Pred-txt.pdf - pred The selected rants of Michael <predator> Carlton Cover design by Stacy Scheff\"Note I consider my\"grabs to be GPL Copyleft Available

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Unformatted text preview: pred.txt 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 November 2004 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 292 Introduction to the blogs - Joss................293 consent.txt...................................294 gutful.txt....................................297 gutting.txt...................................308 gutted.txt....................................317 hunting.txt...................................326 bill_me.txt...................................348 getting_it.txt................................359 losing_it.txt.................................373 ides.txt......................................397 march.txt.....................................426 foolish.txt...................................463 fools.txt.....................................464 mayday.txt....................................505 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 (, "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: Stacy Scheff, 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 catalyst server. 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, pollution, prostitution, 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 6 _________________________________________________________________________ __ FILE : APPROACH.TXT __ _ AKA : APPROACH.DOC, DRAINING.FAQ _ _ BY : of Sydney Cave Clan [email protected] _ _ 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._ _ ORIGIN : _ _ 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. _ _ A.E. Housman _ __ __ _________________________________________________________________________ \/\/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 of interest. I personally have now done 147 drains in 6 Australian states, in addition to numerous rail tunnels, bridge rooms, abandoned bunkers and other concealed underground places... this experience led me to compile this .TXT on how to approach the pastime scientifically. 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 areas or rivers. When cities are built, this 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. Unfortunately, the Australian mentality towards 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 species. 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 industrial waste. They are also, despite being funded by the public, now off limits due to the by_laws of the Water board (Now named Sydney Water) and the Confined Spaces 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 course! 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 sneaky, sly subversiveness of being under a 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 cocktail parties. We like the sploosh sploosh sound when we walk through the waters. 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 this way. 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 good ol' daze, postcode boundaries were often 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 Geohydrology, Stormwater runoff, Suburban river systems, Catchment management, river pollution control, your kid brother's high school geography assessment. 5) Taking the train, driving around... keep your eyes open! 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. Hopefully. 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 memevectors, rumour-spinners, and fraidy cats, who 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 length with invasive electrical devices and psychoactive chemicals, until they reveal the *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 appropriately configured requests, for example 13 "stormwater" AND "drain" or perhaps "flood" AND "mitigation" OR "tunnel", will turn up data which may be useful. The engines permit quite precise 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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