Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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August 1st, 2013

Valley Heights. Stupidest place name in Australia.

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@Colvinius I listened, Mark, and I waited… and I hoped… but no missile. [Sulks.]

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@HWAevents Thanks. I should have said hello on the bus, but to be honest it’s all a bit too much tonight.

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@matthewlandauer Ah. I’m upstairs in the rear car, number 8069, but it’s the Quiet Carriage. Can I be arsed moving?

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I have Crossed the Nepean, but again there is no photo.

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We departed Penrith around 1132. That means Wentworth Falls around 1230. Add the 20-minute walk, I will actually be in bed by 0100.

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@prestontowers I’m at Penrith, and both the station staff and @erkpod inform me that my train arrives momentarily.

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Should a cruise missile strike the Red Cow Hotel, Penrith, right now, no war crimes tribunal or music director would press charges.

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A different announcement, a different announcer. There’s a Mountains train coming soon, he says.

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People slump. The screens update. Terminates, terminates, Lithgow.

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A train arrives, doors open. People stand, move… but it’s a Tangara. “This train terminates,” says the Sikh on the tannoy.

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The screens refresh. Next train: Lithgow. But a few seconds later, they blank back to blue rectangles.

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The screens light up with data. Next train: terminates. Following train: terminates. Third train: Lithgow. Hope mixed with doubt.

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Penrith station, platform 3. Indicator screens: featureless blue rectangles.

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Ours was a Blue Mountains train. Those heading to Mt Victoria now won’t ne home until after midnight. They are resigned to that fact.

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Instead of the 100km/h run from Blacktown to Penrith, the bus ambles along trackside streets, stopping where no-one wants to alight.

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There’s constant chatter on the radio as drivers and base figure out where they’re needed. Routine, tinged with fatigue.

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On the bus, it is well lit, and there are people with friends, but it is silent. Apart from the driver’s radio to base…

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Somehow Rachael said, essentially, “Yes, this is annoying, but remember, someone has lost their life tonight” without sounding patronising.

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I’m on the bus now, but tomorrow Rachael will be getting some praise.

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I ask her what her favourite drink is. “Oh I dunno, love,” she smiles. “This is your bus, better get on.”

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Rachael even knows Auslan, and is making sure deaf passengers catch the correct replacement bus. With a smile. After more than two hours.

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At Blacktown station, staff member Rachael has been doing the people-herding for more than two hours. Her voice is hoarse, but still bright.

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We’re at Blacktown, being told to get an all-stations replacement bus to Penrith,where they’re hoping to have a train.

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It’s nights like this that the staff earn their keep.

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We arrive at Blacktown.

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Earlier the trains were being let through, but travelling slowly. So I guess the forensics teams need more room or time?

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Fatality at Mt Druitt. My train is terminating at Blacktown. Buses to the Blue Mountains from there.

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@NewtonMark @darrenpauli Look, I can’t help it if you don’t understand the internet.

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@NewtonMark @darrenpauli At least I know that “every time” is two words, arseholes.

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RT @sylmobile: instagram.com/p/cdvHTXEdWp/ [That would be the lapwing plovers?]

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@franksting @kcarruthers The key question therefore, Gavin, is how often do you masturbate?

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I don’t know what’s actually wrong with @darrenpauli, but pay him no attention.

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@darrenpauli Well clearly you don’t look at the internet often enough.

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Mind you, I know the sort of arsehole who thinks “I know! I can put advertising into bars!” They tend not to be clever long-term thinkers.

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Maybe if they put their contact details on their mobile charging stations so people could report faults, that’d be a start.

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If Charged Media spent less on stock photography and clichéd design, more on maintaining their gear, that’d be nice. chargedmedia.com.au

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RT @jneave: @stilgherrian “get yer hand off it”. I think that’s in the docs. [True, they don’t masturbate in Finland, right @juhasaarinen?]

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@kcarruthers It’s not. Yet the device itself is generally very good. I think my assessment will be “Dear Nokia, put Android on this!”

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OH: “@guardian comments never fail.”

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Right. Every time I handle the Nokia Lumia 925 when it’s being a Wi-Fi hotspot, the client devices lose connectivity. Grrrr.

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RT @veritychambers: Pretty sure this pesto shouldn’t smell like Thai. [Depends how finely you mince them.]

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@dananimal This is true, I kinda get bored at any sort of gig these days if I’m just our front watching. Too used to watching sausages made.

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RT @lucethoughts: These gif portraits by @boudist are extraordinary. fasterlouder.com.au/features/36437… [Yes, look at them, Mortals.]

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RT @ShakespeareSong: Couldst thou escort me to the town of Funky? [HT @shiftkey]

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RT @johnallsopp: Surely BDO has become the dinosaurs of rock tour? This just underscores that? [O U C Fucking H!]

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Disclosure: I was station manager of @ThreeDRadio in 1994-95, and we did an outside broadcast from BDO in… 1995, was it?

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RT @snerdish: @glengyron @stilgherrian SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MIDDLE CLASS MONEY [Yes, that is the strategy.]

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RT @morebento: @stilgherrian they go to laneway [I suppose that’s my point about the audience and event ageing together.]

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RT @manaz_d: @snerdish @stilgherrian But you’re not an accountant! (Woohoo, Oh yeah!). [The term is “hollow victory”, I believe…]

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RT @skribe: That’s me, except it’s Arcade Fire =) [And, indeed, with Arcadia Fire. Yes, I don’t know them as well.]

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Please reproduce the same argument with Pearl Jam replacing Blur.

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Will the heartland young folk wanting The Big Day Out experience give a shit about whatever their Gen X parents used to listen to?

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Will the mid-level accountants Brit-pop fans who loved Blur want to be at The Big Day Out, what with the babysitting and everything?

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I see what people mean about The Big Day Out lineup. Tensions of audience ageing with event and edginess managed OK? bigdayout.com/au/lineup/

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menendymendez if LNP border policy wasn’t totally about saving lives that ad saying “45,000 boat people have flooded in” would sound really xenophobic

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Tame Impala HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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@robcorr I’ll seek them out when I’m not on mobile bandwidth. The gods know, the police get little enough budget for this sort of thing.

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@robcorr That said, it’s interesting that they have the budget for paid advertising.

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@robcorr It’s currently Missing Persons Week, y’see.

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RT @garthk: Ungrateful wrenches. [Well that certainly puts a spanner in the works.]

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MrKennethTan 63 percent of Chinese women ‘are not satisfied with their spouses’, survey fb.me/2UQoCEl5q

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Dianne_ Deja Poo - when you’re sure you’ve heard this crap before…

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OH: “Did you spill all your alcohol over a lady in a wheelchair?” “Yeah, but it wasn’t that bad…”

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“Call me a hopeless romantic, but I liked this,” says my correspondent. Sure. I think I agree. craigslist.org/about/best/mod…

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RT @dobes: @ssharwood @stilgherrian would now be a good time to bring up Pacific Rim references? [No. No it would not.]

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RT @ssharwood: @stilgherrian I’m suiting up in my giant exoskeleton before you can do major damage [This is a wise strategy. Also, erotic.]

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@_emathews_ Alas no. The sun was way too bright on the Opera House, and we’d have needed to set up fill-in lighting. No time for that.

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The TV is done. Zooming to Redfern for my 1310.

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They’re holding the 1st annual Australian Real Estate Awards at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. It lacks glamour somewhat.

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Hah. Now that “my” server is back online, @Westpac’s online banking is gone AWOL. It must be one of those days.

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ZomDa Kickstarter idea: a mouse that recognises the end of article styling on websites and electrocutes you if you scroll to the comments.

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Oh good, the server seems to be coming back online. I await the wisdom of the data centre engineers.

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@19bk69 My answer to that would have been simple. The bank details are not secret, they’re written on every invoice.

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Thu plan, updated: Wait for server fix; 1215 recording for @theprojecttv, The Rocks; 1310 medico, Redfern; afternoon TBA; drinks etc (?).

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Dear Everyone, that server problem includes my own email. I have no email this morning. Which is why I’m not replying.

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@bastardsheep Though you’re right, the block wasn’t app-specific. Still, that was the result.

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@bastardsheep Dunno. Life’s too short to fart around with that crap. Hardly critical. I’ve been busy with stuff this morning.

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@Toby_Halligan I’ll move into a non-Quiet Carriage momentarily, so you can give me a buzz any time after 0945.

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@Toby_Halligan Yep, I’m on the train into Sydney as we speak, arriving 1030. Will be free from then to recording at 1200 wherever…

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Crossing the Nepean. But there’s no photo ‘cos Instagram have blocked that 3rd-party app Instance. Arsehats.

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dr_nic It’s knowing that @auspost cares that makes me happy. pic.twitter.com/tnI90majjm

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If you have a helicopter of your very own, do please take care of it. gcaptain.com/yacht-loses-he… c.gcaptain.com/wp-content/upl…

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@SnarkyPlatypus L’administration fiscale est peuplée par le peuple de la licorne, qui doit vous doucher avec de l’or.

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“Is Huawei wiring Africa for surveillance? Or just for money?” foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/… HT @charispalmer

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Je suis un peu frustré, mais un voyage en train à travers les montagnes sur ce glorieux matin contribue. Et vous?

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Lovely, @sylmobile, and thanks for the pic. pic.twitter.com/94YFChdw7s I think I’ll suggest to @theprojecttv that we record by the harbour.

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How’s the weather looking in Sydney CBD etc? Thinking of doing the 1200 TV recording outdoors somewhere.

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Mobile: Walk dirt track flickr.com/photos/stilghe… then Railway Pde to Wentworth Falls; 0837 train to Sydney.

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Thu plan: 0837 train to Sydney, research en route; 1200 record for @theprojecttv; 1310 medico Redfern; afternoon TBA; drinks and dinner (?).

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@PO4Cascade @LaurieSegallCNN How about a lottery every three months, and a random US citizen heads CYBERCOM for a quarter?

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“[Some] surveillance is essential” is not the same as “All surveillance is quite OK by us.” I believe that’s what the issue is about.

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“NSA chief: Snooping is crucial to fighting terrorism” edition.cnn.com/2013/07/31/tec… Yes, and guns are too. Within acceptable rules.

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“NSA chief to hackers: If you don’t like what we do, change it”, reports @LaurieSegallCNN money.cnn.com/2013/07/31/tec…

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I see that @sylmobile created this overnight. Bless. twitpic.com/d5obq4

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@aBleeter Thank you, Sir, yes we’re onto it. It appears to be a failed RAID that didn’t play nice when the controller detected a glitch.

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OK, I think we may all be on the same page now. I’ll figure out how that misunderstanding happened later. More coffee for now.

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Hmmm, the data centre engineer does not appear to have actually read the contents of the support ticket. Annoyed that I now have to call.

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Right, now that this server problem has been delegated to someone in the data centre, I can relax a bit. Looks like a RAID upfuckage.

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Thu plan, draft: 0837 train to Sydney; 1200 record for @theprojecttv; 1310 medico Redfern; afternoon TBA; late afternoon drinks and dinner.

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Thursday. And the day begins earlier than planned with a “server down” messages. Fault report filed to data centre before first coffee.

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