But there are a fair number of OIA and Privacy Act enthusiasts tucked away in dusty corners of government. ... But I like it, and I know I'm not the only one.
You probably saw this article on Vivek Kundra in the October 2010 issue of Scientific American - I just read it recently (in hard copy), shame I don't have a subscription to get to the full article, maybe some of you do, he seems to have made serious inroads to rationalising and opening up the US Govt's diverse data streams.
He has now left the post of U.S. chief information officer to work for a cloud computing firm, here is the 25 point implementation plan he came up with and some praise from others on his leaving office, and his own reflections...
Hope some of it is of interest...
dub dub dub sidestep...
It’s worse than that, it’s dead Jim…
Sorry, I don't have a website,
just an email address...
all the base info is in the Capture post
after that it is just language and dealing
with folk one by one, old school style...
perhaps I better bite the bullet and
put some basic site together,
see ya later stridulator...
Chinese Lantern Festival came to Christchurch. Not a kihikihi wawā in sight. Maybe next year.
Maybe not in sight, but we drove past the lantern festival last night at about 6.45pm - 'Cicadian rhythms' filled the air with their cricket-like pitch!
si si si...
I Believe in Magic
(by the Lovin Spoonbills..)
or was it that other song...
Know when to fold...
Last month Steven Joyce said he believed “on the balance of probabilities” that the project would go ahead.
Joyce sounds like Sky City's perfect customer...
...another interesting (and worrying) piece in that story was:
The Government sees the conference centre as a boon for overseas visitors.
Conference centres seldom provide strong returns.
as there is a strong push to get the Chch Convention Centre demolished and rebuilt quick smart... This is the Convention Centre that was run by the loss making Vbase (A City Council Holdings company) that has now been taken into (mis?)management by the Council (Note Vbase ran four venues only one remains currently operational).
Why are we being pushed to reopen a weak earning venture (it seems the rest of the tourist industry - hospitality, airlines, etc - makes money, just not the convention centre perhaps). I'm not sure the council needs another Loss Leader right now (especially with the four directors Vbase has at the moment).
Will we see Joyce (or Gerry by proxy) suggesting a partnership with the nearby Chch Casino (part owned by Sky City I think)?
going through channels...
...45 comments to reach the gutter. Is this a PAS record? ;-)
kerbing our enthusiasms, perhaps?
...artistic interpretations of Bobsy Browneye are brilliant.
thanks, but I have to admit my 'face painted' image was appropriated (for satirical collage purposes) from the cover of Avenues magazine
"... You set out with a budget but you've got to
do what you've got to do."
As he's happy to have a bloody rugby stadium run $5 million over budget, can we hold him to this across the board?
crowd source proofing...
Maybe it’s an inherent feature of politicians that that will (almost) anything for good publicity.
... that they will do (almost) anything...
re the guests on that radio show (Branson, McCaw, Jackson...) can we know if they would have been on with the odious Henry, or were they special ring-ins for the 'celebrity' host - I believe the impression was given that they were Key's friends doing him a favour - perhaps the normal speaking fees of these individuals should be taken into the equation as donations as well - as I have said before, this was in effect another smiley aural billboard for Key with extra goodwill added by association to influential names (ostensibly supporting him and by implication his cause).
also as one of his 'employers' I'd like to know what an hour of Key's time is worth, as this was hardly essential Government work, it must be publicity seeking (electioneering) - can he indicate what greater good was transferred to the populace by his skiving off from work for an hour (plus travel time) to play radio announcers?
How are you going to mark Feb 22?
I see it falls on a wednesday and as far as I know it isn't a gazetted holiday - so most folk will be at jobs (if they have one) or at school, etc - council in its wisdom holds events at 8am and 12 - 1.30pm with the ill advised awards ceremony at 2pm - Mr Parker expects the community to put on their own localised events, at least some of those are in the evening when more folk may be involved...
Personally I think the families who have losses to commemorate should be left to do it as they wish, rather than gathered up and put on display by a PR-conscious council machine, especially in light of the revelations about the CTV building's collapse and the CCC's shoddy compliance checking processes.
I will not be at any of these events, this ain't over yet...