Just bumped into someone from Fannie Bay (in Darwin, Australia - where I live) on the subway in New York. Small world!
Apparently the Australian pronunciation of ‘Nikola’ sounds like ‘NiCloud’ to Americans.
This week my guest came home from a tour with rave reviews about how experienced and professional her tour guide was.
"He’s been a tour guide in the Northern Territory for over 20 years," she said. "And he was telling us about how he met this Aboriginal woman and they had children together and she decided to leave town to have her children because the government was taking babies from Aboriginal mothers to give them a better life and education and all that."
…”to give them a better life and education”
Like, no, the various policies the Australian Government has developed over the years specifically for removing Aboriginal children from their families had nothing to do with child welfare and everything to do with racism and the assumption that all Aboriginals were unfit parents, as well as a serious attempt to ‘breed out’ Aborigines as a race.
Sometimes I worry about the things tourists get told about our country…
So my entire city has been without power for at least six hours today, with many areas still without power more than 12 hours later.
There’s been car crashes (traffic lights aren’t working and there’s been heavy rain in some areas), schools and public transport closed down, millions of dollars of food and business income lost, and everyone without power has either flocked to a shopping centre which happens to have generators, or turned to swimming pools to cool down.
The cause of the chaos? A tripped switch at a power substation, which in turn triggered safety mechanisms that shut down our main power station… which supplies power to around 130,000 people across approximately 200 square kilometres.
Everyone is saying this is the most severe outage they’ve ever seen in Darwin, but it’s as if they’ve forgotten the almost identical outage in 2010, when lightning directly hit our main power station. Huge generators had to be freighted thousands of kilometres by road to help alleviate the situation. Compensation was slow and extremely limited.
PowerWater Corporation is the only power company servicing the Northern Territory’s 1.4 million square kilometres, and with the incredible demand our tropical weather places on power infrastructure and services, it’s no wonder there’s no interest from other providers. Our current government also has plans to split the corporation and privatise it, which could only make things worse for everyone.
Ah, the joys of living in the Northern Territory :)
Scott Ludlam is my hero right now. Some of my personal favourites from his annihilation of Prime Minister Tony Abbott today:
"It is good to remember that these things are temporary … Prime Minister Tony Abbott and this benighted attempt at a government are a temporary phenomenon. This too will pass, and we need to keep our eyes on the bigger picture.
"Every time you open your mouth, the Green vote goes up.
"… geeks and coders, network engineers and gamers who would never have voted Green in a million years without the blundering and technically illiterate assistance of your leadership team. For this, I can only thank you."
And the clincher:
"Prime Minister, you are welcome to take your heartless, racist exploitation of people’s fears and ram it as far from Western Australia as your taxpayer-funded travel entitlements can take you."
Anna Creek Station is the world’s largest pastoral lease in the world. Covering over 30,100 sq kms, 5.5 million acres, it runs up to 18,000 head of cattle, depending on rain conditions. Anna Creek is huge - bigger than Belgium, half the size of England, five times larger than its nearest United States competitor and is about 8,000 sq. kms larger than its nearest rival in the N.T. of Australia, Alexandria Station.
Words of wisdom from an Estonian guy I met at a bus stop yesterday. I’m inclined to agree with him, too.
Yes, Microsoft, I’m sure Oodnadatta is a primary market of your Cloud OS, with their population of less than 300 and their expensive, unreliable, slow internet infrastructure.
You can’t just slap a dot right in the middle of our continent and have it represent the whole of Australia, because it doesn’t. To us, it just looks plain silly.
It might be 36C outside, but hey, the mangoes are cheap and plentiful!