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04 NOVEMBER 2015

Moon Graffiti: speculating about an alternative moon landing

"That's one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.' We all know the quote, the triumphant story. It seems written in stone. But Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong came within inches of tragedy when they landed Apollo 11. Moon Graffiti imagines what it might have sounded like if things had gone a little differently. Based on a contingency speech written by William Safire for Richard Nixon titled 'In the Event of Moon Disaster'.

The Truth is a series of new radio dramas produced by Jonathan Mitchell, edited by Hillary Frank and commissioned by American Public Media."

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1969alternative past • American Public Media • Apollo 11astronautaudio drama • Buzz Aldrin • contingency speech • crash • crash landing • Ed Herbstman • Hillary Frank • historic speech • historical speculation • if things had gone a little differently • imagining what might have happened • imaginings • In Event of Moon Disaster (speech) • John Ottavino • Jonathan Mitchell • Matt Evans • moon disaster • Moon Graffiti • moon landing • Neil Armstrong • pilot episodepodcastquoteradio drama • radio play • reimaginingsRichard Nixonsci-fiscience fiction • science fiction drama • science fiction fantasyspace travelspeculative fiction • The Truth (series) • what if • William Safire

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Simon Perkins
22 AUGUST 2013

How would it feel to be represented by someone like Tony Abbott?

"Every week Tony Abbott makes another comment that reveals very concerning social views. Commentators blow them off as 'gaffes', but this isn't about gaffes. It's about values. It's about our national character if our Prime Minister labels refugees who seek our help as 'illegal', even as they exercise their legal, human right to flee danger. It's about the message we send to young gay and lesbian Australians, if our Prime Minister talks about their equality as a 'passing fashion,' and what that does to their self–esteem. It's about our values if a Prime Minister talks to 'the housewives of Australia as they're doing their ironing,' says his colleagues are 'not just a pretty face' and have 'sex appeal' and calls on his opponent to 'make an honest woman of herself'. Prime Ministers reflect our national values, and have the power to change them radically. Does what Tony Abbott says matter? Well, in 17 days he wants to be speaking for all of us. That's why GetUp members are launching this ad. Will you be part of it?"

(GetUp!)

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2013 • abortion rights • Australia • Australian Federal Government • Australian GovernmentAustralian Liberal Partycasual homophobiacivil libertiesconservativeconservative attitudesconservative catchphrasesequality • gaffes • gayGetUp!governancehousewifehuman rightsIndigenous Australiansintoleranceironinglesbianmisogyny • national character • national values • personal valuespoliticsPrime Ministerquoterefugeeself-esteemsexist languagesocial conservatismsocial responsibility • social views • Tony Abbott • values

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Simon Perkins
30 OCTOBER 2010

$#*! My Dad Says: Twitter one-liners basis of CBS television series

"Pressure? Get married when you want. Your wedding's just one more day in my life I can't wear sweat pants.'"

(Sam Halpern via Justin Halpern, 10.12.2009)

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$#*! My Dad Says • $h*! My Dad Says • 20092010 • Bleep My Dad Says • CBScitationcomedy • comedy writer • digital culture • expletive • father • Forgetting Sarah Marshall • Justin Halpern • Kristen Bell • Laughing Squid • obscenityone-liner • Patrick Schumacker • profanityquoteremediation • Rob Corddry • salty comments • Sam Halpern • San Diego • Sh*t My Dad Says • Shit My Dad Says • sitcomtelevision • The Daily Show • tweeted • TwittervulgarityWilliam Shatner

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Simon Perkins
10 OCTOBER 2009

Xanadu: editable, quotable, annotatable; multiple dimensions and views

"2). Everything Must be editable, quotable, annotatable – all the time by everyone. This is not optional. It must, however, be clear what has been modified, and who made the revisions.

3). The same information can be structured–viewed–formatted in various ways. Simultaneously having multiple dimensions and views. Potentially infinite dimensions will allow the same data to be included in vast numbers of sets, lists, and structures. Each user can have many unique personal dimensions linking all the documents they have ever accessed. They will be able to view these dimensions on any Internet connected computer, thus in effect, allowing their complete personal computing environments to follow them to any available screen in the world. By following along their personal time dimension from past through future, it provides a simple chronological organizing structure. You could even have a dimension linking all your favorite dimensions created by others. The real world will be one of the transparent overlays, it will be that other reality. It will be the strongly predominant display in mission critical situations, such as driving and close encounters with loved ones."

(Jack Seay, 6 February 2005)

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Simon Perkins
12 DECEMBER 2008

Recombinant prose poem: What I Heard about Iraq

"...I heard an American soldier say: 'There's a picture of the World Trade Center hanging up by my bed and I keep one in my Kevlar. Every time I feel sorry for these people I look at that. I think: 'They hit us at home and now it's our turn.'..."
(Eliot Weinberger)

LRB, Vol. 27 No. 3, 3 February 2005

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Afghanistanal-Qaidabelligerence • Colin Powell • Condoleezza Rice • Dick Cheney • Donald Rumsfeld • Eliot Weinberger • George W BushIraqlistnarrativepeacepoem • prose poem • quotere-purposerecombinant • Saddam Hussein • soldierState of the UnionstoryTony BlairUnited States Armed Forceswar • weapons of mass destruction • What I Heard about Iraq • World Trade Center

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Simon Perkins
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