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Hi, new Chinwag arrivals! Been a while since I refreshed the pinned welcome post, so here we go!

First, welcome! Second, Chinwag is more of a community than a service. We're pretty chill and open, but the happiness of our current regular users is more important than future growth.

Our admins are moderately left-leaning by Australian standards, so if you're an American you'll probably think we're godless communists bent on destroying society. Just fair warning.

Please post pics of your cats.

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Hey, I just wanted to say a quick to the recent Chinwag arrivals!

Chinwag's reason for existing is to provide communication tools for people, which is something I've always been interested in. I kind of target users, but welcome anyone from anywhere.

Please read our rules:

And our privacy policy:

There's a basic guide to using Chinwag Social here:

If you have any questions or concerns hit me up!

Energy monitoring AUS 

Anyone in Aus have experience with real time energy monitoring from their meter box or switch board?
I'm looking for something that I can access locally without also uploading it to the cloud.

I found this system sold locally, but the sensor clamps say commercial only?

I am really looking forward to having some time this weekend to just sit on the couch and watch some TV shows. Maybe I'll put my feet on the table. Fuck the rules.

me, checking trees for dutch elm disease: hoi! hoe gaat het?

tree: goed, met jou?

me: *sadly draws axe*

Finally remembered to call my GP for follow-up on Monday. Got blood tests today. If all goes well I might get my brain pills late next week!

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If you've ever chewed gum within my visual range, I have plotted your murder. In detail.

if your car is blocking a pedestrian crossing, i reserve the right to roll over or slide across it

@jon_dog @samwilson @Quokka @vidak @LiangSijie @j

Let's make this official. Perth Fedi Meetup. Sunday 9th October, 3pm. Ezra Pound in Northbridge.

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I've had my driver's licence number memorised for 34 years and I'm not changing it on the off-chance that someone thinks they'll have better luck applying for credit with it than I ever have.

Currently waiting for a phone consult call from my doctor that's scheduled for 10 minutes ago, so I expect my phone to ring at any moment between now and the middle of next week.

I think it's working now. If you wanna know what colour Brisbane is each night you can follow @BNELights ^_^

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Took some time off (first time in more than a year) and went to the Oregon coast. It's long overdue.

The MIPS ThinkPad, kind of

Who doesn't love an old laptop of the non-x86 variety? This is a neat looking little machine.

The trail along this beach is quiet now that the summer visitors have gone home.

Why do we want to spend billions on importing nuclear submarines when we have this perfectly good submarine at home?

Goodbye Sydney! It's a lovely sunny morning here for my departure and I assume it will stay that way for you for weeks.

Game Show was a ton of fun and not at all like any particular other comedy game shows I've seen! It's over now, but you should stalk these people and see wherever they do next:

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