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Michael Vaughan
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Most people, at some point in their lives, experience "sonder", the realisation that everyone around them has as complex and full a life as themselves, that they are actually real people, full of thoughts and ideas, hopes and dreams, and emotions.  I experience the inverse of this, regularly:  in many lives, I'm just an extra.  Man eating in cafe.  Person walking in the street.  I'm in the background of terribly important events.  Maybe people experience dejavu, if they see me multiple times, like a reused extra.  Rather than realising everyone else's complexity, I realise my own one-dimensionality.
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I'm the same mate, you are not alone in that feeling.
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Getting there.  We're one step closer to my dream of augmented reality.
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This is so chill, in this form.
 
thanks to the work colleague who shared this with me this morning, you get the somewhat dubious honour of a #todaystunes  that is a throwback... GANGNAM ALL THE THINGS!!
This version, by two young aussie/korean girls though is (in the words of my colleague) like, wow fantastic baby!
(its ok, i groaned too)

The link goes to the whole playlist :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ3OLswKKAw&index=31&list=PLtaPkoWoTgLTk3ewJp1rAv9ZkyroFOEtO
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This is uncanny.  Imagine Donald Trump quotes said by Zap Brannigan.
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Literary studies ruins everything.  Or, impruinves it.  On the topic of Dracula, gothic horror, and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, we discussed in class the "vagina dentata".  Imagery associated with a toothed vagina, representing the literal or figurative emasculation of men (or rather, the male fear of that).

In Full Metal Alchemist, Lust and Gluttony are always seen together.  When Gluttony's stomach opens up, it becomes a single vertical mouth, from his upper lip, to his crotch, with gigantic teeth along the sides.  He consumes everything in his path.

I came to the realisation that, while Lust satisfies the femme fatale role, for most purposes, Gluttony is her "vagina dentata".
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Microsoft Office is so bloated with shit I don't need.  Why is there a "Japanese greetings" function?  I have the Japanese language input installed, but it's not enabled right now, I'm typing in English.  There's no Japanese in my document, at all.  In fact, I've never used Japanese in Word, since getting this laptop.  Even if I were, I'm pretty sure I know how to say "hello" in Japanese, if I need to.  I don't need MS Office to do it for me.

Why is this even a thing?!
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A quick way to debunk any conspiracy theory is to look beyond the statement of the conspiracy, and consider the systemic implications of it, that is to say, what would have to be true, in the wider world, to make that conspiracy theory true.

For example, the moon landing conspiracy.  There are people who legitimately believe man never walked on the moon.  That NASA faked the moon landing, to get one up on Russia in the space race, as a bit of cold war propaganda.  Let's follow that line.  Russia was ahead for most of the space race.  First object in orbit.  First living thing in space.  First man, first woman in space.  First space-walk.  First space station.  First off-earth rover.  That rover was the Lunokhod.  If I recall, Russia landed two of them on the moon.  If America faked the moon landing, Russia just needed to land a Lunokhod right where America claimed Amstrong and Aldrin landed, and send back pictures of the vast emptiness.  If America faked the moon landing, Russia could get away with faking that.  What evidence would America have to challenge them?  Faking the moon landing is a huge gamble, when your opposition has a device that can transmit images back to earth, and when your opposition might succeed in what you faked, and show you up.  Russia was America's biggest military, economic, and ideological rival for decades.  Don't you think, at any point up to the late 90s, that Russia would have loved to destabilise America's credibility by proving they'd faked the moon landing?

The logical conclusion of the faked moon landing must be that the people the landing was faked to scare, the whole reason for the space race, would have to be in on it.

Climate science.  Apparently there's this global conspiracy of scientists to fake the climate data, and overblow the danger of rising CO2 levels, just so they can get fat off grant money.  This one is easy.  For this to be true, the fossil fuel industry must be completely powerless against a financial incentive!  I mean, how ever would the fossil fuel industry get the money to compete with government-funded research grants?
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I mean that the conspiracy theory hinges on scientists getting rich off climate science.  Completely powerless against a financial incentive means that the fossil fuel industry must have absolutely no way to compete with the money coming from the climate illuminati.  The richest industry on earth could buy all the science it wants, and if consensus among 99% of the scientists in the world were formed solely because it was lucrative, the fossil fuel industry would have that one on lockdown.
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Theme song of 2016: Another One Bites the Dust
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Let me tell you a joke. Why didn't the hacktivists DDOS the Census site?

Because they didn't fucking need to.

The best thing:  getting the NBN we were promised could have prevented this.  People being able to interact with the site faster, getting in and out quicker, means fewer simultaneous connections and reconnection attempts.  Because of our slow internet access, the government has screwed up Australia's biggest ever online census initiative.
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I see that we have 6 weeks to fill out the form..
Though, given our 'Turdfull interwebs' , it may take 6 weeks to fill it out.
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    2016 - present
  • Mackay North State High Schcool
    2001 - 2005
  • Central Queensland University
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