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peter macinnis
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Attended Manly West Public, Manly Boys' High, University of Sydney
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Readers wanted for a new (revised) work.  I think it's pretty funny, but I'm too close, so I want some frank and brutal friends to take a look, and the people in my circles here are typically who are suited to the work.

See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sheep-May-Safely-Craze/385057008311675 and if you are willing to wade into and maybe through 73,000 words in a 1.4 meg PDF, please email me.
A tale of a quest to find a missing book, where humans are co-opted by beings claiming to be mad...
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My advance copy of the boxed set has arrived! It looks good, it feels good, and it smells good! Out July 1, I think. It weighs 1.25 kg.
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A cypherpunk game gives hope to Coast to Coast AM fans and others that 'want to believe.'
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A small sample from Many Voices, an analysis of how "Anzac Day" was defined, between 25 April 1915 and the same day in 1916: http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/the-first-anzac-day.html
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I have just beaten Proust. Wikipedia says 'À la recherche du temps perdu' has 1,267,069 words (estimate). My Big New Project, alias 'Many Voices' has 1,267,180 words (accurate count) of Australian history. I will add a few more thousand today and post a new version on Sunday.  Mind you, Proust WROTE his: I just compiled mine.
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A PDF of an article of mine that was published in  /ACCESS,/ volume 29, issue 1, March 2015, called 'You Don't have to be Crazy to Be a Writer (But it Helps) can be read here: <https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4602454/You%20don%27t%20have%20to%20be%20crazy%20to%20be%20a%20writer.pdf>
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Some 40 years ago, my colleague Ruth Dircks had the view that second daughters tended to be the scientists -- she and Christine Macinnis​ were both that.  As Cate Macinnis-Ng​ was our second child but first daughter, I gave HER the Meccano set.

In her PhD foreword, Cate recalled that when she was at pre-school, she asked her father what she would be when she grew up.  He told her she would be either a research physicist or a plumber -- and given the work described in the thesis, she said, she appeared to have combined the two.

She had told her teachers what I said at pre-school and one little boy said "that's silly, girls can't be plumbers" -- she went back the next day to say "yes they can, my father knows three girl plumbers" (omitting to mention that as a TAFE researcher, I had met the ONLY three in the state).

Now she is paying it all back as @loraxcate, and I commend her to twittering friends. We simply cannot afford to waste half the available human potential.
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Attitude breeds!  It is also contagious.
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The law is sometimes an ass, but only because some of those administering the law are asses' asses. One such case is the Agathis silbae affair, where the lawyers have now admitted they don't have a case. Don't blame the lawyers: blame those who sooled them onto an innocent man!  The story is here: http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/the-not-so-gentlemanly-art-of-naming.html
There is a powerful human urge to name things. In the first chapter of Genesis, God names things like night and day, but when it comes to animals in Genesis 2:19, God "… brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: ...
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OK, last reminder.  With Anzac Day near, the first Anzac Day: http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/the-first-anzac-day.html, and a different side of the Anzac story http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/different-anzac-story.html
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Many Voices, my new collection of Australian history sources, 1.28 million words in a 20 meg PDF: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46024…/many%20voices.pdf Bigger than Proust but madeleine-free.
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Niels Bohr said he never coined "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future", but he used to quote it. I have just found a lovely 1877 attempt to predict how we would use telephones and adding machines.
http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/…/the-making-of-predi…
Old writer on the block: The making of predictions
The writing diary of a well-mellowed science writer who cares about the public understanding of science and knows the ropes. This blog bounces between my curiosity, the daily realities of professional writing,...
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Anybody who knows me will understand why I reported Tallboys Apparel for spamming when they added me to their circles.  What a bunch of incompetent scumbags!  (If you don't know me all that well, I'm not short, but my legs are — if you are vertically gifted, please go elsewhere to buy!)
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Sydney science writer and freelance curious mind
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I'm a science writer, though I have, in the past, worked at many other things, and I have a piece of paper that says I am retired.  I have elected to treat the bit of paper with contempt.

I mainly spend my time writing books for adults and children, for two publishers. You can find a full listing of my books on goodreads.com, and the first of my links has all of the more recent books.  It also tells you what I am working on.

I'm a grandfather, and I care about the future for my grandchildren, and, indeed, for all children.

Put the human race in front of greed!
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CBCA Eve Pownall Honour Book 2008 'Kokoda Track: 101 Days' (also shortlisted, 2008 NSW Premier's Young People's History Prize), CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year, 2010, 'Australian Backyard Explorer', CBCA Notable Books List, Younger Readers 2011, 'The Monster Maintenance Manual', CBCA Notable Books, 2013, WA Premier's Book Award for Childen's Literature, 2013..
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Given a choice between plague and eating here, choose the plague. Slow and rude service, the fried fish was watery, chips were soggy, not licensed, and if you want a glass for a soft drink, you have to buy four plastic cups for a dollar. Cutlery consists of disposable plastic forks, though the bent tines on my fork suggest that it may have been through the dishwasher I assume that the person who named this "Best Fish and Chips, seven years running" was Horrible Henry, the Headless Hobgoblin who, lacking all organs of taste, wants humans to suffer because they have a sense of taste. The claim "grilled in garlic, chilli and rosemary" is NOT satisfied by slopping some sauce over the fish after it is done. We noticed too late that the Wharf Restaurant next door offered a light lunch for $20--we had dinner there several nights earlier, and everything was excellent.
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Up front, I know the owner, but that was after I visited his original shop in Queensland when I was up there for a festival. Knowing Embiggen had moved to Melbourne (I live in Sydney), I went looking for the new iteration when I was down there last. I like bookshops that are dangerous to the wallet, and I like books that have intelligent content, and I like bookshops where the owners/staff KNOW books. This bookshop scores 3/3, so be warned: take your money with you, because the stock is mouth-watering. Next time, I plan to drive down, so I can buy more!
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