Philippine-born Australian for Parliament!

I just got word that Maina Walkley, a Philippine-born Australian, is running for the Electoral District of Richmond in the Victorian Parliament. According to her official homepage, she was born and educated in the Philippines and migrated here to Australia more than 31 years ago. Among her achievements here in Melbourne was that she established the Philippine Community Centre at Laverton and the only Philippine Language School in Victoria.

Although I do not know her personally, I’ve heard good things about her. And her being Pinoy also makes me want to support her even though I’m not really much of a Liberal Party fan. Too bad I couldn’t vote for her as I don’t live in Richmond. I heard that the Labor Party has a strong hold on Richmond so it’s a bit of an up-hill battle for her at this stage.

So, if you know anybody who lives in Richmond, tell them to vote for Maina. You can read more about her platform and policies at her website. I wish her the best of luck!

Published in: on October 6, 2006 at 7:23 am  Leave a Comment  

White and Nerdy

While listening to one of my favourite podcasts, Geekson (a podcast by four geeks for geeks like me), I heard mention of a supposedly very funny music video by the famous comedian singer Weird Al Yankovic. The song is called “White and Nerdy” about this white guy rapping about being, well, white and nerdy.

Watch and listen to it now:

I think it’s hilarious. But only maybe because I’m a big nerd myself. It’s so funny because it’s so true. Most of the things he mentioned about being a nerd applied to me or to most of my nerdy/geeky friends. To name but a few geeky traits I possess that is mentioned in the song: I play D&D, I program JavaScript and Pascal (way back when), I used to collect X-Men comics, I love Star Trek, I have two of Stephen Hawking’s books in my bookshelf and I even used to own a soldering gun (I studied Electronics Engineering in University, after all).

So, yeah, I’m guilty of being a big nerd. And proud of it.

Published in: on October 6, 2006 at 12:54 am  Comments (2)