— Bob-a-job-alog-a-roonie

(in Ballarat)

I ate at 25 different takeaways, twice at the finalists, over a winter and a bit, to determine who was best fish and chips in Ballarat.

None was drop-dead brilliant, but one was consistently tasty, fast and reasonably priced, Northway Fish House:

Northway Fish House

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Concept: we fear things we shouldn’t, as a substitute for the things we really fear, yet cannot easily avoid.

Fear substitution is real.

People fear spiders that have never done them harm, and yet have no fear of driving on a road despite in being a high chance for dying young.

Likewise terrorism has a very tiny chance of affecting your life, yet you may fret over it.

The media knows this, and they are your accomplice.

Knowing what you truly fear and dealing with it is the preferred way of being. Instead of substituting it with something less relevant.

I think…

Because it is often thought that ignorant people lead more content lives…


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When people vote, they feel empowered.

When people are polled, they only feel good if the majority of people surveyed agreed with them.

Idea: National poll of people eligible to vote, asking them a single question with two answers to choose from.

Our society is programmed to need to know the result of the election/vote or poll…

The government chooses questions that it expects the majority to get wrong. And the majority gets it wrong.

Then, most of the population will feel little, and bow down to the government that is smarter than them.


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The mantra of Internet entrepreneurs is “fail often”, which is another way of saying “I get knocked down and I get up again”. Or “whatever doesn’t break you, makes you stronger”.

And it is true, and it works. As long as it is a business, an idea, a relationship or a job. Adjuncts to yourself.

It doesn’t work for the essence of who you are, the persona that you have spent your life shaping.

To start again from scratch and create a brand new you, after your last you failed, would be a very rare ability.

If your essential self fails, then you are broken, for good.

I’d like to think that more evolved humans might be able to switch to new persona, like an actor, when the last one failed, but then that might mean we lose what makes us human. It might make us no different than robots that can be reprogrammed.

So what is the answer to broken souls?

I’m thinking it is the opposite of “fail often”. I think it is “win often”.

There’s another thing that Internet entrepreneurs do, to avoid failure. When something is looking like failure, they pivot before it does fail. They move to a new, better win.

That’s what I wish souls could do. Recognise that what can/will break you is on the horizon and pivot to a new, winning, you.

It’s not easy. People don’t recognise the signs. We should learn to recognise the signs. And we should learn to have the courage to pivot before failure kicks in.

The first step is self-awareness and awareness of your every day environment. Not just accepting it as how things are, but continually seeing it for what it really is, and asking if it is acceptable.

I’d say the majority of marriages are a compromise, where he/she thinks “they’ll do, because not having someone is worse”.  I figure most jobs aren’t ideal, but people say they love their job because to admit what you spend a most of your waking hours doing isn’t your preference, would be horrible.

You can fail at a job or a relationship or a business, and start again, as long as it was your failure to own. If those things fail for reasons you cannot own, then your soul can take a hit. Redundancy, cheating partner, global recession.

But to avoid being broken soul, you need to be consciously aware of your reality, and be ready to pivot when it no longer serves as a win. And to do that you need to have your ear to the ground, and recognise the signs. In retrospect, we all saw the signs. We just didn’t recognise them when we need to.

It is far from easy.


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Artificial Intelligence has the potential to rapidly destroy modern society. It could be secret AI, known AI or even network AI (lots of AI networked together around the globe, learning from each other). Famously Elon Musk as warned of the risks, along with other top scientists.

Prevention is the best cure, and hopefully limitations and safeguards will be in place to protect us.

But if that doesn’t happen, we need a Plan B. I propose a global network of secret volunteers who will leap to action and coordinate a dismantling of AI if AI attacks modern society.

  • shutdown electricity
  • shutdown AI in situ
  • shutdown Internet
  • shutdown fibre optic cables

In each case insiders with direct access is the best option. Otherwise there might be a bit of breaching security required.

Possible triggers:

  • meltdown of financial markets
  • war
  • mass discrimination (women unable to withdraw cash from ATMs, for example)
  • media propaganda
  • weather manipulation
  • robot disobedience

Each should be clear and obvious to all should they occur.

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(the image above is in the direction of what I imagine, but a whole lot different…)

The venue already has a name – Munch.

The concept is obviously a twist on existing burgers. Layer by layer:

A thin bun. Probably sour dough but half the regular thickness. Might need some science to stay intact…

Sauce. Capsicum and tomato. Touch of chilli.

Cheese. But in strips, so the layers have some randomness. Long strips so they can hang over the edge.

Bacon. Boiled, not fried? Not sure, I want it soft enough to bite through in the middle of a burger.

The meat patty. Infused with onion. Moist, from being boiled? Then deep fried with a thin layer of batter.

Salad. Instead of being loose pieces of lettuce, I propose a vegetable fritter containing the healthiest and most fashionable veggies.

Optional bottom layer: could be mayo, or roasted capsicums, or fries, or something else reasonably thin. I think giant collapsing burgers are stupid.

Bottom half of the bun (of course). The buns are fried on the grill, with butter, and a weight upon them – to give them a touch of a grilled cheese sandwich going on. Actually, I think more two-day-old slices of bread than burger buns. Perhaps something in-between?

No lettuce. No onion (its in the pattie). No tomato – too slippy, already exists in the sauce.

The burger has always been about a cacophony of tastes and textures. My idea is to improve on that by giving more dimensions to the cheese, making it healthier and less fall-apart with a veggie fritter, and lowering the carb content and sheer bulk with lower profile buns. Maybe a bun with a bit of crust????

Regarding the pattie, I’m unsure of the first step, but 2nd step is a burst of hot deep frying, and the 3rd step is BBQed (like Burger King) with the cheeses strips melting onto it. “Triple Cooked”?.





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(the pic is from a fenced community farm at my back door, that is open to the public during daytime…)

The problem is teenagers without purpose outside of school, purposelessness that can lead to drugs, crime and even terrorism.

The goal is for teens to be given an opportunity to work together, with no hierarchy, to achieve a goal, with no skills required, for reward.

It should appeal to those who most need it.

Using nature makes sense, so the idea of running a farm has merit, and is already being used, albeit supervised:


These are typically places where you need to travel to, and stay at, and you need to apply or qualify.

I’m thinking of a more local community, anarchistic model.

Unfortunately it does require money from a benefactor, but it may be money well spent. The local council is a good fit.

Some empty urban land (or any land close to where the teenagers live) needs to be gifted or loaned. Ideally it needs work to make it fit, especially demolition work like breaking up concrete or removing weeds.

A plan that is gamified.

For example:

1. Getting a minimum of 5 teens involved unlocks some tools

2. Clearing the land unlocks timber

3. Building raised vegie beds unlocks seeds or seedlings

4. A successful harvest, sold or distributed to the needy, unlocks the equipment for building a chicken coop

5. Building the coop unlocks chickens

6. Distribution of eggs unlocks some recycled items to be turned into artistic pieces or statues

A key aspect is that the quality of the work will never be judged. However if the entire project is mistreated or not valued, it can be stopped.
Anyone of a certain age (and perhaps males only) in the local area can participate. The only requirement is parental approval. Those with parental approval will have their names written somewhere permanent on the land, like painted on a wall, or something more difficult like etched into stone.

Work can only occur during daylight.Instructions and information will be provided.

There will be no direct supervision. There will be no team leaders or hierarchy, and participants will be told to keep it that way. Each person contributes as much as they feel they can, and to the best of their abilities. Nobody should judge the work of others.

Obviously there can be regulatory hurdles, such as health and safety, and protecting property from theft or vandalism.

If a CCTV was actively monitored by adults during all daylight hours, and recording at night, that could help with the hurdles.

The property could be fenced in and locked during darkness by a responsible adult who otherwise has no contact with the property.

If successful, the completed farm will still need ongoing work, and new teens can take the place of others. Teens will get the most value if they are there from the beginning, and constructing. Restarting this process in future years without destroying what is built is a problem to deal with at the time.

The concept could be trialled for a TV doco.

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I listen to everything, and belong to myself only. I subscribe to many magazines that could get me on a watchlist, as well as “sane” publications that wouldn’t. Like Reason. Recently an article said this to counter the argument that robots will take our jobs:

In 1910, one out of 20 of the American workforce was on the railways. In the late 1940s, 350,000 manual telephone operators worked for AT&T alone. In the 1950s, elevator operators by the hundreds of thousands lost their jobs to passengers pushing buttons. Typists have vanished from offices. But if blacksmiths unemployed by cars or TV repairmen unemployed by printed circuits never got another job, unemployment would not be 5 percent, or 10 percent in a bad year. It would be 50 percent and climbing.

It is an easy argument to make – people always find new jobs, and technology enriches our life as it destroys old jobs.

The author is correct. Bravo!

But here’s what all these expert commentators are missing. It’s not about whether we will have employment, we’ll always find ways of paying each other to do things we don’t want to, or cannot do.  It is about the value of human employees.

As robots, AI and so on take our jobs, large businesses will increase their profits and have less use for human staff. For corporations, the average hourly dollar worth of a human is declining. Profits will rise and the rich will get richer.

If your job has been taken, you will probably find new employment. But you will be less likely to be hired by a corporation (with big profits) and more likely to be a part of a local ecosystem where everyone employs each other. I mow your lawn, cut my hair, he delivers parcels, I order pizza.

I know “trickle down” is a joke, but it has a degree of reality – corporations pay staff from their profits, and staff spend that money. As corporations trend towards less staff, less of their profits will trickle down. More will be retained by the owners and executives.

The long-term trend is for a a working class who are getting more things and lifestyle than ever before, but will be relatively poorer financially. Our jobs will be more service oriented and less about creating products or providing food.

We already have flat wage growth throughout the prosperous countries.

Next up – reduced incomes. It is coming. I’ll wager 2020 is the year we accept that the 90% will be valued less than before.



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Meaningful love tends to happen in person. Two people in close proximity for significant periods of time. And in isolation from others in their life.

  • Facebook celebrates how long people have been friends, regardless of if they have ever met in real life.
  • Google knows who bought what in a physical store, via the GPS in our phones cross-referenced with credit card data. Yes, really (USA).

The technology already exists to determine who we love, based on time spent with them. And, yes, it is easy to exclude family members, housemates, customers, nightclubs, work and sport colleagues by using machine learning or participants just naming people and places.

The downside is that illicit love or secret love could be outed, so some sort of switch is needed (like powering off your phone during your regular Tuesday lunchtime romp).

The upside is we can prove how much we love someone, even someone we wouldn’t love natively.


Rob has spent 40 minutes this week in close proximity, one on one, to complete strangers. He gets a yellow heart badge.



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I firmly believe that every human needs and desires love.

When a person doesn’t have love in their life, they choose a proxy.

It might be a love of their work, dedication at the gym, passion about a hobby, or graffiti.

Sometimes a lack of love leads to anger and resentment. In rare extreme cases it leads to murder, where the proxy for love overrules all reason and compassion.

The answer to terrorism is to give love to everyone. No matter how hard loving particular people might be.

Love thy neighbour. Love your weird neighbour. Love the neighbour who scares you or creeps you out.

Love someone who is angry or says hateful things.

Bombard them with love until love wins.

Afterthought: How many world leaders can you name who have declared or demonstrated personal love?


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