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.
I'm with you. I drew the line at Yoko solo albums :-)

Seems like this film might be a case of "Double back alley takes me back, and in my mind I see, happy smiling faces if I flog my memory...".

Also seems Paul can't let go of the project. See Let It Be Naked (un-Spectorized)

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. #

I'm bored. Is it too late to join the # party?
Not at all. A 'Johnny Come Lately' aka 'Late Adopter' is always welcome. Plus you would immediately ascend to No. 1 in the 'Drupal Blogs' category.
Hey, less of that # dissing! It's a fantastic platform for the casual blogger who feels they may also shortly need to administer a major multinational scientific research establishment.

If #2020 had taught us anything, it's that we need to be ready for whatever comes our way. And I will be, after I've caught up on the many agonising upgrades I've been putting off since, ah, 2014.
# #Drupal
Hey, I love Drupal. I even used it for a while !
Ruben friendica
Billy the Pig's... I am intrigued.

And the rain just keeps coming. About 100mm from 9am to 6pm. There's a metre-long water dragon sitting by the # pool looking quite aggrieved. Not a lot of bugs around. Bad news if bugs are your diet. # #

Got soaked to the skin on the way home from # today. Not the worst soaking I've had; shoes full of water, but I didn't have to wade through any knee-height torrents. Most of the time I'm delighted I don't have to worry about owning a car. Once or twice a year, it can be a right bastard.

It would be nice if # council was in the business of providing footpaths and drainage. Saw one storm water drain cover which had been popped out of its socket by a geyser at some point, and a drainage ditch with the current running for its life in a westerly direction _away_ from the sea. At least another solid week of rain to come.

Of course I wouldn't get sodden socks and trousers if I wasn't such an effete Sydney type, and I just manned up and wore shorts and thongs, as nature intended.

Just got a call from my mum asking about the flooding in #. Wait. What?

Got a call at # yesterday afternoon from somebody in # asking if they could get their click and collect order bumped up a day, as they expected to be cut off today. But if three people in Bellingen flush their lavatories simultaneously the town's isolated for a day, so I thought nothing of it.

Come to think of it, it has been rather wild weather, but as the wine cave sits atop a tarmacced-over sand dune, it would require Old Testament divine intervention before I was immediately troubled by rising water. I briefly considered taking a wander down to the low-lying areas of the village for a stickybeak, but it does look rather damp and horrible out there, and I am so warm and dry in here.

# lives just metres away from Chinamans' Creek; maybe I should text her. Nah. No point poking a sleeping bear with a stick. Auntie Chez will call me if things get really exciting.
Ruben mastodon (AP)
Rain... I remember that stuff. We even had some a couple of times. Wettish as a remember, dried up quickly after

Slept in till lunchtime. Have not done that for many a year.
Oof. Not nurse's back is it? I hope you were just clambering around on your roof or doing one of the hundred or so other silly things you do.
Ruben mastodon (AP)
I just had a whole week off the floor, instead I was sat at a computer. I think that's what stuffed it. That and boulder running on Thursday morning with the dog.

Should be doing something productive on my day off, but sod it, I'm playing old computer games all day.
The angry hornets of lawn maintenance have descended on the grounds about the wine cave, in their distinctive bright yellow livery and floppy hats. We've only a few postage-stamp sized patches of lawn, but they spend hours gnawing away at it, buzzing furiously. Trying to ignore it. Not going anywhere in this heat. The sunshine is _everywhere_ around # today. No wonder we're attracting pests.

Hi-ho. Off to # in 30℃. Don't like summer.
It's not very hot, but it's a wet heat.
Ruben friendica
<shudder> clammy heat is the worst. Much happier in the air crisper that is #

Quite enjoyed # this:

Little new in it, as pretty much everybody involved is now dead. If, every few years, there's a "new" # documentary that's a mashup of old Beatles documentaries, who am I to complain?

The chap in the apartment block next door who spent hours last night laughing very loudly turns out this morning to also be a very loud vomiter. Poor fellow. #

My ex forwarded a PDF file to me this morning. I am now officially a divorced person! Woo-hoo!
Ruben friendica
A PDF seems appropriate, such a melancholy and soul-sapping medium.

"It's a barrel full of rainwater." Genius.

YouTube: Nightingales s02e04 All at Sea (tozmusictv)

Day off. Got tired of moping around so I went to Bogan Bay see if the bridge across the creek was still closed. It's not, and the tide is going out tomorrow afternoon, so if I'm feeling brave I may walk into # via the beach.

Picked some lantana flowers on my way back around the headland, and stuck them in a licensed Bill the Cat mug. Such a loss to the world of flower arranging.

There, that's brightened the place up a bit, hasn't it grandad? Are you ready for your custard? Y'like your custard, don't you?

Ruben friendica
Crikey, I don't know where your posts go. Maybe they take longer to get to Broken Hill. Sorry to hear about your lobster feet. Very impressed you did that walk, it's a long flat, long... flat beach. Serious flaneur training, though. Just think of the excitement when you do a similar walk along a pavement.
A very stimulating walk it is, too. I passed two fishermen and their four wheel drive. Exchanged nods with one of them.

Surprised they haven't upgraded the lavatories. No hand sanitiser. Still no plumbing, in fact. Sticking with the little shrubby trees theme, apparently.

# Des O'Connor.

Ruben mastodon (AP)
Crikey, not Des

I've come to sit in the park by mistake. Didn't occur to me that it's Sunday; not quite as peaceful as anticipated. Cars coming and going, and some sort of sporting carnival on at the surf club, with muzakal accompaniment in between announcements and starters' horns. And a woman two picnic tables down enjoying a long phone call on speaker. The phone's on the table in front of her but, in a voice like a squeegee across a car windscreen, she's shouting as though hailing somebody across the street. #
Ruben friendica
Continuing with the holiday in Bellingen. We are eating like Chihirios parents,
I keep dreaming about being homeless in the outback with my bicycle, some bread and a tin of sardines.

"Bush told him during the election campaign, quote 'I believe God wants me to be president.' Now I would consider that interference in a free election." # Howard Zinn
"We like to think that before Bush things were okay, and that bush represents a dramatic departure from whatever we had before […]" If only Zinn was still around to put # in context.

# to The Infotainment Scan, which you have to do every now and then, like a mental FAT32 disk defragging. When it first came out, I spent about a month thinking "I don't get it." Then one evening on the way home from work, headphones on, as the train pulled away from North Sydney station, I must have been just the right mix of drunk and exhausted, and suddenly I was in another world and my brain has never been the same again, thank MES. #

YouTube: The Fall - It's A Curse (Contraflow)

Another long day at # today. Knackered. I can barely feel my feet, which is handy because when I can feel them they don't feel good. However I'm on track to earn double what I made last week: rent plus $20. # #
Went to the bowlo Chinese in Iluka once. Nicer furniture than Nelson's at #, which perhaps accounted for the prices being almost double, but otherwise identical.

I think there's a college you have to go to before you're legally permitted to run a bowlo Chinese.

In year one, you're taught how to flash fry strips of various meats with tinned/frozen veg and douse it with unnaturally glossy, gelatinous, and saccharine sauce; this is the elementary bit of the trade. In year two you master the art of being relentlessly convivial. By the end of your final, and most difficult, year you must be able to fluently speak English in the Monty Python cod Chinese accent, which no untutored Chinese speaker of English could ever do.

On graduation you are presented with your contract to conduct business in a randomly selected regional Australian town, along with a petite but fearsomely intimidating wife who lapses into Cantonese when really angry (which is often), a laminating machine, and a shipping container full of paper place mats which entertainingly describe the Chinese zodiac.
Ruben friendica
A colleague at work is a self-proclaimed lover of chinese bowlo food. I get recommendations of places to eat and quizzed on my far flung bowlo gastronomic adventures. I am still at a loss to why and I struggle to offer any discerning features between meals.

Two big days at # behind me, and another three ahead of me, so of course I'm getting pissed and listening to old music. What else would I be working for?

Love the nod to Billy Bragg in the guitar intro to this.
Pissing the night away.

YouTube: Chumba Wumba - Tubthumping ts.mp4 (MrDuckygreen)

Ruben friendica
I should have done the same. Instead I had a restless night of non-sleeping. It's the knowing I have a ten hour drive today followed by another the next day which makes the lack of sleep so fucking inconvenient. What are you up to this week? I may actually be on your side of Australia by Monday.

Just in case you'd forgotten about the other apocalypses, "Arctic time capsule buried in just 2018 washes up in Ireland after polar ice melts": #

Couldn't sleep. Weird nightmares where I didn't even feature as a character. It was like watching TV. New milestone for me; I'm now so unremarkable that even my own subconscious has forgotten I'm here.

Got up, checked the lack of election results, went for a dawn bike ride round the flat bits of #. The only bit that counted as exercise was getting the bike back up the stairs, but at least I left the flat for the first time in two days. #
Ruben friendica
You are actually riding your clothes horse!

I shouldn't be looking at election results. I really shouldn't. #2020
Sounds like the AP isn't factoring in mail-in votes, but I still don't see enough states they have called for Trump being that close. Fecking DNC - as bad as the PLP. Is it too late to get Bernie back?
Ruben friendica
Bernie is too good for political office.
Ruben friendica
Watching the US talking-heads as they get called from Australian ABC News US Election coverage. It is 4am over there and I find it astounding how carefully they have arranged their books, flags and memorabilia... must be time to turn in, this is not going to end soon.

This is mesmerising:

Another good thing about # is that you don't have to read the hateful comments about how all the immigrants ruined London.

ghostdancer mastodon (AP)
I had to go to youtube to know about the music . BTW John Barry from from the movie "Across the sea of time"

This actually looks quite good. Can't go wrong with Julien Temple.


The Free Software Conservancy @conservancy has asked Microsoft to resign from the RIAA over the recent takedown of youtube-dl, an important tool for free software users, as well as journalists:

# Robert Fisk. I can't think of a journalist alive to match him. A great loss to the world.

That look on Tina Weymouth. Total commitment. Professionals.

Ruben friendica
That David Byrne is a bit of a high-stepping, buttoned-up oddball.

I don't know why music and alcohol go so well together. I'm just glad they do.

YouTube: Do Re Mi - Haunt You (1988) (Antipodes)

"That’s a very outrageous statement. And every time I say it, I preface it by saying, here's an outrageous statement, but please ask yourself whether it's true." - # Noam Chomsky
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