- A bunch of links – March 2, 2009
Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2009 in web#39;Confessions of a Facebook Social Climber#39;Personal branding in the age of GoogleInternet Guru Seth Godin has something useful to say today.Mystery of the Belly Button Fluff Solved by ScienceFree Album – JaydioheadFacebook Photo Album DownloaderFloorplanner Presents Your Plans in 3D [Web Apps]This is another link pretty much only for the benefit of my wife – who rather than playing the Sims spends her time designing floorplans using online software.
- A bunch of links – March 3, 2009
Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 in webAre You a Christian Hipster? | conversantlife.comWow. I am. According to this definition:brbr”Christian hipsters don’t like megachurches, altar calls, and door-to-door evangelism. They don’t really like John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart or youth pastors who talk too much about Braveheart. In general, they tend not to like Mel Gibson and have come to really dislike The Passion for being overly bloody and maybe a little sadistic.
- A Manly win
Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2009 in SportManly won the World Club Challenge last night – the first NRL team to do so in the last five years. They’re also only the sixth team to do it in 17 years of WCC matches. Only two have been played in Australia.Bodes well for a good season for the mighty Sea Eagles. Who are also the deservedly the bookmaker’s favourites this year.
- Election Scorecard: Craig Wallace’s Townsville ad
Labor MP for Thuringowa (and Minister for just about everything) Craig Wallace has a 17% margin. He’s in one of the safest seats in the state. He barely even needs to advertise.So why jump the shark and be filmed holding a puppy?His ad is positive though. It talks about “delivering” for North Queensland and highlights projects “he has delivered”.
- Election Scorecard: Labor’s attack ads
The Labor Party is telling us we can’t trust Springborg because a couple of months ago he said the current economic climate was not like the Great Depression. That it was different. The ad runs a bunch of clips from world leaders (Obama, Rudd, and Brown) telling us what a crisis this is, and comparing the situation with the Great Depression.
- Election Scorecard: LNP’s Debt Attack ads
Debt should not be a campaign issue in a recession. The fact Queensland has a big debt is a problem – but the future Queensland Government needs to be building infrastructure to create jobs.So campaigning on the fact that you’re not going to do anything to address rising unemployment is ridiculous.This raises a question for me – what happens when a state can’t pay off its debt – it’s not like infrastructure assets can be repossessed.
- Evolution of a Nerd
Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2009 in ChurchMy first post on this blog highlights my ongoing descent into nerdhood. While I don’t have the bespectacled (yet), triple-chinned, past-eating figure as described here, I have taken some healthy steps in the direction of becoming a nerd. 1. Blogging. To the readers who have ‘tuned in’ (sorry I don’t know what the web equivalent is) hoping for some of Nathan’s regular rants, my apologies.
- Finding a niche
Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2009 in CultureEvery time I drive down Ross River Road I think to myself “how can this place possibly continue as a business?”Finding a niche is one thing – being irrelevant is another.Has anyone ever used this place? I can’t for the life of me figure out how they pay their lease.According to the Word of Mouth Forum they’re good at their job.
- Fox Sports subbed by monkey
Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2009 in MediaCan you spot the problem with the following sentence from this story?”Rumoured to of signed a four-year $450,000-a-year deal with the Sea Eagles back in 2005, Orford would likely have to take a pay cut to remain on the northern beaches with the club battling to reward last year’s premiers and remain under the salary cap.”If yes, please apply for a job sub-editing Fox Sports Online.
Posted on Sunday, March 8th, 2009 in LifeI enjoy a good argument. So much so that I’m able to completely distance myself from the ramifications of taking a particular side in an argument just to see it continue. I am sure other people find this frustrating. Actually, I know for a fact that some people do.In my mind it’s only when arguing through an issue that you’re truly able to shape your thinking on something – at least that’s how it works for me.
- Gigapan and scare tactics
Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2009 in LifeGigapan is an impressive inauguration interactive photo panorama doing the email rounds. It has been around for a while.This is the email doing the rounds.Subject: Big brother is watching you, check this out!This is a photo from the 2009 Inauguration, In which you can see IN FOCUS The face of each individual in the crowd !!!You can scan, double click and zoom to any section of the crowd.
- Green =/= Sustainable
Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 in PoliticsIn the comments on last night’s post – which is still generating discussion – I mentioned that I see a difference between “green” and “sustainable”.Sustainable living is driven by common sense. Green living is driven by ideology.Sustainable living will often cost less – economics are a factor. Green living will cost more it can require paying a premium to maintain ideological consistency.
- Green is the new bleak
Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2009 in ChurchA recent comment on a recent post asked me the following questions:1. I am of the mind to think that when God gave us this planet to look after, it was sort of a house-sitting arrangement. He isn’t going to be too happy to come back and find we’ve trashed the joint, is He.2. Global pollution and/or global warming are going to have the strongest effect not on the ‘Western’ world but the poorest nations and peoples.
- Philosophical Death Match: Science v Religion
Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 in Church“Nonsense. There are so many phenomena that would raise the specter of God or other supernatural forces: faith healers could restore lost vision, the cancers of only good people could go into remission, the dead could return to life, we could find meaningful DNA sequences that could have been placed in our genome only by an intelligent agent, angels could appear in the sky.
- Things I use: Firefox extensions
Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 in LinksStuss asked why she should bother switching to Firefox from Explorer. Apart from speed, moving away from the proprietary Microsoft platform, and security there’s one thing Firefox really has going for it. Extensibility. You can pretty much turn Firefox into whatever you want it to be. Thanks to the power of extensions.But when it comes to extensions for your Firefox experience there’s a lot of bloatware out there.
- This is why you’re fat
Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2009 in LinksAgain. This one takes the cake.
- Two ways to consume
Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 in ChurchThe debate goes on back here. It’s been a thoughtful – and helpful I think – discussion on the environment, hippies, and sustainability. Join in. If you like.One of my objections to paying a premium to be green is that it seems like such a waste of money. For example, I don’t like that chickens live in terrible conditions in battery farms.
- Warming to the debate
Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2009 in CultureIt’s probably time I addressed Amy’s second point.2. Global pollution and/or global warming are going to have the strongest effect not on the ‘Western’ world but the poorest nations and peoples. I think we have not only an ethical but a moral duty to ensure that this planet can support everyone on it.I completely agree with the second sentence.
Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2009 in CoffeeI hate the Greens. And the environmental lobby group. Which is a good thing – because not only does my coffee machine produce the carbon emissions of say a motorised scooter – drinking coffee is the least sustainable environmental exercise around when judged by water consumption in production. That is pre-cup production too.From the Economist:”A cup of coffee, for example, needs a great deal more water than that poured into the pot.
- Why blog
Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 in LifeSimone often says the link is the ultimate blog love language. And I like her blog. I especially like commenting specifically when she’s tried to be vague about a situation I’m familiar with. This particular post questions why people blog. I put my answer there. It went something like this:”I blog for a few reasons – to track and log my thoughts, because I think the internet is full of crazy things that need documenting, and because I want space for my rants.
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