Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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October 2010

@SnarkyPlatypus Je suis accablé par des exemples, mais je ne manquerai pas de raconter quelques détails au cours de la journée.

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“Patch Monday” podcast filed!

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No, the Senate online privacy inquiry is NOT still hearing evidence today, but they are talking ABC Directors this afternoon.

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Mon plan: Complete “Patch Monday” podcast; a morning of writing; lunch; an afternoon of client webby stuff, probably, but really it’s TBA.

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Today’s Senate Committee schedule still lists Friday’s hearing on online privacy. http://arseh.at/1bm Is it continuing today?

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: Lotus Notes? It is the source of about 29% of evil in the world. [This calls for a pie chart, you know…]

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je soutiens pleinement le concept de visqueux allongée gastéropodes terrestres qui n’ont pas de coquille. Et vous?

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No, Apollo, the router is not an electric warming pad for sleeping cats.

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Missed this! Greens would extend journo shield law to cover bloggers, citizen journalists, documentary filmmakers. http://arseh.at/1bk

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I assume that “sluggish” means “full of slugs”.

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ISOC asks: “What Will The Internet Look Like In 10 Years?” Videos of 4 potential scenarios. http://arseh.at/1bj

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Altogether far too much information about Wieners. http://arseh.at/1bi

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RT me: “Data retention by ISPs: your comments?” Audio comments for “Patch Monday” close 0830 AEDT. http://arseh.at/1b1

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There’s a @cuntoftheweek? Cool. Even better than my “Cnut of the Week” from when I did “Stilgherrian Live”. http://arseh.at/1bh

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Somebody called Blake Hounshell asks: “Has David Broder lost his mind?” http://arseh.at/1bg Ping @jayrosen_nyu

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Somebody called David Broder reckons a war with Iran would save the Obama presidency. http://arseh.at/1bf HT @jayrosen_nyu

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Done. Finito. Gone.

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@chrisjrn Yes, the whole episode is on iView. iView is always* whole episodes. *”Always” as far as I know.

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That quote was from the first episode of “Rake”, currently on ABC iView at http://arseh.at/1bc

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OH: “I am not a killer! I am an economist!” [OK, it was a role being played by Hugo Weaving. Of course.]

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Thank you, @SnarkyPlatypus, for AKB48 It explains everything. http://youtu.be/yNg3mcjh…

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OK, retweeting that is a bit lame. But I want your comments yet I’mm deep in the editing of “Patch Monday” and I want to stay in the zone.

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RT me: New blog post: “Data retention by ISPs: your comments?” http://arseh.at/1b1

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New blog post: “Data retention by ISPs: your comments?” http://arseh.at/1b1

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HLMenckenBot Running the newspaper letters column, I always let in anyone who denounced me violently, because I believe people like to read abuse

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Spending Sunday afternoon listening to a Senate Inquiry from Friday is somewhat brightened by the Senators’ dry jokes.

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Switching into studio mode. Yes, work.

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“A NASA Logo Makes Anything Look Space Age” http://arseh.at/1ae

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I’m not sure why people are asking me questions instead of just clicking through to read the story.

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“506 [sic] people were arrested as a result of the 101,248 searches and none of these arrests had anything to do with terrorism.”

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“Just 504 people out of 101,248 searches under counter-terror powers last year were held for any offence.” @robcorr

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Actually @robcorr I’ve got it slightly wrong ‘cos the story mentions figures from two different data sets. Stand by.

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UK police searches under anti-terrorism powers: 101,248. Arrests: 504. Convictions: 237. Awaiting trial: 14. http://arseh.at/1ab

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He is not to be confused with PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark. A: http://arseh.at/1a9 B: http://arseh.at/1aa

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@SnarkyPlatypus J’ai appris de source sûre que la vodka a des pouvoirs de justice réparatrice au-delà de l’imagination.

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Lars Rasmussen, co-creator of Google Maps and [cough] Wave hss gone to Facebook. I think I am worried. I’m not linking to TechCrunch though.

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Thanks @RossPoulton, I had good feedback on my cloud security feature, and it was interesting to research. http://arseh.at/zd

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je suis plein de pensées introspective ce matin. Il doit être guérie. Et vous?

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So good I’ll repeat it. Future of the computer industry? Try this @jstogdill post. http://arseh.at/1a8

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Big-picture stuff: How points of control and rent-seeking work in the computer industry, by @jstogdill http://arseh.at/1a8

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I am not going to tell you the name of the thing, because then you will only go and use it and it’s lame.

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Sun plan: Produce “Patch Monday” podcast; maybe a bit of writing; somewhere in there, a walk, especially if there is a thunderstorm.

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Thank you for your “support”, @jstogdill @ERN_Malleyscrub @kcarruthers @j4jonathan @facibus I love you too.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je suis très heureux avec l’intelligence et la générosité de la race humaine. Comme toujours. Et vous?

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People of America, this is my Second Warning. I shall be in San Francisco from 6 to 12 December. Precautions should be taken.

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Lenore Skenazy of “Free-Range Kids” fame on idiot Halloween paranoia. http://arseh.at/1au

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“Yard Sign With Candidate’s Name On It Electrifies Congressional Race” http://arseh.at/1as

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I return. Je reviens. Ich zurückkomme. Vuelvo. ฉันกลับ. Palaan. 我回来。

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Gone, mostly, except for people who know the secrets.

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Because Stephanie Rice can swim fast, we must respect her opinion on all other matters.

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Rugby isn’t so much a game as a repressed memory.

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So, the lean young man with perfect ringlet hair, accompanied by the fat chick with rainbow angel wings… odds of heterosexuality?

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Wading home through a sea of Halloween bullshit.

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At midnight, there’s a band on King St that will be performing the entirety of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”.

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@drowner1979 No. No typo. I did not mean gin. I meant gun. A Browning 9mm is what I’m trained in and that would suffice.

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OH: “It’s ok, I just got caught in the vagina backwash.”

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Oh God, they are snogging. That happens when Australia is just one try ahead?

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For reasons which I prefer not to disclose at this moment, I wish I had a gun right now.

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@deptofinternets My life is rather special, I think.

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Two big blokes fondle each other on the lawn in Hong Kong as entirely heterosexual men cheer them on in a dozen countries globally.

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He sits transfixed by the Sport. She sits bored, poking at her iPhone. His hand slips inside the waist of her skirt as the crowd roars.

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At the other table, the Japanese hipster chicks play with a camera that pretends to be a cheap 1960s disposable, but cost a month’s salary.

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That is not a euphemism.

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The stew having been much reduced, he starts on her leftover pasta.

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She reaches for the champagne and downs half a glass. He shouts approval at the skilled tackle.

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The entire time, his eyes have never left the tv screen showing the rugby. And yet his hand continues to move up along her thigh.

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She has eaten maybe a third of the pasta and pushes it away in disgust. He fondles her thigh while scooping another faceful of stew.

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Her: Black blouse, floral print skirt, white thongs, long black hair tied back, penne carbonara, cheap champagne.

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Him: Cheap sky-blue shirt, old jeans with torn knees, sneakers, blond crewcut, beef stew, beer.

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There are so many social rules! How can anyone keep track of them all?

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If you are a sportsman, it is essential to sing the national anthem at least half a bar behind the random B-grade celebrity.

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Wearing vinyl pants on King St, Newtown, means I am an individual. I have not succumbed to conformity.

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If I buy a 2011 wall calendar containing cheap reproductions of famous artwork that’s out of copyright, I myself am more creative.

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Innovation happens when smart people are left alone to invent new stuff. Every other word said on the subject is self-serving bullshit.

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They have a 4-litre cask of white, a slab of Tooheys Extra Dry and sombreros. Their night has been planned perfectly.

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@Jay_GW_Ng Well if you see me again, say hello. I am re-tracing my path back down King St right now. I am alone, in a grey t-shirt.

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Please let me run my life using advice from cheap cushions http://post.ly/18Jip

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Hey Preppie Boy? Label clothes you’d normally wear on Saturday, splashed with red dye to indicate blood, does not a Halloween costume make.

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Wind chimes? WIND CHIMES! There should be planning permission before you’re allowed to install those things!

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OH: “Shave my head, I’m Brittle! Give me peanut butter and I’m happy!”

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@ApostrophePong Hah! I only leave SFO on 12 Dec. It’ll be 13 or maybe even 14 before I’m back, given time zones.

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Mobile: Enmore Rd; King St; gym, apparently; some sort of social recreation, apparently. Attention limited.

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@paris_david Thank you. I seem to have found the audio through a colleague, though, and Monday is a tad late. I file Monday morning.

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I did a “Patch Monday” podcast on the data retention scheme back in July, if you want background. http://arseh.at/1af

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RT @D_Keating: *insert witty comment about retaining data from data retention debate here* [Yes, well… shoosh you.]

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I don’t suppose anyone happened to record the audio stream from yesterday’s data retention debate in the Senate committee?

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RT @ViciousPotato I’ll just sit here, listening to the teddy bear’s picnic song on loop… [First sensible idea I’ve seen all day.]

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They choose to read mX. All of them. No-one is forcing them.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Interesting, but the extensive and expensive wine bar must wait until another time.

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To the disappointment of cheese lovers and fans of accidental drownings everywhere, I have decided to go home, thus avoiding stabbiness.

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I am slowly getting closer to the Harbour…

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Architectural marvels, Sydney CBD http://post.ly/180cb

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OH, man on phone, leaving voicemail: “I’ve decided to get pissed today, so why don’t you give me a call.”

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RT @alexkidman: Invent a new type of cheese, using only the implements you can beg, borrow or steal. [Now THAT’s a challenge! Plus, cheese.]

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The appeal of going into the new Westfield thing is minimal, @teknetia @Jay_GW_Ng. Yet another cluster of the same brand-name shops? Yawn.

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I know it’s IT industry jargon, but whenever I see “vendor” I think of old blokes selling stale vegetables from ill-maintained wooden carts.

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My 1830 meeting has been postponed. I am in the Sydney CBD. Do I go home? Run amok here? Throw myself into the Harbour? Other suggestions?

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@JonoH Do you know when the OTA Android 2.2 upgrade for Telstra’s HTC Desire will happen, for those of us not on Windows? ;)

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I’m talking NBN [pre-recorded] with @synmedia at 4.30pm AEDT, streamed from http://syn.org.au/

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Ben Pobjie’s Guide To Twitter. Because there’s a worldwide shortage of Guides to Twitter. http://bit.ly/96VKPA

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Transition complete.

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The Transition is proceeding quite painlessly.

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RT @meadea The Woman’s Weekly has Christmas on its cover… [Ta, I’d have missed that. Christmas is getting very silly.]

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Dear QVB, putting up your Christmas tree in October smacks of desperation.

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@inanaj Feel free to email me something, I’ll be able to look after my errands. Market growth stories tend to bore me though.

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RT @ChasLicc Scary & overprotective parents just got a lot more scary & overprotective http://bit.ly/acniBi [This truly disgusts me.]

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@franksting My Virgin Mobile contract is expiring so I’m porting my number to Telstra Next G immediately.

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@dfg77 The “why” might be interesting, maybe, but the research couldn’t be knocked off on an afternoon. Too many people to chase.

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@dfg77 Vendors and their staff not using their own products sounds more like a written list than a conversation, but yes.

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Mobile: Enmore Rd; Newtown station; Town Hall station; 1200 Telstra T[life] store, 400 George St; remainder TBA.

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Pondering what I should do for the “Patch Monday” podcast this week. You are permitted to make suggestions.

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@Tamarajawad Embrace chaos. And demand free airline tickets. ;)

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Stephen Bartholomeusz reckons NBN Co got Telstra’s network at a bargain price, with provisos. http://arseh.at/1a7

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My “Weekly Wrap 21” was posted last night, because I’m organised. http://arseh.at/19l

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New blog post: “Return of the Hallucinating Goldfish: Help!” http://arseh.at/1a6 Ping @stubbornmule

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@stubbornmule I don’t suppose you’ve ever updated your graph of Australia’s historical debt-to-GDP ratio? http://arseh.at/1a4

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Yeah well bye.

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Adam Curtis pays tribute to the Lada, via a 1977 film etc. http://arseh.at/19u

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Polite society is easy to find, @lelak @Nickhodge, it’s the thing where you don’t have a bum in your face.

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While “journalists” were busy reporting “politics”, here’s what Parliament actually did. http://arseh.at/19t HT @timdunlop

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Look, I don’t care what species you are, I don’t wish to examine your vagina that closely right now.

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DFAT holding info sessions on ACTA in CBR, SYD, MEL. http://arseh.at/19q HT various.

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I often ask myself that question.

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Dear Media, “Holiday Cliché Lockdown is now in force”, says @johnemcintyre. And rightly so. http://arseh.at/19n

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New blog post: “Weekly Wrap 21” http://arseh.at/19l A bit early, maybe, but now I get to sleep in tomorrow.

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@kristinmoore2 @SnarkyPlatypus One glass of wine per hour seems a bit… torpid.

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@MishoBaranovic I suspect there’s a certain amount of tribalism involved here. I was just stirring a mate.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Can you further explain the work-to-red-wine equation? Do you have a newsletter?

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@MishoBaranovic I’d have thought it was rather obvious I was talking about technical rather than creative aspects of the photographs.

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@helendickenson Surely you’re not suggesting that unless Murdoch gives you a few pages of tabloid tripe you can’t think of anything to do?

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Maybe I should update the Hallucinating Goldfish post with more recent examples. Seems dated now. http://arseh.at/19h

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@SnarkyPlatypus I think I should mention “debt”, “great big tax” and “Hansonism” [whatever the fuck that’s mean to mean]. And get a cloth.

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So @franksting this Instagram thing is some hipster toy that hides the fact that the camera in your phone takes really shitty pictures?

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Agreed, @natecochrane, what debt is used for makes a BIG difference. But now we stray a LONG way from my knowledge. ;)

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Oh, you like the Hallucinating Goldfish thing? Here’s my original blog post ‘pon same. http://arseh.at/19h

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Uhoh! Combinatorial explosion of people to @reply to. And I wasn’t going to get into politics this afternoon. Oopsie!

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My preferred term is that we’re governed by Hallucinating Goldfish. No long-term memory, and a world of imagined horrors.

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I do remember, @aqualung. But politicians and their co-dependent media live in what @BernardKeane calls the Perpetual Present.

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RT @aqualung: Do you remember a few years back Costello was very proud to get DOWN to 6% debt:GDP … now Libs complain of 6% after stimulus

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In that context, to use the customary example, 6% of GDP debt is like a household with $100k income taking out a $6k loan. Dearie me.

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Debt is not automatically bad, @skaye. People borrow money to buy a home, for example, and it’s considered quite normal.

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Australia worries about “debt” at 6% of GDP, when US is 60%. Or is it really 14x that? US bankrupt? http://arseh.at/19e

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How to explain the internet to a 19th century street urchin, a flowchart. http://arseh.at/19d

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Fellow Media People, may I suggest you run media releases and speeches thru this Gobbledygook Grader. http://arseh.at/19c

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“Latest Newspoll has NSW Labor back to 1904 Levels”, says @AntonyGreenABC. Contains graphs. http://arseh.at/19b

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@spandaslui “Jealous”? Home doesn’t mean I’ve stopped work. Far from it.

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@piawaugh @nambor Oh, that was kinda meant to be a DM. Seems it’s not only email that I can’t operate today.

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“Poodles”?

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@piawaugh Heya, I don’t suppose you have a number for Rob Manson @nambor, by any chance? We’re meant to be meeting tomorrow.

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@jg_rat What do you mean? I always look good!

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Shout, shout, let it all out, these are the things I can do without / Come on, I’m talking to you, come on.

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RT @NewtonMark: OH at work: “That looks even more stupid as time goes by. It’s like it was sent back to us in a retardis.”

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Yes @NewtonMark I also believe that Twitter’s compulsory link shortener will kill our use of arseh.at. Monocultural imperialism FTL.

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I seem to have forgotten how to use email.

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Hah! @daev @stufromoz Yes, I’ve been warned to pack a jumper. It’ll be my first time to San Francisco. I will explain My Purpose later.

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San Francisco? Early December? Oh, alright then.

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Media Rangalert! The Prime MInister is about to be be on ABC News 24.

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Yes. Yes of course.

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Yes. Yes of course.

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The laundry owner apologises profusely. Prices will rise. By 30c. It’s the first price rise in 5 years.

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Mobile: Enmore Rd for lunch, then back again. Très excitement.

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“Greens set for Significant Gains at Victorian Election”, says @AntonyGreenABC http://arseh.at/183

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“Free broadband will help the NBN’s case”, reckons @phildobbie in “Twisted Wire” podcast. http://arseh.at/182

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Me at Crikey: “Turnbull v Conroy: how Coalition broadband plan stacks up” http://arseh.at/181

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Rational, consistent views on online publishing from @overingtonc, as spotted by Jason Wilson. http://arseh.at/180

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@NickEvershed No, I haven’t used Gephi myself. I’m not really up to speed on that kind of dataset analysis.

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@jasonlangenauer Yes, people do just give their password when asked by an installer. It’s the “make the confusing thing go away” reflex.

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New trojan attacks OS X: trojan.osx.boonana.a http://arseh.at/17y

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This software Gephi http://gephi.org/ is a tool for “exploratory data analysis” http://arseh.at/17x Ping @stubbornmule

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Je suis très fatigué.

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Crikey story filed, no thanks to two bored cats deciding that they can amuse themselves with the objects on my desk.

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@Tamarajawad Yes, I meant when the MediaConnect team is chosen to be on-site at KickStart. I know all else is probably chaos. ;)

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@nambor Eek, project! Hope it went well. As I mentioned to @ApostrophePong, you guys sort the details and I’ll turn up.

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@Tamarajawad When does the final team get selected for KickStart? I assume relatively late in the production process?

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RT @benhider: [I]t’s always the people who say loudest they hate drama who create most of it. [Oh ain’t that the truth!]

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@SnarkyPlatypus I believe that I am an entire category of biodiversity just on my own. Have you seen my special gland?

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I have just booked myself into KickStart 2011. People of Queensland, beware! http://arseh.at/18y

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Have you ever noticed how for some people every little day-to-day activity is such a massive source of drama and OMFGness?

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Dear America, I shall be in San Francisco from 6 to 12 December. That is all.

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Fri plan: Start new client project; 1200 Sydney CBD change telephony; plan “Patch Monday” podcast; evening meeting @nambor @ApostrophePong

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@SnarkyPlatypus Vous savez la transition! Il implique les vierges et les lapins chinois et le robot que les boissons Kool-Aid.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Aujourd’hui est Le Jour de la Grande Transition. Il y aura des améliorations! Et vous?

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Stratfor: “WikiLeaks and the Culture of Classification” http://arseh.at/18x

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@RantRotAndRuin Where is there “hate” in anything that was just said? There’s a lot of steps before one gets to “hate”.

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Photos of people who became nouns, e.g. Hooker, Jacuzzi, Leotard, Mae West. http://arseh.at/18w

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@jasonlangenauer Presentation is an important part of professionalism, don’t you think?

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RT @jdub: There must be a government department responsible for slapping libertarians… there must be! I’ll find it yet.

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OH: “I’m not sure what they were… Scorpions or Serbian or something…”

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