Author Archives: Markk

About Markk

Markk runs iPhone application company Lyra Languages. He lives in the beachside suburbs of Melbourne, Australia with his beautiful wife and (future) children.

Romance and Stalin

Not so long ago, I had a succession of dates with a girl, and on one of these dates, the topic of Stalin came up, as generally happens on these occasions. I was flabbergasted to find out that she had … Continue reading

Posted in Communism, Nutbar, Romance | 12 Comments

My homage to Salad Fingers

** This blog has moved to ** Have you seen Salad Fingers? I have – quite some time ago – but I ain’t blogged about it before have I? (No.) Salad Fingers is a series of flash animations by … Continue reading

Posted in Humour, Nutbar | 7 Comments

Cats are of the DEVIL!

** This blog has moved to **  I had suspected as much. Finally I have the proof. Cats are of the devil and must be stoned wherever they are found. Not convinced? Consider the following, from the site Are … Continue reading

Posted in Cats, Nutbar, Random cat-related Internet stuff | 17 Comments

Is coffee a date?

** This blog has moved to **  My sister Sarah has an ongoing thing at her church, where they ask visiting speakers “Is coffee a date?” (You too can have that much fun if you move to Wodonga.) In … Continue reading

Posted in Coffee, Romance | 22 Comments

Speech at my brothers’ 21st

** This blog has moved to ** (The following is my best recollection of the speech I made at the 21st of my twin brothers Ben and Peter a week ago. Their 21st was very cool, I have to … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Humour, Mundane day-to-day stuff, Nutbar | 7 Comments

Australians all let us rejoice: Enormous feral cats coming to a town near you

** This blog has moved to ** Yesterday I blogged about evil blog promotion ideas, and I mentioned breeding enormous cats. Well, dear reader, there is no reason to breed them; they’re breeding themselves and there is no way … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Cats, Humour, Nutbar, Random cat-related Internet stuff, Science, Things that are coming to KILL US ALL!!!! | Leave a comment

My dad’s underpants

I had taken my roommate’s wet washing out of the washing machine and put it in the laundry basket. Shortly afterwards: “You know those underpants of yours that you left in the laundry basket? They stunk out my washing!” “Those … Continue reading

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And the best coffee shop in Melbourne is … St Ali’s in South Melbourne!

Recently I had my sister and parents down for a visit. Since they don’t live in Melbourne, I had the pleasure of guiding them to the best cafes in town. Wednesday: Took Sarah to Gattica in Balaclava for coffee. Sarah … Continue reading

Posted in Coffee, Melbourne | 8 Comments

Laughter and romantic false starts

This post is about a girl. We shall call her Beulah. If you’re reading this, Beulah, I wish you well. Beulah was interested in me. Of that I am quite certain. On one occasion, a friend said “You know, Beulah really … Continue reading

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Stalin the humble

(Another extract here from Koba The Dread, a polemic about Stalin by Martin Amis. Marvel at the cynicism on display: ) In 1948, Stalin made the following addition to his official biography, the Short Course: “At the various stages of … Continue reading

Posted in Communism, Humour, Interesting, but otherwise unclassifiable | 14 Comments