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The latest furoshiki technique Ive been practising is called Suika Tsutsumi (Watermelon Wrapping). Its a bit fiddlier than the simple bag (tutorial here) or the library bag (here), but still only needs two square knots. Tie these carefully and correctly to ensure they dont pull undone 1. Lay the furoshiki face down and place the 
The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Check out the Coal Tracker especially Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, India 217, Indonesia 145, Turkey 71, Vietnam 84, Japan 43, Australia 0. To a total exceeding 1500. Numbers subject to change.
Ideas at the Centre for Independent Studies. Fiddling the numbers for spending on education, Australias most expensive building (guess which state).
Books and Art. The fine art of business. Education. Accuracy in Academia, Berkeley faculty vs free speech. The university that has proudly proclaimed itself to be the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement may also become its graveyard.
We've been revisiting the older school Cantonese stalls in Chinatown's food courts, because you just never know how long they will be around. This time we visit Won Ton Noodle House in Dixon House Food Court. A key feature of Won Ton Noodle House is the ever-smiling bob haired auntie at the front counter who has been there longer than we can remember. She is the hardest working front person in
Were in a wild and windy start to spring. 25 degrees one day and snow flurries the next. Spring bursts through with every new bud, leaf and flower. Wheres mayhem at the Sydney airport, with planes unable to land. Up here in the gardens, the gardens have weathered conditions without any giant tree falls so far.
Hot sun followed by strong winds strip moisture from plants and soil alike.We do observe some petals turning brown at the edges and falling off quickly. Is it sun damage, or wind?
Did the bees and other pollinators get into them or were they, like planes in Sydney been grounded? Well look for signs of pollination in the coming weeks.
Today the breezes are mild, blossom flowers dance
in our sharp bright sunlight. A perfect backdrop! Sarah fills up
watering cans to haul up to the northern gardens, to replenish them
after hot and dry conditions.
Lets give the garlic a drink!
Getting water to plants at the north end of the garden has
always been a hard slog here. Jeds working on putting in a small
structure to collect water, so eventually, gardeners wont have to
do the hard yards anymore.
Spring blows in new flows of people to the gardens. Today, Tanya, works with Blue Mountains City Council, stopped by to say hello to garden volunteers. Shes pictured here with Fred and Sarah at the tea shed. Tanyas joined Landcare for the Blue Mountains working with Eric Mahoney. Tanya worked with community gardens in Hornsby before moving to the mountains. We hear theres a lovely community garden there. Perhaps worth a visit one day.
Taking action on climate change presents a huge opportunity to make society wealthier, healthier, and happier; but a failure by Australian politicians to lead on climate is costing the country, said experts at a recent event in Sydney.
Get used to hearing about machine learning and artificial intelligence. Theyre going to seep into everything.
Heres one example
Agricultural heavyweight Deere & Company is going to pay US$305 million to buy a tech company called Blue River Technology.
Apparently, Blue River has successfully applied machine learning to spraying equipment.
This means herbicides can be used in a more targeted way. One benefit is the reduced input costs for the farmer. Smart machines will help make decisions about every plant.
Blue River Tech happens to be based in Sunnyvale, California. House prices are skyrocketing there. If you think Sydney or Melbourne is going crazy, a place in Sunnyvale just sold for US$800,000 over the listing price.
Its nothing particularly flash, either.
But that whole part of California is so drenched in tech money that anything remotely near the offices and schools is pure gold for whoever owns the land.
And theres people out there who think the US economy is teetering.
Madness. The place is booming.
Anyway, more on machine learning
The John Deere brand isnt alone investing in this space. Companies like Monsanto are teaching machines how to farm, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Apparently, computers helped choose corn plants growing in the US this year. These are the best strains in terms of yield and sturdiness. Algorthims are also analysing US weather data to anticipate crop threats.
Another handy tool is computers that can identify plant diseases early on, before they spread to the rest of a crop.
Its early days yet, but surely this can only get better.
Theres plenty happening right here in Australia, too. The Australian Financial Review says banks and law firms could save a fortune if they can teach algorithms to plough through all the paperwork they need to do.
Having said this, you have to stay wary of this kind of thing, too. A while back, investors were going nuts for companies involved in the cloud.
I cant help but feel that, very soon, every CEO will feel compelled to introduce some sort of AI strategy for their company, or will start spruiking it to give the share price a boost.
Investors will duly bid up the shares, probably u...
By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Western Australia has long debated whether to withdraw from federation, and the issue is once again on the agenda. At the WA Liberal party state conference on September 3, members voted in favour of a motion to investigate whether to secede from the rest of the country. The non-binding
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But what is going on?
In the last 24 odd hours, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University offered a visiting fellowship to Chelsea Manning:
Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was convict and jailed under the US Espionage Act after leaking a quarter of a million documents. Manning was sentenced to 35 years, but was released after around 5 years following a sentance commutation by President Obama.
Any other convicted criminals to be offered academic fellowships? What is Manning expected to teach or advance knowledge in?
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The guests of a man who was set to celebrate his birthday tonight are quietly rejoicing after he sent out a group Facebook message announcing hed cancelled the party.
A party always sounds like a great idea when its a few weeks away but, inevitably, on the day it finally rolls around, I never feel like going, one would-be guest admitted. Im looking forward to heading straight home after work for a quiet night on the couch with a case or two.
Another guest described the birthday boy cancelling as the best-case scenario for everyone involved.
Its a universally acknowledged law that its a dick move to cancel on someone elses birthday but this is a game-changer, he said. This legend has not only been thoughtful enough to invite us all to his party so we could impress people with talk of our cool Friday-night plans, but then to take the extra step of cancelling at the last minute so we dont actually have to follow through its just next level, he said.
In his message cancelling the event, the birthday boy explained that hed only organised the party in the first place because he felt obliged and hed decided to call it off after realising he was getting too old for this shit.
The Victorian prisoner population has been on the rapid increase since the late 1990s. In July 1998, there were 2,876 adult prisoners in the states correctional facilities, whereas in July this year, there was 7,152 inmates, according to Corrections Victoria figures. This marks a 148 percent increase over a 19-year period. And over recent years, this
Apple fanboys have a reputation for being very, very loyal to Apple and iPhone. But do Apple fanboys really just buy anything Apple sells or they just make noise? Do they sing the praise of anything and everything Apple does?
Apparently, the answer to all the above questions is yes. Over the years since Apple introduced its first iPhone, we have had news of Apple fanboys doing amazing things to get their hands on the latest Apple product and 2017 September is no different.
This years Apple iPhone X launch saw one such Apple fanboy, Mazen Kourouche from Australia. Mazen owns a YouTube channel which has videos of various Apple products. This year as Tim Cook was launching iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten) in Cupertino, Mazen was doing something absolutely unbelievable. Mazen has been perched outside Sydneys flagship Apple store for a whopping 10 days to lay his hands on the new iPhone when it goes on sale on September 22 in Australia.
Mazens craziness about laying his hands on the new Apple iPhone 8 or iPhone X can be deduced from the fact that he refused $50,000 to give his perch to another Apple fanboy. Yes, Mazen refused $50,000 to give his seat in the line outside Apple Flagship Store in Sydney as he wants to ensure that he is the first customer not only in Sydney but in the world to buy the newly launched iPhone
What is more, Mazen has been live streaming his stay outside the Apple Flagship store on his YouTube channel. He is also being helped by two of his friends who are making sure that Kourouche doesnt lose his spot as the first customer in line.
Yes, likes of Mazen do exist. Such is their love for Apple products that Samsung built a marketing campaign that portrayed iPhone users as mindless idiots. There is even a phrase Apple sheep used for Apple fanboys by Android users. Even Merriam-Webster got in on the action earlier this year when it used Apple fans as an example to illustrate the definition of the word sheeple.
We wish Mazen the Sheeple best of luck for his endeavor.
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Possibly the most misunderstood person in politics today: Hunter Valley Bushfire: Hunter Valley homes at risk, Tony Abbott joins fire fight.
Tony Abbott has been hailed as a hero after saving a house from ember attack while battling a bushfire burning near his Sydney northern beaches electorate of Warringah.
This afternoon embers from the Beacon Hill bushfire ignited local resident Barry Cafes fence.
Mr Cafe told local paper the Manly Daily that it wasnt every day that a former prime minister saves your home.
I told everybody, Im fine, Tonys here, he said.
Hes a top bloke We couldnt do without them (the Rural Fire Service).
Photo by Alex Wall
Since his time in Bearhug and Claire & the Cops, Felix Lushs bedroom-pop has recieved big love. With his new material, he continues to take us into an 80s synth pop dreamworld. This is on full display in his new video for Juliette, which were stoked to be premiering here.
Returning after his 2016 debut EP State of Mind, this wonderfully romantic synth jam sees Felix Lush get sentimental with a mega-sweet ode to his love for IRL girlfriend and the songs namesake.
Of the new track, he says:
The song is my love song dedication to my girlfriend. Sometimes I think people are worried about being outright about love but its important to tell that special someone how much they mean. Juliette is for every dorky kid out there who just wants to tell their partner how much they mean to them.
Featuring Felix Lush together with Juliette herself, the accompanying video, directed by Courtney Brookes, is a pastel-filled visual delight. It flicks us through channels featuring other, slick looking familiar faces of local music, including Hamish Dobinson of Flowertruck, David Gauci of Death Bells and Spike Vincent. This is put together with darling couple montages and florals out of some kind of candy coloured daydream.
We definitely feel the love, and think you will too.
Felix Lush is on the road supporting The Creases in Melbourne and Sydney and is set to tour with I Know Leopard and These New South Whales. Check out the video and tour details below.
Our first earthcore in the park 2017 NSW crew stage takeover announcements are in!
Introducing Boss Bass who will be hosting the
Basscore 2017 in the NSW Courtyard! Best known for their 5 year
strong monthly Chinese Laundry Friday night residency, Boss Bass
have hosted some of the biggest and best names in the business.
Known for their large scale indoor events and
previously unattainable lineups, Hypnotic Events follow on from Zac
Slades highly successful brand Sydney Trance offering the Sydney
club scene a taste of psychedelic music, lifestyle &
SUFF seeks to program independent international and local films that wont make it to a cinema. But this does not mean that they are all low-budget, lo-fi or unheard of. Weve had films from Cannes, weve had films from Berlin and South By Southwest these are films that have played at major world festivals its not the sideshow part of the film festival. Here, they are marginalised.
Performance Artist Betty Grumble joined Bibi & The Big Blue to talk about her recent tour of International Fringe Festivals around The Globe. They also discuss the wider Global Community in relation to Australia; our development as a modern society reflecting and practicing equality & a Fair Go for All Citizens Betty & Bibi touch on the contrasts in our local societywhere the old conservative ideas are currently reflecting a fear of change.
Bibi & The Big Blue (Thursdays 23.00 00.30)
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The Therapeutic Goods Administrations Special Access Scheme (SAS) is a formal arrangement that allows patients to import unapproved therapeutic goods into the country. There are two main pathways to access imported medicines via this scheme: category A and category B. Category A allows terminally ill patients fast access to imported products, as a doctor only
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The Australian Governments Panadol and rest approach to the growing housing affordability crisis will do nothing to ease the headache, writes Greg Budworth.
Each year Demographia publishes housing affordability data from over 400 cities across the world using a measurement called the median multiple (sometimes called the price-to-income ratio.) The median multiple is derived by dividing the median house price in a particular city by the median household income for the same area. For example, a median multiple of four means that a median priced dwelling costs four times the median household income.
Demographias analysis suggests a median multiple of three or less is a sign of a healthy market. A median multiple of between three and five meanwhile, means the market is moderately unaffordable and a score of more than five means housing is severely unaffordable.
While Demographia doesnt distinguish between scores above five, one could argue for a new category extremely unaffordable that would be applied beyond a score of seven or eight. Using this measurement, the most unaffordable housing market in the world is Hong Kong with a median multiple of 18.
Second on the list is Sydney at 12, followed by Vancouver at 10.5 and Auckland at 10. Melbourne is tied with San Jose with a median multiple of 9.5.
How did it come to this? After all, for most of the last century, the average Australian home could be had for roughly three to four times the average income. Clearly something has changed, but what?
Last week saw the release of a report the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) about how to fix the housing crisis crippling Australias cities. The report, like many before it, contained a series of thoroughly worthy recommendations, but will achieve very little given the absence of a national housing strategy within which its proposals can be prioritised and measured.Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)
Its critical we get this right because the lack of affordable housing in our major capitals is fuelling a social and economic dislocation that risks undermining their reason for existence.
The reason cities create value, and the reason so many of us choose to live in them, is be........
Remembering Lionel Keith Murphy 30.08.1922 21.10.1986 Lionel Keith Murphy, of William an Irish immigrant and Lily born Murphy, Sydney 1922. Outstanding student, budding larrikin early scholastic achievements encouraged his questioning, sharpened his tools for the liberation of the spirit. An oddity? an early resister? a Jew-lover? Or simply a man destined
In the past, when sharks have washed onto the beach, it hasnt
always ended well for the animals. Selfie-obsessed people have been
known to drag them onto the sand to pose with them in front of
cameras, which often kills the sharks. But when a juvenile great
white shark washed onto a popular beach earlier this week in
Sydney, Australia, beachgoers knew exactly the right thing to
After finding the male great white shark (estimated to be 2 or 3 years old) flopping around on the sand, people contacted Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, a conservation center that rescues and rehabilitates ocean animals. A rescue team quickly arrived to help the distressed shark.
Sharks cant breathe without swimming, so getting the shark back into water was of the utmost importance. At the same time, the team needed to make sure the shark wasnt injured or sick, so they didnt want to put him right back into the ocean. Instead, they moved him into a nearby ocean pool, which was filled with natural seawater.
Credit: Nick DawkinsRob Townsend, the life sciences manager at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, started calling the shark Fluffy as a joke but soon everyone was doing it. That was me just chatting to some kids on the side of the pool and it just stuck, Townsend told The Dodo.
Credit: Nick DawkinsWhile Fluffy swam around the sea pool, Townsend made sure a diver was always there to babysit him.
Former Deputy Mayor of Hunters Hill is the new Independent Mayor of Hunters Hill. After Ross Williams preferences were distributed Mark Bennett secured 3995 votes to Liberal candidate Zac Miles with 3350. Membership of Hunters Hill Council is now North Ward Ross Williams, Ben Collins (Liberal) and Elizabeth Krassoi and South Ward Justine McLaughlin (Independent), Zac Miles 
2RRR WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO TAKE PART IN A COUNTRY CRUISE!
Would you like to be a part of the very 1st 2RRR Country Cruise on Saturday 16th of September 2017? Dance along to Bryen Willem"s and the Bayou Boogie Boys supported by Sharnee Fenwick.
Please Note: Lots of Finger Food will be provided. Drinks available at the bar at your own cost.
$65:00 Per person
(Must prove that you are financial member, by contacting 2RRR and you will receive a $5 drink voucher on board)
Departs 12:00 King Street Wharf 6, Darling Harbour 11:30am to 3:30pm
Tickets at the link below:
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