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Outsourcing, perverse incentives and Australia's founding myth | The Mandarin
“Regularly changing contractors meant firms did not build up knowledge about how to deliver services well. This was remedied when the government eventually appointed surgeon and former prisons inspector Jeremiah Fitzpatrick to develop, formalise, and institutionalise best practice.

The capacity for learning and continuous improvement forms an important part of such a regime, argue Sturgess et al. If the government does not design the system to ensure companies develop this capacity, it must take on the responsibility itself:

‘… Every public service contracting system, particularly those involving services to the vulnerable, needs a Jeremiah Fitzpatrick: someone who is authorised to be troublesome in taking up the cause of end-users, someone with a mandate to call providers (public or private) back to the fundamental outcomes, someone with a deep understanding of the challenges involved in front-line delivery and what must change to ensure that service objectives are met. This is the role of the public service commissioner.’”
government  australia  convicts  services  contracts  contracting  procurement  health  safety  practice  learning  improvement  agile  uk  england  history 
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RT : Because I'll be damned if I let Martin Luther King Jr. get whitewashed this year.
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Sutro/SF flyby as taken by Grandma Tostada
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Yes. Very useful for cloud scenarios IMHO. Since the entire file doesn't need to be re…
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MRF -- Meta Raster Format
Is it this Mrf format? I’ve not heard of it, sounds similar to MBTiles.
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the fuck is your damage, motherfucker?
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…results are pretty good!
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dotmaps/remote.py at master · openaddresses/dotmaps · GitHub
Where I’m at so far: a remote HTTP mapped file and a simple FUSE filesystem.
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dotmaps/fuse-sample.py at master · openaddresses/dotmaps · GitHub
Where I’m at so far: a remote HTTP mapped file and a simple FUSE filesystem.
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RT : WV, ME,PA, TN, OH, NV, AK, AZ
Call your Senators.
Call your Representatives.
202-224-3121; follow prompts for your…
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The Hollow Men II: Some reflections on Westminster and Whitehall dysfunction – Dominic Cummings's Blog
“One mechanism we devised to deal with this concerned The Grid / RAG. Once we established some grip of the DfE over 2011/12, I kept three timetables. 1) Our real plan. This was shared among less than 10 people. 2) An internal DfE plan which excluded only sensitive things like personnel moves. This was not shared with No10. 3) A ‘No10 friendly’ plan, which had everything important removed in order to keep them in the dark. (There were exceptions. We worked quietly with some No10 people who knew we were right about Llewellyn and Oliver and we shared information with them to help them out, but strictly on the basis that Llewellyn and Oliver would not be told.) The Random Announcement Generator can also be turned to good effect. Monnet created the EU by always having a plan in his pocket for when disaster hit. ‘Oh you’ve hit a crisis – here’s my plan for the European Coal and Steel Community.’ In a tiny way, we tried to do the same, as I will explain another time.”
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Waiting for decaf progress
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dotmaps/tippecanoe.py at master · openaddresses/dotmaps · GitHub
Thanks! I’m doing okay with the hosting, does MBView address a remote data source in some way?
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Many thanks to for discovering the amazing light on the high subarctic in Janu…
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Many thanks to for discovering the amazing light on the high subarctic in Janu…
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Rsync / Sqlite database - Server Fault
rsync came to mind. Apparently not so simple, but some alternatives:
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RT : always extremely useful! if you build digital things for Americans, this is essential basic data.
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The Birth of Medicare – Canadian Dimension
RT : Canadian single payer healthcare started in *one* province—, you could be the Tommy Douglas of the US!
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Natalie | Kelly Cullen Community Center
Doing my NERT training by the fire department (@ Kelly Cullen Community Center in San Francisco, CA)
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RT : . testifies against Jeff Sessions: "our country demands a more courageous empathy"
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jen lowe
I wrote something about my day.
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Hey , this will get you through the rain
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…and when you do, make them recurring so your donations don't drop off as you inevitably numb to the awfulness.
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Excellent thread about Sally Ride, the early web, aerial imagery, and Title IX.
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…there is a series of great interviews on that topic in Oakland from here:
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The neural network turned rubble from an August 2016 earthquake into a flare of bright whi…
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The neural network turned rubble from an August 2016 earthquake into a flare of bright whi…
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RT : remember when facebook's head of diversity blamed the pipeline
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Pretty bad, if this rendering is any clue.
CTA renderings since 2014 have had wildly varying quality. They could d…
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This man is an amazing editor, writer, strategist & human. You can contract with him, you can employ him, you just…
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RT : Here's an updated script for you to call your Senators. Message is simple: No ethics clearances or background check…
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Dorkily excited about picking up a tap & die set today
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Dorkily excited about picking up a tap & die set today
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The same country the Nazis had an alliance with, which worked out really well for Germany, iirc.
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Attention parents: RT : Remember when Thomas the Tank Engine went through a goth phase?!
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molasses spice cookies for a cold stormy afternoon (recipe from 's newsletter)
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RT : I convened the GOP-controlled legislature yesterday. This is not the speech they wanted to hear. (Ful…
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Spectacle, Speculation, Spam on Vimeo
…oh yeah, here’s a link for the Warburton video in full:
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This makes me so, so happy. So much of the work our team did at CfA in 2014/2015 is built on and reinterpreted in t…
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Alan Warburton on digital animation, spectacle, and speculation. Some art bollocks but very interesting on commerce…
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This is the M.C. Escher of bike locks.
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Toilet paper in the incorrect underhand configuration.
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tfw there are misaligned considerations for mobile browsers
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This is not a bike/lock configuration I have ever seen before.
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Rosten sent a photo of this project he, Zach Watson, and I worked on on display at the Cooper Hewitt. Miss you Zach…
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The tops of these buildings look like tombstones.
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12 days ago
Planet parts: Global data feeds
Couldn’t find a dashboard-like page with Earth observation links, so I made one (h/t and ):
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When a technology graduates to a commodity, you change your approach.
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Recondite - Tie In (Acid Test) - YouTube
Gone down a minimal emo tech-house rabbithole thanks to 's email hyperlink digest ...
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Reading Tom’s Brexit Island book
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I love this particular thing Syd Mead does with renderings of interiors.
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Light Kit Pro | Greyscalegorilla
… and once I added this plugin for lighting rigs, everything started looking 10x as good:
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Humans will always be brave and resilient in the face of adversity.
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RT : Putting the finishing touches to a new version of my book, Front-end Style Guides, which will be available to buy t…
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ft. mourning 2016 and mixing drinks
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Last grill of 2016: pork ribs. Nota bene Stacy's grill light.
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Maybe Obama could win the respect of the Heritage Foundation with an authoritarian order shutting down dissent like…
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Good stuff in there. Points 2 and 5 seem related; both touch on a not-yet-existent way to t…
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🚴 the spirit of the 1970s in Lafayette 🚴
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🚴 down Pinehurst through Canyon to Moraga 🚴
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Really loving this retrospective on a year of design and code sketches from :
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Daily Sketches in 2016 – zach lieberman – Medium
Really loving this retrospective on a year of design and code sketches from :
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A Non-Euclidean View of California as a Cold Place to Be (Ursula K. Le Guin)
“Now on the subject of heat and cold: a reference in The Shape of Utopia sent me to a 1960 lecture by M. Lévi-Strauss, “The Scope of Anthropology,” which so influenced my efforts to think out this paper that I wish to quote from it at some length, with apologies to those of you to whom the passage[26] is familiar. He is speaking of “primitive” societies.

‘Although they exist in history, these societies seem to have worked out or retained a certain wisdom which makes them desperately resist any structural modification which might afford history a point of entry into their lives. The societies which have best protected their distinctive character appear to be those concerned above all with persevering in their existence.’

Persevering in one’s existence is the particular quality of the organism; it is not a progress towards achievement, followed by stasis, which is the machine’s mode, but an interactive, rhythmic, and unstable process, which constitutes an end in itself.

‘The way in which they exploit the environment guarantees them a modest standard of living as well as the conservation of natural resources. Though various, their rules of marriage reveal to the demographer’s eye a common function; to set the fertility rate very low, and to keep it constant. Finally, a political life based upon consent, and admitting of no decisions but those arrived at unanimously, would seem designed to preclude the possibility of calling on that driving force of collective life which takes advantage of the contrast between power and opposition, majority and minority, exploiter and exploited.’

Lévi-Strauss is about to make his distinction between the “hot” societies, which have appeared since the Neolithic Revolution, and in which “differentiations between castes and between classes are urged without cease, in order that social change and energy may be extracted from them,” and the “cold” societies, self-limited, whose historical temperature is pretty near zero.

The relevance of this beautiful piece of anthropological thinking to my subject is immediately proven by Lévi-Strauss himself, who in the next paragraph thanks Heaven that anthropologists are not expected to predict man’s future, but says that if they were, instead of merely extrapolating from our own “hot” society, they might propose a progressive integration of the best of the “hot” with the best of the “cold.”

If I understand him, this unification would involve carrying the Industrial Revolution, already the principal source of social energy, to its logical extreme: the completed Electronic Revolution. After this, change and progress would be strictly cultural and, as it were, machine-made.”
ethnography  writing  sociology  1982  colonialism  utopia  essay  differentiation  stratification  status  history 
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