Interesting stuff

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Blowin started the topic in Friday, 21 Jun 2019 at 8:01am

Have it cunts

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Pops commented Thursday, 21 Jan 2021 at 11:50am

It'll be interesting to see if the tech is allowed to take off... Can't imagine it'd be in reach of most people short term unless subsidised (prices probably would drop if there's enough takeup to scale up manufacturing, but you've gotta get to that point first), and what chance of that happening while fossil fuel lobbies still have sway?

He who hesitates is lost

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Patrick commented Thursday, 21 Jan 2021 at 9:52pm

Here's a more independent overview rather than the company's press release:

https://www.solarquotes.com.au/blog/lavo-hydrogen-battery-review/?fbclid...

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I focus commented Thursday, 21 Jan 2021 at 3:15pm
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Optimist commented Thursday, 21 Jan 2021 at 4:13pm
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indo-dreaming commented Thursday, 21 Jan 2021 at 5:09pm

Hmm that interesting on the carbon batteries and Hydrogen too.

Watched these videos the other week quite interesting its on a similar topic about the need for batteries based on cheaper elements than cobalt & lithium etc

Some really good stuff on the same channel on hydrogen, it's a good channel doesn't get political and doesn't sugar coat shit either, they get technical but explain things so everyday people can understand it all.

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velocityjohnno commented Thursday, 21 Jan 2021 at 5:37pm

Great battery stuff crew, very interesting.

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Blowin commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 12:13pm

Can anyone confirm whether it was Tracks ( the surfer’s bible ) or Surfer magazine ( the bible of the sport ) which first bestowed the holy moniker on itself ?

I’m positive it was Tracks because It’s not very Aussie to plagiarise whilst it’s very Seppo to usurp a canny idea from a “ provincial “ imposter as they always considered themselves to be the centre of the world and therefore entitled.

Tell me I’m wrong. Or not.

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stunet commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 12:26pm

Phil Jarratt, are you reading this??

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Blowin commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 12:33pm

I reckon Tracks started it in the nineties. Maybe even after it went glossy ?

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stunet commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 12:40pm

That was in 2000, however I have a sense of reading it before that, when it was Tabloid size.

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Blowin commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 12:46pm

Tracks vs Surfer ?

There can be only one. Of course it’s Tracks . I didn’t really rate Surfer. Let the Holy Moniker origins story settle the argument once and for all.

We’ve got to get serious and stop these American wankers.

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zenagain commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 12:53pm

I thought Surfer was a great magazine and cool to see the contrast between Australia and America. I liked when Surfer would do an article on their local waves.

Blowy, you're very Oz-centric aren't you, First the Chinese, then the Koreans, now the Yanks...

Paging VicLocal ha ha!

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stunet commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 12:54pm

Get yourself choked out by Jim Hogan with talk like that.

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Blowin commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 1:00pm

What !?!?

Did Jim Hogan grapple with Occy over his infamous comment ? Jim Hogan had a kind of zappy surfing style didn’t he ?

Zen ....I love everyone equally. Though of course Australia is first amongst equals.....

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stunet commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 1:05pm

Maybe he did, maybe he didn't, maybe it was all just manufactured drama of a nationalist bent, but I've got video here somewhere of Hogan at a Burleigh Stubbies around '84 fiercely defending his countrymen's honour - sorry, honor.

And there's also a few stories from Occy's swaggering youth, one of them of wanting to fight Hogan till he backed down when he heard about his success as a wrestler back home, and the other story that he found out too late.

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Blowin commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 1:23pm

Digression :

What about when Occy surfed XXXXX as a youngish lad and when asked by locals what he thought of the wave he said it “ Sucks like a screwdriver.”

I’m still trying to figure that one out.

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stunet commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 1:43pm

Inventive! Make a good commentator or interviewer, that lad.

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zenagain commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 1:52pm

Of course Blowy" I was just mucking around.

As for those Nepalese though with their funny little hats and...

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 1:59pm

“ What about when Occy surfed XXXXX as a youngish lad and when asked by locals what he thought of the wave he said it “ Sucks like a screwdriver.”

Hahahaha wtf. So Occy has always had a few Roos short of the top paddock?

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Jamyardy commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 3:11pm

Jim Hogan, name from the past. I used to have one of the Stubbies comps on VHS. Carrol slipped against Curren .. literally, and lost, and Jim Hogan was talking about the rise of the Americans, and how Curren would be world champ, and when he done it .. then that's it ... there will be more to follow. He was right with the last point.

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Jamyardy commented Friday, 22 Jan 2021 at 3:12pm

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Blowin commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 12:35pm

Not sure who receives the weekly Swellnet email from Stunet. Anyway they are a good read and this one says something to myself which is very timely. Hit Swellnet up if you don’t receive yours each weekend.

Take it away Stunet :

Each year, when January rolls around I draft up a list of vague new year’s resolutions.

Vague because when they inevitably get broken I don’t get too down on myself. I mean, why beat yourself up when you were only half-serious anyway?

This year, one of my resolutions is to rise above the whole FOMO phenomena - or Fear Of Missing Out - and to see FOMO for the deceit that it is.

Which, if you’ll excuse a moment of earnestness, is a consumerist fiction about ‘having it all’, that once unpacked says happiness and satisfaction can only arise from external matters.

Which, as the Buddha wisely said, is bullshit.

Not three weeks into the new year and on Wednesday my resolve was tested. Last week, Ben forecast a very big swell to hit my coast late Tuesday and early Wednesday, and I was suitably excited at the prospect of a big, clean south swell in summer.

I checked the local on Tuesday afternoon and the needle hadn’t budged. Never mind, I thought to myself, it’ll be here tomorrow.

Rising early Wednesday I wondered about the lack of sound from the east. Its absence was explained after I pulled into the dark carpark, empty save for the two cars belonging to the two Phil’s, who both wanted to know where the hell the swell was.

No swell? I didn’t believe them. The swell was a gimme, a slam dunk, and it wasn’t just the wave models that agreed, there was evidence via ASCAT readings and photos from Tassie taken the day before.

None of that computed with the dire view in front of me, but there you go. We were missing out. I was missing out. Let the testing times begin.

I was proud of the way I handled myself in the aftermath of the missing swell. Disappointed, sure, but I took a philosophical view noting joy and stoke are but fleeting, and I wasn’t a lesser person for missing out on good waves. Anyway, in a week’s time it’d all be memories yet I’d still have to deal with my real nature.

It sounds convincing, right? But is that rationale enough? Could a lifetime of abstinence really lead to happiness?

Don’t ask me, I only had to hold the belief for eight or so hours, because by then the late-running swell showed its head and I was getting barreled across the local ledge.

But I’m still counting it as a win, and my vague resolution remains intact.

Hope y’all got some - yet if you didn’t, never fear.

- Stu

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I focus commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 2:29pm

Blowin couldn't agree more, not sure WTF it is but Stu's writing always speaks to me no matter the subject, is it Stu the philosopher, writer, surfer, family man, dog owner or simply Stu the human?

Stu often expresses what I would like to say except I don't have the intellect or depth.

BTW Ben is not bad either, thanks to all the crew employed that contribute to the vibe that flows from the Swellnet heart.

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zenagain commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 3:20pm

I'm stoked I found out what FOMO means.

I have no fear of missing out. I've had a lifetime to get used to it.

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etarip commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 3:53pm

That’s excellent udo.
Speed up the vaccine and Rock on!

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udo commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 4:14pm

Dubai only - Southey you may like this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klaJqofCsu4

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Westofthelake commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 5:29pm

Great Stuff Stu. I like my weekly Swellnet Flyer.

In the spirit of what I focus said, I am going to go over to FB and start a fan page for you.*

But I seem to be stuck for a name.?**

IIovenettles***

*jokes

** nettles meaning - noun
plural noun: nettles
a herbaceous plant which has jagged leaves covered with stinging hairs.
verb
3rd person present: nettles
1.
irritate or annoy (someone).
"‘I was only asking,’ Jess said, nettled"

*** short, sharp, sweet, and to the point

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Blowin commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 6:07pm

Nice.

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blackers commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 6:41pm

For any fans of the round ball game, this is pretty special, 96m goal scored by the keeper.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-23/lower-league-goalkeeper-scores-wo...

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stunet commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 7:37pm

Cheers fellas, glad they're being appreciated.

Good day today. Sun shining, few little waves, however the big occasion was a birthday bike ride for Jetty legend Jason Gava which turned into the inaugural ride for the Sandon Point Boardriders bike club. Thirty strong crew hammered the trails behind Bulli and Thirroul, finishing with a downhill run all the way to the front bar at Bulli Heritage.

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AndyM commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 7:48pm

Hope he was staying away from any pitchforks Stu ;)

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 8:19pm

This is really interesting, don't know if it's been raised here:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/google-threatens-to-shut-down-in-australia-...

Considered it for a bit, thought the Gov was quite brave being the first to propose it (are we seeing Australia going it's own way on multiple fronts??), realised what it might mean for free sharing of links like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv3hXOCfdAw

then concluded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCscYsICvoA

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stunet commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 8:31pm

@Andy,

Mellow old fella now...

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AndyM commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 9:17pm

Classic

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Fliplid commented Saturday, 23 Jan 2021 at 9:23pm

The legislation has got Murdochs hands all over it.

When the announcement to shut down the AAP, which would have resulted in a less diverse media landscape, there was barely a peep out of the coalition and now all of a sudden it is an issue because Murdoch is losing too much revenue

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stunet commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 8:27am

Dunno if you'd call it interesting but...

After a session last Thursday I noticed a slight itch across my inner and upper thighs. Sea lice. Over the years I've been bitten many times but never particularly bothered by them so I scratched the itch and carried on.

By evening the itch had spread up one hip to my stomach, and also around the nether regions, with another outbreak under my right arm spreading up to my shoulder and across my back. Clearly got bitten more than I thought but, again, no big deal.

Friday morning all the effected area started coming out in welts, not large ones, but we're talking quantity over quality - they were fucken everywhere - and the itchability ramped up a notch, from a gentle appeal for attention to a demand for sharp fingernails now.

Trying to sleep has been an ordeal with overnight temps in the low-twenties, no wind, and high humidity. Twice since Friday I've had to take a cold shower through the night for relief then laid back down soothed but wide awake. May as well have necked a midnight coffee.

By yesterday all the heads had been scratched off the easy to reach welts and they were weeping, while the ones across my back were spared by virtue of being almost impossible to reach, and hence the most torturous of all.

The wife won't come near me cos my skin's a mix of teenage acne outbreak cum venereal disease victim and I stink like vinegar - which doesn't work BTW.

Gimme a bluebottle sting any day.

Fuck it, I'd chance an Irukandji over this hell.

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Ralph commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 8:28am

Not sure how this will all end up. It's worth having a look at the chart link below.

"And with Joe Biden comes more stimulus and stockmarket optimism, with US markets reaching new records overnight. Companies do not even need to make a profit now or in the near future to become extremely valuable. In the US, Goldman Sachs produces on index of non-profitable listed companies, mainly using a broad definition of tech, and it's a 5-bagger in less than a year. The index barely moved for the previous five years, showing how 2020 has taken investors into rarefied territory."

https://www.firstlinks.com.au/uploads/2021/Non%20profit%20tech.JPG

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udo commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 8:41am
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stunet commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 11:37am

Yeah, never really bothered trying to treat them before, but this time I used vinegar but it did SFA.

Seems today, four days after they got me, the itching has eased.

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Blowin commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 1:25pm

Question for Ballina locals : What’s this local flooding of streets about ? Would you attribute it to rising sea levels or storm surge or erosion or ????

https://www.echo.net.au/2020/12/ballina-weather-event-road-status-inform...

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lostdoggy commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 2:05pm

Isn’t that after the big low pressure system with huge amounts of rain?

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Blowin commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 2:08pm

Apparently it’s a monthly occurrence now ? Can anyone confirm or deny please ?

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lostdoggy commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 2:12pm

Some of streets in Ballina’s cbd or ‘the island’ flood on king tides.

The places in your link don’t flood monthly as far as I’m aware, just in big or prolonged weather events.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 2:21pm

Ballina CBD and low lying areas next to creeks and drains floods on tides over 1.8m which is most of the daytime summer new moon and winter night-time new moon high tides.
rainfall and low pressure/storm surges make it worse, but it's primarily a tide issue.

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Blowin commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 2:51pm

Cheers mate.

Very useful.

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Blowin commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 6:17pm

Yep , I’m reposting this in homage to the clowns doing bog laps in the bay allllllllllll freaking day. Cheers for the constant background noise of overrevved petrol engines cockheads.....

Ode to a jet - ski person...

By The Mad Cow , WA

Jet - ski person , selfish fink
May your silly jet -ski sink,
May you hit a pile of rocks,
Oh hoonish, summer coastal pox.

Noisy, smoking dickhead fool,
On your loathesome leisure tool.
Give us all a jolly lark,
And sink beside a hungry shark.

Scream as in its jaws you go,
Your last attention seeking show.
While on the beach we all join in ,
With three cheers for the dorsal fin !“

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factotum commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 6:39pm

Not by 'Mad Cow'.

Plagiarised off of Michael Leunig.

Both barrels.

Again.

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stunet commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 6:41pm

Appeared in ASL that way but it was stone cold stolen from Leunig.

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 25 Jan 2021 at 6:59pm

Summer trouble from
Jet Skis. Bogans meet Kevin
Costner's Water World.