What a surprise! The result of Australia’s federal election was the opposite of what nearly all the pundits had been predicting. And in a sense, nothing actually changed.Continue reading “The 9pm Arch Window of the Curious Equilibrium”
Ladies and Gentlemen, here’s the full four-hour recording of my latest stupid podcast idea: a livestreamed reading of minor party election policies, while drinking.
Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, Katter’s Australian Party (KAP), FRASER ANNING’S CONSERVATIVE NATIONAL PARTY IN ALL CAPITALS, the Rise Up Australia Party, the Involuntary Medication Objectors (Vaccination/Fluoride) Party, the Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting), the Love Australia or Leave, and more.
We also raised some money for charity, and should probably raise some more, so read on for how to do that.Continue reading “The 9pm Minor Party Policy Filibuster”
In this episode, we explore the wonders of Australian democracy now that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called the federal election for 18 May, and Nicholas Fryer joins me to talk about truth and lies.Continue reading “The 9pm Arch Window of the Death of Democracy”
The early spring weather has continued. On Wednesday one of the cab drivers in the Upper Blue Mountains and I noted how dry everything seemed. It doesn’t bode well for summer. But the bright, sunny days have certainly helped my mood, so there’s that.
Spring is supposedly a time of new beginnings, and I do feel as if I’m starting so many things after that rather annoying winter gloom.
There’s biggish things, like Corrupted Nerds, and more of that shortly. There’s little things, like the calendar. In between, there’s stuff like my Tokyo trip triggering a little media project, something I’ve been intending to do for ages. And the rather big change of a new government has triggered the resumption of daily blogging, again something I’ve been intending to do for ages.
- Spam canned? Not if you’re in a political party like Clive, Crikey, 5 September 2013.
- Even the right Coalition internet safety policy is wrong, ZDNet Australia, 6 September 2013.
Plus I wrote an article for Technology Spectator, to be published later this month.
None, though I did more background work on Corrupted Nerds, and things will appear in the coming few days.
Yes, I know I wrote exactly the same thing last week, but it’s true. This week I recorded three interviews that will be the basis of three episodes, and I’ve all but finished the documentation for the crowdfunding process that I intend to kick off this week.
- On Monday, mUmBRELLA ran a story entitled Tech commentator barred from Microsoft tech conference after hostile tweets at previous event about me being banned from TechEd.
- On Tuesday, Delimiter ran a story too, Microsoft bans Stilgherrian from TechEd.
- Also on Tuesday, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) interviewed me about the ban, and the wire story they issued was run by Fairfax news outlets on Wednesday as Microsoft bans blogger Stilgherrian from TechEd conference. (As an aside, I continue to be fascinated by how I’m referred to as a journalist in some contexts and a blogger in others, seemingly regardless of whether what they’re describing is my journalism or my blogging.)
- Also on Wednesday, the ban got a mention at Scoop in New Zealand.
- On Thursday, in the only non-ban media appearance, my photo of a Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone was used to illustrate a story at Spanish-language website Enter.co.
- On Tuesday I attended the Trans-Tasman Business Circle lunch at Ernst & Young as guest of the Westpac Group. Their chief information officer Clive Whincup was presenting his vision and strategy for banking technology.
- On Thursday I went to the launch of AVG Technologies AU’s 2014 product line at Ocean Room Restaurant, Circular Quay. They paid, of course.
The Week Ahead
It’s a relatively busy one, with stories to write for Technology Spectator, ZDNet Australia and CSO Online. Plus I’ll be launching the crowdfunding campaigns for Corrupted Nerds and the Tokyo project, and I want to finish a podcast episode. But that can be done in whatever order I like over the next four days.
On Friday I’ll be coming to Sydney for a 1000 meeting in North Sydney, plus whatever else I add into the day.
The weekend is currently unplanned, but of my flight to Tokyo on Monday 16 September is an early one, then I’ll probably head down to Sydney on Sunday afternoon.
[Photo: Sydney Opera House, photographed from the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, on 5 September 2013.]
Do billionaire arsehat and political candidate Clive Palmer and his colleagues really think that this is the best hand gesture to make in 2013? “Fisting the Future!” Jesus wept.
As soon as editor Chris Duckett pointed to this photo, which was used to illustrate a story at The Australian, and as soon as Jonathan Green coined the slogan “Fisting the Future”, I knew what had to be done. And here it is.
Nick Hodge has also created an approved-by-Taiga version of this image.
I recommend the hashtag #fistingthefuture in any future mocking of Clive Palmer’s whacky ideas.
And for some not-so-private-joke historical background, please read Fisting Twitter and the birth of “trend fisting”.
[Original photo caption: Clive Palmer, with Scott Higgins, left, and Glenn Lazarus, right, says he will announce more candidates for his party. Picture: Glenn Barnes. Source: The Courier-Mail.]