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Posted Yesterday by John Birmingham

Apolz for the tardy updating. There's a surprising amount of shit happening here, and combined with school holidays, it's making it difficult to allot time to personal blogging. I'm also constrained in how much I can talk about yet. As in, nothing.

But in a couple of weeks, I may have some news.

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tqft is gonna tell you...

Posted 20 hours ago

You seem to have your priorities straight.

And the news to come sounds good

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted 12 hours ago

I'm hoping for a film or telly deal announcement.

NBlob puts forth...

Posted 7 hours ago

<i>Word </i>is that Channel Ten is making a 6 part mini series loosely based on JB's article in The Monthly Appeasing Jakarta. To follow on from Puberty Blues.

In other news Channel Ten is allegedly about to go belly up. Rumours hint @ it being becoming the Fox Au franchise.

w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted 7 hours ago

JB, we know you base all your characters on people on the Burger. Just letting you know, if Hollywood is calling, we will be more than happy to do the right thing by you and be the actors.

Just let us know. We can start working out. Though that should not be a problem, don't underestimate the slimming provided by the modern girdle.

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Halwes swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted 6 hours ago

What is this? Have I logged on to operation f*cking sovereign borders or something?

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Therbs mumbles...

Posted 5 hours ago

Nice Sgt Schultz impersonation there JB. Lebeau will bake you an apple strudel. As for the news, its probably to do with the script for a reboot of "Willing and Abel".

Lulu mumbles...

Posted 3 hours ago

No, it's something about a bottle of Grange ...

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Generation of losers

Posted Yesterday into Blunty by John Birmingham

Did anybody in Generation X expect to retire at 65? Maybe not. We’ve always known the Boomers were going to swarm across the landscape like wrinkled locusts consuming everything in front of them. They got all the sweet deals and it looks like they’ll get the last one too, retiring at 65 on a publicly funded age pension.

At Blunty.

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Varangian78 ducks in to say...

Posted Yesterday

Great article JB, as true as it is concerning.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted Yesterday

Cheers, V.

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Halwes swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Yesterday

I've been very concerned about this issue since we robbed the upcoming generations of their ability to access their super and jacked up their retirement age until just before they are pushing up daisys. The trouble with our dumb boomer logic is that the Xers will be making the laws and writing the budgets when we are dribbling over our copy of the financial review trying vainly to remember who signs what and where on the corrupt family trust documents. I don't expect much sympathy from them and nor do we deserve it.

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Red mumbles...

Posted Yesterday

Baby Boomers can include those born up to 1964. I was born in 1963, so to some, I am a late, on-the-cusp Baby Boomer, while to others, I am a first-minted Gen X. You may yet call yourself a Baby Boomer, JB, although that’s unlikely. Don’t want to be old before your time.

The retirement pension age may well go up to age 70 in the next couple of years, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually edges up to age 75. My father worked until he was 75. He’s now 77. The ability to work into old age (say, to 75) comes down to individuals’ capacities to work and their state of health.

My survival mode started at age 48, when I realised I wasn’t getting any younger. For a start, I’m trying to stay as healthy and fit as I can at age 51. According to a recent bio-age test, I’m only 32. Ha. OK. I’m willing to believe that. That means I can work until I’m 100.

I turn 51 in June but I’d say my physical health is 90 per cent better than most people in my age cohort (eg I’m running my first full marathon--42.2km--in July). Nevertheless, I noticed that I started to feel older and tired easily more from around the age of 48.

Given that many people start to feel the effects of ageing from around age 48, how will many Australians cope working for another 25 or 30 years? Physically, I don’t think the majority will have the energy to work until age 70.

I don’t think working to 70 or 75 is a bad thing—it’s great if you are able to, and all power to those who can and do—but there will be many elderly people who cannot cope with the physical, mental, and emotional stresses of participating in the paid workforce.

Then again, I doubt that a lot of older people will be able to get paid work again, even part time, if they lose a job due to unforeseen circumstances such as retrenchment or further casualisation of the workforce. There is still discrimination amongst employers towards older workers. Employers simply want fresh, energetic, younger people in jobs, particularly in full-time work.

I’m not overgeneralising here: it’s a cold, hard fact. I know from my experience trying to get work once Campbell Newman retrenched all the contract/temporary public servants in Queensland. Once you’re over 45 these days, it’s tough to get work regardless of high levels of education or experience. Just don’t lose your current job. There are simply not enough jobs to go around.

Technology has killed off much of the need for workers. The workforce is shrinking in part because of our ‘smart’, technologically driven societies. There are also global influences on Australia’s workforce. It hasn’t regained equilibrium since the GFC.

There’s always volunteer work to occupy the unemployed, but that doesn’t pay the bills. If older people are forced to live on the pathetically low, barely survivable level of unemployment benefits—Newstart Allowance (or whatever it’s called in the future)—then it’s a sorry indictment on society. Is that any way to treat an older, frail generation? No respect or sense of decency, these days.

Let me exaggerate now, people, and get a bit silly. Let’s say governments of the future legalise voluntary euthanasia and encourage older, frail people to die earlier. Just get rid of the old sods. Put them to rest; encourage them to push up the daisies. Whatever. Add to that, a one baby per family stipulation, forced sterilization, and, the big whammy: World War 3. The big war should kill off millions of people and rebalance the over-population problem. Bingo! Problem solved. Sick.

Hey, I’m being sarcastic, people (if you’re sad old grey matter has not picked that up), but there’s an ugly element of truth in these comments. Overpopulation + fewer jobs + fewer working to support the older/frail/infirm = we have a problem, Houston. It is an unsustainable world we live in.

Conclusion: life wasn’t meant to be easy: suck it up. Or, alternatively, it’s a case of survival of the fittest. We will adapt. Perhaps. You decide.

Joanna G

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insomniac mumbles...

Posted Yesterday

Why not start even earlier a la Logan's Run?

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted Yesterday

I hadn't of it in those terms, but a really, really interesting angle that I dont think anybody has thought about yet is the increasing ill health of Gen X and the later cohorts. Rising obesity levels in particular will constrain their ability to work later in life.

Red asserts...

Posted Yesterday

I was tempted to write that obesity is the Australian norm in my comment (above), JB, but thought I'd offend too many overweight readers here.

So true. Nothing ages and limits people quicker than obesity.

Joanna ;)

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Miss maudy asserts...

Posted Yesterday

I don't know about the idea of retirement being extended to 70 - I can only look at my own motley collection of Old People (of which I have more than my fair share) and say that it totally depends on the person and the work they do and their level of fitness (mental and physical). Even looking at my own friends - we're all between 40 and 50, and some of us would have another 20+ years of work in us. Some wouldn't.

This means the OPs who aren't capable of working for whatever reason are dumped onto the disability support pension (which will be cut out) or left to rot in the mire of newstart

OP #1 (male aged 74) 'retired' before he was 60 due to ill health - no way he could have worked to 70. Desk job when he was working.

OP#2 (female, aged 73) worked in a physical job well into her sixties and still does labouring every now and then.

OP#3 (female aged 72) would happily continue working now if someone would have her.

OP#4 (female aged 71) never worked a day in her life.

OP#5 (male aged 71) still pretty fit and active, did volunteering until he got sick last year.

OP#6 (male aged 69) still works to fund overseas trips and uses OP#2 as labour.

(OP#7 died aged 60, but fortunately retired at age 55 so he got to have some fun)

w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted Yesterday

I'm aware of four people who have continued to work in offices after 65. Two are totally useless, one has some skills but causes too much damage by insulting everyone, the other works at about 40% capacity.
The superviser of one of the useless ones took a posting in probably Africa's most dangerous country just to avoid the horror of daily dealings with the oldster. I kid you not.

People have rightly made the point about the challenges for manual workers continuing on, but I can't see it being much easier for the office worker. The problem in office work these days is that, even if your desk doesn't change, your job continually does. Every few months, a new system, totally new tasks. Output, Output, Output. Every keystroke and movement logged. There is some mythical team of three people in India that you individually have to out-produce. You just get too old for it. Try as you might, you can't think as fast. At some point, about 4 system iterations ago, you just lose the thread. Maybe if they could spend the last 10 years with the same tasks, but that just won't be feasible I reckon.

Lulu mutters...

Posted Yesterday

w - and there are physical challenges involved with office work as well: RSI, carpal tunnel, etc etc.

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted Yesterday

You are right there, Lulu.
As health experts has stated, the office is a biologically toxic environment. Primarily, all that sitting down; bad hearts, bad backs, plus, as you say, RSI, carpal tunnel etc.
A friend of mine was considering early retirement at 55 and chatting about it while waiting for the train. Another bloke overheard him, he was older, but looked fit and healthy. He said. "Excuse me, I can't help but overhear you. I'm 61, but I retired when I turned 55. The mates around my age that I worked with, that decided to work on, they have been dying off one by one. All I can say is, if you can afford to retire, I strongly recommend it."

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w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted Yesterday

Yesterday I heard Kevin Andrews dolefully intoning on the need to work until at least 70.

This comfortless message reminded me of Mr. Andrews other great policy passion; keeping voluntary euthanasia illegal. Remember, back in 1996, when he rose spectre-like from the parliamentary ooze to tell us that our death will not be at a time of our own choosing, not if he has anything to do with it. With his corpse-like face and funereal voice, Mr Andrews seemed to be the embodiment of Death itself. I still get creeped out thinking about it.

So, to sum up Mr. Andrews contribution, you can't stop working and you can't die until there is utter physical collapse.
I find it hard to warm to this dude.

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Aaron mumbles...

Posted Yesterday

Good article I was ranting with a friend about baby boomers just yesterday so it's like jb has rolled in cavalry style to back me up. The generation themselves aren't bad but the policies designed to target their particular votes have been the true danger.

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tqft mumbles...

Posted 24 hours ago

Work requires a job. What jobs?

Bunyip would have you know...

Posted 19 hours ago

Yup. I've been rendered redundant by Sensible Govt(TM), so I'm basically an unskilled 50 year old. In the country.

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Greybeard mutters...

Posted 24 hours ago

I had my rant at Blunty but seriously, I didn't ask to be born in the Boomer demographic. We've looked after our kids as we were by our respective parents - no Winnebago, no OS holidays. We live reasonably well, paid our taxes, get zero government benefits and provide child care, interest-free loans and/or gifts. Interestingly when our bank stuffed up recently, daughter offered us $60k in a flash out of their mortgage account (we needed $10k in the end). The whole generation thing glosses over the fact that there are greedy bastards and shit parents in every generation, not just Boomers. At least part of the solution seems to me that we save compulsorily through an expanded Super scheme, with a safety net for those who can't. Until we can guarantee that all 70 year olds are mentally and physically capable of working, this simple age rise sucks. And BTW, I doubt that I'll ever get a cent from the pension and damn few benefits so I don't personally have a stake in this.

insomniac mutters...

Posted 23 hours ago

If both my grandmother and father develop Parkinsons while in their 60s, what are my chances of working until I'm 70.

Greybeard mutters...

Posted 4 hours ago

Exactly. Also to the above rant, we raised the first two kids and managed the mortgage on just my salary - women had to resign when married in them days. Not because we were bleeding marvellous but because you could do that then. By the time No.3 arrived, not so easy and like many others she returned to work when he was kindy age. Facts of life, each generation does what it can with conditions at the time, but we don't control those conditions. But she also salary sacrificed a high percentage into Super which is why we're now able to live in reasonable comfort. Industry Super - it's da bomb. But if it were centrally organised by the Feds as in the US, it could cover those who can't get jobs, are frequently out of work etc. Civilisation is having each others backs and sharing the loot. Or something like that.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted 2 hours ago

That's socialism, and that makes it evil.

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted 22 hours ago

Hey JB,

I recall your article about "Greedy Hippies Stealing Electrons'.

This Fuckwit who live across the road from me claimed the solar panels and solar hot water were an 'eyesore'.

Yep.

What can I say.

Fuckwit.

Am leaving the neighbourhood.

Will confront him shortly.

I ripped the inverters out of the wall and smashed them on the streer.

I am sure he saw them.

No response.

Another Jew coward.

Seeking locale` with integrity.

Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted 22 hours ago

Yeah so for a year or two the inverters have not been connected to the panels.

No Income.

Paying full electricity prices.

Wanna see him suck my dick?

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Lulu reckons...

Posted 22 hours ago

The comments on BT made me think of the 'four Yorkshiremen' sketch:

"We used to live in this tiny old tumbled down house with great big holes in the roof."

"House! You were lucky to live in a house! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of us, no furniture, half the floor was missing, and we were all ‘uddled together in one corner for fear of falling."

"Eh, you were lucky to have a room! We used to have to live in the corridor!"

"Oh, we used to dream of livin’ in a corridor! Would have been a palace to us."

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Lulu mutters...

Posted 22 hours ago

The comments on BT made me think of the 'four Yorkshiremen' sketch:

"We used to live in this tiny old tumbled down house with great big holes in the roof."

"House! You were lucky to live in a house! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of us, no furniture, half the floor was missing, and we were all ‘uddled together in one corner for fear of falling."

"Eh, you were lucky to have a room! We used to have to live in the corridor!"

"Oh, we used to dream of livin’ in a corridor! Would have been a palace to us."

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted 18 hours ago

Captain,

Some ignoramus mentoned Houston.

I will adjust the Haarp Frequency.(The Wave JB, the wave).

My associates in Austin are enquiring as to whether we need extra voltage.

ACDC HIgh Voltage.

The offer is there.

I have thanked them and the staff at JPL.

Next fuckwit that mentions Houston may recieve a headache...

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John Birmingham is gonna tell you...

Posted 16 hours ago

Too much, Dino. Too much.

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted 16 hours ago

Aye Aye Captain,

But Honestly who need more than Kiss and Madonna?

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted 14 hours ago

You know the first time I remember going to UNSW was when I was 10 years old.

Yep.

Buncha brass uniforms told me I should study physics and chemistry.

I asked them why I couldn't do what they were doing?

Since they had no fucking idea about physics and chemistry.

Oxymoron?

Fuck yeah.

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John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted 6 hours ago

Signal to noise ratio, Dino. Signal to noise.

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Smart Enough to Know Better

Posted Friday by John Birmingham

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted Friday

You know Ebola is in Africa.

Why don't they release it in the western nations.

Cause when there is a problem they shut down embassies, break women and childrens arms and threaten the word with biotech in fkn AFrica!

Release the fkn virus in Melbourne or Canberra!

Why release it in Africa? People don't understand. Release it in the West and then we will have an understanding.

Go on. Do it.

-http://hypster.com/playlists/song/bNWhKCxeo-Y?NEVILLE+BROTHERS+++my+blood

We will release our own biotech.

On its way...

Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted Friday

Will listen to the podcast later today.

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted Friday

Captain,

From Memory George Bush Jr was the biggest aid donater to the Africans in History.

At the Time.

I understand the Chinese are offering support.

Request permission to use the wooden stake...

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted Friday

Is it true that Dee Why Police station is controlled by a Jew? You know the Norhten Beaches Heroin trade is controlled by 'Le Suif'. That's his real name. 'pig gut lesuif.' Fucks little girls or sends minions to do it for him cause he ain't got it anymore? herion on the Northen Beaches is controllled from Canberra. Where is my payment for the telegraph pole up the Arse of the female Prime minister who got raped in Melbourne by the Jewish Council?Silence?

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted Friday

Police are coming to get me.

Ganna be off the internernet for a while.

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HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted Friday

Um...i'm fkn kind of in favour of NATO doing a FKN PRE EMPTIVE FKN STRIKE on those retards and that FKN SPASTIC PUTIN!

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robW has opinions thus...

Posted Saturday

My biggest unanswered science question: Why is it a house can burn up at the same time it is burning down?

Dave W mutters...

Posted Monday

I think it's kind of the same as raising a house and razing a house.

insomniac mumbles...

Posted Monday

and why is it called a building when it's already been built?

Dave W swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Monday

Fuuuuuuck, that's just blown my mind.

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted Sunday

Hey JB,

'Got arrested' with the usual verbal lies from the 'Police' force.

How much dick do they suck?

Glad I have an IQ that was rejected by the Police force.

No broken bones this time.

Some dick (Cuntstable) pushed me when I neede to pee.

I challenged him to push me again.

He declined.

There's your standard of the 'Police" force.

Cocksuckers.

You should read the shit they claim is 'Fact'.

I pity them.

Rooms for rent in Northern beaches too...

Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted Sunday

What's worse?

A Felony or Pergury?

Doesn't matter.

Cops are Dumb Cunts.

Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted Sunday

Just got hung up on the phone by a bitch who did,'t know the difference between a felony and Prjury.

I will fuck her up the arse and she will scream with delight.

Bartlett at Dee Why.

Bitch Pig shit eater

Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted Sunday

That was a mistake.

A little girl and a little boy dressed in Police uniforms claimed I intimidated etc them when they returned my stolen passport.

Yep reported in stolen after they came here last night.

Then I said well what do I do?

Result= sprain ribs and two sprain kness and having to listen to fuckwits.

I am so over the NSW Police now.

There loss.

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Dino not to be confused with asserts...

Posted Sunday

JB If your Passport gets stolen that's a Felony isn't it?

Unless the NSW Police take it and break some bones.

The it's ok

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Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted Monday

S/N in this post currently below significance.

Dave W ducks in to say...

Posted Yesterday

I'm just doing my best to disrupt the pattern. I think it's worked, too.

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Posted 21 hours ago

Captain do you hear that back pedalling?

Some people have been demoted.

They have a long way to go till they get down to my lvl.

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Tom Lehrer profile

Posted Thursday into Music by John Birmingham

Buzzfeed has become a shorthand joke for everything wrong with online churnalism. But that's unfair. They do some great long form work. Including this piece on one of my favorite musical satirists, Tom Lehrer. His total canon consists of 37 songs, and yet he towers over the 20th Century, or at least that part of it concerned with musical satire.

If you're Lehrer fan you'll thank me for this link. If not, I pity you.

Lehrer then incorporated Lehrer Music, bought the rights to the record from Trans Radio, and began selling it by mail order through P.O. Box 121 at the Cambridge post office. He rented an empty room on the second floor of his rooming house, hired Harvard freshmen to help him with packing, and trudged down to the post office every Monday for months to send shipments.

By 1954 — when he was trying to avoid the draft by working for a defense contractor — he had sold 10,000 records. He had also quickly dissolved Lehrer Music, of which he was president, in December for “various reasons,” among them: “Certain stockholders objected to the president’s face.” He gave up and shipped off to Fort Meade in 1955, an early officer in the National Security Agency. (He is believed, during that time, to have invented vodka Jell-O shots.) By the end of the decade, he had sold 370,000 records.

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S.M. Stirling puts forth...

Posted Friday

"Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" alone earned him deathless fame.

"I just make zem go up

Where zey come down

Zat's not my department

Says Wehrner von Braun

Nazi, Schmatzi, says Wehrner von Braun."

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Posted Friday

For more Tom Lehrer, there was a very good radio interview on Radio National's 'The Music Show' back in 2006. Unfortunately, now just the transcript is available. I listened to it live at the time. Tom was bubbly and engaged, which is not always the case as he can be a bit over talking about something he gave up 40 years ago. But this interview was fun and informative, Maybe the fact that the interviewer, Andrew Ford, is a doctor of music and a respected modern classical music composer helped pique Tom's interest, plus, as Tom plugs, his 3 CD boxed set had just come out.

Click on 'Show Transcript' on this page
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/tom-lehrer/3344656#transcript

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Bondiboy66 mutters...

Posted Friday

My ex's mother was a big fan. And I one of my diggers in the Army knew most Tom Lehrer songs and would sing them at random times....mind you the same chap knew The Internationale also and happily sang it when playing enemy on excercise.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted Friday

When I was growing up in Chicago, every kid in my neighborhood knew the lyrics to all of these songs:

Be Prepared
Harvard Fight Song
I Hold Your Hand in Mine
Irish Ballad
Lobachevshy
Mlf Lullaby
My Home Town
National Brotherhood Week
New Math
Poisoning Pigeons in The Park
Pollution
Send The Marines
Smut
The Elements
The Irish Ballad
The Masochism Tango
The Old Dope Peddler
The Vatican Rag
We Will All Go Together when We Go
Wernher Von Braun
Who's Next?

Only now do I realize how odd that was.

damian reckons...

Posted Friday

National Brotherhood Week in particular, for some reason, has been a central component in my concept of comparative religion for as long as I can remember. Also, Vatican Rag is still the core of my mental model for Catholicism.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted Saturday

The Vatican Rag is musically funny, too, being a parody of Ragtime. Lehrer was not just a funny man, he was an amazing composer.

My personal favorites, at the top of my list, are The old Dope Peddler, I Hold Your Hand In Mine and the Harvard Football Fight Song.

Come on, chaps, fight for Harvard's glorious name.
Won't it be peachy if we win the game?
(oh, goody!)
Let's try not to injure them, but
Fight, fight, fight.
And do fight fiercely.
Fight, fight, fight.

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Guy ducks in to say...

Posted Friday

When my Dad was young he had to smuggle a copy of Tom's record into his parents house as they didn't approve of this "awful man". When I was the same age we were performing Tom's songs in charity shows. They still make me smile.

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Bunyip is gonna tell you...

Posted Friday

"... I often feel like a resident of Pompeii who has been asked for some humorous comments on lava.

F'ing golden. Ta JB.

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Ian Slinger is gonna tell you...

Posted Friday

"If you're Lehrer fan you'll thank me for this link."

Thank you for that link.

My introduction to Tom Lehrer was unwittingly via The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band in the 70's and the enthusiastic rendition of The Masochism Tango on their Australia album. They even did a rendition of it on an ancient ABC late night music program called Radio With Pictures where I seem to recall Microphone Mic Conway was beating other band members with a string of sausages. Good times.

It wasn't till years later that I joined the dots with other pieces of music and realised it was Tom Lehrer underlying them all. This article actually fills in a lot of the gaps.

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AuntyLou has opinions thus...

Posted Friday

Thank you so much JB. I needed this reminder. I was introduced to TL by a boyfriend's sister back in the 70's. I had a lovely friend from a very Catholic family that I introduced to "The Vatican Rag". She loved it so much that she took to to her youth group...thank Dog for young, hip priests who didn't nominate her for instant excommunication! I guess I love most how often TL songs are still relevant. My husband is a little bit sick of how often I sing the bit from "Send the Marines"..."then might makes right/ until they see the light/ they have to be protected/ all their rights protected/ 'til somebody we like can be elected!"

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Rob mumbles...

Posted Monday

brillianrt, Must try and get a CD,

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Greybeard would have you know...

Posted 24 hours ago

Love Tom Lehrer. One of our favourite ways to traumatise the kids in their teens was for the Beloved and I to do a duet of The Masochism Tango. With props. Eventually they all learned to love Lehrer too. Can't wait to corrupt another generation.

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Guest post. The definition of 'lots', by Warddog

Posted Thursday into Science and Tech by John Birmingham

I have been struggling lately with estimating sizes of files and apps, Is it 200GB or 200MB. It's definitely lots, but what's lots nowadays?

And then I realised that the definition of lots has changed by 9 orders of magnitude since I first started coding. 3K used to be lots, and 3MB was oh wow amazing, 3GB was unthinkable vast open space, 3TB wasn't even talked about. Nowadays I have systems approaching 3TB in RAM let alone disk space but I still have to deal with all of the other units (an even down to byte level - so 12 order of magnitude all up).

It will only continue ..

If I have 200 albums how much disk do I need? Can I fit it on a flash drive (or how soon till I can). Is that a lot of storage? NB Assuming 10 songs per album and 5MB per song it's only 10GB which is next to nothing today - I could fit it on my phone. It wouldn't have fit on the big iron Solaris box we used at the Board of Secondary School Studies back in 1998. It would have choked after only 40 albums. But it still marked all the year 12 QCS exams, ranked and generated OP results and generally ran the rest of the business.

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted Thursday

mY Guess will not be how much but "where is it"?

3TB Ram? OMG.

Search Functions etc.

Trashman puts forth...

Posted Friday

3TB of RAM? What are you doing JB? Modelling nukes for Havoc?

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Rob mumbles...

Posted Thursday

My new $170 smartphone (and my old one for that matter) has more memory, faster cpu and storage than a $1000 PC my sister bought me in 2002 (1gig amd chip, 512 meg ram, 20 gig hard drive) so I always had to be a bit shifty with storing music or photography projects on it.

Now my new PC, Tablet and phone are just chokka block with music, files, movies and general crap. I'm so used to it I never back up anything. which was a mistake when my spare hard drive died with 10 years of home photos and movies on it. ($500 minimum to repair)

so lots is probably too much to worry about but not enough to be careful....

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S.M. Stirling mutters...

Posted Thursday

I suspect the whole enterprise will die of complexity unless totally automated.

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Posted Thursday

I'm ancient enough to remember installing a one gigabyte drive network drive (three actually in a ID array) It was the size and weight of a housebrick.

But even earlier than that I have a pair of discs from an ancient Burroughs B4700 mainframe. Each is solid brass with a magnetic coating, has a diamater of nearly three feet. The cabinet hlf four disks nd together with the associated motors lctroics etc it weighed 575 pounds. All four discs held around five megabytes.. They were a fixed head (non-removable) disk with one head per track and a wondrous access time of 20ms.

Now that was a real disc drive. :)

Dick asserts...

Posted Thursday

When I first started work,our billing system was a 20Mb Micromation computer with 640k RAM. Booted it up with an 8" floppy. Had a line printer that was faster than you would believe but, and I used that printer right up until 1999 when we retired our Novell network.

WarDog reckons...

Posted Thursday

Well when I first started work, we had to collect our own stone tablets each morning before resetting that new fangled abacus thing.

Sorry, couldn't resist :-)

tygertim has opinions thus...

Posted Friday

When I went to. College, I took the then exotic computer class. The machine was an IBM 360. You had to have a working knowledge of two languages, Fortran and Cobol. You had to write the ENTIRE program each time you operated the machine. You entered the program useing paper (a manila type of cardboard) punch cards. Debugging was a BITCH ( and a very frequent insurance). The IBM 360 filled an entire room. Thank heavens for progress.

Sudragon asserts...

Posted Friday

Stone tablets? Stone tablets?

We had mud. and a stick. I remeber when IT support deployed pointy sticks and the outrage that occoured from those who didn't want to upgrade.

Tell that to the kids today and they won't believe you.

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Blarkon ducks in to say...

Posted Thursday

All of Usenet (without the binaries) up to 2002 totalled less than 200 GB of data.

Google indexes approximately 130 Exabytes of visible internet data.

damian ducks in to say...

Posted Sunday

A human genome fits in around 0.9GB, zipped. But we don't know how much computational resource is required to model consciousness. It seems that the answer is "lots".

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dweeze ducks in to say...

Posted Friday

dweeze's law of storage: "however much you have got, you will always fill it up and need more" or: n+1, where n is what you have and n+1 is what you need.

'puters & sheds, especially... I now have 3 sheds... and they are all full. Time to build another one.

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Posted Friday

Just wait until recording video in 4k resolution becomes the norm, it's going to suck up drive space at a rate to bring giant smiles to the CEOs of the hard drive companies.

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Chaz has opinions thus...

Posted Friday

Yes long gone are the days of using an apple II and loading 5inch floppies with progs on them......

Or ye olde Spectrum using music cassettes for data storage........

Trashman is gonna tell you...

Posted Saturday

I still have ye old Spectrum +3 - and it works! 30 years old!

Have an emulator on my PC, but I still fire it up occasionally to hear the sqeal fo the tape loading...

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tqft asserts...

Posted Saturday

Early job I had involved using an actual IBM PC. Think green organization. Besides harddisk had a tape drive for backups. Had to turn the machine on and leave it for a while in winter to warm up as the timing was off if you didn't.

8086 for ever. Well it seems that way.

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Queensland powers into the 20th century with coffee carts

Posted Thursday into Blunty by John Birmingham

If course, it's too late me. But the hovercraft has its own espresso bar. The Bunnies make a very nice piccolo. But I suppose its nice for the little people.

At Blunty.

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Anthony mutters...

Posted Thursday

Living here in beautiful Bruns-a-wick where first class coffee abounds (and we have a couple of excellent local breweries), I don't have those third-world issues that you have in Queensland.

And when I ride my motorcycle down Lygon Street to the city early in the morning I can get a double dose of caffeine just by breathing in (and I don't have to worry about being stopped and told to strip so they can photograph my non-existent tattoos to see if I'm a "criminal"). And when I get to Minotaur books in the city I can park the bike on the footpath and browse at my leisure for the latest works specially flown in from afar.

So what if the weather can be awful. All I need to do is wait half an hour and it changes...

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Peter in the bleaches has opinions thus...

Posted Thursday

JB, I hesitate to comment - first world problem? I assume you can get a decent piccolo at Toowong?

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I'm going back to uni... to kill zombies

Posted Thursday into Awesome by John Birmingham

Get tickets on the last plane out and grab your machete because Michigan State University is offering an online course in zombie preparedness from May 12 this year. Of course, they're saying publicly it's only for MSU students, but anyone who can't get past some old Registrar when armed with a blood drenched machete doesn't deserve to survive the end of the world.

Open Culture says MSU “brings together the latest thinking on how and why humans behave during disasters and catastrophes. Why do some survive and others don’t? What are the implications for planning, preparedness, and disaster management?” Along the way, students will form survival groups whose goal is to escape death, endure catastrophic events, and preserve the future of civilization."

I'll be doubling up on the practical classes in converting common garden tools into zombie killing threshing machines, and skipping most of the sociology lectures.

Do please join me. My undying (geddit?) thanks to Kym Charlton and Sue Lappeman for bringing this to my attention.

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NBlob mutters...

Posted Thursday

I'd like to see the field work.

In other news from the twitterz.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/04/fineberg-5-years-after-h1n1-world-still-not-ready-pandemic

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ShaneAlpha puts forth...

Posted Thursday

But...where's the module on the pros and cons of cannibalism in the post-apocalypitic world.

Or, in the Australian version, how to eat without tomato sauce.

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tygertim mumbles...

Posted Thursday

Some time back JB you had a link to a zombie survival test. VERY COOL I remember it well, as I scored a resounding 98% survival rate. Also Very Cool. Time to rack it up again, JB, it's veryed ucational. . .

Tygertim

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DrYobbo mutters...

Posted Thursday

MSU are advocate killing zombies? Could start with the shamblers who replaced their basketball team in the NCAA tournament?

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Murphy asserts...

Posted Thursday

What is going to be on the test? And can't I read it out of the book?

Oh, will there be any group work?

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Thursday

Bought the '9/11 and Academia' video last year.

15 dollars.

Dropped it off to the last Maths Department I studied under.

Left my email and phone number.

Not a fkn word.

Remember when Mathematicians had balls?

Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted Thursday

Oh and Alanis Morrisett.

Fuck yeah I wrote some of those songs.

Gave the Soundtrack/Demo to the Canadian Consulate in Sydney in 90/91.

Shoe

Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted Thursday

Not one fucking penny.

Who was the Producer?

"Kabbala protect me in this world cause in the next ..."

Ugly as all ****

Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted Thursday

Captain,

Engaging Temporal Bollaro.

Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted Thursday

Vectors authenticated.

Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted Thursday

Initiating Sequence.

Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted Thursday

http://hypster.com/playlists/song/9_hKXk2qSuw?Toni+Braxton+-+He+Wasn%27t+Man+Enough

Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted Thursday

Sequencing complete.

Initiating retaliatory strike.

Captain I believe the Dresden Bombing was coordinated between the Allies and Germany. The Ghetto was fire bombed.

Hate for it to happen again.

Dino not to be confused with reckons...

Posted Thursday

^ Million?

Who gives a fuck about my Family?

Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted Thursday

Apparently the threat of Gaol or being shot has been canvassed on Lateline ABC.

Cretins.

Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted Thursday

Cause my Family is 7 Billion less 4.5 Million.

As for the Diaspora.

Cheap tactic.

Drones have evolved.

Abe Foxman is in Melbourne?

No fking way!

Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted Thursday

Captain,

Permission to engange the Media Network...

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S.M. Stirling has opinions thus...

Posted Thursday

Then they get surprised when their funding is cut...

w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted Thursday

They are possibly running courses like this because their funding has been cut.

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted Thursday

I seem to bne late to this little shindig, if it is anything like the Zombie course I did last year with the Canvas Network with the University of California ''Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead' you may be suprised at the amount of work you are expected to complete.

Its no small achievement to complete it while working full time and solo dading if I do say so myself

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Editing at the beach

Posted April 9 by John Birmingham

School holidays are upon us (by which I mean Orin and I), but while Orin tries to juggle parenting with writing his guide to Office on the iPad, I've left the gamekeeper in charge at the Manor and retreated to the coast.

Holidays doesn't mean taking a vacation however. This was something of a last minute trip and I brought plenty of work with me. (Right now I'm perched out the front of the Byron Bay library, eating my lunch). I have two manuscripts to edit, and 15000 words on Hooper 3 to do before the kids go back to school. While they're at the beach, I'm in the library. There's lot of shoeless children here, and backpackers, and it's sometimes difficult to tell them apart.

We hit the road in a bit of rush last night, and I forgot to pack my joggers along with a few other things. Only realised when I got up to exercise. Had to ditch my usual routine in the local footy grounds for a soft sand workout down at the water. It was unpleasantly difficult, but the greater intensity means I can burn more in less time, which is always good.

I stuck with a lot of shuttle runs up and the slope of the beach, broken at each end by the usual pushups, sit ups etc. The hamstring strain I picked up in that bloody soccer match is still hanging around, so I didn't push it too hard.

Anyway, this mung bean and quinoa salad* is done and my break's over.

I'm trying to edit a 100 000 word manuscript on my iPad, as sort of an experiment. I'll report back on how that goes in a day or two.

*May have been a bacon and cheese muffin.

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Wednesday

" (by which I mean Orin and I), " HEY!!!!!!!

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted Wednesday

Last time I checked, you were taking The Weapon along with you on raids.

Barnesm reckons...

Posted Wednesday

Oh yes, sorry. thought you meant re school holidays - carry on.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted Wednesday

It all sounds grand. All of it.

Except for the work, of course.

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Blarkon reckons...

Posted Wednesday

Spun up a Minecraft server in Azure. It gets spun down when housework fails to happen. These days the carrot is replicated across multiple datacenters in the cloud. The stick is more an "absence of carrot".

Rather than Office on IPad, three books on Server 2012 R2 have/are being released over the next six weeks, by which time I'll have finished another on virtualization and started the first of two volumes on cloud and datacenter management.

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NBlob puts forth...

Posted Wednesday

"School holidays are upon us"

I don't like people very much.

I really don't like opinionated, entitled, asshats. Particularly those who apparently forget to pack their eyes or brain when they came to my creek.

Nobody likes being told they have done the wrong thing.

This is my life for the next fortnight.

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Wednesday

NBlob of the fun police.

Required : Flares. two red hand flares and two orange smoke flares.

I mean, really?? We're not watching soccer, mate.

NBlob puts forth...

Posted Thursday

$220 if you haven't checked the exp. date on them. Not fun for either of us.

Almost a million $ spent on signage @ ramps. %70+ of tix for things expressly & prominantly signed @ the ramp goose launched @ & yet they argue & rant & squeel like stabbed piggies "revenue raising."

If you can't be arsed reaingd a sign you probably shouldn't be operating

NBlob swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted Thursday

* Operating*

NBlob mumbles...

Posted Thursday

Er *reading*

w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted Thursday

It's glorious human nature, NBlob. Make peace with it and enjoy.

We must all be the same.
I saw an interview with a Brisbane parking inspector. He had been doing the job for about 15 years. He talked generally about his role, and the experiences of himself and his colleagues. Overall, he didn't mind his job. But he did say in 15 years, not once, when a driver returned while he was writing out the fine, not once did the driver say, "Well, it's a fair cop, I am inarguably in breach of the clearly signposted parking regulations." No, in every instance, the driver has complained and wheedled and cursed the terrible unfairness of it all.

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HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted Wednesday

GAME KEEPERS ARE FKN PUSSIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted Wednesday

So many Levels-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g93mz_eZ5N4&feature=kp

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Murphy puts forth...

Posted Thursday

Drink more, edit less and soak up the sun.

Because . . .

Winter is coming down under.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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tqft is gonna tell you...

Posted Thursday

Check the back of your Woolies docket - 2 for one McMuffins. Sausage & Egg and Bacon & Egg for breakfat (typoed that as breakfat originally) for me this morning - $3.65.

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