Monday, August 22, 2016
Sure, in the case of new ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie it may be clever tokenism but nevertheless it's a good sign:
It’s been widely reported that Guthrie is moving out of her predecessor ’s giant office on floor 14 at Sydney’s Ultimo. It is easily bigger than any space occupied by chief executives at the commercial end of the industry. That includes the giant office overlooking the Nine helipad that was once home to the , and office squatter and his right-hand pooch .
The very worst manager I've ever seen saw it as the first thing on her list to get the best office in the department, with similar behaviours shown by the third and fourth worst.
What’s less well known is where Guthrie will pitch up next. Guthrie is moving to level seven to be closer to the shop floor. This floor connects the two main buildings at the ABC. This means Guthrie will be more accessible to staff as well as the marketing department. The office will also be in proximity to the canteen.
I like the sound of this ex-Google senior manager. he ABC is great, but I don't think it was very well managed by Mark Scott.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
In the leadup to the digital census night on Tuesday Aug9 there were concerns - valid I suppose - about the new ABS plan to hold onto identifying details for four years. I don't give a crap - my movement details, my personal details and pretty much anything about me is held by Google and Facebook - but I have a number of friends who do a great job of guarding their details.
Those with concerns over security were shouted down as "tin foil hats" by Christopher Pyne. About the same time we were getting told that the system was bulletproof.
I don't think Australians like being shouted down as loonies and there's a really good chance that some people decided "screw you, we'll crash your servers". I expect that the DDOS attack was not rocket science:
So, someone was calling a huge proportion of people loonies who shouldn't even be raising their concerns. Perhaps that segment of the population said "screw you" and made their thoughts known in a way that they could.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
There are plenty of quotes about how if one has never failed one has never tried. I also think that if one has no regrets they've either never extended themselves or they're a psychopath.
I have many regrets in the number increases every month. Generally about 5 years after whatever incident caused the harm.
While I'm not into self-flagellation I hope that a simple statement of "I regret that" is enough for me to move on and for the injured parties to say "well he is a prick but at least he knows he is".
One thing I regret - possibly my greatest regret - is the extremely hurtful letter I sent to my father back in about 1989 just before Christmas. Perhaps it takes a lifetime to recognise that we are all just dumbfucks trying to wade through life, and just because somebody's behaviour is causing you problems they are not necessarily on a mission to make your life hell. There's a very good chance that they are in a hell of their own.
Sure my core argument of "I didn't choose for my parents marriage to break up and now I'm allowed to survive it anyway I like" is something I still stand by today. But I can also accept that my dad was in a hell of his own. When a friend of his said to me at the time "he's a good man" I can see now that he was also a man under siege.
I can see all that now. The world is round; Karma is a thing.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
All the banter stopped the second this song came on. Everyone just quietly listened and when the song finished, we just started talking normally. About other things. Nobody even mentioned the song - probably didn't even think of it.
I think about that with my daughter. Something about a sweet girl that can just shut up some of the loudest blokes. This is not political and I'm not telling anyone how to be. It's just something I notice about myself.
And Jewel Kilcher. What an amazing story.