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The Power of Failure

From Guy Kawasaki: a link to this interesting article and book.

The article postulates that people have two kinds of mindsets: growth or fixed. People with the growth mindset view life as a series of challenges and opportunities for improving. People with a fixed mindset believe that they are “set” as either good or bad. The issue is that the good ones believe they don’t have to work hard, and the bad ones believe that working hard won’t change anything.

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Onehunga Train line to Reopen

Finally some sense shown about public transport. After being rejected by local government, central government has agreed to reopen the Onehunga train line.

Delight at Government’s decision to reopen Onehunga line:

Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced yesterday that the 3.5km branch line between Penrose and Onehunga – opened in 1873 but abandoned by regular passenger trains 34 years ago – would be reinstated for around $10 million.The Auckland Regional Transport Authority expects that a new station at a site yet to be determined, and extra trains for more than 500,000 passengers a year, will cost it another $3 million to $5 million.

Trains leaving Onehunga every half an hour from 2009 should give passengers a run of little more than 20 minutes into central Auckland, compared with bus trips sometimes three times longer.

Given reopening the train line is only 10 million and some of the roading projects are several billion dollars it struck me as incredibly short-sighted to ignore this project. Especially with 500,000 potential trips per years and Onehunga designated as a growth node.

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Subliminal Advertising?!?

From GANB.

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Flying Carpets

Discovered from jwz, the flying carpets: “A Site Specific Public Art Project for the Sacramento International Airport”.


Quite a cool art project, but it also gives a vision of a future digital version: bringing new meaning to a game like Civ4. 🙂

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WordPress 2.0

I’ve just finished upgrading to WordPress 2.0. The new version seems quite nice, I actually like the WYSIWYG editor, plus the new ajax features are good. When I get some future time I want to upgrade my theme to something new. First I’ll probably have to do some work on the top10 plugin which I use as a view counter on my posts.

Also, I setup a Feedburner account and created two feed trackers for my posts and comments. However, I had some issues with the redirection magic in htaccess. So getting that fully functional is something else for a future todo list action. Feedburner saves me the bother of parsing my apache log file, although there are some Wordpess stats plugins I could consider as well.

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Core Force

CORE FORCE provides pf for Windows. Damn that’s cool. There are a few reports that it works well.

At the moment I’m using a licensed version of Kerio. WhenI stop traveling I’ll do an install and run a test.

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The Commonly Confused Words Test


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Link: The Commonly Confused Words Test written by shortredhead78 on Ok Cupid

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Election For Sale?

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Graphical US Election 2004 Results

Very good graphic of the US Election 2004 Results. Its interesting how the large population areas are bluer, but the wide open low density spaces in the center are solid red.

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