Archive for December 13th, 2009

Is the Civic Exchange the centre of Internode’s ACT universe?

It’s a question I find myself asking, given how the Civic Exchange is missing from the list of exchanges to be affected by Internode’s backhaul provider’s imminent network maintenance.

During the times above customers will experience a lack of data flow and/or authentication for upto 60mins whilst our backhaul provider conducts software upgrades on their network.

The following exchanges will be impacted:

BELCONNEN,BLCN
CRACE,CRCF
DEAKIN,DKIN
GUNGAHLIN,GGHA
KAMBAH,KBAH
LANYON,LNYN
MANUKA,MNKA
MAWSON,MWSN
MELBA,MLBA
MONASH,MNSH
QUEANBEYAN,QNBN
SCULLIN,SCLN
WESTON CREEK,WECK

This makes me wonder if the Civic Exchange (which I am connected to, and have yet to publish photos of), is the only exchange, or one of a very limited number of exchanges, in the ACT to have a direct connection to the rest of the Internode network, and if the rest of the exchanges connect via the “backhaul provider” and the Civic exchange.

This kind of thing, for better or for worse, fascinates me…in much the same way as it would fascinate me to see where my phone line goes within the Civic Exchange.

Samuel

1 comment December 13th, 2009 at 10:31pm

Samuel’s Musician Of The Week: Natalie Imbruglia

Natalie gets the award this week, and the feature song is Torn


Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
by natalieimbruglia

I thought I saw a man brought to life
He was warm
He came around
And he was dignified
He showed me what it was to cry

Well you couldn’t be that man that I adored
You don’t seem to know
Or seem to care
What your heart is for
I don’t know him anymore
There’s nothin’ where he used to lie
Conversation has run dry
That’s what’s going on

Nothing’s right
I’m torn
I’m all out of faith
This is how I feel
I’m cold and I am shamed
Lying naked on the floor
Illusion never changed
In to something real
I’m wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn
You’re a little late
I’m already torn

So I guess the fortune teller’s right
I should have seen just what was there and not some holy light
But you crawled beneath my veins
And now
I don’t care
I have no luck
I don’t miss it all that much
There’s just so many things

That I can’t touch
I’m torn
I’m all out of faith
This is how I feel
I’m cold and I am shamed
Lying naked on the floor
Illusion never changed
In to something real
I’m wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn
You’re a little late
I’m already torn
Torn

There’s nothin’ where he used to lie
My inspiration has run dry
That’s what’s going on

Nothing’s right
I’m torn
I’m all out of faith
This is how I feel
I’m cold and I am shamed
Lying naked on the floor
Illusion never changed
In to something real
I’m wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn

I’m all out of faith
This is how I feel
I’m cold and I’m ashamed
Bound and broken on the floor
You’re a little late
I’m already torn
Torn

Samuel

December 13th, 2009 at 05:59pm

Science versus Greenpeace

She might not be convinced by the facts being given to her by Lord Christopher Monckton, but she is at least surprised enough to want to check it out for herself.

She will certainly get a shock when she gets home and discovers that Monckton is right, and her beloved Greenpeace have been blatantly dishonest with her about global warming.

(Thanks to Padders for the video and the link)

Samuel

December 13th, 2009 at 04:20pm

It’s all your fault! We were never taught “no”, so offering us anything is tantamount to forcing us!

Ernie Dingo, clearly as upset as I am that The Great Outdoors was axed, and yet abysmal rival travel show Getaway is still on the air, has worked out why Aboriginal society, especially in rural communities, is portrayed as having a drinking problem…it’s all the white man’s fault.

INDIGENOUS icon Ernie Dingo has hit out at hypocritical “white people” who lecture Aborigines about alcohol consumption.

“What you should be worrying about is who is giving them access … who sells alcohol? Not black people,” Dingo said.

“We (indigenous people) don’t have a problem. Our problem is to say ‘no’ to you blokes, to white people … ‘no’ is not really part of our cultural background.

“There are more white alcoholics than there are black people in this country, so don’t come at us with restrictions and Aboriginal laws about alcohol.”

Mmm, perhaps…but there are more drunk or drugged Aborigines on a per-capita basis…and Ernie, mate, you’re not the only one being restricted. We have RSA, and more importantly, if you had bothered to check the news this week, the Police are cracking down on alcohol-fuelled violence with “Operation Unite” at the moment.

There is still a big difference though. As a percentage of population, alcohol-fuelled violence isn’t a massive problem in white society…or even in urban mixed society. The whole reason for the 2007 Northern Territory Intervention was that entire settlements were being overrun by alcohol-fuelled violence, child abuse, and child neglect.

As for that ridiculous argument that you don’t know how to say “no”. We gave your people school so that they could learn the word “no”, along with the rest of the language…but who has the higher truancy rate, white people, or Aboriginal people…yes, that’s right, the latter.

If you insist on running with the “we can’t say no to anything you offer” line, well perhaps we shouldn’t be offering Centrelink benefits to you…or maybe we shouldn’t be offering you citizenship. We could just build a big fence and give you the Northern Territory.

More seriously though…if it as all the fault of white men as Ernie claims, isn’t it therefore also our responsibility to intervene?

Ernie, I appreciate that you were using the bizarre statement to promote your musical which nobody has ever heard of…but for you, one of the leading examples of an Aboriginal bloke who is decent, to come out and make one of these stupid “all white men are evil” statements, does nothing to promote harmony between white and black people…if anything, it hinders it drastically.

And I really shouldn’t have to say this…but anybody who complains about my use of “white” and “black” in this article, will have their comments deleted. I see no reason why it should be OK for Ernie Dingo to use that language, and not OK for me to do the same.

Samuel

December 13th, 2009 at 02:58pm

Who’s getting paid for all this global warming stuff?

Usually it’s people on my side of the argument who get accused of being paid by the big oil companies (I still pay retail rates for my petrol, thank you very much)…but the truth couldn’t be more different. It’s not the climate sceptics who are being paid-off, it’s the great prophets of Global Warming Doom at the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

A story emerging out of Britain suggests “follow the money” may explain the enthusiasm of the United Nations to pursue caps on carbon emissions, despite doubts surfacing in the scientific community about the validity of the underlying global warming hypothesis.

A Mumbai-based Indian multinational conglomerate with business ties to Rajendra K. Pachauri, the chairman since 2002 of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, stands to make several hundred million dollars in European Union carbon credits simply by closing a steel production facility in Britain with the loss of 1,700 jobs.

The Tata Group headquartered in Mumbai anticipates receiving windfall profits of up to nearly $2 billion from closing the Corus Redcar steelmaking plant in Britain, with about half of the savings expected to result from cashing in on carbon credits granted the steelmaker by the European Union under the EU’s emissions trading scheme, or ETS.

Yeesh, the head of the IPCC making money from a carbon-belching steel plant, about to make money by putting 1,700 people out of work so that he call sell off his Global Warming Doom credits.

So this is how you get a Nobel Peace Prize these days is it?

Samuel

December 13th, 2009 at 02:17pm

Oh Chris, what have you done?

I find myself in a position of being stuck for words here. On the one hand I like Chris Smith as a broadcaster, but on the other hand I am deeply disappointed by his actions.

RADIO host Chris Smith has revealed he is a bipolar alcoholic after being taken off air for a lecherous drunken bender at 2GB’s Christmas party.

A remorseful and emotional Smith yesterday also told The Sunday Telegraph that his latest alcohol-fuelled shocker had destroyed his family and could ruin his career.

The 45-year-old father-of-two said he was so drunk on champagne and red wine at the party and loaded on “the wrong antidepressants” that he became a “runaway train” and could not remember harassing four female colleagues or annoying two other workmates.
[..]
The talkback host said his embarrassed and humiliated wife Ali and children had walked out of the family home after learning of his crazed night.

Although he can’t remember any of it, he was told he had been “inappropriate” with four female workers – and even tried to kiss one.

Smith said each of the women had accepted his apology. It is understood that one of the women was weathergirl Magdalena Roze.
[..]
Smith said he was determined to get help for his alcoholism and save his marriage and family.

“They’re probably going though it even worse (than me) because they’re just humiliated and embarrassed by their husband and their dad,” Smith said, struggling to hold back tears.

“My family’s estranged from me at the moment. I totally understand that. It’s the right course – my wife has taken the right course and I intend working on that.

I also can’t help but feel sorry for the guy. He does seem to be genuinely remorseful, and willing to take responsibility for his actions. There is also a part of me that sympathises with Chris’ plight given my own mental health problems…although in my case I just hate the medication enough that I would prefer to deal with the problem myself. That hasn’t stopped me from “self medicating” on a few occasions, and doing some stupid things as a result…I suppose what I’m trying to say here is that I can identify with the shame that Chris must be feeling right now.

I am hopeful that he follows through on getting the help he needs. His apologies have been accepted, so I hope that Chris is able to work towards rebuilding the trust between himself, his colleagues and, most importantly, his family.

Samuel

2 comments December 13th, 2009 at 01:46pm


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