Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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February 14th, 2013

@jpwarren @joannejacobs Yes, I need less alcohol. Especially given the schedule for the days ahead. Appreciate the thought though.

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From @BernardKeane: “‘Banality of evil’: new documents lift the veil on data retention”, thank you Australia. crikey.com.au/2013/02/14/ban…

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My 2011 thing on a similar theme at @technologyspec: “Influence without Klout” (Contains rectal thermometers.) technologyspectator.com.au/emerging-tech/…

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My thing at @zdnetaustralia: “Influence, vanity metrics and other internet astrology” zdnet.com/influence-vani…

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My thing today seems to have struck a chord, which is nice, so I shall re-pimp it momentarily, along with other stuff you should read.

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In further news, I have escape from the Evil Publican and am back at @bunjaree, intending to get some sleep before an 0800 AEDT interview.

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@jpwarren @joannejacobs That’s most kind, thank you, but I seriously don’t need anything more to drink.

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This TVC on Nine right now for “The Voice” defies all meaning if you’ve seen @charltonbrooker’s Black Mirror episode, “15 Million Merits”.

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“It’s fine, I’m not calling last drinks yet. Stil’s having another one… aren’t you?” Yeah this is going to end well.

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@senectus The word you’re after is “reverberation” not “echo”, and I think all those lame jokes were done ages ago. Yes, I’m in a Mood.

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@CirculatorG So that’s it? Drive-by snide based on a misinterpretation, but that’s fine by you? Charming.

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@CirculatorG And in answer to your literal question, I’m a man (not a woman) AND an ape (since humans are primates). Next question?

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@CirculatorG WTF? Ah, you’re aware that “OH” means “overheard”, right? I’m just reporting conversation.

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THEY ARE STANDING UP TO SAY THIS IT IS GETTING SERIOUS instagr.am/p/VtX5lniFt2/

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THEY HAVE ACTUAL PEPTIDES.

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I am learning so many things by watching Channel Nine. How did I ever get by without this?

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“Did you know that grease and germs can build up in parts of your dishwasher?”

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This “Sport in Crisis” special presentation on Channel Nine at the moment is fuckin’ hilarious.

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RT @kcarruthers: @stilgherrian Congratulations! You are in the global top 1% of Cranky Bastards [Yeah der.]

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@GreenJ Thank you. Though the hedgehog and fox reference eludes me. I may have been drinking.

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Actually, Kickstart Forum is these people kickstartforum.com/speakers and these “people” kickstartforum.com/media and far too much alcohol.

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So according this agenda Kickstart Forum, which starts this coming Sunday, finished this afternoon. I see. kickstartforum.com/sessions

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mikko The list of Bitcoin Myths is worth reading. en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Myths
“Bitcoin is domestic terrorism because it harms the economic stability”

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@franksting Thank you very much, but surely you’ve been a mega for ages?

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RT @sylmobile: How does one stop creating yet another wordpress subdomained blog? [Take up heroin.]

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@markatextor @willscullypower Thanks. I said some of it more bluntly at @technologyspec in 2001. Rectal thermometers! technologyspectator.com.au/emerging-tech/…

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Thanks, @markatextor, tho AFAIK “vanity metrics” was coined by @willscullypower. At least that’s where I heard it first.

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Speaking of shouting at the sky… Me at @zdnetaustralia: “Influence, vanity metrics and other internet astrology” zdnet.com/influence-vani…

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Indeed, @R_Chirgwin, that proposal was recorded at the Rosella Cottage dining table, until I went outside and started shouting at the sky.

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OH: “I want to go to Estonia, they have the most beautiful women in the world.” “What’s Estonia?” “It’s a country.”

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In fact, year ago there was speculation about a Mr Rudd and the post of Prime Minister. I had a modest proposal… stilgherrian.com/edict/00019/

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If “The 9pm Edict” is a new concept for you, then this is the link you need. stilgherrian.com/category/edict/

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Anyway, I now have two interviews with locals ready for incorporating into near-future episodes of “The 9pm Edict” podcast or similar.

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@jeamland @dwyer_jason @AUSFestivus @joannejacobs Yes, yes, you’re all fuckin’ comedians.

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Interview in the can.

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@R_Chirgwin Yes, the chocolates and bubbles are in The Studio where they were left. And now I’m at the pub.

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@R_Chirgwin So I assume that sparkling pinot noir and box of chocolates wasn’t for me?

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“Once we sort the next round,” that was meant to be, and said round has been sorted. Recorder fired up. Stand by.

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I shall be recording the interview one we sort the next round.

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The gentleman has consented to an interview.

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OH: “It’s not just young chicks, man! There’s 50yo ducks slammin’ it on Facebook. I’ve done them. So tell me you don’t like Facebook, eh?”

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OH: “Check this video, man! I was talking to this chick for ten hours on Facebook and smashed her the next day! She was askin’ for it!”

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OH: “Twitter? Nah I can’t work that out. Facebook is my thing. I’ve got heaps of sex off Facebook. Loads of chicks!”

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Extensive negotiation, with considerable grief along the way, has finally resulted in me being able to order dinner.

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@MongrelNews No, but in the earlier story they interviewed a blind guy about cyclists running red lights. One cripple per episode tops.

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Yeah I’d buy that for a dollar. Probably not much more though.

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Me: “What are the specials tonight?” Barman: “Oh I don’t know! Can’t you just eat at home?”

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You’ll never believe this, but “A Current Affair” seems to have found a dodgy builder. Imagine that!

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“‘Banality of evil’: new documents lift the veil on data retention”, writes @BernardKeane crikey.com.au/2013/02/14/ban…

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So “A Current Affair” is next. This will improve my mood no end.

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@juhasaarinen There is something wrong with you today. I mean, even more wronger than usual.

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OH, barman: “Buy your lady a dessert! It’s Valentine’s Day, you tight mongrel! Shout her another glass of wine, you might get lucky!”

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Putting two and two together.

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Apparently “reports” have already conducted a police inquiry and coronial inquest in South Africa. Those “reports” must be special.

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OH, barman to customer: “What did you say, you old lunatic? What do YOU want?”

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Me at @zdnetaustralia: “Influence, vanity metrics and other internet astrology” zdnet.com/influence-vani…

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Dreadful weather we’re having up here instagr.am/p/VszjxcCFmj/

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Mobile: Walk the dirt track then Railway Pde to Wentworth Falls; walk a little further to The Grand View Hotel; Usque in finem ad libitum.

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@JaneCaro Oh yes, I’m now reminded of the “Smile, Sweetheart!” comment on @firstdogonmoon’s sharp cartoon. crikey.com.au/2012/09/05/nsf…

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marshontap Cybersafety Day at my kids’ school. Topic: “What is real.”
Oh jeeze, we’re gunna need to do some serious revision. pic.twitter.com/PvwC4uGN

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@JaneCaro I agree, actually. World-weary, maybe (understandable). Is old now being equated with miserable? That linkage would make sense…

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“Elizabeth I’s portrait brings us face to face with the ravages of age”? guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/j… Not just hers, mate!

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RT @willozap: U.S Constitutional Law 101 with Professor Droney twitpic.com/c3iibq via @TwitPic [Well this clears things up.]

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@MetaMikeBiggs I’ll be able to answer that in a couple hours. I’m about to figure out my schedule over a schooner or two.

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Speaking of which, I know what the rest of the day holds: shower, shave, pants on, head to the pub. I’ve got busy days ahead, time to relax.

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RT @ApostrophePong: Phew! Almost spilt beer on my MBP. [Yeah I did that. Cost AUD 1200 to fix. Not recommended.]

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RT @expectproblems: I’ve never coded while sober before. Anyone know what happens? [The code runs first time.]

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Column filed for @zdnetaustralia. Now, to see what else the day might hold…

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Yes that was a gratuitous poo joke just shut up shut up shut up.

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Awaiting the dispensing of Editorial Wisdom before polishing my turd… I mean, column.

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I managed to tweet that tweet without using the word “proles”. Go me.

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Today’s rant for @zdnetaustralia seems to be coming together just fine. I’ll interact with you lot once it’s filed, under an hour from now.

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myrcurial Taking the advice of a local discount retailer for success on Valentine’s Day. yfrog.com/h3kd8htp

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No notes either, @engochick. A notebook was water-damaged. But it’s OK, the presenter has said similar things elsewhere. Interwebs FTW!

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That moment when you discover that you don’t actually have a recording of the presentation you wanted to quote in your column today.

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@CdrHBiscuitIII @chrisberg The subjunctive is a mood, not a tense. ACCURATE grammar pedantry hasn’t been deregulated either. ;)

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Jeff_Sparrow People voting this year were six years old when NATO invaded Afghanistan. Australia has been at war their entire adult life.

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Getting remarkably close to actually writing something.

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Proof positive of modern nationhood. twitpic.com/c3hbht

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chrisberg if there really was an elephant in the room i’d be talking about it non-stop

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@aimee_maree Of all the linguistics that I did, I found sociolinguistics the most fascinating. Words shape our worldview.

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AntonyGreenABC WA Voters - if you want to vote on March 9 you have until 6pm tonight to enrol bit.ly/YepAOX

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For those who can cope with my headier view of Silicon Valley, “Evil Cult of the Internet Start-up” (March 2008) stilgherrian.com/religion/john_…

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@aimee_maree Thanks. I mention a few cultures, so which was (were) the one(s) you saw at DrupalCon?

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@paulwallbank @pdstafford Sorry, I’ll continue this a bit later. I’ve been distracted by local activity and stuff.

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@pdstafford @paulwallbank That seems a fair description. There’s always an assumption that we want that or, indeed, we don’t have it now.

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@mrgrumpystephen I believe this already exists, though for the life of me I can’t remember which one it is.

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Oh yeah, add in @paulwallbank’s “What if Bill Gates had been born in Australia?” paulwallbank.com/2012/04/09/wha…

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Mind you, @pdstafford @paulwallbank, have we ever actually explained what “having a Silicon Valley” even means?

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Compare with my “Berners-Lee, Silicon Valley, and Australia’s cultural cringe” zdnet.com/berners-lee-si… Ping @paulwallbank

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“Australia will never have a Silicon Valley”, writes @pdstafford smartcompany.com.au/tech-head/aust… HT @paulwallbank

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I’ll have some of what @ssharwood is on, thanks.

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If I had a bra, I would so put a microphone in it.

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As you can all see, I am getting my column written SO well today.

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j_hutch @lukehopewell After using the word “leading”, I’d assume the executions would be for crimes against cliches ;)

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@lukehopewell Clearly I am not “leading”. BUT I WILL SURVIVE.

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lukehopewell Australia’s leading tech journalists have just been ushered into a dark room at Adobe Sydney HQ, presumably to be killed.

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ssharwood APPLE WORKING ON 10 OR MORE NEW PRODUCTS. RIGHT NOW. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST.

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Hmmm… I’ve no idea what “Twitter Discourse 2” was going to be about, nor the missing c-word usage mentioned here. stilgherrian.com/cunt-macquarie/

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@nephstar Oh, ta. The roots of the taboo go back more than a thousand years, in English anyway. We take it for granted.

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@jonoabroad Heh. Nicely played. Sorry, I was digging though my archives to get the tweets out reasonably quickly. But hey, it worked. ;)

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@michaelmeloni Yeah the idea of me being a parent is scary on so many levels.

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“Twitter Discourse 1: Fuck off, swearing is my birthright” (March 2012) stilgherrian.com/internet/twitt…

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All I can find of mine, for the moment, is in the comments on a blog post I wrote about another aspect of swearing, namely…

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The @lexiconvalley podcast did a fine episode unravelling the differences between profanity, obscenity and vulgarity. slate.com/articles/podca…

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I thought I’d written at length about the class-based origins of certain words being taboo, but can’t find it now…

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Calling certain language “unprofessional” is yet another class- or ethnic-based slur designed to exclude certain types of people. “Not us.”

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Before I settle down and decide what to write about, I must dump a couple thoughts out of my head… yes, into a dirty puddle on the carpet.

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Right, is that enough people offended to kick things off today? I really need to be getting on with other things.

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RT @chrisberg: @stilgherrian let me be your guide ipa.org.au/sectors/ideas-… [“Help me, Chris Berg. You’re my only hope!”]

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RT @Bruff: Yep. I got me some tick action moments ago! [One of our farm dogs got that once. Had to be put down.]

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So, this all seems to be settling me into the right mood for writing this week’s column. Another coffee, kill another kitten, and off we go!

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@anzatechnet If “twat” is scary, perhaps don’t read my stuff or follow me. That’s warm-up grade. “Dude”, tho, is patronising bullshit. :/

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RT @rbbayliss: Kevin Bloch talking about gen-y? Don’t get me started on how patronising that is… [Oh “analysis-by-Gen” is bullshit.]

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@anzatechnet What’s “unprofessional” about “twat”? Which profession? “Insulting”, sure, but no more so than culturally ignorant assumption.

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@anzatechnet Au contraire, every story I write for @ZDNet and, for that matter, everywhere else, is always bylined with my full name.

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RT @chrisberg: @stilgherrian addiction is a synonym for ‘quite like’ [LOOK! I NEED CHRIS BERG TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD! THANKS, ABC!]

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Of course the reason I’d go to @abcnews and not, say, New Idea is that they’d only use “addiction” when talking about addiction. Oh wait.

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AUSTRALIA IS ADDICTED TO CONSTITUTIONAL PARLIAMENTARY GOVERNMENT AND A SYSTEM OF COURTS. Oh wait.

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I love the way “addiction” is thrown around whenever anything becomes popular and people then feel uncomfortable without it.

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“Australia becoming smartphone addicted”, says some arsehat from Cisco with no medical qualifications. abc.net.au/news/2013-02-1…

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I guess I’d better decide what I’m writing about.

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Thu plan, Part A: Write for @zdnetaustralia; figure out Thu plan, Part B. Yes, it’s that kind of morning, thanks to Mistress Insomnia.

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Well, there’s nothing like a bit of cultural ignorance to get the day rolling, eh?Hello, Thursday.

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@anzatechnet @kgiorgalli @ZDNet And, since you kind folk asked, I suggested the title. Editor found it acceptable; it describes contents.

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@anzatechnet @kgiorgalli @ZDNet Ahem. Stilgherrian IS my real name. Twat.

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