Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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January 16th, 2013

@anthonycole Yeah perhaps ask around and my “point”, such as it is, will become clear.

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RT @anthonycole: Why would someone pay 560 dollars for 20,000 qantas FF points? [Misunderstood what “FF” actually stood for?]

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But I won’t be awake much longer tonight, so I can’t talk about it any more now.

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I’m still not sure if I’m going this year. Can’t for @zdnetaustralia: budget cut. Open to offers or evil plans.

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Going to Linux.conf.au 2013? Here’s all my coverage from last year. stilgherrian.com/internet/my-co…

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heardatnature “That’s a short penis for a barnacle.”

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Oh! Here’s the first edition of Guardian Australia already! revdancatt.github.com/GuardianAustra… HT @Asher_Wolf

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RT @NewtonMark: That isn’t a new blog post, you did it hours ago. [Yes. Precisely two hours. Image I’m working for Fairfax.]

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First RT: New blog post: “Guardian Australia not the droid you’re looking for” stilgherrian.com/media/guardian…

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“Japan’s airlines ground Dreamliner 787s after new in-flight emergency”, writes @PlaneTalking blogs.crikey.com.au/planetalking/2…

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Hmmm. A Chinese restaurant rated “poor” on Menulog and whose offers are “Economical Family Packs”. I choose to decline their offer.

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bernietb With my glowing heart, authentic womb sounds & pink noise frequencies, I’m music to your child’s ears.

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: I just imagined a Fran Drescher combat droid and was very disturbed. [But you know it makes sense.]

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It’s not pointless. :(

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@nanopunk That said, I do think “hybrid lefty combat nanny droid” has merit. Possibly as as sitcom.

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RT @BernardKeane: Horrible - Tesco burgers in UK found with horse meat is.gd/d1fAeG [“Horrible”? French delicacy at no extra cost!]

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@Entregreeneur Ta. Should be be interested, there’s a follow-up story at @crikey_news from yesterday. crikey.com.au/2013/01/15/fro…

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@Colvinius @glengyron @WarrenNMurray Ah, well I didn’t know The Invaders, so now I’ve got something else to explore, thanks!

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@nanopunk Oh, um yes, my imagery in that post is slightly complicated. It’s probably best that I didn’t consult you. ;)

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@Colvinius @glengyron @WarrenNMurray Mark, what exactly are you saying with that video clip?

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@glengyron Yep. “In Zen Buddhism, the ’10,000 Things’ is a term meaning all of phenomenal reality.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10000_(nu…

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So who’s going to entertain me tonight?

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@glengyron Alas it doesn’t. “The 10,000 Things” is just a poetic Chinese way of saying “the universe”.

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@glengyron Heh. Maybe that’s a title for my new column, “The 10,000 Disappoints”.

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BCAppelbaum RT @YAppelbaum Prof tells daughters he’ll buy them a puppy if their FB post gets 1m likes. It takes them 7 hours: on.fb.me/11yoToI

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I really should’ve commissioned @nanopunk to construct an illustration for that Guardian Australia rant.

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New blog post: “Guardian Australia not the droid you’re looking for” stilgherrian.com/media/guardian…

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New blog post: “Sky-shouting, yes, but what to call it?” stilgherrian.com/personal/sky-s…

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@joshgnosis Ah, “they’re not aware of”! The logical fallacy of argument by ignorance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_…

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@Andrew_Zammit @foomeister That, plus if the arsehat is too stupid to notice that hyperbole is my stock in trade, fuck it, they’re landfill.

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@Andrew_Zammit @foomeister It’s solved fast when it’s about the debate. If it turns personal, I immediately escalate 10x to kill it fast.

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@foomeister And I was actually stating neutrally that being verballed was something that shat me off. [shrugs] Escalation all round FTW!

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@akent Indeed, that and the “young mother” as an emotive implied “so therefore it’s wrong to have locked her up”. Irrelevant issue.

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@foomeister “To represent (an accused person) as having made a statement containing admissions and presenting it to a court as evidence.”

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@foomeister Ah! In this context “to verbal” is to put words into someone’s mouth, but it’s an echo of a police tactic. Let’s see…

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@akent What I was on about is (possibly, or possibly not) explained by my comments to @foomeister just then.

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@foomeister That’s what I meant by “preconceived sets of positions”. I know I try to break them apart when I see them. Often by mocking.

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@foomeister Possibly. One button for me is someone assuming that because they believe ABCDEF and I’m not-A then I must be not-(BCDEF) too.

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@foomeister I don’t hold ASIO infallible either, and indeed have criticised them publicly many times, sometimes harshly.

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@foomeister Dunno. My sole target are the Instant Fucking Experts whose analysis seems little more than “ASIO is always wrong”. [shrug]

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@foomeister It’s only the false logic that’s angry-making. That I didn’t say X, in those few tweets, isn’t evidence that I believe not-X.

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@foomeister No, it means you’re trying to verbal me into your preconceived sets of positions to hold, and it shits me to tears.

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To make it clear to the stupid, when I laugh at one subset of daft views held by some on side A, it doesn’t mean I am arguing side B’s case.

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@akent I wasn’t aware that I said that. Don’t verbal me. You don’t work for ASIO, do you?

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@foomeister I wasn’t aware that I said there wasn’t.

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I wonder if @snare would like me to gently lick his face while he’s sleeping on the beach at dusk.

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NickDoody Just read the story and it doesn’t say there’s horsemeat in burgers, just DNA. It could just be horse semen, so calm down, everyone.

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RT @AndrewRiddle36: It’s actually… ASIO policy to pick random people & persecute them endlessly so they can get on current affairs shows.

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And thanks, Handler, if you put the envelope of cash at the usual dead drop then no-one will suspect I’m just a government propagandist.

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In fact I’ve never heard of this “young mother” until today, but it fits my narrative that ASIO is dumb, and I know I’m always right.

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It’s so bad that ASIO won’t tell me exactly which of my ill-informed preconceived ideas about security risks applies in this random case.

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Could there be a reason these geniuses don’t actually work for ASIO? Let me just think about that for a moment…

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I think it’s sweet that people assume “young mother” can’t also be “adverse security assessment”. And all burglars wear stripy shirts.

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I think @leslienassar is right about the benefits of the latest Bad Lip Reading. It’s the NFL! youtube.com/watch?v=Zce-QT…

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So many lovely, lovely images in my mind this afternoon. And voices. I like the voices. They tell me nice things.

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HeyBaudelaire @feed_the_chooks @maxbulk I heard if you stand on the corner of Smith and Gertrude and say “Bespoke”, a portal to another dimension opens.

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@juhasaarinen I’ve reopened a Facebook account just so I can be cyberbullied. By four streams simultaneously.

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@juhasaarinen [Insert tasteful joke about prostate cancer, water sports and bukkake.]

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Sweating like a pig. A very desirable and somewhat aroused pig but, nevertheless, sweating.

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@semiboganman @snare Then my work here is done. [bows]

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KimKierkegaard You can never go wrong with a white blouse. It says: My pain & my suffering are nameless; there is no one who understands me.

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@snare Grr-ow-el. [paws your chest playfully, flicks hair, winks]

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“Another summer sizzler at 40% off and Dan Brown’s new book!” emails Dymocks. Yeah right. [Unsubscribes.]

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@ABCNSW I proffer this gnome-related image for your perusal. instagram.com/p/UcHAkuCFma/

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@DamienCWalker So you want a pat on the head now, or what?

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… I told them I tell clients to buy a box of those thick red rubber bands from the newsagent, whole thing sorted for about $5.

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PR just pitched a story about a new business providing “cable management solutions” to deal with “cable clutter” from at these devices…

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@thekingofswing Yeah well-researched there. You’ll find I generally have utter contempt for those framing everything as tribal zealotry.

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Mummy England will come and save us from the evil Mr Murdoch! On this shit writes itself!

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Oh, and those saying that the Guardian could report the news in Australia? That doesn’t happen now, does it? Right. You’re all morons too.

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RT @thekingofswing: Providing non-Liberal Party dictated news? Well overdue. [You seriously want to go with that comment? In public? Wow.]

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Oh. It has been pointed out that we’ll have to go under water to find out.

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On a unrelated note, the question we have here now is this: That big inflatable yellow duck at Darling Harbour? Is it anatomically correct?

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Media diversity quality journalism democracy commitment innovation groundbreaking unique take fuck it kill me now.

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My challenge to Guardian Australia: Name ONE thing that you’ll be doing that isn’t already being done here.

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I dream of the day when a PR announces something without starting with “exciting”. They seriously need to cut down on the rugs.

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Guardian Australia will be “different”? Press release. First sentence from boss has “exciting”. Same clichéd bullshit. guardian.co.uk/gnm-press-offi…

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@kev_martin Because “homosexual” has a stress on the first syllable. The “an h-” only happens/happened when first syllable is unstressed.

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Now playing at the SEKRIT cafe: Bonnie Tyler! youtube.com/watch?v=lcOxhH…

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RT @jeamland: Are you oiling up the trend-fister again? [No, but it certainly sounds like something I want to do. Ping @SnarkyPlatypus.]

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RT @jeamland: Gangnam Style (Dubstep Cockatiel Remix) [Like, we can make this a thing by sunset if you want?]

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Now playing at the SEKRIT cafe: Spandau Ballet! youtube.com/watch?v=AR8D2y…

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Big Data Goats for 2013! Oh. Wait. “Big data goals for 2013,” it says in this article. Damn.

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@Drag0nista @semiboganman @stokely Thank you, but tbh it’s too lovely a sunny morning to be arsed writing for Crikey’s deadline today.

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Oh someone’s a bit slow this morning.

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TheStoolPigeon HMV’s managing director in 2002: “Downloadable music is just a fad” bit.ly/105JKiV

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OH: “So do you guys want some morning tea? Sure you do, you want a donut, don’t you? Yeah, you want a donut.”

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But, @mab397 @QantasAirways, Alaskan gave me a big handful of whiskeys for moving seats, saying, “Well, you’re Australian, right?”

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RT @mab397: The lovely @QantasAirways staff on QF415 gave me a bottle of wine as a thank you for moving seats. How nice is that?

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OH: “Good morning, how are you?” “Good morning, I’m fantastic for a Friday, thanks.”

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And in American English the decline of “an historian” happened 70 years earlier. books.google.com/ngrams/graph?c…

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Actually that “a(n) historian” Ngram tells a different story if you start in 1600. books.google.com/ngrams/graph?c…

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Google NGram of “a historian” vs “an historian” in UK English. Former rules since 1960, but latter nowhere near dead. books.google.com/ngrams/graph?c…

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@sroc I might do this as a segment on my next podcast, actually. My speech is “an historic” but it’s nothing like Python’s “an herring”.

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@sroc Ta for the Ngram. I’d want to see that red line go way down before I was lumped in with “archaic”, though. ;)

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@sroc It’s not that archaic, indeed the mute h in historian is only just dying out, at least in UK and Adelaide English. Maybe others.

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@sroc Or rather a “mute h”, now that I check my terminology. So you often see “a history” and “an historian” in the same text.

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@sroc Using “an” before “h” when the first syllable is unstressed is common, though becoming less common.

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@sroc More from “historian” as relevant. But the other, writing is spelling not pronunciation, and it’s just a (primarily) regional variant.

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Wed plan: Eat (now!); shop (Leichhardt?); conduct chemical warfare; write (where?); eat (where?); communicate; bookkeep; eat; rest.

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@sroc Why? Are you one of “those people” who launches into misinformed criticism of other people’s writing
based on false dogma?

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You other people who are talking about a “thrusting suggestion” have confused me and I will not be scrolling back because it sounds wrong.

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Personally I’d have thought that “a historian” [sic] would know the difference between all, most, many, some, and a few. There you go.

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Hmmm… Can I be arsed turning all that stuff about Guardian Australia into 500 words that I can sell to someone?

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“John Hirst is a historian and social commentator.” I see. Like that bloke in the pub yesterday was an electrician and social commentator.

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bernietb I wonder what Gerard Henderson thinks of all this.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Ah non, après le dîner d’hier, je n’ai pas besoin d’un laxatif. Croyez-moi sur ce point.

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Yeah I know that’s a bit wrong, but FFS this is what you signed up for, people.

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What IS the proper French for “rug-muncher” anyway?

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Aujourd’hui, je suis devenu un mâcheur de carpettes. Tapis qui ont été utilisés précédemment. Et vous?

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I swear I just saw an experienced media person say, of Guardian Aust, “Good to see people trying something new.” WTF is the “new” bit?

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So far today: Used rugs; dubstep from Harvey the Cockatiel; Guardian Aust. And it’s only 0730. WHERE IS MY BREAKFAST TV SHOW, PEOPLE?

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Speaking of Used Rugs, dubstep really is better when done by Harvey the Cockatiel. youtube.com/watch?feature=… HT & respect @derekbradley

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Oh this is perfect now!

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RT @SladeHV You idiots have the Lance Armstrong story ALL WRONG. See —> pic.twitter.com/9fOVthpu [Also, WTF is that person saying?]

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@ataraxite On, that was meant to be Moon Landing Hoaxer. I don’t know where my fingers were going just then.

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@ataraxite BTW, I still have a recording of chat with a Moan Hoaxer that I did in San Francisco…

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The scary thing is, @annetreasure, people WOULD listen to such a podcast. And yes, @watermelon_man, “The Guardian is coming!” is better.

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BTW, @gusworldau, I think it’s terribly sweet that you called what I just did “analysis”. Would you like to buy this bridge?

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I’m probably not up to speed on events at @TheGlobalMail, @chilliham, though if Wood was gone I’m sure I’d have noticed the bleating.

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Maybe I’ll make a podcast today. It will consist of 28 minutes of me enthusiastically shouting “The Guardian! The Guardian! The Guardian!”

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No, I didn’t miss it a fortnight ago, @gusworldau. I’m responding to journos and media execs RTing today’s story in the, erm, Guardian. Oh.

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Is that sufficient cynicism for 0645 AEDT? Or too much too early?

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Still, I’m sure all the journos will avoid saying things that make it look like “Yeah, journos are all lefties. ‘Guardian! Yay! Yay! Yay!’”

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It’s being spun as “Guardian expands”, “challenges”. But follow-the-money would suggest “Wood burns brand, buys new one with cred”, no?

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So Graeme Wood, having pissed off journos at @TheGlobalMail, is now behind @guardian Australia? That’s a good look. guardian.co.uk/media/2013/jan…

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Lost your phone? Try Wayne Dobson, Las Vegas, even though he will deny having it. lvrj.com/news/if-you-lo… HT @paulwallbank

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Wed plan, draft, unordered(ish): Write 2 or 3 blog small things; lunch somewhere different; deal with comms backlog; shopping; early night.

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Oh here we go, boys and girls!

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Negotiating a fee for a service.

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An out-take from “Master Chef: The Reckoning”… and can you describe the smell? instagr.am/p/UgXobLiFlx/

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OH: “We need to write a sketch show.” “Or I need to kill you.” “That could be a sketch show too.”

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