Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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September 2012

I know I haven’t been very communicative since my spot, and am continuing so, but I’m quite thoughtful tonight and will enjoy that.

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Back at the SEKRIT base, plugging things in so they recharge.

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Wandering through the empty CBD on a holiday weekend… always a melancholy experience.

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The terrible, terrible view from the green room instagr.am/p/QJUyYDCFg-/

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Backstage. One minute to video package roll. instagr.am/p/QJKfKEiFpF/

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@expectproblems I’m not stuck. There’s plenty of wine. And she’s on stage now.

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So, they’re fitting me with, well, a corset of sorts and fixing the other problem with gaffer tape.

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Victoria Doidge discusses the finer points of some shit with @mumbrella during soundcheck. instagr.am/p/QJHJHtiFmK/

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En route to sound check. The Magic of the Theatre! instagr.am/p/QJGjeMiFlX/

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So it begins with Germaine Greer and red wine in the green room. Ah, breakfast!

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So much is sold out! Not us, though, because we’re too special for these people. instagr.am/p/QJB6suiFg6/

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RT @swearyanthony @chrisjrn @stilgherrian No no Pesce is a hyperanarchist [Tru dat.]

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@chrisjrn Oh I’m talking about whack jobs way beyond anything @mpesce mpesccan even imagine!

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@furry_jen Oh well fancy biscuits make it very different, obviously!

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Coining useful phrases in my head. Like “hyperlibertarian whack job”.

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@furry_jen My true value has been determined, though I reckon you’re over-charging.

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RT @furry_jen 2 tickets to I Share Therefore I Am at at 1pm today going for the cheap price of, like, I dunno, a biscuit? In Newtown.

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TeachersFed @smh to live stream ‘Abolish Private Schools’ debate from 3:45 this afternoon. See smh.com.au We will also tweet from venue.

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@lewellyn Oh, I’m second speaker on a panel of two, so I know not to over-script my intro. I tend to write chunks, but only glance at them.

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Mobile: Light rail to Central; heavy rail to Circular Quay; walk to Sydney Opera House. Plenty of thinking en route.

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So, with just over two hours ‘til showtime my brain is filled with the usual mix of too many anecdotes to tell and a fear of unpreparedness.

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The things one sees in public…

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Please point to the place on the dolly where the feminist touched you.

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@SnarkyPlatypus @glengyron Non, Germaine me… me touchait. Aussi twitter.com/stilgherrian/s… Je suis émotionnellement confus.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. J’ai survécu le contact physique avec la féministe antique et fais mes plans pour détruire la bourgeoisie. Et vous?

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Sun plan, previewed, unordered: Edit “Patch Monday” podcast; write for @crikey_news; client data migration project; Sunday roast.

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Sat plan: Final prep for Festival of Dangerous Ideas; 1200 call Sydney Opera House for 1300 fodi.sydneyoperahouse.com/#i-share-there…; socialising ad lib.

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RT: Me at @CSO_Australia: “Fake-police ransomware reaches Australia” cso.com.au/article/437757…

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So @kcarruthers found this photo of her, @NickHodgeMSFT and me and notes the phones in use. flickr.com/photos/trinnit… Ping @ApostrophePong

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RT: Me on this week’s @DownloadABC with @jendudley: “Google Seaview, iLost, Myspace, Berlin Startups” abc.net.au/radionational/…

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@sylmobile @mpesce Oh, lovely. Nah, I don’t need those tricks. Last night’s after party reminded me of the audience they have. ;)

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@mpesce “Where?” you ask? I have no idea. I’ll just arrive at the stage door and minions will guide me. That’s how it works, right?

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@mpesce No, The Playhouse. Seats a smidgeon under 400. Again, a comfortable venue.

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@mpesce Thanks so much. I’m amused that while it’s an easy panel to do, the “nation’s flagship performing arts venue” aspect adds stress.

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Sat plan, draft: Tidy desk; finish presentation notes; breakfast; 1300 “I Share Therefore I Am”, Sydney Opera House ; remainder TBA.

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For ordinary people, this is a three-day weekend. For me, Sat and Sun are work days and Mon and Tue will be mostly non-work days.

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Hello, Saturday, you dirty little thing, you.

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@CarolynLake Thanks. I’ll be fine. This is all very familiar territory for me.

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@CarolynLake Wine does help, it’s true, but I don’t have any handy. I’ve resorted to prescription drugs.

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Me on this week’s @DownloadABC with @jendudley: “Google Seaview, iLost, Myspace, Berlin Startups” abc.net.au/radionational/…

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Me at @CSO_Australia: “Fake-police ransomware reaches Australia” cso.com.au/article/437757…

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@miranda_maybe I suspect that the longer people complain the longer the avatar stays. I just can’t resist.

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Right, well after all that it’s going to take me a while to unwind. Mistress Insomnia, please go away.

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That was a narrow escape.

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I am trapped by the deluge at Sydney Opera House. The solid food has run out. There is only endless Chandon and Germaine Greer for solace.

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Germaine keeps touching me.

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That man is here. I knew he would be. But now I can see him. Quite close.

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@jplonie “You can’t teach ducks to dance”?

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There is a book signing now, in the foyer. But elsewhere there are drinks.

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@QuixoticGuy Tomorrow at this event? I’ll be free for drinks after I’ve done my bit.

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@duncanriley I think I have always been this way. Today has just been a coming-out.

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RT @ataraxite Wait, what? It’s ? Why did no-one tell me? [The day is still young. Revel in it.]

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I’m dangerously sober.

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He actually seemed quite rootable until he opened his mouth.

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So here’s @SamHarrisOrg talking about a pain in his hip. instagr.am/p/QHYcWVCFkH/

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Applause. Q&A time. About a dozen surge towards the microphones.

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I suppose I’ll have to fire up Grindr…

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@BrigadierSlog Don’t worry, that’s just a trick of the light.

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Is there anyone in the audience or nearby who wants to dump their date and join me at the after party? a bonus.

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@swearyanthony @RealNickHodge That dangerous idea doesn’t fit the topic of my panel. Clearly defined areas of danger only.

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@QuixoticGuy Well, there’s still time for someone to be my plus-one to the after show drinks… ;)

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@jeamland @swearyanthony If this is selling out then I’m the cheapest of whores. Oh wait.

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@swearyanthony Erm, I’m on the program tomorrow. Do try to keep up.

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@MorgankStorey I’m old enough to remember when mocking people’s established beliefs was considered disrespectful and tasteless.

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RT @MorgankStorey I shed a tear of joy when fellow sydneysiders laughed @SamHarrisOrg quip about the absurdity of religion [Really?]

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@QuixoticGuy Sadly not. Thought I did but it fell apart too late to find another. I’ll attend the after party alone.

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@ataraxite This @SamHarrisOrg is one of the atheist “Four Horsemen”. Audience will be full of militant atheist arsehats.

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RT @marshontap @stilgherrian And omits Deniliquin Ute Muster. Elitist travesty. [True. But this is where it is.]

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@IdeasattheHouse Your retweets are saying “RT username”twice. This disturbs me.

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+1 RT @TomTilley Does anyone else think @SamHarrisOrg looks like Ben Stiller?

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I’d never heard of @SamHarrisOrg before. The audience is full of fans. To be honest it feels creepy.

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Atheist fanboy applause at the mention of Richard Dawkins. Did someone go “Woop!”? Sigh.

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Simon Longstaff tries to equate as the third great cultural event this weekend along with the two football finals. Yeah good luck.

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I arrived too late to have a pre-show drink. And this is philosophy. How will this even work?

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In pour the disciples, to worship at the shrine of rationality. instagr.am/p/QHQBaqCFhG/

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@expectproblems Heading to the box office to get my tickets…

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@AnnabelAstbury I know. I imagine all sorts of things. Constantly.

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@expectproblems I am a few minutes away. Traffic permitting.

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Some people have noted that my avatar is confusing. Yes. It is.

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Taxi boarded. This’ll be tight.

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Taxi booked. Sadly, the schedule is too tight for public transport.

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Next steps: Back up all the data; freshen up; make my way to Sydney Opera House.

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And the recording is done. Imperva’s Tal Be’ery on the changing face of DDoS, for the “Patch Monday (on Tuesday)” podcast.

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Back at Lilyfield. The air smells like incipient rain. The sky looks like incipient thunderstorm. This pleases me.

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Either I need a holiday or the on this tram is considerable.

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Noticing once more that, as usual, my own pattern of work to leisure to holiday is out of sync with the bulk of society. It is my world.

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Fri plan, remainder: Return to desk and prep; 1700 record “Patch Monday” podcast; 1900 Sydney Opera House for fodi.sydneyoperahouse.com/#the-delusion-…

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@ataraxite @balkandishlex @SnarkyPlatypus Great minds think alike. Well, obviously that iosn’t true but you know what I mean.

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ben_hr Brilliant letter MT @Tony_Burke: It’s real. Apparently the Liberal party believe the tigers are real too. via @roblaroc pic.twitter.com/gVtUIlPv

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@SnarkyPlatypus All mobile networks fill up as those annoying customers insist on using them. There’s an obvious solution, of course.

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Mind you, the call dropped out twice. Samsung Galaxy S III on Telstra Next G in Haymarket.

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Just had a lovely phone call from @mumbrella, who’s moderating tomorrow’s panel. This is going to be fun. fodi.sydneyoperahouse.com/#i-share-there…

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De-sweating with the aid of a cold ale before taking the tram back to the Table of Creative Writing.

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Apparently @mpesce is going to demonstrate his new special prothesis “down there” live on stage at @webdirections.

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Right. So now we’re angry that all the common people didn’t do journalism school and just talk on the internet the way they always have?

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@bengrubb Are you really, really sure about that?

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Sweating, but shorn. Also, I think I might just be able to make everything fit into my schedule these next few days.

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Fuck. They seem to have dusted central Sydney with some sort of nerve gas, killing everyone. Oh. No, sorry, just wishful thinking.

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@ryancross Looking 90% yes. Sorry for not getting back. Weird day.

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Fuck. Running late. Mobile.

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RT @S7U: Dangerous idea: @stilgherrian is the Judith Lucy of tech Journalists. [Yes. That is dangerous idea. For you.]

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jendudley Melting Las Vegas, finding Nemo and resurrecting MySpace? @marcfennell, @stilgherrian and I tackle it on @DownloadABC: abc.net.au/radionational/…

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Oh hear. I think my brain just exploded.

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Sudden eureka moment! I can treat the Festival of Dangerous Ideas as a giant live episode of “The 9pm Edict”! Sorted!

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@Prohairetic @glengyron Now that’s not such a bad idea. But I’m not sure yet whether I’ll use images. And copyright, y’see.

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@RealNickHodge Which is all well and good, and true, but that’s not what I’m going to be talking about.

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: @stilgherrian Strip off your mask and reveal that you are, in fact, Michelle Grattan. [Or, I could just strip off.]

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@LucasJamesAU I’m not across this Conroy unfettered story, so I’ll have to come back to you on that.

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I’m trolling the stage for “I Share Therefore I Am”, 1pm tomorrow, The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House. fodi.sydneyoperahouse.com/#i-share-there…

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@bleeters @Prohairetic That sounds more like a troll of the event rather than the audience. Still…

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RT @hailants: Entitle your talk: “How to be a child porn addict (and do so anonymously.)” [Alas the title has been set. I’ll save that one.]

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Wondering how much and in what way(s) to troll the audience at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas tomorrow. I’ve been told to be controversial.

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@kristinmoore2 @bleeters I often think of removing the word “geek” from my bio. I get typecast as a “tech writer” when I do other stuff.

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So @AppDotNet has announced a Developer Incentive Program… blog.app.net/blog/2012/09/2…

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RT @paulkidd: @STiyou combine HST’s 7337 coding skills with Dilbert’s appetite for recreational drugs? [Probably not the best cross-match.]

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Someone just forwarded me an email in which I was described as “a cross between Dilbert and Hunter S Thompson”. I am amused.

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RT @bleeters: @stilgherrian @jeamland LSD is for m4 [Ain’t that the truth!]

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RT @jeamland: GOOD GOD MAN, ARE YOU MAD?! _METH_ is for zone files. Coffee is for sendmail.cf. Or is that smack? [There’s a blog post…]

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Oh. And I’ve just been told that I’m migrating a website now. I think I’ll have a coffee before editing DNS zone files.

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Fri plan: Write presentation fodi.sydneyoperahouse.com/#i-share-there…; haircut; errands; 1700 record “Patch Monday” podcast; 1900 fodi.sydneyoperahouse.com/#the-delusion-…

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@expectproblems I am going to Sam Harris at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas tonight. Which reminds me. I haven’t sorted my date yet.

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No, I can’t add in this extra thing today and still stay sane (shoosh), so we can now lock in the plan…

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Oh. A potential story commission has come in. For today. And it was already a busy day. Can I make this fit, I wonder?

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Story filed for @CSO_Australia, the first of quite a few media objects to appear today.

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People whose out-of-office emails don’t say who’s doing their job while they’re away.

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“Chinese hackers linked to breach of control systems used in electric grids,” writes @gcluley, reassuringly. nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/09/27/chi…

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RT @paulwallbank: Great guide from @BernardKeane on how to demolish junk reports. I probably get 6 of these a day. bit.ly/PXJXx1

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je suis bien sûr envie de vos voyages et déçu que je ne serai pas vous rejoindre. Bonne chance!

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@QuixoticGuy Some things shall not be explained. And some things are inexplicable.

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I see everyone using Twitter is understanding “due process”, “innocent until proven guilty” and “sub judice” these past 24 hours. Bravo.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je ne suis un peu stressé à la veille de ma performance. Un petit peu. Et vous?

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@ataraxite Good morning. Yes, I take on many forms… especially when it’s going to be a hectic Friday.

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Fri plan, draft: Write for @CSO_Australia, Festival of Dangerous Ideas; haircut; record “Patch Monday” podcast; opening night.

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It is Friday, and I choose to begin it at this time and in this manner.

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@franksting Oh bother. That’s what I get for trusting a source. I cry now.

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@ryancross @NathanaelB Ah! Well, I did just finally email a couple friends, but if there’s no takers my 0900 tomorrow you’re on.

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Annoying forgotten audio editing completed.

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Suddenly remembering some audio editing I had to do today. Unimpressed.

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@michaelmeloni Well, I suppose it might have been more fruitful if I’d actually looked properly.

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Hmmm. I still need a date for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas opening event tomorrow night. fodi.sydneyoperahouse.com/#the-delusion-…

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@snerdish Can you draw me a diagram of that?

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@engochick I live in a strange fantasy world, inhabited by trolling rosellas and a little too much wine.

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“AFP led team seize fake credit cards worth $37.5 million”? No, Minister, that’s their potential fraud value. ministerhomeaffairs.gov.au/Mediareleases/…

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Plodding through this cesspit of email. That’s a comment on my ability to empty it rather than on the emails I get sent. Mostly.

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@abctech @faldo @jendudley Cool, I’ll have to check it out another time tho. I have errands and a lunch now.

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And the @DownloadABC recording is done.

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They’re not letting @jendudley into the Brisbane studio. Can’t say I blame them.

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You see all sorts of weird people in the ABC foyer.

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@riskybusiness @joshgnosis You should stop this fact-checking immediately. It’s terribly old-fashioned. We crowdsource all the facts now.

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Lurking in the ABC foyer because early. Ping @marcfennell

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@pc0 @608Harris I won’t have time, sorry. Errands then 1200 lunch elsewhere. Raincheck?

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@dr_nic @DownloadABC @jendudley @marcfennell Now now, I know how to do radio. And how to fit a media outlet’s style. Mostly.

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Making my way gently to ABC Ultimo, there to record @DownloadABC with @marcfennell and @jendudley … and I’ll have some food on the way.

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Hotmail limits passwords to 16 characters, even if you type in more. Clever, what? arstechnica.com/security/2012/…

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@grechj Oh I’m sure that’s not the reason. The US defence establishment is pure as the driven snow!

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US generals agree cybersecurity is a most dangerous threat, but many openly admit to knowing little about it. defensetech.org/2012/09/26/cyb…

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@ozjimbob Possibly we are in furious agreement. Those questions were talking points for @DownloadABC. Check the blog post I tweeted.

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@chrisbrownie Well if I’ll be the first to go under the new regime, why should I bother changing my behaviour? @bigmac

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@chrisbrownie So you’re one of Them, Chris? Explains a few things. @bigmac

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@leslienassar They’re going to send the van around for you later this morning.

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RT @bigmac: Hackers cost business thousands | News | NT News buff.ly/PnAkGS [sometimes I just enjoy reading the comments!!] [True.]

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@ozjimbob Hang on. I don’t think anyone’s saying there isn’t a “scene”. Open-ended “How’s it doing?” then “How can we improve?”

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RT @leslienassar Negafeelpinions toward Startup Kulcha will dissipate on exposure to the Sacred Flower of Promises. BRING US THE POLLENIZER!

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@TenguTech See, you should probably be ashamed of yourself now.

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@michaelmeloni @chieftech Indeed. No rule says a new business on the internet has to be done a certain way. Don’t tell them that though.

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@BrigadierSlog Friendship is one thing. Redefining the entire field of electrochemistry could be somewhat trickier. But your plan has merit.

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@chieftech Well, I’ve heard that opinion before, but I don’t think it’s a very sensible opinion for me to have.

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RT @BrigadierSlog: Dare I suggest a start-up to automatically filter out and destroy superfluous start-ups? [Dare? I recommend it!]

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See also my post from March 2008, “Jason Calacanis and the Evil Cult of the Internet Start-up” stilgherrian.com/religion/john_…

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I mean, if someone opens a new restaurant or a trucking company, we don’t call it a “start-up” and take on all that fast-growth malarkey.

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Maybe I’ll just explain that the start-up scene generally is a toxic, dangerous cult and should be bulldozed into a landfill.

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Oh. I have no opinion on “How’s the start-up scene in Australia? What could we do to improve it?” Had anyone got one they can lend me?

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@voiceofapollo Well, in Jan 2012 Myspace had more traffic (unique browsers) than Tumblr or Google+ so not dead. Looks interesting now.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Ah yes, the sort of people of whom I am generally not a fan. They should all be bulldozed into landfill.

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@SnarkyPlatypus I choose to assume that’s not me you’re talking about. I don’t think I could do anything “relentlessly”.

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Since I have to wait for the Australian Federal Police to wake up, I might as well prepare my Opinions for @DownloadABC.

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Thu plan: Write for @CSO_Australia; 1030 @DownloadABC recording; 1200 Alcatel-Lucent lunch; post-lunch research; a night of MOAR MEAT.

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