Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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November 2008

Configuring, running and testing multi-gigabyte backups has to be one of life’s less-fascinating activities.

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@ApostrophePong Ouch! It’s a NASTY cold. I’ll get appropriate drugs for you on my way home. Or since I’m by Kings Cross, inappropriate ones.

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RT @susan_m: RIP Sydney Opera House architect Joern Utzon who died in Denmark yesterday aged 90 http://tiny.cc/uALFl

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RT @smartbrain: mms://manager.co.th/11news1 for Government House and /toc for BKK airport. Works in Windows Media Player and Windows Mobile.

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@ApostrophePong I know the Royal Thai Army has a… erm… fondness for elaborately decorative uniforms, but what are you saying? :P

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@ApostrophePong I don’t think “Green Shirts” = Army here! BTW, @Nickhodge asks questions at http://is.gd/9rBf

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@ApostrophePong RT @smartbrain: Green Shirts to bring in 60 buses to protest metal smelting factory. ??? Why now?

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@tathamoddie “I just screwed up the IP routing settings for 200 domains. There goes my afternoon.” OUCH You have my sympathy, Sir!

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@ApostrophePong Who are the Green Shirts of which @smartbrain speaks? Yet another Thai faction I didn’t know about?

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@Nickhodge Thank you for asking sensible questions about the Thai situation. Answers now online with further commentary. http://is.gd/9rBf

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Mobile. Walk to Sanmore station / Kings Cross station / Darlinghurst client for the afternoon, maybe into the evening.

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Note to my new followers: I do see all @replies but don’t follow everyone back unless an obvious connection. My Twitterriver flows fast!

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I’ve updated (via a long comment) my “Thailand’s political crisis: an introduction” http://is.gd/9rBf

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@websinthe Yes, I’ll RT too. ;) Understanding Senaor Stephen Conroy’s political power base. http://is.gd/9yeZ From 2004 but still very good.

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@kcarruthers As I said, enter odd search phrases into YouTube, then random-walk the “related videos” links. Explore the weirdly Long Tail.

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@websinthe From 2004: “Senator Stephen Conroy’s plotting and warring has added to Labor’s decline, writes Paul Sheehan.” http://is.gd/9yeZ

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Sun (remainder) plan: Amble to Darlinghurst to do this out-of-hours client work. Almost 1300, I’d better start getting my act together.

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@websinthe Correct. Conroy is one of the ALP Right’s bullies. He’s demonstrating that bullying does not good Minister material make.

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@websinthe The Senate website says Conroy is a Senator until 30 June 2011. http://is.gd/9ybO Suffer.

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@websinthe Conroy’s risk is not being voted out at an election but being sacked from the Ministry for performing poorly. He’d had few wins.

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@websinthe The ne next Federal election is 2 years away (3 year terms), but half the Senate is up for re-election each time (6 year terms).

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@websinthe Conroy’s mandate for censorship is tenuouss.He’s geing beyond the wording of the pre-election policy, such that it was.

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Fuck! They’e turned on the Stargate and we’re DOOMED! http://is.gd/9y8W Direct link to image, should it be replaced: http://is.gd/9y8E

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The Institute of Public Affairs doesn’t like Conroy’s Rabbit-Proof Firewall either! http://is.gd/9y4D So who has Conroy got left on side?

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@kcarruthers @SnarkyPlatypus That Sid Davis anti-homthexual film from 1954 I mentioned was “Boys Beware”. http://is.gd/9y2A

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@jdub That is EXACTLY the stupid brain-dead manager-sheep usage of “space” to which I refer.

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@jdub What shits me about the use of “around” is that you can be fairly sure the sentence will end with the word “space”. Grrr. :)

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@jdub Pls don’t say “be careful around”. It’s “be careful ABOUT” or “WITH”. “Around is NOY the all-purpose preposition kthxbai.

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@pixel8ted My 1600-work backgrounder on the That political crisis is at http://is.gd/9rBf

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@kcarruthers I’m not sure that I’d associated every event wih @stub. Tiwtter is not the centre of the universe, and limits the appeal.

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RT @TerrorTV: christian teens use as test group for the binge drinking ads? How bout some alcopop ValleyGirls bitchscratching each other up

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Fairfax: “Children’s welfare groups slam net filters” http://is.gd/9E4V Even the child-protectors think Conroy’s wrong!

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@Tuna People comment wherever it’s easiest. So they whinge to each other rather the, say, write to their MP or the manufacturer of whatever.

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Mon plan: AM desk catch-up; PM Darlinghurst client for some sysadmin stuffs; evening gym & dinner w@SnarkyPlatypusypus.

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@alecthegeek [smirks] I don’t mind my “thoughtful posts” geting out there without my name attached, as long as he memes are transmitted. ;)

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Video promoting rallies against Internet censorship 13 December. http://is.gd/9DtU

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And for those who missed THIS gem, a 2004 article explaining just why Senator Conroy is such a nasty piece of work. http://is.gd/9yeZ

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@paulwallbank I am suitably happy with your comment, yes. @bronwen Yes, comments on the website will be seen. Twitter is ephemeral.

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It would be wonderful if people making one-line comments on Twitter would turn them into one-paragraph comments on my website. ;)

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@spinopsys @paulwallbank Yep, sections of the media love scare stories. But why do politicians ACT on this paranoid fantasy as if it’s real?

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@paulwallbank Agreed, the risk-avoidance by politicians and schools, reacting to SOME scared and noisy parents.

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Fascinating profile of New Journalism “leader” @jeffjarvis at http://is.gd/9Db5 and his rebuttal at http://is.gd/9cQJ

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@_dianne Ta. A parliamentary researcher told me it’s impossible to overstate how clueless politicians are about computers and the Intenret.

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@paulmckeon The $2245 for “customised notebooks” includes software, configuration, networking and training. That’s not unreasonable.

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@crispynoodles One of the hurdles is the word “social”. It sounds like “social likfe”, or “slacking off”.

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RT @crispynoodles: @sometimes I think the sillyness of not letting kids access social media at school is because parents are. [Agreed.]

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And still catching up on the Thai crisis? My backgrounder at http://is.gd/9rBf and @ApostrophePong’s at http://is.gd/9D3S

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My response to NSW schools BLOCKING social media http://is.gd/9B0k is “Do we really care about our kids?” http://is.gd/9D3m

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@SnarkyPlatypus The Brit tourist at BKK airport is free to leave and, oh, catch the train down the penisula to another airport. Idiot.

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RT @Darcy1968: Read Par 4 *sigh* http://tinyurl.com/5qg7kt [Yes, NSW school laptops blocked from social media ‘cos of “unwholesome things”.]

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There is a special level of Hell completely filled with job tickets requiring web server SSL certificates to be reconfigured. Endlessly.

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Emerges. I want to whinge about Mondays and stuff but know I’m not going to get any sympathy.

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@SnarkyPlatypus ‘Why won’t search.twitter com accept my search request for “The Way We Were”?’ Twitter has become sentient and knows better.

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@Nickhodge Wikipedia article on King Bhumibol Adulyadej makes interesting reading, partic his early life and ascension. http://is.gd/9Aik

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@misswired @candysnap @kurokaze204 @susan_m @franksting Yep, Moon drops back 11 degres per day (roughly). I didn’t measure but tomorrow…

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@misswired The Moon’s still got a day or so to drop back before it’ll be a smiley face with Venus and Jupiter.

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@docbaty Well I guessed that one was Luna. I did Astronomy I at uni! ;)

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Is that a Venus / Jupiter conjunction I can see right now? Or Mars?

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@ApostrophePong Your post http://snurl.com/6ye3d with background to the Thai crisis is a fine thing. Like your explanation of the cycle.

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Ah now here’s a story to warm the cockles etc… http://is.gd/9zZ5 Anyone need a diagram?

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Enough for the Darlinghurst stuff. Electric tubeworms ahoy!

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RT @smartbrain: Cellphones cut at BKK airport, uncle Chamlong [PAD leader] urges PAD to gather at government house.

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Excellent. Australian wine glut to continue. Production up, sales down. http://is.gd/9rUD Cheap wine FTW!

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@mpesce We let all sorts into the country now that mandatory detention is being cut back. Honestly, some of the riff raff!

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@websinthe Erm, but @btub is Brisbane? I’m not in Brisbane!

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@websinthe Alas, @ApostrophePong and I were in one of our Secret Lair last night. I wasn’t up for drinkies anyway. Next time!

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Sat (remainder) plan: 1400 gym & lunch w@SnarkyPlatypusypus; 1@stubSTUB Goes to the Dogs http://is.gd/9rKD Greyhounds FTW!

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@timoreilly Since you RT’d my first piece about Thailand, this longer backgrounder may be of interest. http://is.gd/9rBf

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@cshirky As promised, Sir, that backgrounder on the Thai political crisis. http://is.gd/9rBf Enjoy.

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As promised: “Thailand’s political crisis: an introduction” http://is.gd/9rBf Long-ish, but I think it ties the threads together.

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@misswired There was one win by @kcarruthers and a couple of complete fails elsewhere. But a good night out.

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@misswired @stub Goes to the Dogs was an intimate gather of co-conspirators. :) @kcarruthers and @SnarkyPlatypus and @ApostrophePong and me.

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Thinking back to last night, how could me betting on a dog called “Seditious” have failed to win? IT’S RIGGED.

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@jdub Yes, useful covereage of at http://bethesignal.org and will keep an eye on it when at the client’s this arvo.

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@stokely I do follow you on Twitter, but if I miss something I let the river flow on, it’s gone. Bummer. I’ll have to see the movie instead.

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CNN report on the siege of Bangkok airport shows it spookily empty with all operations shut down, a good backgrounder. http://is.gd/9xoK

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@jdub It’s annoying. Given the work I do in WordPress (CMS of choice) it’d be handy. But I can’t delay this client work another week.

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@jdub I only found out about on Monday, after already committed for the weekend (and of questionable heath). Oh well.

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Emerges. After a gloriously drenching thunderstorm last night, Sydney looks like it’ll be bright and crisp. Love it.

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@SnarkyPlatypus I have contacted the relevant people about ou idea for an award too. ;)

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Home. Tired. @stub Goes to the Dogs was @kcarruthers, @SnarkyPlatypus, @ApostrophePong and me, and the food was surprsingly good.

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OK, @ApostrophePong and @SnarkyPlatypus and I are en route to @stub Goes to the Dogs. http://is.gd/9rKD

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@mpesce You feel like @stilgherrian? And what does THAT feel like?

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@mpesce There should be questions in the Cit test about real Oz culture, like the hits of Chantoozies.

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Part of me wants to stay and watch the emerging day in Bangkok, but it’s time for the gym. Goddam demanding @SnarkyPlatypus!

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RT @BBCWorld: Thai PM promises peaceful means to end the sit-ins that have paralysed Bangkok’s airports. http://tinyurl.com/65xvq3

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RT @smartbrain: Thaksin (who is on the run from the law) urges PAD protesters to respect the law http://tinyurl.com/59y7sl

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RT @smartbrain: Police use guns on BKK protesters

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@paininthenet Damn! Sorry to hear about the wine investment fail. Some win, some lose… Not TOO bad for you I hope?

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@viveka Subset of tweets to Facebook? RSS of those tweets into a second Twitter account, then feed THAT into Facebook.

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@ApostrophePong I’m tracing it from 1976 to explain why Samak is controversial, hinting at 1960s, but really starting from 2001 elections.

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I’m sorry, did I ASK for all these mosquitos?

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The more I write about the Thai political crisis the more I realise this will not be solved easily or quickly. It’s a clusterfuck of a mess.

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@steven_noble I suspect you’ll find my own style more Chandler than Rushdie too. Plenty of short, punchy sentences. ;)

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Sitting on the backdeck overlooking the rain-wet garden and beyond, finishing my backgrounder on the Thai political crisis.

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@steven_noble Well, “Hello. I’ve fed the cats and now I’m making coffee” is pretty damn banal, don’t you think? :)

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Emerges. Initial noise-cancelling feline sustenance logistical procedures complete. Alkaloid-boiling under way. Houston, we have Saturday.

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Battery life FTL. Our Secret Lair does not have power points. A pretty crappy Secret Lair, I know. I think off-grid is the mode now. [exit]

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Core narrative written, @ApostrophePong says it’s right. I’ll polish & publish in the morning.

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@Nickhodge What’s scary is I can write the basic narrative of Thai constitutional politics since 2006 from memory, just need to link it up.

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@Nickhodge This will be 1000+ words. The 18,000 PAD demonstrators and their opponents are hyperconnected flash mobs roaming BKK.

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Which is scarier? Our Secret Lair playing Spandau Ballet’s True”? http://is.gd/9lSO Or @ApostrophePong KNOWING ALL THE GODDAM WORDS?

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“Eye of the Tiger” FTW!

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@ApostrophePong and I are deep in conversation about Thai politics. I’m drafting my 500-word explanation of WTF is currently going on there.

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@awmitchell Thank you, Sir! I am MUCH better today (yes, colds last 7 days in average), though I still sound like a frog.

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Wondering why you’re seeing lightning across Sydney? The radar explains all. http://tinyurl.com/6q43ez Severe Thunderstorm Warning!

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@ApostrophePong and I are in one of our secret lairs. Video shows Billy Idol’s “Nice Day for a White Wedding”. http://is.gd/9lpz

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watching lightning hit the Citigroup tower. Omen? Too late to matter?

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FileZilla Server’s interface is atrociously fucking ugly, but the imaging device’s is worse.

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Thank you, FileZilla recommenders. We now have HD medical imaging video flowing from the consulting room onto the surgeon’s workstation.

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@tathamoddie @IanWoolf @ragnarok1971 @Mikenicholls88 @kurokaze204 Anyone NOT recommend FileZilla? Can this many geeks agree on something?

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@Mikenicholls88 @kurokaze204 There’s 2 votes for FileZilla and none for any others. Democracy is the winner here! Thank you, gentlemen.

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Dear Twitterverse, is there a good FTP server proggie for Windows XP? (Yes, need to shunt data off a medical imaging device.)

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Darlinghurst, watching various coloured bars grow to the right and then change colour. Eventually something goes ping. Then it all repeats.

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@KainTietzel Ya for “re: cuisine - this is how they did it” http://tinyurl.com/5vg7qz but was that meant to be to me? Interesting video tho.

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Despite this annoying waking-up-early I’m feelng substantilly better today, though vertainly nowhere near 100% yet. This is a FIERCE cold.

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@kcarruthers @JonoH @facibus @dnwallace @limburger2001 @ZebraBites @zuzu Ta for your thoughts last night, and anyone I may have missed…

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Looking at The Big Picture’s feature on the International Space Station (ISS) 10th birthday. http://is.gd/8Qxl Lush.

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Senator Conroy’s response to Senator Ludlam’s questions about Internet filtering plans. http://tinyurl.com/5e9lfr Hat-tip @websinthe, ta!

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@deanlk I’ve only ever used the standard encoder on Ustream. I may do some more technical experimentation over summer.

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Emerges far too early. Awoke, couldn’t get back to sleep. I’m told pottering around for a bit is the thing to in these circumstances.

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Thanks for the best wishes, everyone. I wish I could do a program tonight but I am dying. Not literally. More soon. [exit]

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Alas, my throat means no “Stilgherrian Live” tonight.

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RT @erkpod: @stilgherrian It’s one of those pop up player thingos. www.4bc.com.au then click on “Listen Live”

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Ta @monkeytypist! Me on radio 4BC Brisbane momentarily… http://tinyurl.com/56ljv9

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Can someone find me the link for 4BC’s live stream, so I can pimp it? Ta. :)

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Apparently I am on radio 4BC Brisbane in about 20 minutes.

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I believe this is called the Doncaster Hotel on Anzac Parade. The discussion continues with 18-20 people.

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@DavidFeng Yep, there’s an Aust govt plan to have an ISP-based internet “filter” with a secret blacklist.

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Back from lunch at UNSW Internet Filtering Forum, live-blogging NOW at http://is.gd/94Wi

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Back from coffee break at UNSW Internet Filtering Forum, live-blogging NOW at http://is.gd/94Wi

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RT @Nickhodge: @KevinRuddPM’s sockpuppets need more sock and less puppet.

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Only one Shakespearean actor was brave enough to play Hamlet using the REAL skull they’d been donated. Yep, David Tennant. http://is.gd/9jwU

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It’s good to see the local Enmore monk with his alms bowl laughing with staff at the Thai diner.

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Mobile. Enmore Rd / Newtown station / Town Hall station / HYde Park / Oxford St / 1100 appointment.

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@monkeytypist Actually I like that! “The Prime Minister flew in regards to Peru today, and met in regards to the G20.” Choice.

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Heh! A spam I just received is faked up to look like a ConstantContact mailout, but the unsubscribe links go to some dodgy website in China.

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RT @michaelmeloni: IT News report on UNSW filtering forum http://is.gd/9j7T - writer Kathryn Small was in attendance

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Fri plan: Quick webby work; 1100 Darlinghurst personal appointment; 1330 Darlinghurst client; 1700 or 1800 down tools, relax, quiet night.

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A friend who was clearly deeply affected by the Cold War has sent me some important news from Nebraska. http://is.gd/9iAn

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@facibus Complaining that Twitter isn’t good for multiple conversations is like complaining that a can opener can’t carry passengers.

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@deanlk We need a War on Prepositions in Journalism, actually. Replace all prepositions with “about”, just like in IT and management-speak.

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RT @smartbrain ASTV back on air. Anchorman is unharmed. Said explosive and guns were used. Some damage, nothing serious. Back to normal now.

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@BreakfastNews He says ASTV now replaying (old) music stuff.

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@BreakfastNews In BKK @smartbrain says gunshots at ASTV studios, camera now pointing to the ground… someone saying “turn the mic off now”.

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@Nickhodge Thank you. I know you know thay Julie Bishop and I have a “special understanding”.

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@vealmince Three-quarters of the sniffer dogs’ “detections” are false positives, says NSW Ombudsman. http://is.gd/94dI (Dumb photo though.)

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@DrMiaow Tomorrow’s forum on Internet censorship (I’ll liveblog) http://is.gd/76VZ the Conroy Rule is no equating free speech & child porn.

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@sammyjopeters The sniffy sniffy dogs ARE cute. They don’t bite. It’s the big bitey snarley dogs that do that. Division of K9 labour.

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I note that Senator Stephen Conroy is doing a doorstop interview at 5pm re the National Broadband Network tenders received today.

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@firstdogonmoon I see that Wilson Tuckey is your new bestest best friend too!

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@michaelmeloni “The Conroy Rule” is Gold. I wonder if anyone will be fool enough to break it?

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11+ police at Kings Cross station with 2 x sniffy sniffy woofies.

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Said rule has been named “the Conroy rule”. [smirks]

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Yay! A rule for tomorrow’s Internet filtering Forum: “The first person to equate free speech and child porn loses the floor and all points.”

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@jeamland Crikey story sizing was originally partly about how big an email would fit in little POP3 mailboxes. Remember 1MB max emails?

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@ragnarok1971 There were no symptoms of the Vitamin D deficiency as such. It showed up in a routine batch of blood tests.

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@rod3000 Welcome to Twitter. Love your work at good ol’ New Matilda.

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@kurokaze204 Indeed. I see nought wrong with Christians, any religion advertising. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion. Or non-religion.

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@plasmaegg “Too much news” does seem a hangover from limited dead-tree space or time-based linearity. I am not the editor tho.

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Mobile. Hitting Stanmore station to Kings Cross station to Darlinghurst client office. More en route and from there.

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@wolfcat Certainly in Sydney Hillsong advertises their Chrismas events on buses. Will grab a photo when I see one next.

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RT @wolfcat: Atheist Foundation of Australia… refused permission to buy advertising space on public transport. http://is.gd/93zR

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My Crikey piece has been bumped ‘cos there was too much news today. Bloody news. They still run @firstdogonmoon’s goddam cartoons tho. Pigs.

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I’ve gymed. I’ve lunched. I’ve hung out my damp towel and enwashingbasketed my dirty socks. I’m now preparing for a journey to Darlinghurst.

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Approaching gym. Uhoh. Going quiet.

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@comedy_nerd The Ruddiversary piece was done in 450 words ‘cos could link to previous articles.

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@viveka You’re spot on. Conroy’s part of the bully-into-submission Labor right. Bullying is not a good community consultation strategy.

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“Statistics Laundering: false and fantastic figures” http://is.gd/91Iy Research into “alarming” stats on child pornography on the Internet.

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Crikey article sent. Prepare for the gym now. @SnarkyPlatypus and I will both ache, it’s been too long a gap.

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@crispynoodles THA is a major trading parter with AUS, but @ApostrophePong and I have had to get coverage from Twitter and blogs. MSM FTL.

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@cshirky My parther is Thai ex-pat. We’ve been following this closely. “Journalism in a hyperconnected world” http://is.gd/91hX re this. ;)

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@StephenEdgar I’d love to know what is doing with Twitter, thanks for the tip, will look into it some time.

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@wolfcat I woke up before the heavy jets AND the cats AND the alarm, so perhaps I have had enough sleep. ;) Beware, people, beware!

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@cshirky Amusing that a crisis running for months only gets into US news when it disrupts Western tourists at the airport. Parochialism FTL.

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@cshirky If we’re trying to reduce Thailand’s political crisis to an ill-informed 140-character slogan then we’re truly fucked.

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@BreakfastNews Unless, of course, you intend to say “violence across Asia this morning”. Bah to tabloid beat-ups.

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@BreakfastNews I wouldn’t have thought Mumbai was “South East” Asia. South Asia maybe. Don’t try to link unrelated incidents IND and THA.

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Emerges. Seeing what it’s like living as one of the plebs by turning to ABC @BreakfastNews as I drink coffee. Why do people do this?

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Almost home. Going off-grid. [exit]

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@JonoH For me someone using Magpie would be unfollow.

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@greymatter78 I’m told I’m responsible for introducing Shaun Micaleff to Supernaut’s “I Like It Both Ways”. Not sure what that means.

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@Laurelhed It’s @PeterBlackQUT’s characterisation, with an “or”.

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@PeterBlackQUT I’ll just be me. What happens depends on how the forum unfolds.

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Time for me to head west-ish. I must be rested for tomorrow, since @PeterBlackQUT finds me “offensive or provocative”. ;)

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@RozP @storyseeker @JulzM Thank you for your support / sympathy / empathy / convient attachments. ;)

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I’ve just been told that certain people find me “amusing”. Fuck them. Fuck the lot of them, the patronising cunts!

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@facibus Alas I must be tired and ill, I missed the obvious oral sex joke. :(

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@facibus The only times pigs enter my life are 1. pork fillet, rare, various treatments; or 2. very very private.

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@SnarkyPlatypus I think you might be right about the Internet filter being a Conroy-specfic job. http://is.gd/94yr

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@franksting Pls trawl my Twitterstream re tomorrow’s forum. ;)

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@franksting The Conroy can’t ban encrypted networks. No ecommerce would be possible. Anything can be encapsulated in anything.

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@cameronreilly Congrats on 4 years of The Podcast Network. Now pimp the links so new folk can find your casty goodness.

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I hope I sound less like a frog tomorrow. Otherwise “Stilgherrian Live” will be a text stream with dirty pictures.

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