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Patrick Bowman
Works at Massey University
Attended University of Adelaide
Lives in Auckland, New Zealand
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As quoted by Michael Bradley in Crikey!
"“Somebody — was it Burke? – called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism … People are amused by it, or disgusted by it, according to their temperaments. But it is no longer the real force it was. It is not seriously treated.”
-- Oscar Wilde, 1891
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stunned by it, I can hardly believe half of what I read and what I hear, I just hope that much of it is not true.
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After hearing me repeatedly complain about the lack of blackboards at my university, a friend bought me some contact-like adhesive flim with a blackboard surface. I've yet to find a really good use for it. 
Here’s a fun fact about mathematicians: they love chalkboards. Especially the old fashioned ones, with actual chalk and those dusty erasers. There are a
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My daughter was extremely scathing when I talked about the black boards at university. Apparently white boards are where the young people are at... 
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The video's well worth watching.
 
On December 25, 2004, the piggybacking Huygens probe was released from the ‘mothership’ Cassini spacecraft and it arrived at Titan on January 14, 2005. The probe began transmitting data to Cassini four minutes into its descent through Titan’s murky…
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I can't believe I'm streaming radio of someone playing vinyl.
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woohoo
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Cats have a curious sense of navigation. Apparently the optimal path between any two points goes across my keyboard.
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of course
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"Five charged after 300kg of pseudoephedrine seized" should fit in with the new range of pseudo-Enid Blyton books.
Police seize hundreds of kilograms of pure pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in manufacturing ice, and charge five men with drug importation after a bust in Melbourne.
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A little on the stains, the rest in the wash 
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`Kovács said Hungary had been subjected to “unfounded accusations about transparency and corruption”. “We believe that by getting rid of these elements of the political argumentation, it is going to be easier...."'

Can't argue with that: Evict everyone who criticises you, and then the criticism will stop. I have a vague admiration for the way these guys keep a straight face whilst saying this stuff.
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Guy Rundle provided consistently insightful analysis of the US presidential election. This is an excellent summary.
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Matinee Idle just played a cover so bad it killed one of RadioNZ's AM transmitters.
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Two page Oglaf, relatively SFW (some bad language and your co-workers will think you're freaky).
PreviousNext. lovingly rendered pictures of cocks. cow devils have so many horns.
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Certainly a new one to me. The OED's Word of the Day is atas:
Sophisticated, highbrow, classy. Sometimes also with negative connotations: arrogant, snobbish, condescending.

Origin: A borrowing from Malay.
Etymology: < Malay atas (preposition and adverb) over, above.

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1993 Business Times (Singapore) 14 Aug. (Time Off section) el9/4 Once the classiest and most ‘atas’ place in town, Oz has now lowered its slights [sic] slightly.
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It's actually Singlish (Singapore English) lah.
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  • Massey University
    Senior Lecturer, 2006 - present
  • Florida State University
    Postdoc, 2000 - 2002
  • University of Adelaide
    Postdoc, 2002 - 2003
  • Indiana University
    Postdoc, 2003 - 2006
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Adelaide, South Australia - Tallahassee, Florida - Bloomington, Indiana
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Theoretical physicist, Mediaeval recreator
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