Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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July 23rd, 2010

In Queensland, The Peanut and Pumpkin

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The Iron Bar: excellent tucker

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The Monkey and Mattress. [A bit obscure, but some people will get it.]

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@facibus I am finding this more difficult than I thought it might be.

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“IT lizards feast on the filter fish” http://bit.ly/ct9QP2 Yeah, what he said. HT @deptofinternets

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Re this police report, 1. What actually happened? 2. What is a “ballistics dog”? http://bit.ly/bOsjDq

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Virginia Trioli, @mrsnickhodge? Surely I should be hosting

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Ah! @ApostrophePong says that Australia First flyer isn’t new, but 13 May at our house http://twitpic.com/1nboaa

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Australia First Party’s website is an awesome technology demonstration n’all. Try “membership”. http://bit.ly/bMsY7s

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@monkeytypist If I “think about it”, will I come to the same conclusion? Maybe not. People live here precisely because it IS diverse.

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Hah! Australia First Party hits Grayndler, the most ethnically diverse part of Oz, with anti-immigration leaflets http://bit.ly/cBJzqW

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The other day a senior journalist told me this is / will be the most boring election in Australia’s history.

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Actually @stufromoz I think we do need to judge ABC News 24 while the election is on. Can they still cover all else with finite resources?

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Nah @deanlk you can’t judge a channel by it’s heavily-produced opening sequence. It has to be on a no-news Thursday afternoon six weeks in.

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RT @deanlk: How about Stilgherrian Live starting at 7.15? You can talk to the camera about said hopes/fears and comment during initial bc

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Wondering whether I should still write my “ABC News 24: hopes and fears” blog post.

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@deptofinternets The problem with the stream isn’t the servers but the program, surely?

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@duncanriley iView has always been geoblocked outside AU so no change here, I assume. Dunno about the low-res stream on the website.

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@Vuki I’m afraid you’re on your own for smoothie delivery services. They’re evil anyway.

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@VickiWoodward Yes I should have mentioned that the envelope I posted had a hand-written cheque in it too. It all works.

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ABC confirms ABC News 24 will stream live 24/7 thru abc.net.au/news/abcnews24 and iView and iPhone/iPad app http://bit.ly/aZoFWD

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@renailemay It had better not be 4.30pm yet, I’ve only just ordered lunch!

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I just walked to the post office, bought stamps and posted a letter… and lived. How is this even possible?

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Careful readers will have noted that my 1500 isn’t happening. This is called Change. It’s a symptom of the modern world.

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Standing up and moving forward: Enmore Rd errands; potential King St errands; lunch (late); quiet reading / writing spot TBA.

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ABC story filed! Ping @GreenJ, stand up and take a big, long stretch!

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@reselsnark I’m usually happy to chat, though I must admit this morning’s voter registration theme lasted longer than I needed. ;)

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@reselsnark Definitely. And it’s MUCH easier to be misunderstood in short bursts, especially when they’re written quickly.

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(I just realised I’m frustrated at repeating myself, but Twitter did delete half my tweets today so I should breathe deeply… and repeat.)

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@reselsnark I understand “lazy” is triggering reaction against me, but that’s how I view it. Voter registration is already piss easy.

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@reselsnark To repeat, I’m not suggesting online registration might not be handy. But its absence isn’t some high travesty of democracy.

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@BernardKeane I hear that we’re all being replaced by cartoon marsupials. Something about being better bumper stickers.

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@reselsnark You can get voter registration forms online, or phone and have them mailed. The world did still work before the internet.

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Speaking of which, I wonder if I am in Crikey today…? [coughs “Schwab”]

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@jasonlangenauer Oh if you use a little tripod and a rubber hose, you don’t even have to lay off the crack pipe while writing. So I’m told.

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@jasonlangenauer Have you seen the kind of ill-informed pricks they let write for Crikey these days?

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Thank you @benraue @zerogeewhiz @BernardKeane @Gibbot5000 @psteetsel I’ll go with working-class for now. My editor my disagree, of course.

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Is it fair to call Minto a working-class dormitory suburb? Seems fair from the Wikipedia demographic notes. http://bit.ly/cGa9ND

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79 words written so far. This is going exceptionally well.

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FakeeEtiquette If a website you often use is down, the polite way to get it working again is to talk about it at length on other sites.

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@expectproblems It is an error to imagine that the world consists of choices which are mutually exclusive.

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A bunch of my tweets from recent hours are missing. It wasn’t me. I only ever delete tweets to replace them with typo-corrected ones.

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Settling into writing mode, in the faint hope that words will flow smoothly. Like dysentery.

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I take back my snarky comments about the core set, it works well on screen

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God I’m being a cunt. Sorry, @abcmarkscott

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Fuckin’ seals.

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All that said, I’m the first to admit that my production style is not what most people think is the way to do things.

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Thing is, they’ll have done their Big Graphic Stories for launch. As I said earlier, real test is Thursday arvo 3 weeks from now.

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Standing in front of a panoramic graphic is bullshit. Style over substance. Just do the news.

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@overingtonc I’m watching via the website via a Telstra Next G phone, tethered to my laptop, in the pub.

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@BoneZ56 Actually no, I’d NOT do a big launch and tour and party etc. I’d just start.

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@blairmartinSEE It’s a style thing, but I’d start with regular programs, as if the network had always been there, not a “special”.

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Positive points: The stream off www.abc.net.au/news/abcn… is rock solid and crisp as, nice work. And I’m watching via Next G.

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The ABC News 24 presenters are doing a fine job though. You is good puppets, yeah?

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And whacko, the ABC has held over a big story to use as an ABC News 24 launch rather than running it when it was known. Wrong wrong wrong.

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Seriously, ABC, you can’t sustain it at this pace, so you’re setting yourself up for people to whinge. Unless you have a miracle in hand.

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No no no no no no no no wrong this is not how to do it!

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Damn. I would have directed this launch so differently. You just don’t make a Big Production that you can’t sustain. Soft, people, soft!

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Australia First Party leaflet a hoax, well, at last one of them http://bit.ly/bLTqVy

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@sirexkat Please ask the ABC these questions, not me.

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Damn. I should’ve gatecrashed the ABC party at Ultimo.

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You know when you get this it’s going to be a TV channel, right? Like it won’t cure cancer or anything.

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And @iiNet support confirms, “Anything you watch through iView is unmetered” [I phoned them. That’s called journalism.]

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@BernardKeane Yes, ignore the hashtag and go with the and you’ll be much happier ;)

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@zzap I can’t talk for the ABC, I’m just noticing what is currently happening now. This may change, so don’t work around their system IMO.

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@tomjknr1 Seriously, just go to http://bit.ly/9shngo ‘cos Akamai URLs depend on your network location.

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RT @ericscheid: The Dog Whistle [I’d have done it as “The Dog and Whistle”, but YMMV.]

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@zzap Oh ignore my URL digging, just go to http://bit.ly/9shngo now, much easier.

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I was right. ABC News 24 will stream from the same Akamai URL that random news snippets did previously.

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@SophieAG I have no idea what you’re talking about.

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@jdub Well I’m with @iiNet currently rather than @Internode, but we’ll see.

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My Special Power seems to be fading…

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@jdub This means a new version of iView must be about to switch live. God help them.

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@jdub Correct, iView will stream ABC News 24 live 24/7, confirmed by ABC http://bit.ly/aZoFWD

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@jdub is on iView. So presumably it counts as unmetered content at @Internode and @iiNet?

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I think the ABC News 24 countdown clock is quite cute, and I LOVE the muzak! http://www.abc.net.au/ne…

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RT @safzoro: The Unrepresentative Six O’Clock Swill [Now THAT is inspired!]

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Less a pub, more a nightclub: The J Curve

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I am attempting to exercise my Special Power tonight. 15 minutes until it is tested.

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I think that last one’s OK given that Sydney actually has The Cauliflower Hotel.

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The Feral Abacus and Lettuce HT Paul Keating

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RT @deptofinternets: 96% of Australians Oppose Filter http://j.mp/94lLfz

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The Trough and Snout [I must admit, I’m going for linguistic patterns rather than visual imagery.]

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RT @facibus: And lest we forget, The Drover’s Dog

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One for the National Party: The Pork and Barrel

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RT @deptofinternets: To be fair, it’s not Conroy’s fault you’re pedophiles.

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In the City of Sydney, The Spike and Collar [Is this getting too obscure?]

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In Sydney, The Rort and Tripod

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From the previous election, The Balloon and Toad

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The internet is run by bastards. Also, mice.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je suis heureux que nos mondes sont de s’installer dans un schéma prévisible. C’est la plus sensée.

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RT @phildobbie: Yes, can she read us to sleep at night. [But I want Julie Bishop to read me to sleep each night. Is “read” the right verb?]

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@renailemay We did not have a debate last night, we had an argument.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Il ya un bourdonnement dans ma tête certains. Il est soit la folie ou le Premier Ministre. Peut-être les deux.

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Is @JuliaGillard’s strategy to bore us to death so we don’t have the ability to ask sensible questions?

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@Warlach You should b) have another coffee at … I have spoken.

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Fri plan: Planning for feature article; 1400 interview recording; 1530 meeting Leichhardt; 1730 Kiwification [code] Potts Point; TGIF.

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Former MI5 head advised that 2003 invasion of Iraq would increase UK terrorist risk http://bit.ly/aiUZC6 HT @timdunlop

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@GlennSavage For example, if a story is about political numbers, vision of men in suits getting in and out of cars is not a help.

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@GlennSavage Oh that’s not the question I was asking. I meant, roughly “Why did you choose THAT vision? It’s just wallpaper.”

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RT @deptofinternets: When was the last time a crowd produced something bold or innovative? [How about then, eh?]

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Hairbrushes are in short supply.

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My question for all TV news is always “How does the image help me understand the story, compared to radio?”

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Heh! illustrates a story about Virgin buying Airbus aircraft with stock footage of a Boeing landing. TV is such a help.

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@damonism Maybe it’s only makeup in Sydney, and only for the proper panel shows once the world has woken up.

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Indeed I meant the student union representative, @kristinmoore2, she did seem a bit… tatty.

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Didn’t someone say that guests on ABC News 24 would get makeup? Maybe just handing that woman a comb would be nice…

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Maybe a silly question, but why bother interviewing politicians if they never answer questions but just repeat slogans?

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Cross-dressing man caught having sex with dog in moat of picturesque English Castle http://bit.ly/cjAFyl HT @kcarruthers

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@abcmarkscott Nice work, despite my earlier crankiness. Drop the sport? ;)

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@thetowncrier You seem to have no life. Did you once have a life?

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Yes, @facibus, I would love a possum-skin posing pouch. Form-fitting, of course.

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@robirwin Huh? I’m worried that THAT comment makes me look ridiculous? As opposed to the hundreds of others? LOL!

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Oh. There is sport on . That’s a shame. I thought we were all adults.

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RT @buckleup: Much better than watching , is reading the hyper sexual-tension between @renailemay and @stilgherrian [!]

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@danwarne Erm, the very first story at 7.30pm was about Rudd.

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@danwarne I do like “gillarding” as a verb, actually.

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@renailemay You arsehat. The program guide says 2100 to 2200 is “The World”, and you’re whinging that it’s not local.

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@renailemay You are, of course, assuming that people have to “prove” something on Night 1. How intolerant.

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@renailemay The mix global/Aust news is 80/20? And the population of Australia compared to the world is, again?

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@renailemay Then if it’s boring, go away and play your fucking Starcraft or something! Christ, it’s not a kindergarten!

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@danwarne The 7pm news on ABC1 is state-by-state. This is a national channel. What’s so hard to grok?

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@renailemay Well if you don’t like this story, this second, then turn it off and do something else. Gawd.

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Let’s all judge now, shall we, because they didn’t deliver what I, personally, wanted in the first 2 hours.

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I’m with @jasonlangenauer … WTF you’re so parochial you don’t want to know what’s going on in the WORLD? Arsehats!

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@danwarne If you want local news watch the local channel, what’s so hard about that?

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@renailemay So you’re going to judge a continuous news network on the basis of what you see in 2 hours on Night 1? You arsehat!

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@renailemay If you want local then watch ABC1 at 7pm, WTF is WRONG with you?

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@renailemay You have NFI about how broadcast works, do you? It’s not “the first hours”, it’s just a night.

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@renailemay Ignore first 3 hours, it’s a positioning statement. As I say, wait 3 weeks to a quiet Thu arvo before judging.

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Using iView via @iiNet to watch and it’s warning me that it’s NOT unmetered content. @Internode people should check too.

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@renailemay Before you go off on your rant, have you actually looked at ’s program guide? This is a World News program.

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@DailyRed This is just me covering my arse in terms of offering advice. I can’t confirm anything beyond my specific question.

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@DailyRed Well if you’re on @iiNet then if you don’t use the click-thru to iView then you’re not using their free routing. But talk to them.

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@renailemay Oh God, if you want parochial stories then listen to local radio!

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@DailyRed I must stress I can’t talk for your ISP or the ABC. No responsibility taken for your bandwidth charges.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Oui. Le français est la langue idéale pour se plaindre du monde rempli de désespoir.

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“Analyzing The Facebook Contract: Is Mark Zuckerberg Screwed?” http://bit.ly/9ztDLd Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, right?

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Tout est terrible. Tout le monde est stupide. Il est ridicule. Et vous?

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New blog post: “Weekly Wrap 7” http://bit.ly/brqOdu

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Emerges, in pain and disgruntled.

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@Nickhodge I knew you’d spot the dodgy Nazi reference, but that video is such a mish-mash of footage! http://youtu.be/xQ4ldl12…

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@nzJayZee @jpoh IIRC I’ve only sung on stage once, forced by a comedy show’s “audience participation”. This song http://youtu.be/EfFQ7d3G…

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@facibus Plastic rulers are your friends.

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@jpoh Everything I say IS a song, actually. One big, gigantic special song that will last for a thousand years.

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@facibus A ruler? Well that makes it a lot easier to measure exactly how far the object has been inserted, I suppose. I’m a fan of science.

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Bother. I left my umbrella in Leichhardt.

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Newtown station peoplestream http://post.ly/oPD9

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@expectproblems Wynyard station, as I’ve mentioned before, is like an ill-maintained urinal. A blight.

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@expectproblems It is always Friday, for there are fish. And ended waves.

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Kiwified and en route back to the village. Town Hall station is still a hole.

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Sydney CBD from Burton St, Darlinghurst http://post.ly/oOqd

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@PennySharpemlc Renewable? Well it’d add a whole new dimension to drink driving!

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Oh FFS Sydney traffic! I’d be moving faster if I used my own urine stream to jet-propel a wheelless skateboard!

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Some people clearly have no idea what a cabbage is.

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The traffic on George St is so slow! I wish we had some social media, then it’d be fixed.

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Haymarket on a winter afternoon http://post.ly/oObr

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Overhearing people, of their own free will, arranging to meet at the Shelbourne Hotel. Flabbergasted.

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Parramatta Road is my bitch! I’ll be in Potts Point well on schedule!

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@karsoe Erm, the story you link to is not about internet censorship, but data retention for crime-fighting.

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Only in the smegverse is the fact that someone did something via the internet still newsworthy. # smeg

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In Norton St, amused and waiting.

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Standing up and moving forward: Enmore Rd; quick errands; back streets of Newtown & Stanmore etc; 1530 Norton St, Leichhardt for a meeting.

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@jeamland I have enquired about my Schwab swab earlier. With luck I’ll get an answer today.

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@nanopunk What you need is a cabbage. If you had a cabbage then everything would be alright.

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The last 10 minutes before a phone briefing is always an annoying time. Too short to do anything useful, but the seconds drag by…

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RT @jasonlangenauer: I believe that cow may be related to this cat: http://bit.ly/coS2X3m [Quite true. Now imagine them having sex.]

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Another cow, but not what you first expected, and make sure you’ve eaten http://bit.ly/dtnKzV

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Possibly cows, possibly not http://bit.ly/cJRny3

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One in four young Australians have a mental disorder, we’re so caring http://bit.ly/aCZdOs

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The phrase “redacted from arsehole to breakfast time” comes to mind. Ah, Open Government! http://bit.ly/aadgmm

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Giggling like a schoolgirl.

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@jasonlangenauer I often have trouble searching for virgins too.

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@jasonlangenauer Virgin / Airbus I saw on but this would appear to be it http://bit.ly/bwhDrP

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@mpesce @gnoll110 @trib Is the AFP is the Ministry of Love, then this is the lovemaster http://bit.ly/aeUvaY

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@jasonlangenauer Could you have the hastag #0 for the debate then? It’s also practical.

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@reselsnark iView says that its high-res stream of uses 300MB per hour. The one on the website is lower-res.

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Sorry, I am reliably informed that it’s hamsters, not mice. But yes, @GeordieGuy, “mice” was a statement in and of itself.

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“New iPhone Only Visible To Most Loyal Of Customers” http://onion.com/b3Vwpx A year old, but… HT @EKDV Also http://onion.com/cEAlv1

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@tdmalone I’d have subbed “Genoese sponge” with a capital G, since it means “from Genoa”. YMMV. My internal style book is inconsistent.

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@niltiac I am not responsible for the content of direct quotes. @rod3000 digs his own grave. Also, where is a capital G?

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Sat plan: Kill them. Kill them all.

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Prevent Alzheimer’s patients straying: build a fake bus stop http://bit.ly/1015s5

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Examining iPhone Antennagate as if Apple were a religion http://bit.ly/awfMZT Not that Apple is a religion, right?

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RT @rod3000: Dear Twitter, what’s a viable alternate to potato flour for a genoese sponge? [Clean beach sand?]

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