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The selected rants of
Michael <predator> Carlton Cover design by Stacy Scheff "Note: I consider my "grabs" to be GPL Copyleft.
Available for nonprofit distribution, I retain
ownership, not to be copyrighted, and not to be used
by for-profit corporate entities."
-From "mol" by <predator> First printed in Sydney, Australia
Breakout Design + Print
P.O. Box 386, Broadway, NSW 2007 This printing was a limited run of 150. Any
additional copies will be retained by [email protected]:
[email protected] The .pdf of this book will be linked from
Table of Contents
Introduction - Stacy 2 Introduction - GDM 3 Predatory, a quote 4 I luv a sunburnt country 5 The approach text on drain exploration 6 The Information Paradigm 74 Thoughts on the information-systemic nature
of reality 195 Why nature's large complex pesticides are
less likely to engender resistance in target
organisms than the simple ones we humans
manufacture 240 Thoughts on molecular genetics 255 The blogs
Introduction to the blogs - Joss................293
Epilogue 526 1 Introduction - Stacy
I started this project because Andy Nicholson offered to
print out pred's blogs for himself and some friends because
it was hard reading so much text on the screen. I thought it
would be nice to have them printed and bound in a book
instead. GDM generously offered to typeset the blogs, and
Joss to proof-read. My thanks to them.
I wanted to include some of his other writings, especially
"paradigm.txt" because it was previously only a hidden file
on his home directory, and I knew that he'd been working
very hard on it. It was meant to be his PhD thesis, but his
proposal to UNSW was knocked back, so he decided to work on
it by himself. I find that kind of dedication remarkable.
I thought I could fit everything into this book, but then I
saw how much there was - it would be the encyclopedia
predatorica! So I selected the ones that I thought were the
essential pred experience. I know that he did not finish
some of them, and probably would have made many changes if
he had the chance, but he didn't, and all we have left is
what's there, so that's what you get, typos and all. But as
he says on his webpage (cat.org.au/~predator), "No, I don't
care what you think!"
I sent out an email to see if others were interested. It
had the subject line "Pred in book form" because that's what
I consider this book to be. As he said in "paradigm.txt",
our personalities are combinations of variables, and bits of
us are everywhere. I have tried to gather as many of those
bits as possible into this vessel. But when I compare it to
the real thing, it seems more like a sieve.
Each of us that knew pred has a bit of him that is unique to
our memory. My hope and dream for this book is that we can
keep those bits alive between us for a little while longer.
For this reason, I have set up an email list for discussing
pred and his writings. You can subscribe here:
You can also read and contribute comments at his memorial
site on Sydney Indymedia:
aka the Cookie Manufacturer 2 October 2004
i only met predator a few times, and i corresponded
with him as well over email - on some of the cat
lists, and between ourselves... we had discussions
about surfactant: a substance naturally produced
within the lungs by type II pneumocytes, a type of
alveolar cell. i was pretty amazed, because i hadn't
met too many other people who were fully conversant in
subjects i was interested in - medicine and politics
and open technologies such as free software: you don't
get that combination too often.
and here was someone who knew so much... and even
more, wanted to share that knowledge, debate it and
expand it further. well, it perhaps wasn't all to be,
but there's a hell of a lot in the blogs. a lot of
stories, a lot of lessons, a lot of life. i recognised
this the first time they were shown to me - and i sat
down and read through them continuously. fortunately,
i read pretty fast, so i was able to get through them
all online - but boy! did my eyes hurt...
so when the idea was first mooted of turning the blogs
into a book, i was really enthusiastic. to actually be
able to read it all thoroughly, take notes, use the
ideas, learn from pred's knowledge - - and for this to
be available to _anybody_ - now, there was an idea!
what was even better, too, was the fact that there
were all the other articles: a whole archive of
writing that had been done over a period of several
years, all locked up in his home directory on the
well, here they are. the complete printed blogs, some
additional essays and pictures, an epilogue and some
introductions. may you get from them as much as i
have, and may you be stimulated on your quest for
knowledge as much as was intended.
--GarconDuMonde 3 Predatory
(A quote found on pred's home directory)
"The search for truth is predatory. It is a
literal hunt, a conquest. There is that
exemplary instant in Book IV of The Republic,
when Socrates and his companions in discourse
corner an abstract truth. They halloo, like
hunters who have unearthed and run down their
quarry.... [even if enjoined from the
scientific quest,] somewhere at some moment,
a man alone, a group of men addicted to the
drug of absolute thought, will be seeking to
create organic tissue, to determine the
nature of heredity, to produce the cloudchamber full of quarks. Not for renown, not
for the benefit of the human species, not in
the name of social justice or profit, but
because of a drive stronger than love,
stronger than even hatred, which is to be
interested in something. For its own
enigmatic sake. Because it is there."
- George Steiner, 1978 "From Creation to
Chaos" (B. Dixon, Ed)
Basil Blackwell Ltd,
1989 4 I luv a sunburnt country
I luv a sunburnt country,
a land of screaming planes
Which fly above it daily
‘cos the planners have no brains.
I luv her choked horizons,
the toxins in the sea
I luv this little country
It’s a slice of anarchy!!
I love her flattened forests,
(sheets of which are in your hands)
I love her strip mined mountains,
which we’ve sent to other lands.
I love the Queensland coastline,
concrete interspersed with gaps...
but now it’s not our problem!
Cos we’ve sold it to the Japs.
The deroes in the gutters
and the litter in the street,
The addicts and the homeless kids
with cut-up, dirty feet
would be a tad more bearable
if Messrs Hawke and Keating
would act upon the messages
the people keep repeating.
The hatred, muggings, violence,
dereliction and disease,
and our huge debt overseas
are things that make us legends...
they make our country great!
But we hide behind a Fosters
thinking “Sure... No Worries, Mate!
So where will this land end up –
like the beaches caked in shit?
The natives ran it better
‘ till we kicked them out of it.
WE, readers, are the leaders of the future!
Do not sob;
Commit yourselves to trying hard –
and do a better job.
Michael Carlton 5 APPROACH.TXT
The approach text on drain exploration
FILE : APPROACH.TXT
AKA : APPROACH.DOC, DRAINING.FAQ
BY : of Sydney Cave Clan
_ DESCRIPTION : A sprawling manifesto on the art of Drain Exploring.
_RELATED SPORT : Reservoir Diving, Train & Elevator Surfing, Vadding.
FORMAT : Extended ASCII, Unix codepage437, fuck MS-word and PDF._
_ LAST UPDATED : December 7 1999
FILE SIZE : 130560 bytes
STATUS : Late 20th Century Edition
Ensanguining the skies How heavily it dies Into the west away.
Past touch and sight and sound, Not further to be found,
How hopeless under ground Falls the remorseful day.
_________________________________________________________________________ \/\/hen the Sydney branch of the Cave Clan first
started back in 1990_1991 we had little in the way of
experience about how to find drains and other things
I personally have now done 147 drains in 6 Australian
states, in addition to numerous rail tunnels, bridge
underground places... this experience led me to
compile this .TXT on how to approach the pastime
The focus of this .
txt is drains, but also has
information related to other things of interest. It
includes a lot of info from its previous versions and
contains lots of new data too.
_ 1) Why are there drains?
Drains in general used to be creeks, streams, marshy
eliminates the usual absorption of rainwater into the
ground, because concrete and roofing and road surfaces
are not permeable.
The rain water pools up, which is a nuisance, and thus
the people who design towns, mainly planners, civil
engineers and the like, have created ways to rapidly
waste this valuable resource by routing it to nearby
7 rivers or even the ocean. Thus are tunnels dug, pipes
laid and so forth... this is the process of urban
speleogenesis. Usually natural creeks are dug up or
concreted-in so when all the fast_flowing runoff hits
them the erosion is minimised.
environmental management of such trunk drainage has
traditionally been "Build a pipe and forget about it".
Canals tend to empty directly into river systems and
there is no provision for a wetland type environment
in which one could slow the fast moving runoff,
thereby reducing erosion at the riverbank, allowing
time for the sediment load to drop out of suspension,
and also providing habitat for estuarine river
Drains are now the major collector of rain_soaked
street refuse which pollutes the river systems, are
major source of canine faecal coliform, overflow from
the sewage system, and a handy place to dump
They are also, despite being funded by the public, now
off limits due to the by_laws of the Water board (Now
Legislation. A Melbourne company, Pollutec, have
designed a nifty separator (which they call the
Continuous Deflective Separation system) - it is
vetted for installation in a lot of trunk drains and
hopefully this will reduce the amount of crap which
ends up in the rivers. The Clan has a slight problem
with these which will be detailed later in the .TXT.
Why are there drains? Why, so we can explore them, of
Why go in drains?
In life, you make choices. You can stay in bed and
take no risks, or you can go out and get a life. This
involves the taking of risks, telling of yarns,
breaking of silly laws which restrict your freedom,
finding out things of an unusual or interesting
8 nature. Now, some people take drugs, some people watch
TV, some people drive cars faster than the posted
speed limit, some people get heavily into teletubbies,
some people play golf.
Since we find these things not very interesting, we
explore drains. We like the dark, the wet, humid,
earthy smell. We like the varying architecture. We
like the solitude. We like the acoustics, the
wildlife, the things we find, the places we come up,
the comments on the walls, the maze_like quality; the
heavily_guarded Naval Supply base or under the Justice
and Police Museum.
Drain exploring is cheap since, despite there being a
$20000 fine (a bit harsh really) for doing it, it is
almost never policed.
We enjoy thumbing our noses at petty bureaucrats and
puerile legislators, and their half-baked attempts to
stop us going to the places where we go... places they
built with our tax money.
We like the controlled nature of the risks involved.
We like the timelessness of a century_old tunnel, the
darkness yawning before us, saying "Come, you know not
what I hide within me."
We like the stupid looks we get when we mention it at
We like the sploosh sploosh sound when we walk through
We like going where the bank tellers and council
clerks and ticket officers at the SRA never go.
We like telling the authorities that we are software
programmers, analytical chemists, civil engineers,
telecommunications specialists etc, when they ask. 9 We like the whole thing and the pettiness of its
illegality and poor public perception is beneath us
and totally irrelevant.
We are not stupid, we don't like being protected from
ourselves, it hurts no_one, we like it, so we do it.
Hear us cry...
Public access to Public works!!
_ 2) How do I find explorable drains?
To find drains you can use a number of methods, all
of which are suited to different areas. 1) Get
topological map. a Likely drains are where there are gullies but no
evidence of a river per se; deduction: it has been
buried (turned into a drain tunnel) or its headwaters
have been `pirated'(diverted) to another river or into
a drain further upstream. Melb Clan found Gobledox
2) Obtain old street directories and compare them to
their newer editions. Generally you find that when a
creek shown in an old directory is no longer shown in
a new edition, chances are that it has been
entunneled. Also if you see a creek going along and
suddenly disappearing, then reappearing somewhere
else, you know pretty well what happened to it in
between. I found the entrance to a whopping drain in
Brisbane by looking in the Gregory's for wide creeks
which disappeared adjacent to roads.
3) Check boundaries on cadastral maps. Back in the
delineated by prominent topographic features, like
cliffs, rivers and the like. Thus you can look in
street directories or maps of who-owns-what (cadastral
maps) and occasionally see non-linear, erratic_looking
postcode boundaries. Odds on it is where there once
was a river. This is how The Loaf was located.
10 4) Visit the Water Board, search their library.
A good stash of drain location
intel is the annual
report which will have a section devoted to how they
spent your money on drainage. I used this to find the
entrance to Fortress, since the report gave the outlet
location. The other place to look is in their records
of outlets and also their drainage maps, which you may
have to dig for a little bit. The regional maps are
generally somewhat inaccurate - the local level maps
are better. Transgrinder, a drain with manhole_only
access, was pinpointed by Mullet using this method.
The local Council can also be pumped for this info.
Say you're getting info for an assignment on: Urban
control, your kid brother's high school geography
5) Taking the train, driving around... keep your eyes
Keep a handy note book to write down locations. Diode
made some fantastic finds, Hercules Pillars and Your
Taxes, for this very reason. Especially look when you
are near a gully.
6) Social engineering / civil engineering.
Dress up in overalls and go around at night popping
every manhole you can find. This works better in the
city where the concentration of manholes is higher.
You need to bring / make your own poppers and it is a
strenuous job but if you look the part the cops will
drive by without batting an eyelid. Throw some traffic
cones around, put on hardhats and reflective uniforms.
Expressway median strips and dish drains are also
fertile sources of covers.
7) What's that lump doing there?
If you find a public park with artificially built up
slopes on either side, there is probably a canal in it
11 or better still under it. Parks and nature reserves
are often used as `retarding basins' ie, they are used
as temporary buffers for flood water, and have drains
going into them.
8) Long, vacant corridors of empty land... huh?
In many cities, land over a tunnel is illegal to
build upon... so if you look in a street map you will
find long, narrow parks occasionally. They tend to be
fenced off and lack large trees. Often a search of
these will reveal a manhole in the grass.
9) Ride along the river.
On yer bike! This is easier in Melbourne than Sydney
due to their prolific bike paths. Just ride along and
scan the shores for entrances. The gaping mouth of
Autobahn was found by this method, as was Rocktop and
the Grid's downstream canal.
10) In the Trenches.
Get a mountain bike, put on good tyres and mudguards
(!), find a canal, and hop in. Thus was located Sin
City. There is a tendancy for fences to block your way
in. Ignore them... hang the bike on the top of the
fence (leave a pedal, in the crank_up position on the
top pole, the bike will generally stay while you jump
over) and once over the fence get the bike down.
11) All drains lead to the ocean.
So: check the coast or the local waterfront, wharfs,
beaches. Newspapers often post details of beaches
closed due to stormwater pollution... which means
there is a big drain somewhere near that beach.
12) Dear Sir,...
Write salutory letters to companies which make pipes
and culverts 6ft in diameter and over, and ask them
where they are putting most of their big pipes. Such
12 companies are CSR, Humes and Monier/Rocla, this varies
from state to state.
13) "Ve haf vays ov makink yu tork." When we reveal
our amazing, actual-history, adventural exploits to
lesser mortals, some of them casually mention "Oh,
yeah, I did this huge tunnel years ago, it was twelve
kilometers long, ten feet high, had soft lights, piped
music, air conditioning and an abandoned electronics
factory halfway along it." Sure.
Much of your time will be wasted by such
couldn't find their way out of a tunnel without rails,
mains powered lighting and a GPS unit.
Whilst they sound very interesting, in our experience
such people should be abducted and interrogated at
*precise* location of the entrance to their rumoured
tunnel. Those who fail to give precise location
details must, as a matter of course, be blindfolded
and transported to a remote location, and released at
night, wearing sandpaper underclothing and a funny
hat, to teach them that ambiguous location data has
irritating qualities for those compelled to use it.
14) Gutter Press.
We realise that the media is hardly worth the effort
of reading these days. Nonetheless, politicians and
pack-rat journalists never miss an opportunity to be
photographed in a hardhat near a newly made, big hole
in the ground. The location of such is usually
mentioned in the blurb.
14) The World Wide Drain
An instrumentality in the process of building a big,
expensive drain may have a web-page about it. The
question is, how to find it? Using web search (eg:
altavista) and metasearch (eg: dogpile) engines with
13 "stormwater" AND "drain" or perhaps "flood" AND
"mitigation" OR "tunnel", will turn up data which may
interrogation parameters, so you can specify the
search to include only those hits which, for instance,
contain the word "Sydney" or "Municipality" o...
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