Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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September 9th, 2012

Quote from an old blog post: “So many businesses seem to be like the Toilets from a Forgotten Land.” stilgherrian.com/business/its_t…

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I wish Sydney had more canals. It would make it much easier to push people into them.

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@R_Chirgwin I have an imaginary menagerie. Say that three times quickly.

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I wasn’t aware that they had individual names.

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Removing some of the pangolins.

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Since I’ve achieved just one of the four tasks I had for Sunday, I’ll do an early start tomorrow instead and will rearrange as necessary.

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RT @WoollyMittens: @Two_Minute_Man Would the apes be dancing to it? [How could they not be?]

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Botheration. The High Court’s disposition rejecting special leave for an appeal in All The Sports in the Universe v Optus isn’t online yet.

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@Taezar Oh I’m covering an event, Microsoft TechEd. Embedded media don’t get time to go off-piste. I doubt I’ll see sunlight all week.

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Feeling on top of the world tonight? Yeah, well dog rapists and serial killers think their thoughts are normal too.

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@peter_tonoli @nikcub Buggered if I know. But if I could solve that problem on a tired Sunday night I’d be a rich man.

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@peter_tonoli @nikcub Yeah, blocking the export of software. That’s always worked so well, in cases like… um… [tumbleweeds]

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@jdub @leslienassar So this “The Thick of It” of which you speak is… where?

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So most of next week I’m living at Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino on Broadbeach Island. Be still my beating heart.

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RT @leslienassar: Oh, FFS pic.twitter.com/vEN5H3AL [Right, Twitterverse, you know what to do…]

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RT @jeamland: So has anyone done “Jar-Jar Gungan Style” yet? [Yes. ]

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@SnarkyPlatypus Dan Murphy needs you to assert 18+ ‘cos alcohol. They ask for date of birth to enable extra data matching under than cover.

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@cafedave You should get that printed on t-shirts and tea towels. And then throw yourself into a canal.

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Once more, the “maybe I’ll feel better after a nap” theory is proven dreadfully wrong.

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@m_mountebank I’m not terribly fussed if they ARE following me.

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A beautiful, sunny afternoon in eucalypt scrubland. Why would you even pollute it in that way? Arsehats.

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Oh fuck the people at Rosella Cottage have turned up some shit pseudo-reggae. I’m wandering down to Wattle Cottage so I can concentrate.

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@mpesce Yes, but I wasn’t talking about “The Simpsons”.

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And we laugh because the Ancient Egyptians were too wrapped up in their religion and court rituals to react to changing circumstances.

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Colvinius New UK Transport Sec has fear of flying, Health Sec believes in homeopathy & Environment Sec is a climate change sceptic. (News Quiz)

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@stancorrey For sure, and overall the report was a damn fine introduction. As @RNBBing tends to be on most matters.

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Yes, I’m at Microsoft’s TechEd 2012 on the Gold Coast from Tue to Fri. australia.msteched.com You have been warned.

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@NickHodgeMSFT Is there ENUF MOAR BANDWIDTHS for me to torrent all the things?

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@jonaholmesMW @Wendycarlisle As I said to the journalist, @stancorrey, I’ll do a blog post on Tuesday. I’ve got others things on today. :/

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@jonaholmesMW @Wendycarlisle I didn’t notice any actual errors in the program, just that the wording felt wrong. I’ll check the transcript.

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@jonaholmesMW @Wendycarlisle My comments did move from specific script awkwardnesses to a more general gripe about scientific illiteracy.

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@stancorrey Possible “didn’t understand” is better as “didn’t convey important nuances”. Overall, a good program. I’m nit-picking. @RNBBing

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@stancorrey My brain is elsewhere right now, sorry, but I’m doing a blog post on this Tuesday when the transcript is available. @RNBBing

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New blog post: “Weekly Wrap 118: Planes, pains and delays” stilgherrian.com/weekly-wrap/11…

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@skwashd @miss_shiny It’s all good. If I have to do anything particularly dangerous I’ll set up a video stream first.

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RT @leslienassar: @firstdogonmoon My Little Pony RPG rules; evillordzog.tumblr.com/post/678705703… YOU’RE WELCOME [Oh Jesus wept!]

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“Comedians using their fans for co-ordinated, safety-in-numbers bullying.” And not just comedians, Charlotte. comedychat.co.uk/2012/09/05/com…

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RT @NewtonMark: @simonhackett @jplonie @moldor @GeordieGuy Did you hear the joke about UDP? Nobody got it.

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JoshMalina Here’s a cool math trick. Add your age to your Klout score. If you came up with a number, you’re an idiot because you know ur Klout score.

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@miss_shiny I also stopped to gossip with the neighbours.

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@PennySharpemlc I am a man of many talents, Ms Sharpe. And I only made one mistake. Fortunately nothing exploded. Yet.

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@R_Chirgwin Well, now lined up for your gaseous pleasure are four empty cylinders and one full one.

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There are no gas leaks, @skwashd, and broadly speaking there have not been any explosions.

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RT @skwashd: Nice guide to changing gas bottles, but I didn’t see you test for leaks with soapy water. [SHUT UP SHUT UP DOING IT NOW.]

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@R_Chirgwin You do not have five full gas cylinders. You have one. The rest must have been swapped into use already.

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The transfer valve has been reset instagr.am/p/PVamXSiFtJ/

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The Steaming Water of Victory instagr.am/p/PVacDsiFs9/

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Throwing the transfer valve to test the pressure instagr.am/p/PVaM4LiFsz/

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Remembering that it’s a left-hand thread! instagr.am/p/PVZu2LCFsX/

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Yes, line up empty cylinders with full cylinders what an excellent idea.

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This one is better, and we have a public transport system instagr.am/p/PVX_XsCFqf/

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One of these things is not like the other instagr.am/p/PVX3A5CFqZ/

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Right, time to butch up and change that gas cylinder.

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@R_Chirgwin If you don’t know of Embargo Watch then you do now. embargowatch.wordpress.com

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@Wendycarlisle I was speaking more broadly there. The whole thread I tagged may or may not make this clear.

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@Andrew_Zammit Alas, practicality will be the key, as I lost 12 hours of my time to unexpected stuff in the last 72.

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RT @Andrew_Zammit: What’s the next Patch Monday about? [Good question. I’ve recorded all sorts of stuff, will review and choose later.]

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@Wendycarlisle Well, stories with glaring “scientific” errors in them, journo is still employed the next week. @RNBBing

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Ah. Occam’s Razor. My weekly signal to turn off the stream because some dull man will dully read some dull thing he wrote dully.

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Prof Sloane has just expressed surprise at the suggestion she was trolling because it’s “a mean word”. I’ll just note that for now.

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RT @MrDenmore: If I had a dollar for every time an economist has forecast a recession in Australia in the past 20 years, I’d retire now.

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HOW ARE THOSE CONSUMERS NOT SPEND MONEY DO THEY NOT UNDERSTAND THEIR ROLE IN MAKING US RICH DESPITE EVERYTHING HOW VERY DARE.

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Goodness me, Prof Sloane, the word “patronising” comes to mind. If people are misinformed, whose fault might it be?

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@SnarkyPlatypus I might stay with Janetter for the moment. Changing clients is a PITA, and missing replies gives me plausible deniability.

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@Drag0nista Yep, those two occasions are the ONLY time that , or generally, has descended to partisan fighting. ;)

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Would Prof Sloane care to explain which “we” she speaks for when she talks about what “we” want governments to do? And cite evidence?

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RT @Drag0nista: Oh dear, panel has degenerated into partisan politics again [Yes, that’s at least twice now. Amazing.]

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@jplonie Hmmm. Janetter did not show me @SnarkyPlatypus’ original tweet there. Maybe Janetter is the one with the drinking problem.

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@johnb78 Exactly that, yes. The broadsheet newsroom as a central cage farm for journalists is now the wrong architecture, I think.

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@katedoak Mr Rundle and I were drinking scotch, but a bourbon would be adequate too.

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@johnb78 I’ve known this for some time. It’s why I think the days of general reporting are over. We have direct access to specialists now.

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Can someone tell Guy Rundle he still owes me a bottle of whisky?

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RT @GeordieGuy: This is why you never comment modprobe.d. Plausible deniability. [Yes. Plausible deniability is a core sysadmin skill.]

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HOW DARE HE POINT OUT THAT I NOT ONLY KNOW HOW TO FIX THE PROBLEM MYSELF BUT THAT I HAD ALREADY DONE SO EARLY IN 2011.

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Hah. Asked the support engineer how to fix a kernel problem. He pointed to the existing /etc/modprobe.d entry with my name in the comments.

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@R_Chirgwin Well, no, tech has been morphed into “reporting” about consumer electronics, lumped in with home renovations and “lifestyle”.

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Sun plan, revised: Write “Weekly Wrap” blog post; write for @technologyspec; editing for “Patch Monday” podcast; try to sleep tonight.

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@jennylmackinnon Agreed. There’s also the myth of “balance” within a story, rather than across, say, a year’s work. Or just being right.

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@jennylmackinnon Yeah but last I checked they still taught science in high schools. Journos should read New Scientist not daily papers. ;)

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That last comment was not aimed at this week’s Background Briefing journo. I didn’t head a mistake. I’m speaking generally.

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Why is someone reporting on science or technology allowed to make mistakes that high school physics students could spot?

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Would a business reporter be allowed to make mistakes that a high school economics student would pick up? No. So…

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@R_Chirgwin Good point. I’ll check the transcript when it becomes available on Tuesday. abc.net.au/radionational/…

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This is really my continuing gripe that scientific and technological illiteracy seems acceptable in journalists. It’s wrong.

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That said, Background Briefing is quite OK when describing the risks to markets and society more broadly.

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These aren’t new concepts. The script is akin to “He caught the train by standing on what’s called a ‘platform’.”

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Another example, “buying what’s called ‘rack space’” without then explaining that it’s just renting room in a computer room.

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One example, the special stress on “black box” in “black box, or server”, as if this is some special SEKRIT new technology.

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That said, Background Briefing’s script suggests the reporter doesn’t understand the technology he’s almost-describing.

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@Chirpycharper Agreed, the antechinus’ little chirping noises are quite cute. This house was built in their territory, so I don’t mind.

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This episode of Background Briefing on the risks of algorithmic high-frequency is rather good. abc.net.au/radionational/…

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Hang on. I lost four hours at the hospital Friday and eight hours on a broken server yesterday. Let me just reconsider my plan for today.

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@cxi May I commend unto you the term Social Media Expert Guru, or SMEG. We’ve managed to use it in Australian media.

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cxi How many social media experts does it take to screw in a lightbulb? No one cares. But they have an ebook to sell you all in how they did it!

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@R_Chirgwin Spanner found, right where you said it would be.

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@R_Chirgwin Thank you. I’ll do the swap some time today. I also might work at one of the other cottages today, ‘cos it’ll be 17C and sunny.

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@R_Chirgwin Now I have an additional task: Find the spanner. Have you been good boys and girls and put it back in the shed?

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@R_Chirgwin Yes, I’ve seen the new gas cylinders. Do you want me to swap it over? Or would you prefer to do some “demand management”?

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@SnarkyPlatypus En effet, et le Antechinus est un troll magnifique, hors de toute proportion avec sa stature miniature.

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@yewenyi Oh yes… I shall just dip into my ready and convenient supply of small insects, shall I?

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je suis harcelé par les animaux sauvages. Il est tout à fait injuste. Et vous?

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@R_Chirgwin I have just thrown the gas transfer valve at @bunjaree’s The Studio. Cylinder 1, she is empty.

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@paulwallbank UK/Aust similarities on data retention shouldn’t surprise. It’s an agreed plan. cso.com.au/article/393884…

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RT @juhasaarinen: @stilgherrian Violent, neck-biting copulation will ensue. You should run, not walk. [Speak for yourself!]

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You can read more about the antechinus on the ‘pedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antechinus If he’s still about when I put pants on I’ll try to get a photo.

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Now he’s wandering up to within half a metre of me sitting here in bed. Watching me. Then wandering away. Wild animals in the house FTW!

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Mind you, a mouse would be “Humans! Run away!” The antechinus is “O hai” and sits and watches you go about your business.

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NOW THE HORNY ANTECHINUS IS STROLLING ACROSS THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR OK HE IS QUITE CUTE BUT THAT IS NOT THE POINT HE IS TOO CONFIDENT.

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@juhasaarinen I figure that @AppDotNet will be the underlying layer for various services. It’s so early though. @joshgans @GreenJ @mathewi

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THERE IS A HORNY ANTECHINUS INSIDE THE WALLS AND IT IS MAKING FAR TOO MUCH NOISE.

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@juhasaarinen Oh you’re so sweet. Thank you. Savour this moment, though, because it’s unlikely to happen again.

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@joshgans @GreenJ Relevant podcast #2: “App.net’s radical social network strategy: charge money” zdnet.com/au/app-nets-ra…

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@joshgans @GreenJ Relevant podcast #1: “Twitter mimics Facebook, kills own ecosystem” zdnet.com/twitter-mimics…

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joshgans Twitter is rumoured be stopping desktop app development. Wants you to use their website. But it really sucks. This might be it for twitter.

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Sun plan: Blog posts; work on everything due tomorrow, including 2 articles and the “Patch Monday” podcast; plan the week ahead.

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@garthk Thanks for the heads-up, but I updated maybe three days ago. WordPress tells you when you log in, which I do at least daily.

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@juhasaarinen WHY DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BE SUCH A SARCASTIC PRICK HIOW ABOUT YOU LEARN A BIT OF TOLERANCE FOR A CHANGE.

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@RealNickHodge I assume that this is some famous law and order dog from Sydney’s history. I suppose I could’ve read the caption.

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@RealNickHodge Fucked if I know. It’s some stuffed dog at the Justice & Police Museum.

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