February 22nd, 2011


I am expecting Twitter to explode with acerbic comments today

So today is the day that the Welfare Working Group reports to parliament with recommendations about welfare reforms. It's expected that they will recommend work-testing of DPB parents (again), punitive measures towards those on a benefit long term, and the potential for moving towards an insurance-style benefit regime. Our esteemed Prime Minister* says that the main theme of the report will be to move people into work.

Well John, how about you create some jobs then? You know, instead of axing them by the thousands?

As an aside, this is worth reading. It's Meritiria Turei's response to Mr Key's bragging speech about how awesomely he thinks his government is doing.

* I'm a little afraid the distraction of this report will cause more BMW limousines to miraculously appear.

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Last night I spent some time mucking about with Prezi. I liked it, once I got the hang of the differences between than and PowerPoint. I think it's simpler and it definitely looks nice. I'm not any kind of presentation whiz** but it's allowing me to string stuff together in a logical sequence and provide some visual backup to the information that's mostly in my head.

** If I could take a live sheep in and shear it on the spot, I totally would.

PS my car is being serviced today. When I phoned Armstrong Mitsubishi about this for my old car, they quoted me $450. The local service station (who have been doing most of my car work for a while now) are doing it for $170.

Yes, I am too lazy to do it myself, why do you ask?

More earthquakes for Christchurch

This time there have been fatalities. Also, the Cathedral has lost its spire. Info here:


CHCH seems to be off the grid right now and we're conscious of tying up phone lines - if you've heard from anyone and want it passed on, please comment here so the burner/ex-Wellington/whatever else community can share the info.

Meanwhile, my thoughts are with you all down there.