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andrew mcmillan
A.K.A "Karora" in various places.
A.K.A "Karora" in various places.

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The world needs a good conspiracy, I think :-)

"The CIA is a front for the New World Order and run by Nancy Pelosi, who is secretly taking orders from the Yellow King. They faked the link between cancer and cigarettes and keep an ancient spaceship on a base on Bikini Atoll. They use AIDS to control us, but we can use monoatomic gold to stop them."


What do you get?

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PostgreSQL from the Google at long last! Well done to my old team :-)

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So it looks like perhaps maybe the future of programming is Go? I for one am loving it the more I use it...

Interestingly I'm also writing a lot in C at the moment, and apart from my frustration with my current editing environment, I'm really enjoying that as well.

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Bread, circuses, and the lowest common denominator.
And this is why I have been writing the sort of plays that get performed at the steps of Victorian Parliament. This is why I am still creating a forum for political works. Please talk to me if you are fired up to do something meaningful. Neil Pigot's article is spot on:

It wasn’t long before trying to make something meaningful became a form of indulgence, an indulgence that we as a society shouldn’t have to foot the bill for. And in simple terms that has meant that each consecutive policy reform has targeted the independent sector (small and medium arts’ companies) while shoring up the position of the top end of town. And each time it has happened the response from the top end of town has got quieter and quieter until last year when the effects of George Brandis’ cuts to the arts were met with silence from almost all of the big arts’ companies.

And as popular success became the benchmark for companies, popularity has become the touchstone for artists. It is our obsession with popularity and fame that sees creative and public risk taking amongst artists in this country at an all-time low. Gone are the days when actors were arrested for performing a play as they were in the ‘60s at virtually every production of Alex Buzo’s Norm and Ahmed. Gone are the days when the entire company of the Melbourne Theatre Company had to be bailed from the Russell Street watch-house after its arrest for engaging in a public protest. Today few, if any, artists of note speak out about anything much that is troubling in our country.

We have virtually no spokesmen or women, no revered figures, who engage actively with public issues or speak for our profession. No noted non-Aboriginal artists are publicly engaged in the reconciliation movement or issues of Aboriginal welfare except to pass judgement on the cartoons of the late Bill Leak. We say nothing about immigration or the potentially damaging effects on democracy that are resulting from successive government attacks on our one truly independent national news source.

The media do not ask our views about the effects of the stripping of the welfare system, or on the ethics of radio shock jocks who incite division or on the aesthetics of urban development. And we artists have colluded in this assumption that artists have no reality, indeed no worth beyond celebrity, by embracing it.

And what have we been left with? Professional, polished and skilful work with no rough edges, where all the crumpled people have been thrown out and replaced by special people. Where there is a pervading sense that the fact that the show is on, that special people are doing it and I am sitting there should be enough for me to think about. Art that seems to have a disregard for, or rather ignorance of, its social responsibility, and like our politics inhabits a disconnected world of management-led professional risk aversion. A place from where it struggles to articulate its own pointlessness and is bereft of a vision for itself. Art that seeks to create no disruption to its audience’s particular world view and has no connection to anything that is going on beyond its own rapidly shrinking orbit.

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I wonder how quickly +darktable can incorporate this. Or perhaps it's libjpeg that would need to add support in.

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This looks like an interesting approach to micropayments, using a blockchain payment system. I look forward to seeing where it goes.

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Belfast Botanical Gardens

Something green & irish to share for St Patrick's Day! These Victorian glasshouses are wonderfully intricate outside, and lushly verdant inside.

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This is a really interesting analysis.

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For $REASONS which are largely historical, I follow every airline I've encountered on G+, despite the lack of commercial presence on here being one of the reasons I still invest significant time in it.

It's interesting to me that +Qantas has recently significantly upped their game on G+ and posted some quite excellent stuff. Since I don't actually have a facebook account I have no idea if this is a generally "they got their shit together on social networking" or "just noticed G+".

Anyway, here's an amusing one. Timely for me, since we're visiting NZ next month, although not nearly as many locations in NZ as I would have liked, and certainly not anywhere near Otago :-(
According to the Dalai Lama, one of the spiritual centres of the universe is found somewhere you might not expect.

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"The United States has approximately 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of its prisoners."

W. T. F.
This is so true. A TRILLION dollar problem, but more than that, a tragedy of wasted - no destroyed - lives.
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