The Pencil Guy: Hourann's illogical blog

Some matters around Perth, and Google in the fray

Revised ING and Fremantle Ports proposal for Victoria Quay; Creative Commons licence doesn't apply to this image

  • This is the revised development proposal for Victoria Quay in Fremantle, and it’s a clear improvement on the original. But it’s still drawn the ire of Fremantle’s heritage lobby (including the deputy mayor) for being too big; it’ll apparently “drain energy” from the surrounding area. Comparing to ships and harbour cranes, this opposition makes so little sense that I can only guess these folks really don’t want anyone spoiling the view from the Port Authority building.
  • Speaking of resistance to change around Perth, Charles Landry is back in town and will be speaking with Carol Coletta (of the American group CEOs for Cities) at His Majesty’s next Thursday. The topic is “what Perth can offer the global community — in particular the dynamic, innovative and highly mobile 20 to 30-somethings”. Details here.
  • Ten points to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for stating the obvious in their report: those same young Australians are disillusioned with politics, partly ’cos they’re ill-informed, but mainly because they don’t trust politicians. The report goes on about civics education, but nothing short of Orwellian brainwashing will do unless MPs start reaching out to young people and, you know, actually responding.
  • It’s interesting to watch as Google develops to be (in some ways) more like a traditional corporation, such as by engaging in political lobbying. But when you’re the darling of the Internet, you use a method that will reach out to the young and the busy — a blog littered with YouTube videos.
  1. 1. Freo is weird.

    2. “not a lot” ?

    3. I think this blog might be a good place to start. But really, I dont think the problem is that young people dont trust politicians. The problem is actually that some people do trust politicians, and more, that politicians dont know WHY noone trusts them.

    4. Google is starting to get a little evil. The idea of “Google knows everything” is actually starting to become somewhat frightening to me…

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