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Reinventing the wheel: why philosophy still matters

Reinventing the wheel: why philosophy still matters

Giacomo Bianchino defends a besieged discipline

Gender Police

Gender Police

Steph Abi-Hanna, Genie Kim and Eleanor Barz were witness to transphobia in women’s bathrooms on campus, and explain why it’s unacceptable.

Podcast 003: Soin radio 29th October

Listen to our SURG FM show all over again!

Korma Police Victim’s Report: Victim cooks with father

Korma Police Victim’s Report: Victim cooks with father

  STATEMENT: The other day I was in my kitchen helping myself to a glass of water when my dad, who was cooking dinner said, “Excuse me, Isobel, how many potatoes do we have?” Usually he would look himself, but recently his retina detached so currently he can only see out of one eye. I […]

Mass debating pay

Mass debating pay

Ever wondered why your friends that are debating coaches get payed so much? Harry Stratton tells us why

Tearing down the walls

Tearing down the walls

Our prisons punish the disadvantaged, fail to rehabiliate inmates, and should be abolished, writes Tom Raue

Mise-en-seen

Mise-en-seen

Mariana Podesta-Diverio wishes that she couldn’t see that you’ve ‘seen’ and when you’ve ‘seen’ it, because it’s deeply concerning

Breaking the glass ceiling with an M16

Breaking the glass ceiling with an M16

Avani Dias speaks to a woman who served in the Israeli Defence Force

Take a walk on the wild side

Take a walk on the wild side

Andre Fenby writes about his trip to a Bolivian animal refuge

Porny Soit

Porny Soit

Anonymous writes about her Saturday night, when she stayed home to watch porn for the first time

Pretending to be an immigration official: the video game ‘Papers, Please’

Pretending to be an immigration official: the video game ‘Papers, Please’

Samantha Jonscher reviews a gut-wrenching video game

USYD Bushwalking Club to release nude calendar

USYD Bushwalking Club to release nude calendar

Members of SUBW bare it all and donate proceeds to a wilderness charity, reports Mariana Podesta-Diverio

A Knightess of a night

A Knightess of a night

Phoebe Moloney previews the Women’s Collective’s annual performance night

Forget Froyo, gelato has the Klout

Forget Froyo, gelato has the Klout

Matilda Surtees has the scoop on Gelato Messina

Tangerine trees, marmalade skies and freaking the fuck out

Tangerine trees, marmalade skies and freaking the fuck out

Anonymous writes about their bad trip

NETIQUETTE: Love 2.0

NETIQUETTE: Love 2.0

When it comes to relationships on Facebook, it’s not all that complicated, writes Thomas Murphy.

Farewell @Horse_ebooks

Farewell @Horse_ebooks

Lane Sainty laments an equine tragedy: the loss of @Horse_ebooks

“Fucking Abbott”: Gould’s Book Arcade

“Fucking Abbott”: Gould’s Book Arcade

Andre Fenby profiles a Newtown landmark

Diana the hunter: a tale of vigilante justice

Matilda Surtees follows a narrative of vengeance on the mean streets of Mexico

All cabs off the rank

All cabs off the rank

Ben Brooks investigates the inequities of NSW’s taxi industry

For the greater glory of God: The political ascendancy of the Jesuits

For the greater glory of God: The political ascendancy of the Jesuits

Sam Murray looks at right-leaning politicians educated by the left-leaning Church

A league of legendary gentlemen

A league of legendary gentlemen

Lucy Watson watched some sports on the weekend

Kids that don’t hate homework: SPARK refugee tutoring program

Kids that don’t hate homework: SPARK refugee tutoring program

Andrew Bell speaks to Aishu Balaji about a program that’s helping refugee children enjoy life and school in Australia

Interview podcast: Hermitude

Interview podcast: Hermitude

Avani Dias and Xiaoran Shi spoke to Sydney based duo, Hermitude, before their set at the OutsideIn Festival in Marrickville.

Living la video loca

Living la video loca

Ariel Castro-Martinez tells us about the links between stories and gameplay in video games

Cali Fun-fortunate

Cali Fun-fortunate

Alex Christie gives you more reasons to hate American Apparel

Bidding farewell to Jurassic Lounge

Bidding farewell to Jurassic Lounge

On a Tuesday night at the Australian Museum visitors scan e-tickets, tilt bottles of cider to their lips, and pass to and fro under a 17.4-metre-long sperm whale skeleton.

Out and Proud

Out and Proud

It has taken me quite a while to wrap my head around the phrase “out and proud”. I always used to think of being gay as something that was a natural part of you, so that being proud of it made just about as much sense to me as being proud of having blue eyes. […]

A gay Christian’s dilemma

A gay Christian’s  dilemma

I was on a hot date. A few nights ago, a charming gentleman invited me to dinner at one of Sydney’s finest restaurants. Not only was he a solid 10, he was intelligent, cultured and witty. Although that didn’t last long. Upon hearing that I was a Christian, his jaw dropped, and his fork crashed […]

The invention of sexuality

The invention of sexuality

From the L to the B to the P to the A, I have spent many, many years of my adolescence and young adulthood swinging to-and-fro almost every single letter of the queer alphabet. “Lord, she is so beautiful. Yup, I’m definitely a lesbian. Oh, no. Ryan Gosling is someone that exists. Bisexual! But… I […]

Queering History: Happily ever after under cover

Queering History: Happily ever after under cover

Stories about “female husbands”, “counterfeit bridegrooms”, and “cover marriages” began to emerge in Britain as early as 1680. Such unions involved people assigned female at birth (AFAB) living and dressing as men in order to marry women, sometimes for love and sometimes, allegedly, for money. Although “lesbian”, “transgender” and “transvestite” were not established identities in […]

Things Got Hot Before The Revolution

Things Got Hot Before The Revolution

Speculation about a person’s sexuality does not sit well with me, but it is essentially what Queer History is all about. Before the Wom*n’s History movement was able to examine the experience and influence of women in History, it first had to uncover their existence. This is about the stage we are at with Queer […]

For fox sake!

For fox sake!

With this living creature sleeping in my hands, my moral instincts resist the idea that death is the only solution.

Why do we cling to print?

Why do we cling to print?

Justin Pen investigates the state of print media on campus

I was at uni and ye came unto me

I was at uni and ye came unto me

Benedict Brunker looks at the intersection of secular academia and Christian apologetics as envisioned by the Evangelical Union and by William Lane Craig

Podcast 002: Honi on the Air 3rd September

Avani Dias and Mariana Podesta-Diverio talk about the news of the week: federal elections, SRC elections, Little Devil Bakery, and more. Music is from the 6th Mixtape, Spring Disco. Honi on the Air 3rd September by Honisoit on Mixcloud

Funeral Etiquette 101

Funeral Etiquette 101

Blythe S Worthy explains the social niceties of ritualised grieving

Tweeting from the shadows

Tweeting from the shadows

Hannah Ryan looks at how social media can bring sex workers into the public sphere

Interview with iVampire

Interview with iVampire

Interviews can vary from the cult-ish to the traumatic, writes Anonymous

Little Devil Cakes & Bakery

Little Devil Cakes & Bakery

Little Devil Cakes & Bakery is a tiny shop on Broadway, Glebe that sells below average cakes for very little amounts of money. You walk in and the first thing you notice is that there is a festive red sign hanging from the ceiling which reads ‘We love chicken’. Hanging adjacent to this sign is […]

Revenge of the porn

Revenge of the porn

It’s a common scenario at a concert with thousands of punters who are young, dumb and horny. A photo depicting a public indiscretion involving two people taken at an Eminem gig at Slane Castle in Ireland has been circulating the Internet for a couple of days. One person is on their knees, and the other is pantsless. It’s not hard to figure out the gender of each participant, and to discern the subsequent level of respect afforded to the each of them by online arbiters of morality.

Bathhouses aren’t just for bathing

Bathhouses aren’t just for bathing

“A highpoint of hedonism, the baths were open 24/7 with 400 rooms, a sauna, a steam room and two large orgy rooms.”

Pornsourcing

Pornsourcing

The internet grows curious crops: one of the latest is adult entertainment crowd-funding websites. A handful of sites dedicated to allowing users to fund whichever X-rated project piques their interest have emerged over the past year.

Hikikomori: the art of isolation

Hikikomori: the art of isolation

Jeremy Elphick reflects on the sound of silence

Podcast 001: Honi on the Air 27th August

The first instalment of the Honi on the Air podcast! From the 27th August, we talk to Rafi Alam about his feature on fascism, and Xiaoran Shi about her experiences applying for a job at King’s Court massage. Music is from our 5th mix tape, queer hip hop.   Honi on the Air 27th August […]

Fashion blogs: Gevinson, Rookie, and critique

Fashion blogs: Gevinson, Rookie, and critique

In the last decade blogging has been lauded for allowing the fashion scene to become more diverse and less exclusive. Fashion blogging is the new ‘it’ girl of the media scene. Bloggers have become brands unto themselves, as evidenced by the arrival of Tavi Gevinson, the 17-year-old fashion blogger and editor-in-chief of Rookie magazine, an […]

How hospitality companies control your social life

How hospitality companies control your social life

Blythe S Worthy takes us behind the scenes of Sydney’s hospitality industry

Broken Window theory: Pub toilet edition

Broken Window theory: Pub toilet edition

It’s a Monday afternoon. The Abercrombie has ten dollar lunches, ten dollar jugs and there’s a strike tomorrow. The ‘crombie’s beer-garden restroom – smelling like copper; walls asphalt-coloured – is plastered with a thousand stickers of amateur club promoters and graffiti writers. The real problem though, is the urinal trough – a painfully awkward size, […]

Fear and Loathing in Malaysia

Fear and Loathing in Malaysia

Institutionalised homophobic intolerance is why Malaysian LGBT youth are still struggling to express their true identities, explores Ezreena Yahya

What’s the deal with online dating?

What’s the deal with online dating?

‘The eternal question is whether online dating is shameful”

Beat It

Beat It

The modern beat has become versatile, but it’s still not all that safe a place for gay men

Virginity blues

Virginity blues

Stephanie White looks at the relevance of virginity in the 21st century.

And all the king’s men

And all the king’s men

Xiaoran Shi paid a visit to Sydney University’s local brothel, King’s Court Massage.

Sex is for babies

Sex is for babies

G writes about the time she had an abortion.

A brave new world for Civ 5

A brave new world for Civ 5

  When Civilization V first came out in 2010, it was pretty terrible. For a game that was meant to simulate the rise and fall of the world’s greatest civilisations, it left a whole lot of stuff out. For instance, there was no religion, no real simulation of or reference to imperialism, and no espionage. […]

Art is in the eye of the player

Art is in the eye of the player

Videogames, by definition, have always had an element of choice within them. After all, interactivity separates games from other, more passive forms of entertainment. But what is extraordinary is the recent advent of games incorporating choice into their narratives and character arcs in order to say something meaningful either about the human condition, the wider […]

Biting the invisible hand: Swapping bills for pills

Biting the invisible hand: Swapping bills for pills

Daniel Farinha explains why eccy is so exxy in Australia.

Froyo invasion!

Froyo invasion!

Harry Stratton sampled a bunch of frozen yoghurt on Newtown’s King St.

The internet we used to love

The internet we used to love

“Forward this email to everyone in your contact list by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT and your crush will realise how much they like you.” As terrible as those 90s chain emails were, they did add a little something to your inbox. I was the first to send them around in an attempt to claim that $1,000,000 the […]

Why Vice Magazine is sexist

Why Vice Magazine is sexist

Isobel Yeap teases out the vice in Vice Magazine.

Garlic belly: a tale of two chickens

Garlic belly: a tale of two chickens

Joseph Istiphan bids falafel to arms

Bar review: Cornerstone Bar & Food

Bar review: Cornerstone Bar & Food

Lucinda Bradshaw grabs a drink by the station

Landsdowne-hill

Landsdowne-hill

Rafi Alam is both mad and disappointed

Solidarity forever for the unicorn makes us strong!

Solidarity forever for the unicorn makes us strong!

Hannah Ryan took a wander through a dark forest and encountered a mystical beast, fighting for a better world and labour rights.

Open access publishing: the way of the future?

Open access publishing: the way of the future?

Mischa Vickas questions a free for all publishing model

Top 5 Emoticons

Top 5 Emoticons

;P The wink tongue face combines two much-loved and ubiquitous emoticons into one catchall classic. Feeling saucy? Feeling ironic? Feeling like what you just typed could be grossly misinterpreted and shit is about to get awkward? This face fixes everything. Whack it in at the end of any and all sentences and you’ll come across […]

NETIQUETTE: An unlikely sage

NETIQUETTE: An unlikely sage

Humans search for meaning in all kinds of bizarre places. We might read too much into a small coincidence, take up prayer or meditation, or find the face of Jesus Christ in a piece of toast. But perhaps the most unlikely candidate to offer pearls of wisdom is the notorious Twitter spambot Horse_ebooks. Currently, the […]

NETIQUETTE: The battleground of online opinion

We’ve all done it on occasion. You’re halfway through a controversial opinion piece and you scroll down to see the comments. Perhaps you’ll hop onto Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit and see what’s being said about the latest news. Perhaps you’ll even vote in a poll just to see the current results. There’s something about the […]

When spell-check strikes back: the Cupertino effect

When spell-check strikes back: the Cupertino effect

Before there was Damn You Auto Correct, there was the Cupertino effect. The effect derives its name from the spell-check dictionary on Microsoft Word 97, which only contained the hyphenated spelling of ‘co-operation’. This meant the British form ‘cooperation’ would be automatically corrected to ‘Cupertino’ (in a bizarre coincidence, Cupertino turns out to be a […]

Don’t be a square and play The Cube

Don’t be a square and play The Cube

Late last year gaming studio 22cans released Curiosity: What’s Inside the Cube? and changed the world forever. John Gooding is not a fan.

Fare Play

Fare Play

Will fare evasion and copping the occasional fine save you money in the long run? As with most economic questions, the answer is that it depends.

Review: The Sims 3: University Life

Review: The Sims 3: University Life

The Sims are all grown up and getting a tertiary education.

Netiquette: Facebook “friends”

Nathan Olivieri explores the validity of our hasty online relationships

Horni Soit

Horni Soit

Horni Soit re-thai-ers for another year, in style.

Fanning the flames of trolling

Fanning the flames of trolling

You can’t stop the trolls if you don’t know who they are, writes John Gooding.

Review: Engineering Revue, ‘The Lord of the Gin’

Review: Engineering Revue, ‘The Lord of the Gin’

Lucy Watson thought the show sucked, but had fun anyway

Storing your personal web data helps the government snoop on you

Storing your personal web data helps the government snoop on you

The data retention plan goes against public and industry opinion and raises mainly questions about its true motives, writes Andrew Passarello.

Apple’s absurd ‘patent war’ will stifle future innovation

Apple’s absurd ‘patent war’ will stifle future innovation

The world’s most valuable company is fundamentally redefining what it means to innovate, but not in a good way, writes Ben Brooks.

Horni Soit: Week 7

Horni Soit: Week 7

It was three days since last Sunday and four days until the next. Paul was impatiently fiddling with a sausage. Most foul-minded students, including the author of Horni Soit, would immediately think of something crude and unsavoury when they read that phrase, but Paul wouldn’t. He was holier than thou, actually. He was a member […]

News Limited CEO: you are all “copyright kleptomaniacs”

News Limited CEO: you are all “copyright kleptomaniacs”

If you’re reading this there’s a good chance that you’re a criminal. At the risk of generalising, we are a generation of benign thieves. We steal as if there was nothing illegal about it. Hidden behind a desk and a monitor, otherwise law abiding Australians knowingly steal when it comes to streaming our favourite TV […]

Pokémon Dating: I choose you!

Pokémon Dating: I choose you!

Erin Rooney reveals how Pokemon could help you find someone who puts the ‘magic’ in ‘Magikarp’ and the ‘charm’ in ‘Charmander’.

Horni Soit

Horni Soit

I’ were early on a Mondy morn when wee Bonnie McGregor me’ Fritz Herzenschlampe in the olde library of Sydney University. She’d ’ad an ’ankering for’im since arriving Doon Under from olde Sco’land some time ago. His wee moustache tickled ’er fancy, and also her cheek when he kissed’er good day. Now they were “practising […]

Where Aren’t They Now

Where Aren’t They Now

Brad Mariano gets into Lynch and surmises it all for Dianne

Counter-Strike’s sequel is a blast but there’s no avoiding online bigots

Counter-Strike’s sequel is a blast but there’s no avoiding online bigots

CS Source had its issues, but Valve have learnt their lesson to create an inexpensive and enjoyable sequel, writes Andrew Passarello.

Chinese innovation should be welcomed with open arms

Chinese innovation should be welcomed with open arms

The world’s biggest maker of telecommunications equipment is now a privately-owned Chinese company, Huawei (pronounced hwah-way), which reportedly surpassed the earnings of Ericsson and Cisco in the first half of 2012. The innovation and tenacity of China’s first global tech giant has seen it become a market leader over the past decade and bring a communications revolution to Africa. However, over the past year Western countries such as Australia and the US have called into question the company’s true motives, citing security concerns.

How social media is changing the university learning experience

How social media is changing the university learning experience

Rob North reports on innovative uses of social media at Sydney University and conducts an interview, over Twitter, with Dr Richard Stanton.

Lifehacker: Travel Tips

Lifehacker: Travel Tips

Ludwig Schmidt would never insist you keep your passport on your person

Starcraft World Championship: eSports come to Australia

Starcraft World Championship: eSports come to Australia

As the popularity of eSports grows, Australia will play host to the world’s leading professional gaming tournament, reports Andrew Passarello.

Sydney Uni app stacks up against UNSW, Cambridge and Harvard

Sydney Uni app stacks up against UNSW, Cambridge and Harvard

Sydney University’s new mobile application has important features but fails in one key area, Honi Soit reports.

‘Mod’-ern Gaming: the zombie apocalypse game mod you have to try

‘Mod’-ern Gaming: the zombie apocalypse game mod you have to try

Rob North, reports on how a forgotten game became a top hit three years after its inital release and why game mods should be encouraged

Talk of the Town: Different Drummer

Talk of the Town: Different Drummer

Before there were small bars, there was the Different Drummer,
writes Nick Rowbotham

Next stop Sydney Uni: food trucks find their way to Victoria Park

Next stop Sydney Uni: food trucks find their way to Victoria Park

Sydney’s latest dining innovation is a small-scale success, but it could all be hampered by endless red tape, writes Michael Koziol.

Kickstarter: fund amazing creativity

Kickstarter: fund amazing creativity

Anyone can help make creative projects a reality, reports Joseph Wang.

Instagram: repainting our world?

Instagram: repainting our world?

Instagram is an enlightening and humanising way to share the lives of others,
writes Raihana Haidary.

Weighing up the fun in the face of STIs

Just use a fucking condom next time, writes Ludwig Schmidt.

Money for drugs

Money for drugs

Hardcore reporter Ludwig Schmidt was reimbursed $40 for his tale

Minecraft: Xbox 360 edition

Minecraft: Xbox 360 edition

Rob North discovers why Minecraft, even on the 360, is more than just a lego simulation.

“I’m a stripper, and I’m a feminist”

“I’m a stripper, and I’m a feminist”

If you think you’ve got strippers all figured out, think again, writes ‘Natasha’

Road Test: Net Porn

Road Test: Net Porn

Ludwig Schmidt is rubbing one out right now

3 Billion Dollars – What makes a game studio worth so much?

3 Billion Dollars – What makes a game studio worth so much?

Jeff Wong investigates the Steam behind Valve, one of the must successful video game studios in history.

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