A long time since I’ve blogged over here!
Just a quick post to let people know I’ve made a torrent for the third release of the Australian census 2011. I’m seeding it for anyone that wants a copy. It’s a 4.6GB download, the contents are unchanged from the original ABS DVDs, except that they have been recompressed with XZ rather than Zip (~ 50% smaller than the original zip files.)
Grab the torrent file, and you’re off.
This blog is hosted with wordpress.com and they won’t let me create an inline magnet link (software as a service, grr!); but you can get a magnet link via this shortened URL:
… or paste this into your bittorrent client:
Share and enjoy :-)
The source of this data is the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The data is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia licence. Once you’ve downloaded the file, there is more information on licensing and attribution in the “About DataPacks” folder.
Adapted from this wonderful cartoon by First Dog on The Moon (unfortunately, broken image on the Crikey site).
Ingredients: 1/4 cup light olive oil, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 3/4 cup soy milk, 1/2 cup water, 2 cups Orgran gluten-free flour, 2 heaped tsp gluten-free baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1tsp nutmeg, 1tsp cloves, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1 cup blueberries
Mix the oil, maple syrup, water and milk together, fold in sifted flour, baking powder and spices. Stir in the pecans and blueberries. Spoon muffin mixture into pans (works well in those fancy-pants silicon muffin trays), bake at 180c for 20 minutes.
(The original recipe doesn’t call for any water, but I found the gluten-free flour is a bit stiffer and needs a bit of extra moisture so you can stir the blueberries and pecans in. And a tip for laziness – crush the pecans in a mortar and pestle rather than chopping them!)
Packed myself down to South Perth hospital today to have some nasal polyps removed. This was the third operation, but there’s now a plan involving allergy desensitisation which may mean it’s the last.
The nursing staff at the hospital were amazingly kind and lovely, really awesome. Got myself checked in, saw the anaesthetist, and then sat there waiting and wondering when I’d be wheeled off.
I’m slightly curious which anaesthetic I ended up getting. Apparently the swish anaesthetic of choice has egg products in it, so last time the anaesthetist went with an older drug. Unfortunately last time I also ended up with a blood clot in a vein in my arm, so he suggested he’d go with the very slighty eggy drug. I certainly feel pretty good after this anaesthetic – the last one knocked me for six.
Woke up in the recovery room in the middle of having the intubation tube taken out, which was disconcerting – not painful, just very surprising. I woke up from a dream, which is odd – all other general anaesthetics I’ve had it’s been like an on/off switch.
Amusing incident came when it was time for the gauze in my nose to be removed. This is quite a painful procedure and I’ve been through it a couple of times before, but it’s also quite brief. This nurse was swift and brutal, which was great – she just yoinked the whole thing out. All seemed calm afterwards (moderate amounts of immediate gore, very little afterwards) so she wandered off.
Then click, blood was suddenly really gushing out of my left nostril. Pressed the “nurse” button on the bed and built myself a little pyramid of blood soaked tissues. Apparently I should have made some audible request for help rather than pressing the button – they came a minute or too later. Ice packs on my head and neck and chewing some ice fixed it up, and they discharged me about an hour later.
My lovely friends Keith and Helen picked up me up and now I’m at home, tucked in bed, listening to the rain. Life is pretty good :-)
I’ve been doing a bunch of work in the backyard, mostly digging out the grass that’s grown over winter, mulching and then planting native plants. Getting out the grass was hard work, so in the end I got a big tarp and covered it for a fortnight. Made it much, much easier to get out.
I’ve planted a bunch of awesome, hopefully bird attracting plants. They are:
I’ve also built an awesome new bean trellis, planted some artichoke seeds, and put in a couple of passionfruit vines. It’s getting quite nice out there!
I’ve put up the Census release 1.1; CC-BY the Commonwealth of Australia. Get the torrent file or use this magnet link:
The ABS data pack release 1 DVD arrived yesterday. Awesomely, it’s licensed CC-BY by the ABS, so I’ve made a bittorrent file for it. The DVD contained one Zip file, which is the contents of the torrent.
It’s 2.7GB and I’m on ADSL – and my housemate wants to stream the TDF – so it might take a while to get out. If you have problems poke me on twitter – @angrygoat.
.torrent file. Magnet link:
I need the Census data to perform some analysis; the ABS release schedule indicated the data comes out first by DVD, then on the web. I duly (and reluctantly – what is this, the 90s?) rang up the ABS and paid $250 for the DVDs. The first release hasn’t showed up yet, and they’ve put the data on the web – so that turns out to have been a waste of money. Apparently the post is slow from Canberra?
A fun diversion but you have to wonder – exactly why is the ABS taking such pains to make sure nobody downloads the data they’re providing to us? It seems likely a primary function of the department, so it’s odd that they are so hostile to its occurrence.