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 Monday, 24 May 2004
Another ranter and raver!.....

My dodgy brother.... who is a little less libertarian than I might like is going to do a bit of ranting on here as well...

Look out for him!

Rambles|Monday, 24 May 2004 08:43:10 UTC|Comments [0]|    

him- my bro that is

Moblog|Monday, 24 May 2004 08:42:32 UTC|Comments [0]|    

I couldn't give a $^%%$# about families.

It looks like Michael Cullen is going to be more than generous with my money this coming budget night. In particular all the signs point to him dishing out plenty to families.

I don't know about you but this pisses me off! I don't pay my bloody taxes to subsidize others procreative tendencies! Hell we've been doing it for years with the pop another child earn another buck DPB system... but now they are expanding the program.

Not contented with the evils of progressive taxation, this govt. supported by the likes of United Future (our Christian Bigot party for non NZers), see fit to further piss on young and hard working but childless people like me!

I pay my taxes both personally and as a business and what do I get for it!?! Sweet FA! If I wanted to support families I'd give money to Banardos- hell if they cut my taxes I could possibly even afford to do that! Voluntary charity... now there's an idea Mr Cullen.

PoliTechLaw|Monday, 24 May 2004 02:03:03 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Sunday, 23 May 2004
XSLISAPI in .NET Free article over @ ASP Today

Seems my article is one of the ones that is currently available free over at ASP Today.

It give a run down on how to emulate the old Microsoft XSLISAPI filter in .NET.

.NET|Sunday, 23 May 2004 00:55:48 UTC|Comments [9]|    

 Thursday, 20 May 2004
my ferrari shoes

Moblog|Thursday, 20 May 2004 08:59:04 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Book Shoppin....

Buying some books and goodies from Amazon today...

Getting the following- will report back on how we find them.

Some of the other guys got some goodies as well....

Rambles|Thursday, 20 May 2004 00:42:03 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Amazon == Confused

Why does the bloody Amazon site recommend fruity electronic goods to me when they will not ship them to me!

I'm all for personalisation in sites but they really need to become more pervasive- to get insde my head..... Business intelligence in our age of information overload should consider these sorts of peripheral things.

Rambles|Thursday, 20 May 2004 00:09:15 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Bill is on my list of people t meet @ MVP Summit next year.....

So she starts talking about her theory on lottery tickets (no, it didn't involve any multiple linear regression models).  She was talking with her mouth full of cookies and a nice little chunk of cookie dough came flying out of her mouth and hit the plexiglass partition. It was about the most vile thing I've ever come across.....” [here]

Plus a whole load of great free market leaning political commentary over the last few days.... Bill... I'm buying you a beer!

PoliTechLaw | Rambles|Thursday, 20 May 2004 00:05:07 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Wednesday, 19 May 2004
strange stuff @ the supermarket
frozen lemon and lime wedges

|Wednesday, 19 May 2004 05:49:04 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Tuesday, 18 May 2004
One of these would match my red shoes....

“Hamburg, 18 May 2004 – Last year, Olympus celebrated its official sponsorship of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racing team with the introduction of the first digital camera in the world officially sanctioned by Ferrari S.p.A. The incredible worldwide demand for the Ferrari DIGITAL MODEL 2003 has now led to the development of a next generation model, which again reflects the successful and fitting partnership between Olympus and Ferrari. Like its predecessor, the Ferrari DIGITAL MODEL 2004 is the result of a groundbreaking collaboration between Olympus and Ferrari designers, embodying superior design, quality and durability. Fully conforming to Ferrari specifications, the colour of the aluminium body accurately reproduces the ‘Ferrari red’ which is the hallmark of Ferrari race cars. Its slim body exudes the aura of beauty, quality and advanced technology of the Ferrari racing machines. This model is an entirely new type of camera. Beyond its 3.2 million pixels and 3x optical zoom, it features a newly-developed, large LCD monitor that delivers high contrast and a wide viewing angle. In addition, new slideshow and album functions have been integrated, turning the camera into a portable photo album. The Ferrari DIGITAL MODEL 2004 will be a limited edition, with only 10,000 units being offered worldwide, half of these have been allotted for Europe.”

Human Aggregation|Tuesday, 18 May 2004 20:45:14 UTC|Comments [0]|    

hard day at the office

Moblog|Tuesday, 18 May 2004 02:08:15 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Monday, 17 May 2004
Free Outlook Web Access Trial

Anyone who has seen me tikki touring around the world with my Tablet PC in tow will know that I'm a HUG fan of Outlook Web Access... outside of the firewall here @ Kognition it's all I use (save for my Smartphone checking mail during the day).

The Exchange team @ MS are offering a free trial of OWA here... it lasts for 30 days which should give you a good idea of what it is like.

Human Aggregation|Monday, 17 May 2004 22:50:15 UTC|Comments [0]|    

This is a political broadcast...

So I went to the ACT party leadership campaign shindig here in Dunedin tonight- see photo below.

Had a great time. I got to ask my “do you support drug legalization“ question, which, along with my “should bar owners be allowed to decide if people smoke in their bar“ question have been my mainstays for politicians since my student days. I mean you could ask them an economic question but you'd get four identical answers.

Here is my rundown of the candidates as I saw order that they spoke.

Muriel Neuman
Muriel is from the socially conservative wing of the party. Spoke well, but quite from notes oriented. Her platform is very much welfare (thank god it's not the 'dreaded P'!). I think she'd make a pretty good deputy, maybe to one of the more liberal leaning guys.

Rodney Hide
Rodney has obviously got the highest profile of the four- and wasn't afraid to tell us so.  He speaks well and explains ideas well- I think he was a former lecturer. He's obviously carrying the baggage of being a perk buster a bit- addressed this too - is it that significant really? Judging by the polls it's hard not to rate him. Rodney is from the socially liberal side of the party, always has been, which obviously appeals to my libertarian side a lot.

Ken Shirley
Where has this guy been hiding? He is articulate and has a real presence in front of a crowd. He has been ACT deputy for some years... why haven't we seen him wheeled out before! I came away from the meeting with the feeling that somehow Ken has been flying under the radar. He's a liberal and I think he'd make a great leader too.... would a Hide/Shirley combination alienate the conservative side of the party too much? Why hasn't he made more noise up until now!?!

Stephen Franks
I've got a lot of time for Stephen. He's not afraid to hold to his principles even when it might not be politically expedient e.g. the East Coast Aquaculture thing. Yet, funnily, he took the 'devil in the detail' approach to copping out of my question- he seems to do that a bit on conscience issues. Stephen certainly has the intellect to be leader, but, I don't know if he has the political presence (yet) for the job. Again, he'd probably make a none too shabby calming voice of conservatism along side one of the others.

Ultimately the new leader is going to have to make some serious noise to pull ACT back into the political landscape. There are votes begging in my generation for a truly liberal party that respects both economic and social freedoms. Generations X and Y are going to become an influential voting block and I firmly believe that ACT has the ability to capture a decent chunk of that block.

Finally... I think the candidates met with some of the Uni students prior to the rally and then those students came along. Seemed like half of them were wearing suits!.... Put it away guys... if you want to look like 'Youth for Maggie Thatcher' then go somewhere else. Ties are for funerals!

PoliTechLaw|Monday, 17 May 2004 09:34:33 UTC|Comments [0]|    

the polli bloggers
me taking a photo of rodney taking a photo of me!

Moblog|Monday, 17 May 2004 06:30:21 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Bill Ryan on Linux W33ni3s

“It all reminds me of the Port O Potties at my first Lallapalooza concert.  If you could have sold $20.00 tickets to a clean restroom you'd be rich.  And if there were only $20.00 restrooms available, there still wouldn't be too many takers on the Free Port O Potties.  I think the analogy holds here as well.”

Human Aggregation|Monday, 17 May 2004 03:56:31 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Sunday, 16 May 2004
Our PMs Blog

So our Prime minister has a blog.....

unfortunatly is is extremely lame- reads more like Monday Morning Show and Tell at the local primary school if you ask me.

Others seems to agree- here and here

The NZPundit guys have even launched a spoof blog that you can post to publicly... makes for some funny reading.

PoliTechLaw|Sunday, 16 May 2004 21:36:46 UTC|Comments [6]|    

I Love Debunking Sites

A site debunking much of the traffic enforcement legislation and policy in new Zealand... well worth a nosey.

Rambles|Sunday, 16 May 2004 20:55:48 UTC|Comments [6]|    

 Friday, 14 May 2004
If you want google to google your dasBlog site properly

Be sure to turn on URL Rewriting in the configuration.

Otherwise it is going to ignore the parameterised Permalinks

Rambles|Friday, 14 May 2004 21:05:52 UTC|Comments [6]|