Browsing All posts tagged under »on the jon«

Ancient Chinese Leadership Advice and How Not to Follow

November 2, 2010


Let me tell you a story… Over two thousand years ago, during the Warring States Period in China, a simple old woman had the common sense to realize that people need to be decently fed. Zi Fa was a general in the State of Chu. In a battle with the State of Qin, his food […]

Time and Type

October 20, 2010


If this story was done 50 years ago, I would imagine that we would be slaving over the issue with typewriters. Beneath the hammering of keys and the hypnotic click-clack of cast iron on paper, your canvas would lay. Clean, fresh. No windows, no folders, no YouTube — a writer’s dream, perhaps a nightmare for […]

How Apple Mastered “The Non Apology”

September 2, 2010


Governance, specifically corporate governance, has turned into a fine art form. Looking back at the economic crisis of yesteryear, I’ve found that we have come a mighty long way in this great skill I call, “the art of the non apology”. Many have tried it but many have faltered. It occurs more than once every […]

An open letter to Mel Gibson

August 2, 2010


Dear Mr. Gibson, I would like to profess my undying love for you, especially now that you have earned your rightful place as Australia’s Next Top Redneck within the hall of shame. Your latest spiel to your ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, calling her a “F—ing pig in heat who risked getting raped by a pack of […]

4 Simple Rules for Dating

July 26, 2010


Men like Neil Strauss have called it The Game. The fact that his account of it – detailed over 452 pages like a dater’s tips for dating – has been quickly picked up at bookstores, shows a large majority of men regard the dating game with deadly seriousness. And therein lies the crux of the […]

Is the world around us getting more offensive, or are we merely taking things the wrong way?

June 26, 2010


There’s been a storm in a teacup that is threatening to overflow. Not unlike in The Name Of The Rose, public libraries have been removing Tintin in the Congo from their shelves and keeping it under lock and key because people are offended by it. That’s right, people are offended by a cartoon Belgian reporter. […]

Good Lord!

May 26, 2010


It gets iffy when mortals attempt to fight or do anything for the Almighty Zeus. God. Allah. The Intelligent Designer has been called many names. Wimp isn’t one of them. So it is a serious head-scratcher whenever I hear the call to action or arms by some religious zealot to fight for God. I’m wondering […]

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholden

April 26, 2010


The Sydney Mardi Gras ended with a bang of mass nudity on the steps of the Opera House. It won’t be the last of any flesh parade, but shouldn’t there be stipulation on who gets to be naked? However evolved we are, our primal survival instinct means we are still biologically “wired” to seek physical […]

Making Fun of Retards

March 26, 2010


It’s Oscar month, here’s a remainder that some films are meant to entertain and not educate. History has never been short of controversial topics for motion pictures and literature. When Rushdie’s Satanic Verses appeared on shelves, man Shi’a Muslims practically fell over themselves in a fit of religious fervour to kill the author. Justified or […]

Understanding the nature of personal judgment, accountability, by-the-book procedure and why together they fail

February 26, 2010


Dressed in Brioni and carrying a faux crocodile holdall, I was contemplating life, nature and the underwear detonating antics of the Nigerian Jihadist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before I was shaken out of my stupor by an officer of the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit corporation. “Random security check, I need to search your bag, sir.” I […]