posted on June 19, 2008 at 9:48 pm

my delete button has stopped working
this means this blog will be full of errors
no this is nio joke
fuck it all…..
is there another way to delete?
can someone help me with my bonsai
its a mport jackson fig
and is losing its leaves …black spots n turning yellow
help i love the plant and will be inconsolable if it dies
i move it around
dont leacve it in hot sunlite
i water it with a fine mist 20 sprays a day
it gets fresh air
i cant believe how much im missing the delete button
you better get used to it baby cos i cant afford a new computer
and im probably too lazy to get it fixed
it means i can never change me mind
im committed to every fucking word n letter that comes out
makes me wanna……aaaaaarghhh11!!!!!!
is there another way to delete
cmon you nerdy fiendss
gotta be two ways to delete
ok things warmed up for me a little yessaday
as in maybe getting myself in hot water
i cant discuss all the details
but it has fallen upon my shoulders
to organize a band to play a very aussie psychedelic masterpiece
at a big do soon in a city in australia
thats not quite as big or nice as sydney
ooops cant take it back
anyway i met another rocjker yessaday
he say wow sk
i was doing this song at this gig
sk say i am already gonna be there
rocker says would you like to do this song
that song? i say…oh yeah
an alltime bonafide wigout meltdown freakout
the very essence of the psychedelic classic
but homegrown…
oh this song blew my mind when i was 16 or so
it defined a whole chunk of australian history
written by a man very unpsychedelic too
neverltheless its a corker
very hard to reproduce live
suddenly i gotta getta band together to play it
behind its singer
peter koppes
i rang him…hes on the isle of capri
yeah…just south of surfers paradise
no no the one in friggin iytaly
tim ….maybe yes maybe no
marty in sweden
i didnt act last nite
i got just over a week to pull it all together
who am i gonna get?
ok ok sk think straight
muse : you cant discuss it infronta alla them…!
yes yes i can….cant i?/
can i trust ya not to blab?
muse “: dont blow the secrecy on this one knucklehead
but the hoi polloi cant get in to this gig….
better watch it on cable you ninnies
look i gotta see what i can do
have i brittled off more than i can chew
so….help me
how do i delete when the deletes not working?
how do i mend my broken bonsai fig?
who should be in my secretive band to play this unknown song
at a gig youll never go to?
but youll never go to it soon
how can my delete button be cured
are there cockroaches small ones living in my ibook (no joke)?
think of me at 915 swimming in the freezing angry seawater
then in the sauna watching the ocean and sweating it out
then i walk home
get on the phone
even what im supposed to offer em is unclear
whater (disrefgard)
whatever it takes they said…but did theuy meean it?
if youre sitting there with a spare laptop
send it toomey ayt
the time being
dune 3, sandhill 4
windswept beach
c/e of beleaguered old twit)
etc etc
or hit my subscribe

40 Responses to “no delete”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2008 at 10:53 pm #

    delete can = backspace,depending on yer desired delete needs.sounds like your bonsai has an algae with the spots,maybe a little too much water in winter,n heaters n ovens etc,its when those trees would go dormant as far as i know.maybe try a weak garlic water solution on the spots,or mild lemon juice.

  2. avatar
    the dean | 19 June 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    Use the backspace key.

    Pop the delete key off and clean under it.

    Black spot is generally associated with a mold or fungus. Better get it to a plant nursery promto.

  3. avatar
    princey | 19 June 2008 at 11:14 pm #

    If this secret gig is in “not so big or nice” Melby, why not get the talented Gb3 boys? I’m sure they’d be willing and able! (then I can sneak my way in heehee)

  4. avatar
    skyintheairwaves | 19 June 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    Some plants don’t like having moisture sitting on the leaves. Thats why those who propagate rose bushes actually wipe the leaves of dew each morning. If they don’t, the roses get a black spot disease.

    Umm, are we talking “The Real Thing”?

  5. avatar
    princey | 19 June 2008 at 11:31 pm #

    Aha! it the old rocker Brian Cadd induction to the Hall of Fame thingy on the 29th???!!!!

  6. avatar
    Anonymous | 19 June 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    Well, it has actually just been brought to my attention that there is such a thing as a delete key -have been backspacing all these years :).

  7. avatar
    kat | 19 June 2008 at 11:59 pm #


    #1 i didn’t think plants liked to be moved around

    #2 i just got this computer. you can come use it! ha ha

    #3 you’ll get a singer!


  8. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2008 at 12:02 am #

    He has an apple you freaks. No backspace.

  9. avatar
    craig1.618 | 20 June 2008 at 12:13 am #

    i’ve been looking into this delete button issue for about an hour now

    i’m starting to get frustrated

    i found the schematic of your keyboard

    i found a shortcut to delete (command-z) but it erases everything not just the character behind the cursor…fuck!!!!!

    i found info on how to delete the character to the right of the cursor on your keyboard….but unfortunately it involves using the delete key (func-delete)….so that’s no help

    i’ll look into it more later (i gotta go do something now) and if i find an answer i’ll post it

    just fyi…..i think you can get a new ibook G4 keyboard for around 40 dollars or so…and they are easy to install/replace….just another option

  10. avatar
    MEM | 20 June 2008 at 12:33 am #

    i have a brand
    new replacement
    for the apple
    G3/4? 12″ i-book
    sitting in my closet
    unused as i
    no longer have
    an i-book..
    if ur’s is the same
    i can
    send it down…


  11. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 20 June 2008 at 12:48 am #

    The Triffids are being inducted into the 2008 ARIAS Hall Of Fame. I’m sure that this is not breaking news to most of you !

  12. avatar
    R S | 20 June 2008 at 1:18 am #

    Umm… highlight the offending text & click letter ‘X’ key while holding down ‘Ctrl’ button at same time. Only requires use of two fingers, so should be a piece of cake for any good bass player!

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2008 at 2:12 am #

    no suggestions on any front but as a one sided taker i did enjoy yer live DVD last night as i perused from the comfort of my lounge .
    my wife – “he’s not funny at all is he?”, me – “what ya talking about?? he’s hilarious!!”. maybe you have to be an old cynic bugger to appreciate… anywho, there’s no pleasing everyone.

  14. avatar
    veleska1970 | 20 June 2008 at 2:55 am #

    sorry about your delete key going kablooey. rs suggested highlighting the text and just holding down the control key and hitting “x”. it’s been a while since i’ve used an apple, but i don’t think they have a “control” key~~i think it is the “fn” key (fn stands for “function”). if my memory serves me right, i think that the command key is used on an apple in a lot of cases where the control key is used on an ibm-compatible. (somebody please correct me if i’m wrong!! i prefer macs, but i have a dell now and i just don’t remember….) oh~~the command key is that four-leaf-clover-looking thingy located on either side of the spacebar.

    but if you are wanting to erase just a few characters at a time, then highlighting and hitting the “x” key can be laborious.

    you can try gently popping the delete key off and cleaning under it. your problem could may well be something as simple as crud underneath. if you’re like the rest of us computer-users out here, you probably eat while at the computer. 😉 over time, all those little crumb specks band together into a large army and create mutiny!! blowing out the keyboard with a can of dust remover spray on a regular basis helps. every now and then i give mine a once-over by holding it upside down and blasting all the crap out of it.

    i did a little research on your plight, and i have discovered that your problem doesn’t seem to be a unique one. i saw several article references to delete keys not working. (!!!) if removing and cleaning the key doesn’t solve the problem (or if you don’t feel brave enough to try that), then maybe consider acquiring an external keyboard. you can buy them now with a USB plug. as i poked around trying to find a solution to your problem, i saw a few mac-compatible ones that were relatively inexpensive. of course, you can buy replacement ibook keyboards, but removing and installing is a little involved.

    could russell take a look at it for you?

    good luck, and let us know how it goes.

    lotza love…..

  15. avatar
    veleska1970 | 20 June 2008 at 3:02 am #

    oh, i forgot i wanted to address this one: “are there cockroaches small ones living in my ibook (no joke)?”
    yes, that is possible~~another good reason to de-crumb it!!

  16. avatar
    matt davison | 20 June 2008 at 3:06 am #

    I will play drums SK!

    and to delete?? “I dunno” Don’t make spelling mistakes…I doe “{int)…


  17. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2008 at 3:51 am #

    I want to be on Capri with Pete!

  18. avatar
    veleska1970 | 20 June 2008 at 4:41 am #

    eh…me again….

    i just thought of something else~~keyboard remapping.

    check your myspace e-mail. i’ve explained this in a little further detail there…

    ok, i’m leaving now. i promise!!

  19. avatar
    davem | 20 June 2008 at 6:49 am #

    I’m a total technophobe I’m afraid.
    Being totally reliant on the assistance of my 15 year old lad – if he isn’t around I could suggest hitting it with a hammer or throwing the effing thing out of the window?
    My life is near gadget free. I wouldn’t even bother with a pc if it wasn’t for connection to things SK/Churchy.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2008 at 9:06 am #

    me not know apple, try veleska idea. bind another key as the new del. (O:

  21. avatar
    persephone2u | 20 June 2008 at 9:57 am #

    Simple delete on the ibook and yes, there IS a backspace to the person who said there wasn’t. Look at the upper right hand corner of the keyboard and you’ll see an arrow that points to the left. Use that and that will backspace over any errors and delete stuff for ye.

    If you wanna get your laptop fixed, it shouldn’t cost a thing. I just looked up an Apple store for you in Sydney and you’re in luck. You’ve got a brand new Apple store and Australia’s first (in fact the second largest in the world right after the one here in London!) that just opened up at 77 King Street. Go to it next week after the hype has died down and head to the top floor. There you will find the Genius Bar. You can drop in whenever you want and a Mac Genius person will look at your computer FREE OF CHARGE and probably take off your keyboard and clean underneath it as they did mine. The delete key should be fine afterwards. It’s very rare that they can’t fix your problem at the Mac Genius Bar, and I’ve been to the ones in LA, Seattle and London and they’re all brilliant. Just be prepared to wait for a bit as there are usually loads of people there having their laptops looked at too.

    Also, take your bonsai to a garden center and find a master gardener there and they’ll be able to diagnose the problem with your plant. It’s best to have an expert look at it and tell you what to do as any other remedies may kill it….

  22. avatar
    fantasticandy | 20 June 2008 at 9:58 am #

    yeah… lovely chum veleska got it right!
    go into the control section and re-assign the crappy hash-sign key or
    another useless one…..
    i can’t afford none of that posh apple stuff….i have to make my own.
    oh..well…back to work.
    andy L.

    p.s. i’m up fer the gig!
    transport problems though….

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2008 at 10:36 am #

    ‘city people daunting
    palid faces haunting
    as they shoulder one another
    in that rush and nervous haste
    with eager eye and greedy
    stunted form and weedy
    townsfolk, no time to grow
    no time to waste
    and even SK would rather fancy
    taking places with Clancy’
    AB Paterson, era Federation Australia

  24. avatar
    iseult | 20 June 2008 at 10:49 am #

    try that spare apple keyboard i sent you last year, they’re all interchangeabubble

  25. avatar
    davem | 20 June 2008 at 11:51 am #

    hit space bar?
    If only I could resolve it for you.

  26. avatar
    fantasticandy | 20 June 2008 at 11:59 am #

    on form today dave!

  27. avatar
    davem | 20 June 2008 at 12:43 pm #

    Nearly the weekend Andy. It’s been nice to be pottering around the record shops in Brum in my Forget Yourself T-shirt. Good luck with yer mixing desk too.

  28. avatar
    heather | 20 June 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    over watering of the bonsai is my hunch also…less than twenty sprays but take it down easy so the plant won’t get shocked

    my number 9 key on my laptop wasn’t working so i popped the lid off and now i just use the sticky up thing underneath it

    hmm..the Real Thing” get James Cruickshank (ex Cruel Sea) for the keyboards or Dave Dobbyn;Annette (can’t remember her surname – blonde;)for guitar;Powles for drums, or that guy who plays for Missy Higgins….


  29. avatar
    John | 20 June 2008 at 3:23 pm #

    As far as the tree and the delete key go, I recall a blog you wrote a while back in which you told us all to “accept it.”

    Accept it…acknowledge it, and let it go.

    It’s Tim P. kind of handy? Ask him about the delete key.

    John Garratt

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 20 June 2008 at 3:42 pm #

    Midnight Oil did The Real Thing…well too.

    If that’s the tune, just get Moginie and Hirst, and you’re set!

  31. avatar
    rubikon | 20 June 2008 at 3:46 pm #

    re: delete key not working – Sometimes this works:- Turn your laptop upsidedown (holding it securely each side with both hands) and then get someone else to tap the base of the laptop – Not TOO HARD! (this usually releases all the crud and detritus from under the keys – and “sometimes” that’s all that is needed to get all the keys workingagain).

    Wish I lived in OZ – I could audition for the gig – I play a bit of guitar now and again but I guess I am probably not worthy 🙂

    Ho Hum..

  32. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 20 June 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    Moginie and Hirst, yeah they’re a beautiful musical band that band formerly known as the environment and arts minister. Rotsey too … Think Wedding Cake Island … Chris Abrahams on pinyata ? Bonus in that there’s not an Aus musician working who doesn’t know it inside out.

  33. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 20 June 2008 at 4:12 pm #

    INXS would also play the hell out of it.

  34. avatar
    Cee | 20 June 2008 at 7:14 pm #

    The command key on the mac is the apple key, so hold down the apple key (it has a picture of an apple on it, next to the space bar) and the x key. This will delete highlighted text.

    The IT guy at work brought around a memory board that was FRIED thanks to a spider that made its way inside the desktop and got zapped! It was completely fused to the circuits!

    OK enough nerd talk.
    Go find those musicians and impress the hell out of everyone!


  35. avatar
    Brian | 20 June 2008 at 8:21 pm #

    Broken Delete key: highlight offending text. Start typing replacement text. No need for ctrl-x.

  36. avatar
    steve kilbey | 20 June 2008 at 9:52 pm #

    dearest ones
    i have now deleted my bonsai
    and unrooted my computer
    thanks for the wonderful suggestions
    i love you

  37. avatar
    veleska1970 | 21 June 2008 at 12:02 am #

    we love you, too. <3

  38. avatar
    nickfiction | 25 June 2008 at 9:48 pm #

    mac keyboards have 2 delete buttons ( on newer machines ) if its older than 5 yrs IT should be deleted…. when’s that friggin church album comin’ out? i’m running out of crisp jams sk….. cmon help a guy out

  39. avatar
    lily was here | 26 June 2008 at 11:48 am #

    Darn PK and Marty being away !!!!!!!!!! i LOVE that song…grrrumble..hmph and all that jazz.



  40. avatar
    Chris Mountford | 8 September 2008 at 6:57 am #

    You can delete with CONTROL H

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