Rupert is taking business advice from Tony Montana

One of the great lines from Scarface and most quoted of all movie lines is, “…first you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the woman.” So says Al Pacino’s immortalisation of Tony Montana and while the line is delivered brilliantly it is a business plan that works best for drug lords and wannabe wise guys in the later part of the 20th Century.

For a translation into NYSE and FEC financial reporting parlance you get this…

“We have many challenges and opportunities ahead, and Lachlan’s strategic thinking and vast knowledge of our businesses will enable me, as executive chairman, and the company as a whole to deliver the best outcomes on behalf of our stockholders, employees and customers.”

This quote by Rupert Murdoch from The Guardian defines exactly what’s wrong with business priorities; stockholders come before employees and customers. Aside from the fact that Rupert and Lachlan are number 1 and 2 shareholders respectively and are essentially putting themselves first, they are putting their staff and customers last, after investors.

It’s completely arse about for the 21st Century. Messrs Murdoch, if you really want to keep your shareholders happy do this;

  1. Keep your staff happy – you know what to do here so just do it. They produce a better product and…
  2. This will make your customers happy and give you more money – proven time and time again. So….
  3. This will make your shareholders (and yourselves)  rich/er happy/ier.

Fast forward to Bryan Cranston’s critically acclaimed portrayal of high school chemistry teacher turned 21st century drug lord Walter White in Breaking Bad and you get this…

Advisory invoice to come. You’re welcome.

Sydney Opera House: Architects of Air – Exxopolis Time Lapse

Exxopolis was a vibrant inflatable playground brought to the Sydney Opera House by the UK’s Architects Of Air in January 2014. Watch Exxopolis come to life with this time lapse footage.

I was part of the photography team capturing the images.

Why I loved ‘Gravity’, and it’s not why you think

Stunning visuals. Tick. Great plot. Tick. Edge of the seat. Tick. Clooney not being a douchebag, nor taking up too much screen time. Tick. Bullock. Tick. Wearing not much. Tick.

But I loved Gravity because one of the mechanical heroes was the Space Shuttle. The two remaining Space Shuttles were retired two years ago. The reasons are many; too costly, no need for humans in space, provides no benefits to mankind (oh really, space exploration created your  mobile phone, you shortsighted congressional luddites). But it wasn’t the nostalgia of seeing the Space Shuttle as hero, and then tomb, in this movie. It was because the creators of this movie were able to use old tech, in a present day movie. Without the need to enlist a historical element to make the audience believe the story was ‘old’.

How did they achieve this? An alternate reality perhaps? Everyone knows the Space Shuttle doesn’t fly anymore. Even though they invented a whole new Space Shuttle for this movie; Explorer. There were actually five Space Shuttles in the fleet. The first, used only as a test bed and never went into space was named Enterprise OV-101 (named by petition from Star Trek fans, really truly), Columbia OV-102, Challenger OV-099, Discovery OV-103 and Atlantis OV-104. All anyone sees from NASA these days is the Mars rover robot.; red dust, red dust, red dust.

And why does this aspect of Gravity make me love the movie even more? Because I’ve had a script idea for years that I thought died when the Shuttle was retired. Look out for ‘Playing God‘. In cinemas 2018.

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