A timely reminder for people in Australia (especially Sydney & Melbourne) that masks aren't the only thing you have do to prevent covid spread. STAY HOME (whenever you possibly can). medium.com/@kailacolbin/stay-t

My cat appreciates a clean floor in my home office. He always finds the sunshine.

Why is it that states like Texas can do an orderly and regular layout of counties, but not congressional districts?

Comparison of per-capita daily cases in the US based on political party of states' governors.

30/50 US states look to have rising cases. Things are certainly not good or under control.

Yep, everything is going just fine in the US with . Only 25 states have increasing daily cases at the moment.

Sure enough, every person in those "Mickey D's" ads was Black.

That was the day I realized that there were "white" McDonalds commercials, and there were "Black" McDonalds commercials.

And that it was someone's job to decide which shows got white ads and which got Black ads.

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people in former coloniser countries need to chill the fuck out about luxury goods like coffee, chocolate or tropical wood being expensive. pay your fair share, be grateful, don't do a neo-colonialism. you're not entitled to all this stuff.

“But under communism, we wouldn’t own anything!”

You’re still paying off the mortgage on your house, you needed a bank loan to get your car, and you’re paying a subscription to watch movies, listen to music, and use software.

You don’t own anything under capitalism anyway.

One Saturday afternoon, sometime in the mid 1990s, I was watching some vaguely educational program on network TV.

By the end of the program, I began to notice that every break featured at least one McDonalds commercial, and every single one of them referred to "Mickey D's."


I'm surprised that there isn't a whole-of-country bush fire alert map produced by the government. So I've made my own, using state and territory alert feeds, using R to collect the data and generate the map. So sad to see the country on fire.

In a good business partnership, both parties create more value for each other than either does alone. It's a sign of a bad one if one or both parties, perhaps unintentionally, treats the other as a resource to be consumed. The relationship starts on first contact. I've thought a few times this year that technical recruiters would do well to keep this in mind when cold contacting potential candidates.

I've been watching the development update posts on Twitter for this for a while, and finally got to play it on a real #Commodore64 this evening:


Great new little shooter game. Treat yourself to it.

#retrocomputing #C64

It's been a while since I've looked at NEM generation data. I had to update my generator list (whoa, the number of large solar farms is impressive) and incorporate the rooftop solar data from AEMO (only 2y available). Here's a comparison of March generator output for the last four years, broken down by region and scheduling type (scheduled, semi-scheduled and non-scheduled). Australia is mostly a coal-fired country (at least in the east coast), but it is slowly changing.

Earthquake damage in Christchurch NZ from 2010 & 2011 quakes 

The geotech engineering firm Tonkin+Taylor have released a photo montage of damage in Christchurch. Pretty tough to watch, but worth it to see just how a quake wrecks the land. youtu.be/Txs5eiVyWTc

I think that it is poor form for the ACMA (Australia comms regulator) to refer people to a Wayback Machine archive of its old content rather than maintaining its own info.

Hard to go past the Onion Soup and Reduced Cream dip. Its simplicity itself. For some reason it isn't popular in Oz, but it's a Kiwi staple. I don't know anyone that actually makes soup with the packet mix.

Someone in the IT department at AMP (naughty Australian bank) has a sense of humour.

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