Jozef Imrich, name worthy of Kafka, has his finger on the pulse of any irony of interest and shares his findings to keep you in-the-know with the savviest trend setters and infomaniacs.
''I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.''
'Mr Turnbull, (a Bondi Iceberg swimmer,) reportedly responded: "Bob Carr and I are friends. I couldn't do it to him".
Mr Scully writes that he was "simply astonished that with no stated philosophical commitment to the Liberal Party, he was quite prepared to leave its political opponents in power, rather than take the reins of government away from a personal friend".' (Leader v Leadership inside political waters)
Each year, the press gallery at NSW Parliament (We were the best folkloric dancers on the floor) holds a Christmas party that, like the Midwinter Ball in Canberra, involves politicians and journalists making "self-deprecating" humorous speeches, and liberally roasting each other.
So what are these "Chatham House Rules" that Channel Nine political
correspondent Laurie Oakes left lying in a shattered heap, like a
child's doll's house run over by a road grader? Chatham House
Rules are a bit like the Richter scale – everyone is prepared to drop
them knowingly into conversation, but nobody really has a clue what they
We really cannot commend this judgment more highly to m'learneds. Very Bohemian Tom Stoppard-esque passage at AUSTLII (Dr Cope used to make us even read government gazettes ;-) The Act of Explaining Bangers and Mash ...
Patrick Carl Scully is the Director of Carl Scully Consulting, an independent
corporate advisory firm focused on providing strategic advice to
government and industry on the planning, funding and delivery of
infrastructure projects. He is an Advisory Board Member of NSW Leaders
and Chairman of the NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council (MSAC)
Carl had a style as he always wore best coordinated ties with his suits...
[Carl] was the roads minister who introduced a swag of tollways to Sydney, but
former Labor politician Carl Scully is now passing the buck, claiming
his opposition to the tolled expressways was ignored by Labor
Mr Scully says his former premier Bob Carr and
treasurer Michael Egan were the ones responsible for Sydney having so
And, he says, if he had had it his way, the Lane
Cove Tunnel, Eastern Distributor, M7 and Cross City Tunnel would all be
Mr Scully, who is launching his memoirs Setting
The Record Straight at NSW Parliament today, said that Mr Carr and Mr
Egan did not want to spend any money on roads and blocked him all the
way, preferring to retire debt and spend the cash in the government’s
coffers on health.
“We had a premier and a treasurer who were not
overly focused nor all that interested in improving public transport,”
Mr Scully writes in his book. “The period of Liberal rule from 2011 has
seen literally billions of dollars of extra public funds for both heavy
and light rail.
“I can only look on in awe and wonder how
different would have been the legacies of our long years in office if
Carr and Egan had shown the same level of interest.’’
Mr Scully told The Daily Telegraph yesterday: “I did what I could.’’
would have preferred to build the Lane Cove Tunnel and the Cross City
Tunnel (as well as the M7) as freeways,’’ Mr Scully said. Former NSW Labor MP Carl Scully scuttles his former boss over tolls
@MatthewCondon2's Three Crooked Kings. We will never allow this to happen again in Qld.
This tweet is a request for ideas. I’m thinking about a philanthropy strategy that is the opposite of how I mostly spend my time — working for the long term. For philanthropy, I find I’m drawn to the other end of the spectrum: the right now. As one example, I’m very inspired and moved by the work done at Mary’s Place here in Seattle. I like long-term — it’s a huge lever: Blue Origin, Amazon, Washington Post — all of these are contributing to society and civilization in their own ways. But I’m thinking I want much of my philanthropic activity to be helping people in the here and now — short-term — at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact. If you have ideas, just reply to this tweet with the idea (and if you think this approach is wrong, would love to hear that too).
An update: I've been flown to Manila for surgery to remove the bullet. Doc glanced at X-Ray and said 'M-16'. They know their slugs here.
Silicon Valley loves giving money to manic, headstrong sociopaths. Uber's Travis Kalanick did not disappoint Tim Gorichanaz: “…But libraries are still important, and that’s because they are notfundamentally storehouses for books — despite the name and our longstanding cultural assumptions. We can begin to see this in the example of Kafka on the Shore, if we look beyond the surface. It’s not just that Kafka wound up in the library because he liked books. He wound up in the library because he had no other home, and the library provided a free, safe space. Indeed, over the course of the book, Kafka comes to know the proprietors of the library, and he ends up living there in a spare room. A library is not just a refuge for the intellect, but for the whole person…” “Tim Gorichanaz is a PhD candidate in information studies at Drexel. His research explores the historical and philosophical aspects of libraries and information technology” At
News Corp, they kick down, not up, kissing the backside of business with great
ardour every day. At michaelwest, we kick up, not down, holding power to
account and batting for the public interest. Westie ... Google Translate arrived in 2006, and has grown to over 500 million users worldwide, translating more than 100 billion words daily. Voice speed is the name of the next game changer, and the next communication boundary-crossing frontier presents in the form of speaking, not in writing.
Talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere? It’s a head-turner and, despite the perennial promise of a Star Trek universal translator being right around the corner, some workable applications appear to be at least in sight:
An ear device from Waverly Labs that translates foreign languages in real time
A pocket widget called Travis that lets you speak 80 languages in your travels
A gadget called ili that translates English, Japanese and Chinese instantly
The Dreyfus affair gave us the word “intellectual.” It also redefined truth, justice, and art. Look at the impact on Proust, Joyce, Kafka, Connors Imrich et al at
In an 1888 diary entry, Thomas Hardy reflected on a church service. His stream-of-consciousness style was a harbinger of modernist techniques to come. We are Hardy's heirs... Heirs of Story:
Human character, we know, changed on or about December 1910, but it had already changed on or about December 1863, when Baudelaire published his essay ‘The Painter of Modern Life’. In the course of writing about the journalist-illustrator Constantin Guys, Baudelaire leaves the salon and goes out into the street, away from art criticism to urban digression. He mentions Poe’s story, ‘The Man of the Crowd’, whose narrator, recovering from a recent illness, sits in a London café and watches the human traffic through the window. Artists are like convalescents, Baudelaire adds: nervously alert, grateful for the slightest detail, omnivorously curious. And the convalescent is like the child, who sees everything as if for the first time, drunk on novelty. Inspiration, Baudelaire continues, ‘has some connection with congestion’. Guys is such an eternal child, and the urban crowd is his domain: ‘he watches the flow of life move by, majestic and dazzling … He gazes at the landscape of the great city, landscapes of stone.’ From this, comes a further generalisation: ‘Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, the other being the eternal and the immovable.’
Churchill and Orwell, different in so many ways, shared a determination to confront unpleasant realities. They also had a tragic understanding that their views were unlikely to prevail ---- Join the Club Winston and George
At 89, [Bill Crawford] is LSU’s oldest faculty member. He teaches two classes a semester at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center [Louisiana Civil Procedure I & II; Louisiana Security Devices; Advanced Louisiana Torts].
“Some day, they’ll come in here and carry me out,” Crawford says.
About 25% of all US employees work remotely and according to a Gallup study the most engaged employees work remotely 60 to 80% of the time. That doesn’t surprise me. I’m all for working remotely. Some people work better in teams, others work better on their own. Whichever gets the job done. Technology companies today dream up all kinds of ways to set humanity free from the office constantly. What’s interesting is they don’t practice what they preach. A recent Financial Timesarticle cautions to pay attention to what companies do rather than what they say. Think of the tech hotspots of the world – from the Silicon Valley in the US to the Silicon Roundabout in London. It seems that tech giants still value the power of physical agglomeration. IBM, who are known for their remote working policies, have called workers back to physical locations. They argue that while remote work increases productivity, face-to-face work is better for innovation and generating ideas. Agreed. Often we are most creative when we bounce ideas off each other and can feed of each other’s energies. Studies confirm that physical proximity benefits effective communication and fosters better understanding between co-workers and improves collaboration. In addition employees spark ideas through chance encounters and unplanned interaction. Steve Jobs once famously proposed building all of the bathrooms in Pixar’s offices in only one part of the building to encourage unplanned meetings. And tech companies all around the world embrace this so called “water cooler effect” and many offer perks for employees living close to hubs. In London one employer is taking it further and offers millennials financial assistance so that they can rent homes in the capital (and close to the office). All up, I believe that people should be free to choose what works best for them, but face time needs to be part of the equation. In my experience, people who work remotely often work harder and are more productive than those sitting in offices. It’s an important conversation managers should have with their staff – what works best for both sides?
This article and the checklist are relevant to researchers in all sectors – via Winny de Jong
“At the intersection of data and journalism, lots can go wrong. Merely taking precautions might not be enough. “It’s very well possible that your story is true but wrong,” New York Times data journalist Robert Gebeloff explained at the European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest, which was recently held in Mechelen, a city 20 minutes outside of Brussels. “When I work on a big story, I want to know everything about the topic.” To make sure he doesn’t miss out, Gebeloff gets all the data sources he can, examines it in all relevant ways and publishes only what he believes to be true…”
If you're a "House of Cards" fan, you've probably already watched the
first six episodes. So now it's safe for you to read this spoiler-filled fact-check. ... TV
Guide writes about "Dr. Who" and the show's fake-news
You're gonna miss this, you're gonna want this back. You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast. These are some good times, so take a good look around. You may not know it now, but you're gonna miss this.