“Former treasurer Josh Frydenberg lands a job with Goldman Sachs”
No one saw this coming.
Went to see the skin doctor this morning and had two things cut out. Don’t suspect it’s anything, but this doctor has a reputation for cutting out which is why I sought her.
She was a model health professional. Highly skilled. Super informative, but in a helpful/collaborative way, not a paternal or unopinionated way. Super kind.
When I think about climate change, I think about the Great Stink.
By 1830, London was the largest, richest city in the world. But the city's waste management systems had not changed appreciably since medieval times. Most human waste was handled quite simply: it was just dumped into the River Thames.
The result was a slow-growing crisis that lasted three decades. Cholera outbreaks (from drinking tainted water, though nobody understood that then) periodically wracked the city, killing tens of thousands. The stench from the river gradually grew worse and worse, making life in riverside districts increasingly intolerable. The government was too hesitant to take dramatic action, though; it tried instead to mitigate the problem, by pouring lime into the river to cut the stench.
It all came to a head in the summer of 1858. A dry spell caused the level of the river to drop, leaving the banks coated with mounds of what the newspapers delicately called "impure matter." The stench was so bad that it became known as "the Great Stink." Parliament, whose halls were right on the river, could not conduct business. The smell in the chambers was so strong that all the curtains were soaked in chloride of lime to try and block it. (It didn't work.)
Parliament was now faced with a simple, stark choice: do something to clean up the river, or move itself out of London altogether. Members seriously discussed relocating to Oxford and St. Albans, but in the end, they decided to act. Municipal engineer Joseph Bazalgette was authorized to build a network of new sewers, at the then-staggering cost of £3 million, to be paid for by taxing every London household three pennies for the next 40 years.
Bazalgette's sewers solved the problem. They solved it so well they're still in use today. But democratic government had to be dragged kicking and screaming into making them happen. Only when the problem made their own lives intolerable did they finally act.
How all this relates to climate change, I shall leave as an exercise for the reader.
“World's first giant 'sand battery' shows how energy solutions can be simple”
How awesome is this.
“Jindalee Skate Park”
I love there are comments on this skate park from 21 years ago. The comments themselves are… reflective of what you’d expect.
I half believed he would go nuclear, but it’s happened.
Noticed Ubank had new branding and a new banking app. Dug a little deeper and saw they acquired 86400. That explains it. https://www.ubank.com.au/
The product was called Tug and it turned every feature branch into a running application on Heroku. This was back in 2013 before Heroku introduced pipelines.
Here’s a low resolution mock up of the home page I made featuring the illustration and logo by the designer. We ran this at the company I worked for at the time.