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peter macinnis
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Attended Manly West Public, Manly Boys' High, University of Sydney
Lives in Fairlight, NSW, Australia
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Take two millipedes and call me in the morning.

http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/take-dose-of-millipedes.html
I am working on a new book which has the working title Not Your Usual Treatment, and it will include bizarre folk remedies, quack operations and bizarre devices, all used to "treat" in some way a real or fancied condition. Th...
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Thanks to GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido who sent me this to start my Saturday morning:
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Brilliant!
Day 13. Our new Education minister, Christopher Pyne, is not impressing me. So today's Create turns a recent radio interview he did on the ABC into a musical remix. To make this, I used Audio Hijack Pro to grab the audio from...
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Gentle lyrical remembrance of Christmases past, some Australian history, and a gift pineapple for a deserving case, delivered rough end first in an upwards direction. http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/on-tinned-meat-and-dense-brains.html
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How to survive in the military: a pafable (that's a cross between a fable and a parable, with a soupçon of nable gazing): http://oldblockwriter.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/how-i-won-war.html
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To my indulgent friends: I am toying with a new model. I have produced the ms of an e-book called 'Not Your Usual Bushrangers', and the e-book version is HEAVILY footnoted. As I am dickering for a print version, where the footnotes would be intrusive, I am playing with a companion-web page, where key text can be selected and used as a jumping-off point to go to the original sources. Not many will use it, but a few will, and I think it's worth doing for them. The code for the tables is generated in Excel (details on request), and I probably need to do a bit of fancy design, but any thoughts?

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~macinnis/writing/bushranger-links.htm 
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Bad interactive item design is unacceptable. Incompetent and dangerous interactive item design is unprofessional.  Today, at Auckland Zoo, I saw designs that will, sooner or later, sever or maim the fingers of somebody's hand, probably a child.  There can be NO excuse for gross stupidity.
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My mate Chris Betcher has surpassed himself, as anybody knowing Poodle Pyne, the Dog With Indistinguishable Ends, will agree.
http://mydailycreate.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/013-remixing-chris-pyne.html
Day 13. Our new Education minister, Christopher Pyne, is not impressing me. So today's Create turns a recent radio interview he did on the ABC into a musical remix. To make this, I used Audio Hijack Pro to grab the audio from...
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Genevieve Lacey is a musician who loves her music—and her land. She is also a brilliant mind. One of her talks is available now, the other will be on the same link soon. This is no pretentious, prancing show pony, this is a beautiful mind, a philosopher, a poet, and I recommend finding two blocks of one hour to listen. 'Rapt in Sound' was excellent, 'Learn to Listen', just now, stopped me working. Find them both here, for a limited time: http://www.abc.net.au/classic/program/musicmakers/listen-again.htm
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science writer, children's writer, science gossip, currently writing about gold
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Fairlight, NSW, Australia
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Balgowlah, NSW, Australia - Balgowlah Heights, NSW, Australia - Stanmore, NSW, Australia - but I travel lots
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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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  • Manly West Public, Manly Boys' High, University of Sydney
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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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