Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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February 2011

Back at the hotel and reminding myself to tell you the story about “Ice Ice Baby”, eh @mkotadia?

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mkotadia this dungeon is going off

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Uhoh battery warning.

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If I don’t hashtag it maybe I won’t be found out.

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Well, , technically but, like, cleanse it with fire.

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[Three observations that I can’t tweet ‘cos they’re still in the room. There is no sexual impropriety.]

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There is a mountain of cheese and a DJ who sounds like he’s aching to work for a 1990s FM station. Still in a dungeon.

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@ApostrophePong You’re thinking of livestream.com I think.

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I’m in a dungeon.

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@seamus I’ve decided that trying to understand anything that happens here is a fool’s errand.

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Don’t ask me why we’re doing Hallowe’en in February. Nor what that’s got to do with a roller coaster. I am but a puppet.

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30 minutes until we leave for the Hallowe’en-themed dinner at the Spooky Castle at Movie World. It gets ever more bizarre.

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Connivation was successful.

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@RealNickHodge Organiser Phil Sim admits that he’s really a big kid. I shall watch from a respectful and respectable distance.

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“Soft”, @Tamarajawad? Goodness me.

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Certain people are trying to enthuse me into tonight’s roller coaster ride. Fools.

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Full [low qualty] audio of Optus CEO Paul O’Sullivan talking NBN at Kickstart Forum yesterday. http://arseh.at/4k7

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O NOES! MOAR FEWD! [bloats]

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Me at Crikey: “Build the NBN, but be careful of the detail: Optus boss” http://arseh.at/4k4 [Paywall’d, free trial]

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@EnsignR Sure, NICTA Techfest is a display-and-meet rather than conference. Perhaps hit the NICTA site and get on their mailing list.

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@EnsignR The gigabit Wi-Fi is in sample chip production now, will be in real commercial products late next year.

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New Patch Monday podcast: “Bionic eyes, gigabit Wi-Fi and the NBN” http://arseh.at/4k1

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@norton_tim On that point, there’s a reason I’ve started each day with 1+ tweets linking the hashag to the event name and its website.

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Cranky man sitting immediately to my right is cranky. Also, typing very loudly.

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@norton_tim No, hashtags are just unique identifiers. I find overly-long tags annoying. In any event there’s sites that track hashtags.

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Things that shit me to tears #83: Event tweets that simply say who is on stage. What value is that?

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Noticing how many people are moving slowly this morning, and speaking slowly with deep gravelly voices.

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Crikey story filed. Yay.

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I’m on this week’s Business21C Weekly podcast from Radio 2SER, talking internet filtering. http://arseh.at/4jx

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No, brie, mushrooms and smoked salmon for breakfast is not decadent. It’s not.

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Mon plan: Kickstart Forum http://arseh.at/4j0 all day, plus an op-ed on what Optus’ CEO said about NBN yesterday http://arseh.at/4jf

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“Patch Monday” podcast filed! I reckon the interview with Dr Terry Percival is kinda fascinating, but hey you’ll see later this morning.

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We are such responsible people, @natecochrane @CapricaStar, we should be praised by all who stand nearby.

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“Well, there’s no manly way to say this…” http://arseh.at/4jq

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@ZaraBaxter Thank you, though he is not new nor, strictly, mine.

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Hmmm. 150 IT industry folks slowly wake at Sanctuary Cove and log in. Telstra Next G flows like molasses. Coincidence? I think not.

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For those paying attention to such things, I’m still at Kickstart on the Gold Coast. http://arseh.at/4j0

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Hello, Monday, you warm, snuggly, furry little thing, you!

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OK, that’s enough from me tonight. I have a story to file in the morning, and I intend it to be not completely crap. For a change. Gone.

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@brisvegas1 There’s a lot we can learn from Chatroulette.

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More reportage of Optus CEO’s comments on NBN, from iTnews http://arseh.at/4jl iTWire http://arseh.at/4jm ARN http://arseh.at/4jo

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What happens at Kickstart stays at Kickstart. For a price.

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@RealNickHodge I don’t know that I do “professional”. What I do know is that I’ve recovering from a fever and don’t need a relapse.

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I was right. My phone did die. But I’m back at my room and planning to have a sensibly early night. Unlike most others.

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OH: “So I’ve got a laptop but no clothes…”

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If I tweet for a while and then fall mysteriously silent, it’s because my phone battery died. Honestly. Would I lie about that?

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Coming up now: pre-dinner drinks with @borrett from AVG, then “Dinner: MyNetFone Roaring 20s Casino”. May the gods have mercy…

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Optus CEO’s comments on NBN reported at ZDNet http://arseh.at/4jf Business Spectator http://arseh.at/4jg

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@seamus Yes, Munir and I are next door, though I’m not sure how close we are to starting.

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About to be on a panel on audio and video reporting and how PRs and vendors can best assist.

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The peaches are gorgeous.

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There’s a piñata here? Cool!

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@CapricaStar I never complain. I am the very model of patience and tolerance.

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Can someone focus the projector please?

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Damn! I forgot that I was going to be making buzzword bingo cards. I hang my head in shame.

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We are all special snowflakes, apparently.

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I won’t repeat what Optus CEO Paul O’Sullivan says. Follow for details. Key theme is fear of NBN being a non-transparent monopoly.

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What is it with every corporate type giving a keynote these days, imagining they have to start with some video?

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Arrived and checked in at so-called Sanctuary Cove. Please insert my comments on the Gold Coast generally from last year.

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Touchdown Gold Coast.

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Lights out. See you next from the Gold Coast.

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Boarding the A320 cattle truck. Some fool nearby imagines he’ll be able to spread out a broadsheet newspaper.

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Airport. Security cleared. Already there are signs of journalists.

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OK. The data backups are done. Everything is re-packed into my suitcase, my temporary home. I suppose I’d better do this.

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Google’s algorithm changes adversely affect Demand Media? Oh, can you imagine just how much my heart is bleeding now?

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That mammoth 1996 article by Neal Stephenson on international cables remains one of my favourites, @jstogdill http://bit.ly/i6IUT1

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“New era in schools transparency”? Gawd. My School 2.0 goes live Fri 4 Mar, says Peter Garrett’s office.

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Sun plan: 0920 AEDT JQ404 SYD-OOL; Kickstart Forum http://arseh.at/4j0 until late Tuesday afternoon. The hashtag to filter out is

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A strange sense of foreboding permeates the morning.

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I have reason to believe that it is Sunday. It’s not so bad, at least so far.

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Perhaps someone at Skype can explain why the new Mac version wastes 3x the screen real estate on the user list with no new value. Arsehats.

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@thepatus Thanks for fixing arseh.at so quickly. Much appreciated. My world has returned to normal. Well, as normal as it gets.

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My SEKRIT lunch with @BernardKeane is over, and I’ve checked in to my SEKRIT overnight Sydney accommodation. Relax, then finish the podcast.

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OH: “The Wiggles? Oh I’m sick of them. I used the like them, but that dinosaur! Yuck!” [This woman is long past child-bearing age…]

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OH, Blue Mountains matron: “Television? Oh never! Some people watch ‘Days of Our Lives’ forever and ever and they end up like zombies!”

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However this one was, for me, the best one ever. “In a properly run state…” http://bit.ly/fOA3WR

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“Lawyers and civil servants are particularly addicted to the practice. I suppose we could sew them in a sack and drop them in the sea…”

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I always like @johnemcintyre’s proposals dealing with problems, such as people who write using unknown abbreviations. http://bit.ly/i3rEkH

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New blog post: “Sydney, Gold Coast for Kickstart, Sydney” http://bit.ly/fAEPab Essentially my movements for the next week explained.

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Crossing the Nepean. Not quite the Rubicon, but it’ll do.

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I have decided. Thank you everyone for your suggestions and dice-rolling.

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@life42 Haven’t been to The Rose of Australia for ages. I see over-primped wash-ins infesting the footpath tables and avoid.

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@purserj Oddly enough, I didn’t bring dice of any kind on this journey, let alone 12-sided ones. Still a decision has been made, thanks.

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Technology Park Hotel looks good too, @alanjlee. Now, to decide. I suspect some coin-tossing will happen shortly. Anyone got a 3-sided coin?

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The Alexandria Hotel, you say @domknight @F_Dewar? The kid/pet friendly isn’t important today but food looks OK. http://bit.ly/blk576 Ta.

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I haven’t been to the Erko for ages, though I remember it as a good, friendly working-class pub. Ta for that suggestion, @life42

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Can anyone recommend a good 2pm pub lunch in, say, Alexandria through to Mascot or Botany? I’m not precious about this sort of thing.

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@jstogdill Agreed, voice was a major change. I find the history of those Atlantic cables fascinating.

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@jstogdill Erm, the first transatlantic cable was laid in 1858. The one in 1956 was the first voice phone, tho there was radio before that.

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Mobile: Starting back to Sydney, mainly ‘cos it’s an early flight to Gold Coast tomorrow. A shame. It’s nice in the Blue Mountains today.

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@thepatus Houston, we have a problem. It appears that arseh.at is down. At least it’s unreachable from where I am.

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@franksting I should be in Sydney Wed thru Fri, accommodation prices permitting. Digital Directions 2011 on Thu certainly. Stand by.

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@kim_weatherall I’m guessing will end up in the High Court ‘cos AFACT has shown no signs of backing down.

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I’m at Kickstart Forum on the Gold Coast Sun-Mon http://www.kickstartforu… I assume is the hashtag, since it was last year?

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Sat plan, unordered: Complete “Patch Monday” podcast; return to Sydney; SEKRIT lunch with @BernardKeane; writing; prepare for Gold Coast.

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Visitors last evening were a crimson rosella http://bit.ly/pNFIx random gawkers from another cottage and an Antechinus http://bit.ly/grWrvV

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And here’s Saturday already. You people have no idea.

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Bugger it. Enough work for today. I’m working both days on this supposed “weekend” anyway. And half of that’s on the goddam Gold Coast. Bah.

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Back at the cottage. Sweaty. Feverish again. Disgruntled. Fatigued. Stressed. At least the back pain subsided as the day progressed. Bah.

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Returning to the cottage. Mobile data reception is just too dodgy in Wentworth Falls itself.

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Perhaps we are suffering a coincidental series of unavoidable setbacks. http://arseh.at/4i5

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@expectproblems Nah that’s fine. It was enough seeing that it started with Jones haranguing the PM for being late. Arrogant cunt.

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@perissology Agreed. There’s a reason I prefer to leave everything until when the transcripts arrive.

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The PM’s office has just emailed the transcript of the Alan Jones interview. Can I face reading the damn thing?

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@clairemarieking Apparently I have several dopplegangers around. But I’m most definitely not in Newtown today. I’m a good 95km away.

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Me at Crikey: “AFACT versus iiNet appeal decision resolves nothing” http://arseh.at/4i0 [Paywall’d, free trial]

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Mobile: Walk into Wentworth Falls; lunch; shopping; walk back to the cottage for the afternoon’s work.

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Let me get this right. You don’t listen to Alan Jones because you don’t like him, then you listened, and found you didn’t like him? Smart.

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Crikey story, such that it is, filed.

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Now, I have an hour and a half to turn all these jumbled thoughts into something approaching a coherent article.

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@kim_weatherall Indeed, the appeal resolves nothing, as far as I can tell. Off we go to the High Court!

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I’ve already recorded the coming week’s “Patch Monday” podcast, but maybe the next one should look at and media distribution.

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Gawd, the MEAA’s response to AFACT v iiNet is a bleat on “the internet kills copyright kittens”. http://arseh.at/4hm

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@joshgnosis I just like reading these docs because the Golden Girls feature so heavily. The internet depends on them!

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@joshgnosis I’m still not sure what I can say about until I read the whole thing. I already have the inappropriate pain levels.

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Of course, the complete appeals decision in AFACT vs iiNet is only 807 paragraphs of joyous reading. http://arseh.at/4gw

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I suppose I ought to get into thinking and writing mode now. This’ll be fun. Thank you for your forbearance thus far today.

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Does Cisco really have a product called a “media experience engine”? Who thinks up these names?

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Fri plan: Write something about AFACT v iiNet; Wentworth Falls for lunch; various plannings; edit “Patch Monday” podcast; quiet night.

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Ah, the joys of tweeting about current issues. One tweet generates a dozen replies. Then it takes off. You just want to crawl away and die.

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@bigjsl Well, perhaps the carbon tax need to be ten times what it is then. Or twenty times. Are you with me on that?

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So, this carbon tax. Isn’t the whole point that prices go up, so we use less carbon fuels? If they didn’t, it wouldn’t work, no?

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This isn’t the worst pain I have experienced, not by a fair distance, but it’s still way beyond being fun. Happy Friday.

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This’d be Friday then, eh? Well, it hurts.

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AFACT appeal against iiNet dismissed. Full judgment at http://arseh.at/4gw

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Sorry for not @replying to much today. I’m feeling crap and being quite slothful.

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I have arrived at Banksia Cottage and can has internets enabled. It’s very quiet here in the bush. http://arseh.at/4gr

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If I wanted it toasted, I wouldn’t have said “Please don’t toast it.” Why do they insist on destroying perfectly good fresh bread?

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This train is infested with giggly Japanese schoolgirls. I hope they are not here for the entire two hours.

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@CrikeyWeekender Will he / she also be doing linocuts of Michelle Grattan and Mungo McCallum? Kerry O’Brien?

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The Duke Hotel, Enmore, is for sale.

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Feverish. Sweating. Annoyed by stupid people.

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Mobile: Errands to Enmore and Newtown; Central station, eventually; Wentworth Falls station; Bunjaree Cottages. This will be slow.

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The appeal decision in the AFACT vs iiNet copyright infringement case is handed down this afternoon. http://arseh.at/4g7

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Goodness. I’d missed that @saasu has added automate feeds of bank transactions into their system. Handy. http://arseh.at/4g6

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Thu plan, revised: Errands and email loose ends; head to Wentworth Falls; plan client webby work; moar email loose ends; quiet night.

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Thu plan, probably: Write for Crikey, maybe; head to Wentworth Falls; plan some client webby work; email loose ends; quiet night.

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Pondering whether the nasty lower back pain will trigger a change of plans for the day. We shall see.

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Erk. This is not good. Too. Much. Back. Pain.

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Tweets, not sweets. Congratulations, Android Automangle.

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Wondering why people bother RTing my sweets that just say where I’m going. Are they really that interesting?

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I have departed Australian Technology Park. The next hour consists of finding food and returning to the Camperdown apartment.

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Pleased that I recorded some great interviews for the “Patch Monday” podcast though. It’ll edit together well.

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Uhoh. Now it’s scientists with free alcohol and the food has run out.

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The Wi-Fi at NICTA Techfest is fast and efficient. Mind you, it’d be seriously embarrassing if it wasn’t!

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@benmcginnes I’d be happy if the “cyber” prefix vanished entirely. I did that whinge in a previous episode though. Should I repeat it?

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As it happens, there’s quite adequate RI amongst all these young scientists and engineers.

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You’re right, @Wyld, never stand between a scientist and free food.

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My God. Arrive 30 mins after door opening and these scientists have devastated the lunch. Cheese platter is like Hiroshima.

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OH: “I think Dubai is just a place you go to for a few years for money and then leave.”

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Mobile: Central station; Redfern station: Australian Technology Park for NICTA Techfest 2011 http://arseh.at/4fc

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@PointZeroOne Surely “common knowledge” is an oxymoron?

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@elisedavidson No, no new angles to Teh Filterz right now. It’s all off in the review of the content classification system now.

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The recording was 2SER 107.3 FM’s “Business21C Weekly”, broadcast Monday 0900, podcast http://arseh.at/4fk Subject: internet filtering.

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Lots of reaction to my comments on cyclists earlier. I must do a blog post about that. Meanwhile, the NSW laws are http://arseh.at/4fi

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Recording done. I’ll post details of when the program is broadcast / podcast posted later.

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Here we go… quiet please.

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Loose inside the offices of Radio 2SER, alone. I trust that eventually the journalist will arrive and find me. Meanwhile…

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Cyclists whinging that the major roads are dangerous should consider the existence of other, parallel, roads. Far more pleasant. Fools.

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Dear Cyclists, if you must ride illegally on the footpath, use your fucking bell to warn people you’re approaching, or use a quiet street.

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Mobile: Delivering my dirty clothes to the laundry, then strolling down Broadway to Radio 2SER.

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Now HERE’S an anti-smoking advertisement! http://arseh.at/4ff

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“Sarkozy admits French language a hoax after Wikileaks exposé” http://arseh.at/4fe

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Slightly annoyed that I didn’t schedule in the Broadband & Beyond 2011 conference yesterday and today. http://arseh.at/ class=”hashtag” rel=”search” href=”http://twitter.com/search?q=%23nbn”>#nbn#nbn

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Wed plan: 0930 record interview at Radio 2SER; brunch; 1230 NICTA Techfest http://arseh.at/4fc Redfern; evening TBA.

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My planned movements: Now until Thu PM Camperdown, Sydney; Thu-Sat Wentworth Falls; Sat-Sun Sydney somewhere; Sun-Tue Gold Coast.

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Thanks for the fault reporting form http://bit.ly/g8iGX7 @Tarale. “We aim to respond within two business days,” they say. Premium service?

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@TunaCrust Have you successfully gotten a response from a BigPond postmaster@ address? I know that’s RFC-compliant, but…

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My experience is that Telstra won’t take a fault report without a customer number, so it’s up to their customer to file the report.

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Telstra BigPond’s mail servers are rejecting email relayed through my server. Not listed on any blacklists. How do you even report that?

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Oh hello, Wednesday. I’ll be good to you if you’re good to me.

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Back at the apartment in Camperdown. Slothing.

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@trib I don’t know where to start with that. It’s probably safer if I don’t.

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I am back already, yes @EmperorNorton. Arrived back in Sydney this morning, Sydney time.

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Oh please. Can someone just shove Klout up their quoit? Enough with the meaningless metrics!

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@SnarkyPlatypus Exactly. I will obviously take advice from someone who can’t even copy and paste from the web page in front of them.

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No, CeBIT, I don’t want to write a random unpaid “featured” article for your website.

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I’m rather unimpressed with the first two comments on this week’s “Patch Monday” podcast. I doubt they even listened. http://arseh.at/4ev

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I never imagined Toilet Duck could be so erotic.

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Mobile: Errands to Enmore Rd; lunch on King St, Newtown; somewhere pleasant to do the afternoon’s work.

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Thanks for your assistance @Daniel2384 @adm_76 @KristianStupid @DanielOCnr I think it was accidental starting of the sticky keys thingo.

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Whatever just happened, it went away after a reboot. Sigh.

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More info: Keyboard works “properly” in MS Word 2007 but not Outlook, where stickiness to the shift-lock remains. Remote user is restarting.

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Quick Windows Vista / Windows 7 question: Keyboard in outlook stuck in shift, i.e. “2” gets you a “@”. Accessibility? Turn off how?

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Tue plan: Client support; Enmore errands; set up client Flickr account, email newsletter templates; comms & planning catch-up; quiet night.

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@SnarkyPlatypus @adm_76 “Infernal weather machine”? I knew I shouldn’t have been talking to those guys from the NSA…

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