Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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September 21st, 2010

Shit. It IS the Spring Equinox. And I forgot! THIS CALLS FOR SERIOUS REMEDIAL ACTION! Thanks, @jodiem

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Is it just me, or is Sydney’s general business world in some kind of slow motion today?

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OK, I won’t name them. I’ll just say they’re a PR firm working for a technology company in Finland. No-one will figure that out.

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I know you want me to name and shame, @drunkenmadman @patrickcoghlan @daev, but they’re inviting me for drinks. Well, to promote stuff.

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Grrr! Emailed invite has all the text as a picture. I can’t copy and paste the details into my calendar. Idiots. Should I name them?

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@grantshow Hah! Yes, dropping the magic word “TIO” usually means immediate proper service from a telco. Well done.

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@cward1e O hai! Are you showing people Teh Twitters? Journalists, even? Gosh. You must be so clever!

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@JohnBirmingham WTF? Who would bother trolling over… biscuits? Punish them, Sir! Make them weep!

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If you’re thinking about a biscuit with your afternoon tea, then @JohnBirmingham needs to hear from you. http://arseh.at/7u

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RT @grantshow: I can’t get my home phone connected if I want my internet with someone other than @Optus. [Third-line forcing. Illegal.]

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@robcorr I think Crikey’s crack team of fact checkers is so-called ‘cos that’s what they’re on.

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And I left a comma out. Bloody hell. No wonder they say that journalism is dead.

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SHIT! In my morning blurriness I typed “median” instead of “mean”. That makes me look statistically illiterate. Poo.

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RT @frogworth: Er… You arseh.atted yourself. [Yes. It’s about the only true pleasure I get these days. And it’s free.]

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True @johnvacy I didn’t mention to outrageous cost of mobile data in Australia, but I was already over-length.

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Me at Crikey: “Wireless on the rise, but fixed broadband still does the work” http://arseh.at/7p [paywall’d, free trial]

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Mobile: Enmore Rd; then either lunch then errands to King St, or vice versa, depending on my mood once outside. I live recklessly.

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Yes @cward1e @mogams a Sydney pre- drink of some sort would be most appropriate.

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New blog post: “@ApostrophePong’s prize-winning film now online” http://arseh.at/7n

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Thanks for your points re the broadband stats, @OzAz @johnvacy @bernietb, they were helpful and are included.

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@cward1e Alas my budget doesn’t run to attending so people will have to cope without me.

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Crikey story filed! That was unexpected. I still feel blurry though.

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To those asking about the intent of people choosing particular technologies, who knows? “Why” isn’t asked. Also, I have one hour.

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OK, I am reading and writing stuff about statistics now. You’ll have to amuse yourself some other way.

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@nanopunk I am glad you like the URL shortener, and also how did you know I am not wearing any pants? True story.

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@ecocreative “Adelaide boy” seems a bit patronising, but do you mean “Mall” or is there some “Rundle Maul” I am unfamiliar with?

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Wed plan: Lots more desk-based email, planning, research etc, punctuated by lunch and local errands; gym and dinner with @SnarkyPlatypus?

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Exchanging emails with Guy Rundle is a very special kind of therapy.

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Yes, that man was just a bit too enthusiastic about his work, but nevertheless had interesting things to say.

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@BernardKeane I know, I should just lie back and think of Walt Disney. The internet is for passively enjoying what They tell you to enjoy.

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Did I mention my blog post? “Why Wotif founder Graeme Wood is an arsehat” http://arseh.at/8b

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RT @adavid: The biggest evil google ever did was buy dejanews and turn it into nothing. [Evil, yes. Biggest? Matter of opinion.]

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@cward1e Hah! I thought it was just a typo for the car company. But Mercedes Bunz is a human? So she is! http://arseh.at/8z

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Aha! Google Groups does still contain Usenet, thanks @DrMiaow http://arseh.at/8w and one searches at http://arseh.at/8x

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je suis devenu un nuage quand j’ai oublié de recouper le traducteur. Il sera limogé.

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@cward1e “Mercedes Bunz”? Sounds like a German porn star.

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So what is the URL at the top which gets you straight to the Usenet search? YOU ARE NOT HELPING PROPERLY!

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Uhoh. No, Sir, you are not meant to search for that, or at least not there, or at least not in that way.

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@mtats Google Groups is not Usenet any more, but a create-your-group forum thing. Unless it’s Usenet under the hood.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je suis recevoir des communications d’étranges hommes barbus. Je suis déçu que je doute ne doit pas la pluie. Et?

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Dear Universe, what’s the tool du jour for searching Usenet archives from about 2000 to 2006?

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RT @DaniBevins: That made me remember: “Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you find a rock.” (Will Rogers) [True, too.]

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I am inordinately pleased that the @HLMenckenBot exists. I suppose I’d better get hold of some of his books.

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RT @HLMenckenBot: Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage. HT @jasonlangenauer

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Oh dear, @sylmobile is right. Blending Kristina Keneally with Morris Iemma is… inspirational. http://arseh.at/8t

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It’s all your fault.

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@D_Keating I think most sensible people would. It’s only, erm, sensible.

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RT @D_Keating: If there was a goat, I’d lick it.

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@Nickhodge OS X and, I presume, BSD don’t even have the “ddate” command. Religious bigotry FTL.

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@Nickhodge Your technical information is rubbish. “-bash: goat: command not found” See?

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Putting that idiot ketchup / tomato sauce argument into perspective. Australian English is not dying. http://arseh.at/8d

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RT me: This is @ApostrophePong’s previous prize-winning film, finally public. http://arseh.at/7e Support the next one at http://arseh.at/7f

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@yeebok I don’t think “stabby” is particularly my term. It’s certainly not original to me.

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@j_hutch I didn’t see your context comment earlier, alas, but then I rely on the news media. Fool me, I suppose. Ping @jdub

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New blog post: “Why Wotif founder Graeme Wood is an arsehat” http://arseh.at/8b

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@benpobjie No, the sweet potato is not a metaphor. It is part of the soup.

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I am home, and I have a sweet potato.

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OK, I am heading home now, and word is I have to obtain a sweet potato first.

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@Colvinius Indeed, I suspect we’re in furious agreement and Twitter prevents us from agreeing properly.

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@Colvinius But I agree, the US political scene has become a battlefield for religious extremism. It’s weird.

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@Colvinius I will assume for the moment that witchcraft = nuttiness came from the difficulty of 140 characters. I hope.

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@Colvinius I get that Palin-Republican = Christian, therefore pagan = hypocrisy, but there’s a witchcraft = evil thing which feels bigoted.

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Indeed, @Colvinius, I stand corrected on the direct quotes. So you’re saying Bill Maher is a witch? ;)

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I probably shouldn’t pick on @abcnews for “dabbled” as it seems to be a direct quote. But why is any of it news for Australians?

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Being silent isn’t enough to assert your right to remain silent, apparently. http://arseh.at/85 Ping @peterjblack

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That’s another of those journalist clichés. If someone is or was a pagan, they “dabbled” in it. And it’s “witchcraft”. Grow up, arsehats!

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“Republican candidate ‘dabbled in witchcraft’”, @abcnews? http://arseh.at/84 “Dabbled?” So you support religious discrimination?

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@cward1e @mogams Excellent, next week works better anyway, as I’m doing a bunch of geek-for-hire this week.

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@julie_posetti Now you tell me! No, I mostly can’t make ‘cos I’ve got a major server migration project on this week. Ta tho.

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@jodiem I suspect that “Emma Ayers on @ABCClassic” is not a definitive source for astronomical data. ;)

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OK, the Spring Equinox isn’t until 23/9 at 1309 here in Sydney. Good. There is time… http://arseh.at/7x HT @ianstewi

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RT @helenperris: Mr4 is now composing a song entirely made up of @stilgherrian’s name. [One must cherish these small joys.]

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The Sydney forecast says 20% chance of rain, but by God in Newtown right now it smells like incipient rain.

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@deptofinternets Coke? What is this “coke”?

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“Conroy is from Venus, Turnbull is from Mars”, says David Braue (@zyzzyvamedia) http://arseh.at/94

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RT @jdub: Alan Kohler on standardisation and data liberation: http://is.gd/fm7rb (a little bit surprised it’s on his radar!)

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@ecocreative Oh. Rundle. Maul. Got it. Sorry, I’d had two phone calls in between tweets, lost the context. But yes, I’m originally from ADE.

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