Saturday 18 October Max 26 Partly cloudy. Sunday 19 October Min 17 Max 29 Afternoon cool change. Monday 20 October Min 12 Max 23 Mostly sunny. Tuesday 21 October Min 10 Max 28 Sunny. Wednesday 22 October Min 16 Max 31 Possible shower. Thursday 23 October Min 15 Max 20 Possible shower. Friday 24 October Min 13 Max 22 Cloudy.
I’ve tried to use the same technique to determine winter the same way I do summer; I decided back in June that winter started. And in August, it’s over.
Tuesday 19 August Max 15 Possible light shower. Wednesday 20 August Min 7 Max 15 Cloudy. Thursday 21 August Min 5 Max 18 Mostly sunny. Friday 22 August Min 6 Max 19 Mostly sunny. Saturday 23 August Min 7 Max 19 Mostly sunny. Sunday 24 August Min 8 Max 18 Mostly sunny. Monday 25 August Min 6 Max 18 Mostly sunny.
A couple of days later the forecast was extended out to
Tuesday 26 August Min 8 Max 19 Partly cloudy. Wednesday 27 August Min 9 Max 21 Mostly sunny.
So I’m trying to declare Winter. I’m going to try something like Summer, but with a 16 degree ceiling, which we just hit here in Melbourne.
Monday 16 June Max 16 Rain at times, easing. Tuesday 17 June Min 10 Max 16 Partly cloudy. Wednesday 18 June Min 8 Max 16 Mostly cloudy. Thursday 19 June Min 8 Max 16 Partly cloudy. Friday 20 June Min 10 Max 15 Shower or two developing. Saturday 21 June Min 9 Max 15 Morning shower or two. Sunday 22 June Min 9 Max 16 Partly cloudy.
I also offer the observation that you know it’s Winter when it doesn’t feel cold anymore.
Note: The 15 degree ceiling was hit on Friday 4 July 2014, 14 degree on Wednesday 9 July..
Four days before the start of Winter, I’ve declared the end (our second) Summer:
Wednesday 28 May Max 18 Shower or two. Thursday 29 May Min 10 Max 19 Partly cloudy. Friday 30 May Min 10 Max 19 Partly cloudy. Saturday 31 May Min 10 Max 19 A little rain developing. Sunday 1 June Min 10 Max 17 A few showers. Monday 2 June Min 12 Max 17 Shower or two. Tuesday 3 June Min 10 Max 18 Morning shower or two.
Wednesday 14 May Min 10 Max 21 Mostly sunny. Thursday 15 May Min 13 Max 22 Partly cloudy. Friday 16 May Min 14 Max 22 Mostly sunny. Saturday 17 May Min 13 Max 22 Mostly sunny. Sunday 18 May Min 12 Max 21 Partly cloudy. Monday 19 May Min 12 Max 21 Sunny. Tuesday 20 May Min 14 Max 21 Partly cloudy.
Good thing you guys voted in that Abbott government.
The upside of climate change is that I get to paint the house this week. Two weeks before the start of Winter.
The seven-day forecast for Melbourne makes today the last day of Summer:
Wednesday Max 16 Showers mainly this morning. Thursday 1 May Min 7 Max 18 Partly cloudy. Friday 2 May Min 11 Max 15 Rain at times. Saturday 3 May Min 8 Max 14 Shower or two. Sunday 4 May Min 10 Max 15 Shower or two. Monday 5 May Min 11 Max 16 Shower or two. Tuesday 6 May Min 10 Max 15 Mostly dry.
Of course, Summer persists while any temperature in a week is 20 degrees or above.
Recently The Age has been hassling me when I get to 30 articles/month. But I’m already a subscriber!
I suspect their code is buggy. Not hard to see how it might be trouble-prone when you see how many Cookies there are: no less than 92.
Clearing them made the problem go away… for a little while, at least. (Isn’t that how freeloaders fool it?)
Not sure if that’s a permanent solution though. And as a paying customer, it’s very annoying.
For years now I’ve been… less than impressed with the ANZ bank’s concept of how a secure banking website should work. Finally they’ve taken steps to harden their site. They’ve introduced “secret questions”, like “who was your best friend in high school”, “what’s your partner’s nickname” and “what’s your nickname for your youngest child”. At last, my money is now safe from thieves who will never guess that my my partner’s nickname is Cathy, my best friend in High School was Robert, and my youngest’s nickname is Marky. Oh, darn! I accidentally disclosed the answers to those secret questions! It’s as if that information would be widely available to any thief who took the time to look me up on Facebook (don’t bother, I’m not on Facebook).
Because in providing answers to these questions the security on my account was going up, not down, I couldn’t possibly be allowed to opt-out, with dire warnings about being liable for losses if someone found out the answers. To these most basic of questions.
Most other banks have implemented two-factor authentication. Even G-mail has two-factor authentication. But not the ANZ, they’ve stepped things up a notch. They’ve eschewed two-factor, and gone for “You’ll never guess the name of my pet, which I post on Facebook all day long”.
So I took my standard defensive action: attack surface reduction and target-value minimisation. To reduce the attack surface, for each answer I mashed the keyboard – so thieves, remember my first Primary School was in the suburb of pwofkmvosffslkdflsifcmmsmclsefscdsfpsdfpefsdflsd, or something. To minimise the value of the target, I swept all the funds out of the account. What’s wrong the the technique of establishing identity by the production and examination of 100 points of identifying documents? Why do I need to have a favourite colour?
Cathy worked for the ANZ until recently, and the day she received her final paypacket she shut the account. Hated their account with a passion, but the ANZ is incapable of paying their employees through anything other than an ANZ account. Because, you know, banking is hard.
I did scrutineering at the last Victorian state election, and apart from the shocking level of informal voting and above-the-line voting, there was another shock.
Electoral fraud – or the possibility of it.
The nice thing about living in Australia is that we take our democracy seriously, and we balance being able to prove that what the outcome was with ballot secrecy. Nobody, no level of government or industry, no individual, will know how you voted without you telling them. Yet at the same time we can have confidence that our electoral system is not being rorted; our governments change back and forth, and each time it does representatives of both sides keep a close watch on the activities of the employees of the AEC and VEC, eyeballing each individual vote and knowing that they are all distinctly different from the others in spite of being a collection of handwritten marks on a slip of paper.
To minimize the risks of ballot box tampering, at the start of voting the ballot boxes (just big cardboard boxes here in Australia) are sealed shut with serialized cable-ties. An independent somebody witnesses this when an Electoral Commission employee does this (typically the first voters who wandered into the polling station), and their details are recorded (by details, I think that means signature, but it could be actually enough to track the person down afterwards) and they sign the form that records the sealing of those particular ballot boxes.
So how come they use cable ties that can be “done up” and yet the teeth don’t engage – thus leading to an unsealed ballot box? Is it too much to ask for a cable tie with teeth on both sides?
I should have kicked up a fuss, but it was a safe booth in a safe seat, and who needs the hassle?
Anyways, the reason I relate this story is that I’ve been seeing comments along the lines of “this is the 21st century, why they hell are we using pencil and paper?” Because, dickwads, computers don’t leave a fucking audit trail. There’s no scrutineering of electrons. How the hell are you meant to verify that Clive Palmer didn’t in fact get 98% of the vote? You can’t. Interesting that Clive Palmer owns the company that supplied all of the (suspiciously cheap) voting machines to the AEC, but that hasn’t got anything to do with it. And the cost! Pencils are 10c each, paper is about a cent a sheet. A shitty computer is $500, and requires a bunch of electricity. “Do it on the Internet, or use smart phones!” I hear you say. No, because while nearly everyone can move a pencil around, significantly fewer can use their computer to vote. And there’s no connection between how you voted, and the counting of votes. The announced result could be anything, and there’d be absolutely no way of proving it wrong. So, yes, computers are shiny and clearly the best way of implementing a voting system, if you want an electoral system you can’t actually trust.
The current 7-day forecast for Melbourne:
Friday 30 August Max 20 Shower or two. Saturday 31 August Min 12 Max 23 Sunny. Sunday 1 September Min 15 Max 25 Partly cloudy. Monday 2 September Min 12 Max 23 Partly cloudy. Tuesday 3 September Min 11 Max 25 Partly cloudy. Wednesday 4 September Min 16 Max 26 Shower or two developing. Thursday 5 September Min 16 Max 20 Shower or two.
I declare summer whenever there’s going to be 7 consecutive days in a row above 19 degrees. Previously, the earliest Summer has started was mid-September, but typically it’s been moving forward from October or November.
Remember we’ve got an election coming up in a week’s time, and that’s your opportunity to repeal the carbon tax. Which we need to do, to keep lovely balmy weather happening in winter-time and to keep the cost-of-living down. Remember: carbon-dioxide is food for plants, and as such good for the environment, which is made out of plants. That’s just science.
I am a single issue voter. I’m not proud to admit being so shallow, but there it is. If there was a party that wanted to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020 and also drown kittens, I’d be in like Flynn - and not because I dislike kittens either. Perhaps it’s because I take a root-cause view of the world. Immigration problems? Address climate change or it’s going to get much, much worse. Not spending enough on education? Not much point in edumacation if the climate collapses around us and we’re up to our ears in climate refugees. Wrong telecommunications plan? Choosing between having enough food and downloading porn faster than you can watch it doesn’t seem to be much of a choice to me.
So, naturally I thought that the ABC’s Vote Compass wouldn’t have much trouble pigeonholing me. Except, it tells me my views align more closely with the ALP. Although at one stage in its questioning it allows you to weight the importance of issues (which I gave as 1-3 for most, 4 for a couple and 10 for environmental) this clearly… doesn’t carry any weight. The anemic 5% by 2020 cut embraced by the two major parties means neither will get my vote, regardless of the technique to “achieve” such a “challenging” target.
And yet Vote Compass thinks I’d make a good ALP voter. I think not. The ABC’s Labour bias at it again.