Ahhh, 2004. Simpler times. Mick was a young lad of 21 years and the world, even though it was just as messed up as it is today, it was much easier to understand.
Facebook had just been started in Zuckerberg’s dorm room, Don Burke hung up his gardening gloves and stopped molesting plants, Steve Waugh retired from test cricket, the TV show ‘Lost’ aired it’s pilot episode and became one of the most popular shows of all time, and people were complaining about petrol when it went up to 90c a litre.
The curtains closed for Ronald Reagan, the piano lid closed for Ray Charles, Christopher Reeve succumbed to Kryptonite, and the trial into Saddam Hussein’s war crimes began.
John Howard was the Australian PM, Tony Blair the PM of the UK, John Paul II was the Pope, and we all used to tease George W. Bush for being simple (even though he was a well-educated man – he did himself no favours when he was pretending to read a book as it was upside down, and look through binoculars with the lens caps still on).
Also, Britney Spears went mental, cut off all her hair, and started bashing cars with umbrellas (Kids, Britney Spears was a Pop Singer).
Mick also, believe it or not, didn’t have White hair.
What else happened in 2004? Oh, that’s right – a TV show called ‘The Apprentice’ aired for the first time.
We’ll come back to this…
Whilst all of this was going on, Mick was sitting in his office, perched 44 levels above the streets of Sydney, and unlike today when you can just jump on Facebook or Twitter and say whatever you want (sometimes to the dismay of all your friends and family), there was really no easy way to get people to listen to your rants.
Mick has always loved debates, and discussions, and forcing people to think about things that they normally wouldn’t think about. Politics, news, religion, pretty much any topic that would make people question their beliefs.
His shrink says he’s a bit of a narcissist, and that he sometimes says things just to get a reaction and to amuse himself. What does she know?
Anyways, so Mick started a little website called MidgetPenguin – we’ll talk about the name another day – however, it actually became quite popular – you see, blogs were all the rage. People weren’t used to information overload like we have today so if someone took the time to publish a blog and put it out there, people would actually read it.
For 3 years Mick wrote articles about absolutely everything. Anything that pissed him off he opened up his trusty web editor and wrote about it. It was going really well until sometime in 2007 when Mick had to shut it all down.
It started with one death threat to his email and ended up with some nut job finding out where he lived and worked. All because some young Christian fellar didn’t like an article Mick wrote on world religions. It is worth noting that it wasn’t a negative piece – it was a historical piece on how all religions all fit together.
Out of all the different fanatical religions out there, Mick never thought it would be the Christian’s who hated him the most.
Anyways, it’s been 13 years. Can you believe that? In those 13 years Mick has written two books, moved from consulting to running operations at a Start-Up, and he’s only getting started. Facebook and Twitter are now mainstream and part of pretty much everyone’s lives – more people in the world have access to these things than they do fresh water and food.
Facebook and Twitter are now mainstream and part of pretty much everyone’s lives – more people in the world have access to these things than they do fresh water and food.
Too much has happened in the last 13 years and the media has lost the plot. MidgetPenguin is back, and Mick is more vocal than ever.Why now? Well.. the time is right… after all, the person who created The Apprentice, 13 years ago, Donald Trump, is now the President of the United States. You just know that Mick is going to have a lot to say about that!
Why bring it back now? Well.. the time is right… after all, the person who created The Apprentice, 13 years ago, Donald Trump, is now the President of the United States. You just know that Mick is going to have a lot to say about that!
Like we said earlier – it’s a crazy world.
Mick is back, slightly older, slightly wiser, slightly greyer, and still very much a sociopath. MidgetPenguin has one goal: keep the media, politicians, and anyone in the public-eye honest and to hold them accountable for the things they say and do.
MidgetPenguin is independent, unaffiliated with any media organisations, and unaligned with any political party. Therefore, the only agenda getting pushed here is Mick’s. There’s no silly business going on, there’s no Fake News, and Mick isn’t getting paid for anything that he writes or says. MidgetPenguin will always keep everyone honest regardless of who they are.
Welcome back to MidgetPenguin – Where The Ice Never Melts!