Fitness First

Tonight I got to be part of an exclusive group of people that got to see the recently rebranded Fitness First gyms, notably the CBD gym called “The Zone”.

First impressions are that the equipment is fancy, futuristic, but sparse.

They’ve set up zones for different levels if exercise. Though it is deceptive. We were first shuffled into Zone 4. Or so I thought based on the sign on the wall. Turns out that room was actually three zones. So the gym wasn’t as big as I thought it was.

The membership model has changed from the old 12 month lock in, you have to give them your first born to leave early model to one where you can prepay for a certain number of visits or you can go with the 12 month buy. Plus if you go the 12 month and as long as you visit three times a week you can leave early, no questions asked.

To be brutally honest though, I don’t see myself signing up as a member. It’s a lot of money to fork out just for the chance to get hot and sweaty in a room. I can get my exercise outside for free.

SLA for Specialist Doctors?

Today has been a day for people complaining about long waits for specialist doctors appointments and it is a topic I’ve raged about in the past so here is the public documentation of my thoughts on the subject.

Should we have an SLA for specialists? Not the bulk-billed GPs, those guys are usually a first-come, first-served kind of gig. I mean the doctors that you make an appointment with and you then spend hundreds of dollars to see.

I understand that previous appointments can run longer than expected and that a doctor’s time is valuable but so is my time. Why should we have to sit in a boring little waiting room for half an hour waiting for a doctor so that we can hand over my cash, cash we are usually short on because instead of being at work earning it, we are stuck in a doctor’s office waiting.

I propose that we set up an Service Level Agreement with our doctors. They can each have a Grace Period of 10 minutes to account for the previous appointment going over but for every 10 minutes after that we get 10% off the consultation fee. I am pretty sure that if a doctor is faced with that kind of penalty the number of people complaining about waiting in doctors offices will drop sharply.

Just think of the benefits of this situation, with everyone spending less time in doctors offices they will have more time to do their own job which means waiting times in other professions will go down to. Your broken hot water system will get fixed faster because the plumber didn’t spend an hour waiting for his doctor to fix to re-align his back, therefore you won’t miss a whole day of work causing delays for your customers.

A common complaint I hear from people is that they arrived at the doctors office and the doctor wasn’t even in, I’ve encountered it myself, I know of plenty of other people that have also had this issue. If there is a penalty system I have a feeling that doctors will start arriving BEFORE their patients. Or last minute cancellations, they’d be a thing of the past if the next appointment is free because the doctor didn’t give enough notice. If I called up an hour before an appointment I’d get penalised, why not the other way around?

I think it would be a win-win to have an SLA in more professions, hold people accountable for the promises that they make in regards to appointments and such.

Google keeping the brothers and sisters down

Saw a Slashdot article today about how Google hasn’t been hiring enough black people or women. I find it stupid to think that a company should be forced to hire people based on their skin colour or gender. You should only hire the people that are best suited for the job based on their expertise in that field.

I can only imagine how annoyed I’d be if I was working for a company and they were filling a role and there were two candidates, one was a white guy who was technically perfect for the role, the other was a black guy who was less than technically perfect, and the company hired the black guy not because of his abilities but because they had to fill their quota of black guys.

Or if a man and a woman both applied for the same job, both with roughly equal abilities, and the woman got the job because there is a legal requirement to have a certain number of women in different levels of employment.

I’m probably living in a dream world cause I hope that people will get jobs based on their ability but I’m sure that if enough people believe it, it could just happen.

You can read the Slashdot article here.

Kissing

On the train this morning there was a couple sitting a few seats away from me and every 5 seconds they were kissing and it got me thinking, why does mashing your face into another person’s face cause such a good feeling.

Where did the behavior of kissing sprout from? The mouth is there for talking and cramming food into. You don’t see other animals kissing so why do we do it?

Windows 3.11 for Workgroups

After more than 24 hours messing around with settings and such I have managed to get Windows 3.11 for Workgroups up to a point where I can browse the internet on it. It doesn’t look incredibly pretty but it DOES work.

If you would like to relive the early 90s then feel free to download the VirtualBox image that I have hosted here (~91MB).

When you first boot it up you’ll need to modify the TCP/IP settings, it has DHCP but you still need to manually define the Gateway address. And the Logon password is blank so just hit enter.

**EDIT: I have now got IE 3, mIRC, and Netscape 3 installed on the VM. Image has been uploaded to the same location.

Windows Install Windows Install 2 Google in IE

Advertising on Trains

When did we start having advertisements on trains in Sydney? I’ve just started noticing that the old Tangara trains have ads on the outside and then some on the ceilings inside.

Does this mean train fares will come down in price as costs are now being subsidized by advertising revenue?

I didn’t think so. Would be nice if we could still afford the train so we can get on them and be suggestive sold things.

Like a cult of undead zombies who have the uncanny ability to communicate fluently while still desiring human flesh.