The Betamax vs VHS war of our generation is over, with Toshiba bowing out of the race. With HD DVD now effectively obsolete, Sony’s Blu-ray is free to cover the field. Regardless of who turned out to be the loser, I can’t say that I would have felt much sympathy for them. You’d think the industry would’ve learnt from its past mistakes instead of plunging headlong into another winner-take-all hundreds of millions of dollars bet. At least we consumers can now rest easy and only worry about one standard.
I received a letter from my state MP today – Paul Pearce, the member for Coogee. It arrived in an auspiciously-coloured red envelope and had four Chinese characters written on it. I can’t read Chinese, but it wasn’t rocket science to figure out it said “kung hei fat choi”. It’s Chinese New Year Eve, after all. It appears that Mr Pearce’s staff had gone through the electoral rolls and added anyone with a Chinese-sounding surname to the mass mailing list.
The letter reads, “As we farewell the Year of the Dog and welcome in the Year of the Pig, may I wish you and your family peace, happiness, [etc]”.
Most unfortunately for Mr Pearce, we are actually farewelling the Year of the Pig and welcoming the Year of the Rat. Whoops!