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Productivity losses

Some kind of update installed while I slept has made my Outlook at work b0rken. According to latest estimates, it will be 15 hours until my existing mail is available and 25 minutes until new mail is finished receiving.

Fix my Internets!

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Got Firefox?

Launch of Firefox 3 was 3am AEST. Insomnia at 4am seemed a happy coincidence except the load on the servers meant it took an hour to download – but all is good now.

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Some self-evident truths

There has been so much wailing and gnashing of teeth this week about all manner of societal crises. My take on reality:

  • Government tinkering with petrol regulation won’t change prices very much
  • In the long run, petrol prices will go up
  • Instead of making petrol cheaper, perhaps we should use less petrol
  • Politicians in the same party are not identical in every way
  • Sometimes different departments might give different advice
  • People’s opinions about art can differ
  • Children should be protected from harm
  • Investigating art galleries is not the most effective child protection strategy
  • Too often, complex issues are treated as dichotomies

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I choose to end the hiatus now

Well, that was a longer break than originally planned. I was close to being burned out on a combination of work and personal life and needed to get clear of things for a while. Batteries are now somewhat recharged.

So, it’s time to get things happening again. Howard is gone, and Nelson is a doofus, so with any luck the menace of the Liberal Party is not a major threat for some time to come. However, Kevin Rudd is not my ideal man, and the Labor Government has already done some things that I am far from keen on (I can monitor and filter my own children’s Internet access, thank you). The economic situation is interesting, or perhaps threatening – it’s very strange that the domestic outlook is being pulled in competing directions by the ongoing strength of our own economy and the building tension coming out of the US market. There is finally something meaningful happening in the contest(s) to be the next US President. There are diplomatic tensions emanating from Antarctica, and claims of piracy on the high seas (yarrr!!!!). The Writers’ Guild of America is reminding us of exactly why unions are important, as they stand up to the power of the megacorporations that run Hollywood and ask for a fair share of the profits that come from their creative work. These are interesting times.

So let’s get on with it.

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Deed Poll

I’m going through a pseudonym reassignment process. I’ve dropped the ‘P’ from the front of my name – it was an obscure reference to Terry Pratchett (while another such reference exists on the ‘About’ page for this blog), and people keep reading my name as ‘phobias’ instead.

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Vote-a-Matic Mk II

Brought to you by News Ltd, the folks who brought you the Vote-a-Matic Mk I. You may have already looked at this dancer and been told it is about whether you are right-brained or left-brained. But take another look now. Is the dancer spinning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

If you see her turning clockwise, you are Right-brained and should vote for the Liberal Party.

If you see her turning anti-clockwise, you are far-Right-brained and should vote for Pauline Hanson’s Manchester United Party, Family First, or the Nationals.

News Ltd. will tally the results and let us know whether the Coalition or Labor are likely to win the election.

P.S. For discussion of how the notion of hemispheric specialisation has been overstated, start with this blog entry. For discussion of how the accuracy of the Vote-a-Matic Mk I has been overstated, read some of the recent work of leftist bloggers and, quite possibly, Fairfax journalists.

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Trivia

Please. The election campaign doesn’t need to be about “gaffes” like this. Tabloid TV testing the memory of politicians followed by the media jumping on any mistakes. It was silly when it was about Kevin Rudd’s knowledge of the tax scales, and it’s just as silly when JWH is a quarter of a point off the current interest rate.

I am not about to suggest that Howard isn’t an arrogant, dated codger who is sadly out of touch with his electors. But that can be established by reference to the flawed rationales and moral foundations for his policies. I don’t care if he doesn’t know how much a bottle of milk costs – I care that he has led this country in a direction that goes against my values and against what I believe is just and right.

Let’s get on with examining the substance of what he is proposing.

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