Can I Offend You?

Or in other words is offence taken or given? Most would say that offence is given. Equally, if I say something which ‘any reasonable person’ would regard as offensive, then I therefore offend ‘a reasonable person’, at least that is what most would believe, based upon the current viewpoint. However, have I really offended that…

3 kinds

Never been much for cosmetics, but Mary K Ash of Mary Kay Cosmetics pretty much got it spot on with her quote : There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. – Mary Kay Ash Jus Sayin  …

Samsung Galaxy S4 v HTC One

This is a bit of a fun post, in the sense that having just purchased a HTC One (from Telstra, Australia) and being aware of the intense competition in the Android market, then the obvious comparison is between my new device and the Samsung Galaxy S4. So having got the obvious personal bias on the…

What Makes a Good Project Manager?

A recent LinkedIn discussion asked the question: What type of PM are You? Have noticed quite a few discussions here related to PM attitude and attributes. Am amazed a discussion on arrogance has so many comments, majority are thoughtful and insightful. Soft skills vs hard, arrogant vs humble, personnel motivated vs personal…. etc. Is this…

Lance Armstrong – Drugs Cheat or Super Athlete

Is Lance Armstrong the Drug Cheat extraordinaire, the multi-millionaire that has bullied multiple international cycling and sporting organisations, befuddled the media with highly paid PR consultants, held the silence of numerous cycling (drug cheat) compatriots for years and cheated hundreds of drug testing controls (both blood and urine) in and out of competition. Or is…

Reasons Women Wear Burqas

Natalie Behring-Chisholm/Stringer/Getty Images In June 2009, while speaking to the French parliament, President Nicolas Sarkozy spoke out against the burqa on CNN. "It will not be welcome on French soil," he said." We cannot accept, in our country, women imprisoned behind a mesh, cut off from society, deprived of all identity. That is not the…

Dr Ken Henry and Senate Economics Legislation Committee

On Thursday 27 May 2010, Dr Ken Henry fronted the Senate Economic Legislation Committee before heading off on an international holiday. Dr Henry has a number of interesting things to say regarding the recent Tax Review. The following a extracts from the Committee Hansard available here. Dr Henry—No. We tried to avoid, as much as…

Pasta alla Puttanesca

There are any number of stories as to how ‘Spaghetti alla puttanesca’ came about (See here).  The one I like the most is Chef Sandro Petti, from the Italian Island of Ischia, was low on ingredients and told a group of late night revellers he didn’t have enough to make them a meal. They complained…

The Stimulus Fudge – Rudd, Swann or Henry Responsible?

There is a graph in Budget Paper 1 that purports to show the very positive effect of the Rudd Labor Government’s stimulus package on the GDP growth of Australia in 2009. The graph is intended to show the positive correlation between stimulus spending and the subsequent delivery of GDP growth. The graph from Treasury is…

Australian Climate Reference Stations

Its seems that Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology network of reference climate stations (RCS) has come under question with respect to the level of compliance with the American NOAA/NCDC 5 classes of station quality ratings. NOAA’s new Climate Reference Network specifications esp. section 2.2.1 define the levels with 1=best, thru 5=worst. Class 1 (CRN1)- Flat and…

UEA vs ICO – Epic Fail

There has always been a significant concern regarding the probity of the FOI responses from the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Climate Research Unit (CRU) to FOI requests for data and other materials related to its work and published peer reviewed papers. The CRU previously directed by Prof. Phil Jones who has stepped down from the post pending investigation into the…