A dear friend of mine is working on a thing to produce a comedy festival Safety House Guide.
Its aim is to give people an idea of what to expect from certain performers/venues. They've got it ready to go for Adelaide Fringe, and Melbourne Comedy Festival (with plans to take it to Edinburgh). However, it's currently way behind in funding, and if it doesn't hit its target, it won't be able to continue.

Have a look and see if you might like to throw some money its way pozible.com/profile/lisa-skye-

Got a Lyra-8 synth from Soma Labs. Built like a tank, but that's to be expected because it's made in Russia. It's a strange and beautiful machine. :)
And, yes, I've already that typical Analogue Synth thing where you make an amazing sound, but cannot ever reproduce the exact combination of pots and switches.
On the weekend, I'm going to patch it into my new Audio Interface and teach myself how to Record All The Things.

God dammit, Google.

“Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently” • The Register

theregister.co.uk/2019/01/22/g

You know that phone scam where they pretend to be from Microsoft and try hack your computer? They just called CCC. The results were as swift and resounding as you'd expect.
I am laughing so hard I am crying.
twitter.com/grauhut/status/108
(Sorry, link goes to :birdsite:)

Wow, Adam Savage and Kayte Sabicer have both made some wonderful pieces of art for Tested.com over the years but, IMHO, this is the best of them all.
tested.com/art/makers/862049-a

Move over, thylacine. The 150kg marsupial lion Thylacoleo carnifex was Australia's top predator until about 35,000 years ago. 🦁

It had powerful forelimbs and a large claw on each hand. And a full skeleton of this "stealth hunter" has just been analysed.

ab.co/2BczmwC

At this time of the day, downloads are > 40 Mbits/sec, which is about 20 times faster than to ADSL2 service that TPG had been neglecting for the last couple of years.

All-up, it took less than half an hour for the tech to connect stuff and confirm it was working, and then for me to configure security settings on the new WiFi router and power-cycle a few devices such as light-globes that got confused.

Got connected to the NBN, finally!
Dunno why, but the guy seemed to be a combo Telstra + NBN technician. I'm not with Telstra but this apartment building is old enough that it would have been the only option for its first few decades. And, I guess they're piggybacking on the Foxtel cable from node to my wall that's half owned by Telstra.

Protip:

When designing a user interface, imagine some old woman using it, say Margaret Hamilton, and she's clicking your app's buttons and saying to you, as old people do,

"Young whippersnapper, when I was your age, I sent 24 people to the ACTUAL MOON with my software in 4K of RAM and here I am clicking your button and it takes ten seconds to load a 50 megabyte video ad and then it crashes

I'm not even ANGRY with you, I'm just disappointed."

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