## 2013 Federal Election Senate Results

October 2, 2013

Only six years ago, the three most popular states presented a snooze-fest when it came to the senate – 3 each to the ALP and the Coalition, thank you all for voting and we’ll continue with our nice little duopoly.

What a different world we have this time around. While barring a recount the Sports party ultimately failed to win a seat off their 0.23% primary vote, we’ve still got ten senators from outside the majors. With all the talk of preference deals, hopefully we’ll get to see some reform that will get rid of ticket voting before the next time around.

But hey, let’s get to the results:

### 1st place: South Australia (2 Liberal, 1 Xenophon, 1 ALP, 1 Greens, 1 Family First)

Oh dear, what is going on? How can we possibly give the South Australians first place when they’ve gone ahead and elected a member of a right wing Christian party? This should really be considered an indictment on how well the election actually went. The Croweaters get first place on the back of the elections of Sarah Hanson-Young and Nick Xenophon.

### 2nd place: Tasmania (2 Liberal, 2 ALP, 1 Greens, 1 Palmer)

Those Taswegians usually put in a good performance at elections and their high occurrence of below the line voting sets a good example to the rest of the country. Disappointing to see Peter Whish-Wilson have to go to preferences to win his seat. But more disappoing is the election of Jacqui Lambie. Clive Palmer is a one-percenter. ’nuff said.

### 3rd place: Victoria (2 Liberal, 2 ALP, 1 Greens, 1 Motoring)

Looking really good until you see Ricky Muir of the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party winning a seat. Sadly, this is just the latest installment from the state that has previously elected members from Family First and the DLP. With Tony Abbott already preferring a 1950s era roads only transport policy, this can’t end well for the nation.

### 4th place: Queensland (3 LNP, 2 ALP, 1 Palmer)

Poor. Actually downgrade that to terrible. Won’t see much support for a mining tax here.

### 5th place: New South Wales (2 Liberal, 2 ALP, 1 National, 1 Liberal Democrat)

When you first listen to the libertarian position, it can appear alluring. The government shouldn’t interfere in personal life, so therefore censorship shouldn’t happen and marijuana should be legalised. OK but those positions are the easy ones to get to. It’s when you delve a bit further that problems start to appear – there’s that classic line about ending up advocating for the abolition of fire departments. (Actually they’d probably try to privatise them). Fundamentally, you probably shouldn’t get someone to run a government when their core belief is that the government shouldn’t exist.

### 6th place* Western Australia (3 Liberal, 2 ALP, 1 Palmer)

The failure to reelect Scott Ludlam puts WA into last place here. I’m ashamed of my home state.

*subject to change if the recount changes the outcome

## World Cup 2015

September 21, 2013

Hidden amongst the media coverage of the Ashes and the Essendon saga was an announcement about the format of the 2015 World Cup.

Fourteen teams, two groups of seven, top four in each group go on to play a knockout tournament.

Yes. A knockout tournament. Geez. What a crap shoot.

Of course, just like four years ago, we know exactly which eight teams will get to go on to the crap shoot stage. And unlike eight years go, with six group games each, a single upset is unlikely to result in any change to which eight teams progress.

So why even bother with the group stage?

They could at least have a final eight like in the AFL, which would give an advantage to the top two teams in each pool, making the group stages have at least some meaning.

Oh, and a bonus: Then we’d have nine high-revenue matches in the finals stage, rather than seven, which for a money obsessed governing body is surely the preferred position.

As it stands, I cannot respect the 2015 World Cup, or its winner as a worthy champion due to the format, and sincerely hope that the schedule for the 2014/15 season is fixed to correct this atrocity (and the other atrocity of no WACA test – why can’t we play five against India?)

## How to ascertain your home phone number

August 7, 2013

(In Australia): Dial 127 22 123.

Yes this sound silly. But it also works to determine the last connected number at the premises, which is information a telecommunications company can find useful in connecting a phone or internet service.

## How to resize an image in ubuntu

May 12, 2013

Warning (insert Bourbaki dangerous bend sign here): This process overrides the original file. So if the original image is at all important, it must first be copied.

Step 1: Right-click and select Open With GIMP Image Editor

Step 2: File -> Save.

Step 3: Click “Show preview in image window”

Step 4: Slide the quality to get the desired file size.

and we’re done.

## Megaminx III

January 17, 2013

I’ve already had two previous adventures with owning a megaminx. The first one I owned fell apart before I even got a chance to solve it, and I can’t see how to fix it (you’re welcome to try, I still have all the pieces). The second megaminx I owned was structurally sound, but has problems that I feel are best described by saying that the stickers keep falling off. The little coloured bits in this case aren’t actually stickers but they do keep falling off, and I haven’t managed to keep them all.

Recently I had the fortune to visit Causeway Bay, where I was kindly shown the physical incarnation of this shop. Alas, the bricks and mortar version is scheduled to close this month, so I was just in time (and you’d better hurry!). So there they sell a different make of megaminx. I forget if there was also a 6 colour version but my memory says yes. Though I didn’t acquire my own, my impression is that this is a more durable product than the two megaminxes I already own.

So why no purchace? Well, I’ve solved it already, and the megaminx is easy. Somehow having so many faces means that the moves you make don’t interfere with each other very much, making it no harder than the standard 3x3x3 cube.

What I did get instead is this “Super 3x3x7:01″ which I’ve scrambled and unscrambled, but still not solved (like the square one, it is not a group).

Gotta get back on that task now…

## Australian First Class Batting Averages

November 26, 2012

The below are a list of first class batting averages for current Australian cricket. Makes you wonder about the relative selection merits of D Hussey v Quiney.

 Ponting 55.58 D Hussey 53.7 M Hussey 52.16 Rogers 49.75 Warner 48.33 Clarke 47.34 Hughes 45.77 Burns 44.42 Watson 44.42 Nevill 44.23 Khawaja 43.88 Cosgrove 43.34 Maxwell 42 North 41.52 Wade 41.04 Smith 40.69 Cowan 40.63 Voges 40.19 White 40.17 Bailey 40.14 McDonald 39.76 Haddin 39.31 Doolan 39.16 Quiney 37.36

## bartogian visits Guthries

September 17, 2012

Recently, I was able to visit Guthries Tavern, located in Wrigleyville, Chicago, on a day when the Cubs did not have a home game (which may be relevant). Now I’d heard Guthries described as a “board games pub”. They have a bookshelf full of games that patrons can borrow and play. You’re not going to find Age of Renaissance or even Settlers there, the types of games you’ll see are the sort of games that everyone has heard of – we’re talking things like Scrabble, Cluedo, et al. (I didn’t pay too close attention once the genre was identified).

At 6:20pm on a Thursday evening, the place was almost empty, with just myself and one other Diplomacy player present. As time progressed, more patrons appeared, filling out the place in a way that was never threatening to be crowded. This was good, since it enabled us to have exclusive use of the covered back patio to run two diplomacy games.

An evening bar game necessitates a strict ending time, which for us was no later than 11pm. Of course once you start introducing a fixed ending time, people start to have opinions about whether or not this is a good thing… I’ll just present the facts and say that the sharks board got to finish 1906 while the novice board which started later played through to the end of 1904.

And we leave you with a shot of the action, during what I believe was an adjudication phase. (Ask privately for the uncompressed image)

## Best Blogpost Ever

August 3, 2012

http://lglinux.blogspot.com/2007/09/pdflatex-bbmsty-not-found.html

There should also be an entry (I haven’t checked to see if it exists)

sudo apt-get install texlive-latex-extra

## Latex Keyboard II

February 7, 2012

xmodmap -e ‘keycode 47 = backslash colon’
xmodmap -e ‘keycode 13 = dollar 4′
xmodmap -e ‘keycode 14 = percent 5′
xmodmap -e ‘keycode 15 = asciicircum 6′
xmodmap -e ‘keycode 16 = ampersand 7′
xmodmap -e ‘keycode 17 = asterisk 8′
xmodmap -e ‘keycode 18 = parenleft 9′
xmodmap -e ‘keycode 19 = parenright 0′
xmodmap -e ‘keycode 20 = underscore minus’
xmodmap -e ‘keycode 34 = braceleft bracketleft’
xmodmap -e ‘keycode 35 = braceright bracketright’
xmodmap -e ‘keycode 51 = semicolon bar’

To anyone reading this: I am recording this here for my own benefit. The commands above remap a keyboard to something more friendly for typing $\LaTeX$.

## Flash on Ubuntu 11.10

January 14, 2012

Quick answer: I found the Flash-Aid Firefox addon the solution to my initial troubles to get flash working uniformly on Firefox on my Ubuntu 11.10 system.

Thanks to the askubuntu stackexchange site for giving me this tip. (and while I’m at it, thanks to the superuser stackexchange site for helping me fix some problems with my parents’ machine).

Now to get the whole setup working with Tor. With the Masters starting this weekend, perhaps that will provide the necessary impetus.