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Beware the Creeper!

Iain's life as a psychotic crimefighter


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Enchanting Victorian Fairy Tale Art

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This isn't adequate, but...

Originally posted by rozk at This isn't adequate, but...
FOR TERRY PRATCHETT

We come to Skull at last. And Skull's a smile.
Rewarmed next day, each tragedy's a farce.
Kings fall, we all fall down. Prat-fall. On arse.
Perfectly timed. Poised, elegant. With style.

Rude noise. Best laughter comes from quiet rage
channeled and weaponized. Always about
something beyond the joke. He didn't shout
wry quiet almost whisper. Rueful sage.

Some things are never funny. In each book
reduced their number. With a jest would name
each foolish monster, when those monsters came
from life and dream. Crush with a knowing look.

His comic timing still his last best friend
Prepared it earlier. Told us. The End.

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Sydney Siege ended at 2am Sydney time - 3 dead including the gunman

A sad result but could have been worse.

The gunman was known to police and, surprisingly, me and a lot of the public as he had been sending offensive letters to the widows of casualties in Afghan conflict. He had lost a High Court appeal on Friday and was released on bail for sexual assault. There's every indication that he was a lone nutcase.

Here's the Guardian's report

BTW - the #illridewithyou hashtag was created by Tessa Kum aka @sirtessa - one of Australia's SF community. A wonderful idea to kick against the toxic climate of hate and create solidarity with the Islamic community.

It should be remembered that it was members of the Islamic community who warned the police about the gunman in the first place.

Our local Murdoch tabloid released its own toxic cloud in a special afternoon edition. It got pretty much every detail wrong.

In today's broadsheet (which is also a tabloid - it's complicated) Peter Hartcher takes our politicians to task for, basically, doing what terrorists want them to do.

The area around Martin Place is still under lock down.

A terrible day - but at least the police and most of the media acted responsibly.
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Siege in Sydney

A gunman is holding hostages in the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place, Sydney. Martin Place is one of the busiest thoroughfares in the Sydney CBD so the surrounding area is in lockdown. I have a couple of friends unable to leave their buildings (one I was meeting for lunch).

There are reports of a visible black flag with white Arabic characters and so people are jumping to conclusions. At this writing there's not enough information (in my opinion) to make any kind of judgement about motivation or the eventual conclusion.

I'm hoping for a peaceful and early resolution to the crisis but there are already reports of anti-Islamic incidents fuelled by ignorance.

This seems to be one of the more responsible sources of information at the moment.
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Hopefully, the voice of the future



Hope I live long enough to see her become POTUS.

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And some days Humanity can touch the face of god

Amazing photos from the Rosetta mission
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New Toy

I am now trying out Google's Inbox which is quite a different paradigm to Gmail. Emails are bundled into like tasks, so can be swept away with a click. It's like a very enthusiastic butler. Not sure quite what to make of it yet.
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Kind of a spoiler of the season finale of Doctor Who but -

Is it my imagination or is Doctor Who (the series) especially hard on non-caucasians?

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Odd combination of mail today

- A letter from my local member congratulating me on my half century
- A letter welcoming me to the wonderful world of bowel cancer screening
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I'm as old as Acquire!

That explains my fascination with Sid Sackson.

A retrospective on Acquire (that triggered the revelation.)

The Boardgamegeek entry on Acquire (for those who don't know what it is.)

(I'm also as old as GI Joe but don't really care.)

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