The farcical selection of the Asia-Pacific representative for #BeatTheSun‬ 2016

You may have seen posts on social media where I had been promoting ‪#BeatTheSun‬ and prompting people to vote for Ben Hirst as the Asia-Pacific representative. Ben won the popular vote by 2000+ votes.

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‪#‎ASICS‬ has not just ignored the popular vote, but appears to have a rigged back end process that ignores the voting process entirely. Remember this when you are shopping for sports gear, and perhaps shop with a brand that is up front and builds communities rather than a brand that uses marketing smokescreens.

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It seems that ASICS’s social media strategy is to be a ostrich and wait out the anger without responding (Hello Streisand effect!). Because of this, it is worthwhile taking up the issue with the #BeatTheSun Technical Partners as well, they may have a more clued in marketing department. Oakley – Petzl – Runkeeper – Epic TV – LEKI – Haglöfs – Isostar – TomTom

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This weeks links (2016-05-23)

In brief:

* Spring 2016 Round Up: Final Summit Attempts of the Season, Fatalities and Rescues Everest, Makalu, Shisha Pangma, Dhaulagiri, Lhotse (2016-May-22) [explorersweb]

Running:

* Salomon Running TV Season 05 Episode 04 – Outliers

Cycling:

* Back Stage Pass : 2016 Giro d’Italia – Stage 14 [OGE]

* Upcoming cycling on SBS (2016-Apr-8) [SBS: Cycling Central]
Giro d’Italia – Friday 6 May – Sunday 29 May SBS/HD – All stages live.
Tour de France – Saturday 2 July – Sunday 24 July SBS/HD – All stages live.

Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
Everest by The Northern Hemisphere

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Greg Mortimer : An Evening on Everest

Trailblazers Talks: An evening on Everest
By: Australian Museum

Listen to the live conversation between two giants of Australian exploration, Greg Mortimer and Howard Whelan.
Greg Mortimer was the first Australian to reach the summits of Mount Everest, K2, Annapurna II and Chongtar in the Himalaya – all without supplementary oxygen. In this inspiring discussion, Greg recounts reaching the summit and the qualities of modern-day explorers.
“I think it’s an interesting thread in Australian Himalayan mountaineering: we’ve gone there with an enormous quotient of naïvity, given we come from the flattest continent on the planet. And that stood us in very good stead because we had no tradition to live up to or a certain style to match.”

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Tim Cope : Recreating Genghis Khan’s journey – Mongolia to Hungary

Trailblazers Talk: Recreating Genghis Khan’s journey – Mongolia to Hungary
By: Australian Museum

In June 2004 Tim Cope set off on an epic journey: to ride horses on the of Genghis Khan, a 10,000 kilometre march the length of the Eurasian Steppe, from Karakorum in Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to Hungary. The journey took him more than three years and led him deep into the fabric of nomad society on the Eurasian steppe.
Six months into the trip, a Kazakh nomad concerned that Cope travelled alone, gave him a young dog named Tigon. Cope’s new companion would share his challenges, braving wolves, horse thieves and extreme temperatures, and offer comfort as Tim grieved the tragic loss of his father.
Tim earned both Young Adventurer of the Year and Adventurer of the Year awards from the Australian Geographic Society, and Adventurer of the Year from National Geographic. His books and films have inspired audiences worldwide.
Join Tim for an inspiring talk about his adventures as a ‘long-rider’, a special breed of explorer who travels to discover something of both the cultures they encounter and themselves.

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Vote Compass

This is the second election that I have taken the ABC’s Vote Compass survey where voters take a quick survey of 30 questions about policy matters, and Vote Compass shows where they stand in relation to the policies of the political parties.
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The 2014 Vote Compass survey results give a halo (standard error?) around your position on the graph. I am shown as more Socially Progressive than all parties but somewhere between the ALP and the GRN on the Economic Left. I’d class myself as a Whitlam era ‘traditional Labor’ voter and feel disillusioned with ‘new Labor’ so this result is not really surprising. I am the voter that Labor lost with its dog whistle for border security and other such policies that Labor now seems to be happy with.

❝ Ninety per cent of Australians identified with the two major parties in the early 1970s but now it is less than three-quarters. Less than a third of voters have much confidence in them. Political party membership across the board is at negligible levels. ❞
— Vote Compass: Why so many Australians are looking for direction (2016-May-16) ABC: The Drum

The 2016 Vote Compass survey results have modified the axis labels (and scale?) so you need to interpret more than compare between the graphs. I am shown as less Socially Progressive than GRN (but only slightly) and more Socially Progressive than ALP. For Economics I am slightly more progressive than the GRN (but now much closer to the GRN position); I’m not really sure that this is the case.

VoteCompass2016

An interesting factor in the 2016 Vote Compass is that the party policies appear to have been put in as the upper and lower limits of the issues sliders, this impacts the position if you are outside of the scale, I think this scale shifting is affecting the outcomes for some items.

eg. The Australian constitution should recognise Indigenous people as Australia’s first inhabitants.
You have the options to choose between;
Strongly disagree <—> Strongly Agree, or Don’t Know.

In this question I’d prefer a treaty than constitutional recognition, but constitutional recognition is a fall back position so I’m “Somewhat agree” on the slider but in the graphing of the Social Progressiveness of my actual opinion I think that the treaty would be seen as more Socially progressive than “strongly agree” for the constitutional recognition, but the “Somewhat agree” is scored lower so this is an artifact of the working of the question. I don’t remember this being as much as an issue last time I did the survey, but this year there were several of the questions that created a similar effect.

Do you think this affected your results?

LINKS:
[1] Vote Compass Methodology
http://voxpoplabs.com/votecompass/methodology.pdf
[2] Vote Compass explained: What is it, and how does it work? (2016-May-08)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-08/vote-compass-explained-2016-federal-election/7391480

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #220 – 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

eurovision-2016 Well that is the Eurovision Song Contest over for another year. Did you survive your drinking games?

It was a thrilling evening at Stockholm’s Globe Arena where Ukraine’s Jamala won the top spot at Eurovision 2016 with a total of 534 points for her politically-charged song ‘1944’.
Australia and our own Dami Im came in SECOND with 511 points.
[SBS]

Recap of all the songs of the Grand Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

And now for some music …
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This weeks links (2016-05-16)

In brief:

* NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu wins Book of the Year (2016-May-16) [ABC : News]

Running:

* Trail Running Technique – How to safely tackle the stairs of the UTA course

Cycling:

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* Upcoming cycling on SBS (2016-Apr-8) [SBS: Cycling Central]
Giro d’Italia – Friday 6 May – Sunday 29 May SBS/HD – All stages live.
Tour de France – Saturday 2 July – Sunday 24 July SBS/HD – All stages live.

Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
Intelligent Toilet by Deacon Bill

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