Been # the end of series two of HBO's Barry. Holy cow.

I can't help but feel personally slighted:

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i'd lend a hand but canada is not on the list either, lol

This patch of lichen suddenly formed on my front window this morning:

(Ssh! Don't let him know we're onto him. He'd be so disappointed.)
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The great # garbage pile is coming along nicely. Started with a few mattresses just last week.

The thing on the far left is a server rack! I can't think of anybody in a ten-kilometre radius that would have ever had a need for such a thing. A disillusioned # miner perhaps?

Ruben mastodon (AP)
Maybe it'll eventually come to life or evolve into a new life form...
Basil mastodon (AP)
it certainly looks on the verge of becoming self aware.

When your automatic response to a headache is to pour the first glass of wine of the day. I think we should get this canary out of the coalmine; he's not looking at all well.

Does my voice sound gay in this?:

At my school at least, it was common for boys whose voices had not yet broken to force the pitch down, in order to avoid social opprobrium for sounding effeminate. Consequently, when their voices did break, they'd end up sounding way too low for somebody of their stature. My brother still talks like this. As far as he's concerned he sounds perfectly normal, rather than comically homophobic.

Impeachment process successfully identifies seven Republicans disloyal to the cause. Let the purge begin. # #
#US #Trump

I can rarely manage to think more than one step ahead, so I often walk out of work, get to the door of the building, and only when I see daylight realise I've left my hat in the locker room.

Yesterday I was so knackered that I when I realised I'd left both my hat and umbrella behind I trudged home in drizzle regardless.

On my way into work this morning, I was not about to throw a second hat into the mix, so I am now sunburned. I can feel my pulse in my toasted scalp.

If I had a time machine, I'd go kill the bloke who invented testosterone. How is baldness evolutionarily adaptive? Who ever wished they were able to braid their nasal hair?

Knackered after #. Absolute madness today. Constantly on the run, feeling like Charlie Chaplin caught in the gears of the machine. Legally obliged to take an unpaid half hour break but I can't take it and do what's expected of me, so as usual there's a half-hour donation to the company which I can't afford on about $1 an hour above minimum wage. Made less than rent last week. Old and sore and pissed off.
Ruben friendica
Like Dave I can't be bothered with most games but I do like a pixelly isomorphic rpg occasionally, #

2020 Mixtape: Strings, Lockdown, Strong Women, and Whales
Status message #
Ruben friendica
That 1 Guy seems an unusual choice for you @Matthew Davidson he seems a little prog rock. What next Hawkwind? Pink Foyd? Alan Parsons Project?
@Ruben He used to be a lot more brief and to the point.

Andy C pleroma (AP)
Sydney ? What's wrong with Broken Hill ? Great post - enjoyed it.
Luke mastodon (AP)
great post

# this three-part doco series from a few years ago about proto-punk/punk/post-punk.

Interviews with the usual suspects (Don Letts, Mick Jones, John Lydon, etc.) plus quite a lot of people I've not heard from in similar docos.

Plus narration from Peter Capaldi, doing that portentous Hollywood film trailer "In a world…" voice. What better way to while away an evening?

Stumbled across a lovely HD copy of Local Hero on The Platform That Shall Not be Named: I've been drinking all afternoon, so hell yes, it's time for the annual #. You know you want to.
"It's their place, Mac. They have a right to make what they can of it. You can't eat scenery. Cheers."
Best, most raw, honest and revealing "making of" ever:

Long live Melvyn Bragg.

Jesus: he's nearly a year older than my dad. My parents have been insisting they're not long for this world for over twenty years. Whenever I listen to In Our Time, I still see the same cuddly mop-topped bloke from the 80s.

Happy 20th birthday to #, and congratulations on reaching such a significant milestone. Drupal is a GPL'd web site revision system we use extensively at the FSF. Most recently, # registration!

Well, I think that's close to a record. # today grew from my rostered three hours to eleven. There's money to be made in having no life. High availability has always been my major selling point.

Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
'Girlfriend in a Korma' takes it to a new level :D

For reasons of # neighbours I excused myself from home and hearth this evening and, after a jug of wine at the Bowlo, had the wobbly boot on for the first time in many a year. Thus inspired, it occurs to me that "Fuck the stewards, a trip to Lourdes would give the old fuckers the power of sight,' is the best couplet in lyrical history. #
Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
My Mum has regularly volunteered to assist passengers in the 'Jumbulance' to Lourdes every year. She tells me she has witnessed no cures, yet.


Second day off in a row. That's when I usually sink into a drunken funk (Drunken Funk would be an awesome name for a rock band) and mindlessly play old computer games, so I went for a solo picnic at Bogan Bay instead. Low tide.

Watched some kids fail to catch yabbies. A couple taking their dog for a swim: let it of the leash whereupon it gaily splashed off with no apparent intention of ever returning. The man followed up to waist deep, while his wife waded up and down the periphery like a football coach with a bunch of skirt in one hand.

Some things are looking up, though:

I don't think I even know fifty people, much less a hundred. Certainly not in #, and not well enough to invite to a picnic. I've never been moved to incite a mass picnic, but in these uncertain times it's nice to know the spare capacity is there, should I need it.
Luke mastodon (AP)
sounds like a lovely day. What’s a yabby?
As it happens, I'm far too middle class to be able to answer that. (Consults Internet).

Right, now then: So it seems that as soon as his offspring are ambulatory, the Australian male will typically lead them out onto a creek bed at low tide with a bucket and a device that looks like a tyre pump.

This yabby pump will be applied to the creek bed, and the handle drawn up to extract a quantity of estuarine silt (loved their eponymous first album, but felt that "Silted Up" suffered from second album syndrome, and subsequently lost interest). This is then coughed up onto the ground and scrutinised by all present and anything judged interesting is put into the bucket.

Now watching this process, in my innocence, I assumed that the contents of a successful expedition's bucket was triumphantly taken home, possibly cooked, and consumed with lashings of tomato sauce, spongy white bread and canary-yellow margarine as the family bonded over a bit of light racist banter.

The truth, it turns out, is far worse. What you catch with a yabby pump is the young of the species ("nippers"), which you then use as (preferably live) bait on the end of a fishing line.

I don't get it. Whole industries exist to keep our carnivorous hands lily-white and untainted by blood and guts. Why take your kids out a full day of vertical-food-chain death and sunburn?

Oh, it's all too awful. I'm going to have a Morrissey moment. La da-di, da-dum, la-deedle-eedle dum. Sigh. That's better.

This is priceless. My wife Ashley's pumping and ready to pop, so get out there and give it a go:

The # is hot and sleepy today. My todo list can go hang.

Just finished watching series 2 of #. Holy cow, that was good. #
Luke mastodon (AP)
Great TV


I don't need a printer; I need a "Print to PO Box" driver. I print things about as often as I receive snail-mail (i.e. rarely), and it's never anything urgent, so why not double the utility of the thing that costs $150 a year?

Just pipe PostScript through an SSH connection to a server at Australia Post which counts pages then and bills for excess over my monthly allotment. No-brainer.

Had a good payday today, what with the two public holidays last week. Suddenly life doesn't seems so pointless. I am a shallow, shallow individual.
Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
Here you go, this will get you back on track

I remember when I was a kid my mother singing a bit of this. As a consequence, I have never forgotten the date of the introduction of # decimal currency, either.

Note also the authentic Aussie accents. Nobody speaking in an official capacity, including cartoon characters, could be permitted to shatter the pretense that we were still part of the mother country until the 80s. Even satirical theatre luvvies couldn't whip out a long vowel or a soft consonent until Barry Humphries went to London to be granted Peter Cook's consent.

Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson I wonder which came first Slim Dusty or Rolf Harris before his downfall? my money's on Slim.

So new year's eve started auspiciously at the #. Last night there were some new year's eve eve festivities which descended into shrieking abuse, but that's pretty much par for the course.

Breaking Bad was going round this morning apologising for the noise. Breaking Bad, a youngish man with a shaved head and brand names across all his clothing, moved in a few months ago and is obviously a drug dealer. He spends most of his time sitting outside his flat, smoking and frowning at the ground between his feet. Young men with backwards baseball caps and ridiculously large, brightly-coloured trainers regularly pop by to see him. (Accented words like "cliché" have not yet made it this far north of Sydney.)

This evening I get home from work to the sound of more shrieking abuse coming from the pool area out back. Knowing better than to investigate, I get up to my flat and lock the screen door. From my window I was surprised to see it wasn't any of my neighbours, but a young woman going berserk, smashing up plant pots, and screaming at someone in the house over the back Colorbond fence.

Long story short, I witnessed my first Aloha drugs bust. By which I mean the young woman, who it turned out was carrying some ice, temazepam, and a stolen wallet, was quickly surrounded by more police than I've seen in one place since my days as a moderate radical and protest-goer. Breaking Bad, who turned up halfway through proceedings, and attracted renewed shrieking from the woman, received some polite questioning.

The woman, being indigenous, was bundled into a van, unlike Breaking Bad — who is merely walking around surrounded by big neon arrows labelled "drug dealer" pointing at him. Another case wrapped up, thanks to predictive policing.

New year's eve is young. Roll on #2021, the year I get out of this godawful town.

# #
"Spot the drug dealer" is one of my favourite games!

In my housing block young men, similarly attired as yours, gather, then a car turns up, and everyone goes into Flat 50.. 1/2 hour later they all exit, enveloped by the aroma of skunk and set off in their respective directions.
Ruben friendica
@Matthew Davidson
I thought I heard some trepidation in your voice when I spoke to you earlier. Admit it, you're going to miss Sunny Sawtell. Anything else would be so dull.

Buono estente,

This evening, I a' been mostly #:

Get it out before it's roughly taken down. Ooh! Suit you, sir.

I'll get me coat.

# #
Getting a video on # is rather like making love to a beautiful woman. First you have to create a false identity. Only then can you surreptitiously slip it in. Then it's all over in a few minutes, and it's just a matter of getting the word out.

Hangin' with my neighbours by the pool.

# #
Ruben friendica
A beauty. I'd rather share with a water-dragon than my oaf of a dog

I may be an atheist, but I'm eating while not at all hungry. If that's not Christmas, I don't know what is.

I suck at blogging. Here's something I mostly wrote a few years ago before some major life changes: # #

As somebody who bought every bootleg he could find in the 80s, and later torrented and listened to the whole 90-odd hours of Nagra reel recordings from the Get Back sessions, I'm so looking forward to this.

No amount of # punishment is too much.

Arranged to visit Auntie Chez today. She wasn't home, so as I was a bit hungover I went to the # RSL Club. Had a plate of cold soggy chip bits that made me wonder what I had done to so grievously offend the staff. Also a bottle of rosé that was quite confronting. On closer examination, the gold medallion on the label read "Kills 99% of all household germs."

You can stop anybody in Sawtell and ask "Have you seen Cheryl today?" and they'll know who you're enquiring after. She's that kind of person. Nobody in the club had, but eventually she turned up, and we had a lovely chat.

Now my head is spinning, because I'm not accustomed to socialising or full-strength wine. Think I'll do some washing up to buffer the comedown.

I'd really like to knock off # tomorrow before the off-license closes. The situation's getting a bit desperate here in the wine cave.

# Jeremy Bulloch. There was the Boba Fett thing later, but to millions he'll always be Hal the Archer from #.

Two questions: 1. Why have the number of serial killings in the US declined? 2. Why is a post about this illustrated with a photo of me menacingly peering over my glasses?

Oh, God. # to Tom Baker read his autobiography, helpless with laughter. #
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