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Mike Macgirvin

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Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Getting pretty hazy here. Eucalyptus fills the air. Stinkin' hot. Water pump gave out.

#bushfire
elmussol
  
Increased cultivation of eucalyptus for paper has caused a major change in the nature of forest fires in Portugal. It has been a disaster this last year,
Alexandre Hannud Abdo
  
There are trees here that *require* a bushfire to germinate and reproduce.


Interesting, there's a similar phenomenon in parts of a Brazilian biome called "cerrado".
James D Morgan
  last edited: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:22:57 +1100  
There is some flower out in the Western US that requires fire to bloom. Manzanita, maybe? I don't remember. #lazyJim

(Edit) I quit being lazy and looked it up. It is NOT Manzanita. I'll see if I can find it
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
!Hubzilla Support Forum A reminder that you should now be able to access most Hubzilla forums with !forumname. This has been in place for several months and will be much more compatible with other federated systems.
tonnerkiller
  
Forum is the channel where one of the forum-categories was picked under channels/settings? I remember there having been more fine-grained settings, but I can't find them any more. Maybe they only remain for single connection definitions...
Mike Macgirvin
  
This choice is usually made when you create a channel (What kind of channel would you like to create?), but you can also change it in your channel settings. See "Security and Privacy Settings".  If you would like to create an additional channel for the purpose of running a forum or some other kind of thing (celebrity or small business page, newsfeed, whatever), see 'Channel Manager' from the dropdown menu with your picture in the top bar. Then select 'Create New'.
tonnerkiller
  
Thank you.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Does your car have soy based wiring? - How to Prevent Rats from Eating Your Car Wires
All 2012-2016 model year Toyota vehicles..All 2012-2015 model year Honda vehicles..every large car manufacturer: Audi, BMW, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Mazda..
Marshall Sutherland
  
www.howtopreventratsfromeatingcarwires.com

Perhaps one of the most specific host names I have ever seen!

They state their reasoning was in an effort to reduce dependency on petroleum and to “go-green.”

Except for all the petroleum product used to make fertilizer, I guess.

In reality, bioplastics are cheaper to produce.

Thanks to government subsidies for soybean production?
Raymond Monret
  
Fertilizers are made from natural gas:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haber_process
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Sydney hits its highest temperature recorded since 1939

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Sydney has hit a heat milestone, recording a 47.3C temperature in the far western suburb of Penrith.


This is ambient temperature, not surface temperature - which is much hotter. I've personally experienced 50C at the Sydney airport three years ago, but that represents a large expanse of asphalt and the Bureau Of Meteorology tends to be a bit more methodical with their measurements, preferring measurement locations with trees and shade.  I can't really tell you what temperature we hit at the house - the outdoor temperature sensor it seems became a puddle of molten plastic some time in the last 48 hours and stopped sending signals.
Marshall Sutherland
  
Meanwhile on the other side of the globe, we just broke a 130 year record by having 5 consecutive days where the high did not exceed 50F. I realize this does not seem extreme compared to other places, but breaking a record that old is pretty impressive. In 2010, we broke a 119 year old record by having 13 freezing days in a row, but, surprisingly, we didn't break this record at that time.
Paco Menzar Bien
  
¿Me equivoco o la genética no engaña?.
¡Que bueno es el verano!
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
About an hour until midnight. Watching a tribute to "Countdown" and the Young Brothers at the opera house on the tele. I think my old mate Chris was playing guitar on at least one of the pieces. Anyway you probably won't quite get this because a lot of this will be lost in translation. Let's just say hot summer night, old school Aussie rock-n-roll being served up in abundance, and 1.5 million people lining Sydney Harbour and probably 5 million watching on the tele. Soon to be followed by the greatest fireworks show on the planet. Peace. If I don't make it back online tonight, Happy New Year.
Andrew Manning
  
Also at some point, insurance companies flat-out refuse to insure your event in any way. I'm sure the actuaries have fun calculating potential energy density :-)
Einer von Vielen
  
unless you find a way to get the smoke to clear from the prior volleys before doing so


So :-) true

This year we could hardly see to the other side of this small harbor. The locals fired and fired many many rockets into the sky. Dust as in a bad Hollywood war movie.

Mike Macgirvin
  
This event is paid for by the taxpayers, so I doubt there's a cap on insurance costs or lack of willing underwriters.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Merry Christmas, Mike. :-)
Mike Macgirvin
  
Supposed to hit 40C in another hour and family is starting to arrive. I'm not sure we have enough liquid refreshments. Might just have to hose everybody off like we do the dogs to cool them down.
Maria Karlsen
  
A very Merry Christmas to you and your family. :-)
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
The folks at Zotlabs (crafters of neoteric community technology) wish you and your families a harmonious holiday season, and hope that you may have many reasons to celebrate the coming year.

This greeting is extended across all cultures, belief systems, and tribes.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Happy Holidays! :cocktail:

Fun fact :-)
An odd thing about "neoteric" is that this word for things that are modern and new is itself rather old. It's been part of English since at least 1596
Maria Karlsen
  
Happy Holidays to everyone!
JRandal
 
May it be a moment of joy and peace for you and yours. Thanks for the friendship and patience.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
You know what to do.

Libre Projects
Web services listed here have free usage & sharing as a main goal – using free licenses such as MIT, GNU AGPL, Creative Commons or similar terms. There will be no advertising for corporations that offer libre features as a niche service. On the other hand, platforms that mainly distribute free content and don't require user accounts do not have t...
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Aim for the Publishing category. By clicking the icons you get a discription, if it exists. Help fill in the blanks, and write to set us appart within the collection. Arguing seems to be a lost cause.
Erik Lundin
  
Yeah, I saw that too, but it might be worth a try anyway. Probably depends on how unique they think Hubzilla is. Friendica apparently has a place there.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
That is the thing, I think their criteria are
a) uniqness
b) shiny
and they rely on OUR description for a), while b) is their call, and they do not want complex.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
There's now a recipe for Vegemite icy poles — and you're all divided

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It may be an iconic Australian spread, but would you eat a Vegemite icy pole?
elmussol
  
Mmmmmmmmm :-)
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Microsoft has joined the creepy club. Now they're letting their servers analyse all your files and photos and suggest better ways of organising them. I received my first (of many?)  "generated" photo albums today.

No thank you.  

Reformat that fucker.
Adam Robertson
  
All the "downgrades" I have done have been Windows 7 Professional, doing a clean wipe and re-installing from bare-bones.  no upgrades to Windows 10 have been offered or forced. I have Automatic Updates turned on.
Maria Karlsen
  
So. If I don't want to have my picture automatiaclly uploaded I shouldn't let any Win10 user take a photo of me...? That's a lot of people.
Adam Robertson
  
Those same people are probably uploading your photos to Facebook, so MS might as well have them as well
Maria Karlsen
  
Great eye-opener, thanks for sharing.
Raymond Monret
  
Note to self: plan to live in the southern hemisphere from october to march, in the northern hemisphere from april to september. Alternative plan: live in a subtropical country all year long. Caveats of the alternative plan: deadly animals, hurricanes, etc...
Adam Robertson
  
No thanks for me. We live in a brutally hot/dry summer climate from June ~ October.  Winter is always very welcome for us!
JRandal
  
Just saw a newspaper article: big thing here this year is dressing up pineapples as Christmas trees.
Sean Tilley
 
I'll have to check this place out. I'm a big fan of Club Deluxe in the Upper Haight, which features live jazz every night.
Mike Macgirvin
  
It's located in the penthouse of the Duncan/Channon ad agency, 114 Sansome and officially listed as a "speakeasy".
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
2-meter snake slithering around the Chemistry building this morning. The foreign students were hysterical. A couple of girls were screaming. I was like 'Meh - it's only a red-belly. Yeah, it can kill you, but it probably won't attack unless you poke it with something.'
Maria Karlsen
  
Right. Keep calm and don't poke it. Got it.
Mike Macgirvin
  
Damn near stepped on an eastern brown while picking boysenberries in the garden just now. This is a different story than the red-belly. These guys will attack you for no reason other than they feel like killing something, and it's a good 25 minutes to the nearest anti-venom. There are a lot of ripe berries at the moment but I think I'm just going to let the birds have them.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
:scream:
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
So let's say you find an ancient virus that was so "virulent" that it attached itself to human DNA hundreds of thousands of years ago and now travels along with our species wherever it goes - dormant.

What do you do?

1.  Detach it from its human DNA host and drop the nasty thing in chlorine or zap it with radiation and kill it
2.
see if the forgone germ can be revived



Ancient virus found hibernating in the human genome—and it might wake up

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In DNA dig, scientists unearth more viral code, which makes up >8% of our genomes.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
3. Market "Retrovirus Home Kit - 101 experiments with your ancient self you and or child will not enjoy".
Maria Karlsen
  
Poking the sleeping dragon with a stick is usually not a good idea. Not even if you are "excited" to see what colour its eyes are.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Bloody hell...

Already, surface temperatures in parts of Darwin’s CBD have been recorded nudging 70C.
And regional cities in Queensland might not be far behind.
Mike Macgirvin
  
The keyword is "surface" temperature, not "ambient" temperature. Think asphalt. But in the concrete jungle cities, this can raise the ambient temperature in some sections of downtown to potentially deadly levels. If you're outside, there's no relief. Even under the occasional shade tree you're talking about 40+
JRandal
  
Gotcha. And I thought it got hot here.
Waitman Gobble
  
ouch 70c
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Anybody who is surprised about this is living in a state of denial. And call me a cynic, but I don't really have much faith in the company's response. My guess is that now they'll just encrypt the data so you won't know exactly what data your phone is sending back to the mother ship.

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Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled
by Keith Collins on Quartz
Andrew Manning
  
So unless you are the only case (obviously not), basically you are saying that plenty of people have personally experienced proof that Google has been tracking them everywhere regardless of their phone settings. Clearly if this was going to be something the public would be upset about, it would have made "the news" before now. I know I should be numb to this by now, but I'm still shocked.
Marshall Sutherland
  
The average person would see this as a "benefit". Kind of like the "benefit" I discovered a few years back of automatically copying all my pictures to their servers, which I only discovered because they started asking if I wanted to make them public on Google+.

Secrets are Lies! Sharing is Caring! Privacy is Theft!
Andrew Manning
  
Wild, isn't it? If someone stole all your family photo albums and made copies of them, and then sent you advertisements for how you could order prints to go on birthday cards or gift mugs, you would consider legal action. I suppose this will be reality when you have to agree to the Amazon/Google terms of service when you buy your house in the future.

"By opening your door, you agree to these ToS. If you do not agree, stay out and live on the streets. Your key will be automatically revoked for your convenience."
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends (and anybody else who wants to join in).
Andrew Manning
  
Thanks! Regardless of nationality or history, all of us benefit from taking time to focus on what we are thankful for in our lives and sharing that time with loved ones. What we're usually most thankful for is having those loved ones and having good food to eat, so combining the two makes sense.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
It's weird trying to grasp that David Cassidy and Malcolm Young were apparently living in the same universe.



David Cassidy - Get it up for love 1975
by fritz5176 on YouTube
Waitman Gobble
  last edited: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:43:11 +1100  


AC/DC - Ride on
by MetalMusicChannelITA on YouTube

the comments on that one are pretty amusing.

maybe this one?



Ride On - ACDC Bon Scott
by Luis Patricio Vacas Torres on Vimeo