Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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September 22nd, 2010

@SnarkyPlatypus J’ai un mauvais pressentiment aujourd’hui. Est-ce l’Equinox. C’est la pleine lune. Et j’ai beaucoup à faire. Et vous?

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True @deconstructo that grease trap waste does get recycled into fuel. But yes @NewtonMark the smell put me right off my dinner.

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The restaurant industry is so glamorous http://post.ly/z7bN

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What kind of animal is a “salad”? Is it a cow? A pig? A goat?

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Hmmm… Tomorrow night is both Spring Equinox and Full Moon. This’ll be fun.

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Mobile: Enmore Rd; King St; gym; dinner. Attention quite limited, but I am sure you can watch television or something.

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20,000 university students a year are estimated to be subject to disciplinary proceedings, most of them for lying http://arseh.at/9t

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@Nickhodge What’s a “fib ring”? And where does it fit?

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I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, “Unhappy Hipsters” is almost as good as sex. Exhibit A: http://arseh.at/9r

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I am rapidly running out of enthusiasm for Wednesday.

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Some people should never be allowed to have pets. Or children. http://arseh.at/9q

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@jamesnsmith Thanks for the offer of the book loan. If my ebook purchasing fails I’ll let you know.

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@merganserbird Mind you, I wouldn’t use Hotspot Shield but just run a link thru my own server in San Francisco.

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@merganserbird Are you sure Amazon doesn’t check the credit card billing address rather than physical download address for its geotardation?

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Who’ll Be Up Against the Wall When the Revolution Comes #426: People too lazy to rotate photos the right way before posting them online.

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@teknetia You’ve lost me there. Not sure what speed on the line has to do with it.

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From a mate checking on fibre longevity for me: “The first manufacturers data sheet I pulled up said 60 years.” More to come.

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Laughing even harder.

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Mobile: Enmore Rd; King St; laksa; local errands, potentially; back to my desk, where I shall cry.

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I think I’ll go and have some laksa, and then burn down a bookstore to show them I mean business.

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@OzAz I know full well it’s the fault of Australian publishers. They haven’t finished milking Peter Carey with their pimp-level mark-ups.

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Oh. Of course! “This title is not available for customers from: Australia (change region)” WTF? Global commerce my arse!

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I passionately agree with those who suggested that the book industry failing to learn from music and then films proves their stupidity.

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@Tuna Oh, I can see the Kindle Reader for Mac here, yes. It appears I must have that to get the book I want. Oh well…

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Am I behind the times, as some point out? Well, “books” are the corpses of developing ideas anyway, so I don’t use them much.

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RT @wolfcat: Plus the butchers own the forks you use to eat them with and take take them back at any time :-)

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The irony is, the book I want is called “The Victorian Internet”.

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Gawd it’s like each butcher’s shop having its own kind of frypan which only works with their sausages. Which idiot invented this?

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Jesus, people! I just want to hand you some money for a copy of a “book”, and read it. Why have you made it so complifuckingcated?

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Just about to buy an ebook, realised it needed Kindle Reader, then realised this whole ebook thing is a debacle of formats and DRM, right?

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And yet, @zyzzyvamedia, there are researchers with sketches of further chapters. Do we hear enough from them?

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Why does the govt not sell the fibre story well? RT @zyzzyvamedia: “Because they’ve only written the title page so far.” [True enough.]

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I’ve no problem with economists talking about ECONOMICS of NBN. But when they make up or repeat technological falsehoods I get stabby.

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This was triggered by @1petermartin verballing me. http://arseh.at/97 He really doesn’t want the NBN. “Increasingly shrill”, commenter says.

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Creating a label to denigrate is of course a propaganda process, not analysis. Curious how that’s all rolling out now.

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Seen how NBN opponents now have a label, “build it and they will come”, for those who suggest applications only emerge after infrastructure?

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@teknetia I suspect a committee-style process of building government ad campaigns works against having anything that really grabs you.

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@dsturnbull But are you someone to whom the NBN is already an easy sell? The trick is selling it to “ordinary people”. / @teknetia

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@teknetia Agreed, Conroy’s passion for the NBN is real, I’ve seen it when speaking with him. And yet… those awful generic TV adverts!

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@zombiemao Yes, the old “fibre only lasts X years” idiocy. I have a plan in place to stomp that meme to death. Soon, soon…

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RT @VizTopTips: BRING Twitter to real life by following strangers in the street and telling them any old crap that comes to mind. HT @jdub

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@teknetia The government is indeed selling the NBN very poorly. A complete inability to communicate with ordinary citizens.

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Hah! @GreenJ turns a story development chat into a blog post: “NBN WTF FFS” http://arseh.at/95

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There are two ways in which it can be wrong, Sir, depending on the motive. Prevent? Or cause?

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And this inflation calculator seems to be for USD. Which is not £UK, but still useful. http://arseh.at/a3 Thanks, @kurtismarsh

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Aha! UK National Archives! http://arseh.at/a2 That gets me to current £UK and then I can convert. Thank you, @wolfcat!

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@juhasaarinen I had hoped for a slightly more precise answer than “on the web”. ;) But yes I’ll give Wolfram Alpha a go.

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Anyone know of an Australian inflation chart going way back? I need to convert ₤128,000 in 1870 to today’s dollars.

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RT @RyanSheales: Ted Baillieu must not be happy with this unfortunate photo placement on p28 of today’s Herald Sun: http://yfrog.com/0allbj

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Dear Mainstream Media, will you be reporting ANYTHING from the World Computer Congress apart from parochial political sniping over the NBN?

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How they will use Time Travel http://post.ly/zEBj

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“Another Day, Another Ambitious Spaceplane Proposal” http://bit.ly/9ZIoBP

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The Disturbing Truth about Turtles http://arseh.at/9z

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Gosh I like it when suppliers charge a random $5 to my credit card without sending any sort of documentation. I really like it.

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Thu plan: Writing writing writing writing; 1500 meeting Surry Hills; set up a couple new Linux servers, one virtual, one real; howl loudly.

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