Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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October 12th, 2013

What is wrong with you people?

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@R_Chirgwin We shall talk. Though there are other things to ponder too.

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RT @SnarkyPlatypus: No, that would be like opening the Gates of Hell. [If we’re opening a Hellgate, Dawkins is your man. I’d buy a ticket.]

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Maybe if they just gave the Nobel to Richard Fucking Dawkins it’d finally shut the whole fucking lot of these fuckers up.

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@michaelneale Well, just in case I AM already dead, I’ve taken extra medication.

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@shiftkey @cstross Ah, LaTeX! I haven’t been there in a very long time.

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The cicadas have finally stopped.

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greywulf I think Young Offender is a fantastic job title. Going around the country, offending the young. I could do that. “You! Pull your jeans up!”

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Mind you, I have so many other ideas competing for my attention. This complexity needs to be simplificationalised.

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I should so turn “I’m an Instant Fucking Expert” into a regular podcast.

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@shiftkey @cstross As some recent photographs have shown, I use a plain-text editor for my writing. BBEdit, as it happens.

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“Hello and welcome. Tonight on ‘I’m an Instant Fucking Expert’, comparative metrics for contributions to world peace.”

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@expectproblems Agreed. Like @cstross, I lived through all three of those decades, and saw Microsoft Word Stockholm Syndrome set in.

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Meanwhile, some people’s tweets take the meaning of “shallow” to new depths.

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Some have called the @cstross piece a “rant”. No. It is far more focused, far better targeted than a mere rant. And it’s about fucking time.

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“[Microsoft] Word was in fact broken by design, from the outset — and it only got worse from there,” writes@cstrosss.antipope.org/charlie/blog-s…0

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@bgosford I look forward to the updates. May your digging go well.

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@bgosford Well, I’ve chosen the “slow news” route, so it’s news to me, and still something worth reading. Slow-news perspective is great.

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A fascinating yarn about AMGEN, sponsor on the front of Tony Abbott’s shirt, by @bgosford. Not the best choice, PM. blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2013/…

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@SnarkyPlatypus Je ne suis pas sûr de ce que vous faites allusion, mais les cigales n’ai cessé leur vacarme.

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RT @RoseGWhite: “@catvalente: THIS MUST BECOME A THING: pic.twitter.com/fzFzE2k6Ey” Hahahaha just saw this again! [THIS IS SO TRUE.]

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RT @jasonlangenauer: This was always a favourite of mine: m.flickr.com/#/photos/dante… [BUT THE BOX IS ALREADY OPEN. @johnthelutheran]

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@SnarkyPlatypus Bonjour. Il existe des preuves pour suggérer que je n’aurais pas mangé la viande de porc a expiré. Voulez-vous une photo?

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maxlavergne DJ GATOR ON THE DECKS! HES SCRATCHING UP A STORM. DEEP GROOVES. ABSOLUTELY DESTROYING THE RECORDS WITH HIS BIG CLAWS. WHO’LL PAY FOR THESE

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RT @johnthelutheran: Photo: Schrödinger’s Nyan Cat tmblr.co/ZnlbbyxR1IUT [Oh yes. Yes. YES YES YES. Or perhaps no.]

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I should’ve written something like that. [Sulks.]

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You know, @RNFutureTense, your ambient sound and music work has been thoroughly excellent of late. A pleasure to listen to.

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Listening to @RNFutureTense on “Microgrids: hyper-distributed power”, hooked in the first 90 seconds. abc.net.au/radionational/…

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@michaelneale @druey There’s quite a few newish locomotives working the coal trains, it seems.

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RT @druey: 2013-10-12_1111-47-140 flic.kr/p/gz7ftJ - One of my favourites from today. [Agreed, that’s great.]

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@druey Having watched the signalling that was taking place, I tend to agree, actually.

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Passing the Indian-Pacific at Leura. It won’t get far. There’s an empty coal train stopped Katoomba.

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RT @MeetThePress10: Meeting the Press tomorrow: @CliveFPalmer @SenatorLudlam @brucehawker2010 10:30am TEN [Now THAT’S burlesque!]

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There will be a new Corrupted Nerds podcast some time tomorrow. I just know it.

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@scottcarson1957 God damn you Americans and your cultural imperialism. Also, please save us. ;)

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@scottcarson1957 Yes, well, at least Australians would never put our OWN leaders on a pedestal as tall as POTUS’. Too irreverent, us lot.

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dannolan ahahahahahahahahah s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/2013-10…

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@scottcarson1957 Ah, 3D chess, yes! I remember that from when I did computing science. “Intellectual” indeed.

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@scottcarson1957 I was just reminded of this photo of PM John Howard with George W Bush. stilgherrian.com/politics/howar…

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@scottcarson1957 Thank you. Agree re AUS, I just wish the country had confidence in stuff other than sport. “PHEAR THE BOATS”, FFS!

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@scottcarson1957 But that said, I used to play Go too, so go figure. That was a LONG time ago though.

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@scottcarson1957 I had to Google a memory refresh, but yes, I know OF Kriegspiel, never played it. I always wanted realism not abstractions.

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@scottcarson1957 Heh. I’m only three years younger than you, Sir, and have that same “problem”. Flipside? “Stilgherrian tells good stories.”

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@scottcarson1957 My knowledge is atypical. I was into military history / wargaming as a teen, later had friends in the military etc.

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@scottcarson1957 Depends on age. Maralinga, certainly, ‘cos the was a Royal Commission and UK had to pay for clean-up. Others, not so much.

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@scottcarson1957 Indeed I would be interested to know that! Most Australians don’t know our history and reputation with such things.

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OH, train guard: “Careful of the gap between the train and the platform. Please don’t fall down, the paperwork’s murderous.”

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@scottcarson1957 @richardtuffin Ah, excellent, I love how we can discover such stuff so quickly. And I was getting my atolls mixed up.

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@scottcarson1957 @richardtuffin Perhaps. :) Maybe my weirdness threshold is higher than yours. ;)

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It’s like a summer day up here today instagram.com/p/fWe2YbCFrw/

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Mobile: Walk dirt track then Railway Pe to Wentworth Falls; 1410 train to Katoomba (it’s running late); errands; shopping; wine; return.

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@scottcarson1957 @richardtuffin Sure it’s not an RB-57 variant? That said, even a B-57 would be a perfect chase plane for subsonic stuff.

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@scottcarson1957 @richardtuffin I visited ARDU a few times in1980s and 90s, saw their “one of everything” in flight. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_…

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@richardtuffin @scottcarson1957 Certainly the RAAF guys I’ve spoken with liked the Canberra. I’ve seen one in flight. Just gorgeous.

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@MsLisawithanS @emmackat This is only my third spring here, but the cicadas are the loudest I’ve ever heard anywhere.

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RT @scottcarson1957: An oddity… a Martin B57 Canberra, Johnston Atoll. pic.twitter.com/A5tvg5P6Vw [Such a beautiful aircraft, IMHO.]

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paulwallbank Have to say Microsoft bundling Skype calls and 200Gb Sky Drive storage into Surface purchases is an interesting move.

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RT @scottcarson1957: Johnston Atoll from the air, 1955. pic.twitter.com/xAFcru84PY [Ah, the blue Pacific! Great image.]

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Interesting phone call was interesting.

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@Taco_Lad @miller_c_j @bengrubb For me, it was NBN’s inflexibility. ALL projects flex when you get into them, but politics doesn’t allow it.

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@JM77 Well I know I do. I use SkypeOut to record phone interviews with people who don’t have Skype or a decent headset.

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@Entregreeneur I haven’t looked. But I’ll be going to the local Coles later today, so I’ll have a look-see.

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So you can now buy Skype credits at Coles, and they’re 50% off through to 16 Oct. Interesting alliance, that. skype.com/en/offers/prep…

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@SnarkyPlatypus Oh definitely a budget chain, but the new branding makes the market segmentation clear. And AFAIK they do OK at it.

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@SnarkyPlatypus Well yes, but they’ve expanded (as part of Accor) in Australia and now have three sub-brands. ibis.com/gb/australia/

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@maninultimo My understanding of civil law (IANAL) is that being caused harm through reckless action is something you can sue over.

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@SnarkyPlatypus No, Ibis Budget is a thing. In Australia, Ibis bought out the Formule 1 properties and badged them such.

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RT @ThePoke: Unfortunate newspaper layout of the day pic.twitter.com/zodUlifIkw [I wonder if that’s actionable. HT @juhasaarinen.]

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“NSA wants even greater powers… to defend Wall Street”, write@natashalennardrsalon.com/2013/10/09/nsa…P9

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HistoricalPics The only photograph of a living Quagga from 1870.  This species is now extinct. pic.twitter.com/M3A40lPh8y

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WaPo: “Here’s why we refused NSA’s demand to censor names of PRISM companies” washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-swit…

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AmandaMarcotte pic.twitter.com/Lw9iE9D2mN Well-played, WaPo Twitter account person.

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Thank you, @in_focus, for today’s collection, 38 photos of airships. theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/1…

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“NBN rollout was too ambitious: Stephen Conroy”, writes @bengrubb smh.com.au/it-pro/governm…

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Sat plan, draft: Clear an annoying, lingering comms backlog; shopping and errands Katoomba; reading until dusk; quiet night.

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