80 Interesting Facts About Australia

1. Australia is as wide as the distance between London to Moscow.
2. The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.
3. More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast.
4. In 1880, Melbourne was the richest city in the world.
5. Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest woman, earns $1 million every half hour, or $598 every second.
6. In 1892, a group of 200 Australians unhappy with the government tried to start an offshoot colony in Paraguay to be called ‘New Australia’.
7. The first photos from the 1969 moon landing were beamed to the rest of the world from Honeysuckle Tracking Station, near Canberra.
8. Australia was the second country in the world to allow women to vote (New Zealand was first).
9. Each week, 70 tourists overstay their visas.
10. In 1856, stonemasons took action to ensure a standard of 8-hour working days, which then became recognised worldwide.
11. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success.
12. The world’s oldest fossil, which is about 3.4 billion years old, was found in Australia.
13. Australia is very sparsely populated: The UK has 248.25 persons per square kilometre, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per square kilometre.
14. Australia’s first police force was made up of the most well-behaved convicts.
15. Australia has the highest electricity prices in the world.
16. There were over one million feral camels in outback Australia, until the government launched the $19m Feral Camel Management Program, which aims to keep the pest problem under control.
17. Saudi Arabia imports camels from Australia (mostly for meat production).
18. Qantas once powered an interstate flight with cooking oil.
19. Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation.
20. In 1832, 300 female convicts mooned the governor of Tasmania. It was said that in a “rare moment of collusion with the Convict women, the ladies in the Governor’s party could not control their laughter.”
21. Australia is home to the longest fence in the world. It is 5,614 km long, and was originally built to keep dingoes away from fertile land.
22. Australia was one of the founding members of the United Nations.
23. Melbourne is considered the sporting capital of the world, as it has more top level sport available for its citizens than anywhere else.
24. Before the arrival of humans, Australia was home to megafauna: three metre tall kangaroos, seven metre long goannas, horse-sized ducks, and a marsupial lion the size of a leopard.
25. Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backward, one of the reasons that they’re on the Australian coat of arms.
26. Speaking of, Australia is one of the only countries where we eat the animals on our coat of arms.
27. If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all.
28. Melbourne has the world’s largest Greek population outside of Athens.
29. The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure.
30. And it has it’s own postbox!
31. The male platypus has strong enough venom to kill a small dog.
32. And when the platypus was first sent to England, it was believed the Australians had played a joke by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat.
33. Before 1902, it was illegal to swim at the beach during the day.
34. A retired cavalry officer, Francis De Grootstole the show when the Sydney Harbour Bridge officially opened. Just as the Premier was about to cut the ribbon, De Groot charged forward on his horse and cut it himself, with his sword. The ribbon had to be retied, and De Groot was carted off to a mental hospital. He was later charged for the cost of one ribbon.
35. Australia has 3.3x more sheep than people.
36. Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim at Cheviot Beach, and was never seen again.
37. Australia’s national anthem was ‘God Save The King/Queen’ until 1984.
38. Wombat poop is cube shaped! This helps it mark its territory.
39. European settlers in Australia drank more alcohol per capita than any other society in history.
40. The Australian Alps receive more snowfall than Switzerland.
41. A kangaroo is only one centimetre long when it is born.
42. Sir John Robertson, a five-time premier of NSW in the 1800s, began every morning with half a pint of rum. He said: “None of the men who in this country have left footprints behind them have been cold water men.”
43. The Box jellyfish has killed more people in Australia than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined.
44. Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
45. The average Aussie drinks 96 litres of beer per year.
46. 63% of Australians are overweight.
47. Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index (based on life expectancy, income and education).
48. In 2005, security guards at Canberra’s Parliament House were banned from calling people ‘mate’. It lasted one day.
49. In Australia, it is illegal to walk on the right-hand side of a footpath.
50. Australia is the only continent in the world without an active volcano.
51. Aussie Rules footy was originally designed to help cricketers to keep fit in the off-season.
52. The name ‘Kylie’ came from an Aboriginal hunting stick, similar to the boomerang.
53. 91% of the country is covered by native vegetation.
54. The largest-ever victory in an international football match was when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in 2001.
55. There are 60 designated wine regions in Australia.
56. Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most liveable city for the past three years.
57. If all the sails of the Opera House roof were combined, they would create a perfect sphere. The architect was inspired while eating an orange.
58. Australia is home to 20% of the world’s poker machines.
59. Half of these are found in New South Wales.
60. Moomba, Australia’s largest free festival, held in Melbourne, means ‘up your bum’ in many Aboriginal languages.
61. No native Australian animals have hooves.
62. The performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony was actually a prerecording- of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
63. The wine cask (goon sack) is an Australian invention
64. So is the selfie.
65. Durack, Australia’s biggest electorate, is larger in size than Mongolia.
66. The world’s first compulsory seat belt law was put into place in Victoria in 1970.
67. Each year, Brisbane hosts the world championships of cockroach racing.
68. In 1932, the Australian military waged war on the emu population of Western Australia. Embarrassingly, they lost.
69. Canberra was created in 1908 as a compromise when Sydney and Melbourne both wanted to be the capital city.
70. A gay bar in Melbourne won the right to ban women from the premises, because they made the men uncomfortable.
71. In 1992, an Australian gambling syndicatebought almost all the number combinations in a Virginia lottery, and won. They turned a $5m purchase into a $27m win.
72. Eucalyptus oil is highly flammable, meaning gum trees may explode if ignited, or in bushfires.
73. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again.
74. A bearded Australian was removed from a darts match in the UK, after the audience started chanting ‘Jesus!’ at him, distracting the players.
75. There have been instances of wallabiesgetting high after breaking into opium crops, then running around and making what look like crop circles.
76. An Australian man once tried to sell New Zealand on eBay.
77. In 1940, two aircraft collided in midair, in NSW. Instead of crashing, the two planes became stuck together and made a safe landing.
78. The male lyrebird, which is native to Australia, can mimic the calls of over 20 other birds. If that’s not impressive enough, he can also perfectly imitate the sound of a camera, chainsaw and car alarm.
79. Some shopping centres and restaurants play classical music in their car park to deter teenagers from loitering at night.
80. Despite sharing the same verbal language, Australian, British and American sign languageare all completely different languages.
81. In 1979, debris from NASA’s space station ‘Skylab’ crashed in Esperance, WA. The town then fined NASA $400 for littering.
82. There have been no deaths in Australia from a spider bite since 1979.
83. There currently a chlamydia outbreak among koala species, which has led to a 15% drop in koala populations.
84. In NSW, there is a coal fire beneath the ground which has been burning for 5,500 years.
85. An Australian election TV debate was rescheduled so it didn’t conflict with the finale of reality cooking show Masterchef.
86. Chinese explorers travelled to Australia long before Europeans arrived. As early as the 1400s, sailors and fisherman came to Australia for sea-cucumbers and to trade with Indigenous peoples.
87. The first European to visit Australia was Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon, in 1606. More Dutch explorers visited the country over the next hundred years, plotting maps and naming it ‘New Holland’.
88. Captain James Cook first landed on Australia’s east coast in 1770. In 1788, the British returned with eleven ships to establish a penal colony. Within days of The First Fleet’s arrival and the raising of the British flag, two French ships arrived, just too late to claim Australia for France.

austrShamelessly stolen from Facebook… but I’m not going to link where from, because most of the stuff they post is xenophobic crap.

Reality bites…

Earlier generations have weathered recessions, of course; this stall we’re in has the look of something nastier. Social Security and Medicare are going to be diminished, at best. Hours worked are up even as hiring staggers along: Blood from a stone looks to be the normal order of things “going forward,” to borrow the business-speak. Economists are warning that even when the economy recuperates, full employment will be lower and growth will be slower-a sad little rhyme that adds up to something decidedly ­unpoetic. A majority of Americans say, for the first time ever, that this generation will not be better off than its parents. New York Magazine

Generation X is sick of your bullshit.

The first generation to do worse than its parents? Please. Been there. Generation X was told that so many times that it can’t even read those words without hearing Winona Ryder’s voice in its heads. Or maybe it’s Ethan Hawke’s. Possibly Bridget Fonda’s. Generation X is getting older, and can’t remember those movies so well anymore. In retrospect, maybe they weren’t very good to begin with.

But Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis. Generation X wasn’t surprised. Generation X kind of expected it.

Generation X is a journeyman.

It didn’t invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it’s pretty sure those dudes in Kraftwerk are boomers) but it perfected all of them, and made them its own. It didn’t invent the Web, but it largely built the damn thing. Generation X gave you Google and Twitter and blogging; Run DMC and Radiohead and Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G. Not that it gets any credit. But that’s okay. Generation X is used to being ignored, stuffed between two much larger, much more vocal, demographics.

But whatever! Generation X is self-sufficient. It was a latchkey child. Its parents were too busy fulfilling their own personal ambitions to notice any of its trophies-which were admittedly few and far between because they were only awarded for victories, not participation.

In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn’t had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat.

Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.

Generation X is tired. It’s a parent now, and there’s always so damn much to do. Generation X wishes it had better health insurance and a deeper savings account. It wonders where its 30s went. It wonders if it still has time to catch up.

Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute. Can you just do that, okay? It knows that you are so very special and so very numerous, but can you just leave it alone? Just for a little bit? Just long enough to sneak one last fucking cigarette? No?

Whatever. It’s cool.

Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn’t even read the whole thing. It doesn’t want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform. Generation X should have posted this to LiveJournal.

Republished from Mat Honan’s tumblr.

She’s Got Personality…

You know those personality test things that tell you your personality type after asking you barely 20 questions, that we always seem to fall for on the internet (Why is that? Why are those silly quizzes so irresistable?  Why do we care what LoTR character we’d be?)? Well, every time I have ever done one of the Myers-Briggs style personality type tests,  come out ENTJ.  Every single time.  Doesn’t matter if it’s a silly 20 questions on the internet one, or the official sit down and fill out the forms and answer ALL the questions one.  There must be something to it.   *shrug*

entjENTJs are natural leaders. They live in a world of possibilities where they see all sorts of challenges to be surmounted, and they want to be the ones responsible for surmounting them. They have a drive for leadership, which is well-served by their quickness to grasp complexities, their ability to absorb a large amount of impersonal information, and their quick and decisive judgments. They are “take charge” people.

ENTJs are very career-focused, and fit into the corporate world quite naturally. They are constantly scanning their environment for potential problems which they can turn into solutions. They generally see things from a long-range perspective, and are usually successful at identifying plans to turn problems around – especially problems of a corporate nature. ENTJs are usually successful in the business world, because they are so driven to leadership. They’re tireless in their efforts on the job, and driven to visualize where an organization is headed. For these reasons, they are natural corporate leaders.

There is not much room for error in the world of the ENTJ. They dislike to see mistakes repeated, and have no patience with inefficiency. They may become quite harsh when their patience is tried in these respects, because they are not naturally tuned in to people’s feelings, and more than likely don’t believe that they should tailor their judgments in consideration for people’s feelings. ENTJs, like many types, have difficulty seeing things from outside their own perspective. Unlike other types, ENTJs naturally have little patience with people who do not see things the same way as the ENTJ. The ENTJ needs to consciously work on recognizing the value of other people’s opinions, as well as the value of being sensitive towards people’s feelings. In the absence of this awareness, the ENTJ will be a forceful, intimidating and overbearing individual. This may be a real problem for the ENTJ, who may be deprived of important information and collaboration from others. In their personal world, it can make some ENTJs overbearing as spouses or parents.

The ENTJ has a tremendous amount of personal power and presence which will work for them as a force towards achieving their goals. However, this personal power is also an agent of alienation and self-aggrandizement, which the ENTJ would do well to avoid.

ENTJs are very forceful, decisive individuals. They make decisions quickly, and are quick to verbalize their opinions and decisions to the rest of the world. The ENTJ who has not developed their Intuition will make decisions too hastily, without understanding all of the issues and possible solutions. On the other hand, an ENTJ who has not developed their Thinking side will have difficulty applying logic to their insights, and will often make poor decisions. In that case, they may have brilliant ideas and insight into situations, but they may have little skill at determining how to act upon their understanding, or their actions may be inconsistent. An ENTJ who has developed in a generally less than ideal way may become dictatorial and abrasive – intrusively giving orders and direction without a sound reason for doing so, and without consideration for the people involved.

Although ENTJs are not naturally tuned into other people’s feelings, these individuals frequently have very strong sentimental streaks. Often these sentiments are very powerful to the ENTJ, although they will likely hide it from general knowledge, believing the feelings to be a weakness. Because the world of feelings and values is not where the ENTJ naturally functions, they may sometimes make value judgments and hold onto submerged emotions which are ill-founded and inappropriate, and will cause them problems – sometimes rather serious problems.

ENTJs love to interact with people. As Extroverts, they’re energized and stimulated primarily externally. There’s nothing more enjoyable and satisfying to the ENTJ than having a lively, challenging conversation. They especially respect people who are able to stand up to the ENTJ, and argue persuasively for their point of view. There aren’t too many people who will do so, however, because the ENTJ is a very forceful and dynamic presence who has a tremendous amount of self-confidence and excellent verbal communication skills. Even the most confident individuals may experience moments of self-doubt when debating a point with an ENTJ.

ENTJs want their home to be beautiful, well-furnished, and efficiently run. They’re likely to place much emphasis on their children being well-educated and structured, to desire a congenial and devoted relationship with their spouse. At home, the ENTJ needs to be in charge as much as he or she does in their career. The ENTJ is likely best paired with someone who has a strong self-image, who is also a Thinking type. Because the ENTJ is primarily focused on their careers, some ENTJs have a problem with being constantly absent from home, physically or mentally.

The ENTJ has many gifts which make it possible for them to have a great deal of personal power, if they don’t forget to remain balanced in their lives. They are assertive, innovative, long-range thinkers with an excellent ability to translate theories and possibilities into solid plans of action. They are usually tremendously forceful personalities, and have the tools to accomplish whatever goals they set out for.

Just Sysadmin Things… for which I’ve been reprimanded

Reddit is a particularly special quagmire of geeks gone wild, so I am copying this in here so I can find it later.  You gotta wonder just how indispensable someone has to be, before they can get away with this sort of shit in the workplace… Seriously.
From /u/Mr_U_N_Owen:

In the fourteen years or so as a UNIX sysadmin:

  1. Annoy-a-trons are not appropriate at work and show not be placed in supervisor’s office, causing him to dismantle everything electronic in his office. It’s not funny the second or third time, either.
  2. Referring to supervisor as “brotato” or saying it ever again, in any context, is grounds for a formal writeup.
  3. A poster of my supervisor with a potato for a head is not funny and still violates rule number 2.
  4. Not allowed to rename coworkers.
  5. A tip jar on my desk is not professional.
  6. Crossing out “TIPS” and writing “BRIBES” is no more professional.
  7. Putting “DBA team sniffs cat butts” in Oracle server MOTDs doesn’t cultivate a good relationship between UNIX and DBA teams.
  8. Writing a proof of concept exploit for software deficiencies labeled “will not fix,” while effective, isn’t acceptable.
  9. Printing and hanging a Certificate of Failure when a coworker brings down a server isn’t funny.
  10. In competetive team-building exercises, while not against the rules, its not productive to sabotage the Windows team by filtering, redirecting, or modifying their network traffic.
  11. Calling someoe a Decepticon because she has big ol’ stompy robot feet is neither polite nor constructive.
  12. Not allowed to call block management.
  13. Not allowed to redirect management’s calls to a VoIP system that puts them on indefinite hold with a message saying their call is important.
  14. Replacing a user’s shell with a script that only does an animated nyan cat is counterproductive.
  15. Removing a user that annoys me from all servers is also counterproductive.
  16. “Solar Flares” is not (generally) acceptable in a root cause analysis.
  17. Appending a technical email with a summary labeled “Manager Speak” and using small words, while effective, is not acceptable.
  18. I should not use the phrase “as to not enrage management” in a team email when dictating corrective action on an issue.
  19. I should not follow the complaint about said email with another to the team stating “I’d like to strike ‘as to not enrage management’ from the previous as it has perturbed management.”
  20. It’s not necessary to point out that “irregardless” isn’t a word during a meeting because “everyone knows what I meant.”
  21. Vodka, martini glasses, shaker, and mix should not be stored in my desk drawer.
  22. Or anywhere else in the office, and is not the “life juice” of a UNIX sysadmin.
  23. This is not a democracy.
  24. May not stage a coup d’etat, either.
  25. It’s not appropriate or necessary to threaten to replace someone with a few hundred lines of code, though technically feasible.
  26. Coworkers are not to be subject of psychological experiments, regardless of how benign they may be.
  27. Sniffing the SSH and Kerberos password of the chief security officer isn’t funny.
  28. Sending inane messages to management when a user leaves their desktop unlocked doesn’t effectively promote desktop security practicecs.
  29. Challenging a developer to a duel because he constantly fails to do bounds checking or input validation will not fix the problem.
  30. Calling desktop support to my desk to deliver a mouse because playing a first person shooter with trackpad only is not a valuable use of company resources.
  31. I’m not allowed to trade on of my coworkers to another team.
  32. Nor am I authorized to fire anyone.
  33. “I’m still a little drunk” is not an approiate answer when asked how the late night server maintenance went.
  34. A box of crickets is never to be brought into the office again.
  35. Conference rooms cannot be reserved all day because my cube is too small and doesn’t have a good view.
  36. Telling a supervisor that I’m too busy doing real work to attend a meeting isn’t sufficient cause to skip the meeting.
  37. Responding only in memes and youtube clips of movies is not an effective means of communication with management.
  38. Hiring PHP developers does not contribute to the quota of employees with disabilities.
  39. While its advisable to confer with the team before writing something in Ruby or Go which they don’t know, Brainfuck is never an appropriate language.
  40. Comments in code are not only “for those of weak constitution and simple minds”
  41. Quoting Oscar Wilde’s “The Soul of Man Under Socialism” during a charity function isn’t helping.
  42. “Project management may be compared to a primate attempting sexual congress with a football” is right out
  43. An hourly crontab from 3am-6am stating the time via SMS to a coworker doesn’t convey any useful information.
  44. Reverse engineering the encoding in a closed source messaging protocol an employee uses for non-business related communications and posting the study with the live data is in poor taste.
  45. Exploiting and shutting off compromised routers leveraged in a DoS attack directed at the company, while more effective than upstream filtering, is still a federal crime.
  46. “Do you suffer from a learning disability?” is likely never a proper response to anything.
  47. Fluffy bunny slippers are not authorized protective footwear on the data center floor.
  48. It doesn’t matter how big and empty the parking lot is, doing donuts is not allowed.
  49. Nor are donuts necessary for server component stress testing.
  50. Placing realistic looking stuffed animals under floor tiles in the data center isn’t funny.
  51. Telling new hires that the break room microwave is a viable means of secure hard disk destruction isn’t prudent, even if they should know better.
  52. Making up forms required to be filled out in blue ink and faxed in to grant system access is not permitted.
  53. Pushing vendors to compete with eachother for lunches, kickbacks, and giveaways is of questionable moral turpitude.
  54. Part of my salary is not “hush money” and I should never suggest that it is to anyone inside or outside the company.
  55. Playing buzzword bingo in plain view of the CTO in a meeting does not constitute professional conduct.
  56. Even if he looks at my card and blurts out the word I needed to win.
  57. RJ-45 ends are not “network seeds” and should not be scattered under floor tiles in an effort to cultivate a server farm.
  58. Making caltrops out of drinking straws and a hot glue gun is not a produtive use of company time, and the product should not be spread around the core routing cabinet because it lacked sufficient area denial measures.
  59. Shipments of ammunition are not to be sent to the data center’s receiving department and I’m not to task the department with loading it in my car for me.
  60. Don’t leave a 110v plug wired to an RJ-45 jack lying around for someone to find.
  61. Do not assign contractors numbers and refer to them by number alone, even if they take well to the system and begin addressing eachother by number.
  62. It’s not necessary to conduct a turing test on new hires to ensure they’re not robots.
  63. When a developer writes code but cannot articulate how the code works, its inadvisable to rally for him to be thrown in the retention pond to see if he’s a witch and floats.
  64. Using a server dolly and PVC pipe for jousting matches on the data center floor is not professional conduct.
  65. When there’s a tour group in the data center, don’t come into the office.
  66. When taking vendors or new hires out to lunch on the company card, drinks should not cost more than the meals.
  67. The server lab is not to be used for LAN parties after hours.
  68. Even if management is invited.

    and in among the comments, another user /u/undeadbill chimes in with the following:

    Things I’ve seen people do over the years that resulted in workplace policy changes:

 

1. Running your personal side business on production equipment or desktop workstations.

2.Running porn sites on production servers or desktop workstations.

 

3. Wearing an animal skin to work as a spirit guide and assistance animal.

 

4. Spinning around in a chair during a sales meeting and saying, “bullshit bullshit bullshit” whenever sales oversells something in front of the customer.

 

5. Replying to mail lists with the name field set to “Spanky the Monkey God”.

 

6. Keeping a bat with the words “Clue Bat” by the desk.

 

7. Putting a glass case with the phrase “Break in the event of stupid” enclosing a 9 foot bullwhip tagged with “Everything is better with Clue Whip” is not allowed.

 

8. Christening the latest newest high end piece of equipment received by having sex on it.

 

9. Keeping a filing cabinet solely to kick the snot out of it because sales or management did something resulting in stupid policy changes. Exposed metal edges became a safety hazard O_o.

10. Keeping firearms and ammo in the office for mid-day meetings at the shooting range.

 

11. Using QoS or other packet filtering to mess with competing player’s ping times on customer networks.

 

12. Using a punching nun doll to underscore issues with sales promises in customer meetings.

 

13. Shoulder surfing and blurting out destructive changes to things people are typing.

 

14. Proving that the Exchange admin did not properly filter a virus spread by email attachment by rewriting virus to email “Free Pizza in the Break Room!1!!” to all the developers. <–over-ridden by CTO, Exchange admin had to pay for pizza.

 

15. Using dirty limericks as password cyphers.

 

16. Greeting customers in pajamas and godzilla slippers.

 

17. Failing to cease “certain personal night time activitities” when answering a call from the NOC at 3am.

 

18. Commenting to customers about the same behavior from them.

 

19. Telling customers that “underwear gnomes are stealing the packets” when they refuse to believe a rational explanation, isn’t acceptable.

 

20. Playing “Indiana Jones” on the data center floor with the Clue Whip causing a production outage.

 

21. Attempting to hire an African pygmy goat as a way of criticizing management on how low wages limit the hirable talent pool.

Totally wants to make you work in IT…

network cable cat o nine tails