Cash is king?

All Men are Liars

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Some of you may remember the ’80s cop show Hill Street Blues in which the role call Sergeant Phil Esterhaus used to tell his officers at the end of their morning briefing “Let’s be careful out there.”

I know next to nothing about the financial world, but I imagine that the trading bosses at most of the big brokerage firms, hedge funds and investment banks are saying the same thing to their pot-bellied orcs employees as the Global Financial Cackfight deepens.

What I do know is when a website as conservative and venal as Forbes is publishing front page specials about the economic sky falling, some very rich people are getting worried about the way the dice are rolling …

What seems to be a common theme in many learned financial types’ judgments is “we know not what we do” because there are so many serious, intertwined global problems having unintended consequences on each other.

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All Men are Liars

cashisking.jpg

Some of you may remember the ’80s cop show Hill Street Blues in which the role call Sergeant Phil Esterhaus used to tell his officers at the end of their morning briefing “Let’s be careful out there.”

I know next to nothing about the financial world, but I imagine that the trading bosses at most of the big brokerage firms, hedge funds and investment banks are saying the same thing to their pot-bellied orcs employees as the Global Financial Cackfight deepens.

What I do know is when a website as conservative and venal as Forbes is publishing front page specials about the economic sky falling, some very rich people are getting worried about the way the dice are rolling …

What seems to be a common theme in many learned financial types’ judgments is “we know not what we do” because there are so many serious, intertwined global problems having unintended consequences on each other. Leer más “Cash is king?”

Thanks mum

All Men are Liars

Thus, even the most grateful child has barely an inkling of the hundreds of sleepless nights their mother endured when they were a pea-brained infant operating on the punch cards of their DNA …

samandjulie.jpg One of the enduring injustices of good mothering is that your children remember so little of it.

This could be why you hear mums at the end of their tether hissing at their misbehaving spawn “Do you know what I do for you?” but this is the worst type of rhetorical question, akin to expecting acknowledgment from house plants or goldfish.

The human brain is extremely efficient at storing the information it needs for survival and, for this reason, evolution decided all those boring bits we experience before age five really aren’t worth hanging on to.


All Men are Liars

Thus, even the most grateful child has barely an inkling of the hundreds of sleepless nights their mother endured when they were a pea-brained infant operating on the punch cards of their DNA

samandjulie.jpg One of the enduring injustices of good mothering is that your children remember so little of it.

This could be why you hear mums at the end of their tether hissing at their misbehaving spawn “Do you know what I do for you?” but this is the worst type of rhetorical question, akin to expecting acknowledgment from house plants or goldfish.

The human brain is extremely efficient at storing the information it needs for survival and, for this reason, evolution decided all those boring bits we experience before age five really aren’t worth hanging on to. Leer más “Thanks mum”

Such a girl

Don’t be such a girl.

How many times have you heard a man say this to an antagonist, a father yell it at his son or even a woman use it to taunt her husband – as though “being a girl” is a fate worse than death?

Last year Irish-born AFL star Tadhg Kennelly wrote of his battles with depression and homesickness in his book Unfinished Business.


BarrisonPussy.jpg Don’t be such a girl.

How many times have you heard a man say this to an antagonist, a father yell it at his son or even a woman use it to taunt her husband – as though “being a girl” is a fate worse than death?

Last year Irish-born AFL star Tadhg Kennelly wrote of his battles with depression and homesickness in his book Unfinished Business. Leer más “Such a girl”

All Men are Liars / Relevance

Some years ago, I asked a colleague how our old boss was doing and they replied that he’d been moved on from his position as editor of a major newspaper and was now working in upper-middle management suffering from “relevance withdrawal”.

“You see him wandering around the editorial floor wanting to be taken seriously, but his time has past,” they said. [Más…]

Reading some of Catherine Deveny’s Tweets after her sacking this week, I noticed she later used that forum to describe the reasons for her dismissal as “about gender, class and relevance deprivation”.


relevance_small.jpg Some years ago, I asked a colleague how our old boss was doing and they replied that he’d been moved on from his position as editor of a major newspaper and was now working in upper-middle management suffering from “relevance withdrawal”.

“You see him wandering around the editorial floor wanting to be taken seriously, but his time has past,” they said. Leer más “All Men are Liars / Relevance”

Housing shortage crisis

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The big talking point at barbecues, dinner parties and gatherings seems to be property prices. It’s something I have talked about before here and it’s getting worse.

One of the big drivers is the housing shortage which has become a national crisis. As reported here, the National Housing Supply Council has found that the gap between supply and demand for housing has doubled in 12 months and it’s expected to widen. The housing supply-demand gap increased to 178,400 homes in the 12 months to June 2009 – up from 99,500 for the previous 12 months.


Management Line

The big talking point at barbecues, dinner parties and gatherings seems to be property prices. It’s something I have talked about before here and it’s getting worse.

One of the big drivers is the housing shortage which has become a national crisis. As reported here, the National Housing Supply Council has found that the gap between supply and demand for housing has doubled in 12 months and it’s expected to widen. The housing supply-demand gap increased to 178,400 homes in the 12 months to June 2009 – up from 99,500 for the previous 12 months.

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All Men are Liars (II)

“The rule in capsule: If you fail to show up in the morning after you vowed that you would be at your desk as you went to sleep last night, then you will walk around with ants in your brain.


Broken promises

April 23, 2010

brokenplate.jpg Not to get too stuck on Norman Mailer, but in my Googling research for this post a few weeks back, I came across a quote from him about writing that I thought had resonance beyond just us weirdos who stick words together for a living.

In his book The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing, Mailer says that, if writers tell themselves they’re going to sit down and write but fail to do it, their unconscious stops trusting them and will no longer turn up.

“The rule in capsule: If you fail to show up in the morning after you vowed that you would be at your desk as you went to sleep last night, then you will walk around with ants in your brain.

Rule of thumb: Restlessness of mind can be measured by the number of promises that remain unkept,” writes Mailer.

I reckon our brains work in a similar way with many of the promises we make to ourselves whether it’s about our fitness, our love life, career or family …

In my book Building a Better Bloke, I write that “if you want a magic bullet to being taken seriously as a man … it is to be true to your word”.

You’ve probably heard the saying “He’s a man of his word” and I would go as far as to invoke the hoary cliche that “a man is his word”… Leer más “All Men are Liars (II)”

All Men are Liars

Sam de Brito has spent more than a decade writing for TV, film and newspapers. In his books, No Tattoos Before You’re Thirty and No Sex With Your Ex, he offers advice to his unborn children. In his offerings The Lost Boys and Building a Better Bloke, he takes the pulse of Aussie manhood. Now it’s your turn as he expounds on the business of being a bloke.


Hot

April 22, 2010One of the great developments in the way we perceive the opposite sex has been the evolution of the term “hot”.

Not as narrowly defined as “beautiful” or “handsome”, nor as lukewarm as “cute”, “hot” can be applied to men and women who don’t grace the covers of magazines or look like they live on egg white omelettes.

The hot can have tattoos and a pot belly, a muffin top or a broken nose but they all share a certain boiling point of sexiness that ignites the description in the beholder’s mind.

Haaawt. You know it when you see it and it’s different for all of us.

Big gums, frizzy hair, crooked teeth, scars, bald patches and hairy arms – these are all attributes that you’d shy away from terming conventionally beautiful but plenty of people find them hot on the right person …

While the modelling industry is criticised endlessly for the slender spectrum of body shapes it hails as attractive in women, as well as men, in the past 10 years or so we’ve seen an increasingly diverse range of faces being described as hot.

Some time ago I attended the David Jones season launch and one of the guys I was seated next to commented about the alien-like models on the catwalk, quipping that “ugly is the new beautiful”… Leer más “All Men are Liars”