Jason Tin

Jason Tin

Jason (@jasonthetin) is a journalist with The Courier-Mail. He writes a weekly column for the Radar section. He is passionate about listing things he is passionate about.

Articles by Jason Tin

There’s a good argument that arguments are good

There’s a good argument that arguments are good

21 Jun 12 Always the clever one, science has finally determined that the ancient art of arguing - that cornerstone of both democracy…... Read more

Scarlett Johansson in the buff. Meh, yawn…

Scarlett Johansson in the buff. Meh, yawn…

14 Jun 12 There is a legend, whispered among only the maddest of souls, that under the glamorous, perfectly-tailored clothes of famous people…... Read more

Spoiler alert! We won WWII

Spoiler alert! We won WWII

07 Jun 12 A few years ago, a handful of friends and I saw Valkyrie – the historical thriller about a daring plan…... Read more

Smile and the world smiles with you

Smile and the world smiles with you

31 May 12 That meddling loon we call “science” has struck again. Not content with smashing particles into each other and allowing Michael…... Read more

Life after Masterchef. Will there be a new reality?

Life after Masterchef. Will there be a new reality?

17 May 12 By the year 2014, scientists - meaning my brain - predict that four out of every five Australians will have…... Read more

The best action flicks don’t dabble in social commentary

The best action flicks don’t dabble in social commentary

10 May 12 The recently released trailer for The Expendables 2 is undeniably simple. It contains one-liners such as “I now pronounce you…... Read more

OK, old people, enough of this physical prowess caper

OK, old people, enough of this physical prowess caper

03 May 12 “I don’t want to alarm you”. That’s what people say whenever they’re about to unload some panic attack-inducing horror on…... Read more

I don’t want a lover, I just need a nemesis

I don’t want a lover, I just need a nemesis

26 Apr 12 An unfortunate side-effect of civilization and the development of agriculture and industry is that people often have to live near…... Read more

There’s no need to lie when we lay loved ones to rest

There’s no need to lie when we lay loved ones to rest

19 Apr 12 Michael “Flathead” Blanchard’s obituary in last week’s Denver Post was less than flattering. “Weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous…... Read more

A salute to the incredible work ethic of mediocre stars

A salute to the incredible work ethic of mediocre stars

12 Apr 12 One day, Eddie Murphy will launch into space in a dazzling emerald rocketship powered by ‘80s anecdotes and melted copies…... Read more

Those ridiculous fools in their flying machines

Those ridiculous fools in their flying machines

05 Apr 12 Aeroplanes will always be a mystery to me. Every time I see one sailing smoothly through the clouds, I wonder…... Read more

Billions of reasons for rich people to dream big

Billions of reasons for rich people to dream big

29 Mar 12 It was at the bottom of the ocean that James Cameron felt alone, distant from humanity. But it was there…... Read more

Twitter for (racist) Dummies

Twitter for (racist) Dummies

22 Mar 12 When Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch during Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final, many people audibly gasped. Some spoke words of…... Read more

Things my mother taught me that still ring true

Things my mother taught me that still ring true

15 Mar 12 Mum once told me that a person should never cut their nails at night. Although she never gave a specific…... Read more

An open letter to People Who Write Open Letters

An open letter to People Who Write Open Letters

23 Feb 12 Dear People Who Write Open Letters, How are you? Hmm. And what about the children? Do you have children? Well,…... Read more

My phantom kids will not be menaced by chipmunks

My phantom kids will not be menaced by chipmunks

16 Feb 12 At this very moment, thousands of parents around the world are lining up with their kids to see The Phantom…... Read more

If we wanted reality, we’d turn off the television

If we wanted reality, we’d turn off the television

09 Feb 12 “Some day, far into the future, this here machine will become a powerful medium with the potential to unite nations…... Read more

It happened. We’ve finally ruined the Internet

It happened. We’ve finally ruined the Internet

02 Feb 12 We’ve done it. We’ve finally ruined the Internet with our constant rage and all-caps rants. The vibe of the place…... Read more

Wooooooooo. A cool person’s guide to being a ghost

Wooooooooo. A cool person’s guide to being a ghost

27 Jan 12 Later this year, Paranormal Activity 4 will attempt to scare the cash out of horror fans around the world. The…... Read more

This year we should all go a little bit postal

This year we should all go a little bit postal

19 Jan 12 In 1945, an intelligence officer wrote a letter to his three-year-old son on Hitler’s personal stationery. “The man who might…... Read more

Stop horsing around and hail our glorious leaders

Stop horsing around and hail our glorious leaders

12 Jan 12 Earlier this week, we learned that North Korean dictator and supreme being Kim Jong-un is the “Genius of Geniuses”. This…... Read more

I dream of telling everyone about your kooky dreams

I dream of telling everyone about your kooky dreams

05 Jan 12 Could this be the year we finally get a dream-recording device? There are many inventions I’m hanging out for this…... Read more

Happy moo year, just watch out for those killer cows

Happy moo year, just watch out for those killer cows

29 Dec 11 In a few months’ time, you will be confronted by a bunch of people will beg you to let a…... Read more

Go on a holiday to the middle of nowhere and you’ll DIE

Go on a holiday to the middle of nowhere and you’ll DIE

15 Dec 11 Over the next few months, countless Australians will be forced to listen to their friends and co-workers ponder holiday destinations.…... Read more

Spare a thought for the pathetic this Christmas

Spare a thought for the pathetic this Christmas

08 Dec 11 In a few weeks’ time, most of us will be sprawled out on the floor, muttering incoherently and licking flecks…... Read more

First on my bucket list, um… buy a bucket!

First on my bucket list, um… buy a bucket!

01 Dec 11 Inspired by that 80-year-old Californian guy who recently completed 80 skydives in less than seven hours, I’ve spent the past…... Read more

I’d drink my own blood before writing about Twilight

I’d drink my own blood before writing about Twilight

24 Nov 11 I have long resisted writing about Twilight. As children and adults across the world scrambled to hoard Robert Pattinson posters…... Read more

I know you didn’t ask, but my holiday was SUPER GREAT!

I know you didn’t ask, but my holiday was SUPER GREAT!

17 Nov 11 Well, I suppose you all want to hear about my week off. While that enormous pile of paperwork and the…... Read more

Wear more costumes because life’s not a dress rehearsal

Wear more costumes because life’s not a dress rehearsal

03 Nov 11 While our nation’s leaders grapple with “major issues” such as climate change, international economic upheaval and industrial dramas, everyday Australians…... Read more

Festival of Obvious Ideas #14: The past was not perfect

Festival of Obvious Ideas #14: The past was not perfect

27 Oct 11 The present isn’t perfect. It’s flawed, strange and inconsistent. Twitter scandals happen, 14-year-olds spend time in Bali prisons and idiots…... Read more

Festival of Obvious Ideas #8: We can’t all be famous

Festival of Obvious Ideas #8: We can’t all be famous

20 Oct 11 If a meteor were spotted tomorrow hurtling towards the Earth, you could bet that some shirtless Mike Sorrentino clone would…... Read more

The world’s a racecar, but life is better when we take it slow

The world’s a racecar, but life is better when we take it slow

13 Oct 11 Over the past year, millions of film buffs have spent countless hours squinting at blurry, distant shots of stars in…... Read more

We’re all suckers for a good marketing ploy

We’re all suckers for a good marketing ploy

06 Oct 11 In just a few short days, four giant demons astride winged, skeletal steeds are expected to swoop from the sky…... Read more

The serious art of monkey business

The serious art of monkey business

29 Sep 11 Right now, millions of monkeys are tapping away at typewriters in cyberspace in an effort to prove that an infinite…... Read more

Hackers just slackers when it comes to being sexy devils

Hackers just slackers when it comes to being sexy devils

22 Sep 11 Many years from now, a child will look up at his father and ask him for a tale from his…... Read more

Hush your apologies, you lame celebrity

Hush your apologies, you lame celebrity

15 Sep 11 Last week, Madonna earned the ire of florists everywhere when she revealed her contempt for hydrangeas. After receiving a bunch…... Read more

The night I got drunk and tried to invent something

The night I got drunk and tried to invent something

08 Sep 11 Right now, somewhere in the world, some clever person is furiously scribbling away. Their eyes are probably darting around for…... Read more

Blades to the head can’t stop old people from being badass

Blades to the head can’t stop old people from being badass

01 Sep 11 Earlier this week, 86-year-old Leroy Luetscher temporarily became my idol. The Arizona pensioner was reportedly enjoying a spot of gardening…... Read more

Family happy snaps were better in the old days

Family happy snaps were better in the old days

25 Aug 11 With smartphones finding their way into nearly every pocket in the developed world, it’s easy to forget that film was…... Read more

Turning off social media would be a riot

Turning off social media would be a riot

18 Aug 11 Since the beginning of the London riots, everyone’s been talking about social media and, confusingly, The Planet of the Apes.…... Read more

There’s nothing more pathetic than an ageing star

There’s nothing more pathetic than an ageing star

11 Aug 11 Earlier this week, Liz Hurley tweeted about the nation’s obsession with the movements (or lack thereof) of Shane Warne. “FYI…... Read more

Dude, where’s my massively oversized deluxe trailer?

Dude, where’s my massively oversized deluxe trailer?

04 Aug 11 Like anyone who has ever had to perform some form of work, I despise wealthy celebrities. Their constant tears in…... Read more

Robert Ettinger’s not dead. He’s frozen. And one day…

Robert Ettinger’s not dead. He’s frozen. And one day…

28 Jul 11 By now, Robert Ettinger should be well and truly frozen. At 92, the man widely credited as the founder of…... Read more

Car free, carefree and in desperate need of a lift

Car free, carefree and in desperate need of a lift

21 Jul 11 Last year, I resolved to buy a car. My enthusiasm quickly evaporated, however, when I actually started poring through the…... Read more

Laziness is a right our ancestors fought for

Laziness is a right our ancestors fought for

14 Jul 11 Being a proper Renaissance man, I recently swore off exercise. Every year, my brain - being the smug bastard that…... Read more

It slices, it dices, it makes coleslaw out of hipsters

It slices, it dices, it makes coleslaw out of hipsters

07 Jul 11 If there’s one thing complete strangers on the Internet have taught me, it’s that it’s cool to hate on hipsters.…... Read more

It takes a strong man to grow a face-mane

It takes a strong man to grow a face-mane

30 Jun 11 For years, I, and many like me, have suffered in silence - hiding our shame in plain sight. We’ve struggled…... Read more

What I’ll tell my future kids

What I’ll tell my future kids

09 Jun 11 In ten years’ time, when Jason Jr is pointing at a 3D LED Beyblade Generator and screeching like the ungrateful…... Read more

It’s not myopic to be dreaming of my biopic

It’s not myopic to be dreaming of my biopic

02 Jun 11 The other morning I was thinking about life - because, well, that’s what people do when they’re on the toilet.…... Read more

The bad stuff on the internet must be blocked

The bad stuff on the internet must be blocked

26 May 11 You may be surprised to learn that I’m in favour of an internet filter. I know what you’re thinking. I’m…... Read more

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From: Hasbro, go straight to gaol, do not pass go

Tim says:

They should update other things in the game too. Instead of a get out of jail free card, they should have a Dodgy Lawyer card that not only gets you out of jail straight away but also gives you a fat payout in compensation for daring to arrest you in the first place. Instead of getting a hotel when you… [read more]

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