Thursday, January 13, 2022

Forest for us

There is news for both sides of the political divide as far as forests are concerned. It is sobering to the Left to note that 1.1 million hectares (30%) of the Rainforest forest type are on private land while equally notable is the fact that 

 More than half of Australia’s forests (69.5 million hectares, 52% of Australia's forest area) is identified as part of the Indigenous forest estate as one of four broad Indigenous land tenure and management categories: Indigenous owned and managed; Indigenous managed; Indigenous co-managed; and Other special rights. About 69% of this forest area is in Queensland and the Northern Territory.​

[Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment]

So, instead of the usual standby of dodgy quotes or insult, a future debating point might be in the above paragraph. At least in response to some bright bushy-tailed commentators suggesting land be 'returned to its owners'. Those who make their living by axe and chainsaw, bulldozer and brushcutter, may find cause to oppose restrictions on their trade on the basis that there is so much land still forested.

(Not that I'm suggesting that the resentful and destructive switch tactics. We win the debate, they win the election.)

Friday, December 10, 2021

Forest, folk

When we last looked at forests, in August 2012, we saw that Australia was the sixth most forested country. We've had five different prime ministers since then so who knows what state our state forests are in.

Forests Australia page tells you all you need to know. This is the overview:


Australia has a total of 134 million hectares of forest, which is equivalent to 17% of Australia's land area. Of this total forest area, determined as at 2016, 132 million hectares (98%) are 'Native forests', 1.95 million hectares are 'Commercial plantations' and 0.47 million hectares are 'Other forest'. Australia has about 3% of the world's forest area, and globally is the country with the seventh largest forest area.

​Queensland has the largest area of Australia’s forest (51.8 million hectares—39% of Australia’s forest), with the Northern Territory (23.7 million hectares—18%), Western Australia (21.0 million hectares—16%)​, and New South Wales (20.4 million hectares—15%), making up much of the balance.

Integrate Sustainability also has valuable information.

Types of forest in Australia

 Other prolific tree types



Saturday, November 13, 2021

Allege a ledge

There might be some parks and forests to document but, while still on the subject of knowledge as an overarching thing that people have to varying degrees, I failed to mention the Champion. Another tractor but with a name that could foil a Trove search by throwing up a list of unrelated champions or - adopting the opposite strategy - overlook others when the search is narrowed to 'Champion tractor' as, I imagine, not all will spell this out in full. There will be unrelated posts that happen to include both 'champion' and 'tractor' yet be about different tractors. And then there will be casual mentions of the 'Champ'.

The role of a librarian/archivist type here would be to sift through all the searches until only the relevant ones remain; a task made quicker if one is only searching for, say, magazines and journals rather than including other sources. Just as the role of the wedding photographer hasn't died out despite everyone at the event having a camera phone, the DJ hasn't lost his job despite everyone being able to stream music for an event, there remains a need for someone who can process raw data and weave it into something useful; a professional who can produce a better result or enhance it in some way.

Friday, October 15, 2021

No ledge for knowledge

 We looked at the limitations of online directories and compared them to encyclopedias and dictionaries. What was the situation when we were all offline 24/7? I use the comparison between the Massey Harris and Massey Ferguson, the latter being a tractor we had on the farm but from Grandad's time more than Dad's who moved to Case and then Steiger - yes, the bigger and bigger approach which has had its problems in other places but we kept our shelter belts and dams.

If I was really curious about differences, since I was driving tractors twelve hours a day at times, the paternal part of the fa(r)mily would tell me that there'd been a name change because of new owner/partnership and left it at that. I might have got a dusty old leaflet from the dealer and see how the specifications matched or been prepared to waste valuable time scouring the local library to see if it had been covered by the rural magazines. The first probably threw out manuals for obsolete models and, if I had been dropped off at the library, I would have gone for reading material that had my interest rather than something that would satisfy a fleeting curiosity in what we did for a living.

Nowadays I would come armed with the knowledge as to which journals held the appropriate article and where they were located but also the likelihood that I could get what I want from a quick search.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Here we are in New South Wales

So we lost our Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and our Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, in the space of a couple of days. Gladys was being chased by ICAC and Pork Barilaro? Well friendlyjordies was being mean to him.

The new crew are Dominic Perrottet and his handy National offsider, Paul Toole.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

You get the picture

Twelve posts about movies is sufficient. Seven television entries, ten radio broadcasts, and fifty two plus pieces on newspapers.

You can do what you like when you blog. I get emails from a service telling you how to monetise your blog and complaints and pleas from same source asking why I don't open said e-mails. Yes, marketers have subjected me to countless ways to get email lists and make a commission promoting some product on Instagram. Letting a blog have a bit of runaway narrative doesn't accord with such mercenary means.

If your interest was piqued on the subject of undiscovered drive-ins of WA, Drive-Ins Downunder can help.  

Adding a further two years charitably to the amount of time Touched By The Son has given to the arts means that we can pretend all we like that we are idiosyncratic, eccentric or eclectic; these tics and tricks have been tried before. By other bloggers just as employed in some other field than their tertiary studies might first have prepared them for or retired early on a generous super package.

This is no good for those interested in some of the hobbies we've happened upon and the end result of letting the blog take over is a bunch of dangling hyperlinks that were cool at the time, along with discoveries that have held on against the odds and the few concessions to the titans. 

The chance that Blogger and Blogspot and Tripod will continue to host individual outporings is enough to add more as each new thought pops up. I do this because social media is selective and forgetful, working on one's own webpage(s) is dependent on keeping up with the the tiresome tinkering and - most importantly - if it does survive, because it is a record of things I forget as I get older or develop a different feeling or attitude towards or as time overtakes each sentiment.


I got to hock my book on a zoom of local poets reading hosted by local bookshop RoseyRavelston Books. I read first a piece I'd published on the PK List, which is an email poetry list I'm a longstanding member of, called Border Crossing then followed it with It's Funny You Should Say That and With You In National Spirit; both from the book.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Watching each other

Why doesn't he mention Truman Show?

While Ben Elton may have captured the effect of finding entertainment in the actions of others - skewering it in his inimitable style - surfers of the Web don't just mind each other's business, they have a shared interest in cinema. With a virus keeping viewers at bay, opinions and insights about what we're watching is still of interest.

You can download movies through Usenet and they're a natural enough topic of conversation in newsgroups. Take your chat to message boards, ponder the effect of social media on cinema audiences.

Cinema Jam tells us through their online magazine The Spread their Top 10 Movies About the Internet


This may be a little abstract but let's run another comparison of media; this time looking at truth conditions. One should check the definition of course but a search tells us of a style of documentary film making called cinéma vérité and the journal Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy ponders Can Cinema Be Thought?

Palgrave Studies in Pragmatics, Language and Cognition published in 2005 Linguistic Meaning, Truth Conditions and Relevance. Yours for only 109,99 € or 93,08 € for the eBook. 'The main argument of this book is that the notion of truth plays no role in speaker-hearers' interpretation of linguistic utterances and that it is not needed for theoretical accounts of linguistic meaning either.'

Ceasefire magazine features Alain Badiou (whose name comes up when this subject is mentioned): Truth, Subjectivity and Fidelity

Given its academic bent it's no wonder that a look at newspapers is scholarly.  Given the successful - though irrational - gambit by a liar and cheat to question the validity of news reports and get others to do the same, truth conditions is a natural aspect to examine. Try finding anyone who subscribes to the fake news mantra reading Punch and the Tribune, never mind

Pragmatics of Truth and Modality in Newspaper
Editorials: An Example of the Punch and the

 If you do read such material, you don't need convincing that journalism has its place and, while respecting critics who cast doubts on the accuracy of reports, politicians doing the same is a different matter; especially when the investigation is about their dealings.

Radio does get a mention in this paper (which actually looks at truth conditions). Television in this paper. Theatre in The Conversation.

You could just look it up on the Internet.

It's a bit hard and abstruse to make good blockbuster material, however necessary or worthy.