Jordan Brock

About Me

I'm a Ruby developer who works for Five Senses Coffee. I ride bikes.

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Cricket Hope

Mar 29, 2018

Obviously there’s a fair amount of negative commentary about cricket in Australia at the moment: ball tampering, playing bans, sledging, win-at-all-cost attitudes and the effect that this has on up and coming players. It makes it very easy to succumb to a pretty negative feeling about the sport, and it’s future. However, there are bright spots that need to be celebrated.

My daughter, Evelyn, has been playing cricket for a few years, and even made the U15 Western Australian State Team. She’s progressing through the early stages of her cricket journey, and is coming into contact with many different players and attitudes.

Recently she was playing in a trial league that the WACA has been experimenting with, as a bridge for young girls between the relatively calm community cricket games and the more demanding Grade Cricket matches. The teams in this league are made up of 13-16 year old girls, gaining experience playing on turf.

In a recntt game, the opposition were quite aggressive in their “sledging”, using very strong language, and attacking some of the girls personally while they were batting. It would have been preferrable for the umpires to stop this behaviour outright. That didn’t happen however, and so Evelyn’s team were discussing how to react.

There were some girls that were suggesting to fight fire with fire, but the captain, Olivia, made a strong point to everyone that no team she played in would play cricket that way, that it wasn’t how she wanted to play, and that it wasn’t part of the “Spirit of Cricket”.

As a parent, and a cricket lover, it was great to hear that sentiment coming from a 15 year old girl. Remembering it now, in light of recent events, gives me some hope that the game can reclaim some of it’s more sedate roots.

Link Blogging

Mar 15, 2018

An attempt to be less reliant on twitter. Probably more development focussed than anything, but not exclusively so.

The Carbon Tax

Jul 17, 2014

There’s was a story on the SBS news tonight about the repeal of the carbon tax, and how the supposed $550 savings will be passed on to people in Australia. To illustrate the effects of the tax and it’s repeal they interviewed a bottle shop owner.

He started out by saying the electricity prices were a major cost of doing business, and that they had risen by 80% over “the past few years” of which the carbon tax played a small part. He then went on to highlight the energy saving measures that he had put in place to reduce his energy usage. He said that he had managed to reduce his power bills by 10-15%

All of which goes to show how the Carbon Tax worked perfectly.

Check Facts Before Mouthing Off

Mar 05, 2014

As highlighted in my previous post the Prime Minister, while addressing a forestry association dinner in Tasmania, made the following remarks:

“We all know Tasmania has the lowest wages in Australia, it has the lowest GDP per head, it’s got the lowest life expectancy, it’s got the lowest educational retainment in the country and it’s got the highest unemployment, and funnily enough for the last eight years it has had a government in large measure dominated by the Greens,” he said.

A pretty damning accusation you’d have to agree. Basically saying, amongst other claims, that the reason that Tasmanians are dying earlier than their mainland counterparts is due to the rise in prominence of a minor party on the Tasmanian, then National landscape.

OK, so how could we test this claim? Well, we could compare the national life expectency to the Tasmanian one. If what the Prime Minister has said is true, then the national figure would increase at a rate faster than that of Tasmania? Meaning that policies furthered by the Greens would be holding back the Tasmanian average. Right, let’s go to the numbers.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics published this report which has the life expectancy of Australia as a whole, and the individual states and territories.

Region 2002   2012   Average Annual Change
  Males Females Males Females  
Australia 77.4 82.6 79.9 84.3 0.9%
Tasmania 76.5 81.3 78.7 82.6 1.0%

So, it seems that Tasmania, in the time period corresponding to the rise of the Green party, has actually outperformed the national average.

Uh-oh.

Always Go To Important Meetings

Mar 04, 2014

I realise that Fran Bailey was advised by her doctor to not travel to Canberra for this meeting, but wow, it certainly had some pretty dire consequences for the country. By not going, and not being able to vote for Malcolm Turnbull, we end up with a Prime Minister that says stuff like this:

“We have quite enough national parks. We have quite enough locked up forests already. In fact, in an important respect, we have too much locked up forest.

“Why should we lock up as some sort of World Heritage sanctuary country that has been logged, degraded or planted for timber?

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And this:

“We all know Tasmania has the lowest wages in Australia, it has the lowest GDP per head, it’s got the lowest life expectancy, it’s got the lowest educational retainment in the country and it’s got the highest unemployment, and funnily enough for the last eight years it has had a government in large measure dominated by the Greens,” he said.

Source

That’s right, the Prime Minister of Australia blames a minor political party’s influence over the past 8 years for long term health and economic trends within Tasmania.