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In the lunchroom at work listening to a colleague tell me how great Trump is. # # #

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Introduction to the Zettelkasten Method • # Method

https://zettelkasten.de/introduction/?
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I don't know about you but isn't a zettlekasten just a microblog?
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a really carefully tagged and reference microblog

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On the actual beach. I can se the ocean. It's bloody windy but I don't care. Kangaroo island is all that lies between me and the Antarctic. #

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@Ruben Careful! That place name is pushing it. People might twig.

On an unrelated note, yesterday I took my parents to visit scenic Jainman's Field, near the historic Werstjobbe lobster fishing wharf. Caught the ferry out to Middle Finger for morning tea at the cafe. I've never had such surly service. On the way back we stopped at the old Desokkonna Pub for the afternoon concert. Rubbish singer had the gall to ask "what do you think of it so far?"

All in all, absolute disaster. Probably should have taken them out to the vicarage at Dikkemmorri and the neighbouring Warnowtgags Cemetery, then on to take in the celebrated tour of the saxophone workshop at Beni Hill, but the stories about it being quite sexist up there, not to mention cruel to bald men, have always kept me away.

Anyway, this level of detail about everyday life in # should put to rest any of those silly conspiracy theories that it is an entirely fictional country. Ha, ha!
#AU @Ruben

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Cycled to Umberumberka silver mine


Cycled to Umberumberka silver mine today. The bush out here is green with wildflowers everywhere. A cool breeze and bright sunshine, it almost felt alpine. Then I stopped pedaling and the flies caught up with me. #
The Australian Outback truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

'Umberumberka Reservoir'
'8 Reviews'
'#15 of 15 things to do in Silverton'
#
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@Andy C
It's really not a very exciting reservoir. Although, I cannot think of any exciting reservoirs off the top of my head.


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Back in the 1st World War the Australian PM, Billy Hughes outlawed the 'Wobblies'. The Broken Hill cell was the first to be arrested # (International Workers of the World) #
@Ruben From what I recall, Hughes had to outlaw the # Wobblies twice. The first time there was an act of parliament outlawing the #. They responded by changing their name. So then he put through another act outlawing any organisation on a register of troublesome folk, so that every name change didn't require a fresh act of parliament.

Hughes was a self-serving scumbag of the highest (or lowest) order. In order to keep his career afloat, by the time he retired he had opportunistically joined and defected from virtually every political party in the country, with the exception of the Country Party - now named the National Party. Apparently he said you have to draw the line somewhere.

This is a great book which persuaded me to join: https://archive.org/details/revolutionaryind0000burg I'm afraid I loaned it to somebody (I can't remember who) many years ago, and never saw it again.

I must contact my mate Ray about rejoining now that I'm no longer a half-hearted entrepreneur and instead once more an unequivocal prole.
#AU #IWW @Ruben
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@Matthew Davidson
Adobe DRM is required to 'borrow' it. Looks like a good read.

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In 1900 Broken Hill had 60 pubs and was second only to Sydney for NSW convictions for drunkenness

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I just applied to cross a state border. The bureaucrats are struggling with communication I "was assessed as UNRESTRICTED under the following category: None of the Above"

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I really should pick which account I'm using. I confuse myself.


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From Away

I introduced myself to one of the locals last week and they shot back, "Are you a Group A?". A local term meaning, was I born here? Back in the day when the unions here held sway here in town Group A people had to be employed over those from "Away" (another local term for anyone from... well, away). I wasn't up to scratch apparently.

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When I was a lad we used to think Joey Allen was a likeable nutter. Although watching this old bit of footage makes me sad I was too impatient to listen to his nutty ramblings - https://youtu.be/O_OwzGnNpGc
@Ruben I'm a bit jaundiced by years of involuntary residence in another putative "heaven beside the sea", and as you know I'm also poetry-deaf, but that was lovely.

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"You can always find something better to do than writing when you’re at home. But to create that idle world is quite a job in itself. I wish I had a modus operandi for that, but sadly it’s an intuitive thing, instinctive." # John Cooper Clarke
#q
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"What’s been disastrous since the Second World War has been the hijacking of education by human resources." # Oliver James
#q

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My new bicycle arrived last week, today we became acquainted. First let me say I have been riding bicycles as my favourite form of transport since I was six and yet I am relatively new to SPD pedals. I bravely decided to order my new bike with some new fangled clip-your-shoes-on-pedals. I mean what could go wrong?

On today's bicycle trip I fell off everytime I hit a lump while pedalling up a hill. I had not realised how often I usually put my foot out for balance. There was six of those lumpy hills, I have the bruises and grazes to match. Falling whilst struggling to free my feet from the cleats results in the most ludicrous looking crashes.

The first crash whilst going up the track off Gossan Street toward the back of the football stadium was particularly excellent. I crunked up against a rock, came to an abrupt stop and keeled over. With increasing intensity as I fell, I tried unsuccessfully to lift my locked in feet off the pedals. I hit the ground and made an exasperated gasp as my momentum rolled me onto my back. With my feet still attached my new bicycle rode majestically into the air before coming to rest. I must have looked like a beleaguered beetle riding a bicycle... upside down. I turned my head as I lay there and saw a couple out for a morning walk. They had stopped with twin open mouths to watch my entertaining stunts.

#

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"A man is not dead while his name is still spoken."
- Going Postal, Chapter 4 prologue Terry Pratchett

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After the sidewalks in my neighborhood got besmirched with anti-mask sentiments, I put up a home-printed poster of Paul Sizer's great # illustration in a street-facing house window.

link goes to where you can get your own free download

https://paulsizer.com/wear-the-mask-poster-now-available-as-free-download/
Wear The Mask<br /><br />I'm Wearing It For You.<br />Are You Wearing It For Me?<br /><br />We Are Strong Together

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We are driving 8 hours to the next closest 'city' on Friday. I never thought I'd be excited about a weekend in Dubbo. Fucking Dubbo. The first time I've left Broken Hill since arriving in April.
Oh, I've no doubt about my paternity. I am the love child of a cathode ray tube and a record turntable. My DNA is composed of strings of nucleotides like BBC, EMI, ITV, and LWT, and I'm full of hormones and neurotransmitters such as Parlophone and Granada. Whenever somebody in my street got a new TV, my parents would get a call to send me to tune it in for them. Spoke VHF like a native. It's in the wires.
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@Matthew Davidson
Cue the GLC from Wales, Half Man Half Machine.... https://youtu.be/Nuk3PhJzez0

#: "For security reasons, we try to change our Prime Minister every six months, and never use the same Prime Minister on multiple websites."
#LOL

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Quite an exhausting week. I lost a friend to cancer a week ago and started a new job.

I began the week wanting to get on my bike and keep on pedaling to the horizon. There seemed no point in striving at work when a life could be so easily snuffed out.

Today though I turned a corner. I think this new job can improve a lot of people's wellbeing. Life isn't quite so shit.
By all means peddle off into the sunset in search of excitement, adventure, and really wild things, but not because you don't make a positive difference in peoples' lives (regardless of your job). I'm afraid that excuse is not available to you, mon frère.

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:) thanks Joe T for making this..

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I've been really enjoying @neauoire posts over on my SDF account, I cannot seem to sub from here. Anyhow I thought you'd like this dreamboat....
https://merveilles.town/@neauoire/104830091680924012 @Matthew Davidson

no, really it's a dreamboat. Why don't we have canals in Australia? It's flat enough. Hmm, water may be the missing ingredient.
@Ruben It's just a # account; you should be able to sub. Did you include the secret bonus 'r' in your name?

I have to quit this mad addiction to canal porn. Honestly this morning I closed my eyes and saw big broad leafy trees drifting past either side of me.
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Oh, I can't remember. I'm getting old and lazy with my tech these days. I'll try again when I have some more time and energy.

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The little things

I am beset by little things at the moment. After giving up on listening to that damn aax file (for now) I decided to listen to David Graeber talking about debt, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b054pn4v but there is no RSS feed, I have to listen via the website. Fuck. I mean, I know I am behind the times with my olden ways but... Fuck. I live in the Australian Outback, when I leave the cold blue radiation sphere of my wifi I'm in the golden brown of the dreaming. There is no streaming in the dreaming. I suppose I will have to resort to letting my brain have freeform thoughts. It's not so bad.
Seriously, back to the original complaint, while there's no RSS feed, it appears to be a podcast.

Try a pod catcher so you can download and listen offline while you go walk/cycle about in the outback finding yourself.

We know podcasts have made it to Australia as you co-hosted the most popular one - Sawtell.
@Andy C If there's no # (or #, etc.) feed, it's not a # (which means the # podcast is no longer a podcast; just a bunch of files on archive.org). Being so very old, I know not these "pod catchers" of which you speak. Are you saying the # uses a publicly documented, freely implementable syndication format/protocol, but that it's just not #? If not, we have to use daisy chains of stuff like youtube-dl to achieve what Cory Doctorow calls "adversarial interoperability". https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/10/adversarial-interoperability #

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Rainbow Tables

So I bought Jon Day's 2nd book, 'Homing' and have enjoyed the first three chapters. Due to my eyes getting older and crappier and my hours for reading generally occurring in the petite dawn I have not finished it. I couldn't find an epub version to read on my phone. So, being grateful to Jon for writing his first absolutely lovely book musing on his personal bicycle history and culture I bought the Audible book. And so began the spiral of doom.

Audible comes in the DRM'd format 'aax'. So that obviously needed fixing before i could listen. I cloned https://github.com/inAudible-NG/tables.git but struggled to ffprobe the SHA1 out of downloaded aax file. Then found it was because I was attempting to do so on the copy of the file not the original. That was an hour wasted. Next up, the rainbow tables. The linux version on github repo just plain does not work the audible hash is not implemented. So I install Wine to run the windows version. Feck me, now Wine is downloading an entire planet to my unstable debian. So, like an eejat, I let it. Out of time. I have to go to work...
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And now I've b0rked my laptop. It's probably been a year since I backed anything up. Sigh.
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My own fault. For some reason i went with LVM on the last install. Trying to recover that stuff is impossible. #

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But my middle school English teacher said not to...

"You can start a sentence with and, but, because, so or however."

How to write in plain English

http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/how-to-write-in-plain-english.html?

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Lap Turtle

I think our turtle is a lap turtle. Hank as she is affectionately known clamours to be released from her 6ft tank when I get home from work. Then follows me around the kitchen dangerously trying to climb on my feet. Finally I sit down and Hank circles several times before clambering up my legs and as she falls I catch her and put her on my lap. Finally she settles. So, I'm typing this with a cold turtle on my lap.

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Whichever way you look at it, Winsome Sultana is an awesome name
Sorry - who was 'Winsome Sultana' ? Did she really exist ?
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@Andy C
I'd attach a picture from The Barrier Daily Truth obituaries but @mjd's strange fiendica thing only allows images of less than about 23 bytes ... but only if uploaded using a laundry mangle
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@Andy C
It's a nice little paper. In an eccentrically local way.
Of course, 'winsome' is defined as 'attractive or appealing in a fresh, innocent way'. Which is nice.

Particularly when you append 'Sultana'.
@Andy C
@Ruben has been getting to know his new neighbours. Even the long-dead ones. It's a smaller town than he's used to, so he's had to make do. He's the only person I know whose Dunbar's number obeys Moore's law.

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Yesterday's apocalypse weather has subsided. Which is nice

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John Hirst "The Distinctiveness of Australian Democracy*" – Parliament of Australia

"Australians are suspicious of persons in authority, but towards impersonal authority they are very obedient."

https://www.aph.gov.au/sitecore/content/Home/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/pops/pop42/hirst

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750k dead

We just passed 750,00 deaths caused by the coronavirus. An appalling number which is quickly catching up with a similar number of suicides in 2017. Recent events in my life have left me wondering what the suicide rates for 2020 will be. Anecdotally I am aware of a several suicides related directly to the Australian bushfires and the shuttering covid economy. To take ones own life is just awful and leaves recurring scars to ripple out. Like a second law of thermodynamics concerning not energy but pain.



We all ultimately die, this chart spells it out, notice how many of those deaths are avoidable. That won't change, we live to take risks and will always find new and entertaining ways to exit life. Don't let life get you down (Mrs Brown) and remember this is just a moment in our constantly changing lives (apologies to Eric Idle and John Du Prez).

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Drongo and Butcher rulez

"The Rajah of Lake Tyers was disqualified for using a knife and fork. The final showed a win for Butcher who polished off 11 pies and Drongo a close second with 10."
https://meandmybigmouth.com.au/great-australian-pie/
I don't have many ambitions, but being recognised for "performing amazing feats of pedestrianism" would be rather fine. I've never run the route, but I have pub crawled from Parramatta to the city. I didn't know it was 18 miles, but it certainly hurts the next day, for multiple reasons. Parramatta Road is not typically considered a hiking trail, and there are several lengthy barren stretches between rest stations. The microbrewery pub at Flemington Markets was lovely - well, after working one's way through the menu from wheat lager to chocolate porter it certainly appeared so. In the shadow of a new toll motorway and Olympic stadium, lined with boarded up shops, tattoo parlours, and old working pubs sighing their last, Parramatta Road twenty years ago was a collapsed vein of an addict to the deadly drug prosperity. I wonder what it's like now.
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@Matthew Davidson
"Parramatta Road... a collapsed vein" of a prosperity addict, you are Sydney's finest exiled poet, kudos to you.

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The future looks bright


One day I hope to evolve....

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"In the past, the way the independent-minded protected themselves was to congregate in a handful of places — first in courts, and later in universities — where they could to some extent make their own rules. Places where people work with ideas tend to have customs protecting free inquiry"

The Four Quadrants of Conformism

http://paulgraham.com/conformism.html?

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I have become astoundingly # of late. I blame the cold weather. Mind you when it gets hot I will also blame the weather.
#lazy



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Dog howling for a walk as I left to ride with H to school. Everyone wants me to do something...

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LynkedOn or whatever it's supposed to be called....

I finally succumbed to clicking a LinkedIn spam email. What is it about lInkeDin which seems to attract all the dickheads? After all ... um ... I am on it ...

Perhaps I should rephrase that, after all everyone is 'on' liNkediN whether they sign up or not (like Facebook). Horrible platform. It's the cretins who feel they have to post stuff on it that I am judging. Oh, and I am judging, especially you Snotty Swindler. I don't care about your incredible success. You are actually not a very nice person and your 'mutual connections' are equally foul. That'll teach me to go clicking on grubby links.
Left it behind years ago. Populated mainly by narcissists and brainless head hunters.

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Better than installing pokies: https://boingboing.net/2020/07/15/cornish-pub-installs-an-electr.html

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The crocs are taking over...

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