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Iain's life as a psychotic crimefighter


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New Year in Canberra

Had a crap NYE that was basically my own fault, and I'm refusing to apologise to myself. So there.

Saw Kong. Kong too long.

Went to the National Treasures exhibition at the National Library. Tried to find out if the quintessential sound of Australia could be made by bashing Ned Kelly's helmet with Don Bradman's cricket bat. Prevented from doing so by guard. Most amusing exhibit - Pamela Traver's notes to Walt Disney over "Mary Poppins". Came out depressed that our major scientific achievements were: the bionic ear, the Hills Hoist and the wine cask - and this was before the Howard government cut research funding.

New respect for Frederick Deeming, however.

Tried not to get pissed off by mother's partner's behaviour. Wound up getting pissed off by old friends' behaviour.

Resolved never, ever to live in Canberra again.

Only New Year resolution I've been able to keep, so far.

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Came out depressed that our major scientific achievements were: the bionic ear, the Hills Hoist and the wine cask...

I remember once, when I worked at the patents office, marketing called me up and asked if I knew of any "great, you know, Australian inventions."

But the problem is, while there probably are great Australian inventions, there isn't much you can point at and say, "Hey, this invention is Great!"

So you end up with great Aussie invention cliches - like Vegemite, or Victa Lawnmowers, or the Hills Hoist, or our banknotes, to take some examples from the office's foyer.

Weird. My first job was at the Patents Office (1985-1986).

What I find irritating is that we have been leading the world in really, really cool stuff (like photonics, and whatever's happening at the ANU that's enabled them to build a prototype of an ansible) but because there's no immediate commercial use for it, research has become unfunded. At least there's an immediate commercial use for a wine cask - blotting out the memory of our lost opportunities.

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