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GamelogoBy Australian Ninja

Remnants & Relics. Buttonhole *Special* Feature

Welcome dear reader to Remnants & Relics, the first in an ongoing series of features looking back at various aspects of yesterday's video games. This series is one that I'd hoped to kick off many months ago, but I just haven't had the time to do it justice, until now. So consider this your opportunity to put on your best pair or rose-tinted glasses, open up a luke-warm can of clichés and prepare to hop aboard the way-back-machine.... It came from beyond two dimensions! -A Look Back at Isometric Gaming-

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

ACMI Day Tripper

Welcome Buttonhole readers to another feature that is so choc-full of goodness that I've divided it into several sections. The top half is about the Indy video games showcased at ACMI. The bottom half is about the Pixar exhibit. It's ridiculously long and all terribly interesting to read, so you may as well read it in two halves, or just the parts that interest you. After reading about the ACMI exhibits on their website and getting more than a little excited, I decided to make the perilous trek to inner Melbourne. With time on my side and money stuffed in my pocket I ventured forth to the train station. Once on board I passed the time by staring out the window, reading a volume of Dark Horse's Concrete and snacking on tasty fruit. Arriving at Flinders St, I wandered around until inevitably finding my way out of the rat-maze like station.

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Classic Comic-book Review. Kraven's Last Hunt

"Here lies Spider-Man - Slain by the Hunter" So reads the grave of one of histories greatest superheros. "But he's not dead, is he? What happened to everyone's favourite web-slinger? Spidey seems to be alive and well now, what with his three movie deal and a string of monthly Marvel comic-book titles to his name, so why was he buried six feet under? The year is 1987. The company is Marvel. The character is Sergei Kravinov also known as 'Kraven the Hunter.' Back in the 60's Stan and Steve (Lee and Ditko, respectively) churned out a heap of cool villains for the title "Amazing Spider-Man." Doctor Octopus, The Cham

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Under RepairTechnical Difficulties
Sammy's PC has seen better days

by Special K
Sammy's PC has kicked the bucket and it is unsure as to when it will be repaired. As a result there will be a few delays with new content on the site. Please stand by. We hope to have the situation fixed ASAP!... Read On
RIP Steve Irwin
22nd February 1962 - 4th September 2006

by Special K
Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin passed away while filming footage for a new documentary. He was 44. I'd be lying if I said I loved the bloke from the start. There was always a feeling that there was something forced or possibly fake with his permanent high and over the top enthusiasm - but it soon became apparent that what you see is what you get. Very few people today could say they have made a career out of something they love to do. Steve Irwin died doing what he loves doing - being with animals and nature. I think his father, Bob Irwin, hit the nail on the head by saying "..better than being hit by a bus...". It's his relationship with his father, his wife and family which I most admire. The passion he showed for wildlife was also shared with his family and friends. I begin to think that with this emotional outpouring from the community and the world at large, we've had the Australian equivalent to a death in the royal family. Hats off to a great Australian character. Steve Irwin you were one of a kind and will be sadly missed.... Read On
Trolley of Death
Kris's first foray into filmmaking!

by Special K
Shameless self promotion! That's what I'm calling this. Trolley of Death is the result of a short film workshop put on by the Emerging New Media Artists Program (ENMAP) and is associated with Buttonhole through me! Thanks to all the people who made this possible: Amanda Slack-Smith, Alex White and the Trolley - my first class actors! Andrew Roller at www.bayviewstudios.com for the fantastic soundtrack. The crew from ENMAP ... Read On
SmartArtist Web Hosting
International Portable Film Festival
A film festival dedicated to movies on mobile devices!

by Special K
The International 2006 Portable Film Festival is on. The festival works very simply - films are delivered to you as a video podcast that you can subscribe to through Portable Film Festival. When films are ready they are sent automatically to you, ready for you to watch on your iPod, PlayStation Portable, 3G device or media player... Read On
Buttonhole is Back Baby!
Goodbye Smartyhost forever!

by Special K
We're Back! Thanks for being patient! Now on with the show...... Read On
F1 Season 2005 highlights
The circus is in town...me like Clowns!

by Ando
Now for all you like minded Formula 1 fanatics out there or even just soft core fans, I have come across a spectacular video highlights package that was shown at the official FIA F1 season 2005 awards. It is the real deal and it is awesome.... Read On
Buttonhole's Editor in Chief is ill
Hillelman is in hospital

by Special K
... Read On
Buttonhole's AFL Footy Tipping Contest
The Gimmick explains how you can join in and win stuff!

by The Gimmick
Hey Aussie Rules Footy fans (or even people who aren't)! The Gimmick is here to launch this year's Buttonhole AFL Footy Tipping contest. Before we get into the prizes, here are the rules: 1. You must be a registered Buttonhole forum member, no outsiders allowed (Yeah that's right, I'm prejudiced!). So, if you wanna join in, you'd best sign up on the forums right away. It doesn't take long and it'll allow you to have some fun posting your own comments on the forums. Besides, you could even win a prize from Sammy just for getting involved on the Buttonhole forums (we've had several happy recipients of those rewards already). ... Read On
To infinite and beyond!
Buttonhole's first year was just too sweet

by Hillelman
In January of 2006 Buttonhole officially became 1 year old. I've said this before and I'll likely say it again: this site really grew so much, so quickly that we achieved way more than I was expecting, in such a short space of time. As a matter of fact, Buttonhole is already achieving most of the things I was anticipating for, at least, 6 months from now. Thanks to our staff, our supporters and our readers. ... Read On
Congratulations Mugwai & Miss!
Buttonhole welcomes baby Declan to the world

by Hillelman
One of our fellow Buttonholers- Mugwai (Jamie) and his lovely wife Miss (Melissa) got the most excellent of Christmas presents this year. On Monday 19th December Miss gave birth to their son- who they have named Declan. A big Buttonhole congratulations to them from all of us!... Read On
Out Toxication Part 2
The part that comes after part 1

by Hillelman
Where were you when I needed you? Never there when I needed you. We both know I don't need you now. Screaming out, I was calling you. In every language I tried to talk to you, Only my voice was silent to your ears. I can't look, can't even look at you. I have to close my eyes when I'm near you. Just the sight of you makes me feel sick. Go away; get away from me. Stay away, where you came from me. I wish I never even knew of you. I wish I could forget I ever knew of you. I'm afraid I might have to kill you. Your existence ruins my life. How could I have ever wanted you? Why did I ever try to love you? You don't deserve what I gave to you. Not at all, in any way, for me. What I loathe and despise is all that you are. You're unworthy of any thought at all. Stab my back as I turn from you. Cut me deep, now I'm gone from you. My blood is not yours any more.... Read On
Out Toxication Part 1. (More of Sammy's poems)
I'll show you mine, if you'll show me yours.

by Hillelman
I guess Joel, or someone, will have to send me another image if I'm going to keep posting these things! Anway, these are some of my poems from a collection I call "Out Toxication". Some people actually did ask to read these, so thanks very much and I hope you dig them. ... Read On
A few short stories from Sammy
It is a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.

by Hillelman
(Yes, I used the same basic intro for two articles) Buttonhole has many creative types as part of our team. Amongst our staff we have photographers, musicians, artists, people who can make soup from toenail clippings (ok, I made that one up) and so forth. One of my hobbies, or passions, is writing; which is handy since that is essentially what I'm here for. I like to write short stories, poems and anything else that takes my fancy. I thought I'd share some of my creative stuff with our readers and hopefully that'll encourage other Buttonholers to do the same. Some of my poems are online too. ... Read On
Popcorn Eyes. Some poems by Sammy.
For those who like such things, dig in.

by Hillelman
Buttonhole has many creative types as part of our team. Amongst our staff we have photographers, musicians, artists, people who can make soup from toenail clippings (ok, I made that one up) and so forth. One of my hobbies and/or passions is writing poems, short stories and anything else that takes my fancy. I thought I'd share some of my creative stuff with our readers and hopefully that'll encourage other Buttonholers to do the same. If I get a good response to this stuff I will post some more in the future. I if don't get a good response...well, I'll still post some more in the future. Because I can and it makes me happy to do so. If you don't like it, just don't read it. No skin off anyone's nose either way really. ... Read On
Jeans for Genes Day
Friday, 5th August, 2005

by Special K
Chances are you probably know someone who has a genetic disease, because one in twenty children are born with some form of genetic fault. This is all too true for me as I lost a cousin to Muscular Distrophy and a friend of mine has Cystic Fibrosis. Please support Jeans for Genes day next Friday 5th August 2005.... Read On
Special K and Madame Hooplah return with some big news!
I guess this means I won't be getting rid of him

by Hillelman
Love is in the air! Buttonhole's Special K (Kris) and Madame Hooplah (Sarah) recently returned from their holiday at Peppers Palm Bay Resort on Long Island. The biggest news of their trip is the fact that while they were up there, big K knelt in the sand (thus making him, briefly, the same height as a regular person) and popped the question. What's more, the lovely Sares said yes(of course she did)! That's right folks, the two love birds are now officially engaged to be married! Yay team!!... Read On
A new play at Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre
A play that modern audiences should be able to relate to

by Hillelman
... Read On
Sex. Lies & Politics: The Naked Truth. Book Review
Tyz thinks Larry Flynt should stick to the dirty pictures

by Tyz
Larry Flint likes to tell people that he is a simple "Smut Peddler" and that despite is success he still knows what drives the average man. He attributes the success of his pornographic empire to this knack for giving the public what they want. With the current resurgence of left-leaning political commentary books (thanks to Michael Moore's brilliant Stupid White Men) Flint has seen another avenue to give us what we apparently want â€" but you can have too much of a good thing.... Read On
Deja View Exhibition
Cube 37 - Frankston Arts Centre

by Special K
A collection of diverse works by New Media artists Joshua Thomason, Justin Betts, Caroline Graley, Daniel Flood , Amanda Slack-Smith , Alex White , Kaye Rolls, Jenni Rolls, Kris Bardin and Hung Lin. This exhibition explores the inner perception and outer deception of interaction through installation and sculptural work.... Read On
Hunter S Thompson Obituary
Buttonhole pays tribute to the legend

by Tyz
The Sports desk is empty Bubba. Raoul Duke will no longer be reporting about the geeks, the freaks, the uppers, the downers, the fear or the loathing of American life. Hunter S Thompson shot himself at his Owl Creek Farm in Colorado on Sunday night. He was 67 years of age, but some would say he was centuries old in life experience. He lived life on the cutting edge of the counter culture for most of his life, and he was its greatest poet.... Read On
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ToonlogoOther Stuff Quote of the Month

“A wise man will be the master of his mind. A fool will be it's slave.”

Publilius Syrus (Roman author, 1st century B.C.)

Which of the following “super powers” would you most like to have?
Super strength
Ability to fly
X-ray vision
Super speed
Super intelligence

ToonlogoBy Borgieman

Manifest '07 Report

Ninja's note: Once again, it's time for another Buttonhole report on the Melbourne Anime Festival, otherwise known as Manifest 2007. If you missed Ichibod's feature on a previous Manifest, check it out here. This Manifest coverage comes to you courtesy of forum regular and newest Buttonhole contributor Borgieman, a cool guy who knows his Anime and has been known to play a video game or two. So read on true believers! A Day at Manifest 2007

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ToonlogoBy Australian Ninja

Only Yesterday. Anime Review

The problem with having favourite films is that every time I watch another Studio Ghibli film it becomes my new favourite. It kind of renders the word 'favourite' meaningless when every Studio Ghibli film takes my breath away. Still, I can't complain about being thoroughly entertained by this whimsical and insightful film, "Only Yesterday". This gem was directed by Isao Takahata, well known for his anime film Grave of the Fireflies. Although Only Yesterday is a light hearted film that ambles along at a leisurely pace, it still manages to explore themes such as love, work, family relationship struggles, following your dreams and country versus city living. In the film, the main character Taeko decides to take a working vacation in the country, getting away from her office bound job and unexpectedly starts t

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ToonlogoBy Jason

Speed Grapher V1. Anime Review

Well, "I don't like it" was my initial feeling when viewing this Anime for the first time. Subsequent viewings haven't changed my views a great deal. Nothing really stands out as being absolute shit but it seems that this series tries too hard. It's almost like they were more interested in creating something 'edgy' and confronting but sadly forgot to include an even remotely palatable story. The hero of this particular piece is a bloke called Tatsumi Saiga. Tatsumi is a photographer and a veteran war journalist for whom taking photos has become somewhat of a fetish. Although he seems to have become jaded - nothing is worth wasting his film on - that is, at least until he stumbles across an exclusive club for the mega rich

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