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We, the people of Australia, have spent $6.7 million dollarydoos detaining the Murugappan family, instead of spending zero dollars and letting them earn a wage and pay tax.

We, Australians, decided this. That family, these 2 little girls, are there because we decided it was ok.

I might not amount to much in this life, so if I die and that’s the case, please put this on my gravestone.

Conspiracy theory: The spicy cough was invented by Tourism Australia to stop Aussies from holidaying abroad.

We are a nation of believers. If only Americans could begin believing in politics less fervently, realising instead that life is elsewhere. But this would come at a cost—because to believe in politics also means believing we can, and probably should, be better.

Shadi Hamid in The Atlantic

Weezer’s Buddy Holly, from Windows 95 to Apple Music 2021

I first heard this song on in August 1995, discovering it on one of the Windows 95 installation CDs in the ‘Fun Stuff’ folder - left there to demonstrate the video-playing capabilities of Windows 95.

To listen to it in Dolby Atmos spatial audio today is quite a stretch from whatever low-res MPEG codec I heard in 1995.

The hotel quarantine system is obviously not working, I say we move to a motel quarantine system where we lock people in highway motels in the Australian Outback for two weeks. Nothing like Free Foxtel and packets of two biscuits with instant coffee to ward off Covid.

Parenting hack: Let your kid join other families at the playground and eat their food. It’s money in your pocket.

“Once you become informed, you start seeing complexities and shades of grey. You realise that nothing is as clear and simple as it first appears. Ultimately, knowledge is paralysing.” - Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes, via Bill Watterson.

flicks through his bible furiously trying to find the verse about content delivery networks (CDNs) going down meaning that this is the beginning of the end times

“(A recent) audience survey showed that the word podcast is becoming linked to the word interview. So here we are.”

I can’t say who said this, or which Oz network they work for, but for the love of God an interview is not a podcast.

Can words just mean something please?

Looks like someone in ASIO has finally experienced booking a Qantas flight at the last minute.

All these years on I’m still no wiser as to what it is that the fox say.

Mare of Easttown spoiler: it was the adult female horse of Easttown.

The 2007 email that spawned Uber, Snapchat, Tiktok, Instagram, and trillions of dollars worth of other companies - via @techemails

What’s the secret to not getting text message spam? This phone number is my wedding celebrant number and I’ve had it for over 15 years, so I’m not in a position to change numbers or turn on Filter Unknown Senders. It’s so annoying.

Instead of calling it “the jab” what if they called it a “dad joke”? That way everyone would get it?

Police are now targeting people who lose all sense of time whilst ordering at a cafe and feel the need to share long stories with the uninterested barista.

If you’re curious how commissions and incentives shape the technology retail sector, JB HiFi at Robina doesn’t stock Apple TV units on the shelves, they’re “out the back”, because Apple’s sales incentives are less than all the other boxes which I guess make coin on tracking?

”Convincing someone to change their mind is really the process of convincing someone to change their tribe. If they abandon their beliefs, they run the risk of losing social ties. You can’t expect someone to change their mind if you take away their community too. You have to give them somewhere to go. Nobody wants their worldview torn apart if loneliness is the outcome.”

– James Clear

Revved up like a deuce, another roller in the night

Strangers really underestimate how much I want to receive a phone call.