Oz Bloggers’ Conference

Bleeding Edge points out that Mark Stanic is running a survey on who would like to attend an Australian conference on Blogging.
I think it would be a great idea. Some of the topics I would like to discuss with others include:

  • What drive us to do it? (My #1 topic by far)
  • Blogging styles
  • Creating a profile
  • Blogging as creative writing
  • What is it that makes Blogging so popular
  • Cool ways people use their blogs
  • A peek into the future of blogging – you’re guess is as good as mine!

And then, on the more technical side:

  • Blog spam – how to avoid it
  • A comparison of blogging tools and environments
  • Some more cool things you can do with Moveable Type
  • Some good tools that go with blogging – ie Imagemagick

Good on you Mark for raising the idea.

Who is demeaned by flashes of flesh?

Andrew Bolt normally makes my blood boil. He’s probably Melbourne’s most right wing columnist. I’m never quite sure how much he believes what he writes or whether he just likes baiting those of us on the left.
So I was surprised to find myself agreeing with him, at least in part, when I read this piece on the frock Rebecca Twigley wore to the Brownlow presentation this week. The stunning bright red frock was cut to the waist in the front leaving her breasts to, as Bolt puts it, “play peakaboo from behind sashes or red jersey”. At one stage in the telecast Twigley crossed her arms in front her chest in an attempt to get a reprieve from the focus of the cameras on her cleavage.

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Life changing books

Scribblingwoman started me on this train of thought. Several trains of thought actually.
Scribblingwoman points to a post on Magnificent Octopus which in turn discusses a Lisa Jardine’s article in The Guardian in which Jardine asked hundreds of women to nominate a book that changed their lives:

The idea behind “watershed women’s fiction” was to create a list of 30 books – by women and men – that had been in some way inspirational for women readers. We defined a “watershed” book as one that had made a crucial difference during some transitional period in life. It might have sustained someone in adversity, matched her joy at moving on in some significant way, or helped her make an emotional choice through emulation or analogy. It would be a book that made a memorable intervention – not a favourite book or one that got you reading in the first place.

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Are Women ‘accessories’ to men’s sport?

According to Melbourne ABC talkback host Jon
Faine
we’re finishing the AFL season where
we started with an emphasis on treating women as sex objects.

This is Grand Final week in Melbourne. The week of weeks for the season in
the home of the AFL. The city goes mad. It’s called Finals Fever.

The week traditionally kicks off with a gala event – the Brownlow
Medal
presentation. The core function of this night is to count the votes
for each player for each round of the home and away matches until all the votes
have been tallied and a winer chosen. In itself a fairly ho-hum affair for all
but the most ardent footy supporter. I can remember eagerly listening to the
round by round count on the wireless as a ten year old – hoping one of my favourite
players from my team would win. I think I only did it once back in those days.

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More on Breasts – what men really think

The Breast Book

Maura Spiegel & Lithe Sebesta

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I was walking along the beach one day during my January holiday earlier
this year. I like to walk from one end of the beach to the other each
day. The forty minutes it takes is good thinking and relaxing time.

This day just as I was nearing the end of the beach itself where I
turn to head out over the rocks to the point, I noticed a group of about
four teenage guys standing around in standard uniform of board shorts
with either hands in pockets or arms crossed. I was a bit envious of
thier tanned youthful bodies. As I got closer I realised that one of
them was not a young man but a nonchalant young woman with not large but yet noticeable, and quite definitely bare, breasts.

It made me wonder again what our world would be like if it were acceptable
for women to go without a top everywhere it was acceptable for men to.
A world where breasts were no more remarkable than say a nose. I wondered
if, in fact, women would be more equal in such a world. If they would
not be less objectified. I’m pretty sure I will never know. I will,
however, continue to wonder.

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Google – the Oakland As of IPOs

By all accounts, Google’s recent IPO was hugely successful (eg see Surowiecki on the Google IPO).
But Google made one big mistake, at least in the eyes of the big investment banks – it didn’t bring in one of the big investments banks to manage the deal.
So guess what, the investment banks all missed out on the biggest deal of the last few years. And guess what, they, and the major financial commentatorst are scrambling to find new arguments to support their theory that Google’s IPO was a failure.
Here is the latest from Forbes.com.
Since reading Moneyball earlier in the year, I keep seeing examples of Lewis’s analysis everywhere.
The analysis of Google’s IPO is another one. Google found an inefficiency in the market and exploited it. The people who benefit from the inefficiencey (in this case the major investment banks and the financial commentators) either try to write off the success as a fluke or perversely argue that the success was in fact a failure.
It is an exact parallel to Moneyball’s Oakland A’s (the second poorest team in the [baseball] major league who came within a few outs of knocking the New York Yankees out of the playoffs). The other teams argued that the Oakland A’s were a fluke and that in fact, despite coming so close, their failure to win the title proved that they were no good after all.
You either have to laugh or cry.

Carpets the way of the Corporation

The September issue of AFR BOSS magazine takes up as one of its themes – The Corporation. Specifically following on from the Australian release of the film of the same name.

If the corporation were a real person it would be considered a psychopath, according to a new documentary, The Corporation.

I found BOSS’s second article in the theme the more interesting of the two.
Ray Anderson, chairman of Interface, one of the world’s largest carpet makers (and participant in the documentary) describes his Damascus road experience where he turns his company around from being a plunderer to trying as hard as it can to be environmentally sustainable.
He shows that being good is good business.
It’s not all optimism though. Joel Bakan, University of British Columbia law professor and author of the book on which The Corporation is based sounds a cautionary note

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Well good friends of chriscurnow.com, you’ve most probably noticed the paucity of posts lately.
Life just does that to you sometimes doesn’t it? What can I say? I’ve been busy. I’ve taken on a new project and the old one is not quite finished do the candle is burning brightly at both ends as they say.
I’m sad about that beacuse I just love writing here and there has been lots that I want to write about. I am going to try carving out some time and making it precious.
Let’s see how we go?