- Jordon Steele-John has the loneliest seat in the Senate, and it's locking him out of the parliamentary process - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Sydney light rail contractor Acciona suing NSW Government; further delays to construction likely - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):
The firm building Sydney's light rail is taking the NSW Government to court, claiming it is owed more than $1 billion extra
- Mysterious sunstones in medieval Viking texts could really have worked | Ars Technica
- OLPC's $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong - The Verge:
He's a big fan of XO-1 laptops — many of which, despite very real technical problems, are still running after ten years. “It blows my mind that that stuff still works,” he says. “The batteries still work, the Wi-Fi still works, and amazingly, OLPC still cranks out the software images for it.”
- The Secret Language of Ships
- How One Joke Explains the “Roseanne” Reboot | The New Yorker:
No one on “Roseanne” has used the word “racist,” let alone lobbed a slur; instead, the show relies on code, such as when Roseanne snarks that Jackie might want to “take a knee,” even as her black granddaughter, Mary (Jayden Ray), sits nearby, an irony no one remarks on. The missing jokes are the show's “tell”: when Jackie fights Roseanne, she takes no real shots at Trump, narrowing the debate to jobs and Hillary, as if the two of them were guests on Hannity. The show's repeated theme is always that Roseanne is not that kind of Trump voter: she's sweet to Mary; she defends Mark against homophobic bullies. You might see this as complexity or as spin. If you're in a darker mood, you might call it propaganda. ... [Conveniently ignoring similar shows] is also what enabled ABC to use the slogan “A Family That Looks Like Us” when selling “Roseanne” to advertisers, a dog whistle so strong that it might have brought Lassie back from the dead.Also: 'Roseanne': When a Punch Line Feels Like a Gut Punch - The New York Times
- Ipswich Council to be sacked as Mayor stands down amid fraud charges - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Mighty mighty Ipswich.
I think what's weird (other than the obvious) is seeing a guitar solo linearised, so to speak - played up and down the keyboard instead across the strings.