Toxic Custard turns six

It’s kind of scary when you think about it. Toxic Custard has been going for six years. That’s as long as I spent in the entire of high school. It’s a helluva long time. Where did all those years go? I guess I’ve been having too much fun.

In Australia, ABC viewers have a chance to spot TCWF on the telly. There’s an advert currently airing for submissions into Bob "Fairfax and I separated on amicable terms" Mansfield’s review into what exactly the ABC does with our eight cents a day. (Actually about 8.444802578566 cents a day according to my calculations).

The ad tells you how to get more information about making submissions to the review, by phone, mail, fax or email. Each shows various headless anonymous people using the appropriate bits of technology. For email, the shots they pulled out of the stock film cupboard consist of:

(a) me using our old 286 ex-PC (yes, I still have that shirt)

(b) my hands dancing over the keys of our old 286 ex-PC

(c) the amber screen of our old 286 ex-PC, scrolling through TCWF191

Note that in none of the shots am I actually using email! The footage comes from a "Hot Chips" story done in 1994. It’s a funny kind of feeling, spotting your headless self on the telly. "Wait a minute… I recognise that torso… that arm… that fast four finger typing style! That’s me!!"

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.