When I lived in Australia, Assoc Prof Raj Buyya (Melbourne University) is one of the few academics I knew who is a true research leader and teacher in the field of grid computing. He was a humble and generous man, ready to share his passion, knowledge and time with anyone who is keen to learn.
I congratulate him on being the 2009 IEEE Medal of Excellence (Scalable Computing) recipient.
Related link: 2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing awarded to Professor Rajkumar Buyya (IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing)
The recent advacements in the field of medicial and biotechnology offer humanity longer lives, but what are the social, physical and economic implications for a larger and aging population?
Dr Ian Goldin (Director, James Martin 21st Century School) addressed these issues during his introduction to the risks and opportunities in the 21st Century during the recent University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture.
Download the mp3 here or subscribe to the podcast feed.
Former US Treasury Deputy Secretary under George W. Bush’s administration, Robert Kimmitt is presenting a public lecture entitled “The US and the World: Beyond the Financial Crisis” in Singapore.
Date: Wednesday, 1 April 2009
Time: 5.15pm – 6.30pm
Location: Auditorium, Level 3
Block B, Faculty of Law, NUS Bukit Timah Campus
The world faces difficult months, and perhaps years, before the current economic and financial crisis fully subsides. But, even as the crisis is addressed, preparation must also be undertaken to ensure that the world that emerges is better able to spur market opportunities and avert future crises. Issues of particular note are the balance between prudential regulation and market discipline; global financial architecture; and commitment to free trade and open investment as guiding principles of a healthy global economy. Singapore, the United States, and other key participants in the G-20, Financial Stability Forum, APEC, and other processes need to ensure these important long-term topics are interwoven with on-going crisis management discussions and decisions.
See event flyer for details.
Since the economic downturn I have almost stopped buying CDs and moved onto podcasts for my aural stimulation. An audio diet laced with humour, news, business and commentary. Here is a list of my absolute must-hear feeds:
1. Hamish & Andy – My fav commute-time comedy duo from Melbourne. Give these guys a try and I reckon you will become a fan too.
2. American Public Media’s Marketplace. Great way to get an summary of Wall Street overnight performance and news.
3. NPR’s Planet Money. How to make sense of all these news from the Wall Street to the White House.
4. Robert Reich’s Commentary. Prof Robert Reich teaches public policy in Berkeley and served as Labour Secretary during the Clinton administration
5. The Story is about “people whose lives are intersecting with significant issues in the news.” The programs has previous discussed about how older people coped when their unemployment benefits ran out (foreclosures), how our past can come back and haunt us via Facebook (Facebook), and how good people can be lured and trapped in money laundering (white collar crimes).
6. BBC’s World Business Daily. An audio documentary of the world of business.
7. ABC’s 7.30 report (video). A snapshot of current issues affecting Australia.
8. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) public lectures and events. Perfect if you enjoy a detailed discussion of the world around us.
9. Sky News Business Report. My 25mins update on the Australian economy and AUD performance.
10. The Gruen Transfer (free video vodcast) by Wil Anderson (now back for Season 2)! The Gruen Transfer is about the science of advertising served with a dead wit and humour.
Does anyone know of an informational podcast feed from Singapore? It’s really difficult to find a Singapore business or social commentary podcast. I would really listen to a Singapore Mandarin podcast after MM Lee is now reminding us the importance of speaking Mandarin.
Dr Craig Richards and research team from Australia’s University of Newcastle investigated the ability of running shoes with elevated cushioned heels and anti-pronation systems to prevent injury.
“We did not identify a single study that has attempted to measure the effect of this shoe type on either injury rates or performance.
“This means there is no scientific evidence that ‘Pronation Control, Elevated Cushioned Heel’ (PCECH) shoes provide any benefit to distance runners.”
Their findings have been published in the latest edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The 2009 Economist Intelligence Unit’s cost of living survey reveals that Tokyo (1), Osaka (2) and Singapore (10) ranked among the Top 10 most expensive cities.
2009 EIU World’s Top 1o Most Expensive Cities Ranking
1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Osaka, Japan
3. Paris, France
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
5. Oslo, Norway
6. Zurich, Switzerland
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Helsinki, Finland
9. Geneva, Switzerland
10. Singapore, Singapore
35. Sydney, Australia
39. Melbourne, Australia
Little comfort for those who are out of a job or struggling with lower income.
How did the credit crisis orginate? Check out the videos below and find out how defaulted mortages took Wall Street down and affected the rest of us.
In the beginning … responsible people wanted a home loan and it was prime…
Turning point … bankers and investors wanted more…
Support for organ harvesting, drug-enhanced sport performance, and genetically modified children are some of the serious topics discussed during a humorous interview with Julian Savulescu.
Dr Julian Savulescu is a Professor of Practical Ethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford University and the interviewer was Andrew Denton. This interview was broadcasted on 28 Sep 2008, ABC’s “Enough Rope”
Happy new year to everyone reading my blog! I hope you had a ball over Christmas and the New Yeak and slowly getting back into the daily grind!
It’s a new year and I recently re-discovered the joys of podcast, thanks to my gorgeous 4 months old Nokia N78. Prior to my N78, my last podcast (G’day World) was back in 2006. Returning back to the Nokia platform is such a delight and dare I say a phone almost designed for human use. I love my phone but I will keep my praise for another day. Listening to podcast is fantastic and time efficient way for everyone to catch up with the news, commentary and hopefully get some laughs during your commute.
If you share my weird interests in the following: a) humour and satire b) technology c) business and economics, there were an incredible amount of great podcast content available. Here are a selection from my podcast feed. The links goes to their website so that you can check out the content before you subscribe to the feed.
Hamish and Andy Radioshow – Podcast sized of my favourite Melbourne radio comedic duo syndicated across Australia and Kiwi-land. (Good stuff always comes from Melbourne)
Friday Night Comedy – BBC Radio 4 – If you are fan of British humour. Actually laughing at the Poms, ain’t too difficult.
The Unger Report- NPR- Humorist Brian Unger takes on the pressing issues of the moment.
Technology Podcast – NPR
Tech Weekly – Guardian
Peter Day’s World of Business – BBC World Service
Business Daily – BBC World Service
Planet Money – NPR – Making sense of the American economy
Color of Money – NPR – Making sense of your personal finances especially during these trying times
Last evening (16 Dec 2008), Australia High Court outgoing Judge Justice Michael Kirby spoke at Griffith University’s graduation ceremony and received an honorary doctorate. In his address, Justice Kirby clearly avoided “benign platitudes” instead shared on a simple but the most important thing he has discovered in life – love.
“Love, you see, transcends even scholarship, cleverness and university degrees. It is greater than pride and it’s greater than wealth. It endures when all worldly vanities fade.” said Justice Kirby in his address.
Justice Kirby was concerned about a lack of self-love with stress and depression running rife in law and business and urged the graduates to take love into their future workplaces. He also recommended doing volunteer legal work as it was uplifting, satisfying and noble. But his final message to the graduates was this.
“In life, never be predictable. It’s so uncool.”
Bravo, Justice Kirby!
Click here to listen to the full audio of his address. Alternative audio link and transcript.
Related link: All we need is love, concludes retiring judge (The Age)