Finally – GPRS working on our Powerbook

Time for more celebrations, we’ve just solved a technology bug that has been bothering us for 18 months now.
When bought our G4 Powerbook about 2 years ago, we lost IR connectivity to our then Nokia phone. So we thought it was about time to go GPRS anyway. Our phone contract was due for renewal so we upgraded to a GRPS enabled bluetooth Sony Ericsson phone.

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The failed hero must die

Tony Blair pulled off an historic victory last week. Even before the election, he became the first labour leader in British history to complete a second term. Last week he became the first to win a third term. In the process he secured a majority a third larger than Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 victory and three times John Major’s of 1992.
You wouldn’t think so by the reaction of the commentators or his own party.
Like many leaders who taste success, Tony Blair has fallen victim to the vicious retribution of those who will never forgive him for failing to be the hero they fantasised he was. Blair could never be immortal. He could never be infallable. But the great fantasy was that he had these characteristics. In theoretical terms this is a classic example of Wilfred Bion’s basic assumption dependancy which we see in operation almost everywhere we see a leader experiencing success.
It goes like this. The leader leads the group/organisation/corporation/party/country out from the wilderness seemingly taking all before them. The followers then lose all their own competence and become, in their minds and actions, completely dependent on the leader. They fall into fantasy that the leader is immortal and infallable. The leader is now in a no-win situation. They can’t keep producing extraordinary victories forever. Eventually they will do something ordinary rather than spectactular. Think the CEO who presides over 5% company growth after previously producing 10. Think the football team that dominates the competition for a number of years but fails to win every grand final.
The followers turn on the leader and demand his head. The leader has left them to be responsible for their own destiny. They now have to find their own competence. They now have to make their own decisions. No, this will not do. They must destroy this leader who has failed to live up to their fantasy and go in search of the next mythical hero who will save them.
Will we ever learn?

Equality in sexual misconduct? began life with an opinion on the then sexual misconduct scandals in Australia’s two main football codes.
It is sad that as we celebrate our first birthday, another case has taken over the headlines, talback shows and letters to the editor. This time though, the roles are reveresed. Melbourne woman, Karren Ellis, was this week jailed for a minimum of six months after having her earlier 22 month suspended sentence overturned on appeal. Ellis, a physical education teacher had repeated unprotected sex with a fifteen year old male student.

Read more One Year Old today

Well celebrations all around at the den. posted our first entry one year ago today.
Over the last year we have had difficulty deciding exactly what we are. However, we have stayed loosely true to the theme “A search for enduring purpose and meaning in work.”
Technology has crept in more than I would like it to have – but hey I like technology.
Writing about Rebecca Twigley’s dress at the Australian Football League’s Brownlow presentation sent the Google searches through the roof – all for the wrong reasons.
We had a fairly long hiatus from about October through to March where not much was posted. I just love writing and I found it really hard when I just didn’t have time to write. But such is life.
In all this is post # 121 in a year. I thought I would do a lot more than that. But it is hard work. I guess you notice we can’t make up our mind whether we are “we” or “I”. I’ve been reading Bleeding Edge too much and I just fall into the habit. I really like “we” but it feels like I am just stealing Bleeding Edge’s style.
It’s been a great ride and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon. Let’s just wait and see what happens.



Blame it on the Tiger

Our apologies to everyone who tried to log on to chriscurnow,com over the last few days and was re-directed to the site of
Simple explanation:
There was a technical difficulty which we have now resolved.
Slightly longer explanation:
In our excitement at receiving ‘Tiger’ (aka Mac OS 10.4) on Friday we installed it on our Server, then went to Sydney for a few days. Unfortunately we did not check that we (or your) could still access all the web sites that run on our server.
If you tried to log in, you would have been redirected to a site for one of our other enterprises. Tiger rewrote our Apache config file and our redirections all go lost.
OK. OK. if you know Apache, you know we have been lazy. If you don’t know Apache, then disregard the last sentence.
Anyway, hopefully we are all up and running again.