throwing a piano at a flute, maybe #
  • 19:21 @awrd and a fine catchup it was. Looking forward to unleashing the #zombies. #
  • 19:23 Is #google down? #
  • 21:10 "Space is SO BORING." - Bart Simpson #
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Thursday, October 08, 2009

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  • 08:27 @theburgerman what's their take on it? #
  • 08:58 RT @abcnews: UPDATE: A #tsunami watch has now been issued for Queensland, between Mackay and Gladstone. #
  • 11:25 @OzAlleyCat Don't worry, all the warnings/watches have now been cancelled: #
  • 12:37 @benjaminsolah Hi Ben, You've quoted in this story by one of my @abcnews colleagues: #vegefail #
  • 15:00 @rosieryan yes, that is a practical solution. Deleting female friends... now... #
  • 15:03 @KingLeonard @rosieryan "really gay" as opposed to "just a little bit gay"? :) #
  • 15:15 @rosieryan ps it's your turn to do a Soapbox: #
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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

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  • 10:44 @LEIGHSALES I burnt mine. With unleaded. #
  • 12:20 "Advertising is the tax you pay for being unremarkable" Robert Stephens, Geek Squad founder (via @MarissaTree @GaryBertwistle @trevoryoung) #
  • 12:56 @ABCTV_australia Do you know when Iron Man Armoured Adventures is coming back on? My son is a big fan. And I don't mind it either. :) #
  • 14:58 @wolfcat I hate those ads. But they're good for @abcnews! #
  • 15:05 @ABCTV_australia Wooh oo! Thanks for getting back to me. #
  • 15:27 My wife just got interviewed for the amazing murals she has painted on the cubby at playgroup. Flickr slideshow: #
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

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  • 10:02 RT @benbarberhays: RT @NuttyNewswire 12 Most Bizarre Police Sketches Ever #news #wtf #
  • 10:05 RT @wolfcat: RT @paulkidd: Former US missile silo converted to "swanky bachelor pad" [pics] #
  • 10:33 @wolfcat 10 print "I agree" 20 goto 10 30 run #
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Monday, October 05, 2009

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  • 08:38 Got Mary Poppins out for my son on Friday. Now I can't get those damn tunes out of my head. #earworm #
  • 09:17 @lucethoughts That's off the scale. Off. The. Scale. #
  • 09:24 Last week at the shops, my 4yo says, at standard 4yo volume, 'Daddy, that man's got a big bottom'. #whosekidisthat (He did, by the way) #
  • 14:07 @julie_posetti An @abcnews example: (and we delete the incorrect tweet) #
  • 14:44 RT @abcnews: Photo gallery for the ute lovers out there #
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Friday, October 02, 2009

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  • 14:11 @xino Yes. #
  • 14:22 @xino right. #
  • 20:34 Me, on The Soapbox, paraphrasing @johnbirmingham and @renailemay on #vegeFAIL. Please leave your own video comment. #
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Thursday, October 01, 2009

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  • 11:45 RT @abcnews: Beneath the neon: Life underground in Vegas &lt;-- great read. #
  • 14:08 Interesting discussion in the newsroom prompts the question: Was Sarah Connor the first MILF? #
  • 19:11 @JPLS I meant more that Kyle Reese was sent back to protect S Connor, knowing that she's J Connor's mum. And they get it on. #terminatormilf #
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