Mar 28, 2020 26 tweets 7 min read
Right. This photo. I am angry about it. (Apart from that shirtless guy in the middle, obviously.) Not because it’s people misbehaving in coronavirus times, but because it’s NOT a “crowded promenade” as captioned. Let me explain why...
This is the promenade from Cronulla Beach to North Cronulla Beach. As you can see from the scale, this section is about 100m long. You can see the fence around the rock pool in the background. goo.gl/maps/ANQA7JKYJ…
Count the number of people in the photo. It’s hard to see at the back, but I’m going to call it 40 people including the two babies in strollers. A few people either way is fine for the calculation. So...
Even if these 40 people were walking in single file along a 100m boardwalk, they’d be more than 2m apart. But they’re all scattered side to side. So these people are doing just fine. A telephoto lens compresses distance.
It’s not ideal that they’re out and about, obviously, but nor is it OMFG WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE.
Anyway it’s Scott Morrison’s base. Fuck ’em.
But tell me more about the shirtless guy in the middle.
If you wanted to properly document people’s distance apart, you’d need to photograph that boardwalk from 100m out to sea or (ideally) 100m overhead. Done as it is it’s applying an editorial spin. Deliberately, obviously, because any professional photographer knows this stuff.
Someone has pointed out a possible error in my analysis, so I’ll be re-doing it shortly. But the broad point will probably still stand.
CORRECTION BUT THE POINT STANDS: I have re-done this image analysis and would like someone to cross-check it. I believe my point stands. Here we go...
Here’s the original photo. I have chosen two sight lines for analysis.

1. On the right, a line through the tops of those grey posts to the swimming pool fence.
2. On the left, through the midpoint of the white stairway railing to the leftmost point on the swimming pool fence.
Here’s the two key items on the map.

1. On the left, the line of posts with the stairway up to the top of the cliff.
2. On the right, the stairway down to the rocks.

Note the North Cronulla Rock Pool, which I used in last night’s analysis. goo.gl/maps/nDpMgsQtH…
Zooming out, you can see that I choose the wrong pool. The pool in the background is the South Cronulla Rock Pool, not the North. I had identified the correct 100m section of boardwalk, but my working-out was wrong,.
So the analysis stands. 40 people in 100m in single file is more than 2m apart. The boardwalk is around 3m wide. Appropriate social distancing is being maintained.
Also, a source tells me: “My lovely mate is depicted in the photo with four of his family members he’s living with and isolating with — and that is the narrowest part of the path...”
“They were rushing through to get away from the few other people who were there. So they’re not actually doing the wrong thing!”
Just in case that tweet isn’t showing properly.
Nice profile, and good on @troypepper3 for going with the flow of this silliness. I gather he was working on a cruise ship and so is now looking for a gig. So I’m told.
Also, could a photographer tell me what length telephoto lens matches this angle of view? Roughly?
For what it’s worth, it looks like the photo was taken from about 300m away near the North Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club. That’s the closest point on that line matching the rough shooting distance that’s higher than the boardwalk. goo.gl/maps/kyr8HcN2P…
Some people are having trouble with this thread, probably because they didn’t read it. I did in fact say “it’s people misbehaving in coronavirus times” and with understatement that it’s “not ideal” that they’re out. The thread is about the photo being misleading.
I’m really not interested in your half-arsed opinions about what constitutes “social distancing” and what doesn’t, or your opinions on what other people “should” be doing.
Nor am I interested in your view that me doing this was somehow a waste of time. I’ll spend my Sunday however the fuck I want. Piss off out of my life. And if you think the media spreading false information is OK because it helps fuel your anger then you’re part of the problem.

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Sat plan: The usual slow start with a few chores; podcast post-production; fetch some wine from the village (when it’s not raining); and this evening, a chat with wine. Anyway the podcast post-production is the main thing.
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Nov 18, 2021
Coning up shortly at 1230 AEDT, the @ASPI_org The Sydney Dialogue session “Social Reset: A new Compact between Technology and Government”

You should still be able to register for free at tsd.aspi.org.au/program. #TSD2021
The livestream is about to start at tsd.aspi.org.au/live. #TSD2021
You don’t actually have to register. That link should just work. tsd.aspi.org.au/live #TSD2021
Nov 9, 2021
Hey Kids, I’d nearly forgotten, but it’s an Essential polling Tuesday! essentialvision.com.au

Let’s see what we can find. As usual, this polling was done Wed–Sun and the margin of error on top-line figures is around ±3 percentage points. Here we go...
Performance of Scott Morrison. essentialvision.com.au/performance-of…

“The Prime Minister’s approval rating has dropped to 48%, the lowest of the last 12 months (54% last month), with disapproval at 42% (37% in October).”
Performance of Anthony Albanese. essentialvision.com.au/performance-of…

No real change here, bu the “unsure” figure is still quite high at 25%.
Nov 7, 2021
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COME SOUTH YOU LAZY STORMS!

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There is a thunderstorm coming in from the west right now but as usual it's passing south of here.
Nov 5, 2021
Sat plan: Slow start, because Saturday; a few household chores; podcast post-production, so you can listen to the lovely @markhumphries with your ears tonight; quiet evening.
The podcast editing is going quite well, albeit slowly because I’m faffing around and chasing birds out of the house. Meanwhile, @markhumphries, here is that radio documentary we discussed.

“Searching for Trough Man” (2017) abc.net.au/radionational/…
@markhumphries And to everyone else, in case I don’t finish in time, please read the attached tweet and do the needful.
Nov 5, 2021
Last night I dreamed that I was untangling the telephone cables in @GreenJ’s radio studio, which was equipped with an ancient Telecom Commander system like this one from Museums Victoria.
While doing so, someone made a call on speakerphone to a number in Port Hughes in South Australia, where two young children answered the phone. We didn’t talk to them, but they didn’t hang up, so we just had them there on speaker in the background for ages.
Mr Green didn’t actually feature in the dream in terms of plot, but somehow we just knew they were his studio phones. A technician and I discussed how modern radio studios were all digital and had much better phones.