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>OK. After that little aside I should be back regularly!

January 18, 2009 Leave a comment

>Apologies for the lack of posts in the last week.

My time was taken up by an unforeseen situation that has worked out fine.

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>Jaaaaaaaack’s back…!

>Heeeeere’s Jack!

…it seemed appropriate.

Hope your Christmas and New Year break was peaceful, you added less than 3kg and are able to keep your New Year’s Resolution for more than a month.

So who can expect to feel Jack’s Wrath in 2009?

Obviously, the Climate Faithful will continue to be exposed as the charlatans and fascists that they really are.

Everyone who proposes government intervention in markets as the answer to the financial difficulties facing the world.

Terrorists and their soulmates on the left.

By the way, the word ‘soulmates’ brilliantly describes the relationship between terrorists and the world’s left.

People have tried to understand why the left provides such succor to the bastards who killed hundreds in Mumbai, terrorist organisations such as Hamas and Hezbollah, and make excuses for Al Qaeda’s atrocities in Iraq.

What ideology do they share that creates such a partnership?

The fact is that they are both totalitarian ideologies that seek to create a better world through the agency of government – one religious using terror and the other political using cultural institutions against the population.

Thus, they are soulmates.

It’s a word that our side should use when discussing the left’s positions.

i.e. Instead of “Hamas and their supporters on the left” use “Hamas and their soulmates on the left”.

It’s not only more accurate it’s more powerful.

Good luck to everyone in 2009 in what I predict will be the most tumultuos year for many decades.

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>Taking a break over Christmas

December 19, 2008 1 comment

>I’m taking a break over Christmas so regular posts will resume in the new year.

Thanks to everyone who dropped by and took the time to add a comment.

Have a great Christmas holiday.

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>Beast Bought

December 5, 2008 5 comments


Been away for a couple of days picking up some new wheels .

Model: Mercedes MY2002 ML55 AMG.

Engine: Big V8

Sound: blob blob blob

Economy: Minimal

Environmental impact: High

Comfort: High

Features: High

0-100km/h: 6.8s

Fun factor: High

I’ve owned a BMW M3 and Mercedes CLK55 AMG in my time, which I was unwise enough to buy new, and they were both outstanding vehicles.

My advice for young players – buy luxury cars second hand.

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>Unskilled and unaware of it

August 14, 2008 8 comments

>The paper Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments by Justin Kruger and David Dunning of Cornell University should be mandatory reading for all students at about year 10 level.

If more people understood that they didn’t understand a particular subject then perhaps the church of global warming would have many fewer parishioners.

People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many social and intellectual domains. The authors suggest that this overestimation occurs, in part, because people who are unskilled in these domains suffer a dual burden: Not only do these people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it. Across 4 studies, the authors found that participants scoring in the bottom quartile on tests of humor, grammar, and logic grossly overestimated their test performance and ability. Although their test scores put them in the 12th percentile, they estimated themselves to be in the 62nd. Several analyses linked this miscalibration to deficits in metacognitive skill, or the capacity to distinguish accuracy from error. Paradoxically, improving the skills of participants, and thus increasing their metacognitive competence, helped them recognize the limitations of their abilities.

It is one of the essential features of such incompetence that the person so afflicted is incapable of knowing that he is incompetent. To have such knowledge would already be to remedy a good portion of the offense. (Miller, 1993, p. 4) In 1995, McArthur Wheeler walked into two Pittsburgh banks and robbed them in broad daylight, with no visible attempt at disguise. He was arrested later that night, less than an hour after videotapes of him taken .from surveillance cameras were broadcast on the 11 o’clock news. When police later showed him the surveillance
tapes, Mr. Wheeler stared in incredulity. “But I wore the juice,” he mumbled. Apparently, Mr. Wheeler was under the impression that rubbing one’s face with lemon juice rendered it invisible to videotape cameras (Fuocco, 1996).

We bring up the unfortunate affairs of Mr. Wheeler to make three points. The first two are noncontroversial. First, in many domains in life, success and satisfaction depend on knowledge, wisdom, or savvy in knowing which rules to follow and which strategies to pursue. This is true not only for committing crimes, but also for many tasks in the social and intellectual domains, such as promoting effective leadership, raising children, constructing a solid logical argument, or designing a rigorous psychological study. Second, people differ widely in the knowledge and strategies they apply in these domains (Dunning, Meyerowitz, & Holzberg, 1989; Dunning, Perie, & Story, 1991; Story & Dunning, 1998), with varying levels of success. Some of the knowledge and theories that people apply to their actions are sound and meet with favorable results. Others, like the lemon juice hypothesis of McArthur Wheeler, are imperfect at best and wrong-headed, incompetent, or dysfunctional at worst.

Perhaps more controversial is the third point, the one that is the focus of this article. We argue that when people are incompetent in the strategies they adopt to achieve success and satisfaction, they suffer a dual burden: Not only do they reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it. Instead, like Mr. Wheeler, they are left with the mistaken impression that they are doing just fine. As Miller (1993) perceptively observed in the quote that opens this article, and as Charles Darwin (1871) sagely noted over a century ago, “ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge” (p. 3).

In essence, we argue that the skills that engender competence in a particular domain are often the very same skills necessary to evaluate competence in that domain—one’s own or anyone else’s. Because of this, incompetent individuals lack what cognitive psychologists variously term metacognition (Everson & Tobias, 1998), metamemory (Klin, Guizman, & Levine, 1997), metacomprehension (Maki, Jonas, & Kallod, 1994), or self-monitoring skills (Chi, Glaser, & Rees, 1982). These terms refer to the ability to know how well one is performing, when one is likely to be accurate in judgment, and when one is likely to be in error. For example, consider the ability to write grammatical English. The skills that enable one to construct a grammatical sentence are the same skills necessary to recognize a grammatical sentence, and thus are the same skills necessary to determine if a grammatical mistake has been made. In short, the same knowledge that underlies the ability to produce correct judgment is also the knowledge that underlies the ability to recognize correct judgment. To lack the former is to be deficient in the latter.

Do yourself a favour and read the whole thing.

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>Sharkey the dolphin performs last trick

>Sad news from Orlando, Florida, today that Sharkey the dolphin has died while performing aerial tricks due to a mid-air collision.

Who knew that the life of a performing dolphin could be as dangerous as that of the Blue Angels or Red Arrows and that mid-air catastrophe was only a bad jump away?

A dolphin has died after colliding with another dolphin while performing aerial tricks at a US marine park.

Sharkey, a 30-year-old dolphin, died after the accident on Saturday at the Discovery Cove park — a sister property to Sea World in Orlando, Florida.

About 30 visitors were standing in a lagoon while the dolphins did tricks, but something went amiss when the two mammals leapt from the water and collided mid-air.

The second dolphin did not appear to have been injured, but was being monitored, Discovery Cove spokeswoman Becca Bides said.

“This is a very unfortunate and very rare incident,” Bides said.

It was the first accidental death of a dolphin since the park opened eight years ago.

Located across from SeaWorld, Discovery Cove offers visitors the opportunity to swim with dolphins, rays and tropical fish.

Park officials are reviewing their dolphin training protocol “to ensure that even such a random incident like this can’t occur again,” Bides said.

Vale, Sharkey, and thanks for bringing so much enjoyment to so many people.

That last paragraph has got me, though. Officials want “to ensure that even such a random incident like this can’t occur again”…how does one prevent random incidents?

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>I’ve been tagged

>Darren at Right On The Left Coast has tagged me, the bastard. Answering the questions is OK but finding 5 people to send the tag onto is a challenge. I’ll get him back somehow! PS – you should stick that one on your list of blogs to view daily.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
Preparing to acquire another IT company and merge it with my own.

2. What are the 5 things on my to-do list for today?
I have to do things? Go to work, prepare a tender, submit it, interview someone, go for a beer.

3. Snacks I enjoy
Cheezels. Sour Cream & Onion chips. Fruit Tingles. Jelly Babies.

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire
I’d spend my money sitting on the beach drinking Crown Lager, chomping lobster, chatting up the beach beauties and picking the sand out of the crack in my arse. The rest I’d waste.

5. Three of my bad habits
Talk too fast (unless I’m public speaking, presenting etc), eat too much crap food, immediately forget the first names of people I’ve just met

6. 5 Places I have lived
Moscow, London, Washington DC, Nairobi, Rangoon to name a few…

7. 5 Jobs I have had
Only had 3 job types: programmer (part time in a government department when I was going through uni), senior manager in Information Technology (my own company for 15 years), currently general manager of a professional services business

Now that I’ve got that done who should I tag?

Darren, I’ll get back to you on that one…!

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>Waiting for Telstra to fix my phone line

February 15, 2008 1 comment

>A company putting in sewerage pipes near where I live managed to sever the telephone cable in the street cutting us off completely. No phone; no Internet.

Telstra won’t tell me when it will be fixed but it appears to be somewhere between Feb 19 and Feb 26, which besides being outrageous is outside Telstra’s 24 hour service guarantee. At least I can claim compensation from them.

Writing this from a friend’s PC.

Updates when I can if I get time at work or when Telstra does the right thing and fixes the line.

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>Ahoy, Ye Anonymous Posters

January 5, 2008 2 comments

>Hear, Ye. Hear, Ye.

All anonymous posters will hitherto be referred to as Fudgie, as in ‘fudge packer’, when others respond to their comments.

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>Swastika shaped building oops

September 28, 2007 2 comments

>It’s hard to imagine that when the design of these buildings was presented for approval that people didn’t notice their uncanny resemblance to a swastika.

The US Navy will spend thousands to camouflage a California barracks resembling a Nazi swastika after the embarrassing shape was revealed on the internet.

Navy officials said they became aware the barracks looked like a swastika from the air shortly after its 1967 groundbreaking — and had decided not to do anything.

According to The New York Times the resemblance went unnoticed by the public for decades until it was spotted in aerial views on the internet.

The Navy now plans to spend $682,000 on “camouflage” landscaping and rooftop adjustments to hide any aerial view of the San Diego barracks, known as Naval Base Coronado.

“You have to realise back in the 1960s we did not have the internet,” base spokeswoman Angelic Dolan said. “We don’t want to offend anyone, and we don’t want to be associated with the symbol.”

Ms Dolan said when officials first noticed the swastika look there was “no reason to redo the buildings because they were in use”.

But an anti-bigotry group based in San Diego is not impressed.

Regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, Morris Casuto, said: “We told the Navy this was an incredibly inappropriate shape for a structure on a military installation.”

He said his group “never ascribed evil intent to the structure’s design” and praised the Navy for recognising the problem and “doing the right thing”.

The naval spokeswoman said the barracks were in a no-fly zone that was off limits to commercial airlines, so most people would not see the offending building from the air.

Fortunately, just down the road are a couple of aeroplane shaped buildings in line astern formation ready to shoot the nasty swastika if it moves.

Given the Navy is going to pay so much to camouflage the swastika are they also going to pay money to whoever owns Star Trek for ripping off the design of the USS Enterprise?

And for conspiracy freaks…proof that Area 51 really exists…

I don’t know what this shape is but it looks evil.

While I was cruising around the Navy base I found this great image…

…it seems a little ironic to be spending money camouflaging a building when such valuable military assets are there for all to see.

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