Ronald Brak

Because not everyone can be normal.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

William Gibson's Neuromancer: Cutting My Cheese With Monomolecular Filament

A sentence from the first chapter of the 1984 novel Neuromancer: "His buyer for the three megabytes of hot RAM in the Hitachi wasn't taking calls." And today in 2014 I can buy 10,000 times that much for $5 at Office Works. This is not to make fun of William Gibson, people didn't even know what gigabytes were back then. After all, the1994 animated show Reboot called their villain Megabyte as that word still seemed impressive back then instead of quaint.

No, I mention this because the past is a different country and the past's musings on possible futures are little better than fever dreams, as are our own musings on the future. Gibson created a world where the earth had giant space colonies and 3 megabytes of RAM was worth doing a black market deal over instead of a flea market deal. Meanwhile we live in a world where we walk around with gigabytes in our pockets and a minimum crew complement on the International Space Station, who are really only there because the governments involved are too embarrassed to pull the plug, and robots do our space exploration for us. Whatever the future may be, the only thing certain is it won't be as we imagine it.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Wise Words From A Founding Parent Of That Great Nation

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Monday, December 22, 2014

"Do I have to wrap them around me and pretend they are attacking like in the old days?"

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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Fifty Ways To Fudge Your Data

The problem is all inside your ethics she said to me
The answer is easy if you don't take it logically
I'd like to help you in your struggle to earn a fee
There must be fifty ways to fudge your data

She said it is my habit to intrude,
Furthermore, I hope my meaning will be lost and misconstrued
But I'll repeat myself until it sinks in, dude
There must be fifty ways to fudge your data
Fifty ways to fudge your data

You just pick a new date, mate
Cherry picking's a plan, man
Be arbitrary, Mary
Get yourself a fee
Become a hack, Mack
Appear on radio that's talkback
Become like me, see
And you'll get a fee

She said it grieves me so to see you use your brain
Don't you know a little mistruth will gently ease the strain
And I said hypothetically speaking would you please explain
About the fifty ways

She said why don't you work all through the night
And through fatigue make mistakes you'll claim are slight
Then she paid me and I realised she probably was right
There must be fifty ways to fudge your data
Fifty ways to fudge your data

Ignore fact, Jack
Mis-scale a graph, Garth
Don't care who you destroy, boy
Just get yourself a fee
Claim conspiracy, Lee
Ignore ice free arctic sea
Lie like an Aussie PM, Sven,
And get yourself a fee

- not quite by Paul Simon

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Today an internet comedian suggested people with rootop solar should be charged $40 a day in the interests of "fairness".  That was a pretty good joke considering that plenty of Australians at the moment have the electricity they supply to the grid simply stolen from them and recieve a zero cents for each kilowatt-hour they supply.  Besides outright theft we should just add random charges as well.  That's fair.  Apparently the comedian is a  member of the first church of Jesus Coal and believes the more coal we burn the sooner we'll all be able to lie down with the sooty lamb of the lord, and, I dunno, hack black phlem over it from our diseased lungs or something.  Anyway, for him (and it's almost always a him) I reproduced this little ditty based on Bad Moon Rising:

Grid Defection Rising
- by Creedence Clearwater Revival not

I smell a diesel gen-set runnin',
I see grid defection on the way,
Power'n refrigeration 'n lighting,
It's cheaper than on the grid to stay,

Rip the cord tonight,
For gen-set provided light,
There's grid defection on the rise.

They want to take your forty dollars,
Not each month but every day,
Cheaper to use gosh-darn diesel,
Who'd be stupid enough to pay?

Rip the cord tonight,
For gen-set provided light,
There's grid defection on the rise.


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Sunday, August 03, 2014

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee: A Synopsis

Atticus Finch appears to live an idealic life with his family in small town America. However, after a near fatal head injury gives him epilepsy, in the time after seizures Atticus is able to see the town as it really is - a zoo containing the last unmutated human survivors of a nuclear war. After the war mutated animals gained telepathy and a controlling overmind and now the rule the world outside of radiation zones. With the help of "Boo" Radley who he formally thought of as the town's madman, Atticus Finch formulates a plan to kill the animal that is the key node of the local animal overmind so he and his fellow survivors can escape to freedom in a nearby radiation zone. They plan to give the mutant humans dwelling their the gifts of technology and lead them in rebellion against the animal overlords. Hence the title, To Kill a Mockingbird. Tragically, Harper Lee died of a massive bad acid trip before she could finish the second and third volumes of her planned trilogy. If completed this work would surely be considered the greatest literary accomplishment in the English language.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

A Good Question

If survivors from the Malaysian Airlines flight 370 made a raft out of their crashed plane and paddled it to Australia, would they be put in detention because they arrived by boat or would they retain their freedom because they would be considered to have arrived by plane?

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Mr T is currently 2.1% of the United States' gold reserve.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014


"...not totally unintelligent."
    - Paul Walter

Yeah, that's right!  An actual truncated quote from Paul Walter about yours truly.  In your face everyone who said I was totally unintelligent!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Mathew 16:18 A Ghost Story

And Jesus Christ said, "I tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I shall build my church." And that's why, when all is quite, if you place your ear against the floor of any church aisle you can hear muffled screaming.

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Friday, November 01, 2013

Free Riders On The Storm

John Quiggin recently wrote about how a certain country that shall remain nameless, but which begins and ends with an A and isn't Andora or in South America, and how it is attempting to free ride on the CO2 emission reductions of other countries by getting rid of its carbon price.  This inspired me to write the following song.  However, I can't talk all the credit for it as I did get some help from Jim Morrison:

Free riders on the storm
Free riders on the storm
Around government they swarm
Against them I now warn
They’re out seeking rent
And won’t stop until we’re spent
Free riders on the storm

There’s a killer in the air
In his birth we all share
Fly on a holiday
For a nice steak pay
Emit it from your ride
And sweet Bangladeshis will die
Killer in the air

Girl ya gotta be informed
Girl ya gotta be informed
Take your keyboard in your hand
Make them understand
The world on you depends
For many lives will end
Gotta be informed

Free riders on the storm
Free riders on the storm
Around government they swarm
Against them now I warn
They’re out seeking rent
And won’t stop until we’re spent
Free riders on the storm

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Allow Me To Elucidate

Just how pointless is the American government shutdown? Allow me to explain in terms Australians can understand. Imagine that Australia's Prime Minister appeared live on national TV and, using only his hands and teeth, slowly and methodically devoured a live koala. The US shutdown is even more pointless, as at least Tony would get a good feed out of that.

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Monday, October 07, 2013

Time Heals All Enzyme Deficiencies

I just drank a three liter bottle of milk.  It's been months since the doctor told me I was lactose intolerant so I must be over it by now.

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Saturday, October 05, 2013

The Supply Situation On The Eastern Front Becomes Perilous.

Fritz:  I am two years older than you so I get the gun and you get the binoculars.
Hans:  No fair!  I'm telling the Oberfeldwebel!
Fritz:  Tell it to the marines!
Hans:  If I find any in this Ukrainian snow storm I'll be sure to. 

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Less Curiouser and Less Curiouser

The US spent $2.5 billion sending an amazing robotic explorer to Mars and has now shut it down for no good reason. And what bad reason do they have for shutting it down? Well, as far as I can tell they shut the Curiosity rover down because they don't want black people to have health care. No, I don't understand it either. As far as I am aware the mars rover was not giving medical treatment to black people on mars.

UPDATE: They didn't actually shut down the Curiosity rover.  I mention this fact despite the fact that it is a fact and we appear to have moved beyond such petty considerations as a society.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

It's cold enough to freeze the ball off a brass Hitler.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

I'll have to think about it.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

I'll get you you, my pretty, and your little dog too!

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Monday, June 24, 2013

I think that damn spatial anomaly that keeps following us around must be in there.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

I feel pity, so much pity, I feel pity and witty and gay!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Why did anyone think this was a good idea?

Mike Tyson was up on the stage at the 67th Tony Awards.  And he wasn't there because he's a talented Broadway performer.  What the fuck people?  Has no one read his Wikipedia page? 

Update:  Well, what do you know?  He actually is a talented Broadway performer.  He has a one man show.  And here I was thinking his appearance was the equivalent of putting Roman Polanski up on the stage just for the hell of it.  Maybe if I'd watched more than the opening number on youtube I'd realize these sorts of things.

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Sunday, June 02, 2013

Get it right!

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

I knew there was a reason he keeps him around.

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

And I usually guess who was responsible before the end too.

At last I've found a list of times I can fast forward to so I can watch Columbo without knowing who the killer is.

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A trip to the British Museum

Personally, I find it heartwarming that miniature robot people and talking thumbs are taking the effort to learn more about osteogenesis imperfecta in ancient Egypt together.

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Do I look like Mary Poppins to you?

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Friday, May 03, 2013

I've had plenty of time to think about how I'll spend the money.

I've just dug up a time capsule I buried when I was a kid.  Now all I have to do is use these winning lottery numbers I put in it.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Unfortunately there is more than one horn in this picture.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gay Marriage Now Legal In France!

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

I love the feel of zinc alloy against my teeth

I’d just like to say that if any one has any Malibu Barbies in their original packaging, or alternatively fabulous new packaging, I am willing to pay for them in bit coins. And I’d like to state that on all my bit coins you can clearly see the tooth marks.

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Especially the fabulous ones

To everyone complaining about New Zealand getting gay marriage:  I know it's hard to resist marrying a gay man, but I'm sure you can do it if you try hard enough.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It's time for us to all pull together

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

This is more or less what is being done to many women in the world.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Looks like The Master has been working out.

Disney is remaking 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in Australia and for some reason we are paying them $20,000,000 to make it here instead of the other way around. We may as well send China some free coal while we're at it.

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

You am what he am.

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

And I'd like my hair back too.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The bond between Harry and Ron was so strong he married the woman most closely related to him that was legally possible.

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The anti-Kirk ended up doing the universe more good than the real Kirk ever did

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Monday, April 01, 2013

Actually it was two days, but bible people aren't good with stuff like that.

Jesus had the right idea for Easter.  Got hammered and then slept for three days.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Let He Who Is Without Sin...

Well, the Pope vote is over and still no atheist Pope.  I gotta say, there definitely seems to be a pro-catholic bias in this organisation.  But before anyone says anything bad about the new Pope, I'll just say this:  Let he who has never handed over suspects to a military junta cast the first dissident out of an airplane.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I think they may be stretching the truth a little here...

What the fug, America? I just watched a documentary on ancient Egypt. It was an American documentary so I played it at double speed to prevent myself dying of boredom. There was some interesting stuff in there, for example, a mighty female Pharoh that I wasn't aware of. But then, right in the middle of this "documentary" they started going on about moses turning the Nile to blood. Dudes, you can't straight out lie to people and call it a documentary! You have to call it Fox News instead! This sort of thing isn't helping with America's ability to tell fantasy from reality problem. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go work on my own documentary about how Australia became a nation in 1901 when the Magic Pudding freed us from Lord Humungous's wasteland raiders.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sir David Attenborough Sticks His Nose Where It Doesn't Belong

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

But He Will Have To Tone Down His Performances

The Pope is retiring. Can Popes do that? I guess he just couldn't resist the offer of playing Emporer Palpatine in the new Star Wars movies.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I bought some American food for dinner last night - tuna bake. So I heated it up and ate it, and I thought it wasn't that great and not really the sort of thing that I'd expect Americans to eat. Then this morning I looked at the empty jar and saw it was just tuna bake sauce.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Vietnam Bex

You can't buy Bex in Australia anymore.   As a result I am completely at a loss at what to do when I need a Bex and a good lie down.  As a result I haven't laid down since 1982 when my supply ran out.  Fortunately my good friends, Pigdog and Spider, have discovered that they still make it in Vietnam and have promised to bring me some whenever they go overseas.  If it wasn't unpatriotic, I would say that it's even better than the original.  (Still haven't managed to lay down, however.  But that's okay, I just take more Vietnamese Bex.)

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

I take it that it occurs between two goats who like a bit of rough?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sweet Lemonade, Sweet, Sweet, German Lemonade...

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Campbell Newman Has Australia's Largest Sack

Definition of Chutzpah:  Queensland Government sacks 14,000 - blames US for increase in unemployment.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Just Working My Way Through the Phone Book Now

I think I am very close to solving the mystery of who stamped the initials CC all over the Adelaide horse racing grounds.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How To Avoid Age Related Decrease in Physical Ability

The trick to growing old without experiencing a progressive loss of physical ability is to, when young, make a point of being really lazy and unhealthy.  And then as you get older, gradually eat better, exercise more, and freebase clearasil less, and if you time it right your improving physical condition will offset your age related health deterioration.  Of course, your total life expectancy will be less than if you'd been healthy from day one, and apparently people can find it difficult to break unhealthy habits once they start them, but if you do it right at least you won't be going backwards.  At least not until near the end.  Which might come soon depending on how successful you were at being lazy and unhealthy early on. 

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Speaking Truth to Power is Always Difficult

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Monday, January 07, 2013

Hawkmen Biology

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If Imelda Marcos Knew More Maths She Could Have Created a Shoe Singularity

I spent $70 today and it only bought me 6 shoes. But on the bright side, if I mix and match it allows me to chose between a total of 9 different potential pairs of shoes. And if I don't mind wearing the left shoe on my right foot it actually doubles the potential pairings up to 18. Kids, this is why you should stay in school. With a little maths you can triple the pairs of shoes you have.

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Friday, January 04, 2013

Tips for Surviving the 44 Degrees Celsius Heat in Adelaide

1. Don't let the sun shine into your home. Trapping the heat behind curtains isn't a perfect solution, but it's better than letting the heat roam through your house.

2. Turn off lights and electronics you're not using. They all generate heat.

3. Stay hydrated.  Check your electrolyte levels by putting a little salt on your tongue.  If you can't taste the salt it's a sign you need more salt.

4. No air conditioning and temperatures are rising? Head to the shopping centre. 

5. Call grandad and make sure he's okay and isn't trying to survive the heatwave with only a small esky of beer like they did back on the Kokoda trail.

6.  Don't wonder around outside.  

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Target Shooting With Simulated Guns for Fun and Profit and Above All Else, Safety.

I recently read about the vast amount of ammunition that is used by target shooters in the United States and elsewhere.  So I started wondering, why isn't the sport of target shooting practiced with simulated guns?  In our modern age of lasers and moving parts and refined metal and stuff, we are quite capable of building devices that act like firearms but which don't actually spit out a piece of metal at high velocity.  They can even be made to go bang and emit the smell of burnt smokless powder.  And we are quite capable of using a TV screen or other device to display a target showing where the bullet would have gone if the device had actually been a gun.  Various types of simulated guns currently exist.  Militaries have been mucking around with them for quite a while in the hope of cutting down on training costs and improving safety.  To get the ball rolling, I think the next Olympics should have simulated weapon target shooting. 

Of course those who are attracted to target shooting because of the role guns play in dominance fantasies in our society will probably think this idea will spoil their jollies.

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Joy to the World, the Lord is Seminal. (2013 update)

Joy to the world, the world's still here,
The Mayans could not kill us,
And so with relief we all cheer,
Although the thought did thrill us.

Joy to the dirt, for some clouds rained,
Just not in the U.S.,
More rain it would be nice also Greenland retaining ice,
But you can't have everything I guess.

Joy to world for Germany saved us,
They reduced the price of PV,
All we need to do is install all across the world,
If Campbell Newman lets us.

Joy to the world because I am rich,
I've got lots of money,
And I will keep it all and not give it to the poor,
Because I look tall if you're standing in a ditch.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Why not purchase our Carol model this Christmas?

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Titantic Sank 100 Years Ago? It Seems Like It Was Only 1997.

The internet is an amazing thing. Today I thought to myself, "Hey, didn't the Titanic sink in 1912? Isn't this year the 100th aniversary?" But I managed to convince myself that I must have been wrong about the Titanic sinking in 1912 because I hadn't heard of anyone trying to capitalize off the fact. Turns out the Titanic did of course sink in 1912 and vast numbers of people had tried to cash in on the fact with a mini series, documentaries and rereleases of old material, but I had completely missed it thanks to the internet. I don't have a newspaper subscription, my TV has no aerial, and I don't listen to radio. Basically, if Brad Delong in Berkeley California doesn't mention it in his blog I don't know about it. I think this is mostly a good thing, because I have no desire to listen to a load of stuff I've already heard about the Titanic, but I do wonder if I am missing out on some important stuff. So I'm making more of an effort to expand my horizons and not just keep reading the some blogs and checking the same sites. I've already been rewarded. I've discovered a bizarre Korean pop video called "Gangnam Oppen Style" you might want to check out. I think it has the potential to go viral.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

So You Need Guns to Protect Yourself From Tryanny That You're Already Living Under That Your Owning Guns Did Nothing to Prevent?

The odd thing is, a large number of US citizens who are very vocal about needing freedom of gun ownership to protect their nation from tyranny are often also quite vocal about insisting that they already live under tyrannical government, which rather undermines their point as obviously their freedom of gun ownership did nothing to prevent it.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE (Much shorter original draft)

SUPERMAN: Gentlemen, I shall now collect all the world's nuclear weapons in a big net and hurl them into the sun.

DR PHYSICS: Superman, there is this thing called critical mass and I don't think...

SUPERMAN: Silence! You are bald and my past experience has taught me that bald people are not to be trusted! Now I'll just hoist this net and crunch all the world's nuclear weapons together in one big nuclear pile.


SUPERMAN: Oh crap. What are my chances of finding another planet where the inhabitant's naughty bits are anatomically compatible with my own?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Probably No Significant Amount of Concentrating Solar Thermal Capacity Will Be Built In Australia

Concentrating solar thermal power, that is using mirrors to concentrate sunlight to produce steam to run a generator, used to be a big contender in the renewable energy stakes.  It seemed like it should be a low cost way to generate electricity.  After all, the basics are pretty simple - mirrors, pipes, steam, generators.  We could have started building concentrted solar thermal back in the 19th century if we'd wanted to.  But it has been sidelined over the past few years by the huge drop in the price of solar PV which you can see in the form of solar panels installed on roofs all over the place in Australia.  But solar concentrating thermal can be built with thermal storage that can provide electricity after the sun goes down or when it's overcast.  So will Australia build a significant amount of concentrating solar thermal plants?

Probably not.

It's possible that concentrating solar thermal may become an important source of electricity in the future, but it faces some challenges. Its first problem is it’s not currently suitable for point of use applications. That is, you can't easily stick it on your roof and so needs to supply power directly to the grid.  This means that like any other source of electricity that is delivered directly to the grid, it is less competitive than point of use solar PV. As point of use PV is the cheapest source of electricity for most Australians, people are installing a lot of it which is pushing down the wholesale price of electricity during the day and making concentrating solar thermal less economical.

Concentrating solar thermal can be built with energy storage to provide electricity during the evening, but faces the problem that Australia’s high retail prices mean Australians may soon find it profitable to install home and business energy storage which has the potential to greatly reduce the demand for electricity in the evening.   And for on grid storage, concentrating solar thermal faces competition from point of use PV. This is because Australia may end up with enough point of use solar to often push the price of electricity down towards zero during the day. This means that energy storage could be charged at little or no cost during these times. This means that thermal storage could be built without any attached concentrating solar capacity. Using electrical resistance heating to raise the temperature of concrete or other material to later produce steam to generate electricity is not efficient, but if the cost of daytime electricity is low enough it could be cheaper than building concentrating solar thermal.

So I basically I can't see Australia building much in the way of concentrating solar thermal plants, not with the decreasing cost and increasing adoption of solar PV.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

I could buy me a new Maserati with the copper on that

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

C is for Murder

I just read an astounding bit of information. Apparently only 1 in 3 housecats kill. I'm amazed that two out of three housecats are not murderous. Now this study was done in the US and maybe it's flawed, but it suggests that it might be easy to breed cats that don't kill. Putting aside the question of is it ethical to interfere with the perfect killing machine. (It is, just ask Winston Churchill.) If you take the murder out of a cat, can we still call it a cat? I'd say the answer is yes, although it would be easier to do if they were originally called cmurderats.

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Monday, November 12, 2012


I came across Brakels's axiom while googling my own name today:

If someone thinks [nation] is following a master plan, it is only because that person does not speak [national language].  A lack of ability that prevents them from understanding that [nation] is just as disorganized as everywhere else. 

I often come across things when googling my own name despite typing with both hands.


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Republican Party and the Batshit Insane Factor

Well, the Republican party gave up on objective reality and ran an entire campaign based on lies and bullshit and lost. So you'd think they'd change tack now. The trouble is, how do you find your way back to reality after denying it exists for so long? The Republican Party gave free reign to its teabagging attack loonies and now it is full of them and they're going to attack anyone who attempts to move the party away from batshit insane towards less batshit insane. I just don't know how this is going to play out. It's a worry because one of the functions of the opposition is to keep the government grounded in reality and I don't see how they can do that when they're off floating in the Gamma Quadrant. Our own opposition spends a lot of time beyond the orbit of Pluto, but at least they are still under the gravitational influence of the sun.

Oh, and if you don't think the Republican Party is batshit insane you might want to take this little test:

1. Is the earth more than 6,000 years old?
2. Is there such a thing as global warming or is it all a lie?
3. Is there such a thing as evolution or is the diversity of life on earth the work of some sort of magic sky wizard?   
4. Does two people of the same sex getting married hurt anyone?  And I don't mean hurt your stupid fucking feelings.

Now I'm not saying the Democratic Party is sane on these issues, but they are clearly less batshit insane when it comes to this stuff than the Republican Party. 

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Presidents and Penises

Well, it's a day or so till the US election and the odds are overwhelmingly in favour of the presiding president winning. So basically it all comes down to penises now. About the only thing that might stop the current President from winning is if it is revealed that he put his penis somewhere he shouldn't have. And I'm not talking about an Australian shouldn't have, such as a chicken, barbed wire, or a tram conductor's pocket. I'm talking about an American shouldn't have, which oddly enough includes consenting adults. And what is even stranger, the lower the albedo of the penis the more scared Americans appear to be of it being put where it shouldn't. I don't know why this is the case, but I'm sure there must be a good reason. Maybe they're just scared of poking their eye out on it in the dark?

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

That Nice Man Disaproves of Misogyny!

I see the Sunday Adelaide Advertiser gave a page five spread to Mike Tyson where he says how great it is that Julia Gilard spoke out against misogyny. The same Mike Tyson who was convicted of rape. How nice of them to give some free promotion to a man famous for punching, biting, and rape. Stay classy Adelaide Advertiser!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

To Improve the Health of Australian Children Make Shoes Optional

One of the reasons Australia produces so many great athletes is that many of them grew up barefoot.  Freeman, Phelps, and many others.  Not only does growing up barefoot give athletes an edge, it also reduces injury rates.  So, rather than spending money on olympic medal bonuses, why not take the money saving course of allowing children to go barefoot at school?  I'm sure it would have a positive effect on children's activity levels and so improve health and reduce obesity.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Teddy Bears are tough negotiators

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Solar, Wind and Efficiency Killing Coal Power in Australia

And they've shut down another 360 megawatts of coal power in Australia.  This time very dirty brown coal capacity at Yallourn power station in Victoria's Latrobe Valley.  So much for paying coal plants to shut down, they're doing it on their own.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Solar and Efficiency Gradually Eliminating Coal Power in Australia

I just read that because of reduced demand due to rooftop solar and improved efficiency, Queensland’s Tarong power station is mothballing half of its 1,400 megawatt capacity. So coal power capacity that has been shut down and not replaced in the last two or three years in Australia include half of Tarong (700 megawatts), Playford B (250 megawatts), Swanbank B (125 megawatts), and Munmorrah (600 megawatts), for a total of 1,675 megawatts. And if you want to throw in half of Northern power station’s capacity as it now only operates 6 months a year, that brings it to 1,935 megawatts, or almost two gigawatts of coal power.  That's fairly impressive.

Decent weather and increased grid electricity prices have also contributed to this, but rooftop solar obviously bears a lot of responsibility, as by the end of the year we will be approaching two gigawatts of installed solar capacity.  This means that on a sunny day, Australia's PV could generate as many megawatts as as the shutdown coal plants.   

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Monday, September 24, 2012

It was kind of cheeky of him. And antibluemetic.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Nazi Jack Flash

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Primates are really quite lucky that pornography works for them.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Are you proposing?

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

And besides, pencils are stabbier than keyboards.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I have the slip lotion right here.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Nuclear capacity factor is not 90%. Why you gotta lie all the time?

World nuclear capacity factor in 2010 was 84.8%  I mention this because many people lie and say it is 90%.  World nuclear capacity factor has declined dramatically since 2010 for some strange reason.  I'll have to ring up my Japanese friend and ask him if he knows why.

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Someone could hurt themselves!

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Empower Women by Taking Away Their Choice to Wear What They Want!

I see some idiot is attempting to ban the burka in Australia. I wonder how that would work? If one of the three women who actually wears a burka in Australia steps outside will the police declare a burka alert and swoop down and send them off to fashion camp for reeducation? Or will they just strip a few inches off the hemline to make it a sub-burka? When they took our guns away we were compensated, so maybe we should have a bikinis for burkas program? Or perhaps we should go for a technological fix instead and start issuing people with infra-red goggles that can see through clothes?

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Trust me, he doesn't mind at all.

I would just like to say what happens between consenting adults and a rubber sack is nobody's business.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

No snout mark either.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Australia needs more sharp youngsters.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Even if they are old cripples begging for mercy.

"In the past I used to only murder people when no one was looking."

I always suspected that the reason Doctor Who didn't murder people was due to budget constraints and not morality.  

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Relax! No one can see me...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

South Australia: Killing the Planet Less.

Last Tuesday wind power supplied 58% of South Australia's electricity. South Australia's carbon emissions from the electricity sector have declined 27% over the past 5 years thanks to wind and solar power, while at the same time wholesale electricity prices have decreased.  Not too shabby by world standards.

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Parting can be such sweet sorrow, but endings can be quite happy.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

So he went back to a robo 'fro.

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Toilet Seats - Up or Down?

You know, I think I've just realised why there is so much conflict in the United States over whether or not men should put the toilet seat down.  I think it's because, generally speaking, women have enough faith in human nature to sit on a toilet without first checking if it's boobytrapped, while men do not.  I know I certainly check every time.  Of course, in my case, this is probably more a result of faith in Australian wildlife rather than a lack of faith in humanity.  From a young age we have to learn to deal with things such as the bowl leaper frog, the redback spider on the toilet seat, and of course, the dreaded dunny mullet. 

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Maybe I need a nose job? Or possibly just a nose?

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Saturday, September 08, 2012

On the bright side, she doesn't look that upset about it.

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Friday, September 07, 2012

Have you considered tassels?

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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Life is a maze, but we are all ghost monsters now.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

It's all part of the great cycle of life.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Basically, he just sat on his arse all day.

I mean, really.  If you're just going to make shit up as you go along, wouldn't it simply be easier to be an atheist?

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