Evil Genius Protesting: Fun With Flags

Trump was at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) last Friday. No surprise there.

There was flag-waving at this Good Ol’ U S of A event. Again, no surprise.

But did anyone have a good look at those flags? 

Image courtesy of The Independent

Yessiree minions! That’s the Russian flag!!

It took a few minutes (enough for some photography and social media) before CPAC officials noticed the problem. You know. Flag waving. It’s a constitutional right or something, isn’t it?

Word is, the flags were handed out by two protesters dressed just like all the other Conservatives there. How devious! Because we all know only the extremists/criminals/uneducated/uncivilised/unpatriotic/ etc would dare defy Hair Fuhrer (thanks to Shiri for that name). 

From Twitter user @deeinhouston

Protest level: Evil Genius

Maybe the aides should add The Big Bang Theory to Trumps “Calm Down Time”. Never before have we needed a spin-off so much. 

Kings’ Kids Corps


Summer school holidays are in full swing, and the spawnlings are not yet restless… but only a fool would allow them to reach that point.

Kings Comics are to the rescue! They are putting on a special kids day for all your little heroes and villains.

So what’s on offer?

  • Cosplay Competition
  • 10% off All-Ages comics (DC Superhero Girls is a fave in our Lair)
  • Games and Activities
  • Kids workshop with Louie Joyce
  • Face-painting (I want a unicorn)
  • Lucky dip bags

Used with permission / Kings Comics

The staff at Kings Comics have really been building its community spirit over the past year. Free Comic Book Day was huge back in May, with special guests Nicola Scott, Dean Rankine, Tristan Jones, and Mark Sexton. That particular celebration was the most family friendly (and the most fun) in all of Sydney—dare I say, the best of ALL FCBD events.

Yes, I will dare to say it!


Used with permission / Kings Comics


The team at Kings Comics always make people welcome in their store. In 2016, Kings also kicked off the women’s only comic-book club Queens of Kings with monthly meets and special guests. They also had their first Single Issues Night earlier this month; a social night of merriment with fellow comic-fans and plenty of single issues to flick through (single issues of comics, not single people with issues… though, I see your point…)

But forget about the ladies, and who cares about drinking and reading comics!! The next big thing is the Kids Corps! Now is the time for all the spawnlings to come and have some fun!

For more info, check out the King Comics Facebook page. Evil Genius Inc will be there (minus EG Dad). Cosplay and all. You couldn’t keep us from the party!



Tuesday 10 January 2016  –  11am to 4pm


Kings Comics

310 Pitt Street, Sydney




Census Fail: Aust Just Can’t Handle It

Well done, Australia!!

For the last week or two, the Australian Government has been nagging all the Aussie minions about their ‘patriotic duty’ to participate in the National Census on 9 August 2016 (which is tonight – at the time of writing).

That was the first line of BS – it is not patriotic; it is compulsory.

I’m fine with the whole census thing. I see the benefit of the census and consider it a good thing. The data from the census goes towards a good number of things. Yes, yes, yes – it is primarily used by a handful of policy makers and a bunch of civil engineers and local councils. But without the census, those poor minions would simply tick the welfare box on Census Night.

Seriously, census stats are used for determining a range of things: school zones; park development; large building approvals. Yes, it may feel like only policy makers and academic read the damn things, but they are the harbingers of change in our society.

Geez, I sound extremely naive about the romanticised nature of our society. Quick, dose me up with some Stephen Colbert

And that was for the United States of America in 2013. How dare we expect Australia to have caught up three years later?

I mean, c’mon. They spent all this time and money on organising the Census to be electronic. YAY! Digital evolution!!

Oh wait, you haven’t submitted your census details yet? Well, why not?

WHAT?!? The website has CRASHED?!?


But surely not! The Aust Govt told us it wouldn’t crash!! They promised us the smooth path of enlightenment into the digital world of the future!!


The good news is that this is a nation-wide documented event. You’re pretty safe from being fined if the census data is late.

Of course, there are some who are considering not submitting it at all. At last count, Senator Nick Xenophon, Senator Jacqui Lambie, and five other Green Senators have all said “No thanks” due to concerns regarding privacy and security. We even have a former deputy privacy commissioner, Anna Johnston, boycotting the event.

The problem with this is not everyone can rally the financial support to take on the ABS with this protest. Once they figure out you boycotted, they can start fining you $180 per day for withholding information. This kind of limits the protest vote to those with enough Klout (you can find my FundMe website … Nah, too lazy).

And while some may parry with “The Census is no different to Facebook” – please note the biggest difference of all:

Facebook is elective. If you don’t like the privacy settings, you don’t have to participate. The Census is a “patriotic duty”, remember?

I’ll be honest – I am really torn on this one. As a social antagonist (read: hobby sociologist), I love census and all the stupid it collates. But on the other hand, I have heard reports of the ABS being violated electronically up to 14 times in the last three years. I’m not sure if I want my personal details (including MY NAME) associated with that sort of behaviour.

I have a reputation to uphold. 😛


Soooo… will you “census”?
UPDATE: Apprently the Census site did not crash, it was hacked – 4 times!!

ABC News is following up on the statement from ABS. I would not want to be an ABS employee today. Or any day really.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Turns out it was just DDoS, or a bunch load of people accessing the site all at the same time…

So why did they release a statement saying “hack attack” to begin with? And is IBM going to do its job now? 

One Twitch At A Time

I can’t even blame this one on the spawnlings.

About a month ago, I developed a twitch in my left eye-lid. 

Just a small little spasm. A little involuntary movement, too small for anyone to see but enough to BUG THE ABSOLUTE S#!T OUT OF ME!!

At the time, I had started drinking coffee again – after giving it up for the last 7 years. Breastfeeding and babies and caffeine and whatnot. Taking up the habit again, I started with just a latte in the morning.

Slowly it built up – one more at lunchtime. One more in the afternoon. Less latte, more flat white.

And then the twitch started.

And it bugged me. 

Oh my chocolate deities, did it bug me. 

I would sit there, resting my open palm over my twitching my eye. Putting the slightest pressure on the spasm. Trying various temperatures and ideas, hoping for relief.



Okay, okay. Breathe. 

The obvious culprit: Coffee.

Or was it just the easiest target?

Forgive me, fellow coffee drinkers. It has been one month since my last coffee. And I was wrong.


So I’m thinking of drowning my sorrows in a flat white tomorrow morning.

Of course, EG Dad thinks I haven’t cut out enough caffeine. He suggested cutting out chocolate too.

The Funeral is on Thursday. Please give chocolate and coffee in lieu of flowers. It’s what he would have wanted.

What’s your sure-fire tip for an eye twitch? Share it in the comments below, and the one that works will win my favour for a week.

Art of The Brick: DC

There are only a handful of themes which truly stand the test of time. The kind of things shared between generations; dancing across language barriers; appreciated by any child, anywhere, anytime. Lego is definitely one. DC characters are absolutely there. Art is certainly there.

And then whoa! You have someone like Nathan Sawaya combining all three?!? Welcome to the Art of the Brick: DC Comics.

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One Fridge At A Time

It was not how I wanted to be spending my Sunday morning.

Arm deep in an empty fridge, surrounded by food, trying to figure out where the leak was coming from.Leaky-Fridge-Title

Why was I doing this and not calling a tradesperson?

Because how am I supposed to teach our spawnlings how to conquer the world if I can’t show them how to conquer a simple refrigerator?!?

Plus I’m a cheapskate, and it was Sunday morning. Do you have any idea how expensive tradespeople are on a Sunday morning? I do not have that many kidneys.

However, the good news is I successful conquered the fridge. One-handed (literally…broken wrist, remember?) and while EG Dad was scouting out the competition in the US of A (apparently travel for work).

I’m rather impressed with myself. So was my grandfather, EG the Great (EG Great Grandad). Now here is a man who can conquer anything, anything. Electrician, mechanic, surfer, spear-fishing, gardening, hang-gliding … and all this right up until a couple of years ago. He’s like my own Leonardo da Vinci.

And he turns 80 today. He will hate me telling you, but he won’t risk telling me off as that would reveal his secret location. He is in hiding from the other 80-year-olds he knows, who are trying to throw him a big party.

So instead he was sitting on the phone with me, brainstorming about my fridge problem.

In fact, we were both so impressed with how I solved the problem, I thought it wise to share with you the ‘hows’ – so you can see how easy it was. Trust me – I ain’t no mechanical genius.

Leaking Fridge

  • First, where is the leak coming from? In my case, there was a pool of water around the front right corner. The water was leaking through the seal from inside the fridge. This was my first clue it was a defrosting issue. If the leak was from the back, then you need to consider the water tray at the back (where the water goes) for cracks; any pipes for water or ice dispenser (if you have one); pipe-tube that cycles back to the motor (more on that later).
  • Pull the fridge out (slide on the tiles) and TURN IT OFF AT THE WALL. I cannot express this enough. EG the Great is a retired electrician. It was the first thing he would always say to me as a kid, and he said it to me again this time. Turn it off and pull the plug out of the wall.


  • Freak out at the mess back there – It had been awhile since I cleaned this area. Ugh.
  • Empty out the fridge – I kid you not. Everything. Good time to clean, except that it was Sunday morning and I was missing my ritual coffee-and-yell-at-the-tv-during-Insiders (political commentary show). With our FisherPaykel c450, the defrosting panel is most of the back wall. I needed to check this for ice, which meant everything out.
  • BTW: At this point, probably a good idea to note the model and serial number in case you DO end up calling that tradesperson.Fridge Serial and Model
  • Once you have all the trays out, you should be able to pop out the plastic covering over the defrosting panel at the back. Do this carefully because if you crack it, it will no longer hold in place and you will be calling the tradesperson for parts.


  • This is the point where I found the back wall pretty much iced over. I also checked the door seals and they are looking a little dodgy. So my theory is that the seals are getting a bit more of a workout during the school holidays and are due for replacement (requires +2 dexterity so it will have to wait). This means the motor is working overtime to do its job. Let’s look at the back to see what else is going on.
  • Now remember it hasn’t been cleaned for awhile (let’s say, at least since before the wrist-break). Good idea to give it a vacuum. EG the Great also suggested I have a feel of the tube at the back for blockage: a small tube going from inside the fridge to the motor. This deals with water collected during the defrosting cycle. If it becomes blocked, the water will back up inside the fridge.IMG_9717
  • Unfortunately, to pull out the tube and have a look is again +2 dexterity (needs two hands), but you can squeeze along the tube and feel for any large chunks; a bit like the jelly pearls you find in the Asian drinks in shopping centres. If you find one, try breaking it up with a bit more squeezing.


After cleaning up the ice and squeezing the little ball of whatever at the back, I have turned down the fridge power (making it a little warmer) to stop it from icing up again. I’m monitoring it with a thermometer and so far it is bang on 5 degrees Celsius (ideal for safe food standards).

I will still need to replace the door seal, but in the meantime, I have fixed the fridge. There are no more pools of water in the morning. There is no more ice covering the back wall inside the fridge. And there are no more mystery jelly balls in the tubes.

EG the Great

Happy Birthday, EG the Great. Thanks to you, I have the confidence to assess it myself first and show the spawnlings how-to as well. That’s more a present for me than you, but I know you’re pretty happy with this too.


Now folks – always be reasonable about what you are capable of. NEVER mess with electrical. Always turn things off at the wall. If you really want to try plumbing, turn the water off AND the electrical. But most of all, be realistic. I didn’t try pulling out the tube because I knew if I did, I may not be able to put it back together. Be honest with yourself. BUT don’t be so fearful you don’t try first.