Late Surge Fails To Save Bombers

ESSENDON 5.0 5.2 7.7 9.11 (65)
ST KILDA 1.6 4.8 8.11 11.15 (81)

Essendon: Stanton 3, Jetta 2, Melksham 2, Myers, Ryder
St Kilda: Riewoldt 5, Billings 2, Schneider 2, Geary, Montagna

Essendon: Stanton, Watson, Chapman, Myers
St Kilda: Riewoldt, Hayes, Montagna, Newnes, Gwilt, Billings, Ray

Essendon: Hocking (hand), Hardingham (leg)
St Kilda: Nil

Essendon: Jason Ashby replaced Heath Hocking (hand) in the third quarter
St Kilda: Seb Ross replaced Eli Templeton in the fourth quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Fisher, Stevic, Harris

Official crowd: 36,041 at Etihad Stadium

Dockers Down Depleted Bombers

FREMANTLE 2.1 6.3 13.4 18.5 (113)
ESSENDON 2.1 4.2 5.4 9.6 (60)

Fremantle: Pavlich 3, D. Pearce 2, Taberner 2, Neale 2, Hill 2, Crowley, Mundy, Suban, Ballantyne, McPharlin, Mzungu, Clarke
Essendon: Hardingham 2, Watson, Daniher, Gleeson, Winderlich, Jetta, Stanton, Melksham

Fremantle: McPharlin, Johnson, de Boer, Hill, Pavlich, Sandilands
Essendon: Stanton, Heppell, Gleeson, Baguley, Hibberd

Fremantle: Mundy (concussion)
Essendon: Paul Chapman (ankle) replaced in selected side by Leroy Jetta, David Myers (illness) replaced in selected side by Travis Colyer, Dustin Fletcher (soreness) replaced in selected side by Dylan van Unen, Brendon Goddard (groin)

Fremantle: Josh Simpson replaced David Mundy in the third quarter
Essendon: Leroy Jetta replaced Brendon Goddard in the second quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Margetts, Nicholls, Hosking

Official crowd: 36,722 at Patersons Stadium

Napthine Turning Technology Upside Down

With 2014 being a Victorian state election year, both the Premier and the Opposition Leader are running around the state, making promises to butter up the voters ahead of the November poll date.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews was in Ballarat today, touting an upgrade to Eureka Stadium, in an effort to encourage AFL games to be played in the city.

Premier Denis Napthine was in Geelong, making a promise that has been promised over and over again over a number of years, to install free wifi in V/Line trains.

Of course, promises made by politicians often come to nought when they come to power – so each of these promises are currently vaporware.

Politicians being politicians, they are always looking for a good photo opportunity – such as the photo above of Napthine trying to look technology savvy while making the free wifi announcement.

They have their minders and image consultants to make sure they look their very best, and present the right image to the target audience.

But hang on, something looks a bit unusual with the iPad Napthine is holding in the cheesy staged photo – (click image for larger view) – right?

Is he holding the iPad upside down? That sure looks like the home button at the top there, doesn’t it?

Certainly, the cover in which this iPad is installed appears to open on the right hand side, further suggesting Denis should be standing on his head to be oriented correctly.

I first noticed the “error” while watching the evening news, where footage was shot from left of frame from where this still image was taken – and I thought it odd that the dock connector was at the top.

Sure – the auto-orientation feature might have turned the screen the right way up – (if it was turned on) – but one gets the feeling the good doctor doesn’t play with such technology very often.

You might say it is a bit finicky to criticise such a basic mistake – but really – that’s just funny, especially when you are trying to appeal to the technologically savvy audience an announcement like this is aimed at.


Essendon Smash The Old Enemy

ESSENDON 6.3 10.6 16.8 21.12 (138)
CARLTON 0.3 3.4 6.8 8.9 (57)

Essendon: Winderlich 4, Chapman 4, Hardingham 3, Stanton 3, Goddard 2, Hocking, Heppell, Carlisle, Melksham, Daniher
Carlton: Ellard 2, Menzel 2, Tuohy, Garlett, Henderson, Murphy

Essendon: Hocking, Merrett, Chapman, Carlisle, Goddard, Winderlich, Hibberd
Carlton: Carrazzo, Gibbs, Simpson, Walker

Essendon: Patrick Ambrose replaced in selected side by Jake Melksham
Carlton: Nil

Essendon: Martin Gleeson replaced Kyle Hardingham at three-quarter time
Carlton: Tom Bell replaced Simon White in the third quarter

Reports: TBA

Umpires: Fleer, Schmidt, Pannell

Official crowd: 62,730 at the MCG

Essendon Go Down In Friday Night Thriller

ESSENDON 1.5 3.7 9.10 12.14 (86)
HAWTHORN 4.1 9.3 9.7 13.12 (90)

Essendon: Ambrose 3, Hardingham 2, Carlisle 2, Zaharakis, Stanton, Hocking, Merrett, Chapman
Hawthorn: Suckling 2, Breust 2, Rioli 2, Roughead, Hill, Gunston, Hale, Lewis, Puopolo, Simpkin

Essendon: Hibberd, Goddard, Watson, Heppell, Zaharakis, Ambrose
Hawthorn: Burgoyne, Gibson, Rioli, Suckling, Cheney,

Essendon: Patrick Ryder (left ankle)
Hawthorn: Luke Hodge (groin)

Essendon: Zach Merrett replaced Patrick Ryder (ankle) in the third quarter
Hawthorn: Jonathan Simpkin replaced Luke Hodge (groin) in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Chamberlain, Meredith, Ryan

Official crowd: 44,163 at Etihad Stadium

Bombers Open The Season With Strong Win

NORTH MELBOURNE 3.0 5.3 8.5 9.6 (60)
ESSENDON 4.1 8.5 11.8 15.9 (99)

North Melbourne: Thomas 4, Black, Dal Santo, Harvey, McKenzie, Wright
Essendon: Chapman 4, Goddard 3, Hardingham 2, Daniher 2, Watson 2, Howlett, Ryder

North Melbourne: Thomas, Macmillan, Harvey, Cunnington, Mullett
Essendon: Watson, Chapman, Goddard, Heppell, Zaharakis, J.Merrett, Hooker

North Melbourne: Goldstein (shoulder), Cunnington (concussion)
Essendon: Nil

North Melbourne: Leigh Adams replaced Scott McMahon in the fourth quarter
Essendon: Zach Merrett replaced Martin Gleeson in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Dalgleish, Mitchell, Mollison

Official crowd: 42,332 at Etihad Stadium

What The MH370 Black Boxes Might Not Reveal

As the search for Malaysia Airlines 370 continues, the distinct possibility that it will never be found remains in play.

The similarities to the initial phases of the disappearance of Air France 447 in 2009 are striking.

Though search and rescue personnel had some idea where AF447 went down, it took five days before any debris was found, and before that time people feared it would never be found.

As we approach the two-week mark since the disappearance of MH370, still no sign of it has been found, and as with AF447, people fear we will never find the wreckage of MH370.

The difference between the two events is that there is so much scope as to where MH370 might be. AF447 searchers had a relatively confined area to search, a luxury not afforded with respect to MH370.

Even with the initial AF447 debris found after five days, it still took another two years to locate the main wreck site, four kilometres down in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

The discovery of that wreck site, and the subsequent discovery and recovery of the two black boxes, allowed investigators to determine beyond most doubt, what happened on that stormy night in 2009.

Let’s step into the future for a moment.

Say some floating debris from MH370 is found in the Indian Ocean a few days from now, and say, using the location of that debris as a starting point, eventually the wreck of the plane is located on the ocean floor.

Say the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) are also located at the wreck site, and retrieved, as happened with AF447, and that the data they contain is able to be read. There have been cases of black boxes being recovered from the very deep Indian Ocean, such as South African 295 in the 1980′s.

But if they do, what then?

The problem with the MH370 incident, is that they will probably actually show very little at all.

If a major problem occurred on that flight – (mechanical, electrical, fire, bomb, hijack) – at the point the flight became missing, about an hour after take off over the South China Sea, the black boxes would have captured something.

It might not be enough to completely solve the mystery, but it would most likely give the investigators at least something to work with.

While the black boxes almost always provide the hard evidence in crash investigations, in the case of MH370, the black boxes themselves may actually be a problem.

In commercial passenger aircraft, black boxes generally record on a 30-minute loop. The last 30 minutes of data is available inside of them, but after that 30 minutes, the data gets overwritten with the next 30 minutes.

Given it now appears likely that MH370 continued on for a number of hours – (up to 7 hours in some reports) – the 30 minutes of data that existed at the moment the initial problem occurred is long gone.

It has been overwritten.

The infamous Qantas 32 incident in 2010 also saw this happen. Even though the plane eventually landed safely, because the plane was in the air for around 2 hours after the initial engine explosion, the 30 minutes of black box data from the time of the initial explosion was long gone.

The crew asked to hear the CVR during the investigation – but the initial data was gone. There is no electronic record of nature of the incident, or the work that crew did to save 469 lives that day.

Even if the MH370 black boxes are found one day, there will be no hard evidence of what happened in the cockpit or with the aircraft’s systems at the moment the incident started.

Maybe if something sinister has happened, that was the plan – to leave as little evidence behind as possible.

If they are found, they will be able to tell us what happened in the 30 minutes up until the true end of the flight.

If the crew were incapacitated, we won’t hear them saying anything – we might only hear engine noise, and audible cockpit warnings on the CVR. We might only see the plane running out of fuel and gliding gracefully into the ocean on the FDR.

But as for exactly what happened an hour out of Kuala Lumpur that night, they won’t be able to tell anyone anything at all.

Let us hope that for the sake of the families involved, that someone does find something, but right now there is a very high chance that even if the plane is found one day, along with the black boxes, we won’t ever find out what really happened.

Abbott Repeats Turnbull Tasmanian NBN Lie

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has repeated an unsubstantiated claim made by Malcolm Turnbull in October, in regards to the construction of the NBN in Tasmania.

“In general, Abbott did not directly address the issues being raised. For example, on the issue of how politically damaging the FTTP issue could be in Tasmania, Abbott claimed that the rollout of Labor’s National Broadband Network project in Tasmania “stopped in July” and “was not going to start again” because of the “utter incompetence and ineptitude” of Labor and the Greens.”

The fact of the matter is that the fibre rollout in Tasmania had not “stopped in July” – (and it remains to be seen if it has stopped even now) – and was indeed still well underway in October, despite claims from Turnbull that it had stopped:

This shows – at the very least – that Turnbull is quite happy to speak out in the media about what he believes is the case, without truly confirming the veracity of his claims. It could even be just out-and-out deception.

Given Turnbull has just agreed to continue with FTTP trials in Tasmania, even the “not going to start again” statement is flat out incorrect.

The Coalition certainly have form on false NBN claims, and this is just another example.

Given this piece of infrastructure – (whatever form it finally takes) – is so important for the future of this nation, it is time that Abbott and Turnbull stop making things up to suit their political discourse and motivations.