My blog lives!

January 31, 2008

I’ve been so busy in the last few weeks it’s ridiculous. I have to ration my time! I literally havn’t had time to write on my blog. I’ve just finished the draft of a submission to a traffic study for 2011RA and I feel like I’m falling asleep.

I’ll write again in the next day or two. Ciao.

Letter to the Editor: the potential sale of the Reg Murphy Hall, Elizabeth Bay

January 17, 2008

As President of the 2011 Residents’ Association Inc., I submitted the following Letter to the Editor to the Wentworth Courier, Sydney Star Observer and SX News this week.

Re: The potential sale of the Reg Murphy Activity Hall, Elizabeth Bay

Dear Editor,

What precisely is the City of  Sydney proposing to do with community facilities, including Elizabeth Bay ‘s Reg Murphy Activity Centre, in its City East Facilities Review?

The 2011 Residents’ Association Inc. (2011RA) wrote to Councillors for clarification. To date, there seems to be little detail about the City’s proposal but there are concerns that the plan is to sell the Reg Murphy Centre and shift its services to the Mary MacDonald Centre in Woolloomooloo, too far away for many Elizabeth Bay , Rushcutters Bay , Potts Pt and Kings Cross residents.

2011RA welcomes City of Sydney facilities being designed to meet community needs – the question is how these needs are determined. 

Kind regards

Sacha Blumen


2011 Residents Association Inc.

Australian ISP filtering plan

January 3, 2008

While checking up on the Australian news, I came across this story on the SMH on the new federal government’s plan to introduce an opt-in scheme for people to access “adult” websites. The plan is that the default would be that people are prevented from accessing p0rnographic material or child-unfriendly material (via a list of websites drawn up by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)) and that a person wishing to access any website on the list would have the inform their ISP.

Before discussing the merits of the scheme, the story quotes the Minister for Communications, Senator Stephen Conroy, as follows:

“Labor makes no apologies to those who argue that any regulation of the internet is like going down the Chinese road,” Mr Conroy said yesterday. “If people equate freedom of speech with watching child p0rnography, then the Rudd Labor Government is going to disagree.”

I havn’t heard anyone equate freedom of speech with watching child p0rnography before now. Certainly it’s a very poor defence for their policy. (I redefine freedom of speech to be X which no-one can disagree with, and thus our policy follows.) But enough semantics. Read the rest of this entry »

Overheated shop and building interiors

January 2, 2008

As all visitors to colder parts of the world and Melbourne know, shop and building interiors are almost invariably heated and too often they are overheated.

Say it’s 5 degrees centigrade outside – why does the interior of a building need to be what feels like 25 degrees? It’s crazy! Not only do you have to undress several layers of clothing when going into the building (and put them back on when leaving), but you then have to deal with the overheatedness which can make you feel sleepy! 

This must be well-known. How hard would it be for the interiors to be heated to a comfortable level, say 20 degrees centigrade? Why is it thought that the (very) cold exterior can be compensated by overheating the interior? It’s not on, people!