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Mastering the medium

Mastering the medium

My Hasselblad 503CW has been asleep in its padded cell for nearly seven years. That is  roughly since I lugged it along the Milford Track, hauled it over Mount Tongariro, and retired it for something smaller and faster in the form of my first (of three) Leica M. Every few months since I have opened up the bag […]

Disempowering people through the Healthy Welfare Card

Disempowering people through the Healthy Welfare Card

In the just-released Forrest Review, the authors say “If a cashless welfare system is effectively and smoothly introduced, it will render the cash system that preceded it an irresponsible social experiment.“. I think they’re a little confused about where the irresponsible social experiment might be happening. The authors recommend “That the Commonwealth Government implement immediately a […]

In praise of cruder cameras

In praise of cruder cameras

Lately, I have found myself in a few situations where all I have on me is my Blackberry or a cheap pocket camera – most recently a shockproof Panasonic Lumix. With basic features and a small sensor, I am not going to get the complete control and clarity I expect from my Leica M. But something strange and rather good […]

People like myself

Our lovely Prime Minister recently said (while proposing a ‘debt levy’ for high income earners), that “Certainly it is my intention that people like myself, high-income earners, should bear a significant quantum of the burden when it comes to sorting out our problems.” What does the Prime Minister actually earn? According to the Parliament of Australia, the […]

Groundhog day

Groundhog day

A nature walk on the banks of the Potomac River in Leesburg, Virginia. A refreshing (if muddy) escape from four days of listening to dry presentations about project management best practice in large rooms with bad coffee and baby-poo walls. My colleague Roger joined me on a five-mile walk where we met many interesting and […]

The 23rd country

The 23rd country

Minus 15º at noon. Plumes of power station stacks on the horizon. Traffic ignores pedestrians in a desperate rush to somehow be somewhere not here. Such dry air. A stray dog licks a block of ice for water. Ice sculptures on the median strip. People wrapped in duvets with sleeves, chatting on their Samsungs. Hills […]

Selichamorphic chaos

Selichamorphic chaos

When approving the WA Government shark cull, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he accepted the number of shark attacks off WA was “well above the historic norm over recent years” and cited the national interest to say the shark kill policy should be allowed to proceed. Really. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s […]

What is “the normal law of the sea”?

Tony Abbott told 2GB recently that “…the normal international law is that if you are rescued in a country’s search-and-rescue zone that country has an obligation to take you. You can go to the nearest port and the nearest port is normally the port that is in the country whose search-and-rescue zone you’ve been picked up […]