Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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November 19th, 2010

That seems to have generated more interest than I thought it was worth. I will summarise my responses in the morning. I’m collapsing now.

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RT @gilfer: Would things have been different if the shot were better composed? [Well presentation does count, yes.]

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Someone who says they are looking for friends has sent me a poorly-composed photo of their penis. This is unlikely to turn out well.

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@cheshireb I like the way your mind works there. This is also possibly wrong.

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So… I need more syllables. Sigh.

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RT @cheshireb: “Problemized” sounds like when you see something horrible done to a favourite childhood toy and you can’t unsee it. [Ouch!]

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@call_me_tomasso You don’t have to follow me, you know. That’s the trick. Happy to discuss the medium, but this is not the way to do it.

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@wjpepperell That’s your second alcohol-related message. Do you have a problem we should talk about?

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@call_me_tomasso I do tweet a lot, yes. That’s how I get value out of the medium.

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New blog post: “Weekly Wrap 24” http://arseh.at/1yp

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Accepting my pointlessness.

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@Jeff_Sparrow All that said, it’s an interesting essay outlining the challenges. I may well write something on-theme too.

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@Jeff_Sparrow Agreed, “zenith” is OK. It starts with “z”, how cool is that! But the p-word did catch me. It doesn’t mean what I guessed.

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@tammois I can think of many ways to slag off my writing style, but I’d have thought “pompous” wasn’t one of them. Examples?

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@Jeff_Sparrow Thank you for taking my comments in the intended spirit. A word triggered a train of thought. It’s a conversation.

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It seems @darrenpauli came to much the same conclusion about ACTA as I did. http://arseh.at/1ym

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How the hell does winter sneak up on you, when you’re unprepared?

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OH: “I do prefer winter to summer, but only when I’m prepared for it.” “But spring’s good, all the ducklings are fluffy.”

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@jasonlangenauer Oh, there are people who don’t know about Project Azorian? Oh. Um. Well, sleep on, folks.

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Ah Wikipedia! There’s more about Heinlein’s word “grok” http://arseh.at/1yi than the entire concept of cultural literacy http://arseh.at/1yj

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I am now problematising my evening’s plans.

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Oops. All my tweets should have been to @Jeff_Sparrow and not @jeffsparrow. Hey @Jeff_Sparrow read this! http://arseh.at/1yg

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Pondering dinner.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Thank you. This was my trigger. “Problematise” does not mean what an intelligent person might guess it means.

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RT @Colvinius: @barrysaunders old Heinlein fans never die. [True. Sadly, “grok” is not yet in the Macquarie Dictionary.]

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@barrysaunders @Colvinius True, I do use “grok” a lot. Sociolect FTL. ;)

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New blog post: “Problematising the discourse: clear communication fail” http://arseh.at/1yg Ping @jeffsparrow @newmatilda @barrysaunders

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RT @engochick: Now that he has a vuvuzela, you can do anything to him….. [I’ll assume this is a general principle of some sort.]

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@engochick So can I paint @lukehopewell green now? Is that OK under OH&S rules? Or will you turn a blind eye?

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Said people who were overheard are now getting in trouble because they brought their own cans of Smirnoff pre-mix into the, erm, library.

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@grantshow Oh it is quite a culturally literate blog post. That’ll be half its problem.

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OH: “Are you drinking beer? Oh you’re soft. Soft! Aussie people drink beer? No! Aussie people drink shots!”

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I don’t believe that I’m writing a blog post about cultural literacy at 5.40pm on a Friday. I am such a loser.

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@barrysaunders Anyway, I’m about to turn it into a blog post about communicating with your audience.

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@barrysaunders I must disagree that it’s “elegant”. It’s the word that caused me to stumble over the sentence and re-read to grok meaning.

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Rather than “he problematised X” I’d say “he positioned X as a problem”, or another verb that more narrowly described the action / flavour.

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It seems to be opaque jargon from the author’s field of professional discourse [!] rather than equivalent accessible, everyday language.

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I am indeed discovering that “problematised” has a heritage, @barrysaunders, but it could easily be replaced with a stronger, focused verb.

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I have just read an article which used “problematised” as a verb. I will save the writer from further embarrassment. And the editor.

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I can’t see phrases like “the latest US-China internet flap” without wondering if that’s where the tubes emerge. http://arseh.at/1y9

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91yo grandmother’s photograph session as depression therapy. http://arseh.at/1y8 Ping @ApostrophePong

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@SnarkyPlatypus Then maybe you’ll appreciate the award-winning Holy Goat. http://arseh.at/1y4

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RT @Joda07: At least it’s exercise! [Aha! Now that’s the kind of justification I like to see. Thank you.]

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Exercising poor judgement.

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Why has no-one told me about Simon Johnston until now? http://arseh.at/1y2 Ping @SnarkyPlatypus

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@SnarkyPlatypus Possibly that was a little early in the day.

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@SnarkyPlatypus “PowerPoint” is just one word. Like “arsehat” or “cuntflap”.

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Mobile: Enmore Rd; lunch; King St errands; somewhere quiet for the remainder of Friday afternoon.

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The Venn Diagram explained. http://arseh.at/1xv

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@garystark Yours might be a short book, but perhaps you could save money on the film if Bill Hunter played you as well.

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Me at Crikey: “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement: not so evil after all” http://arseh.at/1xt [Paywall’d, free trial]

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RT @ApostrophePong: Bill Hunter it is. [True enough.]

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If they made a movie of me, I don’t think I’d be played by Jeffrey Rush, @ApostrophePong

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Optus ordered to send letters to customers over misleading adverts. http://arseh.at/1xr

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RT @KellyAnneSmith: Only if it’s titled ‘go fuck yourselves’ [Hah! That IS tempting…]

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Well there’s two copies sold. Three, if I buy one for mum. I shall consider, thank you.

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Wondering if I might compile a little book of my best writing and tweeted observations. Would anyone be interested?

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More from David Braue (@zyzzyvamedia): Conroy’s NBN train has jumped the tracks. http://arseh.at/1xm

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NBN is in Xenophon’s hands, says Rob Burgess. http://arseh.at/1xl

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Me in Feb: “The ease with which Facebook can become your all-encompassing social portal means Facebook will win.” Poo. http://arseh.at/1xk

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“Police charge man over ‘Chk Chk Boom’ shooting”, sadly not what we’re all hoping. http://arseh.at/1xh

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@jasonlangenauer Yes, one can be paid large amounts of money for spouting generic stuff cribbed from the internet. It’s all the rage.

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You’re so old-fashioned, @jasonlangenauer. Moore’s Law is now “future cheaper better faster wonderful waffle bleat expert pay me now”.

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Gawd, a Samsung 2TB 3.5” external hard drive for AUD 129. Moore’s Law meets strong AUD FTW.

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Ah the other way around, @RantRotAndRuin? I do link to my own stories as background, as secondary source if you will. But Wikipedia? Dunno!

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Thanks @WikiContribute. I’d never use solely my own stories, of course, but only a handful of people covered the case. http://arseh.at/1x7

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I had that question too, @RantRotAndRuin. Do Wikipedia folks frown upon using your own news stories as sources? “Original research”?

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The words “broom handle” just came to mind.

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Grrr! Where in my initial statement did I say that I WOULDN’T fix the Wikipedia article? Must I break out the word “arsehat” again?

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Crikey story filed! I would now start looking for my pants, except it’s windy today and the pants were tracked down earlier.

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Between about 1030 and 1200 I’m often on a very tight deadline. Telling people to go fuck themselves is therefore a clever, polite strategy.

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I am pleased that I manged to say that without telling anyone to go fuck themselves. The day goes well.

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Gentlemen, I was just noting a fact. Anything else, say about obligation for action, has been an incorrect inference. @micmcg @jonoabroad

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If only people adopted the same attitude when they noticed a problem somewhere else in society. Don’t whinge, fix it. Symmetry FTW.

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Apparently there’s a righteousness now. If you noticing something wrong in Wikipedia, it’s not that you “can” fix it, but “you” “must”.

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I agree that Wikipedia is publicly editable, @jonoabroad. But if it’s out of date I won’t be able to link to it today. Which is a shame.

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Wikipedia’s article on AFACT v iiNet needs serious updating to reflect the appeal hearing. http://arseh.at/1x7

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@PointZeroOne I had the same problem with that Google back-translation. It’s probably best left that way.

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Knowing how well Google Translate deals with Thai, I probably just ordered emergency prostate surgery.

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แมวที่น่ารำคาญเป็นแม่คนร่วมเพศ!

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@SnarkyPlatypus En substance, toute ma vie a été une routine de danse Eurovision.

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It is important to understand naming practices. http://arseh.at/1x0

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Nah @jonoabroad I didn’t tick “yes” to terrorism. Even I know that’s not a path to popularity where the US is concerned.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. J’apprécie le vent. Il donne le matin un climat de grande énergie. Et vous?

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The thing that was “Fuck” last night is no longer “Fuck” but “Maybe possibly OK, I hope”.

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Fri plan: Write for Crikey; lunch and local errands; record for “Patch Monday” podcast at some point; research in between; TGIF.

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Also the “UFO” video is under “lifestyle”. I guess when we do finally make alien contact it’ll be reported as a film review.

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The guy on this “UFO” video manages to sound both messianic and like he’s masturbating. Neat trick. http://arseh.at/1wx

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“Boudoir” is a fine word.

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