A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts:

“Excuse me, can you help me? I promised my friend. I would meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am.”

The man below says, “Yes, you are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above this field. You are between 40 and 42 degrees North latitude, and between 58 and 60 degrees West longitude.”

“You must be a programmer,” says the balloonist.

“I am,” replies the man. “How did you know?”

“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost.”

The man below says, “You must be a project manager”

“I am,” replies the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” says the man, “you don't know where you are or where you are going. You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is you are in the exact same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault.”


2021/01/21 07:40 · skys

Kurt Bardella, a senior adviser at the anti-Trump group the Lincoln Project, said: “Twitter at one point decided he shouldn’t be able to have access to his Twitter, and yet this is someone who has access to our nuclear launch codes. There’s an incongruity there.”

2021/01/08 08:01 · skys

“Has it ever struck you that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going?”― Tennessee Williams

2021/01/04 00:23 · skys

Based on my experience of 10 elections over 40 years

Trump will win.

Mostly due to FL, then TX and finally PA.


2020/11/04 06:49 · skys

Assuming Biden wins:

  • China tightens control over 9-dash
  • GB, NZ talk about providing secondary citizenship to HK but don't do anything.
  • While US distracted by Trump leaving noise and Biden is unprepared for his new role, China invades Taiwan. Taiwan fights back but can't win. Biden/US frets, GB frets, NZ frets - but all do nothing.
  • Russia's annexation of Crimea is not finished, having been waylaid to help Syria. But don't see any movement here, as it's good enough for now.
  • Enboldened by the non-action of US/GB/NZ Turkey maybe goes after Kastellorizo to get their hands on the undersea wealth.
    1. But will be fruitless, expending yet more Turkish treasury for no success.
    2. France will help the Greeks regarding Kastellorizo.
    3. Embedding France more deeply into Cyprus.
    4. Not sure what political gain Turkey would get out of it, bar finally putting a pin into the idea of joining the EU.
  • Don't see a move on Cyprus by Turkey being on the cards now as it would open two fronts at once.
    1. But it would be a great gift to Russia if Turkey were that stupid: 'helping' Syria get Cyprus would be a god-send to their ongoing search for a well established naval presence in the Mediterranean that France can't effectively contest.
  • I still wonder if Russia will ever pincer Turkey from the north and south via Cyprus to get access to the Mediterranean – but I'm not sure it's worth the long-term occupation hassle any decade soon. An island would be so much more easy to conquer and hold. Cyprus looks so appetizing that way, so I bet Russia hopes Turkey would go after Cyprus, and they can come to the defense of the Syrians… But it all depends on whether they get there before the French beef up to deal with Kastellorizo.
  • The main issue I'm keeping an eye on is the 9 dash lane, the Philippines, NZ.
  • You do realise that when NZ told the US to take their nuclear ships and stuff it, we blew up our mutual assistance treaties. There's not much to stop anybody being more assertive with us as to which way we have to vote.
  • Africa, can't even begin to predict. It's growing fast, getting comparable in tech, heavily invested in by (and in debt to) China…. Dunno.
  • I'll keep on hoping NZ will unwind from needing the RPC so much in terms of education and tourism. Not healthy being so reliant on a toothless aunt (GB), a mad unreliable non-sober in-debt distant but noisy cousin (US), or prize fighter neighbour (PRC), or tough older brother incestuously married into the family of the mad cousin (AU).
  • So where is there left to deal with? Maybe India. Distant, not trying to invade its neighbours, although poor it is populous and rising.
  • Then again, why would they buy things from here? They don't eat cows (althoug milk they do), don't need wool really (too hot) and anything else we have is pretty bog standard (goats, lamb, pine is available just about anywhere). Manuka is a bit of a well promoted crock. Kiwis same – plus New Zealand is losing control of the crop to china ripoffs (what goes around…). Don't produce illicit drugs of any significant quality or quantity (Cocaine is hard to grow here, Pot, meh, and don't have the chemical factories needed to produce a foundation for designer drugs). On the design side of things, although we try, we're no Swedes. I do see niche technology being possible for us. Coding is cheap to export. And robotics for farming grapes, cleaning coastlines just might be a big enough niche to get good enough to export. We used to be good at radio, but that's a bit over, and don't see us inventing 6G anytime soon.

So. If there is only one wish for the new president? Hope the US has the backbone to stand with Taiwan (it won't), hope GB and NZ stand with HK people (wonder about that), and the world comes together to unwind the 9-dash lanes and the sand island so it doesn't start a chain reaction.

2020/10/30 23:12 · skys

Hard to believe some wants to replace Obamacare with IDontCare.

2020/10/01 01:09 · skys

Has her phone out, striking a pose…

2020/09/22 03:51 · skys

It's social “Me!Me!Me!”dia…

2020/09/01 03:02 · skys

Doing the correct thing is so obviously the correct thing to do that it goes with saying. Or doing.

Inspired by:

2020/07/22 11:07 · skys

«On board the Calcutta, Government have allowed 50 healthy young women to go out with them; they, doubtless, will form not the least important part of the stock taken out for the effectual colonization of this hitherto unexplored region, certainly situated at the farthest limits of the known world. Ipswich Journal 30 April 1803.»

2020/07/09 10:42 · skys

It is just my imagination or is it that an email that starts with “Good points you brought up.” often end up as thinly wrapped instructions to “please change sections X, Z, B, C, D & Q, M, O.”

Grumbly thursday.

2020/07/09 00:19 · skys

Apparently – at least in this organisation – “security by frustration (SBF)” is a thing…

PS: My opinions are solely my own, and are not necessarily representative of my employers, etc. etc…etc… (obviously).

2020/07/06 21:31 · skys

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.”

Philip K Dick

2020/05/19 04:43 · skys

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48).

I'm confused.

If his way is perfect, why does he need to be supplicated to do his work better?

If his work is perfect, why do we have to ask him to change the course of nature?

If his creations are perfect, why negative outcomes?

If he is perfect, why does our prayer and supplication work? How? Does it work on his/her vanity? Is it based on judgment, and therefore correction of his perfect plan? Is it based on payment and sacrifice? If he/her is perfect, don't they already have everything needed?

If outcomes perceived as negative are planned outcomes from a perfect creation and plan, then nothing is bad, so is nothing good?

If creation is a perfect plan , it is is not improvable, therefore it is imperfect? Therefore…?

The same issue with reincarnation though. How was it decided that a louse was lower on the pecking order of dogs and dogs were below humans, and human arhats are the last stop before enlightenment? Couldn't a dog, who has already learnt to be carefree of most worries, who also conquered worrying about food and sex, be more considered more enlightened than us with our myriad of hungers and desires?

Why are people so impassioned with ensuring others have a faithful dependency on another entity than themselves? Is it really compassion and sharing – or an fear of being the last person in the crowd who isn't responsible enough to live with our own self-understanding of our list of weaknesses to invest in strengthening?

Using logos instead of mythos is difficult and lonely.

2020/05/02 00:02 · skys

Ain't it ironic how so many ordinary people dream of becoming famous actors, when everyday most are already acting.
And people in the movie industry try to act as ordinary people.

2020/05/01 23:53 · skys

We're not social animals.

We're networked animals, over both loci and time.

It is the network over time that makes us so special among all animals (via media).  

It's certainly not the first form. Mankind is not especially social or kind. In fact we're just as vicious – if not more – than other animals, only feigning social connection because we're lazy and it keeps our cannibalistic prey closer.

2020/04/30 00:46 · skys

Its most controversial idea was that the well-being of future generations should be given the same weight as that of the present one. Discounting the interests of future people, Ramsey wrote, is “ethically indefensible and arises merely from the weakness of the imagination.”


2020/04/30 00:38 · skys

“Think I'm kidding regarding the wind in Wellington? My neighbour's containers rolled 2 or 3 times.Another opened her garage and had it rearranged. Over the next 300m.
Country folk habitually put their kids up against wire fences and leave them suspended and held there by the wind – much like velcro walls – while they go off for a chat and a fag with the neighbours.
NZ wild goats and the more adventurous farmed sheep open their arms wide and jump off cliffs to parasail on lightly gusting days… In higher winds,they splay out flat on the ground and pull themselves across the fields with their teeth, munching away. I'm not cudding!”

2020/04/27 04:52 · skys

Reminds me of the inner groan I've had to the conclusion of some meetings…

« the search for perfect evidence may be the enemy of good policy. As with parachutes for jumping out of aeroplanes, it is time to act without waiting for randomised controlled trial evidence.

Src: NewsHub

2020/04/23 21:42 · skys

We've created an era of fulfilling Desire versus an era of fulfilling Duty.

Governments and Religions can manipulate Duty. Communism manipulated Duty to the People. Capitalism and Marketers can manipulate Desire.

2020/04/19 02:42 · skys