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Damn you, Ruddbot. Damn you all to hell

Posted November 14, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

It was a slow news day, yesterday. Emphasis on the word 'day'. I did something I rarely do and emailed my editor at Brisbane Times to query a few topics for today's blog. And I did something I often do, throwing the question out to Twitter. A surprising number of people there wanted me to write about cheese. Not sure what's up with that.

In the end I went with a topic I've had on the back burner for a couple of weeks, people's reluctance to part with even a couple of dollars for a decent app. I was inspired by the surprising (or perhaps that should be unsurprising) level of whingeing I saw on Twitter when Fantastical and Tweetbot relaunched their apps for iOS 7. Complete redesigns, beautifully done. And all of these nuff nuffs squealing like stuck pigs at the terrible terrible price of it all.

Two or three bucks as I recall. I bought both of them.

Anyway, there's really not that much to say on the topic, which meant that the language I used became a lot more florid and violent. Sometimes when you got almost nothing to say, it inspires you to say is in the most colorful fashion possible.

I reread the piece before filing and was reasonably happy with it.

Next thing I know, just before heading off to bed (without my iPad) I saw that Rudd had resigned, or retired or whatever they call it when you leave your seat in Parliament a week after you got there. The thought immediately struck me that that's what I should have blogged about, but screw him. I'd already filed.

Anyway, long story short, they backed the truck load of money up to my front door this morning and so there will be another Blunty today which I will link to a bit later when it comes through subbing. I hope they sub bit. I had to smash that thing out and about twenty-five minutes.

10 Responses to ‘Damn you, Ruddbot. Damn you all to hell’

Matthew mutters...

Posted November 14, 2013

25 minutes? How long can it take to write 500 words of HA HA HA HA HA?

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DNABeast swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 14, 2013

I upgraded to Tweetbot 3 but I still don't use it. 3.1 fixed most of my problems with it but I still can't tweet from a list and that's something that I do all the damn time.

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Rob would have you know...

Posted November 14, 2013

thank fuck Rudd went. Prime example of everything wrong with the public service and vanity politics. I'm sure he will be ok what with being able to spend his wifes money on butlers and so forth. You have probably written enough about ole' ruddy , he doesn't need anymore of your time.

paying for apps? well I finally paid for a star wars angry burds game. I thought it would get rid of the advertising. It didn't. Just slightly less of them. I would have paid for viber but its free. I did find an album I haven't been able to get, on google music and it was cheaper than Itunes. So that was a good find.

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Quokka reckons...

Posted November 14, 2013

Dang. I just lost a bet with Morgana, I thought for sure (she's got Clive) she'd beat me to a bi-election.

We're in Griffith & I was quite convinced KRudd had burrowed in like a tick & would not pull out till the beast was dead and done.

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Blarkon asserts...

Posted November 14, 2013

Truckload of cash? A new retina iPad mini won't even cost you a Barina glovebox.

Anthony has opinions thus...

Posted November 14, 2013

JB's actually paid in one cent coins - and the truck is a very small one...

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Therbs reckons...

Posted November 14, 2013

Oh geez, there's gonna be the Ruddites v The Gillardistas again. Its like the Rocky series without the entertainment.

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JBtoo asserts...

Posted November 14, 2013

I love cheese

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AllyOops mumbles...

Posted November 15, 2013

Your ruddbot piece is on smh mobile home page so I didn't even need the link up loaded.

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Len reckons...

Posted November 15, 2013

I feel sorry for you - 'It was a slow news day, yesterday'. My, my, every day, there is an overflowing fountain of juicy subjects that flows from that city next to the lake, Toronto. We now call it the 'Ford Follies', and they have repeat performances several times a day.

Why, just today, Ford turned to reporters and snarled that a city councillor who accused him of wanting to eat her, er, um, private parts was lying and that he gets enough to eat at home, thank you very much! And then he turned away and left the building. And returned in the afternoon to apologize to Torontonians (with his wife at his side) about his vulgarity.

I think you need to move to Canada for a while. You'd have a ball, methinks.

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