Someone has placed a new friend directly in my sight line this morning. Image
Also when I went outside to take that photograph I was followed around by two magpies who were frustrated that I wasn’t immediately feeding them.
None of the birds were interested in my Halloween friend today. We’re wondering if the bush rats might come along during the night and eat its face.
Monday morning update: Not a single critter even attempted to eat the Halloween Face overnight, proving once more that pumpkin is not a food. Image
Thursday update: Critters have begun to eat the Halloween Face. We can see both birds and mammals at work here. It looks sad. Image
The disintegration of the Halloween Face continues. This is rapidly become a very @ApostrophePong thread. Image
@ApostrophePong The Halloween Face has done very badly overnight. ImageImage
@ApostrophePong No real change to the Halloween Face today. I think the critters have given up eating it because Certain Large Birds have scuffed it up with so much mud and chewed-up bits of seed. This will be the last photo. Image

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7 Nov
It's a moist and potentially noisy day for weather in the Blue Mountains. Image

“Severe Thunderstorm Warning for DAMAGING WINDS, LARGE HAILSTONES and HEAVY RAINFALL for people in parts of Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains and Upper Western Forecast Districts.”… Image
There is a thunderstorm coming in from the west right now but as usual it's passing south of here. Image
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5 Nov
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)…
@markhumphries And to everyone else, in case I don’t finish in time, please read the attached tweet and do the needful.
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5 Nov
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. Image
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.
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4 Nov
Starting momentarily is a separate event, a Digital Rights Watch and Twitter panel, “Online Anonymity and Pseudonymity: Why it Matters”. This is for us alleged journalists so I may well be reporting on this. I will tweet little bits on this thread. Image
It’s bouncing off this paper, “PROTECTING THE
OPEN INTERNET: Regulatory principles for policy makers”… (PDF)
Kara Hinesley is introducing this by saying, as I suspected, that this session was prompted by recent news in Australia about the government’s plan to ID social media users. Image
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4 Nov
Lol the government’s @PositiveEnAus PR account reckons it can have its own “commenting rules” on Twitter. They seem to be under the impression that *they* get to choose what I say on my own Twitter feed. Daft gronks. ImageImage
@PositiveEnAus It feels like this was insisted upon by someone in a consultancy who half-read a news story about the Voller decision.… IANAL but nevertheless I am laughing. You don’t and can’t moderate people’s replies on Twitter.
@PositiveEnAus Better not use the webby bit of the World Wide Web, namely the hyperlinks. Lol. Maybe we should use electronic mail.

Gawd, such confidence in the energy policy that it needs all these rules to protect it from derision. Image
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4 Nov
I’m a day late to this it seems, but it’s certainly a significant day.
Yep. This is what your iPhone looked like in 1971. ImageImage
Goddammit and I just sourced the photos. Stand by for a PDP-7. (I did thing PDP-8 felt wrong but I am getting old.)
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