Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Monday, June 14, 2004
Saturday, June 12, 2004
How to piss off your neighbours.....
If you're a townie, fomer high flying corporate lawyer and member of parliament.... the last thing you want to do after buying a 2027 hectare 'pig hunting' block is to infer that your neighbours are a pack of 'theiving dope smokers'...Law and Order spokesperson or otherwise, it's just not the done thing.
Also.... this sort of stuff just screams of desperation...
Politics|Saturday, June 12, 2004 11:50:39 PM UTC||
If you did not get ballot papers, or receive this message after its too late to vote I would like to hear from you. Let me know at email@example.com. I will get an idea of the numbers from your responses. It would not be consistent with a secret ballot but if you joined on 3 or 4 June, and you did not get ballot papers back in time, and have not voted by fax, and wish to indicate how you would have voted I will report those numbers to the caucus during its deliberations over the weekend.
Friday, June 11, 2004
Are you a rates mug?
Federated Farmers has launched a campaign to highlight the fact that farmers are being screwed by local govt. rates.
Federation members wanting to join the 10K Rates Club will have an opportunity at Mystery Creek Field Days on June 16-19. Members who bring to the Federation's stand a copy of their general rates demand which shows rates in excess of $10,000 a year will be given the official club mug, which is emblazoned with the club motto "I'm A Rates Mug". The Federation's site is in the main pavilion at PB71 and 72.
Whats more we are now in a situation in this country whereby, in may cases, absentee landowners are denied a vote in local body elections.... It's been a while since I've been to the fielddays... but they are great fun.... well worth a visit if you are in the North Island.
Human Aggregation | Politics | Rants|Friday, June 11, 2004 1:15:02 AM UTC||
Thursday, June 10, 2004
Maxim Institute Essay Competition
From Hard News.... for those unfamiliar the Maxim Institute is a loony tune bigoted, 'family' centric, bible thumping, conservative right wing think tank outfit....
Tim Michie pointed that the Maxim Institute is running a tertiary student essay competition - six lucky winners will get to work for Maxim in the holidays. Six? These people have money. The suggested text for the essay topic is C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man, one of the sacred tomes of the whole hell-in-a-handbasket movement. (You can crib and buy an essay on that.) It's fairly obvious that an essay which does not accord with the Maxim worldview will not be a winning one, but if anyone wants to enter such an essay I'll be happy to consider it for publication here after the contest has closed. We might even be able to manage a prize of our own
I've got $50 towards a competitive prize and challenge all of those liberal (in the classical sense of the word) readers among my throng to do the same.
Pledges in the coments please.
Human Aggregation | Politics|Thursday, June 10, 2004 12:41:44 AM UTC||
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
If you specialize in but one thing....
Specialize in quickly becoming a specialist.
Bill and Casey are having a bit of a blogversation here, here and here about the trouble with being a specialist. Particularly when it comes to MS exams.
It's interesting to watch because I've yet to do these exams (have been meaning to for a while) and the same sorts of things concern me- Remoting (bleh!... an API just waiting to be deprecated), Printing (urm XML->PDF or SQL Reporting Services for me please) and so forth...
But at a more fundamental level these guys have got me thinking. To some degree I am now an employer (of contractors) and when the guys ask me what sort of skill are important a specialist skill is the last thing that I would say. Instead, I think that the most fundamentally important skill in the IT industry is being able to quickly upskill yourself into any given specialty. When I look for potential contractors I'm generally going to look more for self starters who can quickly bring themselves up to speed on a piece of technology. Maybe this is a symptom of being in New Zealand where our limited labour pool makes this sort of JIT learning a necessity. But, I think it's a pretty good approach to take. If I wanted to be a deep level subject matter expert I would have been an academic.... can you say BORING!
Now there is some irony in this. Because, in the case of Casey at least*, the guy seems to have the most profound ability to upskill himself to a pretty detailed level of knowledge over a short period of time Just look at his articles- it's like 'oh.. this week I'm gonna learn Neural Nets' and then he plugs into the matrix and out comes an article...
What we really need is some metric/test/whatever that indicates a persons potential to be 'switched on'... maybe like an IQ and EQ test put together. I actually think being a Jack of All Trades is pretty important provided you can become an expert at light speed when necessary...
*I shall reserve judgement on Bill until after he has purchased me an Imported New Zealand Lager @ MVP Summit 2005.....
Rambles | Rants|Tuesday, June 08, 2004 4:33:53 AM UTC||
We'll hold you to it!
What the paper can't comprehend is Richard has also endorsed Ken, Muriel and Stephen and the Herald clearly thinks ACT should pick its leaders in secret. Such leaders have no mandate. Helen Clark struggled and Bill English failed. ACT's new leader will have the mandate that comes from a nationwide democratic vote.
From 'The Letter'... the weekly ACT party mailout. Tuesday 08/06/04
Politics|Tuesday, June 08, 2004 1:18:39 AM UTC||
I'm just posting this for posterity in case the party decide to do something wholly stupid........
This looks pretty cool....
Weedshare is a file sharing system with a paid component that benefits both artists and the people who shared the file.... and REAL money too. 50% for the artists and also money for the sharers up three levels.
Looks VERY cool...uses windows media for the DRM.
I'm gonna start by taking a look at this guy....
Human Aggregation | Toy Box|Tuesday, June 08, 2004 1:12:32 AM UTC||