Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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October 18th, 2013

RT @franksting: Turns out 25 day old babies aren’t big fans of doing farts in their sleep [Is this like the previous tweet?]

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RT @PitcherJenna: Is it wrong to do squats everyday? [With or without the mangoes?]

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@purserj It would seem so. But we have a strong novelty factor are work too. I’ve never counted chickens before they were hatched.

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@LucasJamesAU I think of some of the stuff we did in the late 1980s, it’d be impossible in these paranoid times.

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@LucasJamesAU Pretty much. And the ABC had an ex-RAAF comms guy, so we could, erm, access equipment when required.

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@Asher_Wolf Thanks, and what @R_Chirgwin said. We have comms and a plan, more or less, and decision points decided (for me, anyway).

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We figured it was a sporting event like any other. @LucasJamesAU

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Once when producer at what’s now ABC @891adelaide we crossed live to an RAF Nimrod off Kangaroo Island competing in Fincastle. @LucasJamesAU

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RT @LucasJamesAU: GFC happend. Nobody had the budget to go to the comp. [Ah, that makes sense. A shame.]

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Hey RAF / RAAF / RNZAF / RCAF folks, once Fincastle Trophy morphed into MPA ISTAR, did it die? Wikipedia ends 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fincastle…

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NSWRFS Springwood Fire: Linescan of fire taken at 7pm. Red areas show active fire brighter areas are more intense. ow.ly/i/3sxq5

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@erkpod Supposedly RFS Comms SOPs are behind their registerwall, but I presume they’ll have leaked somewhere.

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@swearyanthony Yeah I’m well aware of the potential speed of the fire, especially now that Alex has gone through it with me on your map.

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Hearing units doing backburn being told to wrap and rest, one radio’s in “We’ve only been here two hours, we’re fine, what else can we do?”

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There’s several units still doing mopping up in Springwood and Winmalee, putting out houses not quite extinguished.

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Does anyone know of a handy manual of comms procedures for NSW GRN (government radio network)? Not following some of this.

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I should mention that currently the nearest fire is 18km away, but I’ve been briefed on how wind and terrain might interact quickly.

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. @swearyanthony @R_Chirgwin @jonoabroad I now have a scanner into GRN, briefing on likely fire routes, two shelter points if trapped.

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. @R_Chirgwin @jonoabroad @swearyanthony The evacuation plan also includes “steal Alex’s second vehicle, even though I have no license”.

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. @swearyanthony @R_Chirgwin @jonoabroad Yeah, Alex (neighbour) isn’t here Sunday, so wanted to make sure I had comms and evacuation plan.

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He is pessimistic, @R_Chirgwin @jonoabroad, but I now have a good overview of the most likely disaster scenarios.

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@jonoabroad Thanks. The neighbour isn’t as confident as @R_Chirgwin that tomorrow will be a safe day.

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He has also sorted me out with scanner access to the GRN (government radio network) that Rural Fire Service etc are using to coordinate.

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Just had a long chat with the next door neighbour about imminent-bushfire warning signs and evacuation plans.

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@Colvinius I somehow knew you’d know Kliban’s work. I knew he had died, but not that he was only 55yo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._Kliban

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@RealNickHodge Indeed! Oddly enough, I was trying to avoid that one. ;)

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And this is my second-favourite. Mistakenly. twitpic.com/dhsniq

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But this is my very, very favourite B Kliban cartoon. 1.bp.blogspot.com/-_-c5FIeHoM4/U…

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Since @Colvinius has posted Larson, I shall post links to some of my favourite cartoons by the late B Kliban. flickr.com/photos/7672920…

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Listen here, @darrenpauli, just be aware that I’ll be in your town, nah, in the same rooms as you for extend times next week! @R_Chirgwin

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Whoever asked before, the air is now quite clear at Wentworth Falls. At least from the railway station to @bunjaree.

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Yeah, @drunkenmadman @jplonie, “alight” is probably a very poor choice of words. It wouldn’t survive an edit, if I were writing that way.

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Five minutes until I alight at Wentworth Falls.

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@R_Chirgwin @Colvinius @paulwiggins “Chips”. Easy. And “The Fish” was so called because the locomotive driver’s surname was Fish.

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At Hazelbrook now. The sun has set. The valleys in every direction are full of smoke. The colours of dusk are just… distorted.

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@Colvinius @paulwiggins Normally there’s substantially more commuters.

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@Colvinius @paulwiggins Yes, the 1723 “fast” train from Central to Lithgow. The Fish, it was once called, if I have the right train.

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@michaelneale Indeed. I grew up on a farm. I know that very different smell.

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There’s far fewer people than usual on the train. Every one of them is silent.

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Sun is just above the horizon, a perfect amber circle in a grey field. You can look straight into it, there’s no sense that it’s even lit.

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Smoke is being sucked into the train now. You can tell it ain’t just eucalypts that have burned here. This is the smell of a burnt town.

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At Springwood now.

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Excellent, I so want to head into space. @michaelneale @R_Chirgwin

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michaelneale @R_Chirgwin @stilgherrian if it comes down to it - we may have to exhaust you guys into space to save the rest - keep space helmets on.

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@michaelneale Yeah just coming up to the rise to Glenbrook now. It looks gorgeous, until you look at the sky.

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michaelneale Official assessment of Winmallee fire is 81 homes gone so far, 37 damaged. No loss of life. 30% of fire zone assessed so far.

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Approaching Penrith. Everything’s bathed in an orange late-afternoon glow — but just a bit too orange, a bit too toxic.

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firstdogonmoon :( RT @neighbours: Tonight: Chris descends further into darkness.

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@michaelmeloni Yep! Tue 22/10 is my next evening in Sydney, the rest on the calendar on my website, to be updated shortly.

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@michaelmeloni Well how do you think I feel? This is terrible!

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@michaelmeloni I have left the city. Currently passing through Flemington, westbound.

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smperris You wouldn’t download a cyber bully.

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@Pozible Yes, I suppose the niche is well-defined and I’m known (for better or worse) by that niche audience. But supporters are all over.

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@jonoabroad I haven’t left Central yet. Four minutes until departure.

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@macleanbrendan @Pozible Again, thank you, I guess one’s personal perceptions can be unreliable. Monday week is likely a pub night.

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@macleanbrendan Thanks. The speed and level of support has genuinely surprised me. It’s way off @Pozible’s usual genres.

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@franksting I haven’t any firefighting training, I’d be a danger to myself and others.

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@a_makohon It’s certainly an inspiration for all of us.

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@MicheleS_Aus That’s not something I’ve had time to look at, but I believe @GuardianAus has put the relevant documents online.

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@jasonlangenauer I am generous of spirit today.

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Blue Mountains line closed Mt Victoria to Lithgow indefinitely. The Great Western Highway also closed 1800 to 2200 for backburning.

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Mobile: Check out; bus to Sydney Central station; 1723 train to Wentworth Falls; return to @bunjaree; await further instructions.

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So Cory Bernardi attends 15+ events in 7 countries, and the substantive content of his “learnings” amounts to less than two pages. Bargain.

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s_bridges Cory Bernardi did a study tour of Europe in 2011. Here’s his report on how to protect our Way Of Life against Islam: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/22767485/Ber…

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@TatteredRemnant @aDB Oh I don’t think technology journalism is actually dead, but it’s nice for you to say…

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I am blown away, @TatteredRemnant @aDB, I did not expect to see such a rapid response, particularly given this week’s news.

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@NI_Australia Looks an interesting project at first glance. I’ll read properly once I’m on the train this evening and plug appropriately.

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Thanks @avgaunz for throwing $500 into the @Pozible project for Breakpoint and Ruxcon. We’re now over $3000. pozible.com/corruptednerds1

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They are calling to repossess your cybers, @SpawnRich! Hide your cybers!

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SpawnRich Interesting call from a gentleman with a strong sub continent accent claiming to be from the “reclaims department of the Aus Fed gov’t…

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@mogadeet I’m honestly not sure of the boundaries of “doing business in Australia” when it’s an online transaction.

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@yvonnewallbank @paulwallbank @mpesce There was a severe lack of whiskey, but a pleasant lunch.

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Soon enough the day will come when those who selected “ukulele” will realise their grave strategic error, but it will be too late.

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“If you actually want to see a cloud, take a tour with us afterwards.”

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RT @jeamland: Look, I don’t want to be tied down to just one cloud, ok? I want to see other clouds. [Tart.]

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Clouds with benefits.

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I think there is a cloud in this data centre. Clouds are a thing now.

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Would you buy a used data centre from this man?

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Monorail removed, revealing dead baby instagram.com/p/fljXauiFjm/

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RT @HistoricalPics: The first car advertisement in history, 1898. pic.twitter.com/tJswHoEmfG [Dispense with a horse! Ping @GreenJ!]

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RT @marshontap: Big security wonders why tha kidz don’t wanna be cyberzspiez. m.fastcompany.com/3020031/fast-f… [Blame high school teachers? Really?]

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The day went downhill in large lumps straight after that. However no-one has been stabbed yet, so we’re doing OK.

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Enjoyed being interviewed by Uni of Sydney students about “big data”, privacy and ethics this morning. Looking forward to the end product.

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Fri plan: 0800 Uni Sydney student recording; 1100 PacNet E-Bit data centre tour; write for @zdnetaustralia; 1723 train to Wentworth Falls.

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RT @BernardKeane: The British parliamentary intelligence committee operated like Nicola Roxon wanted ours to work bit.ly/19bHrx7

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So a UK inquiry into surveillance, a big political issue in US, and Brandis’ one sentence on his CoS is a “national security” bleat. I see.

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“Extent of spy agencies’ surveillance to be investigated by [UK] parliamentary body”, reports @guardian theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/o…

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So my “Will Attorney-General Brandis be the spooks’ breakwater?” piece from Tuesday would seem to be a QTWTAIN. zdnet.com/will-attorney-…

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Brandis: “The appointment will underline the strong national security focus which I intend to bring to the Attorney-General’s portfolio.”

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Yesterday Attorney-General Senator George Brandis’ appointed Paul O’Sullivan, a former Director-General of ASIO, as his chief of staff.

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“NSA snooping exposed by Snowden breaches international law, experts say”, reports @Slate slate.com/articles/techn…

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“Aust spy agency gave 300k contacts in one day to NSA”, writes @darrenpauli itnews.com.au/News/360726,au…

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RT @daudig: NSA director stepping down to spend less time with your family. theguardian.com/world/2013/oct… [Well played. HT @jturner_ibrs]

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“Canada’s Spy Industry Is Powering Its Energy Industry”, reports @motherboard motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-canad…

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That said, @DrRachie @mediahunter, that’s in the upper Blue Mountains, and the Winmalee-Springwood area in the lower Mountains is hit hard.

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Thanks, @DrRachie @mediahunter, I’m in Sydney right now. I return to @bunjaree tonight but we’re quite a way from the current bushfires.

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The news as delivered to Sydney by the Daily Telegraph this morning instagram.com/p/flE2xyCFj7/

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Fri plan, draft: 0800 Uni Sydney recording; 1100 PacNet E-Bit data centre tour; write for @zdnetaustralia; 1723 train to Wentworth Falls.

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Friday. First, to see what’s possible and what’s not in terms of the logistics.

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