Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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June 28th, 2011

OK, heading off-grid to recharge batteries and grab something approximating food.

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New blog post: “Respect, please, NSW Police!” http://arseh.at/8f6

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It seems my information on the dress of nuns is out of date. Still, do we have a crime wave of veiled women? No? Let’s stir PHEAR anyway.

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This is the same NSW police minister who’s unconcerned that people get illegally arrested ‘cos computer info is out of date.

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But, the start of my complaint was that the NSW Police Commissioner and Minister didn’t even list beliefs or respect as a concern at all.

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I suppose it’s a matter of what you think has priority. A specific police procedure, or religious beliefs and practices. That, and respect.

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I have no problem with people being asked to identify themselves when reasonably suspected of a crime.

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Well I’ll come back to the core issue, @roulla @chriskkenny. Identification. Not the same as uncovered faces. Not in 2011.

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Isn’t it odd that you never hear anyone call for Catholic nuns to submit to having their heads uncovered upon random demand.

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Hey @nswpolice it’d be nice if your release about the Carnita Matthews case merely hinted at respect for beliefs. http://arseh.at/8f4

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I must tear myself away from these fascinating people. Which is a shame. They’re true gold.

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OH: “There seems to be a lot of that going around now. Did they steal his Ferrari and torch it? Or just mine and that guy in Newcastle?”

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OH: “Their main problem is that their customers are all smelly old ladies doing their knitting.”

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OH: “Kids can find trouble anywhere. I wouldn’t worry too much. Unless they’re complete ratbags. Kids? There’s good ones, and shit ones.”

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Something something Burma.

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OH: “The question is, how many computers does it take to call it a ‘hub’, really?”

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OH: “We’re at the pointy end. We’ve got everyone… well, not everyone… most people on board. We’ve got a lot riding on this.”

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RT @dahowlett: Thinking of words that adequately describe how much of an abortion represents. [See? Adjectives. They’re tricky.]

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You know how I said that the RI in this pub is abysmal? Well, what’s the next word past “abysmal” in worseness? A Latin word would be nice.

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Wow. Mosman Council’s website, the victim of the hack that exposed public information [gasp!] uses Textpattern. http://arseh.at/8f0

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“Sydney council victim of AntiSec campaign”, but “all the information in the dumps was publicly available information”. http://arseh.at/8ez

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I should spend a few days in Melbourne some time soon. It’s been too long.

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The RI in this pub is abysmal.

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Have you voted in Crikey’s Labor Leader Survey yet? I have. http://arseh.at/8ey

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@Mrgareth Well, I don’t know London, having not been there, but this is indeed a comfy pub. Perhaps too comfy.

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RT @seangeo: So the ulcers in my mouth are “suddenly popular”? ;) [I guess for your mouth. Poor chap. They’re annoying.]

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@wordmistressAUS Glad I could be of help. Would love to see the finished article if possible. stil@stilgherrian.com

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@Mrgareth I have a couple of other favourite watering holes in the Sydney CBD, but the Occidental is good for when I’m near Wynyard.

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Occidental Hotel, Wynyard, with a convenient power outlet. Minor glory.

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A most productive meeting!

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Disappearing into my 1400 meeting.

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Not as sunny at Central station http://post.ly/2IGUz

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Je suis arrivée en Centrale.

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@BaneAu Erm, I’m talking about the context of mainstream news writing. I’d never use “viral” in a news story. It’d date the story too much.

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@andrew_hedge @RickyMaveety Erm, it was precisely in the field of marketing that the word emerged. I should point where else?

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IMO the urge to latch onto ephemeral words in mainstream news shows a lack of ability to write authoritatively. Style over substance.

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But, back to my original gripe, to say something is “going viral” when it becomes popular is really just succumbing to fashionable jargon.

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… but after a very short time marketers started using the word purely for the infection part, missing the other element. @AndySHastings

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I’m not denying the partial appropriateness of another metaphor, @AndySHastings, but the original writing was about hijacking…

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@andrew_hedge @RickyMaveety If I’m being more cynical, I’d say marketers use “viral” rather than “word of mouth” so they can charge for it.

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@wordsonaplatfrm Given that I was paying attention as this all unfolded, I think Wikipedia is missing some early events. I’ll look for ‘em.

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Oh I’m all for the dynamism of language, @1159, but in the case of “viral” there’s a certain dishonesty involved.

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“Viral” originally applied to things like providing an online tool to do things that users usually did themselves. Plaxo was the classic.

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Using “viral” when you mean “suddenly popular” doesn’t make you clever and with-it, it just proves you’re stupid and sheep-like.

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“Viral” was about “hijacking” user communications and tagging your marketing, like a virus hijacks the host cell’s replication mechanisms.

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Does anyone actually remember the metaphor involved in “viral marketing”? It’s not a synonym for “suddenly popular”, you arsehats!

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A challenging read, but a must-read. “How Violent Sex Helped Ease My PTSD” http://arseh.at/8en HT @jayrosen_nyu

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How to increase the MacBook Pro’s battery life by ~50% when working on the train: Disable Flash in all web browsers.

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Crossing the Nepean.

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Kindle’s publishing for the masses has opened up a new kind of spam, reckons @jjn1 http://arseh.at/8el

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“Tori or Aaron?” Oh dear, @retrogrrl @purserj @jeamland @servantofchaos @allisonr, you should all be ashamed. Very ashamed.

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RT @maninultimo: I just ruined your life http://is.gd/yjg6o4 [Nah, I generally manage to ruin my life all on my own.]

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Betrayed by Spelling.

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It’s very bright in the sun at Wentworth Alls station http://post.ly/2IEXI

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@maninultimo What’s an advice animal? I’m out of that loop, obviously…

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Mobile: Walk the dirt tracks and Railway Pde to Wentworth Falls station; 1131 train to Central; train to Wynyard; 1400 meeting.

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Note to self: Mastermind’s “The Pawn” 2008 McLaren Vale Merlot. Black fruit flavours, lingering palate. Around $18. Seek out more.

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Emails I like to receive after a long hot shower: “OK, [REDACTED] have given me a green light for the podcast pilot.” Yay!

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Speaking of archaic sexism, these adverts are… disturbing to a modern eye. http://arseh.at/8ej /cc @sophblack @jodiem

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@mattcdef2000 How new is Twitter for Newsrooms? Dunno. Seems new to many folks tweeting about it, so I’m guessing newish.

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@jodiem Nah, blokes should always talk to their editors that way. Chicks love being patronised. /cc @sophblack [I’ll be dead by lunchtime.]

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Tue plan, amended: As before, but instead catching the 1131 train from Wentworth Falls to Central. I don’t wish to rush today.

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RT @miss_shiny: @sophblack We’d call it the show/hide symbol. [Y’know, typography existed before the Microsoft Word…]

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@sophblack The pilcrow, m’dear, is this: ¶

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I really must learn not to put so much wood in the fire, especially big logs.

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Most Australian ISP will be “filtering” on the Interpol child abuse list before year’s end, says IIA. http://arseh.at/8ef

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Twitter has a new “Twitter for Newsrooms”, and @charispalmer says it’s “really well put together”. http://arseh.at/8ee

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Dear People Sending Me LinkedIn Requests, I am shit at remembering names so do please remind me how we connect.

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The Ranga-in-Chief is about to be on ABC News 24. I won’t bother with the bandwidth myself, ‘cos PMO will email the transcript.

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New blog post: “Patch Monday: ISP filtering goes ‘voluntary’, plus updates” http://arseh.at/8ed

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Tue plan: Mostly a research day, including: 1031 train to Sydney; 1400 meeting Sydney CBD; afternoon writing time; evening TBA.

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