Perhaps I’ll be proven wrong…

No sooner do I slag off iYomu than I return to work only to discover that a colleague has invested money in the business. I hope for her sake that I’m proven wrong and that her modest investment multiplies 6,000,000 fold – it does make the whole thing a little more exciting though – doesn’t it?

My honest opinion – honestly!

M Hansen’s honest opinionI lived in Christchurch for six years as a university student in the late 70’s early 80’s. What a great place to be a student – cheap to live, great public transport system, flat enough to bike everywhere…

But, I have always said (and my friends can back me up on this one) that “If there was ever a place that you would be more likely to be randomly stabbed, then Christchurch would win hands down”.

Now, I don’t mean that you’d have to be moving through a ‘bad’ suburb, or down a dark city alleyway at night. I’m talking about sitting in the square, or wandering along Colombo Street on your lunch break. BAM! for no reason whatsoever some maniac would come up and stab you…and leave you for dead.

It hasn’t stopped me from returning there – Sugar’s mum still lives there; I have lots of friends I met at university still living there – I’m just aware that there are some strange people wandering the streets. Some of you might say that this wierdness was a result of the day the government decided to return Templeton and Sunnyside residents back into the community – but my theory predates that by ten or twelve years.

And so, this brings me to M Hansen. I found this press ad in the Christchurch Press on July 26, 2007. I have since done a ‘google’ on this gentleman to see what comes up. Nothing!

But I would like to hear more of his reasoning. Have any of you been to a public meeting where M Hansen has spoken in support of his pitch to be a member of the Hospital Board? Perhaps I can be enlightened by your experience.

Staring down Facebook

FacebookI’m in my forties (but feel about thirty, except when my knee and back are playing up) and am mystified about Facebook.

What is it with these social networking sites? I just don’t get it!

I registered on Facebook about two weeks ago (purely out of a professional interest), took a look around and within 30 minutes had withdrawn my registration. Perhaps it was because I realised I didn’t have enough friends that would be interested – you need to registered to see your friends pages, which you can’t see unless you know their username, or are invited to do so.

iYomu.comNow there is a New Zealand equivalent – Their strapline is “Social Networking for Grown-Ups”. It sounded like me – I’m a grown-up afterall.

The site is in BETA but there is a hint of what’s to come. I couldn’t see the point. Sure they give you server space to store photos and documents, and movies and music. Here are the problems as I see it:

  • all my music is on my laptop (and my iPod) so it’ll be a hassle to transfer it
  • some of my photos are on Flickr (those that I want the world to see) and my others are backed up on a portable hard-drive – imagine transferring all of that to another location
  • Any documents I want to share I can do through Google documents – I already use their email so the interface doesn’t need to be learnt
  • Thanks for offering but I really don’t need another email address!

I want to maintain some privacy in my life, even from my friends. The argument about how these social networking sites are great for all your friends overseas doesn’t wash with me – surely they are akin to the mass Christmas card you get from your maiden aunt each December – they aren’t addressed to you, they’re addressed to everyone…you’re just a recipient, not someone your aunt really wants to have a one-on-one conversation with.

What do you think?

Air New Zealand delayed

No videoI flew to Auckland yesterday on business. The plane was delayed on take-off. When we finally made it on board it was revealed that the problem lay in the cabin crew not being able to get the safety video to work!

So, the poor crew had to ‘perform’ the safety ritual – but get this – they used a recorded voice over.

I am much more heartened watching the crew pull the oxygen mask down from an imaginary ceiling (at least we can be comforted by the fact they actually know how to use the equipment) than watching a video of a woman resting her head on her knees in the brace position in a seat that has so much leg room you could stow an elephant under the seat in front of you.

HBO Voyeur

HBOVoyeurOK, so admit it… you have walked past a house at night and been so tempted to look in the window to take a little glimpse of someone else’s life…no? Well, now you can in an engaging construction called Hbovoyeur.

It was created by BBDO New York, directed by RSA’s Jake Scott, with effects by Asylum.

Because there are eight interconnected apartments you’ll need to view it at least 4 times…and it’s only available online, although watching it on cinemascope would be an experience.

You can view it here:

The Key to the future?

I have to make some comment on the venerable Mr Key, since he seems to be so popular of late.

What does this man stand for?

The Listener (21 - 27 July 2007)Mr Key is a more difficult bet. My gut instinct says he won’t make it, so that’s where I’ll be laying my cards if I was a gambling man. His popularity, until the most recent TV3 poll, was looking like he was headed for a landslide victory. But then I read the Listener article (21 – 27 July, 2007) and I have to say I know nothing about the man or what he stands for.

Sugar then pointed out the blog on Island Life that refers to a feature written on Mr Key written for Critic. It makes fascinating reading. The man doesn’t have an opinion on anything! He evaded questions by stating that the National Party were still doing the research and formulating opinions. Either you know what your opinion is, or you don’t.

It amazes me that he struggles to remember what side he was on in the 1981 Springbok Tour. He was 20 years old and at University. I was 21 years old and at University. Universities in 1981 were so much more vocal in the public debate that unless he was deaf and blind and confined to his wardrobe he would have been challenged to take a side – by either his lecturers or his peers.

I know that Labour is looking tired and lacking of new ideas, and that they are struggling to put David Benson-Pope in a dark box (with a tennis ball in his mouth to keep him quiet), and that no-one can decide whether growth with low interest rates is better that growth with high interest rates – they still look like they could pull the 2008 election out of the bag.

I’m looking forward to the day when John Key is tested on the podium against Helen – perhaps by then he will have finished his research into what he should believe, and practiced his stance, and we can all be encouraged to vote – for this man of principle(?).

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