It’s time for a clearout.
Here’s a bunch of posts I wrote but never got around to posting. In some cases I intended to research them a bit more before publishing, so beware they may be a little half-arsed.
There were claims and counter-claims during the Kororoit byelection campaign (June 2008). I suppose Les Twentyman was unlikely to get up, given it’s such a strong Labor seat, but you’ve got to wonder about some of the accusations flying around.
The Libs gave Twentyman their preferences. Twentyman gave his preferences to Labor.
Brumby’s translation of this: Asked how he could say a vote for Mr Twentyman was a vote for the Liberals, Mr Brumby said: “Because if his (primary) vote is higher than the Liberal Party vote, he has every chance of being elected courtesy of Liberal Party preferences.”
So in fact, it’s not that a vote for Twentyman was a vote for the Liberals. It was the opposite. A vote for the Liberals was a vote for Twentyman.
Is your patent scalable?
I’m wondering if we should re-design the patent system worldwide, to consider:
- Is the invention scalable? If it spreads worldwide, what are the consequences? For instance, does it pollute in a way that doesn’t matter for a single unit, but which causes big problems if there are millions?
- What is the ultimate likely market size for the invention?
How would you enforce it? How about making the patent run out when 20% of your expected total units have been made?
Apple vs Microsoft
Apparently Microsoft’s Vista advertising is costing US$300 million.
Apple’s latest advert pokes fun at this, but I wonder how much their campaign has cost?
Stupidly, Apple’s web site doesn’t let PC owners who don’t have Quicktime even see the adverts. Way to miss your target market, dudes.
A theory of mine: It’s only an extreme pessimist or a monk who as an adult chooses to sleep in a single bed.
Not a futurist
Sadly we’re getting to the point where American mass shootings are no longer news. They’re happening with depressing regularlity, but outside the US I suspect most of us are at the point where we roll our eyes at their gun laws and get on with our day.
The Bulletin closed after 128 years of publishing. Not that I ever read it, except when in the barber’s shop waiting for a haircut, but they did talk to me for an in-depth piece on blogging a few years ago (which would have made a good cite for the unsubstantiated claim in Wikipedia that my blog is one of the oldest around).
Why do some people pay over the odds to live in areas with good public transport, then not use it?
In the case of home-owners, I guess because they know it’s a better investment.
Though I once met a bloke living a stone’s throw away from Glenhuntly station in a rented flat who appeared to drive everywhere.
Sometimes one has real hope for the world. Sometimes not:
The world spends US$780 billion every year on maintaining its military and buying new weapons —that’s $2.1 billion every day. Dr Oscar Arias estimates that if just 5% ($40 billion) of that annual $780 billion were channeled into anti-poverty programmes over the next decade, the whole world could have basic social services. A further 5% over ten years could provide everybody on the planet with an income above the poverty line. UNICEF estimates that spending just $7 billion a year for the next decade could educate every child on Earth. — Source (via Cam)
Maybe I’m thinking about this too much, but I’m increasingly aware of getting old, and I wonder if those who share my Gen-X status are thinking about it too. And Tony’s foot incident a while back reminds me that it’s no more obvious than when I consider my general physical and mental fitness: I’d swear my typing is slowing down. My mouse hand hurts sometimes. At one stage I noticed my right knee hurts like hell if I kneel down on it for too long. And jeez… the grey hair!
When did this happen? Is it the start of a long slow descent into old age, or are there things I should be doing to keep up my level of fitness? My usual answer is “More walking!” which I’m determined to do anyway, but I wonder what else.
Perhaps I should go ask the doctor for a complete physical.