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Ruben friendica
I walk around like everything’s fine, but deep down, inside my shoe, my sock is sliding off.

Ruben friendica
Although personally I'm lower down the ladder, https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/work

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The # Mob are in their 30s now. I hope Colroy gets the band back together.

The kids out this way still like riding around on their # and jumping in the river ... when there's water.

https://youtu.be/Cq8ePLUdnT8

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-01-26/wilcannia-mob-20-years-anniversary-youth-support/101773202

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Interest rates are exploding, the climate emergency is in full swing but the breakfast radio here in # has locked onto the "Massive tax increases coming for #. Apparently it's the end of an era and society may actually collapse.

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Coffee time, good morning @Matthew Davidson and everyone else.

My friend Ollie has just written this lovely piece for the Graunid. It covers several of my favourite things. I even read the comments which were a goldmine of forgotten bands and venues.

I'll endeavour to add some tags as I have no pithy comments at this time of day

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2023/jan/24/didgeridoos-clubbers-crazy-cornish-crackers-renaissance

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My partner took me out to see an Australian singer, Kasey Chambers, tonight. I wasn't sure it was really my type of thing.

The audience was pretty loud and rough which surprised me Kasey highlighted one big bearded chap who she noticed singing along to, "I'm not pretty enough". Just beautiful, that broke the ice.

Later in the evening all her kids came on stage and sang along which was charming. She talked about growing up living out the back of a car in the Nullarbor. Her Dad was a professional fox hunter. Foxes in Australia kill native wildlife so it was a thing back in the day. Everyone else in the audience seemed to know the songs word for word. Not me though, but I was bobbing my head real folksy like by the end.

I enjoyed it.

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Working my way through the # Coastal Skipper theory. The chap reading has a # lilt to his accent which almost reminds me of Oliver Postgate of Ivor the Engine fame.

"Not so very long ago, in the top left-hand corner of Wales, there was a railway. It wasn't a very long railway, or a very important railway ..."
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oh... and here I go, the youtube memory trip... Ivor, Bagpuss and those creepy mice on the mouse-organ

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If you're an independent academic (there are dozens of us, dozens!) or a student, or just believe that research and knowledge shouldn't be behind paywalls, Sci-Hub has updated their domains. #
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Travelling back to Broken Hill is such a production. Planes, trains & automobiles. Three or was it four days since leaving the Gold Coast...

We just finished the final 8 hour leg. A drive across this oversized out-of-scale cowpat country. The desert is blooming still but fringed with red dust ringing the horizon. Ready for the incoming dry.

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There’s a big noisy picket outsode the hospital, and every time an ambulance passes they honk like mad and get a huge cheer from the pickets. Its glorious. If we all went on strike demanding a general election, we would be rid of this shower of failures in government in no time. # #

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I found a coffee table book all about the history of Cambridge Footlights. After 20 minutes of leafing through it I, with difficulty, I put it back on the shelf. Now I am regretting it.
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A cartoon of Miriam Margoyles with a short introduction for a Cambridge Review production
I could not have resisted.
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Dammit. I should have bought it.

I landed in Melbourne yesterday and drove straight to Daylesford. Onto Broken Hill early in the morning.

If you make it to Daylesford the book is in the drama section, second shelf up.

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Just reading "Voyaging Under Sail" where Hiscock mentions 'Macpherson's Voyages' I wonder where I can find a copy? Apparently AGH McPherson did not even begin sailing until he was into his 60's. This gives me hope.
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There is a video here about Frank Dye and Bill Brockebank who sailed the Wanderer, a 16ft dinghy, in the high northern latitudes.
https://youtu.be/NZ9Qh9hv8eQ

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A 1723 nautical chart of the ‘Islands of Orkney’, by Capt Greenville Collins, a Royal Navy officer and prominent hydrographer, who was commissioned by King Charles II in 1676 and appointed by Samuel Pepys (then Secretary to the Admiralty) to chart the coasts of Great Britain. The resulting atlas — Great Britain's Coasting Pilot — was the first original sea atlas to be produced by an Englishman.
A 1723 nautical chart of the ‘Islands of Orkney’, by Capt Greenville Collins, a Royal Navy officer and prominent hydrographer, who was commissioned by King Charles II in 1676 and appointed by Samuel Pepys (then Secretary to the Admiralty), to chart the coasts of Great Britain.


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Ruben friendica
Saw a neat Gulfstar 44 for a good price. They do sound worthy of consideration...
https://www.jordanyachts.com/1805
The price is beyond me at the moment though,
https://www.boatsonline.com.au/boats-for-sale/used/sailing-boats/gulfstar-44-centre-cockpit/288381
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Australia's # looking like Mordor tonight.

In the past when # by these same tower-blocks they looked like jagged black remnants of a future post-capitalist world (in my imaginarium)

A photo taken at night of tower blocks and orange streetlights with dark clouds and the surf

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Made it to # 45° to 20° bloody chilly. Having a beer with @Matthew Davidson
House cleaned up, swimming pool twinkly and two weeks of dog food in the freezer. I think we're more or less ready to go.
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# gets the worker engagement it deserves
#Work
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If my journey to # yesterday was a musical interlude it would be composed as a baroque fugue with the recursive theme 'headache' by Phillip Glass.

On arrival I met up with my daughter and her boyfriend at Vault Games. We played Muffin Time which helped me become more human. Then we walked over to the Southbank and met up with R&H's extended family for dinner. Social interactions notwithstanding it was lovely to see them all.

Today though... today is a rest day. I'm too old for this shit. I wish I had my bicycle with me I'd just pedal off to tour my favourite city.

Ruben friendica
Made it to # 45° to 20° bloody chilly. Having a beer with @Matthew Davidson
House cleaned up, swimming pool twinkly and two weeks of dog food in the freezer. I think we're more or less ready to go.
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House cleaned up, swimming pool twinkly and two weeks of dog food in the freezer. I think we're more or less ready to go.
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#trip

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@Matthew Davidson despite the overlong sentences and my frequent confusion at concepts discussed I quite enjoy Bits About Money. This is your cue to tell me you've already read everything he has written and summarily dismiss it all as a hokum. # #

https://www.bitsaboutmoney.com/archive/

Ruben friendica
"Should is a word that makes prisoners of us."

—Louise Hay

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This is *not* the way scientific papers typically begin:
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We are running out of time. Ecosystems across the planet are being destroyed at an accelerating rate. The life sciences – once a field dedicated to the study of living systems and our interactions with them – are increasingly becoming sciences of the dead. Up to one million species are currently threatened with extinction, many of them within decades.
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It's a very good sign, however, an indication that at least some scientists are now ready to speak boldly and unequivocally about the greatest emergency our species has ever faced.

SEE THE FULL PAPER -- https://elifesciences.org/articles/83292

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Ruben friendica
New Year's resolution at it's finest

my goal is to be more like a mcflurry machine: accepted for being dysfunctional and celebrated when doing the bare minimum
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Astonishingly hot today.
Our evaporative cooler has no water run-off despite running the water at full blast. It's evaporating as fast as it flows. Keeping the house below 35° whilst it veers well into the ++40°s outside.
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Ha! Look what popped up in my # feed, https://mjd.id.au/article/postcard-melbourne

Brilliant. Thanks for the cracking read @Matthew Davidson # #

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Finished Boxing day feeling overstuffed. Fasting since and I'm still not hungry 48hrs later. That was a LOT of food.

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There will be ceremonial fire.🌞🔥
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A fiery winter solstice flame coloured street scene. Robed characters, some in furs and all carrying fire or musical instruments begin worshiping old gods. In the fore ground a huge horned drum is being played, whilst flames erupt around the 9ft totem in the background.

Ruben friendica
This quote by Carl Sagan hangs in my office. #
“In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.”<br />- Carl Sagan

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A beautiful chap riding his # was chased by a racist in a red ute. Despite this he begged leniency for her actions, “I don’t know if it is appropriate for me to say this,” Abdi says, “but in Australia they are obsessed with punishment. Crime and punishment”. For this alone and FWIW, he should be nominated for one of those Order of Australia Day things so the racist's can hear about him too.

https://forms.business.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.html?formCode=OrderOfAustraliaNom

It's interesting that the mainstream Australian Nine News (just for eaxmple) makes no mention of Abdi's country of origin. I know would if he had been the perpetrator.

It seems asinine but obvious that Australia's love of law & punishment is a result of the brutal colonial history. I'm glad Abdi has been noticed in a postive light by the Graunid at least. He deserves our respect, what a legend.

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Ruben friendica
Interesting if you look up the other news outlets they all focus on the woman who attacked him in an almost sympathetic light. Pricks.
I nominated him for an OA
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Yep, so true. I'm hearing this a lot at the moment. It's a time for remembering regret, pain and missed ones for many people.

Something to keep in mind always, but especially in the coming days:

Grief, loneliness, family estrangement, depression, addiction all seem to hurt more this time of year. Just about everyone I’ve met with this week is struggling extra

… I guess what im saying is, please be good to each other. Life is hard right now for a lot of people, and the holiday season can put every kind of hardship into laser focus. Mind how you go.

Ruben friendica
On my old 2005 ISP blog, I linked to the Eyewitness to History 7 years later and it is still awesome.
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I always think of the final chapters of The Grapes of Wrath when I see Dorothea Lange's incredible photograph - http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/migrantmother.htm

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The Senedd member for Pontypridd has recently returned from taking supplies to the Ukrainian army fighting on the front-line, and is sure victory is within sight https://nation.cymru/news/mick-antoniw-ukraine-is-now-winning-the-war-but-at-a-terrible-price/

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I emailed Billy Bragg suggesting he might like a quick visit out my way...
https://redflag.org.au/article/broken-hill-radical-history
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What do you call it when a chameleon cannot change colour?
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A reptile dysfunction
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Ruben friendica
Yeah, it was pretty bad
ghostdancer mastodon (AP)
Nah , it was pretty dad. I liked it.

Ruben friendica
So it goes...

# Terry Hall. https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/terry-hall-death-the-specials-age-b2248319.html



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Ruben friendica
There were three men came out of the West
Three kings both great and high
And they have sworn a solemn oath
John Mastodon must die.

They took a tank and ran him down
With bullets in his head
And they have sworn a solemn oath
John Mastodon was dead

But when the Spring came kindly on
And showers began to fall
John Mastodon got up again
And did surprise them all...

Ruben friendica
Studio Ghibli Makes 1,178 Images Free to Download from My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away & Other Beloved Animated Films

https://www.openculture.com/2020/12/studio-ghibli-makes-1178-images-free-to-download.html
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I recognise about half the names. Basically Clintonite/Blairite people. Socially progressive but economically conservative. The latter attribute reduces the former to performative handwringing and pearlclutching.

Krugman is the paradigmatic specimen of the breed: he's an affable well-intentioned guy, but willfully economically illiterate. He's the medieval scholar in an age that demands enlightenment, with a fetishistic preference for the axioms of his mid-20th-century neoclassical Econ101 textbooks over reality, and a social climber's desperation to stress that he's on first name terms with creepy Kissengerian high-flyers like "fucking ghoul" Larry Summers (Cory Doctorow's rather generous description, not mine: https://pluralistic.net/tag/larry-summers-is-a-fucking-ghoul/).

Science advances one funeral at a time, and these people are frighteningly young.
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Thanks for clearing that up. It would appear progress is a twisting road and these people are some of the lumps and potholes? At the risk of murdering my own analogy, progress needs a helicopter. Know any pilots?

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Excellent piece by Sarah Curnow (who I don't think is on Mastodon), quoting Vanessa Teague from ANU's College of Computing, Engineering and Cybernetics, and Thinking Security, that explores the gaping holes in # and how identities can be forged across interconnected systems without validation.

Data breaches compound each other ...

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-18/ato-tax-hacked-via-mygov-services-australia-exploit/101781656
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