Monday, May 24, 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, May 24, 2004 8:43:10 AM UTC||
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, May 24, 2004 2:03:03 AM UTC||
Sunday, May 23, 2004
Thursday, May 20, 2004
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, May 20, 2004 12:09:15 AM UTC||
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Tuesday, May 18, 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, May 18, 2004 8:45:14 PM UTC||
Monday, May 17, 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, May 17, 2004 10:50:15 PM UTC||
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 them....in order that they spoke.
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 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.
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!?!
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, May 17, 2004 9:34:33 AM UTC||
Sunday, May 16, 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, May 16, 2004 9:36:46 PM UTC||
Friday, May 14, 2004