Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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July 26th, 2010

Should you wish to hear the fading sounds of Pax Britannia, @Colvinius interviews @stephenfry http://bit.ly/cV0WDm

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Ta for those who reminded me that the “wisdom of crowds” doesn’t apply to the Love Parade either http://bit.ly/ch0gW3

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Actually, I don’t care what you’re making for dinner.

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Standing up and moving forward: Enmore Rd shopping for cat food, then home. Probably.

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Mind you, I haven’t written a best-selling book with random anecdotes tarted up as “insight”, so what the fuck would I know?

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Anyone who talks about the “wisdom of crowds” has clearly never been to a football match.

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I also note that it’s after 4.30pm.

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I know political polls are cheap column inches, @Pollytics, but doesn’t that make you some sort of cheap-inch mega-whore?

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RT @renailemay: Now you can watch me in 720p :) [Now there’s an argument for Conroy’s filter right there!]

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@Chrisquirk The MoE depends on population and sample size http://bit.ly/d8OXwu but a typical political poll is ±2 or 3 percentage points.

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Why is so much time spent “analysing” political polls when the changes are within the margin of error? No, don’t tell me.

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@SBSNews Please stop using the word “bellwether”. No-one knows what it means except the most tragic of political tragics.

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Heh! I’ve worked in the media since ’81, I know the ritual of the embargo. But I also know it’s based on an implicit conspiracy.

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@TeRaeinSA Oh, I just think PR folks would be best advised touch base and agree to the deal first. I’m not their employee.

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@cward1e I’m happy to give you a quick tutorial in Australian politics over a suitable beverage some time. :)

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Me at ABC Unleashed: “Let’s blame Facebook again, shall we?” http://bit.ly/9lfVkK

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@cward1e O hai. Welcome to Sydney. See you at the Walkley conference, if not before.

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Yes @vealmince, “cut off from the fount of PR knowledge”. The sternest embargo messages are always the least newsworthy, yeah?

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RT @twoscomplement: If you don’t honour their embargo, will they stop sending you stuff? That sounds like a win to me. [Indeed.]

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Hah! @SmartCompany’s election poll only gives you the options “Labor” or “Coalition”. Arsehats. http://bit.ly/bmvGJJ

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Amused that people just email me stuff assuming I’ll honour the embargo. Like, when did I agree to your media management strategy?

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RT @jasonlangenauer: Is it really asking too much for the bloody function to work as the documentation say it does? [Yes. Yes it is.]

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Why is it 5pm?

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@benrhughes Oh yes, ‘crystal’ cat litter is indeed silica gel. But I think @MiaFreedman may be screwed if the soaking was Saturday.

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@MiaFreedman Oh, it was Saturday morning? Probably too late. But the silica gel routine works. Use dry rice instead if no silica gel handy.

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@MiaFreedman Wet phone? Take battery out NOW, if not an iPhone [smirks], put in Tupperware tub of silica gel sachets for 3 days, and pray.

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@Colgo An Australian internet user is more likely to have a Facebook account than not.

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@Colgo Your figure of 9.2m active Facebook accounts in Australia would match other data and growth rates I’ve seen.

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RT @DavidPeek: Maybe Abbott should answer tweets in his speedos ala @OldSpice? Hellooo voters. [Your suggestion has merit, Sir.]

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New “Patch Monday” podcast at @zdnetaustralia: “Security lessons from Adobe Reader” http://bit.ly/cHYNw6

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Standing up and moving forward: Enmore Rd; perhaps to King St; lunch; quiet spot for 1615 recording, the final for the day; remainder TBA.

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Ah, I love documents that list amongst the authors “Men and Women of the US Secret Service”. There’s some detailed programmatic specificity.

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“Winning on Twitter” is, to steal a line from M*A*S*H, like being “the most famous ballerina in all of Galvaston”.

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RT @Davidramli: Coalition just put out a release all about how it won in Twitter during the debate. [Hah! Bully for them.]

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: To summarise, everybody is to blame and should be stabbed. [Yes, exactly that.]

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Yeah I should have said that, @Colgo, the folks being targetted in the marginals don’t form their opinions via the internet.

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Me in Crikey: “The internet taking a back seat during the campaign” http://bit.ly/anB6ES

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“Patch Monday” podcast filed! Ping @engochick, and now what’s next on today’s insanely packed agenda?

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@sqljohn You mean the candidate for Chifley there, actually http://bit.ly/bGXjG8 but perhaps he’s not the best example.

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Mmmm… Tentacles…

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Crikey story filed! Whew! And now for my 1100 recording which is, erm, late.

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Writing. Mostly words, but a few grunting sounds as well.

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@eirinn22 How is it a “flaw” of Westminster system? In any system, people with different views need to compromise so they can work together.

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@GeordieGuy So what should Senator Wong have done last night that would’ve been OK by you, given out actual political structures?

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@benraue Precisely. So how does gay marriage come under “Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water”?

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Since I’m also plugging yesterday’s work, Crikey, “The internet taking a back seat during the campaign” http://bit.ly/anB6ES

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@Cacotopos I’d waffle around an issue too, knowing that media will pounce on any perceived inconsistency as “party disunity”. Daft game.

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@SnarkyPlatypus On Telstra Next G pre-pay, currently buying a 2GB data pack means they throw in “bonus” call time and texts.

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Sigh. I write about Facebook for ABC and all commenters do is whinge about how it’s not real life. http://bit.ly/9lfVkK

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Ministers are frequently Conroyfied when they don’t change policy live on . Pro tip: TV is not Parliament or party room.

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Conroyfy verb (t): To associate and blame a Minister for govt or party policy; to vilify them for not unilaterally changing it.

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Tue plan: Quick desk-clear; 1115 Next@Norton briefing / lunch Hyatt; back home for 1600 interview; evening TBA.

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I see that Senator Wong has been Conroyfied for [gasp!] stating government policy. That’s what Ministers do, you arsehats!

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: Is there such thing as a low call, high data mobile phone plan? [Telcos please note this!]

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Time to go, it’s been a long day. [exit]

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flamboyant: adjective 1. extroverted and consciously theatrical; 2. flaming; gorgeous; 3. florid; ornate; showy @renailemay

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@renailemay Well yes, “flamboyant” is rather a standard code word.

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