Sydney gets its own anti-lockdown protests

Rowdy and sometimes violent scenes yesterday as Sydney got its own anti-lockdown protest. In what must be one of the most stupid political movements, several thousand people attempted to march through the CBD despite the city being in a strict lockdown due to spiralling numbers of cases due to the delta-variant of covid-19.

The strangest and most widely shared incident being a protestor punching a police horse:

Interestingly, the protests in Sydney were bigger than the ones in Melbourne That is curious because while people in Melbourne have had a series of lockdowns and strict measures over the course of the pandemic, Sydney has had (overall) a relatively easy time of things compared to the rest of the world.

Fixing The Tomorrow War

Sorry, it’s just that this daft film is bugging me. If you are going to have a time travel plot then do something with it. Terminator 1 and 2 managed to be exciting, daft movies and still have some interesting things to say about determinism and time travel. The Tomorrow War pulled one emotional beat out of the set-up but otherwise the time travel aspect just lead to an absurd situation in which Chris Pratt and only Chris Pratt could work out what to do in the past to help the future. It didn’t help that Pratt is not good at conveying the idea that his character is a particularly insightful thinker.

Spoilers follow…

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A Message From: The CattimothyTech Dept.

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Dear valued subscriber,

Thank you for joining us on the amazing journey into freedom. It has been a truly inspiring five thousand and forty seconds in which we came together in the spirit of unity that shaped our great nation. When our founder, CIO, CFO and CEO Timothy the Talking Cat outlined his vision for a truly free and anti-elite tech platform for all Americans, we were inspired by how many of you rallied around his cause to break free of the shackles of facebooktwittergoogle. This was how the service you have come to know and love over the many minutes of its existence as ¡TIMMR❣ came into being and since then you have sent tens of Timmerts (as we like to call them).

Sadly, we will not be able to offer you the experience of streaming video-based emoji avatars that we initially promised. This purely because we are redirecting our efforts into even more exciting features to the ¡TIMMR❣ platform.

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Update: Thank you to all of you in the big ¡TIMMR❣ community. You are all truly striking a blow for freedom! You may have heard negative coverage from the big media corporations (most of which are in the pocket of Big Tech!) that ¡TIMMR❣ is an unsecured cess pool of toxic extremists mitigated only by trolls posting obscene animated gifs in an attempt to disrupt popular hash-tags (or TimTags as we love to call them!). Nothing could be further from the truth!

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Update: Dear subscriber. We are writing to inform you that your email address, password and possibly your credit card details and the plans to your house may have been compromised in a malicious hack of our service. ¡TIMMR❣ would like to thank you for your ongoing support. All ten of you will receive 80 thousand TIMMRcoins (the cyrpto-currency you can trust!) in compensation.

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Update: Dear subscriber. We are writing to inform you that you can no longer purchase, exchange or use TIMMRcoins due to our payment gateway being closed down by multiple payment services, financial institutions and the central banks of oh..maybe six? seven? central banks of major countries. The good news is that we will be shortly rolling out an extension of our 200 character limit on Timmerts to 250 characters!

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Update: The Timmert character limit extension has been postponed.

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Update: Dear subscriber. Once again thank you all for joining us on the ¡TIMMR❣ experience!

We have decided to close the service for the time being while our servers get industrially cleaned or maybe just incinerated. Ha, ha! Who knew “toxic cesspool” could turn out to be a literal description! The good news is that aside from fumes and a few acid burns, everybody here at ¡TIMMR❣ HQ is absolutely fine and once again we must stress that news reports are exaggerated.

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Update: Dear subscriber. Sadly the promised shutdown of the ¡TIMMR❣ service has been postponed. The platform appears to have “escaped”. Hey! We always said your Timmerts would go viral! ha, ha! Good times, right? But seriously, your message history may have gone viral in a bad way.

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Update: Dear subscriber. We would like to acknowledge that the tone of the last update may have been inappropriate in light of the symptoms you may be facing. We would like to clarify that it is not possible for text messages in any platform to literally become viruses. We can assure you that any biological effects you are experiencing are unrelated or I don’t know…psychosomatic. Just stop obsessing about it and the boils will go away. Come on. We haven’t inflicted pustules on you…that’s just lamestream media propaganda.

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Update: No, we are NOT blaming you for the plague of buboes you may be experiencing.

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Update: The Center for Disease Control have asked us to convey to all subscribers that it is imperative that they report any symptoms to a health professional.

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Update: CDC advice is now to lock yourself in the bathroom.

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Update: Hi. A loved one, relative or house-mate of yours may have recently signed up for our exciting new social media experience ¡TIMMR❣ (Where Freedom is just a Timmert Away!). If this is the case you may be hearing loud growling noises from your bathroom. Do NOT open the bathroom door. Please close all windows and exit your building in a calm and orderly manner.

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Buy This Domain For Your Business!

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[This is Federal Disaster Warning System: Stay in your homes until the threat is contained.]

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Damn! This computer is still on! Amazing! This is some great tech from the Before Times. Hey! If you are out there and reading this, we are a group of survivors who are rebuilding civilisation! Contact us by replying! We just found this place and it still has the lights on and it has some sort of power source. We’ve got great plans! If you want to connect with us just reply. We are building a network of groups of humans that are uninfected and looking after one another.

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Wow! There really is some great tech here. I don’t know what these people were working on but it looks like the hardware here is self-repairing. There’s some system here called “TIMMR” keeping things going. It’s in a locked server room but if we can just break-in, we may have a way of getting things back up and running quicker than anyone ever imagined!

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all is timmr…timmr is all

Debarkle chapter 45 is finished…

The missing chapter 45 is now cooked. You can find it here

It had reached a point earlier in the week where it was two chapters and was spiralling out of control. So I cut down on the range of reviewers I was using (apologies to anybody cut) and I refocussed things to mainly three categories (Short Story, Best Related Work and Best Novel) which I think covered most of the dynamic.

There were, of course, no typos or grammatical errors when I finished. If you find any, somebody else must have put them in there afterwards.

Catch up on the Debarkle with ebook of Volume 1

While Part 3 is heading towards the fires of Sasquan, you can now read the century-spanning Parts 1 & 2 in the single volume eBook.

Debarkle Volume 1 1880-2014 covers chapters 1 to 33 but with fewer typos than the raw-and-edgy blog version. This is the ‘second draft’ version and once everything is finished, a final more definitive single-volume version will be made with more revisions to the text.

The book is currently available form:

And will be in other retailers soon.

Regular readers will spot that I’ve not gone with Smashwords this time. Instead, I’ve used Draft2Digital. There’s a couple of reasons why.

Firstly, I just wanted to try out how Draft2Digital works. They claim it is more seamless than other services and it really is pretty simple to use. Overall, quicker to get an ebook formatted from a starting position of a Word doc than Smashwords.

The second reason was a problem I had with Smashwords and the Hugosauriad. As part of their automated checks, Smashwords looks for Amazon links and flags them as issues. This is because nefarious authors try to use other eBook stores to drive business to books that they have as Amazon exclusives by putting links in non-exclusive books. The problem is that these checks catch any and all Amazon references. For the Hugosauriad that mean some really weird changes to the Chuck Tingle chapter!


One of the posts about the failed 2015 Tor boycott I didn’t include in that last Debarkle chapter was this one from Vox Day

I didn’t say anything new from one perspective but from another it underlines the point about why Tor has won so many science fiction awards. It is a simple answer: they publish a huge number of books. At the time Vox Day Arch-Nemisis Supremo of Tor Books in avowed blood feud had 38 hardcovers from Tor. In comparison I have 2 (maybe 3?) Baen eBooks and the number would be zero without my morbid curiosity. I actually have more Castalia House ebooks than Baen and that again, is more from slowing-down-to-see-a-car-crash than reading pleasure.

Anyway, Hugo Award Top Tip for Publishers. If you want to win lots of Hugos then publish a lot (and a big range) of books.