Damian

Damian

  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Well it’s been a long couple of months. Found a similar device today, after a bit of hunting. The lower end purifiers have been selling out, the one I was after was listed as being in stock quite a way...
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    “ ug/m3, not ppm BTW” Ah, thanks. They hide the units on the list of stations, it’s behind a click or two. I’d noted that previously, and really need to get better at recognising when I only half remember something....
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    Well Brisbane reached 39C today - not that unusual even without global heating, possibly a little early but that used to happen too. What’s different is that it’s been over 35C more days this year than ever before. The sky...
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    It’s a common problem and one that all democracies with single-member geographical electorates face. Electorates with small populations that cover large geographical areas end up structurally giving their voters more influence on a per-person basis than voters who live in...
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    I know it’s puerile, but I’m sure all the non-USians do a similar double take, check that you’re not actually referring to water-based lube, note that you mean Kentucky and suppress a snigger before moving on there....
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    The ideal outcome, in fact the proper, multiparty outcome would be Labour, relying on some profoundly Remain party (the SNP? Greens?) for confidence and possibly supply. Broader picture: Labo(u)r and Green coalitions are the future, or we’re doomed. We might...
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    Not able to write much now, but your search term should be “pest resurgence”. It happens with resistance, but it also happens if you use a pesticide then stop....
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    Well I might deliberately conflate this version of authoritarianism with competition and suggest a reversal of a conventional wisdom. Competition isn’t effective under conditions of scarcity because it is inherently wasteful[1]. This carries a worrying suggestion that conditions of abundance...
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    Respectfully suggest JBS really just needs to read Pratchett. So many background references here will just fly over the head of anyone who hasn’t. Start with Guards, Guards! and move through that arc first, for a shortcut to these vendors...
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    Past 300 and half again so a derail of the derail might be forgivably interesting, especially regarding herbicide resistance: https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-12-02/glyphosate-resistance-metabolism-based-found-in-barnyard-plant/11740574 When I studied pest resurgence I didn’t really look at herbicides, but I wonder whether there is a risk of...
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    (Sssshhhh!)...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    The Federal Court in Victoria agrees, and has ruled the premise of the whole thing unlawful in a case brought by Victorian Legal Aid. Quite separately people are promoting the idea that the premise amounts to extortion. But neither of...
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    Well sure they should all be up for extortion. But it’s likely hard to get that to work across all the principals, even if a prosecutor had scope to do it....
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    While mourning the welfare state, I have predictable views about the parties involved in the Robodebt scandal (politicians, public servants and private contractors) and the gaol time they should be facing. I’m sure this is possible with retrospective legislation, the...
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    There was a mango glut in Brisbane a few years ago that had the council banning putting mangoes in the normal council waste collection bins. Legend has it that a bin full of mangoes tipped a garbage truck on its...
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    The usage of “key” supposedly comes from offset process colour where the black plate was called the key plate, and contained the detail of the print - particularly the black typeface on the rest of the page that was not...
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    Ah yes, the inimitable Arschlecken für Dummkopfen. Really they just need to crack the daisy chain and leave politics to grown ups....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I remember the local community radio station, circa 1989, was running some version of SCO with a hand-rolled crm for radiothons with green screens. I wasn't involved in such hijinks in any non-deniable responsible sort of a way, other than...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Apologies: yes Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest is just another standard-issue mining billionaire. Not a remarkable one, but his nickname shows up the rather limited humour of the class....
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    A new meaning for ”thin provisioning”?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    It’s worth pointing out that a pot of the this stuff is being talked about rather than implemented, and there are already outlines for the High Court positions that would overturn some of the wilder stuff on appeal. Some things...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Had been meaning to come back to this point. “I suspect even you would struggle to celebrate the full range, from "I stab anyone who pisses me off" through to "I like giving blowjobs under the desk while we wait...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    It’s not just Rupert, though he is certainly the main thought-leader. It’s Gina and Twiggy and even Clive Palmer, much as he presents as an exploding clown car. It’s the good old general relativity of money, where large concentrations of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Tweet from BOM this morning: https://mobile.twitter.com/BOM_Qld/status/1194349208616210432 The worst is in NSW — the blanket of smoke around where gasdive lives is far worse than what I saw this week so far. Some of that smoke looks like it will make...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    In Brisbane yesterday, the afternoon sun was watermelon-red and you could look at it with the naked eye. Most of the fires are over 100km away, this was just smoke blowing through. Didn’t smell like smoke either, if anything it...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Ninja attack novels can be the best creative excursion, either for the author or for readers or sometimes both. Here’s a heartfelt expression of not really caring, and a slightly drunken, dogged, broken-bottle-waving insistence that if Charlie’s on a roll...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I once had a long conversation with someone who’d been a high school music teacher for over 20 years, and had never heard of temperament. It didn’t entirely freak her out when I explained it, but she did work through...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I have often played his and many other LC songs, in fact I had a go at a semi-rockabilly version recently. I’m a bit conflicted on Mr Cohen, there is stuff that seems great and stuff that makes you wince,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I no longer recall which thread contained a mention of ‘Tomorrow when the War began’. The author, John Marsden, who is apparently a high school principal, has lately been in the media with the view that bullying, being normative, has...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Queen and the soldier is also one I used to play. Probably not busking, but certainly parties. It’s one I still do, because in bass-baritone range it suits my voice, or my voice suits it, or something. And that works...
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