Now, I flipping LOVE the internet, so don’t get me wrong. But $43 billion for a national broadband network works out at $2000 for every Australian.
Tell me what you think about what I ate this week. I aspire to perfect nutritional harmony, 3 serves of fruit and 5 of vegetables, raw food and ethical choices. As you’ll see I have an aspiration-consumption dichotomy (ACD).
But I swear it’s not a standard week. I boozed more than normal, and the impetus for starting to record everything was eating so much on Monday night that I felt ill. On the other hand there’s some evidence the process might have kept snacking in check…
Continue reading Please sir, can I have some more?
In the basement of Casa de TTE, there are four washing machines.
Over the weekend, one of the washing machines went on the blink. Then on Monday, the company that owns the machines replaced the broken one. But there’s a catch. The new machine costs $0.25 cents more per load!
I can tell you I have no intention of paying $1.50 for a load of washing. But what about my cohabitants?
There’s a temptation to think that the problems of our car culture can be solved with one big heave-ho, if we all pull together. But big projects, even when they look simple, are
doomed, ahem, prone to failure. Consider Myki, a project to get a transit smart card for Melbourne. Continue reading Car Future Part IV – Big project failure
A big review whets people’s appetite for change. If taking a super-sized bite out of mining company profits with a resource rent tax is suddenly regarded as “underwhelming”, “safe” or “pragmatic”, it is only because the media have seen some of the fancier items on the Henry tax review menu.
Swapping metaphors now… Continue reading I heart tax reform.
Personal Rapid Transit is another concept proclaimed as the future of our cities.
It’s little driverless cabins running on a dedicated right of way. You get in, plug in your destination and are taken directly there. There may be up to four seats in the cabin, but you (plus any travelling companions) get the thing to yourself. The stations in the network are designed so the cabins pull off the track to stop. This means everyone gets an uniterrupted journey to their destination. Expected waiting times are under a minute. Continue reading Car Future Part III – Personal Rapid Transit