Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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March 7th, 2009

So why are people RTing the desperat offer of free dead-tree news from the SMH when 1 online is easier 2 the environment?

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John Naughton: “Why TV lost” http://is.gd/md52 A suitably concise summary.

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RT @rjleaman: “Community professionals should read U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual.” http://is.gd/mcUu

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Bllomberg: LA home-owners turn to porn industry to offset rental losses. http://is.gd/mcSo

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@Zombie_Plan “Creatures of a feline nature aren’t loud!”? Please come and tell my empty-stomached cats that! Also good morning. :)

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Emerges. There is a distinct loudness, and it’s feline in its nature.

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@Taezar No, it’s got an actual tunnel. With smoke machines. And computers that make constant relay clicking noises.

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I don’t recall “The Time Tunnel” being quite this shit. Nevertheless, I shall persist.

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OK, I’m going (mostly) off-grid for the evening.

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@afficionados_hh Not really TV either. Well, the 6-part thriller format, but have almost dropped TV too. Real world trumps fiction.

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@afficionados_hh As it happens, I don’t watch a LOT of films. Never have. @ApostrophePong’s your man there.

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@tiphereth “Aeon Flux” is… curious. :) I don’t now enough about amine to really understand its place in the sequence of Things.

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@afficionados_hh Bugger, I haven’t seen “Thank You for Smoking” yet!

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@lesleywhite Yes, “Decrucify the angel or I’ll melt your face!” IS a great line. DuranDuran FTW!

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@afficionados_hh See, it’s that sort of trivia which makes life worth living. :)

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OTOH, I forgot “Barbarella”! http://is.gd/mfq6

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“Art of the Title” is worth it just for this camp title sequence from “Danger Diabolik” (1968): http://is.gd/mfpJ

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@TunaCrust Nice punnage, Sir, but I’m kinda glad the village is still “business as usual”. For the most part. I’m not a fan of mass events.

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With so many headed to Oxford St for Mardi Gras Parade, it’s so quiet at our local bottle shop they’re doing the crossword.

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@pressedstarling There’s a possibility I may have been SHOUTING and SWEARING before our “encounter”. Just possibly.

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@pressedstarling Careful, or I’LL LISTEN TO YOU FUCKIN’ MUSIC n’all. :P

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@JonoH “Our aim is to have every student screened monthly at every primary school by 2010”! This is SO tempting, Sir!

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RT @pressedstarling: IT IS DELICIOUS AND SALTY, LIKE THE TASTE OF… A FULFILLING LIFE

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“Does seeing your child scratching their head turn you into a Panic Stricken Chicken?” Oh this is THE BEST WEBSITE EVA!!!!1!1!!

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By popular demand, National Head Lice Treatment Centre has gone COMPLETELY MOBILE! http://stopheadlice.com WIN!

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Excellent. Repeats of “The Farmer Wants A Wife” at the gym. Reality TV, and life, doesn’t get any better than this!

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Watching two dawdling morons amble across Enmore Rd in front of the fire truck.

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Mobile. Enmore Rd / King St / @SnarkyPlatypus / gym / late lunch / beyond. I know.

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RT @shanselman: Wow, what is SUPPOSED to look like (no surgery, age 50) http://is.gd/1ZgQ

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Actually I don’t have a stage musical project, and never have. That was just a lie I told you, to set up a lame joke. There you have it.

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@pixel8ted You’re the inspiration for my new stage musical project: “The Pilates of Penzance”.

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@newsbee For your learning blog, I’d suggest WordPress.com. Easy to migrate out to your own hosted blog if/when that time comes.

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Wonderful video: “The Evolution of Life in 60 Seconds” http://is.gd/mdwM Well worth passing on, I reckon.

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@kategroom Well, all homes have recycling bins. But not the fixed street bins. Clover would want them decorated in some way. Dog collars?

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@kategroom You’re right, I don’t recall seeing recycling bins on Sydney streets, only at homes and (some) special events.

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@mpesce Well, let’s just say the themes bounce off the Mardi Gras Festival’s overall theme, “Nations United”. Otherwise lips are sealed.

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@ApostrophePong just told me the major themes in tonight’s Mardi Gras Parade. I now want to hurt someone. I will respect the embargo, tho.

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@newsbee “Madoff expected to plead guilty… and so he should.” Ah, so reviewed all the evidence, eh? Or just more “trial by media”? ;)

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@kategroom :) My corner shop hasn’t quite caught up with “plastic bag optional” idea when I buy milk — in a bottle with a handle.

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RT @Sidp3: Bostonians like Southerns know how to use politeness as a weapon.

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For those anally-retentively numerical about energy costs of reading news, it’s about the same on/offline: http://is.gd/mdpg Hat-tip @JonoH.

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RT @R_Chirgwin: It’s an irregular verb, I’m rational, you make lifestyle choices, they are deluded.

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@kategroom There’s no dilemma. What’s more important: you lazing in bed, or the future of the planet’s children? Discuss. ;)

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@facibus I must admit, I WAS looking for newspaper last night, to protect the table while I used a whetstone. We had none.

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I’m not looking for numbers just now (Pace, @R_Chirgwin!), but I’m intrigued that many responses are essentially “lifestyle” arguments.

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At least @JonoH is honest enough to say the physical newspaper is a romantic notion. ;)

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@voirol Agreed. And vice versa. As @kcarruthers said when using a newspaper the other day, “Where’s the search?” And the links.

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@R_Chirgwin If I already have the computer, data links etc, the cost of using it for news is marginal. A newspaper is all extra.

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@voirol Also, is something being more enjoyable done in a certain way an excuse for its environmental impact? Just askin’. Dunno the answer.

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@voirol False dichotomy: You don’t “stare at a piece of paper” when reading a newspaper. You read the words and pictures. Try again.

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@thetowncrier I have just read your “I am always right. Almost always” http://is.gd/ipIL and am moved. Reminded me of my http://is.gd/mddi

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@JonoH The forest may be “sustainable”, but a lot of energy goes to chopping, pulping, printing and trucking those dead trees.

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“Historically Bad Ideas in Software” http://is.gd/mkkU Hat-tip to someone earlier this morning, scrolled past now, sorry.

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@jasonwryan All-lower-case isn’t a “social media” thing, but more common in all typed online communications. Goes back 30 years.

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@dreamingspires [chuckles] I’m not “offended” by being called a journo, just not sure that it’s accurate. :)

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RT @BiteTheDust: Unsure if @stilgherrian likes being called a journo. Also unsure if journos like him being called that! [Both true.]

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RT @BernardKeane: [From “Weekend news headlines”] Last remaining U2 fan dies.

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@dreamingspires OK, that’s LOTS to plough through, thanks! Now I’ll have to say “no PR and no medical examples”. ;)

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@curious_scribe I’ve written before about the diff between “journalism” and “job as journalist in media factory”. ;) http://is.gd/2AAB

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@clutterbells @dreamingspires Ta for those “Twitter in Business” tips. Have favourited them for now, will explore on a work day. ;)

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RT @semanticwill: Be prepared for 2 hours staring at a big blue penis. [How come I never gets dates/offers like that?]

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@curious_scribe Oh I can understand the fear! Media-factories are sacking their journos. New tools represent The Threat to people’s jobs.

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Erk! I linked to the WSJ article. I hadn’t intended a meta-conversation about Twitter. Conversation has its own life. [chuckles]

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@kristoforlawson I get the “Twitter as live snapshot” meme, but as a new ADDITIONAL view, not a replacement, I reckon. [shrugs]

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@curious_scribe Fun indeed. It’s clear something special is happening, but it scares many trad media folk. Use it, but denigrate it. ;)

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@neerav The “Twitter in Business” gig isn’t 100% confirmed so I’ll wait until it is before giving details.

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@delperro I’ve seen people say Twitter is a threat to Google but I don’t quite see it myself. Twitter Docs? Twitter Maps? Tmail? Nah… ;)

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@curious_scribe Good to see another journo using Twitter. Hi.

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“Self-hating, closeted narcissists.” Let’s open a poll on who @stephenconroy is REALLY talking about! ;) [Fuck, I hope it’s not me.]

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@delperro It’s not “Google” saying Twitter is “poor man’s email”, just one person at Google. ;) But yes, he missed the point.

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@stephenconroy If you’re not careful I’ll start talking about the nature of phatic communications in parallel asynchronous media. ;)

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@stephenconroy To summarise, your problem is with narcissism, not Twitter. Twitter just makes conversation visible. Including narcissists’.

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@stephenconroy I think the “problem” is some self-styled “experts” ARE narcissistic, whether on Twitter or elsewhere.

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@stephenconroy As a comparison, is a writer talking about how they write, and teaching, “narcissistic”?

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@stephenconroy Your logical fallacy is that “talking about how to use (or how I use) the medium” is NOT just “talking about yourself”.

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@R_Chirgwin In reality, yes, neutrality is possibly. (“It’s just a tool.”) In “the media”, there MUST be judgement about good and bad. ;)

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Aside: I’m doing a conference presentation on “Twitter in Business” soon, so I’m looking for non-obvious examples. Especially non-PR ones.

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@stephenconroy Bah! Twitter is no more/less “narcissistic” than any human comms. It’s just ALL on record, not just bits deemed “important”.

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@paullyoung Yeah, if 2009 is The Year Twitter “Goes Mainstream” (whatever that means), this has been The Week. At least in media terms.

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Tweeting about Twitter. Non-users say “narcissism”, putting down “the Other”. Users say “exploring their new medium”. Ah, Tribalism!

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@john_chr Ah, “information overload” “fear”! Enter a bookstore. More books than we can ever read, yet no fear. Why is Twitter different, eh?

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@thomasrdotorg (P.S. There is a meaning for “wet albert” that I am hoping you didn’t refer to just then.)

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@thomasrdotorg I imagine it seemed strange getting a telephone in 1880 when there were so few people to call.

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@thomasrdotorg Agreed. I reckon the lightbulb moment for Twitter happens after a few weeks and 50+ in your network, plus PARTICIPATION.

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@thomasrdotorg In @JuliaAngwin’s defence, how DO you handle a story about Twitter, which for 99.9% of people is still brand new?

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@JuliaAngwin Just read your WSJ piece. http://is.gd/meid I hope you’ll do a follow-up, ‘cos that just scratched the surface.

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Astounding Twitter analysis from Wall Street Journal: People more likely to follow if you actually say something. http://is.gd/meid

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je suis passifs de ta gloire. Je pense que “la gloire” est le mot juste, de toute façon.

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@Zombie_Plan Apollo, at 6.5kg, believes he requires affection at 0400. This is gained by standing on human’s heads and shouting at them.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je pense que nous devrions tous aspirer à la moyenne. Pour la plupart des gens, ce serait un début difficile.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je suis rempli d’adéquation. Il ya plus qu’assez de l’adéquation, en fait. Et toi?

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@Zombie_Plan These cats don’t do stealth. They do shouting, jumping, complaining, then over-eating and throwing up.

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