Manifold Manilow stupidity

Crooner Barry Manilow is jumping on the oldies covers bandwagon recently mined so successfully by Rod Stewart, with Billboard reporting his plans to release a disc entitled The Greatest Songs Of The Fifties next year. I only mention this because of a ludicrous quote from Baz in the piece: “Being given the opportunity to co-produce, co-arrange and sing these rarely sung golden standards is a privilege.” How anyone could describe tracks like ‘Beyond The Sea’, ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ and ‘Unchained Melody’ as “rarely sung” is beyond me. ‘Melody’ in particular is one of those songs we just can’t seem to escape.

More shoe jokes for your mobility dollar

I’ve got the lead story in ExecTech again this week, this time with a piece about how to ditch your notebook PC which also displays a strange obsession with footwear. And in a further demonstration of how Kerri-Anne Kennerley can enhance your career, the piece I wrote for IT Wire earlier this year about her antics at the Vodafone Simply launch has been nominated for the Most Entertaining category in the Consensus IT Writers Awards. The awards themselves are next Monday — as ever, I can’t see myself winning, but it’s nice to be amongst the contenders!

Gusworld: The Beer

Gusworld has been in operation since 1996, but it’s taken this long for our first spin-off product: Gusworld, The Beer, which you can see pictured here. Sadly for the site’s seven fans, the beer is not for sale to the general public. I was given a case of this customised ale by Arthur & Bronwyn as a thank-you for all the recent help I’ve given them looking after Jack and Sarah. It’s been a pleasure, and so has the beer. Given the low quality of my photographic skills, it isn’t easy to read the copy on the label, which includes this site’s URL plus the phrase ‘A special brew for Uncle Gus’. It’s a crisp and tasty drop, rather like myself.

Gusworld: The Beer

3G decisions

I’ve got the lead article in ExecTech in today’s Australian IT section, covering issues to consider when choosing a 3G service. ExecTech is the replacement for the IT Alive section; it has a similar focus on personal technology, but (as the name suggests) it’s more directly targeted at business users whose knowledge of tech is likely to be a little stronger than mass-market buyers. Or something like that. (And despite my recent publication record, I have not suddenly become some kind of 3G expert!)