Being out on a kayak on a sunny day, in the middle of Sydney Harbour is just great. Paddling kilometers off-shore solo and fishing for sharks is pretty mindblowing. Then he finally snags a 100+ Kg black marlin! Here’s his website: http://www.kayakgamefishing.com.au/
Great story in SMH about it: http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/culture/a-lone-kayaker-a-marlin-and-one-wild-ride-20120204-1qypb.html and I’ve embedded his latest YouTube video. I want a kayak!!
Amazing photo concept of then and now
I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.
Intelligence? Talent? No, the ultra-rich got to where they are through luck and brutality.
By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 8th November 2011
If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. The claims that the ultra-rich 1% make for themselves – that they are possessed of unique intelligence or creativity or drive – are examples of the self-attribution fallacy. This means crediting yourself with outcomes for which you weren’t responsible. Many of those who are rich today got there because they were able to capture certain jobs. This capture owes less to talent and intelligence than to a combination of the ruthless exploitation of others and accidents of birth, as such jobs are taken disproportionately by people born in certain places and into certain classes.
The findings of the psychologist Daniel Kahneman, winner of a Nobel economics prize, are devastating to the beliefs that financial high-fliers entertain about themselves(1). He discovered that their apparent success is a cognitive illusion. For example, he studied the results achieved by 25 wealth advisers, across eight years. He found that the consistency of their performance was zero. “The results resembled what you would expect from a dice-rolling contest, not a game of skill.” Those who received the biggest bonuses had simply got lucky.
Such results have been widely replicated. They show that traders and fund managers across Wall Street receive their massive remuneration for doing no better than would a chimpanzee flipping a coin. When Kahneman tried to point this out they blanked him. “The illusion of skill … is deeply ingrained in their culture.”(2)
Whisky is something of a passion for the LostSheep.
Ardbeg is an awesome drop and a great place to visit. Just looking at the picture below brings back great memories. Turns out they even have an iPhone app now!