Friday, September 01, 2017

Something Just Like This Spring

Cockerill's death comes a month after the passing of another well-known football media figure, Les Murray.  Fairfax Media football columnist Michael Cockerill dies, aged 56

Mike Cockerill, well-known football journalist, dies of cancer

Les Murray and Johnny Warren: 'Mr and Mrs Soccer' 

Flu outbreak kills seven residents at Victorian aged care home

 Supreme Court overrules presidential election! Unfortunately we're talking about Kenya. [Huffington Post]

"It is time we began to ask who are these women who continually rubbish men. The most stupid, ill-educated and nasty woman can rubbish the nicest, kindest and most intelligent man and no one protests."

Shark Tank judge and Red Balloon founder Naomi Simson says posting consistently, writing the way you speak and offering original ideas are the best ways to build a major following on social media and garner influence as a thought leader.
Shark Tank's red judge - who has built up more than 2 million followers and become the 7th most followed woman globally on LinkedIn - joins fellow Shark Tank judge Boost Juice founder Janine Allis, Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquahar, Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer and Telstra CEO Andy Penn among LinkedIn's most viewed CEOs and founders in 2017.
Notable entries in other categories on this year's LinkedIn Power Profiles, being released on Tuesday and provided to The Australian Financial Review, are Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NBN CEO Bill Morrow.
Showcase of personal brand
Boost Juice founder Ms Allis said that CEOs, politicians, policy makers and executives are increasingly recognising the importance of their own personal brand as CEOs become the face of their business and on-demand, freelance professionals battle it out for individual jobs based on their digital identity and online reputation.
"Your own personal profile is really important in business and if you become an expert in an area, people will go for your advice, so become that expert. Post regularly, make sure that what you write is relevant and then find a way to get as much reach as possible because what will happen is you will create your own personal brand," Ms Allis said.
NAB recently announced they had ditched the CV for thousands of jobs and experts suggest LinkedIn and other platforms are now a far more common way to outline your credentials for executive positions.

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was Dostoevsky and Dickens who taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who ever had been alive. Only if we face these open wounds in ourselves can we understand them in other people.”

Uncle Zigmund on Reinvented Love of Romance

That's right, it's not just a metaphor. "Library fauna such as bookworms, bedbugs and microbats have long been the subject of study. But a little-known subfield concentrates on the human biology of libraries." … [Read More]

What A Writer Sees That The Reader Doesn’t

"You come up with an image, phrase or sentence. Your head snaps back, and you say to yourself, Where did that come from?! I’m not talking about automatic writing, though that may be part of it. I mean the entire range of invisible forces that produce and affect the work. There are things the writer sees that the reader does not; things the reader sees that the writer does not; and things neither of us ever sees. These, the most entrancing of the lot, have a power of their own. Like the ghost of Jacob Marley, they lead to unimagined, sometimes frightful yet fruitful destinations." … [Read More]

Taylor Swift’s New Single Crushes YouTube, Spotify Records

YouTube said Saturday the song's lyric video broke a record for that site, with more than 19 million same day views. Swift crushed the previous record set by "Something Just Like This" from The Chainsmokers featuring Coldplay, which received 9 million views in 24 hours. … [Read More]

After A Century Of Puzzling, Researchers Have Cracked The Brilliant Code Of A 1000-Year-Old Tablet

"The team from the University of New South Wales in Sydney believe that the four columns and 15 rows of cuneiform – wedge shaped indentations made in the wet clay – represent the world’s oldest and most accurate working trigonometric table, a working tool which could have been used in surveying, and in calculating how to construct temples, palaces and pyramids." … [Read More]

Study: People Pay More Attention To High-Volume Of Reviews Rather Than To Quality Reviews

"Across various combinations of average rating and number of reviews, participants routinely chose the option with more reviews. This bias was so strong that they often favored the more-reviewed phone case even when both of the options had low ratings, effectively choosing the product that was, in statistical terms, more likely to be low quality." … [Read More]

A couple of weeks ago, many of us gathered in St Mary's Cathedral for the requiem mass for the late Johno Johnson. Bob Carr, who had been Lionel Bowen's campaign organiser for many years and later Premier of New South Wales, delivered the eulogy. Carr declared, 'The separation of church and state was not a fetish of John Richard Johnson. He adored the Cross on Calvary. And rallied to The Light on The Hill.' The same could be said of the man we honour tonight: Lionel Frost Bowen. In his homily at last fortnight's requiem, Archbishop Anthony Fisher recalled Johno's last speech in Parliament when he said, 'Traditions are important. Be it on your head if you do not keep them. Look after the young.' The Archbishop then said, 'It is a serious question whether a man of Johno's character and ideals would be welcome in our political parties and achieve such prominence in our parliaments today.' That is a question for the Marcellin College community as you gather to honour Lionel Bowen, one of the proudest products of an Australian Marist education.

Citizenship and the Common Good

Aspen abode for peripatetic James Packer - The Australian

Charlize Theron is undercover MI6 agent in Atomic Blonde

undercover MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) swims across the Cold River to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

When she arrives, she is immediately ambushed by KGB agents working for arms dealer and KGB associate Aleksander Bremovych. She escapes thanks to her main contact, agent David Percival, showing up to help.

After failing to find any leads, Broughton searches dead MI6 agent James Gasciogne's apartment for information.