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Aneristic Illusions / Assange to run for Australian Senate
« on: March 17, 2012, 08:17:14 am »

WikiLeaks has announced that its founder and leader Julian Assange is planning to run for a seat in the Australian Senate.
He is currently waiting for a British Supreme Court decision on his appeal against the extradition.

But WikiLeaks says despite his legal predicament, Assange is eligible to run for the Australian Upper House.

In its announcement on Twitter, WikiLeaks said it would also be running a candidate against Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her Lower House Victorian seat of Lalor.

I don't think he'll actually win a seat, but if he does it could make for an interesting situation.

Techmology and Scientism / eReaders
« on: October 15, 2011, 04:05:06 am »
So I'm thinking of getting an eReader, and seeing as though a few people around here have them/know about technology, I thought I'd ask your opinions on them. I was thinking of getting a Sony because I've heard that they are pretty good, but after the PSN hacking and TOS thing, I'm not certain, they do use third party online stores, but still...

So do any of you have advice? I mainly want it for textbooks and science papers (but I also would like to be able to buy eBooks), so I need to be able to easily upload PDFs to it, also I don't need 3G connectivity.

Thanks in advance

Apple Talk / Lol, Planking
« on: May 16, 2011, 02:11:42 pm »
Yeah, I really don't know what to say except 'Seriously?'

Is it worth life in a wheelchair to take a funny photo to impress somebody you don't know on the Internet?

This is the question police in Australia have posed after a man died on Sunday taking part in the latest craze going viral on the Internet -- "planking".

Acton Beale, 20, plunged to his death after positioning himself for a picture on a balcony railing seven floors up in Brisbane after a night out drinking.

He was a "planker", a fast-growing group of people who lie flat on their stomachs with their arms against their bodies -- to resemble a plank -- in unusual and sometimes dangerous situations.

Photographs of their exploits are then shared through social media sites.

Little-known until last week when a man was charged with planking on a police car, the Planking Australia Facebook page has seen its number of fans soar from under 10,000 four days ago to almost 100,000 on Monday.

Apple Talk / ATTN Eurospags
« on: January 11, 2011, 11:46:53 am »
Next week I'm heading over to Europe for about a month, so do you have any suggestions of neat stuff I can see?

I'm going to be around the UK for about 11 days (London, Liverpool, Ireland and Glasgow), then spend the rest of my time around Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium (I have a rail pass that allows me to travel around those places).

Also, if any of you guys are free, I'd rather like to catch up with you guys.

Techmology and Scientism / Chromoscope
« on: December 01, 2010, 07:15:05 am »
I'm not sure if you guys have seen this before, but it is pretty neat.

It's a site that lets view the universe at different frequencies. You can't zoom in much, unfortunately, but it is still rather pretty.

They're all nominated for Time's person of the year:,29569,2028734,00.html

I rather hope that Beck gets it, it will do wonders for his ego


A Google Maps error is being blamed for Nicaraguan troops accidentally invading Costa Rica last week.

The troops have been accused of crossing the hotly disputed Nicaragua border into Costa Rica and setting up camp for the night after taking down a Costa Rican flag and raising the Nicaraguan flag.

But their commander, Eden Pastora, told Costa Rica's largest newspaper, La Nacion, that Google Maps was used to justify the incursion. Nicaraguan government officials have also blamed a "bug in Google" for the error.

This sounds too much like an Onion article.

Techmology and Scientism / Zork... On a Typewriter?
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:23:51 pm »
It is more likely than you think:

I think this is the best way to play text based adventures.

Now I need to get one and hook it up to LotGD

Principia Discussion / Discordia: 3rd best religion ever
« on: October 21, 2010, 09:15:41 am »
Well, kinda, according to some guy who decided to rank the top eight nerd religions:

We got beaten by Jedis :(

Apple Talk / ATTN: The Real Slim Shady
« on: October 19, 2010, 01:28:47 pm »
Would you please stand up?


Jumping on bandwagons since he was old enough to jump.

Apple Talk / ATTN: Trip
« on: October 12, 2010, 01:35:04 pm »
Do you know if this is real:

If it is, I am damn impressed.

Discordian Recipes / Mashed Potato
« on: October 06, 2010, 06:17:43 am »
So lately I've rediscovered how awesome mashed potato can be. I've also been trying out throwing extra things in the mash, and am trying to think of various experiments I could try.

So far I've added:
-Bacon (very tasty, though more of a snack in itself, rather than a side)
-Garlic and Parmesan (also really good if you get the amount of garlic right)
-Various herbs

Do any of you guys have any other ideas of what to add?

One thing I've been meaning to try is sweet potato and maple syrup, but I haven't got around to it yet (I need more maple syrup :( ).

Aneristic Illusions / So, it seems Australia has a government
« on: September 07, 2010, 06:47:37 am »
Looks like the independents have finally decided to go with Gillard. However it is only 76-74, now I guess we just wait and see how long it takes for everything to break down and another election is called, I'm guessing 16 months.

Plus, with the greens having nine seats in the senate, this could get interesting (part of me wishes Steve Fielding gets in, just for the lulz).

Apple Talk / ATTN: Squid
« on: June 12, 2010, 05:16:42 am »

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