An argument that won't be new to anyone with a little bit of compassion, or who has viewed Australia's asylum seeker policy of late with a critical eye, but one that unfortunately needs to be repeated.
Now that we have Tony Abbott as our Prime Minister no one should expect treatment of asylum seekers to improve. After all, his leading campaign mantra was: Stop The Boats! The reason he was even able to run with a campaign policy as primitive and heartless as this is that much of the electorate have been duped into thinking that ‘boat people’ are a big problem for Australia. (continues...)
No one with any sense would think that Tony Abbott's 'Operation Sovereign Borders' policy has anything to do with saving lives, but just in case you did ...
Just for fun, and because it relates to another blog post I’m working on, I did a quick bit of word crunching on the Coalition’s Operation Sovereign Borders policy document (and if that doesn’t sound like a title Kim Jong Il would have come up with in his heyday then I don’t what does). (continues...)
A few brief thoughts on the right to be offended, that are too long to go on twitter (no offence, twitter!)
I’ve noticed a trend on twitter lately. It’s always been there, but in recent weeks it seems to have scaled to epic proportions. It goes like this: someone will say or do something; various people will take offence at what someone has said and done; various other people will then take offence that various people have taken offence at what someone has said or done. (continues...)
This is something I posted on Facebook as an off-the-cuff response to the NRA's suggestion that having armed guards in every school is the way to prevent more violence. (Before I even start can I say: WTF??!)
The idea of an armed guard in any school, let alone every school as the chillingly out-of-touch NRA proposes, is just about one of the repugnant concepts I could imagine. Leave aside, for a moment, the matter of a society that has failed so badly, that has lost its freedom, dignity and self confidence so surely, that it needs to defend its schools from its own citizens. (continues...)
Ok, that title is a cheat: there is no "one" solution for responsive images, but here is a relatively simple one that gets the job done.
Responsive images is quickly becoming the holy grail of html5 and responsive web design in general: as yet there is no standard way of getting your images to resize across different devices; there is nothing baked into the html5 spec that enables this; there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. But this is web design and where there is a vacuum there are plenty of smart people around to fill it. (continues...)
Typically we're made to think that we (the public) are the consumers while our governments, services and businesses are the providers (or producers). I'm starting to think we've got this the wrong way round.
Several months ago I was watching a programme about gun crime in Philadelphia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_and_Disorder_in_Philadelphia). It gave a bleak insight into a city where people had been failed by society, or by their government, or by their parents - and I’m sure some had failed all by themselves. As a consequence a significant portion of Philadelphia’s population had resorted to crime. (continues...)
After a period of agonizing, deliberation and general fussing about I finally completed my #essential20 playlist, and here's why I chose what I did...
This list mostly comprises songs that I never get tired of listening to. In some cases I've had to choose a single song to represent an artist or genre. While this list doesn't fully reflect the range of music I enjoy listening to (I'm no muso, by any means, I just like a slightly eccentric list of artists) I'm happy that it includes Leonard Cohen alongside a-ha, Patti Smith with John Barry, Neil Diamond and Primal Scream. (continues...)
Here's the full list of #essential20 playlists and accompanying blog posts ... along with the names of those responsible...
Seb Sharp (@sebsharp) playlist Felixmeister (@felixmeister) playlist Clayton Bolger (@claybo76) playlist blog post Michelle Soia (@TheDestroia) playlist Dann de Wolff (@d_wolff) playlist Mark Griffiths (@stokegriff) playlist blog post John Erren (@John_Erren) playlist Mags Lum (@ScientistMags) playlist blog post Rachel Cawthorne (@rachelhatesjazz) playlist Angela Kowalczyk (@superflange) playlist blog post Mark Ampersand (@tobiasampersand) playlist Craig Taylor (@supercujo) playlist blog post (continues...)
Interested in compiling your own #essential20 - a playlist bringing together 20 of your all time favourite bits of music? Good - here's the why/what/how
Why I have a bunch of friends on Twitter who regularly talk about music - sometimes its music I know and sometimes it’s not. And sometimes it’s Nickelback, but we won’t go there. While I enjoy an occasionally bizarre range of music it’s fair to say there are some huuuuuge gaps in my musical knowledge. (continues...)
A small, but perhaps significant, addition to my original article
I was thinking yesterday about how I really don't understand the internet. I use it every day, but I really don't understand much about how it works. All those DNS gizmos, CNAMEs, protocols. I have at best a workmanlike understanding of how some of it fits together, but that's it. (continues...)