Let ‘er Rip!

Thanks in no part to Domicron Pairoftits we are now leading the way in new cases. And I know, the company line is now about how many are in hospital or ICU, but even the people getting sick and not going to hospital are still having a dire effect on the community. How many businesses have had to shutdown for a fortnight or so due to having no staff?

Either we start treating this like the common cold, an endemic – accept that everyone will get it and just go about our lives like normal, or we treat it like a pandemic and still have people isolating.

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Jan 8 2022559,058301,901143,518
Dec 25 202165,19439,00220,626
Dec 11 202120,6194,27616,071
Source: https://covidbaseau.com/cases/

That means that in the last fortnight we have had 65% of our total case count of 850,349 nationally.

Looking at those numbers, it would mean we have at least 1 million people in their own lockdowns; 559,058 due to being positive and at least that number again in close contacts. Thankfully the number of people in hospital is less than 3000 but of those in lockdown, only the positive people that don’t have sick leave or annual leave are entitled to the government support (which is taxable) of $750. The close contacts don’t get any support now unless they can’t work because they are caring for a positive case.

Positive Parties

I was just thinking to myself, now that I and one of my kids are confirmed positive and the other two are still awaiting results but couldn’t not have it, and since a few other friends also have it, does that mean we found all have a party?

I mean, you can’t get any more positive for corona right? As the cases rise we’ll soon teach a point where more people have it than don’t and at that point couldn’t we, as the majority, demand that our uninfected comrades stay home so that we can get on with our lives instead of hiding out in unairconditioned rooms suffering in silence.

I’m calling it now, it’ll be less than a month till there’s something in the news about the “outrageousness of some positive people having a party” some where.

We’re back to the original colours

I don’t know why but I had a craving to return to the original colours of Lankyland from 20 years ago. That’s right. Twenty years.

There are no words to explain how it feels to have had a website going for this long, I mean the World Wide Web got started around Christmas 1990 and Lankyland kicked off in August 2001. Yes, I know that the internet has been around for a lot longer but websites didn’t start popping up till 1990.

As of today’s post Lankyland has been online for almost 65% of the World Wide Web’s life. And I have no plans to stop.

4cache is gone

So what happened to 4cache.net?

The nature of user-generated content hosting services is that eventually they will get abused. And 4cache got abused. Big time.

So now it is gone.

Track Recons

I often get asked, “What is it that you do?” when I tell people I’m out in the middle of nowhere doing a recon.

Track Reconditioning

The stability of the the railway is dependent on the rocks and dirt underneath the steel and sleepers. There are three layers to the rail, a stabiliser mix (basically rocks with a bit of concrete), a capping layer, then the ballast. The ballast is usually 40-70mm rocks that are shaped perfectly to fit together when weight is applied to it. The more weight, the tighter it grips to itself.

Occasionally parts of the rail line get filled with mud and water and that causes the whole section to sink and slide about which makes the track bumpy and dangerous. When that happens, it is time for a track recon.

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How to skirt the Piracy Blocks

An update to the list of blocked websites in Australia was announced today via the Federal Courts system to block proxies and torrent websites. I’m not going to get into the moral or ethical debate over pirating material in this post but what I am going to do is show just how mind-numbingly easy it is to circumvent the blocking process that Australian internet providers have implemented it to keep the courts happy.

What is the DNS system?

DNS is how your computer translates a domain name into the IP address of the server hosting the requested content. It was first developed decades ago and started off as a manually maintained text file. Back then, there weren’t that many computers on the “internet” such as it was. Whenever a new machine was added to the network a new entry was added to the text file, then that file was sent around to all the computers. Obviously not a scalable solution.

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AllLivesMatter

Technically true but everyone currently screaming that back at people who are saying BlackLivesMatter is completely missing the point.

No one is trying to diminish anyone’s rights to live a safe and secure life, what they are trying to do is ensure that everyone is living to the same standards, to lift up people of colour so that they may experience the same level that White people do.

Should you hear anyone loudly declaring that AllLivesMatter tell them you agree but right now we need to prioritise the Lives that are most in peril. Or just show them the comic below, it points out just how stupid AllLivesMatter is right now.

A comic explaining that AllLivesMatter is vaild to a point but certain Lives Matter MORE at particular times
#AllHousesMatter

White Privilege

I was scrolling through Twitter this morning and noticed a disturbing trend, pointed out by many others retweeting.

It’s the most dangerous time to be a white person

And it made me realise that they are completely wrong. What they probably meant to say is, “It’s the most dangerous time to keep using my White Privilege to keep oppressing those people I consider inferior”.

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Leo Covers Things

Musical Covers. Often cause for much disagreement and usually poor quality. I have managed to find an artist that can cover songs and make them better. Much better.

An example you ask for? Ok.

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