#Lizzies: All The 2016 IT Journalism Awards Winners (Updating Live)

It’s Lizzies time again! I’ll be updating this from around 7pm this evening to note the winners and highly commended for the 14th Annual MasterCard IT Journalism Awards as they’re announced. Many people have multiple nominations, so it will be a tight contest.

BEST DRESSED: Hannah Francis, Simon Sharwood/Angus Kidman (tie)

BEST NEW JOURNALIST

Winner: Ariel Bogle
Highly commended: Hayley Williams

Finalists
Alex Choros
Ariel Bogle
Asha Barbaschow
Brendon Foye
Chris Southcott
Harry Tucker
Hayley Williams
Joel Burgess
Lachlan Harman
Peter Gutierrez

BEST AUDIO PROGRAM

Winner: Download This Show
Highly commended: Risky Business

Nominees
Download This Show, Gadget Grill, Geeks Interrupted, Girt by CNET, Life & Technology, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Kotaku Australia – Static, Daily Tech News Show, Risky Business, Tech Daily, Tech Guide, Two Blokes Talking Tech

BEST VIDEO PROGRAM

Winner: Good Game
Highly commended: Djuro Sen – 7 News

Nominees
ABC TV, CNET, CyberShack TV, Daniel Elias, Djuro Sen – Technology Editor 7 News, Dominic Sharoo / NitroWare.net, Gizmodo Australia, Good Game – ABC TV, Kotaku Australia, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Kotaku Australia – Static, PoliTech (by Startup Daily)

BEST GAMING JOURNALIST

Winner: Mark Serrels
Highly commended: Lucy O’Brien

Finalists
Alex Walker
David Milner
James Cottee
Jeremy Ray
Krishan Sharma
Lucy O’Brien
Luke Reilly
Mark Serrels
Patrick Stafford
Richard Moss

BEST GAMING COVERAGE

Winner: Kotaku
Highly commended: IGN/Game Informer

Nominees
Digitally Downloaded, Fairfax Media, Game Informer, Good Game – ABC TV, IGN, Kotaku Australia, Lifehacker Australia, Official Xbox Magazine Australia, PC Gamer AU, Progress Bar

BEST PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY COVERAGE

Winner: CNET
Highly commended: Gizmodo

Nominees
CNET, CyberShack, Fairfax Media, Gizmodo Australia, iTWire.com, Lifehacker Australia, Tech Guide, Techradar, The Australian

BEST REVIEWER

Winner: Nick Broughall
Highly commended: Bennett Ring/Adam Turner

Finalists
Adam Turner
Alex Kidman
Alex Walker
Bennett Ring
Campbell Simpson
Chris Southcott
Krishan Sharma
Nic Healey
Nick Broughall
Stephen Lambrechts

BEST MAGAZINE

Winner: CRN
Highly commended: Choice

Nominees
APC, CHOICE, CRN, Game Informer, Hyper, Official Xbox Magazine Australia, PC PowerPlay, PC & Tech Authority, T3 Australia, TechLife

BEST NEWS JOURNALIST

Winner: Paul Smith
Highly commended: Mark Serrels

Finalists
Allie Coyne
David Swan
Hannah Francis
Krishan Sharma
Marc Fennell
Mark Serrels
Paris Cowan
Paul Smith
Renai LeMay
Ry Crozier

BEST CONSUMER TECH JOURNALIST

Winner: Chris Griffith
Highly commended: Krishan Sharma

Finalists
Alex Choros
Angus Kidman
Asha Barbaschow
Beau Donelly and Nick Toscano
Chris Griffith
Claire Reilly
Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
Krishan Sharma
Michelle Starr
Seamus Byrne

BEST INDEPENDENT MEDIA

Winner: Ausdroid
Highly commended: Stevivor

Nominees
Ausdroid, EFTM, Live Tech AU, NitroWare, Rocket Chainsaw, Stevivor, Tech Guide, Vooks, Women Love Tech

BEST TELECOMMUNICATIONS JOURNALIST

Winner: David Ramli
Highly commended: Geoff Long/Petroc Wilton

Finalists
Allie Coyne
Chris Pash
Claire Reilly
Corinne Reichert
David Ramli
Geoff Long
Hannah Francis
Josh Taylor
Petroc Wilton

BEST TECHNICAL JOURNALIST

Winner: Adam Turner
Highly commended: Jeremy Kirk

Finalists
Adam Turner
Alex Kidman
Angus Kidman
Chris Duckett
Darren Pauli
Geoff Long
Jeremy Kirk
Leigh D. Stark
Peter Zaluzny
Petroc Wilton

BEST COLUMNIST

Winner: David Milner
Highly commended: Angus Kidman

Finalists
Adam Turner
Alex Kidman
Angus Kidman
Chris Duckett
David Milner
Josh Taylor
Nick Ross
Patrick Avenell
Paul Smith
Renai LeMay
Simon Sharwood

BEST TECH INDUSTRY JOURNALIST

Winner: Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Highly commended: Luke Hopewell/Paul Smith

Finalists
Caitlin Fitzsimmons
Claire Connelly
David Swan
Gina Baldassarre
James Pinnell
Krishan Sharma
Luke Hopewell
Paul Smith
Simon Sharwood
Tony Yoo

BEST BUSINESS TECH JOURNALIST

Winner: Allie Coyne
Highly commended: Aimee Chanthadavong

Finalists
Aimee Chanthadavong
Allie Coyne
Chris Pash
Krishan Sharma
Paris Cowan
Paul Smith
Ry Crozier
Spandas Lui
Yolanda Redrup

BEST BUSINESS TECH COVERAGE

Winner: AFR
Highly commended: ITnews/Communications Day

Nominees
Business Insider, CIO NZ, Communications Day, iTnews, Lifehacker Australia, Startup Daily, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, ZDNet

BEST MEDIA RELATIONS

Winner: Matthew Wu
Highly commended: Angela Coombes/Dan Chiappini

Finalists
Alya Fitzgibbon, Red Agency
Angela Coombes, NEC
Dan Chiappini, Blizzard
David Bass, Bass PR
Matthew Wu, Media & Capital Partners Chiapinni
Rudolf Wagenaar, Ogilvy

BEST WEBSITE

Winner: Kotaku
Highly commended: ABC Tech and Games/Itnews

Nominees
ABC Tech and Games, CIO NZ, CNET, CRN, CyberShack, Delimiter, Gizmodo Australia, IGN, iTnews, iTWire, Kotaku Australia, Lifehacker Australia, Mashable, PC Gamer, PC World, Startup Daily, Tech Guide, TechRadar, The Australian, ZDNet

BEST NEWS COVERAGE

Winner: Fairfax Media
Highly commended: Kotaku

Nominees
Communications Day, Download This Show, Fairfax Media, Gizmodo Australia, iTnews, Kotaku Australia, Stevivor, Techly, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, ZDNet

BEST JOURNALIST (GOLD LIZZIE)
Winner: Paul Smith

BEST TITLE (GOLD LIZZIE)
Winner: Kotaku

Who has the most individual nominations in the 2016 Lizzies?

There are 66 individual journalists with nominations in the 2016 Lizzies (including me). You can read the full list on the Lizzies site. As I did last year, I thought it might be interesting to crunch the data and see who scored multiple finalist berths. Here’s the full list of everyone who achieved more than one finalist placing:

  • 6 finalist berths: Krishan Sharma
  • 4 finalist berths: Paul Smith
  • 3 finalist berths: Allie Coyne, Alex Kidman, Angus Kidman, Adam Turner
  • 2 finalist berths: Asha Barbaschow, Alex Choros, Paris Cowan, Ry Crozier, Chris Duckett, Hannah Francis, Renai LeMay, Geoff Long, David Millner, Chris Pash, Claire Reilly, Mark Serrels, Simon Sharwood, Chris Southcott, David Swan, Josh Taylor, Alex Walker, Petroc Wilton

Krishan is this year’s undisputed champion — well done mate! It’s a tribute to your versatility and skill as a freelancer.

In total 24 nominees (a bit over a third) have more than one individual nomination. I didn’t do a similar analysis for title awards because the list there is everyone who nominated themselves, not just those who made the shortlist after judging.

I will be live-blogging the results from the Lizzies ceremony, which kicks off at 1830 on Friday 13 May (five days from now, eek!). I’ll tweet out a link with the hashtag #lizzies on the day. See you then, whether in Lizzies-infested meatspace or online.

Wow, I’m actually a Lizzies finalist

I entered the Lizzies — more properly, the 14th Annual MasterCard IT Journalism Awards– this year, but I had no expectation of making any of the shortlists. Between evolving sites and changing jobs, I just didn’t do as much writing on tech topics.

So I’m surprised and delighted that I’m a finalist in three categories: Best Columnist, Best Technical Journalist and Best Consumer Tech Journalist. I’m defending the Best Columnist title from last year, and I’ve won Best Consumer Tech Journalist in previous years.

I don’t imagine I’ll win any of them this time around. The competition is formidable, including my brother Alex Kidman in the first two categories. But I’m looking forward to the night, and I’ll do a live blog of the results, just as I did last year.

Goodbye Lifehacker, hello finder.com.au

Last week marked seven years since I become editor of Lifehacker Australia. So it seems an auspicious moment to announce the next big step in my career: I’m leaving Lifehacker to take on the newly-created role of editor-in-chief at finder.com.au.

I’m really excited about this job. I’ll still get to write a lot, and concentrate on the kind of data-driven insight that’s increasingly been my focus in recent years. (I’m one of the few journalists I know who is happy to be keyboard-deep in a spreadsheet.) I’ll also have the chance to pass on some of my experience to the rapidly-expanding team of writers in the finder.com.au posse, help shape the ongoing editorial strategy and expand the site into new areas.

With that said, I’m incredibly proud of what Lifehacker Australia has achieved over those seven years, and it’s going to be a huge wrench to leave everyone at Allure Media. Back when I started, we were a scrappy gang of less than 10 people. Today, we’re a team of 50+ with sites — Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Kotaku, POPSUGAR, Business Insider and Shopstyle — which absolutely dominate their respective categories in Australia. Over that time, I’ve written more than 11,000 posts for Lifehacker. Woah, that’s a lot of words.

I’m sure I’ll write more about my Lifehacker experience and what lies ahead before I finish up and begin the new role — I’ll start at finder.com.au in early July. It’s thrilling and scary and it’s surely going to be interesting. Wish me luck!

Update: Here’s the official press release and a story from Influencing.

A big night at the #Lizzies 2015

Great night all around at the Lizzies (you can see the full results right here, direct from my smartphone), especially for myself and my Allure Media colleagues. The big winner was Mark Serrels from Kotaku, who won Best Gaming Journalist and the “Gold Lizzie” for Best Journalist, while Kotaku scored Best Gaming Coverage. I could not think of a more deserving recipient, and I was flattered that Mark singled me out by name in his first acceptance speech for my occasional sub-editing contributions to his work.

That said, I did pretty well myself. Lifehacker scored the Best Personal Technology Coverage gong for the third year running, and I picked up a highly commended for Best Consumer Technology Journalist. But the award I was ridiculously chuffed to win was Best Columnist — simply because I was really proud of the three pieces I submitted for that award. Here they are:

#Lizzies: All The 2015 IT Journalism Awards Winners (Updating Live)

    The Lizzies are here! I’ll be updating this post from 7pm this evening to note the winners and highly commended recipients at the 2015 Optus IT Journalism Awards. (Apologies in advance if I miss any of the highly commended winners, they fly past pretty quickly). You can check out a quick summary of writers with multiple nominations here.

    BEST DRESSED : Alex Heber, Nic Healey

    BEST AUDIO PROGRAM
    Winner: Download This Show
    Highly commended: A Short History Of Video Games

    Nominees
    2GB Tech Guide with Stephen Fenech, A Short History of Video Games – ABC Radio National, Download This Show – ABC Radio National, Gadget Grill, Geeks Interrupted, Girt by CNET – the Australian CNET podcast, Reckoner Podcast, Risky Business, TechGuide Podcast, Tech Tuesday@RN Drive, Two Blokes Talking Tech

    BEST VIDEO PROGRAM
    Winner: Good Game
    Highly commended: Player Attack

    Nominees
    CNET Australia, CX Network, Fat Duck Tech, Gizmodo Australia, Good Game – ABC TV, Good Game Spawn Point – ABC TV, Government Technology Review, Josh Taylor and Oscar Partridge, Lifehacker Video, Player Attack, Rae Johnston, The Feed – SBS TV, Vertical Hold

    BEST GAMING JOURNALIST
    Winner: Mark Serrels
    Highly commended: Daniel Hindes, Lucy O’Brien

    Finalists
    Brenna Hillier
    Chris Jager
    Daniel Hindes
    David Hollingworth
    David Milner
    James O’Connor
    Lucy O’Brien
    Luke Reilly
    Mark Serrels
    Nic Healey
    Seamus Byrne
    Tim Colwill
    Toby McCasker

    BEST GAMING COVERAGE
    Winner: Kotaku Australia
    Highly commended: Good Game

    Nominees
    ABC Technology & Games, Digitally Downloaded, Game Informer, games.on.net, GameSpot (CBS Interactive), Good Game – ABC TV, IGN Australia, Kotaku Australia, Player Attack, TechGee

    BEST COLUMNIST
    Winner: Angus Kidman
    Highly commended: Chris Duckett

    Finalists
    Adam Turner
    Alex Kidman
    Angus Kidman
    Ben Grubb
    Chris Duckett
    David Braue
    David Milner
    Josh Taylor
    Juha Saarinen
    Mark Serrels
    Simon Sharwood

    BEST TECH INDUSTRY JOURNALIST
    Winner: Caitlin Fitzsimmons
    Highly commended: Steven Kiernan

    Finalists
    Alex Heber
    Angus Kidman
    Caitlin Fitzsimmons
    Campbell Simpson
    Carl Smith
    Krishan Sharma
    Liz Tay
    Patrick Avenell
    Paul Smith
    Simon Sharwood
    Steven Kiernan
    William Maher

    BEST BUSINESS TECH JOURNALIST
    Winner: Allie Coyne
    Highly commended: Hannah Francis, Paul Smith

    Finalists
    Allie Coyne
    Byron Connolly
    Chris Pash
    Claire Porter
    David Swan
    Hannah Francis
    Josh Taylor
    Kate McDonald
    Krishan Sharma
    Paris Cowan
    Paul Smith
    Simon Sharwood

    BEST TECHNICAL JOURNALIST
    Winner: Darren Yates
    Highly commended: Petroc Wilton

    Finalists
    Adam Turner
    Alex Walker
    Angus Kidman
    Campbell Simpson
    Darren Yates
    Krishan Sharma
    Lexy Savvides
    Mark Gregory
    Peter Zaluzny
    Petroc Wilton
    Richard Chirgwin

    BEST PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY COVERAGE
    Winner: Lifehacker
    Highly commended: CNET

    Nominees
    CNET Australia, Fairfax Media/SMH.com.au, GadgetGuy.com.au, Lifehacker, Switched On, TechGeek, TechGuide, Women Love Tech

    BEST REVIEWER
    Winner: Darren Yates
    Highly commended: Alex Kidman,David Braue

    Finalists
    Adam Turner
    Alex Kidman
    Angus Kidman
    Campbell Simpson
    Chris Jager
    Darren Yates
    David Braue
    Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
    Matthew Sainsbury
    Nic Healey
    Nick Ross
    Peter Zaluzny

    BEST MAGAZINE
    Winner: CRN
    Highly commended: CHOICE

    Nominees
    CHOICE Computer Magazine, CRN, Game Informer, HYPER, PC & Tech Authority, PC Powerplay

    BEST CONSUMER TECH JOURNALIST
    Winner: Michelle Starr
    Highly commended: Angus Kidman

    Finalists
    Adam Turner
    Alex Kidman
    Angus Kidman
    Campbell Simpson
    Chris Jager
    Hannah Francis
    Luke Hopewell
    Michelle Starr
    Nick Ross
    Rae Johnston
    Rosalyn Page

    BEST NEWS JOURNALIST
    Winner: Claire Reilly
    Highly commended: –

    Finalists
    Angus Kidman
    Claire Porter
    Claire Reilly
    David Braue
    David Ramli
    Josh Taylor
    Mitchell Bingemann
    Paris Cowan
    Paul Smith
    Petroc Wilton
    Simon Sharwood

    BEST NEWS COVERAGE
    Winner: iTNews
    Highly commended: –

    Nominees
    Australian Financial Review, Communications Day, CRN, Gizmodo Australia, iTnews, Kotaku Australia, Lifehacker, SMH.com.au – Technology/Digital Life, TechGeek, The Register, ZDNet

    BEST BUSINESS TECH COVERAGE
    Winner: AFR
    Highly commended: Startup Daily, SMH

    Nominees
    Australian Financial Review, Business Insider, CIO NZ, Communications Day, CRN, iTnews, Lifehacker, SMH.com.au – IT Pro, Startup Daily, The Register, ZDNet

    BEST WEBSITE
    Winner: CNet
    Highly commended: Gizmodo, Startup Daily

    Nominees
    Business Insider Australia, CNET Australia, CRN, GadgetGuy, GE and Guardian Australia Powering People series, Gizmodo Australia, IGN Australia, iTnews, Kotaku Australia, Lifehacker, Player Attack, SMH.com.au – Technology/Digital Life, Startup Daily, TechGeek, TechGuide, Women Love Tech, ZDNet

    BEST NEW JOURNALIST
    Winner: Tony Yoo
    Highly commended: Rose Powell

    Finalists
    Dave Cheng
    Hannah Francis
    Harry Tucker
    Jessica Sier
    Richard van der Draay
    Rose Powell
    Tess Bennett
    Tony Yoo
    Vanessa Desloires
    Yolanda Redrup

    BEST MEDIA RELATIONS
    Winner: Matthew Wu
    Highly commended: Shuna Boyd, Bec Waddy

    Finalists
    Bec Waddy, Bethesda
    Ciaran Pillay, H&K
    Dan Chiappini, Blizzard
    David Bass, Bass PR
    Jen Crowcroft, Edelman
    Matthew Wu, Edelman
    Renato Catalan, GAP
    Rudolf Wagenaar, Howorth
    Shuna Boyd, Boyd PR
    Tom Hunter, Howorth

    BEST TELECOMMUNICATIONS JOURNALIST
    Winner: Petroc Wilton
    Highly commended: –

    Finalists
    Andrew Colley
    Angus Kidman
    Ben Grubb
    Campbell Simpson
    David Braue
    David Ramli
    Geoff Long
    Josh Taylor
    Mitchell Bingemann
    Petroc Wilton

    BEST INDEPENDENT MEDIA
    Winner: Ausdroid
    Highly commended: Reckoner

    Nominees
    Ausdroid Media, Live Tech Australia, Player Attack, Reckoner Australia, TechGeek, Women Love Tech

    BEST JOURNALIST (GOLD LIZZIE)
    Winner: Mark Serrels

    BEST TITLE (GOLD LIZZIE)
    Winner: Download This Show

Getting nominated for a lot of Lizzies

Next Friday (May 15) is the date for the 2015 Optus IT Journalism Awards, usually referred to as the Lizzies and the biggest thing you can win as a tech writer in Australia. I’m maintaining my tradition of being a finalist in a lot of categories: Best News Journalist, Best Tech Industry Journalist, Best Consumer Tech Journalist, Best Telecommunications Journalist, Best Columnist, Best Reviewer and Best Technical Journalist. You can see the full list of finalists here.

Lifehacker is also nominated for several Lizzies: Best Website, Best Video Program, Best News Coverage, Best Personal Technology Coverage and Best Business Tech Coverage. The Tech Tuesday segment I do regularly on RN Drive is also on the list for Best Audio Program. For site and title awards, only a long list is published — there’s no whittling.

Lifehacker did really well last year, picking up Best Personal Technology Coverage and Best Website, plus the ‘Gold Lizzie’ for Best Title. Annoyingly, I wasn’t there (I was in the US for work). I am going to be there this year, and I’m assuming that means neither myself nor Lifehacker will win anything.

It’s definitely a competitive space, especially for journalists. Here’s a summary of all the people who are finalists for more than one Lizzie in a writing category:

  • 7: Angus Kidman
  • 5: Campbell Simpson
  • 4: David Braue, Josh Taylor, Simon Sharwood, Adam Turner
  • 3: Chris Jager, Alex Kidman, Paul Smith, Petroc Wilton, Hannah Francis, Krishan Sharma
  • 2: Mark Serrels, Claire Porter, David Ramli, Mitchell Bingemann, Paris Cowan, Nick Ross, Ben Grubb, Nic Healey, David Milner, Darren Yates, Peter Zaluzny

Good luck everyone!

Who won at the 2012 Lizzies?

Last night saw the 10th Annual Microsoft IT Journalism Awards, invariably known as the Lizzies, which acknowledge the best technology publications and writers in Australia. I was a nominee in five categories, and Lifehacker was up for two awards. I was thrilled hugely that Lifehacker won Best Website against some very tough competition, and that I scored a Highly Commended (HC) in Best Technical Writer. It was also a huge night for my fabulous Allure colleagues. Elly Hart won Best Reviewer, Kotaku won Best Gaming Coverage, and Tracey Lien won Best Gaming Journalist and Best Journalist.

Here’s a list of the winners on the night. (Corrections welcome: this is based on notes scrawled with my IKEA pencil in a noisy, alcohol-filled room.) Publisher-wise, the big scorers on the night were my own employers, Allure Media (5 winners and 1 highly commended); Fairfax (4 winners and 2 highly commended); CBS (3 winners and 3 highly commended); and News Ltd (2 winners).

Best Technology Industry Journalist: David Ramli, AFR (HC: Paul Smith, AFR)

Best Columnist: John Davidson, AFR (HC: Adam Turner, freelancer)

Best Consumer Technology Journalist: Jennifer Dudley-Nicolson, News (HC: Asher Moses, SMH; Nick Ross, ABC)

Best Personal Technology Coverage: CNET

Best Reviewer: Elly Hart, Gizmodo (HC: Darren Yates, PC User)

Best Technology Magazine: PC & Tech Authority (HC: Choice Computer, Game Informer)

Best Business Technology Journalist: Fran Foo, AustralianIT (HC: David Braue, freelancer)

Best Business Technology Coverage: Communications Day (HC: Information Age)

Best New Journalist: Jessica Gardner, BRW (HC: Josh Taylor, ZDNet; Andrew McMillen, Freelancer)

Best Website: Lifehacker (HC: CNet)

Best Technical Journalist: Chris Duckett, Tech Republic (HC: Angus Kidman, Lifehacker)

Best Video Program: 5 Inch Floppy (HC: Good Game)

Best Audio Program: Risky Business (HC: Your Tech Life)

Best Gaming Journalist: Tracey Lien, Kotaku (HC: Laura Parker, Gamespot)

Best Gaming Coverage: Kotaku (HC: 5 Inch Floppy, IGN)

Best Media Relations: Jenny Crowcroft (HC: Renato Catalan, Snezana Stojanovska)

Best News Journalist: Andrew Colley, AustralianIT

Best News Coverage: SMH

Best Journalist: Tracey Lien, Kotaku

Best Publication: CNET

Redefining cloud computing as a vegetable

One of the sessions today at the Kickstart Media Forum was about cloud computing, and journalists had the opportunity to question vendors in the space about trends and issues. But I’m mean and weird, so instead I asked them: If cloud computing was a vegetable, what vegetable would it be?

Remarkably, they all answered. Here’s what they said.

Reuben Bennett, Riverbed national sales manager: “I’d go with potato because it can be dull or uninteresting or it can be dressed up and be very satisfying.”

Duncan Bennet, VMware vice president and managing director: “I’d say fruit salad, lots of stuff mixed up in it, but that’s not a vegetable.”

Damien Murphy, Riverbed systems engineer: Riverbed: “Something that’s a little over-hyped or misunderstood; I’d go with Brussels sprouts.”

Peter James, Ninefold managing director: “It’s got to be fast and powerful and simple and scalable, so I’m thinking broccoli.”

Carl Terrantroy, CA Technologies CTO: “If it was a fruit, it would be easier. I have to do something I like, so I’ll go a baked potato.”

Suhas Kelkar, BMC chief technology officer APC: “It’s the same old vegetable, maybe a carrot, but it’s organically produced.”

Oscar Trimboli, Microsoft Office Lead: “Can it be a fruit? Broccoli, because it’s an amazing self-healing system.”

Gary Mitchell, BMC Australia MD: “Does it have to be a vegetable? Can it be a marshmallow? It’s light and fluffy and it can be satisfying, but if you have too much and you’re not ready it can be a problem.”

So what have we learned? Apparently cloud computing is easier to compare to a fruit. Apparently broccoli is scalable and self-healing. And apparently, people will answer pointless questions if you nag them enough.

I am no longer the weakest link

As a Lifehacker reader helpfully pointed out, the obvious word in this set of letters from tonight’s episode of Letters & Numbers is RAPIST. Fortunately, I went one better and picked HARPIST, part of an early burst of activity which lead me to a comfortable victory on the night. I’m very happy now, as I’ve done much better than during my infamous appearance on The Weakest Link back in 2001.

If you didn’t catch the show (shame) and you’re in Australia, you can watch it on the SBS site. And I’ll be back on Friday night at 6pm for another crack at the glory (it’s all about glory, and an eventual dictionary).