November 23rd, 2011


My boots have no straps. I mean do anybody's?

One of the simple pleasures that I never realise how much I miss until I can do it again, is bringing Dr Wheel coffee in bed and enjoying my morning cup with him. I almost never have coffee in bed when he's not around, so it feels like a double luxury. <3

Speaking of luxury, in probably one of the biggest PR fails in recent history, yesterday Qantas decided to run a Twitter campaign. Last month Qantas grounded its fleet, stranding 70,000 passengers worldwide in response to industrial action by staff over pay and conditions - essentially the CEO, who gets $AU5million a year, had a tanty and decided to 'show them who's boss'. The Australian government stepped in, but not before the damage was done.

So yesterday, this airline that had made itself incredibly unpopular, decided to offer a first class pair of pyjamas and a first class amenity pack (total value $30) to the people with the best tweets about what they considered to be Qantas luxury, using the hashtag #qantasluxury. Hilarity ensued. And the moral of the story is, if you've shat on a bunch of people, do not expect said people to then turn around and give you free positive advertising on Twitter by offering them a pair of pyjamas. I suspect this will be used as a case study for social media marketing students henceforth. I also suspect there's a social media marketing job going at Qantas, if you're ok with being restructured out next year.

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In other news, the President of Colombia, the nation most damaged by the War on Drugs, is calling for serious discussion to start around ending prohibition. Oddly enough, he's keen to "try and take away the violent profit that comes with drug trafficking." I wonder if anyone will listen.

Meanwhile, have a funny Antisec Pastebin.

Finally, you should definitely find a way to get in behind this: US corporation LibLime has yoinked some open source software developed by the Horowhenua Library Trust. "Well that's ok isn't it, it's open source, right?" Well maybe, but LibLime is trying to trademark the name Koha* (the name given to the software by the library trust) and use the software for its private clients, and our own Ministry of Economic Development seems to be supporting it.

I suggest that New Zealand as a country gathers together and gives LibLime the big middle finger because WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK AMERICA? Please fuck off, this is bullshit. Any suggestions on what we can do here are most appreciated.

* Koha is a Maori word which translates loosely as gift or offering. It's used in a context where you might pay money, but instead give a thing of a value chosen by you. There is usually an element of delayed reciprocity. LibLime is clearly ignorant of this and its association with open source.