Reflections on the MBIT degree. Some advice

Between 2009 and 2013 I studied a Masters of Business IT at RMIT in Melbourne part time. ¬†This is my personal view on the degree and the university. I strongly recommend you talk to others and form your own view. Why did I choose the university? I like the fight in the dog. RMIT had to be bailed out by the state government 7-10 years ago because of an epic IT fail. I believe the bail out was around $50M. But they were honest about it. The effective CIO of the uni talked about how rational people made very rational decisions and failed. But the uni seemed to thrive after coming so near to the brink. They really aggressively started marketing to international students and appear at least quite profitable. That honesty really impressed me. Secondly the uni is very convenient. It’s right in the CBD and meant you don’t need to travel. Finally it was about half the price of studying at Melbourne University’s Business School. Sadly I’m now lead to believe it’s had the degree. One thing that was clearly obvious in the MBIT program is that mature aged students working full time are a minority. Something like 10-20%. A great deal of the students are international. Many of which are in their early twenties who have gone straight from undergrad to postgrad. Many who have had no vocationally relevant work experience in IT. It means that there is very limited scope to make real connections with people in a similar disposition to you. That’s where I see the true value in a degree and I think...
Is Shane Smith Lemmy’s love child?

Is Shane Smith Lemmy’s love child?

Lately I’ve been addicted to the Vice Broadcasting Service (vbs.tv). Not only have they been responsible for epic movies like Heavy Metal in Baghdad, but they relentlessly travel the world showing you places you’d never thought you’d see in your life. I’m talking Liberia, the sewer kids of Colombia, heavy metal mobs on Aboriginal reservations; they literally know now bounds! It’s beyond gonzo journalism or ever war correspondence. They take you to places where war technically hasn’t stopped for 50 years like North Korea. Brining very nicely to the point of this blog: Shane Smith. Somehow after years of working for a faceless corporate behemoth, I’ve found North Korea both bizarre and strangely intruiging. Perhaps all those bland grey office partitions have got me in the communist mind set. Whatever the reason, I found a Youtube video of Shane Smith going through North Korea as a clandestine filmmaker. I’m assuming that when he went through customs, he did not have to declare the watermelon sized balls he has on one of those arrivals forms.¬† It seems at no stage of this journey was there no sense of danger. Posing as tourists, at each corner their minders are warning them of the dangers of their actions. So after seeing the North Korea video a few times (it’s just that out there) and Smith’s trip to Liberia it got me thinking. OK so the guy has watermellon sized balls and thus pretty cool. Then he’s got these features of someone we know and love. So there’s no tell tale warts on the face, but the shortish beard and sideburns and long,...

Acrassicauda finally get a gig

Well right now here in Melbourne, we’re having major bush fires. Some of the worst ever in fact. Frankly the response and generosity from the public is heart warming and overwhelming. The human suffering is unimaginable, but it’s even more saddening to think refugees suffer permanently. Usually from acts of war rather than god. Acrassicauda are a band of four Iraqis in their twenties who have suffered such a plight. They were Iraq’s main if not only heavy metal band to have endured right through the war. A war which sent them from Baghdad, to Damascus in Syria, to Istanbul in Turkey and finally safe refuge in the good old USA. That’s a rough six years. Their lives were documented in the movie Heavy Metal in Baghdad. Far from being just about metal music, this movie covered far more home truths about the madness and suffering of the Iraqi war than most docos of a political discourse. Moving from one place to another, they struggled to find a place where they could earn an honest living, let alone a venue for a gig. At one point they had to sell their instruments to pay the rent. Given that only a few thousand Iraqis have benefited from refugee status in the US since the war began, it’s pretty miraculous. You’d like to think it was perhaps the magic of Obama, but the arrangements must’ve started while Bush was still in office! Frankly it’s reassuring to see that people aren’t forgotten right now. Now the boys are in New Jersey. They can grow their hair as long as they want, listen...

Victoria Police are getting needy!

Tonight I was walking through the Jam Factory in Chapel St with some friends. We were approached by two women who said they were doing a quick one minute survey for the police. I kind of reluctantly obliged. Hold up, the police are doing a survey!? WTF? They asked ‘did you notice the extra police presence tonight?’ At first I thought ‘yeah sure’. Then it occurred to me, Chapel St is chock a block full of cops every Friday and Saturday and changed my answer. They setup a police truck and have cops by the dozen flanking it; usually next to the KFC near Commercial Road. Especially on a hot summers night. If anything, there were actually LESS COPS out tonight! But they did have police out on horseback for a change, which was unusual.Not to mention the roadworthy spot checks and booze buses they’ve been doing for years behind Chasers nightclub. The next question was something like ‘do you feel safer with the extra police around?’ My response was an resolute no! By this stage it was clear that the ladies were more than likely coppers themselves (decent looking and nice to talk to too!). Public opinion was taking its toll on them. For a start, they’d copped (no pun intended) a bunch of flack for the massive V8 police cars patrolling in 40 kph urban zones. And particularly the fact they’re always en route to somewhere or in police stations that basically resemble military barracks (most in the south eastern suburbs virtually are). Interestingly one of the ladies, cop or not, and I got talking about experiences...

More RNC videos – mass arrests

This vid of a follow up from Video 1 in my previous post: a mass arrest of the proestors and anyone else who happened to be in the park. Now one thing really grabs me about this video. Why was no one read their rights? Isn’t that unconstitutional? No police had visible badges, which begs the question, were they police? Also the cops in riot gear FAR outnumber the protestors. This is truly fear and loathing in America to paraphrase Hunter S Thompson! Syndicated national press were apparently given gas masks, whilst independent media were rounded up and arrested with the protestors in the confusion. Althought this footage is not conclusive. For all intents, they could’ve been cops or government employees in a quasi-media capacity. At the end of the vid, press were formally asked to leave. Anyway check it out. From the land of milk and honey you have scenes that make Jakarta or Israel look like a Holiday Inn resort, for people that posed little to no threat to law and order....

The rise of fascism in America

Fascism by loose definition is the government serving in the interests of corporations, you know ‘to make the trains run on time’ and bugger the people they represent. The term comes from the lictor, a whip made of really tight bonded leather fasces, hence Fascism. Now it’s been a while since i’ve studied history but this is basically what I’m talking about here. So forget your Nazi-ism and Stalinism etc, they were differently motivated. America it seems, is all about making everything run smoothly for corporations now. These two links show footage from your average garden variety protest at the Republican National Convention in St Paul Minnesota. Apparently the convention was held earlier this week. Video 1. A bunch of peaceful and apparently lawful socialist protestors have about a dozen riot police take aim at them. A steady procession of stun grenades and eventually tear gas are fired, forcing them to walk away several hundred metres. Police it appears at times force them to walk through the tear gas. The protestors and journalists (apparently) are rounded up in a park and arrested en masse over a loud speaker for god only knows what charge [not captured in the video footage]. By this stage, blackshirt riot police way outnumber protesters. But by any stretch, this is far too much force for a punch of peacenik, unarmed, basically sedintary uni students. I’d say it was too much force for a grand final football riot. With the exception of one punk-arsed kid who shouted out ‘seig hail!’ to the dozen or so cops, which hardly warranted the attack. It seemed a pretty...