- Sam spent several months and thousands of dollars to get an EV charger installed in his apartment - ABC News. People don't talk enough about this aspect of EV adoption. Most apartment buildings can barely get broadband into the place, let alone EV chargers in every space. Most apartment buildings don't even have a standard power point in each space, so trickle charging isn't an option.
- Controversial social media personality Andrew Tate arrested in Romania on human trafficking, rape charges after posting pizza box video - ABC News:
Internet sleuths believe the pizza box, from a well-known chain in Romania, helped police confirm Tate was in the country and played a crucial role in his arrest.
- Elon Musk Becomes First Person In History To Lose $200 Billion: Report | HuffPost Impact:
Musk's fortune to date peaked in November 2021 at $340 billion, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. He's now worth a not-too-shabby $137 billion, per Bloomberg, but that's still a steep dive from 2021.
- Rally driver Ken Block dies in Utah snowmobile accident, aged 55, his Hoonigan Racing team says - ABC News
- Behind-The-Scenes Polaroids from the set of Hackers | Dazed
- Riddle solved: Why was Roman concrete so durable? | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
Previously disregarded as merely evidence of sloppy mixing practices, or poor-quality raw materials, the new study suggests that these tiny lime clasts gave the concrete a previously unrecognized self-healing capability. [...] Through the extended functional lifespan and the development of lighter-weight concrete forms, he hopes that these efforts could help reduce the environmental impact of cement production, which currently accounts for about 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
- The pub with no town: How a lurid pink hotel kept Dulacca on the map and its regulars connected - ABC News
- 'You will get it wrong … but you can't make it worse': 16 ways to talk to people who are grieving | Death and dying | The Guardian:
You don't have to be in the club to know that we aren't great at talking about death. The mere mention of the word makes shoulders tense, stomachs gurgle and palms sweat. I have seen people tie themselves in physical knots to avoid grief coming up in light conversation.
- John Deere will let US farmers repair their own equipment | Engadget:
John Deere has been one of the stauncher opponents of right to repair regulation, but it's now willing to make some concessions. Deere & Company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) that lets US farmers and independent repair shops fix equipment, rather than requiring the use of authorized parts and service centers. Users will have access to official diagnostics, manuals, tools and training. Deere will let owners disable electronic locks, and won't bar people from legally obtaining repair resources even if the company no longer offers them. [...] The memorandum is effective as of January 8th, although John Deere didn't detail exactly how or when it would alter its practices.So much wiggle room you could drive a combine harvester through the gaps. Still needs real law, the MOU is a pretty obvious play to head off real requirements.
Background if you care... not much deeper meaning really:
- Starbeam - William Orbit: gorgeous new track from William Orbit was a nice way to start the year, musically speaking. Set a bit of a theme of "bands I didn't expect new music from".
- Show Business - Hilltop Hoods feat Eamon: fun clip, and where did they dig up that old Mitsubishi?!
- Drink The New Wine - Bauhaus: definitely didn't expect a new track from Bauhaus, nor one that references Oblique Strategies. Odd but sticks in the head.
- The Hunt - Briggs feat Gurrumul: Gurrumul's vocals and blues guitar are just incredible in this. One of several standouts on Sheplife.
- The Dying Song (Time To Sing) - Slipknot: even I continue to be surprised that I like Slipknot. Awkward thing to discover in your forties.
- Renegade Soundwave (Leftfield Remix) - Renegade Soundwave: digging into a lot of classics this year.
- A Whole Day’s Night - Hilltop Hoods feat Montaigne, Tom Thum: the Hoods continue their re-evaluation of life and lifestyle.
- Give Me Mercy - The Cult: The Cult still know how to make a great track.
- Black Thunder - The HU: sadly despite waiting through years of lockdown, when the Hu finally played in Sydney I had a cold and was too sick to go. Next time maybe...
- Shut The Party Down - Butterfingers feat East Coast Alien, Bluntfield: what's the colour of a two-cent piece? Another fun track from Butterfingers, and another no-budget film clip. I don't know why it amuses me so much that they drive around in an Orana rental truck.
- Dirty Rat - Orbital feat Sleaford Mods: when electronic gets angry, you get this. Love it.
- Adieu - Rammstein: they continue their push with extraordinary film clips, and a track that got stuck in my head for weeks.
- Goo Goo Muck - The Cramps: we watched Wednesday like everyone else ;)
- Salva Mea - Faithless: RIP Maxi Jazz.
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- Woolworths, Coles and Aldi recall products amid contamination concerns - ABC News ... I doubt anyone had "hallucinogenic spinach" on the list of Shit Trying To Fuck Us Up In 2022. But here we are.
- A-League Men Melbourne Derby pitch invasion leaves Australian football 'in tatters' - ABC News:
The ugly scenes of fans rushing the pitch and assaulting players and match officials at Saturday night's A-League Men Melbourne Derby have been described as one of the most damaging moments Australian football has seen.
- Elon Musk says he will step down as Twitter CEO as former employees launch legal action - ABC News:
Twitter users voted decisively in a poll for him to step down, which the billionaire launched on Monday. Wall Street calls for Mr Musk to step down had been growing for weeks and recently even Tesla bulls have questioned his focus on the social media platform...
The pending class action lawsuits claim Twitter laid off employees and contractors without the 60 days' notice required by law, disproportionately laid off women, and forced out workers with disabilities by refusing to allow remote work.
- Firm sells David Jones for $120m after paying $2b eight years ago:
South African-owned Woolworths Holdings Limited (WHL) bought David Jones in 2014 for a whopping $2 billion. Today the store was bought out by Anchorage Capital Partners who paid between $120 million and $150 million, according to the Australian Financial Review.(Not the Woolworths you're thinking of)
- National Library of Australia digital resource Trove under threat from budget cuts:
The National Library is the repository of every publication in the country, and Trove holds the digital records of newspapers going back to the earliest publications of the NSW colony. Like the NGA, the Library's home in Canberra requires major capital works over the next ten years to maintain its life as a working building including the replacement of its 54-year-old windows.
- Maxi Jazz, lead singer of Faithless, dies aged 65 | Faithless | The Guardian
Turnah81's latest madness...
- Class action over Sydney light rail project hears drawn-out construction crippled local business - ABC News
- How much more revenue would the Australian government have if it taxed gas companies properly? | Greg Jericho | The Guardian:
First, we need to realise we have been extremely poor at taxing resources. In 2021, the Parliamentary Budget Office estimated that had the Abbott government not removed the resources super profits tax, in 2019-20 alone the government would have raised an extra $12.1bn. That is roughly $2bn more than was spent this year on either the childcare subsidy or higher education, about 85% of the amount spent on jobseeker and two-thirds of the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) budget.
- Deliveroo enters administration, leaving riders, restaurants and customers in the lurch - ABC News:
The decision to cease trading immediately means all of the company's employed staff in Australia had their employment terminated today, with the administrator working to calculate and secure their outstanding pay and entitlements. The administrator said delivery riders were considered contractors, not employees, of the company and would be treated as unsecured creditors.
- Sydney activist Danny Lim's arrest will be independently reviewed after outrage | SBS News
- Police launch investigation after second fire at Sydney home of YouTube comedian Friendlyjordies | SBS News:
An investigation is underway after a fire at the Sydney home of YouTube comedian Jordan Shanks-Markovina, also known as Friendlyjordies. Police have revealed it is the second fire at the Bondi home within a week, and they are investigating a possible link between the incidents.
- Menulog cuts jobs in Australia a week after rival Deliveroo shuts down | Business | The Guardian. Should have stuck with the Snoop Dogg ad, the KP one drives everyone up the fucking wall.
- Scott Morrison to face censure motion over secret ministries affair - ABC News:
Censure motions allow MPs to express their disapproval of their colleagues but do not have any direct legal consequences. They are uncommon and it is very rare for a former prime minister to face one. The opposition will oppose the motion...
Bird site section..
- Twitter sued by former staff as Elon Musk begins mass sackings | Twitter | The Guardian:
Musk's plans to cut up to 3,700 staff may hit a roadblock, however, after a lawsuit was filed in the US federal court in San Francisco seeking orders for Twitter to comply with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires 60 days' notice for mass sackings at large employers.
- Who Said It: Elon Musk or Mr. Burns? | The New Republic
- Elon Musk walked into Twitter carrying a sink. Over three chaotic weeks, he watched his mythology swirl down the drain - ABC News:
From the moment the South African-born billionaire swaggered into San Francisco's Twitter HQ brandishing a bathroom sink, he started to watch his mythology, and his money, swirl down the drain.
- Twitter has lost half of its top 100 advertisers since Elon Musk became CEO : NPR:
Half of Twitter's top 100 advertisers appear to no longer be advertising on the website. A report from Media Matters for America states that these 50 advertisers have spent almost $2 billion on Twitter ads since 2020 and more than $750 million just in 2022.
- Powerhouse Parramatta: entertainment centre 'masquerading' as a museum has high flood risk, inquiry finds | Culture | The Guardian
- One Nation, Australian Christian Lobby listed as hate groups: report:
Citing the rising number of cases of Australian far-right groups and individuals, the report’s authors said that global movements are inspiring terrorism, killings and rights-restricting policies around the world — and are increasingly connected.
- As Melbourne clean-up begins, concerns raised over whether Flemington Racecourse wall exacerbated flooding - ABC News. Another reason to stop supporting the Melbourne Cup, if you needed one.
- Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, dies aged 72 - ABC News. Amazing range. While so many know him as Hagrid, I knew him across The Young Ones, Cracker, Bond, Supergrass... and I will always appreciate his TV series that taught me how turbos and superchargers worked.
- Greens senator Lidia Thorpe resigns as Senate deputy after undisclosed relationship with ex-bikie boss - ABC News. Ludicrously bad judgement. Should be
- Elon Musk completes takeover of Twitter, CEO and CFO fired and escorted from building - ABC News. Walked in with a sink, to make a really dumb joke about "let that sink in", knowing he was about to fire a bunch of very-senior people and throw thousands of employees into uncertainty and chaos. That boy ain't right.
- Welcome to hell, Elon - The Verge:
I say this with utter confidence because the problems with Twitter are not engineering problems. They are political problems. Twitter, the company, makes very little interesting technology; the tech stack is not the valuable asset. The asset is the user base: hopelessly addicted politicians, reporters, celebrities, and other people who should know better but keep posting anyway. You! You, Elon Musk, are addicted to Twitter. You’re the asset. You just bought yourself for $44 billion dollars.
- Twitter to start charging $20 per month for verification - The Verge:
Twitter is currently planning to charge $19.99 for the new Twitter Blue subscription. Under the current plan, verified users would have 90 days to subscribe or lose their blue checkmark. Employees working on the project were told on Sunday that they need to meet a deadline of November 7th to launch the feature or they will be fired....right.
- Albanese government to enforce new advertising requirements for online betting companies - ABC News:
The new rules follow a three-month review seven years ago, in 2015, by former New South Wales premier Barry O'Farrell, who was tasked with looking at the offshore online gambling industry.
- NSW becomes second state to ban Nazi flag and symbols | New South Wales | The Guardian
- Owner of seven properties says landlords getting a raw deal - ABC News. Astoundingly, this headline is not from the Betoota Advocate.
- How Minecraft's NFT ban gutted a crypto empire - Rest of World. There are a whole lot of WTFs in that article.
- King Charles's ascension ignites debate over royals across Commonwealth | King Charles III | The Guardian / Republic debate flares as Australia mourns its longest-serving monarch Queen Elizabeth II | Australia news | The Guardian. Unsurprising, really. Mind you Australia seems unlikely to break away, with a long history of voting 'no' in referendums; and also a bit of a history of dud governments that give an uneasy sense that we might still need adult supervision.
- I Couldn't Forget Isabella Thallas's Murder - The Atlantic:
Killed for walking a dog - The mundanity and insanity of gun death in America
- Optus Under $1 Million Extortion Threat in Data Breach:
ISMG reached out to Optusdata on the forum where the data samples were released and asked how the data was stolen. The person confirmed the data was exfiltrated from an unauthenticated API. To put it another way, the API did not require anyone to login in order to access its functionality.If true, Optus was not the target of a sophisticated attack; they accidentally published the data.
- We love to hate Clippy — but what if Clippy was right? | by tash keuneman | Sep, 2022 | UX Collective:
Clippy was the first computer software that recognised my intent and helped me, and I've been chasing that feeling ever since.
- All Victorians to get four wheelie bins to enable recycling of soft plastics and pizza boxes | Victoria | The Guardian:
The government first announced the overhaul in 2020, following the collapse of the state's largest recycling company SKM a year earlier, which resulted in thousands of tonnes of recycling being sent to landfill.
- Here's Why Craigslist Still Looks the Same After 25 Years:
people want stuff that is simple and fast and gets the job done. People don't need fancy stuff. Sometimes you just want to get through the day.
- Elon Musk seeks to terminate $64 billion Twitter buyout deal - ABC News. Gosh, what a surprise. See, this is everyone's "shocked face".
- BMW starts selling heated seat subscriptions for $18 a month - The Verge:
Since the company announced in 2020 that its cars’ operating system would allow for microtransactions on features like automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control, customers have decried the move as greedy and exploitative.Can't imagine why.
- How Checkers Was Solved - The Atlantic:
Schaeffer and Tinsley sat across from each other, and a large screen rendered the movement of the pieces. Tinsley drew first blood, besting Chinook in game five. But then in game eight, Chinook delivered a stunning win; it was Tinsley's sixth loss in 40 years. Despite the years of toil and dreams of success, Schaeffer felt sadness in that moment. “We're still members of the human race,” he wrote in his book, “and Chinook defeating Tinsley in a single game means that it will only be a matter of time before computers will be supreme in checkers, and eventually in other games like chess.” Schaeffer might have won, but the humans have lost.
- The wave power generator experts say 'proves ocean energy can work' is already powering Australian homes:
The 200-kilowatt wave energy converter has no moving parts in the water and uses an oscillating water column design, which essentially mimics a natural blow hole.Cool proof of concept.
- What would an Indigenous Voice to Parliament look like? And how might it work? - ABC News
- NRL's pride jersey debacle is compounded by sport's power imbalance | NRL | The Guardian:
These are more complex questions due to the relative power of the institutions in question. Religious organisations and alcohol and gambling companies hold a great deal more societal and financial power than LGBTIQ people, and are deeply ingrained in the culture of rugby league, and sport more widely. Thus it is harder for individual players to stand against this power and ask for special consideration.
- Manly owner wants NRL inclusion round as boycotting players told to stay away from game | NRL | The Guardian:
But he make no apologies for the jersey, stressing Manly wanted it to promote inclusivity for all, be it with race, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Manly owners will also donate $100,000 to the Gotcha4Life charity, with money from the game going to support the mental welfare of the LGBTQI community. But also on Penn's agenda is speaking to the NRL about next year's calendar, and he is willing to take the criticism of recent days if it results in long-term change. ARLC chair Peter V'landys revealed this week he was open to the idea of a pride or inclusion round, stressing the decision was ultimately one for the Commission.It's been a stupid saga but if it leads to a pride round, it's a win... but it's a very very big 'if'.
- NRL 2022: Wests Tigers, video of Leichhardt Oval grandstand collapsing amid NSW stadium funding standoff. If only they hadn't wasted vast amounts of money rebuilding Moore Park, instead of doing the $30m update that was actually recommended. The money would have done all the suburban upgrades. #thanksgladys
- Alex Jones ordered to pay $45.2m in punitive damages to Sandy Hook family | Newtown shooting | The Guardian:
Legal wrangling that is standard after these types of cases – including a promised appeal – means the amount Jones ultimately pays may be far below $49.3m. But the ruling nonetheless represents a victory for loved ones of Sandy Hook victims and a major rebuke for one of the country's most notorious conspiracy theorists.
- Stray review – cats get the cream in slinky, post-apocalyptic fantasy | Adventure games | The Guardian:
The game's wonder is in the delicate details: knocking over piles of books; tinkling your way along the keys of an old piano. It's elegantly designed and well told, and in opting to build a compact world dense with detail and intrigue rather than one that sprawls flimsily, Stray feels like a high-production proposition despite its modest-sized production team.
- John Barilaro received plum New York trade job after senior public servant had already been offered it | New South Wales politics | The Guardian:
The New South Wales government offered a plum trade commissioner job to a senior public servant with a stellar résumé, only to rescind the offer and later appoint the former deputy premier John Barilaro after readvertising the $500,000-a-year role....and eventually: John Barilaro withdraws from $500,000 New York trade job - ABC News:
Mr Barilaro has told Investment NSW his position has become untenable and a distraction for the government.
- Family of Hungry Panda delivery rider killed at work awarded $834,000 in landmark decision | Gig economy | The Guardian:
The family of a Happy Panda delivery rider killed in Sydney in 2020 will receive more than $800,000 under the NSW workers' compensation scheme, in what the union says is the first case where a gig economy worker has been considered an employee.
- January 6 testimony puts Donald Trump in even greater legal peril | January 6 hearings | The Guardian:
The response from the former president is significant for two main reasons: it makes clear that he had been informed that his supporters were carrying weapons, and that he knew those armed people intended to make a non-permitted march to the Capitol.& Angry, violent, reckless: testimony paints shocking portrait of Trump | January 6 hearings | The Guardian:
How bad his critics think it was, there is always another revelation around the corner that shows it was even worse.
- 'Forgotten' renters hope recent federal election will turn the tide for housing policies - ABC News:
According to figures from the just released 2021 Census, there are 2.8 million rental households, accounting for more than 30 per cent of the population.
- What It's Like to Be Allergic to Corn - The Atlantic
- SXSW 2023: Sydney to host South by Southwest culture festival | SXSW | The Guardian:
South by Southwest is heading to Sydney in 2023, the first time the pop culture and “futurist” festival has branched outside the US since its launch in 1987.
- 'Better than we dared imagine': Sydney Opera House unveils its 'miracle' new concert hall | Sydney Opera House | The Guardian:
After two years of renovations, a room once blighted by poor acoustics and outdated machinery can now accommodate musicians previously turned away, with a push of a button
- March of the penguin: the forces behind the secessionist Victorian Independence Movement | Victorian politics | The Guardian:
With a straight face, it proposes “breaking free of the failed Australian federation”. It diagnoses “Sydney brane” – a so-called affliction among the political and media class that makes them believe nothing happens in the country until it happens in the New South Wales state capital – and pokes fun at the “treasurer for NSW”, a phrase coined by the now member for Kooyong, Monique Ryan, to describe Josh Frydenberg.
...and here it is breaking the Goodwood hill climb speed record:
- US senators reach bipartisan gun control deal after recent mass shootings | US gun control | The Guardian:
The proposed deal is a modest breakthrough [...] It falls far short of tougher steps long sought by Biden, many Democrats, gun reform advocates and America citizens.
- Why Pakistani Mangoes Are Near-Impossible to Find in the U.S. - Eater
- Google engineer put on leave after saying AI chatbot has become sentient | The Guardian No it's not sentient, but it is another episode of "ethical situations people are not equipped to handle". The tech is running well ahead of society's ability to discuss it.
- Rebel Wilson: SMH denies outing actor as LGBTQ group denounces 'appalling' situation | The Guardian. In Pride month, no less.
- How your spiking energy bills are making foreign investors rich - ABC News:
Despite promising billions of dollars in tax and royalty revenues while seeking regulatory approval, a combination of accommodative tax regimes on our part and tax avoidance strategies have allowed them to extract vast profits in recent years while contributing almost nothing to the nation. [...] During the past seven years, the world's biggest resource companies have earned around $138 billion in revenue here without paying a cent in corporate income tax, leading to calls for an urgent overhaul in the way we tax multinationals.
- Labor has inherited an imperfect National Electricity Market, with a wealth of energy but a poverty of power - ABC News:
some generators are choosing not to produce electricity, unless they are compelled to by the market operator, in what appears to be a play for easier profits. Quelle surprise.
- TechScape: They used my identity to flog a doomed cryptocurrency – and then things got weird | Cryptocurrencies | The Guardian
- SpaceX employees fired after writing letter criticizing Elon Musk | SpaceX | The Guardian:
At least five employees were fired by private rocket company SpaceX after drafting and circulating an open letter criticizing founder Elon Musk and calling on executives at the start-up to make the company's work culture more inclusive, according to two people familiar with the matter.Goes so well with Musk's "I need to buy twitter to ensure free speech is not impeded" spiel. Oh and meanwhile Elon Musk sued by investor for $367 billion over 'Dogecoin Crypto Pyramid Scheme' - ABC News.
- Ukraine: Soldiers Put Custom Notes on Shells for $40, Fire at Russia:
Sokolenko told Insider that this is an informal arrangement and is not endorsed by senior Ukrainian military commanders. The images, he said, are unlikely to give away the soldiers' identities and locations.War in the age of the gig economy.
- Read the description first, and then... turn up the volume :) Bonobo & Anna Lapwood perform Otomo live at the Royal Albert Hall - YouTube
- Sydney CBD health warning issued over Legionnaires' disease outbreak | Sydney | The Guardian
- Scott Morrison instructed Border Force to reveal election day asylum boat arrival - ABC News:
The unusual disclosure of operational "on water matters" is now subject to an inquiry by Home Affairs Department Secretary Mike Pezzullo, ordered this week by the new Labor government.
- Making Money Flow: The MONIAC - YouTube... the real-life Glooper.
- What If People Don't Want 'A Career?' - by Charlie Warzel
- Rugby league icon Ray Warren announces his retirement from sports commentary - ABC News. Rabs is simply what rugby league sounds like in my head.
- Dream Factory by Greg Egan : Clarkesworld Magazine – Science Fiction & Fantasy (full novelette)
- Teachers speak out about 'atrocious' staff shortages crippling many NSW public schools - ABC News
- Resignation of Gary Johns from Australian charities regulator ends Liberals' war on sector, Labor says | Australia news | The Guardian. So much damage to repair, it's incredible.
- How much super you should have right now | news.com.au — Australia's leading news site:
The figures are based on a couple or single person having no mortgage or rent to pay for....there's the rub.