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# James Randi: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/obituaries/james-randi-dead.html '“I want to be cremated,” he said. “And I want my ashes blown in Uri Geller’s eyes.”' #
#RIP #q

Youtube-dl is a legitimate tool with a world of a lawful uses. Demanding its removal from Github is a disappointing and counterproductive move by the RIAA. https://github.com/github/dmca/blob/master/2020/10/2020-10-23-RIAA.md

Not called into # early yesterday, so ended up working till 7:30. Not called into work early again today, so I've been sitting at home reading and thinking "Don't eat those peanuts. You are not hungry. You do not want those peanuts. You will regret those peanuts." I ate the peanuts.
#work

"Don't re-invent a date time library yourself. If you think you understand everything about time, you're probably doing it wrong." https://gist.github.com/timvisee/fcda9bbdff88d45cc9061606b4b923ca

Finally found a light bulb to suit the fitting in the bathroom, a week away from a real estate inspection. Made to turn it on, then heard a sound almost, but not quite, like "thonk!" Turned around in time to see the bulb ($6.50!), ejected from its socket, shatter on the tiles I'd just swept a couple of hours before. #2020 just keeps being 2020.

The SMS to come into # early is running late today. Was it something I said? Lucky I'm hungover, otherwise I'd have nothing to do.
#work

Cancer’s a Funny Thing

@Ruben J.B.S. Haldane, via Phillip Adams on #:

I wish I had the voice of Homer
To sing of rectal carcinoma,
Which kills a lot more chaps, in fact,
Than were bumped off when Troy was sacked.

Yet, thanks to modern surgeon’s skills,
It can be killed before it kills
Upon a scientific basis
In nineteen out of twenty cases. […]

http://nsmn1.uh.edu/dgraur/Texts/Cancerhaldane.htm
Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
I love it, well found. I'll be sharing that with all my patients ☺️

Funny day. Cleaned the bathroom. Watched some videos. Typical day off, really. Just seemed slightly askew in ways I can't define. Wish that every day that was my worst complaint.

# goosebumps:

YouTube: IF I FELL Beatles ORIGINAL Vocal Track Isolated (The Beatles Vocal Harmony)




My friend Chris phoned this afternoon to say he was passing through #. I said "Oh, that will be great. Do you have any idea of the date yet?" Turns out it was today.

Had a lovely few hours in the pub. The Sawtell wilderness years dropped away, and it was like we were just in the Auburn Hotel carrying on the conversation from yesterday, and building up the appetite for a kebab. Computer games, old television shows, Bertrand Russell, good pubs, Modern Monetary Theory, the horror of suburbia, stoicism, J.M. Keynes, etc., with a new lifestyle supplement on trying not to be fat and old.

I don't have many friends, but by God they are good ones. I'm very lucky.

On the way home tonight I found a stunned rainbow lorikeet sitting on the road, panting. Couldn't see any sign of physical injury, so it might have just had a glancing blow from a car. It was sitting bang on where a driver's side wheel would go, so I couldn't leave it there. It was also about three doors away from treaglet minor's house, so I picked it up and rather gracelessly dumped it on them. J found a shoebox for it and they called WIRES (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSW_Wildlife_Information_Rescue_and_Education_Service) to come pick it up. It's probably got some internal injury and is doomed. So it goes.
Apparently the bird died before the lady from WIRES even got there. So it goes. Still waiting for one little nice thing to happen in #2020. I held it against my chest and it gripped my finger. It was warm. It probably had lots of friends.
Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
Poor little blighter... and the bird

So this happened at # this afternoon: https://www.smh.com.au/national/western-australia/coles-scrambling-as-registers-down-customers-turned-away-20201009-p563qb.html Feck me, free home delivery all weekend to compensate customers! And I've already promised to work till we're done tomorrow to support someone who's having their first go at running a shift. "Till we're done" no longer means what I thought it meant when I made that undertaking. Kind of made the same promise for the following day. Oh, well. Think of the $, not the physical pain or lack of sleep.
#work
Ruben friendica
Splendid, I'm going to order my groceries in single transactions throughout the weekend and see how many free deliveries I can get! #

Pitch perfect.

YouTube: REGENERON! (The Lincoln Project)



# # #

Last time I checked, the # RSL wifi didn't reach across the road to the memorial park. Now I see it does. Woo-hoo! The quietest of my several offices got an upgrade!
Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
How very decent of them.

I think #2020 is my favourite # play. The grand themes, the huge cast of fatally flawed characters, the black humour, the accelerating rush toward inevitable catastrophe. I could watch it over and over, and strongly suspect I will.
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# #Trump

Oh, goody. F-bomb Freddy is back for his revenge. # #
Looks like he backed his ute into somebody's motorbike with some force, then drove off. That won't satisfy him. Have put my shoes on in anticipation of the next gesture.

God I hate this town. I'll take a nice placid emaciated junky over a pot-bellied rum drinker any day.

One thing I regret is throwing out a lot of obscure vinyl over the years, on the grounds that I never really got into it, or expected to listen to it again. As an incurable nostalgist, I'd love to have some of that stuff to cast me back a decade or three — or four. I can't even remember the names of some of the artists. I used to buy stuff from little indy shops solely on the basis of the endorsements written on sticky notes by employees. So much mediocrity lost to the ages because nobody cares enough to torrent it.
Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
Nostalgia junkie

I've taken to snacking during the day lately, which my explains why my belt has been getting tighter. So today I bought a bunch of celery on which to snack. Problem: my fridge, which comes with the flat, is barely larger than a hotel bar fridge. It is designed for ice, beer, and leftover takeaway, two out of three of which I can't afford.

My Scottish (possibly; what do I know?) soul recoils at the idea of paying the same amount for a small plastic wrapped bag of pre-cut celery sticks (which I might eat before it goes off) as for a whole bunch (which I probably won't).

So I've stuck the bunch in an ice cream container with a few millimetres of water, as if it were a bunch of flowers. Might work. #
Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson I do the same, celery just doesn't want to fit in a fridge. Mind you my partner doesn't approve of things like celery. 'For rabbits', she tells me as I dine on a few sticks of celery and carrots.

By tomorrow evening I'l have made it to 20 hours paid # this evening. Not what I was hoping for, but a damn sight better than it might have been. Shan't complain. Christmas is coming. I will need to be well-rested.
#work

Just binged the last two-thirds of Des. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des_(TV_series) Satisfyingly unsatisfying, as intended I suppose. Tennant contained the Tennantisms enough to be quite unsettling.


Lots of military aircraft buzzing round and round # lately. Just had a wee flockette of three helicopters go by my window. A government subsidy to regional airports that are doing sod all else at the moment? #
#Coffs #AU

Had to go to a routine old man visit to the GP. When making the appointment, I was led to believe that wearing a mask was now near-mandatory practice.

I was the only person in the waiting room wearing one.

My doctor, like me, intends to wear a mask at # as soon as there is a # case in #, which we haven't had for over four months.

$12 for a pack of ten, those bloody things. I'm not made of money.
Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
Everyone visiting our hospital has to wear a mask through the front door. Once they're inside the rules are more fluid. We like to keep everyone guessing

Delighted to find that the word snorkel is onomatopoeic. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/snorkel

Sitting at home. Reading. Waiting for 12:30 so I can give up on the possibility of being called into # this afternoon, and then finally leave the house to go for a walk nowhere in particular. #
@Ruben I'm marginally less crazy: 6am. Partly because Kitty always used to wake me up for breakfast at the first sound of morning birdsong, but now mostly because the very, very young couple in the flat next door, with whom I share a bedroom wall, are *ahem* morning people.

"Hmph. Wha? That's a queer sounding bird. Oh, Jeez no. Again? Hasn't it snapped off yet? Sigh. Right: breakfast time. Also, put on some music, I think."
Ruben mastodon (AP)
Oh no. I'd hate that, although good for them I guess. Want some noise cancelling headphones?
@trregeagle

Gruelling day at #. Enjoying it less each day, mostly because I'm resigned to being stuck there until the end of the current crisis. Or the crisis after that.
#work
Ruben mastodon (AP)
Well you don't sound resigned to it. Just ready to resign from it. If only living wasn't paywalled.

ghostdancer mastodon (AP)
Looks like quite funny.

While it lasts, # front end that doesn't require #: https://nitter.net/ Replace 'twitter.com' with 'nitter.net' in any Twitter URL.
Not a full client, but a nice privacy-respecting stateless proxy. You can also run your own # instance: https://github.com/zedeus/nitter

Finally took the hatstand out for a ride today. Most people would call it a bicycle, but when I moved in here I carried it up the stairs and it has been a hatstand ever since.

To my surprise, both it and I survived a circuit of the flatter parts of # without falling apart. Have somehow been cultivating a covid belly, despite working like a navvy and eating quite modestly. I suppose I have to exercise some different muscles to my regular working and trudging muscles. Or I could quit drinki… No, no! The # it is.

How best to remove all the rust from it? Steel wool and persistence?
Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
Oh, I prefer a bit of a rusty patina to my bikes. An oily rag will give it a nice deep sheen. Paint jobs are for them fancy lycra pants people

# waggles. Mostly up and down,but also a bit side to side.

Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
Oh dear. I thought she was pretty fantastic.

On the way home from # tonight, saw an echidna on the side of the road, snarfing up arts from the kerb. Scared it into the undergrowth, unfortunately. Shame. I love a monotreme.
#work

"I long for the day when the BBC stop reporting movements in the stock market almost every hour as if it matters. It does, but only if you think the results of the 3.15 at Kempton are also worthy of being reported in the same way." # Richard Murphy https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2020/08/19/that-stock-markets-are-disconnected-from-reality-is-because-our-politicians-our-central-bankers-and-our-financial-elite-are-also-wholly-disconnected-from-that-reality/
#q
Ruben friendica
Yes, part of the mandatory user engagement my phone comes with constantly informs me of the movements in the stockmarket and a 'news' feed heavily loaded with stories involving Richard Branson or Elon Fucking Muskstick. I keep opting out but it keeps coming back. It's like having a news feed to a helicobacter pylori digestive tract infection.

# #Biden #US
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I can't understand why I'm viscerally feeling # frustration when, by every reasonable measure, my life is scarcely any different to what it's been for the last couple of decades. I think I used to derive some comfort from knowing there was an Out There out there. Heaven help the rest of you who haven't had the training.

# David Graeber. What a shock. https://michael-hudson.com/2020/09/vale-david-graeber/

Here he is in his element a few years ago:

#RIP
Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
Yes, he was relatively young. A huge loss

Platforms and apps. It's all platforms and apps. Code isn't law. Code fought the law and the law won. Click OK to continue.


Hot and stuffy this morning, then a lovely fresh sea breeze picked up. Then: that can't be thunder, surely? Bucketing down now. That smell of tarmac steam.
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