- 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.
- Governor-General personally lobbied Scott Morrison about leadership program given $18m in funding - ABC News:
The Governor-General David Hurley personally lobbied Prime Minister Scott Morrison about a leadership program that was later allocated more than $18 million in federal funding. Last week's budget included the money for the Australian Future Leaders Foundation Limited, which claimed to have the support of an impressive list of business leaders, was only registered as a charity in April 2021 and is yet to run any leadership programs.In case there was any doubt that the Governor General is a Liberal stooge.
- The City of Sydney Has Revealed Plans for Three New Public Squares:
The plan for Circular Quay suggests removing the Cahill Expressway, creating an openair civic space in front of Customs House, while the vision for Town Hall features a far-reaching green space linking Hyde Park, Sydney Square and Town Hall Station.Unlikely to actually happen but getting rid of the Cahill Expressway is a lovely thought.
- Golaski Labs | Abandoned America
- The Bewildering Architecture of Indoor Cities - YouTube
- The Architecture of Liminal Space - YouTube
- Sydney summer heat forces families to flee homes | SMH. Clickbait headline but the survey shows people struggle with poorly designed homes/suburbs/cities that are heat traps.
- To make housing affordable, property prices need to fall, hurting many Australians with big debts - ABC News:
in recent weeks, both major parties have been campaigning heavily on making housing affordable, but their policies – focused on grants or equity schemes that help younger and lower-income Australians get into the housing market – may, in fact, do the reverse...
Since the 1990s, house prices have risen from 2.5 times annual household income, to more than six times today.The reason most policy changes get rejected is that it would heavily impact over-extended investors. As long as that is considered a problem, nothing much will change. It should not be considered problem, though - it boils down to investors treating a positive return as some kind of right, rather than understanding they took on risk when they bought property they couldn't really afford without tax breaks.
- Journalists pepper sprayed by Victoria Police taking legal action - ABC News
In case you ever need a way to judge what kind of person Gerry Harvey is... back in 2008 he made it pretty clear: Harvey: charity not so sweet.
Asked in a new book about the role he and Harvey Norman play in the community, Mr Harvey said giving money to people who "are not putting anything back into the community" is like "helping a whole heap of no-hopers to survive for no good reason". [...] Society might have been better off without them
...so it doesn't come as a big surprise when he lobbies the government to make sure Rapid Antigen Tests aren't free, so he can price gouge on them. If you can't afford it, he probably thinks you should die. Anyway, boycott Harvey Norman and Domayne.
- The Pirate Kitty of Ferny Hills: How a thieving ginger cat brought joy to a Brisbane neighbourhood - ABC News. Meeyarrrrr.
- US Police Warn of Parking Meters with Phishing QR Codes:
Police are warning that they have discovered bogus QR codes stuck onto public parking meters across Austin, Texas - a city where parking meters don't display QR codes, and only accept payment via coins, cards or a smartphone app.This was inevitable. In fact it's one of the reasons most tech people were shocked QR codes ever came back into vogue.
- The metaverse is just a new word for an old idea | MIT Technology Review:
Knowing the history of a technology, or the ideas it embodies, can provide better questions, reveal potential pitfalls and lessons already learned, and open a window onto the lives of those who learned them. The metaverse—which is not nearly as new as it looks—is no exception.
- Their Bionic Eyes Are Now Obsolete and Unsupported - IEEE Spectrum:
These three patients, and more than 350 other blind people around the world with Second Sight's implants in their eyes, find themselves in a world in which the technology that transformed their lives is just another obsolete gadget. One technical hiccup, one broken wire, and they lose their artificial vision, possibly forever.
- Meet the Guy Who Went Viral for Explaining How NFTs Are a Bullshit 'Poverty Trap'
- Paralysed man with severed spine walks thanks to implant - BBC News:
The researchers stress that it isn't a cure for spinal injury and that the technology is still too complicated to be used in everyday life, but hail it nonetheless as a major step to improving quality of life.
- 'Liveable income' plan proposed to lift Australians out of poverty:
Calls for a permanent increase to welfare payments like JobSeeker to allow people to live above the poverty line have the support of the Australian Council of Social Service, the Business Council of Australia and Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe. In a report released by Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre earlier this month, severe poverty would be eradicated in Australia if JobSeeker recipients received an additional $20 a day, with increased rent support payments.
- Barnaby Joyce's drought envoy texts to Scott Morrison should be released, information watchdog rules | Barnaby Joyce | The Guardian:
For nine months between 2018 and 2019, while Joyce was on the backbench, he served as a drought envoy, visiting and reporting back on drought-affected communities, accruing $675,000 in travel costs in that time. After criticism from Labor that no public report on his work was produced, Joyce said he had sent reports via text message.For one thing, SMS messages are not a "report" that justifies $675k. For another, this is about $2500 per day - compare this with the previous article.
- NSW parliament passes new laws bringing harsher penalties on protesters - ABC News:
Greens MLC David Shoebridge claimed in a statement the legislation was designed by the government "to jail their political opponents".
Short playlist for a long year, listened to lots of mixes and sets; and had a lot of days that were all meetings and no time with the cans on (which...really sucks).
Background if you care:
- I'm Good? - Hilltop Hoods. Probably don't need to explain why a pandemic track heads this list.
- Miss U Less See U More (Purple Disco Machine Remix) - Faithless. Went through a phase of listening to sets and mixes; and Sister Bliss used this in a DJ set, fixing it into my head for the rest of the year.
- Aerodynamic - Daft Punk. Because Epilogue.
- Klein aber Doctor - Atmos. A track that periodically bubbles up in my head because it has a sound/sample that's an incredibly good expression of goa. You hear it about 1min into this one, the reverby little stab. That's it, that's the reason it's on the playlist. On spotify I can only find a remix which uses a modified version almost immediately, it'll have to do.
- Aviator - Photek. Lots of delving into techno, acid, etc led to this one on Spotify.
- Treat Em Right - Chubb Rock. Playlists takes a sudden turn here ;) It was used in some social media video and got utterly stuck in my head, so here it is.
- Southbound Again - Dire Straights. Kept running into Sultans of Swing and realised I hadn't really given the rest of the album a proper listen...
- The Love Me Or Die - CJ Stoneking. Spotify ran on from my basement bars and old fashioneds playlist, and popped this up. I think this as 'squirrel nut zippers on the comedown' ;)
- Watch Out - Chaun Davis. YouTube channel I watch used this a few times, earwormed its way into the playlist.
- Start The Fire - Twelve Foot Ninja. TFN finally dropped their new album.
- The Writing On The Wall - Iron Maiden. Yep, new Maiden! Very much to formula - if you love Maiden you'll love it, if you're over Maiden it won't win you back.
- All It Takes - Karnivool. Eight years since their last new track, they released this single. They've been playing it live for a few years so hopefully this is a teaser for a full album.
Labels: mix tape
- This country town is a secretive centre for big pharma drug production and an alleged cartel - ABC News:
A local Duboisia grower, speaking to the ABC on the condition of anonymity because of financial risk, said not even farmers knew much about the opaque supply chain of the drug companies. [...] Locals half jokingly call the Duboisia industry the "Kingaroy Mafia".
- Friendlyjordies defamation case: Jordan Shanks apologises to John Barilaro to settle claim | New South Wales | The Guardian. That ended surprisingly quietly in the end.
- Morrison accuses critics of wanting 'kangaroo court' as Liberal MP crosses floor over integrity bill | Australian politics | The Guardian:
On Thursday morning, the Tasmanian Liberal MP Bridget Archer crossed the floor to support independent MP Helen Haines' push to establish a federal integrity commission. Archer had told Guardian Australia she was frustrated with the government's “inertia” on the issue.
- Russell Hill and Carol Clay: 55-year-old man charged with murders of Victorian campers | Victoria | The Guardian:
A 55-year-old Melbourne man has been charged with the murders of Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
- 'Dangerous monopoly': Labor and Greens support judicial inquiry into media diversity and News Corp | Australian media | The Guardian
- COVID-19 is speeding up Australia's shift towards a cashless future - ABC News. We still have a lot of times and places where it's assumed you're carrying cash, from the guy cleaning windscreens at the lights to those bastard shopping trolleys that want a dollar coin. We don't yet have an easy, quick, high-trust way to give someone a couple of bucks without cash.
The instrument's popularity did not last far beyond the 18th century. This may have been due to the inability to amplify the volume so as not to be drowned out by other instruments. Some claim this was due to strange rumors that using the instrument caused both musicians and their listeners to go mad. ... A modern version of the "purported dangers" claims that players suffered lead poisoning because armonicas were made of lead glass. However, there is no known scientific basis for the theory that merely touching lead glass can cause lead poisoning.
Former premier Mike Baird tells ICAC Berejiklian should have disclosed relationship with Daryl Maguire - ABC News:
Mr Baird said he should have been told about the relationship as cabinet's expenditure review committee considered a grant proposal of $5.5 million to the Australian Clay Target Association, strongly lobbied for by Mr Maguire.
Gladys Berejiklian told Daryl Maguire 'I'll throw money at Wagga' in intercepted call | Gladys Berejiklian | The Guardian:
“I'll throw money at Wagga, lots of it, don't you worry about that,” Berejiklian replied.She actually said "don't you worry about that"... if you wrote this as fiction, people would say it would be too much.
- Government blocks bid to investigate Christian Porter over legal fee donation - ABC News:
It is unprecedented for the House to block a referral to a committee, after the Speaker finds a prima facie case.
- Australia commits to 2050 net zero emissions plan but with no detail and no modelling | Australian politics | The Guardian:
Modelling underpinning the projections would be released “eventually”, Morrison said. The prime minister also emphasised that the “technology not taxes” plan was based on existing government programs and would not require any new legislation, despite calls from Labor and independent MPs to enshrine the target in law.
- Paintmakers Are Running Out of the Color Blue:
Dutch paint maker Akzo Nobel NV is running out of ingredients to make some shades of blue, the latest fallout from the global supply-chain disruptions that are spreading across manufacturers.
- Former finance minister who helped sink carbon price now urging Australia to adopt one | Mathias Cormann | The Guardian:
Cormann, who was the finance minister under Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Morrison, was a vocal opponent of Labor's climate policies and was instrumental in repealing Australia's carbon price in 2014 which had driven cuts in Australia's emissions.
- 'I'm high as a Georgia pine': Dock Ellis's no-hitter on LSD, 50 years on | MLB | The Guardian:
Baseball's great psychedelic myth took place five decades ago, but the man behind it was far more than an amusing sidenote in the sport's history
Whether the story is true or not, it's quite a sight...
Drones raining from the sky in Zhengzhou 😬— Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi) October 4, 2021
Word on the street is that a rival drone company that lost the bid interfered to overwhelm the drones nav system!pic.twitter.com/MukM8PjJJr
Halloween light show - Matrix end scene with Wake Up... I just kind of imagine this guy's neighbours walking out, seeing that, and just putting their shit back in the box ;)
- NSW could face 'skyrocketing' Covid cases under changed roadmap, AMA warns | New South Wales | The Guardian. It's amazing the NSW Liberals found someone worse than the one that just resigned due to corruption.
- Emotional Benji Marshall confirms retirement from NRL | NRL | The Guardian. Genuine great of the game. I've always been baffled why any club ever let him go.
- Judas Priest guitarist has mid-show aortic aneurysm, keeps playing, survives:
How did he make it? The adrenaline of playing live kept him alive. Normally, Priest would have played a longer set but were limited to just one hour by the constraints of the festival set-up. Had they played their usual set, he might have died right there on stage.Both horrifying and probably the Most Metal Thing Ever.
- Man who helped ignite George Floyd riots identified as white supremacist: Police - ABC News:
A masked, umbrella-wielding man accused of helping incite riots and looting in the aftermath of George Floyd's police-involved death has been identified as a member of a white supremacist group that aimed to stir racial tensions amid largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protests, according to police.
- Dominic Perrottet blasted for holding Covid-19 press conference without Auslan interpreter | news.com.au — Australia's leading news site:
A government spokesman said Auslan interpreters would be booked for some, but not all media events in the future.
- Life after Dead: Cult hit 'The Evil Dead' turns 40
For those not super familiar with the places mentioned in this story... the front end loader was stolen 65km away from the bike shop, and the chase ended 10km from the bike shop.Man leads police on wild train chase after excavator used in attempted theft at Qld shop | news.com.au — Australia's leading news site
- John Deere Put Temporary Workers On The Factory Floor. It's Going About As Well As You'd Expect
- DeLorean's Alleged Son Building DMC-12 Clone From Three-Wheeler:
Long after his death, the DeLorean story is getting even weirder as a man named Tyler DeLorean from Newquay, Cornwall, UK is claiming to be John DeLorean's son. He could have stopped there, but now he's building a three-wheeled “successor” to the DMC-12, and it's sparked a lawsuit from the rebirthed DeLorean Motor Company.