- Murdoch media and the myth about Tesla EVs causing blackouts | RenewEconomy:
The claim is laughable because most Tesla EVs are powered at home by a 7kW charger, which is about the same as many electric ovens and air conditioning units. And nearly all houses have these, and in the summer heat turn them on at the same time.Also the grid operators confirmed they haven't had any problems.
- Wrenching Hero Installs $120 Lawnmower Engine Into Dodge Ram Pickup
- I spent a week with a doomsday prepper deep in the outback. This is how it changed me - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
As I performed my important role of "torch holder" in the Wolf Creek-esque carpark, I suddenly got it: preppers exist because the rest of us are critically underprepared. My survival skills extended to holding a torch. I couldn't reboot their car, let alone scavenge bush tucker for dinner. Back in the city, I'd somehow managed to kill a plant specially chosen because it only needed watering every three months. As my prepper friend worked away, silhouetted in the torchlight, I realised preppers are just a variation on the "Aussie bushman" — perhaps a dying trope in our urban era, where the "unkillable" fern is my nursery's fastest-selling plant.
- Oliver Yates may take Liberals to court of disputed returns over 'deceptive' election signs | Australia news | The Guardian and Australian Electoral Commission finds 87 cases of election ads breaching law | Australia news | The Guardian:
Prof Graeme Orr, a political law expert at the University of Queensland, said election campaigns now risked being “awash with material that is not authorised or misleads electors in how to cast vote”. Orr believes it is critical that action be taken on the Chisholm case, where a third party imitated AEC signage to convince voters to vote Liberal.
- Judith Kerr, beloved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, dies aged 95 | Books | The Guardian
- Inside Scott Morrison's Donald Trump-like election victory - Australia Votes - Federal Election 2019 - Politics - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Electorates that swung hardest to the Liberal and National parties on a two-party preferred basis had a higher share of voters on low incomes, with low educational attainment, and higher levels of unemployment. ... One explanation is that Labor's agenda of fighting climate change and limiting tax concessions for the wealthy and high-income earners was a turn off for "aspirational voters" on lower incomes in marginal electorates. ... Another explanation is that swinging voters in electorates characterised by low incomes and low educational attainment succumbed to a scare campaign.
- Driverless Metro: trains and doors get stuck after Berejiklian unveils $7.3bn project | Australia news | The Guardian:
users took to Twitter to report large crowds at Chatswood station, trains stuck at Macquarie University and Macquarie Park stations, as well as service gaps at numerous stations. The network experienced a hiccup when, at about 1pm, one of the trains overshot the platform at Macquarie Park station. It was realigned but the automatic doors failed to open. They were eventually manually opened by workers. Commuters were taken off the train, which was taken out of serviceBroke down on day one. Another great moment in Berejiklian transport. Goes well with the time they spent $2b on trains that don't fit through the tunnels.
- How did it come to this? Kearah Ronan was locked up for being sick | The West Australian:
Ms Ronan said she had offered to provide a medical certificate but was told it wasn't needed and that the next court date would be in October. Unbeknownst to Ms Ronan, the Magistrate ordered an arrest warrant against her for failing to appear in court after it was requested by the police prosecutor.
- A Utopian Dream Stood Still: Ricardo Bofill's Postmodern Parisian Housing Estate of Noisy-le-Grand | ArchDaily
- US demands social media details from visa applicants - BBC News:
Nearly all applicants for US visas will have to submit their social media details under newly adopted rules. The State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names and five years' worth of email addresses and phone numbers.
- Volkswagen's Trying to Solve the Problem of Motion Sickness in Autonomous Cars:
Volkswagen said in the announcement that car sickness is caused by a confusion in the motion the eyes see and body feels, which drivers can more easily avoid due to knowing what they plan to do next and how to adapt their body to it.
- Australian Federal Police raid News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst's home over alleged national security leak - Politics - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
According to The Daily Telegraph, the raid related to a story published in April last year in which Annika Smethurst reported that the Home Affairs and Defence departments were considering giving spy agencies greater surveillance powers. "This raid demonstrates a dangerous act of intimidation towards those committed to telling uncomfortable truths," a News Corp spokesperson said.
- Retiring as a Judge, Trump's Sister Ends Court Inquiry Into Her Role in Tax Dodges - The New York Times:
President Trump's older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, has retired as a federal appellate judge, ending an investigation into whether she violated judicial conduct rules by participating in fraudulent tax schemes with her siblings....The status change rendered the investigation moot, since retired judges are not subject to the conduct rules.What a fine bunch they are.
- Electric aircraft aren't far off, but we need to prepare - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
A scan of global electric aircraft development suggests rapid advancements are likely over the coming decade. By 2022, nine-seat planes could be doing short-haul flight (500-1,000km). Before 2030, small-to-medium 150-seat planes could be flying up to 500 kilometres. Short-range (100-250 km) VTOL aircraft could also become viable in the 2020s. ... electric aircraft could lead to higher-frequency services, enabling more competitive point-to-point flights, and increase the dispersion of air services to smaller airports.A lot of uncertainty about timelines, but it seems inevitable this is how things will go. If low-noise electric planes were allowed to break Sydney's curfew, that alone could be compelling to the industry.
- How to Crash Test a $2 Million Koenigsegg Without Going Broke:
If a major automaker needs to perform 16 crash tests for their new $25,000 sedan they can crash 16 cars and only lose $400,000 worth of product. For a company like Koenigsegg, 16 cars is a year's worth of production and a $30 million loss.
- 'Plant 1 trillion trees to fight climate change' - CNN
- Kevin Smith: how we made Clerks | Film | The Guardian
- Around 50% of homes in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have the oldest NBN technology:
inferior NBN technology is in abundant use across all three metropolitan cities. 62% of all addresses in the greater Brisbane region, 42% of all addresses in Melbourne, and 55% of all addresses in Sydney are (or will soon be) connected to the NBN via HFC.
- The Horror Behind Rammstein's Song 'Radio' - The Metal Report. Those who do not read history are doomed to really miss the point of Rammstein's new singles...
- For 30 years I worked for News Corp papers. Now all I see is shameful bias | Tony Koch | Opinion | The Guardian:
Gone is the requirement for balance. One has only to look at the story selection and headlines on the front pages of the papers each day to see that an anti-Labor angle has been taken, however contorted had been the literary gymnastics required to finally arrive at that particular bit of stupidity. How infantile is it of the management of these organisations to fool themselves into believing that what they are producing is being accepted by readers as quality product.Noting
Tony Koch is an Australian journalist who has won five Walkley awards and an honorary doctorate from the Australian School of Journalism. He has also won 48 state journalism awards, the Sir Keith Murdoch News Limited Award and the Graham Perkin Award. He has been inducted into the Australian media hall of fame.
- Good grief: Victimized employees don't get a break | EurekAlert! Science News:
The researchers performed their work over the course of four studies. The first two studies showed through surveys of employees and supervisors that supervisors tend to view victims of bullying as being bullies themselves. Studies three and four were experiments where participants evaluated employees based on descriptions of their work performance, as well as how they treated others and how they were treated. They found that even when evaluators were clearly informed that a victim did not mistreat others, victims were still seen as bullies. In the fourth study, they found that not only are victims seen as bullies despite evidence to the contrary, but also that they receive lower job performance evaluations as a result of being victimized.(study: How leaders perceive employee deviance: Blaming victims while excusing favorites. | Request PDF)
- The Government and iPhones don't recognise it, but this stretch of desert has its own time zone - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Sergeant Chamberlain said when it comes to life on the Nullarbor, the custom made time zone was at the lower end of quirky.
- Australian poverty in graphs: it's a desperate state of affairs | Greg Jericho | Australia news | The Guardian:
The political debate also frequently sets the position of poverty as one of blame – that it is people's own fault for being poor. Much like casual racism there is a casual prejudice against poverty.
- 'Hump day' killed off, app maker Versa's staff repay the boss with higher productivity - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Ben Elton on Blackadder, The Young Ones and political correctness - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- There's only one type of voter who prefers Morrison over Turnbull, Vote Compass data shows - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
The vast majority of respondents — 78 per cent — think that the decision to remove Malcolm Turnbull in August last year was the wrong call. That conclusion is drawn from 153,354 responses to Vote Compass between April 10 and April 16. This is an unusually high degree of consensus among a population which can agree — it seems — on little else.
- Warringah voters complain about free copies of Daily Telegraph as election rancour boils | Australia news | The Guardian
- Unmasked: An Analysis of 10 Million Passwords
- Scott Morrison invites media into Pentecostal church amid election campaign %u2018truce' | Australia news | The Guardian:
Scott Morrison has invited the media into his his Pentecostal church in Sydney for the first time, as both party leaders paused their official campaigns on Easter Sunday.Invited the media... during his paused campaign...
- Australia's gun laws are not as strict as they should be:
The number of guns now exceeds the 3.2 million firearms in Australia before the introduction of the 1996 National Firearms Agreement [...] Licence holders now own about 3.9 guns each compared with 2.1 guns in 1997.
- Kangaroo rat escapes rattlesnake attack with 'ninja-style' kicks in new research video - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Song Exploder | DJ Shadow breaks down 'Mutual Slump'
- For decades, Garfield telephones kept washing ashore in France. Now the mystery has been solved. - The Washington Post
- Science Fiction and the Philosophical “Ship of Theseus” Problem | Tor.com:
How would an uploaded digital consciousness fare against the Ship of Theseus problem? If my mind was recreated perfectly in a digital format, would it in fact be me? What if my fleshy meatsack self was still alive? Would that change your answer?
- 'Like the Eye of Sauron': western Europe's tallest building planned for tiny Danish town | Cities | The Guardian
- 'Vandals': NSW environment staff fear for jobs as office dissolves:
Premier Gladys Berejiklian defended the dissolution of OEH, noting heritage would be shifted to the Arts portfolio headed by Don Harwin as minister. Environment would have "a prominent place within Planning". Translation: heritage shoved in with other stuff they don't give a crap about, environment shifted over so their developer mates can get dodgy approvals in a one-stop-shop.
- Cats can recognise their own name, Japanese study finds - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Atsuko Saito of Sophia University in Tokyo says there is no evidence cats actually attach meaning to our words, not even their own names. Instead, they have learned that when they hear their names they often get rewards like food or play, or something bad like a trip to the vet
- Five damaging myths about video games – let's shoot 'em up | Games | The Guardian:
somehow, we are able simultaneously to worry that games are the root cause of many of society's problems, yet also consider them to be a pointless or vacuous thing to do.
- Keith Flint of The Prodigy, an anti-establishment figurehead, brought a punk ethos to techno - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Flint had the charming amateurism of the true pioneers of that genre, bands like The Sex Pistols in the UK, The Saints in Australia, and Minor Threat in the US. They, like him, valued passion over musical proficiency. "It's not just as blatant as piercing your nose and sticking your hair up," he said of the band's punk elements. "It's the attitude of the band, the aggression. Getting up there and doing it. The fact that we're not all trained musicians or trained dancers. We're just people who've got up there. We're like the stage divers that never get chucked off."
- Trying to name Australia's favourite biscuit is a fool's errand | Adam Liaw | Food | The Guardian:
Never ones to shy away from the big issues in Australian culture, the crocodile-obsessed lunatics at the NT News have kicked off one hell of a Twitter debate on the topic of Aussie biscuits
- How we made Red Dwarf | Television & radio | The Guardian
- Sydney Football Stadium's controversial demolition ramps up despite legal challenge - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Scott Morrison heralds a Labor recession as Bill Shorten turns economic discontent into electoral fuel - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Somewhere along the way, the Coalition's arguments on economic policy seem to have shifted from 'we are better economic managers than Labor' to more of a 'well, this might not be great, but imagine what it would be like under them'. That's because things actually aren't going all that brilliantly in the economy.
- How China handles border disputes with neighbours India, Taiwan, Japan and others - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- SCG Trust to replace 3,000 square metres of turf after Super Rugby clash ripped up surface - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Doesn't bode well for a season hosting NRL on top of usual duties.
- The Shoes of Prey Journey Ends – Michael Fox – Medium:
The customisation niche are creative people who enjoy spending the time to create something unique which they can wear. We learnt the hard way that mass market customers don't want to create, they want to be inspired and shown what to wear. They want to see the latest trends, what celebrities and Instagram influencers are wearing and they want to wear exactly that%u200A—%u200Aboth the style and the brand. [...] what they were consciously telling us and what they subconsciously wanted [...] were effectively polar opposites.
- Death metal music inspires joy not violence - BBC News:
"The dominant emotional response to this music is joy and empowerment," said Prof Thompson. "And I think that to listen to this music and to transform it into an empowering, beautiful experience - that's an amazing thing."
- The Tao of Sir Terry: Pratchett and Philosophy | Tor.com:
Vimes' reasoning can be understood in terms of virtue ethics, as taught by Aristotle, Mencius, or Confucius, which state that right acts do not depend on some outside set of rules or on their consequences in order to be right, but are inherently right because they are in accordance with certain core values we also deem right.
- Emmental as anything: Cheese exposed to round-the-clock music has more flavour, researchers find
- Here's Video of the Electric eCOPO Chevy Camaro Doing a Quarter-Mile at a Drag Strip (wheel stands and does a 10 second pass at 80% power)
More details on the Teslonda.
- Australian start-ups fear tech has fallen out of favour with Government - Science News - ABC News:
It was not long ago that Australians were promised an "ideas boom" on bus stop ads across the country as part of the Government's innovation agenda, but today that enthusiasm is harder to find.That'd be because the commitment never extended beyond a half-hearted bus stop ad campaign.
- Truck driver showcases unique views of Nullarbor Plain on famous Australian road trip - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes | Life and style | The Guardian:
Clearly, women being 47% more likely to be seriously injured in a car crash is one hell of an inequality to overlook.
- Why border security should not be a key issue in Federal election 2019:
We don't appear to have a problem with asylum seekers who arrive by air and there are about 76 of them every day, far more than ever arrived by boat. The political obsession with stopping the boats all started with the Tampa affair in 2001 — the same year the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists. National security became a key issue and politicians have used it to manipulate voters ever since. Political campaigners know fear and negative messages are more persuasive than hope and positive messages.
- Nanotech Injections Give Mice Infrared Vision - The Atlantic
- Only a third of Australia's plastic packaging waste gets recycled | Environment | The Guardian
- Catholic Church's massive wealth revealed:
A six-month investigation by The Sydney Morning Herald has found that the church misled the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by grossly undervaluing its property treasures in both NSW and Victoria while claiming that increased payments to abuse victims would require cuts to its social programs. [...] While the property portfolio features many churches, hospitals and schools, so too does it include offices, conference centres, car parks, mobile phone towers, tennis courts, and a restaurant. ... The church also has extensive non-property assets including Catholic Church Insurance and its own internal banks - often known as Catholic Development Funds - with nearly $1 billion in assets in Sydney alone. And it has other investments, including in superannuation, telecommunications and in the stock-market. A Church-owned fund manager has more than $1.4 billion under management.
- Guy Paints Over Shit Graffiti And Makes It Legible
- 'Right to repair' regulation necessary, say small businesses and environmentalists - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Charlottesville rally white nationalist James Fields convicted of murder for driving into counter demonstrator - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
A white nationalist who drove his car into a crowd protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, killing one of the demonstrators, has been found guilty of first-degree murder and nine other counts.
- 50 years ago, Douglas Engelbart's ‘Mother of All Demos’ changed personal technology forever
But the presentation was more than seemingly disparate demonstrations of experimental computer operations. What Engelbart and his team had created from scratch was a holistic system designed to extend human communications capabilities, tools to augment human intellect — hence the presentation's official prosaic academic title, "A Research Center for Augmenting Human Intellect." Engelbart's presentation would later be more appropriately dubbed "The Mother of All Demos."
- European Union court rules UK can change its mind and pull out of Brexit - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
The European Union's top court has ruled Britain can change its mind over Brexit, boosting the hopes of people who want to stay in the EU that the process can be reversed.The EU stopping just short of sending someone around to Number 10 with a placard 'have another vote you fucking pillocks'.
Next level bucket drumming.
- Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?” - MIT Technology Review:
First and foremost, there must be ease, relaxation, and a general sense of permissiveness. The world in general disapproves of creativity, and to be creative in public is particularly bad. Even to speculate in public is rather worrisome. The individuals must, therefore, have the feeling that the others won't object.
- Sydney Opal Tower apartment building evacuated after reports of cracking noises - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Literal einstürzende neubauten..!
- German train-delay scarf sells for %u20AC7,550 on eBay | World news | The Guardian
See also: Spotify top 100 for 2018 (generated playlist). Spotify's wrap claims I am 'adventurous' as I
listen to non-mainstream artists 105% more than the average Spotify listener. Err, go me?
Backstory if you care. Entirely optional:
- A Tribe Called Quest - Luck of Lucien. Early in the year, chilling out at Thirty Coffee waiting for take-aways, just the perfect track that got stuck in my head for... well half of January. Thirty Coffee's playlist was always awesome (as was the coffee and food of course), pity the cafe's changed hands.
- deadmau5 feat. Chris James - The Veldt. I realised that although I'd quite liked for lack of a better name I'd somehow never looked up another deadmau5 album since. So I dug into the extensive back catalogue. This track also has an interesting back story, with the random way the vocals came into it; and the fact it's based on a Ray Bradbury story.
- Leftfield - Space Shanty. Saw Leftfield play Leftism start to end; which was basically a religious experience for me. While this was never my favourite track listening to the album, it absolutely came to life played live. So while the recording isn't great, it goes some way to how it felt.
- Prophets of Rage - Unfuck The World. It's been years since I've reacted so strongly to a video clip. Sums up how fucked the world is at the moment.
- Serj Tankian - Empty Walls. Having thrashed on System of a Down I moved on to Serj Tankian's solo stuff. Also ties in politically with the Prophets of Rage.
- The Muppet Show Theme (metal cover by Leo Moracchioli). Leo's covers remain a source of joy. I mean, headbanging muppets - what more do you want?
- Killing Joke - New Jerusalem. Reminded of the track after a discussion at work (we have a metalhead channel on Slack). Album subsequently went on high rotation.
- Butterfingers - Big Night Out. Digging into Aussie hip hop while expanding a playlist. Tour promo blurb claims it's based on a true story, haven't seen it confirmed anywhere though.
- Evil Eddie - Queensland. Probably a bit obvious why I find this one amusing.
- James Gang - Ashes the Rain and I. Another playlist dig - this time listening to songs sampled by later hits (3:30 if you're impatient, the later hit if you're baffled).
- Underworld - Between Stars. More back-catalogue digging, love Barking and this track seems to capture the vibe of it.
- DJ Shadow - Fixed Income. Listened to a ton of DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist mixes on YouTube. Also after a long time digging trying to get myself my own copy of DJ Shadow's Live In Tune and On Time, I realised the solution was obvious and bought it off eBay. This is the track that opens the set. Also played the set while driving out to the Hunter Valley for a work event, adding nice associations of a drive in the country.
- VNV Nation - When is the Future? New VNV, and love the clip.
- Electric Audi With Formula E Motors Does Brain-Breaking Perfect Donut. This move is going to be in a movie, you can bet on it. Hooning looks different with electric vehicles...
- Mark Latham agrees to pay damages to ABC's Osman Faruqi in defamation case | Australia news | The Guardian:
In August, federal court judge Michael Wigney struck out Latham's defence in its entirety, labelling the 76-page document “extraordinary” for its references to, among other things, the martyrdom of Christians in the Roman Empire and the persecution of ethnoreligious Huguenots in the French kingdom during the French wars of religion of the 16th century.
- Encryption bill could have 'catastrophic' outcomes for Australian business, industry leaders warn - Science News - ABC News:
A joint submission from the Communications Alliance, the Australian Industry Group and others echoed these concerns, stating that "the draft bill poses a real risk for the IT/communications export industry which Austrade values at $3.2 billion".If the Liberals were hell bent on destroying the tech industry, this is what it would look like.
- 'The candles sell very well': the quest to be the last video store standing | Film | The Guardian
- Payless Pranks Fashion Influencers With Fake Luxury Shoe Brand Called 'Palessi' | HuffPost Australia (Instagram 'influencers' with no actual expertise? That's unpossible!)
- Qantas call for Christmas airport volunteers has workers seeing red:
The airline is being accused of "wage theft" and "Grinch" behaviour after an email to staff asking them to volunteer time at the airport during its busiest period was leaked on Friday.Particularly shitty move given how much fares are jacked up around Christmas.
- The curious origins of the lemon, lime and bitters, Australia's national drink - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
An unassuming drink, made with ingredients from all over the world, the lemon, lime and bitters is the story of colonial Australia in a glass. Our forebears made it by mixing together what they had — a mongrel drink for a mongrel country.
- An Open Letter to Bill Shorten from the Tech Community:
YOU BUNCH OF IDIOTS!...I mean, there are details, but that sums it up.
- Fraser Anning dumped from Katter's Australian Party for views on race, non-European migration - Politics - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
Mr Katter said he had repeatedly warned Senator Anning not to use racially charged language or call for a European immigration program.Nineteen Votes Anning continues to shine.
- Running against Tony Abbott in Warringah | The Saturday Paper:
And all of that ... is what made me think I should consider running for Warringah. ... [I]f all my candidacy and others like it does, at first, is force those in power away from the hard right and a little towards common sense, that will be something.
- Donald Trump's words mattered in a week in which bombs were sent to Democrats, CNN - Donald Trump's America - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
On that theme, blink-and-you-missed-it-comms-director Anthony Scaramucci has attracted attention with these comments: "He's an intentional liar. It's very different than just being a liar-liar," he told Bloomberg. "Yes, the President is speaking mistruths, yes, the president is lying, but he is doing it intentionally to incite certain people which would include left-leaning journalists and most of the left-leaning politicians."
- ...speaking of pathological liars: Tony Abbott describes conditions on Nauru as 'very, very pleasant' - Politics - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
- Cricket Australia 'arrogant' and partly to blame for ball-tampering, report finds | Sport | The Guardian:
An independent report into the organisation's culture found there was “strong systemic and organisational input” into the decision to cheat during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March. Interviewees said Australian cricket's governing body adopted bullying behaviour, ostracised people and created a “win-at-all-costs” mentality that pushed players to “play the mongrel”.
- Tim Berners-Lee launches campaign to save the web from abuse | Technology | The Guardian:
A %u2018Magna Carta for the web' will protect people's rights online from threats such as fake news, prejudice and hate, says founder of the world wide web
- Thousands still watch TV in black and white - BBC News:
A black and white licence has one distinct advantage over its colour equivalent: it is a third of the price at £50.50 a year compared with £150.50. Neither does TV Licensing carry out checks of households claiming to watch a black and white set. "It's entirely done on trust," a spokesperson said.Curious uptick of black and white licenses predicted after this article ;)
- Can these massive bricks solve storage for renewable energy?:
A new solution that uses basic physics could cut the cost of storage in half, or by as much as 80% over the total life of the system.