I well realise that some of my readers do not like computer games, heck I even thought like that just a few short years ago but now they are one the things that keep me sane, keeps my mind active and allows me to enjoy the chaotic catharsis of the game worlds. My favourite games have all been open world sandbox games like GTAIV and Red Dead Redemption and like a lot of people I have been waiting for GTAV the above trailers give some nice insights to the three playable characters of the new game as it comes out on September 17 getting the game will be a nice present to myself after the election. After all it would be a good way to avoid too much schadenfreude directed at our friends from the left.
Those who complain about the Coalition’s “lack of policy” should be very pleased by their announcement of their broadband policy which was both well detailed well explained. As I have been saying for ages the average person does not need a Rolls-Royce and that is precisely the what that the presentation here is arguing.
Apart from one obnoxious journalist with a clear agenda the announcement was very well received
On Thursday I had to get some last minute Easter supplies and having finished playing though GTA4 again I felt the need for something new to play so I bundled up a pile of old games and went into the local games shop where I traded in and put my money down for Bioshock Infinite and I have been playing it on and off since I got home on Thursday.
All that I can say is “wow” its a wonderful game with a bright and glorious visual style a fun game mechanic and a narrative that is totally engaging even though it is rather surreal and sometimes confusing you get totally sucked into the game universe where you have no trouble suspending belief and accepting a city that floats in the clouds, a girl who can tear open rifts in reality and that you explore, live and fight in a game world that is the epitome of swanky steam-punk chic.
Its a big ten out of ten from me
- Here Are All Of BioShock Infinite’s Secret Musical Covers (kotaku.com)
- 5 Reasons You Should Care About Bioshock Infinite (bluecoastlive.wordpress.com)
- The Art of Bioshock: Infinite Video Review (comichype.com)
- Rumor: Bioshock Infinite cost $200 million to make (gimmegimmegames.com)
- BioShock Infinite – review (guardian.co.uk)
- BioShock Infinite and games as edutainment (reviews.cnet.com)
- BioShock Infinite trailer tease shows steampunk cyborg (vg247.com)
- BioShock: Infinite “will live long in the memory of gamers”, says publisher (vg247.com)
- You Don’t Have To Beat BioShock Infinite To Unlock The Ultra-Hard 1999 Mode (kotaku.com.au)
- Bioshock Infinite Guide – How to Get All Eight Vigor Combinations and Achievements (expertscolumn.com)
The more traditional game for the politically involved is Chess but as a cipher for modern democratic politics it is not really the best fit, the game is after all analogous to conflicting monarchies. Democracies have a very different dynamic. All of this is a rambling way of getting around to my view of politics as a game. Now I can just imagine that the howls of objection will begin and suggest that to see politics as a game is to not take it seriously, however as any committed sports fan will tell you there is nothing more serious than sport.
On one side of the field we have team Gillard who should have the home ground advantage except that they have done a really good job of upsetting their own fans and of course they have had to make up for the lack of a full team by bringing in some blow-ins who have their own ideas about how the team should play and its those blow-ins who have been the beginning of Team Gillard’s woes and led to them beginning their first quarter with a very spectacular own goal that has haunted them ever since. Now even if you believe in climate change this betrayal of a undertaking made just prior to the 2010 poll was very bad politics and evidence of a contempt for the voters. It was bad politics because it destroyed what little good will Gillard had left after Knifing Rudd to become team Capitan. It was also bad politics because it showed just how desperate Gillard was to get a team together. A better negotiator would have walked away when the asking price was too high. That Gillard did not do so speaks volumes about her deal making ability and none of it is good.
Impulsiveness is often cited as one of Tony Abbott‘s failings there is many a critic from the left who will insist that he is prone to “brain-farts” but there can be no better examples of flatulent thinking than the coniptions that has passed for the Gillard’s ever changing pattern of denial about the folly of changing the asylum seeker regime after winning the 2007 election. Really I don’t know if we should classify this as one own Goal or many. In the first instance there was an unbelievable denial that there was even a problem, the fans did not buy it for a minute, then there was the Timor solution that not even the Timorese knew about even though it had been announced by Gillard, then came the “Malaysian solution” which failed at the first legal hurdle, finally after some furious instance that she would not have overseas processing that is what she has created. By my count that has to be about half a dozen own goals on that issue alone.
In the more recent period of play we have seen even more own goals. The spirited defence of Craig Thompson has not been her finest hour and had she not been in such a precarious position on the numbers in the parliament Thompson would have long since been forced to resign form the house and the Government would have been truly distanced from the stench of corruption. However if Thompson is the “try” then appointing appointing Peter Slipper as Speaker of the house would have to qualify as a “conversion” because the whole point was to shore up her numbers on the field and it has turned out to be a disaster from start to finish. Firstly to make a place for Slipper in the speaker’s chair she had to give the well respected incumbent, Harry Jenkins the old heave ho and then Slipper invited derision and disdain for that high office with his instance upon reviving old out dated and pretentious ceremonial processions. Add to that the simple fact that he was dodgy on his attitude to his expense accounts and the sexual harassment claims against him and the whole business easily earns Gillard six demerit points.
But Gillard is not the only member of her team who is prone to making “Own goals” Wayne Swan has scored more than his fair share it starts with the simple fact that not one of his five budgets have ever turned out even close to his predictions , well I suspect that has been the case for many treasurers but few have been made to look as much a fool as Wayne Swan has over his instance that the promised surplus would be delivered even though this claim was widely denounced by our most knowledgeable financial commentators. When it could not be denied any longer Swan did finally admit the obvious but by this time he was well over his own goal line and the touchdown was just a formality.
Of course there is no better example of Swan’s ability to score against Labor than the MRRT which has been so unreasonably celebrated since its inception as away of clawing back a bigger return to the Australian people for the mineral riches that fuels our economy. Quite a laudable aim in many ways but the own goal lays in the design of the tax and the way that it has been spent many times over before even one cent was collected. The revelations in Fairfax press about how Swan “negotiated” the deal should stand forever as an example of the way not to get the best outcome fro the Australian people .
Its not just been the front row of team Labor who have been scoring goals for the other team the NBN has been a political disaster for Labor as well. Now as much as we all want a bigger brighter broadband network the fact that the business case for such a grand scheme can possibly be excused in the name of nation building but the cost blow-outs and endless delays are far less forgivable, likewise the minister Stephen Conroy has been less than scintillating in convincing the Australian people that the project will be worth the billions this is costing us to build it. Maybe not a own goal touchdown but it does move the ball very much into the scoring contention against their own interests .
But the biggest own goal score maker has to be the ever present Kevin Rudd, this ghost of Christmas past has been haunting Team Labor since he was so ingloriously dispatched in the 2010 Coup. He is definitely not a team Gillard player even though he wears the team jersey. He clearly wants the Captaincy again but but like Marley’s Ghost he is burdened by the chains of his past sins and they may well be to heavy a burden for him to rise cream like to the top of the Labor pail. Then again if Labor is in losing big time they may just try to use him as a final all in bet.
On the other side of the field Team Abbott have played a far more disciplined game , managing to largely stay on message and focused on the prize of ultimate victory when the final whistle blows . There have been a few stumbles but overall they have managed to maintain the momentum of play in their favour. Of course many of those who are dyed in the wool Labor Fans have been trying to get the game commentary onto the topic of next season’s plays but Abbott is faced with a team who keep scoring goals for him rather than against him so he does not have to work very hard to get that winning score. Sports fans get easily bored by a game which is too one sided and they start to drift off to the beer tent well before the final whistle. They are drifting ale-wards now and unless something truly extraordinary happens between now and September 14 we can expect Team Abbott to be crowned as champions on September 15.
*for team Abbott 😉
- I’m Kevin … and I’m from Brissie (smh.com.au)
- Rudd ‘will be PM again’ (smh.com.au)
- Swan seeks to deflect tax attention (abc.net.au)
- Labor ‘may shift back to Rudd’ (bigpondnews.com)
- The little book of big Liberal lies (cafewhispers.wordpress.com)
- Rudd … will he be back? (theage.com.au)
- Gillard can’t escape her ghosts – Rudd is too visible | The Australian (rajcairnsreport.wordpress.com)
- Labor MPs circulate anti-Rudd email (abc.net.au)
- Gillard’s not-so-merry band of has-beens and hacks (abc.net.au)
- Planet Kevin serves up revenge (smh.com.au)
As blog master here it is my duty to approve new commentators here and mostly its something that I do with out much thought, If I don’t think that comment is generated by a spam bot it usually gets an easy pass and I welcome a new player into the Sandpit. It is after all more fun for all if I encourage lively debate and lively debate needs differing points of view so I don’t usually care at all what someone believes in as long as they can be civil to others in the comment threads.
In the many years that I have been playing the blogging game there has been a rather long “conga line of suckholes” who have tried to silence me because they think that I am evil incarnate, or at least a” very naughty boy” that they wish to teach a lesson too. In the process I have had a number of individuals who have reinvented themselves many times under different pseudonyms. Usually I pick them rather quickly and either give them enough rope to hang themselves or just put them on a watching brief if I am less certain. It does not take most of them long to return to the tropes and memes that got them banned in the first place others who have been more devious have stayed under my radar for longer until their own arrogance and hubris gives them away.
Imagine my surprise when I saw this piece in the age a few days ago:
You have to love the way that the Internet makes such tools available to everyone and just how useful those tools would be to someone who has been repeatedly stalked and harassed by individuals flying different flags of convenience. Surely some of the worst offenders should be less than than sanguine about having to own the words and bile they have sprouted over the years. Now if only I could be bothered to use the software that I have downloaded…
Welcome to a brave new world Comrades
Hmm pardon my cynicism but I can’t help but think that this is just another attempt by Gillard to distract media attention from the poor performance of her government, after all what could be more fine and noble that to chase after kiddie fiddlers? Strangely enough though there is no mention of the rampant sexual abuse that has been revealed in far to many remote indigenous communities or the way that our friends from the left want to look the other way on that…
I seem to recall someone of significance opining that no politician should have an royal commission unless they know precisely where it will go to and what it will achieve. Gillard may well have climbed onto the tiger here in an effort to distract attention from her own dodgy past at Slater and Gordon but who is surprised that she makes this desperate move?
This exercise will be expensive, but I have my doubts about its efficacy and as I said in my previous post it will be a great boon for the legal profession and the victims of abuse are less than likely to end up feeling that much better about their exploitation and subsequent angst.
Its a circus and it will cost an awful lot of bread, but bread and circuses have a long and less than honourable history at entertaining the masses.
with a very big sigh Comrades
- Gillard acts on sex abuse claims (smh.com.au)
- Child sex abuse inquiry (smh.com.au)
- Gillard launches royal commission into child abuse (abc.net.au)
- PM calls abuse inquiry (theage.com.au)
- Australia: Royal Commission to probe sexual abuse of children by clergy (examiner.com)
- Clerical Sexual Abuse: The Crisis Is Exploding in Australia (queeringthechurch.com)
- PM announces child abuse royal commission (news.theage.com.au)
- Coalition would support abuse inquiry (bigpondnews.com)
- Lawyers contradict PM’s claim (smh.com.au)
- Julia Gillard launches Royal Commission into child sex abuse (telegraph.co.uk)
Just for a change of pace here I’m going to share with my dear readers what I’m waiting for the postman to deliver…
When you have to spend time lying down there is not much better than pretending that you are a badass street racer especially if its in cars that you would love to own or drive in the real world …
I have looked at the turgid prose of one Ricky Pannowitz before and found it wanting well it turns out that Ricky is a big fan of the NBN and he has written a rather long rant about its virtues on his blog and to day I’m going to look at just what he is arguing for and see if what he says stacks up.for the sake of this post I’m going to concentrate on his last three paragraphs, Mainly because his opening paragraphs are all rather confused and do nothing to put forward any sort of cogent thesis.
Anyway lets look at the guts of his argument.
Third world countries like South Korea warp past us and our future economy at the “LIGHT SPEED” of the real information Superhighway,” fibre to the house”. That not the light speed that those expert commentators say gen Y gamers travel at that we don’t need because it’s a monumental waste of money, glue and staples. That’s the speed at which real time medical imaging, teleconferencing, energy control systems, regionalisation and other future technological benefits, too visionary a higher concept for their poor toaster oven mentality to comprehend.
Hmm he starts with a bit of racism if you ask me, south Korea may be an Asian nation but it is very far from being in any meaningful sense of the “third world” its a modern industrial country and yes they do seem to have put a lot of effort into this technology but they have more than twice our population in a country about the size of Tasmania. Am I the only one here who can see that the economics for creating a complex network in such a small area make such fancy toys much more cost-effective than trying to create a similar network over an entire continent that has a much smaller population.
We seem to be content to be lost on a misinformation back road with an out-dated street directory from nineteen fifty rather than tackle this elephant in the room at the expense of the future.
Talk about mixed metaphors! Ricky has the pachyderm on a highway to hell without a decent map! Oh the humanity of it all!
When I explained the practicalities of what we have now ten years ago, you laughed at me as your eyes glaze(d) over.
Did we really? I don’t recall that at all so who precisely were you talking to about this stuff and do you have any proof for this claim?
Now it’s here everyone sees the benefits. See we were rite(sic) and have not failed you all.
The benefits are still very debatable Ricky because like a lot of technophiles you don’t seem to understand that just because something can be done does not mean that it should be done I just love some of the things that we can do on the net but I’m a discerning user who is less than impressed by the “gee Whiz” effect of new technology. and I always want to know if it will make life better or just inspire further devotion to the corporate empires of the technology makers
Don’t worry accountants build and the money will come, the business case will come, the economic rationalisation will come.
I think that Ricky is channelling Kevin Costner here:
When your bucket of ideological opposition is empty, the bipartisan visionary bucket is full of positive aspirational hope. Not everything has a quantifiable, economically rational cost.
Which means what precisely? I think that Paul Simon has some wisdom to share on the nature of technology and progress:
Just because something can be done does not mean that it should be done.
I sat around for years trying to figure out how to make money from the internet and looky now.
Yes look at all of the scams and schemers from Nigeria et al, Making money form the internet eh?
Furthermore, this nation was not was not three word slogans.
Do you want a “do over” on this sentence Ricky? You need it!
I find someone who has no credibility whatsoever on this issue using lies in three word slogans like “big white elephant” and “will not work’ an insult to Australians intelligence.
Clunk-o-rama!!! I really hope that Ricky is better on computer networks than he is on the English language because his prose is the real insult to any Australian’s intelligence.
This same language is being echoed by members of the Nationals in coalition who say they have the best interests of regional Australia at heart. Sorry I don’t buy that hypocrisy any more than the shadow minister for communications does.
The Nationals understand the real needs of those of us who live outside the big smoke far better than this pampered city boy who is in love with the idea of super-fast internet.
This divisive Noism demonstrates a serious lack of understanding of the issue and its benefits capped by an unhealthy lack of vision.
It’s not a lack of vision Ricky is a long memory of visions espoused that have proven to be far less than the promise when they have actually been built
Do we want narrow focussed Luddite’s using divisive doomsday language running our fine nation; dictating its future? It’s this offensive and divisive political point scoring that threatens Australia’s future prosperity, not establishing critical infrastructure.
What we want is political players who can consider the benefits in comparison to the costs of projects like the NBN, fan boys like Ricky are the last people that we should trust when it comes to the virtues of such large expenditures. We need to decide just how critical such infrastructure really is rather than just submitting to the Gee Whizz love of the new that drives the likes of Ricky Pannowitz.
We tried market forces, it did not work, let’s move on. So stand aside agenda benders or become road kill on one of the greatest asset’s a prosperous future economy can have; the road to information.
With out a purpose “the road to information” is actually a road to nowhere but enslavement to the machines.
Who knows?,It may just lead to knowledge and ultimately wisdom. Don’t just take my word for it
I feel sorry for the slaves to the machines like Ricky Pannowitz because they don’t realise that the machines are meant to serve us rather than being our masters and that humanity has a higher purpose than being bricks in the corporate walls that define our society these days personally I don’t want to be another brick in the wall and I don’t want to see my children share that fate either:
So lets choose the future direction for our country that benefits its people rather than the corporate worshippers of Mammon and their sycophantic technophiles like Ricky Pannowitz.