Fifty Ways To Fudge Your Data
Because not everyone can be normal.
Today an internet comedian suggested people with rootop solar should be charged $40 a day in the interests of "fairness". That was a pretty good joke considering that plenty of Australians at the moment have the electricity they supply to the grid simply stolen from them and recieve a zero cents for each kilowatt-hour they supply. Besides outright theft we should just add random charges as well. That's fair. Apparently the comedian is a member of the first church of Jesus Coal and believes the more coal we burn the sooner we'll all be able to lie down with the sooty lamb of the lord, and, I dunno, hack black phlem over it from our diseased lungs or something. Anyway, for him (and it's almost always a him) I reproduced this little ditty based on Bad Moon Rising:
Atticus Finch appears to live an idealic life with his family in small town America. However, after a near fatal head injury gives him epilepsy, in the time after seizures Atticus is able to see the town as it really is - a zoo containing the last unmutated human survivors of a nuclear war. After the war mutated animals gained telepathy and a controlling overmind and now the rule the world outside of radiation zones. With the help of "Boo" Radley who he formally thought of as the town's madman, Atticus Finch formulates a plan to kill the animal that is the key node of the local animal overmind so he and his fellow survivors can escape to freedom in a nearby radiation zone. They plan to give the mutant humans dwelling their the gifts of technology and lead them in rebellion against the animal overlords. Hence the title, To Kill a Mockingbird. Tragically, Harper Lee died of a massive bad acid trip before she could finish the second and third volumes of her planned trilogy. If completed this work would surely be considered the greatest literary accomplishment in the English language.
If survivors from the Malaysian Airlines flight 370 made a raft out of their crashed plane and paddled it to Australia, would they be put in detention because they arrived by boat or would they retain their freedom because they would be considered to have arrived by plane?
"...not totally unintelligent."
And Jesus Christ said, "I tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I shall build my church." And that's why, when all is quite, if you place your ear against the floor of any church aisle you can hear muffled screaming.
Just how pointless is the American government shutdown? Allow me to explain in terms Australians can understand. Imagine that Australia's Prime Minister appeared live on national TV and, using only his hands and teeth, slowly and methodically devoured a live koala. The US shutdown is even more pointless, as at least Tony would get a good feed out of that.
Mike Tyson was up on the stage at the 67th Tony Awards. And he wasn't there because he's a talented Broadway performer. What the fuck people? Has no one read his Wikipedia page?
I’d just like to say that if any one has any Malibu Barbies in their original packaging, or alternatively fabulous new packaging, I am willing to pay for them in bit coins. And I’d like to state that on all my bit coins you can clearly see the tooth marks.
Well, the Pope vote is over and still no atheist Pope. I gotta say, there definitely seems to be a pro-catholic bias in this organisation. But before anyone says anything bad about the new Pope, I'll just say this: Let he who has never handed over suspects to a military junta cast the first dissident out of an airplane.
You can't buy Bex in Australia anymore. As a result I am completely at a loss at what to do when I need a Bex and a good lie down. As a result I haven't laid down since 1982 when my supply ran out. Fortunately my good friends, Pigdog and Spider, have discovered that they still make it in Vietnam and have promised to bring me some whenever they go overseas. If it wasn't unpatriotic, I would say that it's even better than the original. (Still haven't managed to lay down, however. But that's okay, I just take more Vietnamese Bex.)
The trick to growing old without experiencing a progressive loss of physical ability is to, when young, make a point of being really lazy and unhealthy. And then as you get older, gradually eat better, exercise more, and freebase clearasil less, and if you time it right your improving physical condition will offset your age related health deterioration. Of course, your total life expectancy will be less than if you'd been healthy from day one, and apparently people can find it difficult to break unhealthy habits once they start them, but if you do it right at least you won't be going backwards. At least not until near the end. Which might come soon depending on how successful you were at being lazy and unhealthy early on.
I recently read about the vast amount of ammunition that is used by target shooters in the United States and elsewhere. So I started wondering, why isn't the sport of target shooting practiced with simulated guns? In our modern age of lasers and moving parts and refined metal and stuff, we are quite capable of building devices that act like firearms but which don't actually spit out a piece of metal at high velocity. They can even be made to go bang and emit the smell of burnt smokless powder. And we are quite capable of using a TV screen or other device to display a target showing where the bullet would have gone if the device had actually been a gun. Various types of simulated guns currently exist. Militaries have been mucking around with them for quite a while in the hope of cutting down on training costs and improving safety. To get the ball rolling, I think the next Olympics should have simulated weapon target shooting.
Joy to the world, the world's still here,
The odd thing is, a large number of US citizens who are very vocal about needing freedom of gun ownership to protect their nation from tyranny are often also quite vocal about insisting that they already live under tyrannical government, which rather undermines their point as obviously their freedom of gun ownership did nothing to prevent it.
SUPERMAN: Gentlemen, I shall now collect all the world's nuclear weapons in a big net and hurl them into the sun.
Concentrating solar thermal power, that is using mirrors to concentrate sunlight to produce steam to run a generator, used to be a big contender in the renewable energy stakes. It seemed like it should be a low cost way to generate electricity. After all, the basics are pretty simple - mirrors, pipes, steam, generators. We could have started building concentrted solar thermal back in the 19th century if we'd wanted to. But it has been sidelined over the past few years by the huge drop in the price of solar PV which you can see in the form of solar panels installed on roofs all over the place in Australia. But solar concentrating thermal can be built with thermal storage that can provide electricity after the sun goes down or when it's overcast. So will Australia build a significant amount of concentrating solar thermal plants?
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I came across Brakels's axiom while googling my own name today:
One of the reasons Australia produces so many great athletes is that many of them grew up barefoot. Freeman, Phelps, and many others. Not only does growing up barefoot give athletes an edge, it also reduces injury rates. So, rather than spending money on olympic medal bonuses, why not take the money saving course of allowing children to go barefoot at school? I'm sure it would have a positive effect on children's activity levels and so improve health and reduce obesity.
And they've shut down another 360 megawatts of coal power in Australia. This time very dirty brown coal capacity at Yallourn power station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley. So much for paying coal plants to shut down, they're doing it on their own.
I just read that because of reduced demand due to rooftop solar and improved efficiency, Queensland’s Tarong power station is mothballing half of its 1,400 megawatt capacity. So coal power capacity that has been shut down and not replaced in the last two or three years in Australia include half of Tarong (700 megawatts), Playford B (250 megawatts), Swanbank B (125 megawatts), and Munmorrah (600 megawatts), for a total of 1,675 megawatts. And if you want to throw in half of Northern power station’s capacity as it now only operates 6 months a year, that brings it to 1,935 megawatts, or almost two gigawatts of coal power. That's fairly impressive.
World nuclear capacity factor in 2010 was 84.8% I mention this because many people lie and say it is 90%. World nuclear capacity factor has declined dramatically since 2010 for some strange reason. I'll have to ring up my Japanese friend and ask him if he knows why.
You know, I think I've just realised why there is so much conflict in the United States over whether or not men should put the toilet seat down. I think it's because, generally speaking, women have enough faith in human nature to sit on a toilet without first checking if it's boobytrapped, while men do not. I know I certainly check every time. Of course, in my case, this is probably more a result of faith in Australian wildlife rather than a lack of faith in humanity. From a young age we have to learn to deal with things such as the bowl leaper frog, the redback spider on the toilet seat, and of course, the dreaded dunny mullet.