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Twitter highlights part 3

Here, in the interests of data preservation, is the third instalment of my best Twitter posts.

July 2008

What’s this? From the man who brought you Myki (Peter Batchelor) comes a new coal-fired power station, the day before Garnaut reports?! 10:09 AM Jul 2nd, 2008 from web

Umbrella self-destructed, top flew off. At least the trains aren’t crowded, thanks to school holidays. 8:23 AM Jul 8th, 2008 from txt

Did a press conference with a bunch of other transport bods to some media in an otherwise empty room. 11:08 AM Jul 8th, 2008 from txt

At Sidetracked entertainment. While the kids all play laser force, the adults are all over Galaga and air hockey. 11:41 AM Jul 10th, 2008 from txt

They’re here! On the streets and in the shops! PILGRIMS! Being nice! 6:57 PM Jul 13th, 2008 from web — this was ahead of World Youth Day/week

Eddington submission in, with seconds to spare. 5:05 PM Jul 15th, 2008 from web

Getting utterly massacred by my sister in Scrabulous. 8:59 PM Jul 15th, 2008 from web

Two grown women on train discussing how they have no idea if Ireland is connected to the rest of Britain. 9:13 AM Jul 17th, 2008 from txt

It’s Monday mornings like this when I seriously wish I could just pull up the covers and stay in bed all day, 7:28 AM Jul 21st, 2008 from web

Wow. Managed to get my main email inboxes down to less than a page of items each. Wonder if I could achieve that with Gmail? 7:46 AM Jul 22nd, 2008 from web

(is) trying to make his status updates grammatically correct in both Twitter and Facebook. 12:35 PM Jul 24th, 2008 from web

can’t believe I have to address my blog’s commenters like squabbling kids. One little post about the Pope and they’re arguing about religion 7:52 AM Jul 25th, 2008 from web

is wondering how these journos have been finding my blog. 8:24 PM Jul 28th, 2008 from web

just saw a lady brushing her teeth in her car. Honest. 4:08 PM Jul 29th, 2008 from web

can’t believe stupid monorail idea is getting so much attention. The things cost billions and billions. 6:16 PM Jul 30th, 2008 from txt

August 2008

wondering if the Martians have stage 3a water restrictions. 12:21 PM Aug 1st, 2008 from web

Youngest trying out his DS with my WAP. Hope I have WAP security set up right and the neighbourhood isn’t surfing via my connection. 12:03 PM Aug 3rd, 2008 from web

marvelling at figures showing Sunday bus patronage up 44% in 12 months. See what happens when you provide more buses? People use them!! 3:39 PM Aug 3rd, 2008 from web

can’t believe a religious war has started over whether a full stop should be followed by one space or two. 12:22 PM Aug 4th, 2008 from web

I can see my house. Google Streetview launched in AU. 9:30 AM Aug 5th, 2008 from web

is warming up on the train, amazed they ever got away with running short trains on weekends. 9:26 AM Aug 10th, 2008 from txt

invested in hot chocolate for the wait btwn trains in at Flinders Street. Would rather post inane updates than read book. 9:55 AM Aug 10th, 2008 from txt

had forgotten Princess Leia’s stepfather is Matt Santos. 11:31 PM Aug 10th, 2008 from web

is wondering why kayaking is on both Ch 7 and SBS at the same time. Is there really nothing else going on in the entire Olympics right now? 7:35 PM Aug 11th, 2008 from web

rejoices at news of legit MP3 sales to Aussies. 12:20 PM Aug 13th, 2008 from web

‘s newspaper is wet. This doesn’t happen with digital media. OTOH, my email is full of spam this morning. 7:46 AM Aug 16th, 2008 from web

did a lunchtime interview with students who gave him a box of chocs afterwards! Don’t get that from the MSM (though they do shout coffees) 12:59 PM Aug 18th, 2008 from web

knows that when you’re stuck between a loudmouthed tipsy couple and teens with loud music, that it’s time to switch carriages. 2:56 PM Aug 19th, 2008 from txt

may squeeze onto the news tonight, despite the Olympics, thanks to pt crowding. 1:08 PM Aug 20th, 2008 from txt

thinks he’ll have an evil fast food lunch today, then walk around the block twice to try and counter it. 12:46 PM Aug 22nd, 2008 from web

thinks Word Scraper just isn’t The Same. 11:04 PM Aug 27th, 2008 from web

thinks this morning’s Age, dominated by wire reports due to the journos’ strike, is pretty dull. 7:39 AM Aug 29th, 2008 from web

is worried he might have just offended any conscientious, hard-working, intelligent AAP staff who might be reading. 7:55 AM Aug 29th, 2008 from web

wonders why four choppers are hovering over Cheltenham. 2:38 PM Aug 30th, 2008 from txt — it was a factory fire, just a couple of days after a nearby plane crash

was just on 3aw. It’s going to be one of those days. 7:30 AM Sep 5th, 2008 from web

September 2008

went to the Transport Summit protest. Should be on the news tonight. 1:08 PM Sep 5th, 2008 from web

thinks after 8pm free rides are a joke when the trains are so infrequent and crowded. 10:38 PM Sep 5th, 2008 from web

just got offered a seat on the train by a bloke who looks older. Do I look unwell? 3:51 PM Sep 9th, 2008 from txt

Catching a tram home? Diversions in place due to **Myer fire**. Hey that rhymes. Check Metlink web site. 5:19 PM Sep 9th, 2008 from web

says So long and thanks for all the fish. (Just in case the Large Hadron Collider destroys the world tomorrow.) 10:54 PM Sep 9th, 2008 from web

now stinks of cigarettes thanks to an al fresco coffee and an inconsiderate smoker. 4:04 PM Sep 10th, 2008 from web

is relieved the world didn’t end, even though this means I have to do my tax. 10:14 PM Sep 10th, 2008 from web

just got a 6 floor aerobic workout thanks to out-of-order lifts. 1:45 PM Sep 12th, 2008 from web

is cursing Frankston line signalling faults. 9:08 AM Sep 16th, 2008 from web

is pleased the govt backed down on the Seniors Daily ticket. Now can we reverse the periodical ticket change too? 12:34 PM Sep 17th, 2008 from web — Eventually they did reverse it.

shifted desks. Up one floor. You could say I am an Interfloorer. 12:27 PM Sep 19th, 2008 from web

confirmed Bruce Hughes and I gave those footy fans at Flinders St Station this morning the right directions to Waverley Park. 12:44 PM Sep 25th, 2008 from web — Bruce was CEO of Connex. We’d been at the opening of a groovy new customer service booth.

Thought the Cats would win that. Bloody Jeff Kennett will have a big grin on his face. 5:21 PM Sep 27th, 2008 from txt

thankfully is not experiencing a human/timelord biological meta-crisis. 8:52 PM Sep 28th, 2008 from web

October 2008

watching a guy in the train doorway air drumming to Van Halen. 9:12 AM Oct 1st, 2008 from txt

Never mind Palin vs Biden; check out Jed Barlet meeting Barak Obama… 12:53 PM Oct 3rd, 2008 from web

wishing I could take back yesterday. 7:30 AM Oct 4th, 2008 from web

was just filmed pretending to read media releases. New metro train timetable in November. A bunch of extra services and operational changes. 10:45 AM Oct 9th, 2008 from web

heading to Nagambie to farewell Rose. 7:04 AM Oct 13th, 2008 from web

wishing the governments of the world put as much effort into fighting climate change as they do to fighting an economic depression. 6:21 PM Oct 14th, 2008 from web

pondering: On the down side my Net connection is shaped for the next week. But on the bright side, I made chilli for dinner! 7:13 PM Oct 15th, 2008 from web

heh. What number can I ring to have the police send someone to my community meeting to take the minutes? 12:39 PM Oct 17th, 2008 from web

figuring out what to say on Sunday 10:33 PM Oct 22nd, 2008 from web

got bustituted. 10:50 PM Oct 23rd, 2008 from web

Red Mazda, no rear licence plate, failed to give way, no indicating, speeding, wobbling bumper = FAIL. 10:09 AM Oct 25th, 2008 from txt

wondering which precise rule Google Adsense reckons broke. Will have to go through the T+Cs with a fine tooth comb. 7:47 AM Oct 27th, 2008 from web

Trying to track down something called which keeps making Windows Explorer and Media Player crash. 10:46 AM Oct 28th, 2008 from web

proclaiming geek victory. Crashes caused by, now eliminated. 11:21 AM Oct 28th, 2008 from web

is fretting he still hasn’t done his tax. 6:24 PM Oct 28th, 2008 from web

is wondering who the next Doctor will be. 12:23 PM Oct 30th, 2008 from web

was returned as president for another year at last night’s PTUA Annual General Meeting. 8:02 AM Oct 31st, 2008 from web

November 2008

is leaving today on a train. So far two of our three reserved seats have been double booked. Can’t wait to see conductor. 1:00 PM Nov 1st, 2008 from txt

just passed Winchelsea. Glad I had a chicken burger at Nando’s before getting on the train, not one sold on board.2:40 PM Nov 1st, 2008 from txt

just ate a surprisingly non cheesy lunch at Cheese World. Now for cheese tasting. 1:08 PM Nov 2nd, 2008 from txt

heading back to Melbourne on the train. So far no seats double booked, and the snack bar has opened, so things are looking up. 11:51 AM Nov 4th, 2008 from txt

chuckling at conductor, who says the train is fitted with “V/Line’s high tech world class power assisted doors.” 12:33 PM Nov 4th, 2008 from txt

notes that if their name had been inspired by the location display on my phone, they’d be the Little Rivr Band. 2:28 PM Nov 4th, 2008 from txt

can’t vote. Won’t vote. Looking forward to seeing the results though. 10:11 AM Nov 5th, 2008 from web

has a hint for AU TV networks: don’t put your stupid news banners over the US coverage. It means we can’t see the latest vote counts. 12:27 PM Nov 5th, 2008 from web

Now ABC have stopped their banner, but are cropping the CNN picture so you can’t see the Obama electoral college vote. Idiots! 1:12 PM Nov 5th, 2008 from web

Yes we can. 3:11 PM Nov 5th, 2008 from web

BREAKING NEWS: SANTOS BEATS VINICK 3:25 PM Nov 5th, 2008 from web

wonders if everybody’s home from Oaks Day yet, after the train chaos. 9:11 PM Nov 6th, 2008 from web

being driven crazy by the Flickr uploader and its refusal to upload pictures. 11:10 PM Nov 6th, 2008 from web

talking to 774 at 8:30. Glad I’m not doing the school run today. 8:20 AM Nov 7th, 2008 from web

Just ran into a full media pack at Parliament station. Saved some time, which was good as i’m running late. 10:29 AM Nov 7th, 2008 from txt

almost got blinded by putting the white laundry out in the sun. 5:04 PM Nov 9th, 2008 from web

got bitten by the library return chute lid. Ouch. 7:40 PM Nov 9th, 2008 from web

is travelling direct to Flinders Street. 8:33 AM Nov 10th, 2008 from web

Want to rant about the new train timetables? Live blog with John Rees from Connex, from 10am (until 11am I think) 9:56 AM Nov 12th, 2008 from web

Now that @KevinRuddPM is following me on Twitter, I might just say it’s about time the Federal Government invested in urban public transport 1:13 PM Nov 13th, 2008 from web

I hate Chadstone. So why am I here? 6:39 PM Nov 13th, 2008 from txt

Storm delays on the Sydenham, Sandringham and Cranbourne lines. Good luck out there this morning folks. 7:45 AM Nov 14th, 2008 from web

celebrating niece turning 1. 5:11 PM Nov 15th, 2008 from web

is making one of his hideously ugly, but delicious omelettes for dinner. 7:37 PM Nov 16th, 2008 from web

is watching an entire peak hour train carriage of people avoiding one out of it weirdo. 6:35 PM Nov 20th, 2008 from txt

can’t believe I heard an advert for “erecto-max” on 3aw. 7:21 PM Nov 20th, 2008 from web

feels a tad naked wearing a suit with no tie. 9:31 AM Nov 21st, 2008 from web

continues to be astounded at the amount of bloody paperwork there is. 9:50 PM Nov 23rd, 2008 from web

tried to avoid Caulfield chaos (equipment failure) but has ended up in a Sandringham stuffup instead. 8:41 AM Nov 24th, 2008 from txt

waiting to see which local election candidates respond to my questions, so I can see which is worthy of my vote on Saturday. 9:33 PM Nov 25th, 2008 from web

Hint to Facebook: I’m attached. You know that because it’s in my profile. Stop showing me singles ads. (Concept cars aren’t my thing either) 9:38 PM Nov 26th, 2008 from web

encountered a Jewish evangelical in Glicks. “No I’m not Jewish, I just like the food.” 12:36 PM Nov 30th, 2008 from web

December 2008

Dear Mr Doyle, Swanston Street has problems, but re-opening it to car traffic will solve nothing, and make it more dangerous for cyclists. 7:58 AM Dec 1st, 2008 from web

saw the smiley in the sky. 9:26 PM Dec 1st, 2008 from web

Here’s the solution to Melbourne’s transport chaos, in 60 seconds. (You can call me Danel.)11:10 PM Dec 1st, 2008 from web

RIP Frank Crean, former Whitlam minister, father of Simon, and patron of the PTUA. 5:59 PM Dec 2nd, 2008 from web

can’t figure out why I always spot the Connex undercover officers before anybody else. 11:09 PM Dec 4th, 2008 from web

is incredulous at the VECCI proposal for a north-south road tunnel. They really do want to pave the planet. 10:33 AM Dec 6th, 2008 from web

Enjoy this video on getting PT running better: Facebook group to join: 12:10 PM Dec 7th, 2008 from web

has it confirmed that the Transport Plan will be out tomorrow. 7:29 PM Dec 7th, 2008 from web

not very impressed by the new transport plan. 2:10 PM Dec 8th, 2008 from txt

can hear the fireworks in Dendy Park… and a dozen neighbourhood dogs protesting at it. 9:41 PM Dec 9th, 2008 from web

should start shopping for Christmas presents sometime soon I suppose. 9:10 PM Dec 11th, 2008 from web

on 774 approx 7:10am. Fare rise 5%. (Silver lining: Periodical Metcard change rolled-back) 6:49 AM Dec 12th, 2008 from web

is a Moon Patrol champion! 6:27 PM Dec 13th, 2008 from web

Giving my credit card a depressingly enthusiastic workout. 6:45 PM Dec 14th, 2008 from web

Emissions reduction of just 5%?! Pathetic, Mr Rudd. 12:29 PM Dec 15th, 2008 from web

spoke to channel 9. Two cancelled peak hour trains = 2000 people = the equivalent of closing a lane on a freeway for an hour. 1:25 PM Dec 15th, 2008 from web

just delivered Christmas cards to my neighbours. 9:12 AM Dec 19th, 2008 from txt

hates trains that leave early. All the clocks say 9:20, so why has the 9:21 already gone? 9:22 AM Dec 19th, 2008 from txt

hating how disorganised I have become 11:18 AM Dec 20th, 2008 from web

survived the shopping crowds in the CBD. 1:42 PM Dec 22nd, 2008 from web

got one of my neighbour’s names completely and utterly wrong on a Christmas card… but they don’t seem to mind. 5:48 PM Dec 23rd, 2008 from web

has enough Christmas cards on the mantelpiece that I can cull the pre-printed business ones from people I barely ever deal with. 10:26 AM Dec 24th, 2008 from web

set up the new Wii, and made a Mii. Fun stuff. Now the kids are playing baseball. 8:22 AM Dec 25th, 2008 from web

is surprisingly (and perhaps embarrassingly) sweaty after a marathon game in Wii Tennis. 9:51 PM Dec 25th, 2008 from web

So not getting up at 5am to go to the Boxing Day sales. 7:17 AM Dec 26th, 2008 from web

Apparently have a Wii Sports fitness age of 43. Oh dear. Mind you, I am a bit worn out having spent the day helping Tony+Rae move… 9:32 PM Dec 27th, 2008 from web

need to find a better way of dealing with vcr, xbox, wii, dvd player, mediagate all plugging into TV at once, wires going everywhere. 10:00 PM Dec 27th, 2008 from web

Wii fitness age 34. That’s better than real life! 10:31 AM Dec 28th, 2008 from web

40% more trains? Rubbish. It’s more blatant govt spin. 11:12 AM Dec 28th, 2008 from web

should tidy up but I want to play more Wii. 1:18 PM Dec 28th, 2008 from web

is getting younger and younger in the Wii Fitness age test thing. 28? Surely not. 11:13 PM Dec 29th, 2008 from web

fell asleep in the hammock. I think it works. 5:37 PM Dec 30th, 2008 from web

booked a ticket to see The Who at the Grand Prix. Always wanted to see them live, and chances are few and far between. 8:06 AM Dec 31st, 2008 from web

enjoyed the early (9:15pm) fireworks from a vantage point at Richmond Stn with the kids and half-a-dozen friendly Connex security guys. 10:51 PM Dec 31st, 2008 from web

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.