Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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December 2nd, 2012

@marcfennell @mpesce Yes, putting us together is probably dangerous. You can blame @NickHodgeMSFT for that.

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And the interview with @mpesce for tomorrow’s “Patch Monday” podcast is done. Thank you.

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OK, it’s going to take me slightly longer than planned to get my head around the structure of this interview with @mpesce. Thinking cap on.

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Now I want a crustacean.

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Right. I have the Wi-Fi. I must now start preparing myself for the podcast recording. I have been supplied with a beer.

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Having a disagreement with the accommodations’ Wi-Fi about the password it thinks I should use.

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I have gained access to the SEKRIT accommodations, with only minor disputes with the locks.

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Maybe @mpesce can explain how much the internet weighs and what shape it is.

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Approaching Central station. Bracing myself to log the overweight suitcase and the other bag and the umbrella and my backpack. Sigh.

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@jeamland I doubt that I can prevent @mpesce talking about those goddam lights.

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@ThomBus I don’t think @mpesce worked on any of the ABC’s internet-presence things, did he?

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RT @einspruch: You could discuss what is required to successfully deliver a talk while topless and wearing a sarong. [Yeah let’s not.]

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@ThomBus I realise it’s an important issue, by the way, but it’d fit awkwardly with the longer-term things we tend to talk about.

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RT @leslienassar: Talk about how the Internet is the future of something. Taxes, maybe. Or elevators. [Or cheese. We must consider cheese.]

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Ah yes, @jodiem, I believe that @mpesce and I will discuss the Internet of Things, ABC-specific stuff is perhaps too narrow, @ThomBus.

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@jeamland @raaahbin Oh for sure, I’ve been wanking on the internet for years. Hang on, what?

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Right. This week’s “Patch Monday” podcast is my quarterly chat with @mpesce. Anything you’d like us to talk about?

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@Nyx2701 @bec7ford There’s scattered rain clouds all the way down the mountains, it seems. It’s raining again as we approach Springwood.

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Oh. And just as I need to leave, the honeyeaters are coming out to feed on the freshly rained-upon flowers.

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Sun plan, updated: 1500 taxi to Wentworth Falls; 1536 train to Sydney; train to Hurstville; settle into SEKRIT summer residence.

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There is some rain now.

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@RealNickHodge I figured that if I’m exploring south from the city then I should have an appropriate avatar.

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I just heard thunder. There is a small storm coming from the direction of Katoomba.

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@NickHodgeMSFT @parisba Oh yeah. That “live on the internet” show. I wonder what 2013 might bring?

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@hailants Now should I be a fan of random sciencey words dropped into song lyrics?

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It appears that McAfee founder John McAfee has been has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico. gizmodo.com/5964900/report… HT @gcluley

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New blog post: “Weekly Wrap 130: Storms, sunburn and a two-hour cruise” stilgherrian.com/weekly-wrap/13…

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@MargaretSimons @RNSundayExtra Yes, the newspaper chaps were remarkably forward-thinking. Were they drinking?

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@ochs76 Maybe it’s because it’s Sunday and my brain is operating at half capacity, but I can’t understand your tweets. :(

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Dealing with Entropy.

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RT @bluntshovels: Question of the morning from @GreenJ - “Why should the press play along with Opposition tactics?” In-bloody-deed.

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Sun plan: “Clean” @bunjaree’s The Studio; pack; journey to Hurstville (my December lodgings), lunch en route; plan “Patch Monday” podcast.

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@glengyron Yep, and tho Crikey is allowed into Budget lock-ups now, lines are still drawn with “media passes” to events.

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And my ABC @RNSundayExtra tweeting is done! Because I can’t bear listening to Occam’s Razor, sorry.

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We also had the 30th anniversary of Freedom of Information Act this week, and the launch of righttoknow.org.au

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I dream of a time when politics isn’t SOLELY reported through the prism of its effect on the opinion polls and election chances. Cry.

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This whole “Did the PM do something bad, really bad?” issue, did anyone in “the press” provide a 400-word explainer for us proles?

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Oh. There was politics last week? I’m sure there was. Maybe some legislation was passed too. Did anyone notice?

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Did Leveson have anything to say about horseshoes and buggy whips?

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This does all seem to be about “newspapers” and the institutions that make them.

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I wonder what such a “draconian privacy law” would mean given that Facebook is so important? And data mining for apps generally.

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Jack Waterford has just suggested the press regulation should start with a fairly draconian privacy law.

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Hang on. If “the press” is becoming fragmented, less about a handful of big brands, is it still so powerful that it needs regulation?

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Under Leveson, broadcast becomes less regulated, says @MargaretSimons, because they do have a regulatory framework now.

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RT @NewtonMark: Leveson has proposed doing to newspapers what ACMA has done to Kyle Sandilands and Alan Jones. Yup, that’ll work.

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And @RNSundayExtra’s Outsiders are @MargaretSimons, Jack Waterford and Shaun Carney. If the newspapers guys whinge I’ll slap them.

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In this decade of the 21st century it seems weird to anoint certain organisations as being “the press”. Printing pressed are gone.

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Putting the functions of “the press” into legislation is a line that won’t be crossed, says @steve_hewlett. But what’s “the press”?

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I wish @steve_hewlett wouldn’t talk so fast. But he’s making sense of how you can have UK press regulation without a straitjacket.

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So this UK press regulatory committee that’s been recommended, it’ll need law behind it but PM Cameron reckons no? So, um, fail?

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The “red tops” (tabloids) are a raucous but vital part of British democracy, says @steve_hewlett … well, I suppose so.

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Rupert Murdoch exonerated, but James Murdoch either a knave or a fool for not knowing what was going on, says @steve_hewlett

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So @steve_hewlett on the Leveson Inquiry… The media is out of control and chaotic? Well, yes. We’ve seen the arrrests.

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The Leveson Inquiry report next? It’s 2000 pages! No-one can have analysed it all. Or do we all just pretend?

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Tom Griffiths proposes a National Fire Day in spring, to learn about your local fire history and make plans. Sounds a good idea.

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RT @tamzin_byrne: @bluntshovels - the CFA in Victoria has a great online guide too. cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/

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I’m hearing a strong message here that people do need to understand how bad a fire can be and prepare themselves properly.

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A moral angle WTF? Fight = good, flee = bad. This sort of thinking gets people killed for the sake of furniture and TV sets.

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RT @bluntshovels: The @NSWRFS has a great fire survival planning tool. Do it right now. rfs.nsw.gov.au/dsp_content.cf…

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If you do stay to defend the home, you need a bunker to retreat to, Tom Griffiths says. And presumably choke to death in there?

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Black Saturday lessons: Homes aren’t safe. Leaving late is dangerous. Vital information can get lost. Local knowledge is essential.

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The notion of the home as a defendable safe place isn’t looking so good after Victoria’s Black Saturday, says @GreenJ.

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Firefighting strategies have changed over the years. People need to make their own decisions. “Shared responsibilities” guest says.

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Here in the scrublands at @bunjaree near Wentworth Falls, there’s a lot of fresh undergrowth after recent rains. We’re screwed.

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What to do in case of bushfire? Stay? Or go? My initial thought: Go. All you’re leaving behind are possessions. Leave them.

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My Twitter action won’t be that special, @RNSundayExtra. I’ve put pants on especially.

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@dermottbanana Oh I never explain the avatars. At least not straight away.

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@bluntshovels Oh I’m not saying it’s the same thing. I’m just being reflective on a Sunday morning.

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I’m reminded of the muslim chef at a pub I know. He still cooks the roast pork etc, but asks other staff members to taste it for him.

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I agree with Dr Bernadette White that if medical staff are uncomfortable with the ethical dilemmas then they should work elsewhere.

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But yes, @bluntshovels, if the only local hospital is Catholic, that does cause problems for patients, especially women, who are not.

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I don’t see why people can’t have medical care that’s at one with their religion, provided they don’t cause problems for others.

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Catholic hospitals and contraception seems like just one example of various religions’ beliefs colliding with medical science.

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I’m dropping into a conversation about contraception mid-way through. This is not exactly a strong point to me to begin with.

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It would appear that I am now ABC @RNSundayExtra’s bespoke tweeter for this morning. I suppose I shall start tweeting now.

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@firstdogonmoon I suspect that you don’t want to know me now. ;)

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@firstdogonmoon Now I trust that you won’t let this go to your head?

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Congratulations to @firstdogonmoon on winning the Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism for a Cartoon. This one. firstdogonthemoon.com.au/my-walkley-nom…

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Sun plan, draft: Clean The Studio; pack; lunch; journey to Hurstville, where I’ll live during December; plan “Patch Monday” podcast.

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Good morning, Sunday. And what a busy day you’re going to me!

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