Mar. 18th, 2010

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  • The Matilda Myth Australia in the 1890s was in the grip of a bitter labour dispute, threatening to spill over into civil insurrection with arson attacks and running gun battles. In the midst of this turmoil, a swagman was found dead in mysterious circumstances. Was this the incident that inspired the adventurer, poet and pamphleteer Banjo Patterson to write his most famous song, 'Waltzing Matilda'? This hugely evocative programme tells the story of the dark roots behind Australia's unofficial national anthem.
  • Robowars Will the battlefields of the future be ruled by unmanned vehicles guided by pilots sitting safely behind a desk on the other side of the world? What are the implications of this technology for the way that we fight wars? Fascinating and worrisome stuff
  • The Moth Jamie Johnson tells the story of how a support group for rich people (yes, really) led to an unexpected discovery about his father's reluctance to talk about his wealth.
  • Who did it better? The same song covered by Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, but which one is better? There's only one way to find out ... FIGHT!
  • Tech Weekly Aleks Krotoski unpicks the Digital Economy Bill, amongst other issues.
  • 7 Day Sunday Topical comedy, not quite the same without Sarah Millican this week.
  • Marsha Meets ... Bootheby Graffoe Interesting interview with one of stand up comedy's best musical surrealists
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A bit gray and overcast today, but not oppressively so. At least it was dry and comparatively good driving weather, apart from the worrisome experience of nearly being sideswiped twice by people pulling across without indicating or looking over their shoulder as I was alongside them. Don't they teach people to check their blind spots in driving lessons any more? Scary beans.

Work today was quite successful, with the hard work of yesterday paying off with a smooth upgrade that did what it said on the tin on site today. It's very satisfying to get the process working so that a web query seamlessly produces a pdf document in a viewer.

Not much else to say, mainly due to tiredness and general lack of inspiration. Normal service will be resumed etc.

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