Tonight my sister and I had the joy of discovering that our massive IT nerd dad had never heard of XKCD. Naturally we had to start him off with the 1 in 10,000 one... I think he has many hours of enjoyment up ahead 😃

I wrote a blog post about my mixed feelings on Melbourne's “freedom day”:

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I wrote a blog post with some thoughts on the three browser games I've been dabbling in recently:

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tech dystopia 

"if you don't have any of these you're not a real person"

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ausmedia, big tech, shitpost 

“Delete your account”

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If you use #Google Photos, there's a non-zero chance that there are secret, yet public URLs attached to your photos that allow un-authenticated access to every picture in your account. Mine did, and I tested the addresses in incognito and tor browsers and they worked. #privacy

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Earlier on I talked about how targeted advertising is a scam from flim-flam men, and your best bet was to go for completely untargeted and really wide-reach advertising to find the people who don't yet know (or act like) they want your thing.

This article says that companies who turned off targeted ads don't notice any difference, and nearly all of the people who were targeted would have bought the thing anyway:

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It is estimated that one Bitcoin transaction takes 1544 kWh to be processed.

Quick back of the envelope calculation: with that energy my car can run for 7125 km, so basically a short drive from Brussels, Belgium to Kabul, Afghanistan.

One transaction.

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Sweet Dreams / 7 Nation Army Mashup.

It's good. Like, scary good.

It sounded like a small child turned up to play on the playground that was also 2m from the partiers, and started crying at them in frustration (I feel you, kid, I feel you) so the teens all left. Thank God.

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I swear I'm not usually one of those "Teenagers having fun IN PUBLIC?! Disgusting! 😡" kinds of people but choosing 9am to have a raging fiesta with ultra-loud music and a swarm of dudes yelling insults at each other two metres from my apartment windows is really a bit much.

It's been months since I've felt able to replenish my stock of "boutique" spices and blends (the ones you can't just get at the supermarket), but I really felt like chicken tagine today so I did my best to improvise ras el-hanout using what I had readily available. And in the end, it turned out delicious! A nice reminder that it's always worth investigating, because until you do you don't know how close you can get 😊 (original post, with more detail)

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@Sandra Yeah, I can see how that would be tough 😔

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@Sandra Unusual I can agree with! And I do sympathise with your view on DST, too, even if I prefer having DST myself once I adjust to each change (but only because, as mentioned, school/work schedules are so rigidly in line with the clock, and very few workers or schoolkids get any say about it). I'm sure more flexibility in schedules would have many other advantages too, but eliminating the need for DST sounds like it'd be one :)

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@Sandra I do see your logic! I think if schools/workplaces etc. were actually willing to adjust their schedules by the sun, I would be fine with that instead of having DST. It's just that hardly any do, and me personally choosing to wake up earlier to have an extra leisure hour before school/work is a lot less relaxing for me than having the hour afterwards. (Plus, I've always found it 100x easier to sleep in later than fall asleep earlier, so trying this would probably just see me lose sleep.)

As far as Australia's timezones go, I guess I'm just used to them but there still are explanations for most of the weirdnesses 😛 Most of the states are geographically very big, so they've chosen timezones that suit the most populous parts of those states (except Qld, which chose to do what suited the northern parts of the state, and Victoria, which chooses to synchronise with NSW, where nearly the whole state is on Sydney time). The overwhelming majority of WA's population, for example, lives in or near Perth, extremely far away from the SA or NT borders, so the "big timezone jump when you only went a short distance" issue probably affects no more than a few hundred people. (That said, there is a tiny little town on the WA/SA border, Eucla, which unofficially operates at a 45-minute difference from both states in the winter (not sure whether they have DST or not)! Just to add a little extra weirdness on the weirdness 😛)

As far as DST goes, I think the rationale is basically that it doesn't make sense to have it in the far northern tropical areas, and for some reason in Australia we feel a whole state/territory has to be in or out together, so the northern states/territories don't have it. In Qld I think the majority of people in the SE would prefer to have it, but because of this "whole state" unofficial rule, that majority in the SE doesn't outweigh the rest of the state where, like, no one wants it. WA has done "trial runs" of DST a few times (I think the "business community" would prefer to keep the 2hr gap with the eastern states and not go to 3hrs in the summer) and personally if I lived in Perth I would prefer it, but people there keep voting against it in referendums which is their right I guess.

Sorry for the huuuuuge wall of text, but I guess I'm something of a timezone nerd as well! Personally I found it strange just how much of Europe is on the same time zone – like Rome to Seville being the same, when Seville's solar time is like an hour behind 😛 I guess my personal preference would be, noon should be as close to 12 as long as the sun isn't rising long before 6am, otherwise make it so the sun rises around 6am, unless there are over 16 hours of daylight in which case I guess I'd prefer a "solar midnight" around 1:30–2am. But I do agree that the main reason I feel so fussy about it is just because modern life isn't really as flexible, schedule-wise, as it should be.

@Sandra I think for my part, I just don't feel any benefit from noon being close to 12, whereas the sunlight aligning better to my wakeful hours, that feels "real" 😛 I get that it'd be different at a latitude where you have like 18 hours of daylight in the summer anyway, though. Out of curiosity, in what way are Oz timezones weird?

I’ve been feeling so tired in recent days 🥱 Somehow it took me way longer to adjust to DST than usual, so I kept not feeling tired and staying up too late for days on end… until it all caught up with me 😆 I actually like DST (who wants dawn at 4:45!) but this has sucked.

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