Page 161 – ANZAC Day 2008

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I picked up this meme from Stilgherrian (they are catching like colds those memes) and thought I’d give it a try too. The results are interesting. Grab the nearest book. Open it to page 161. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. Don’t search around … [Read more…]

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Time for mental detox week?

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Previously known as ‘turn off the TV week’ brought to us by the folks at ADBUSTERS and it is supposed to be held 21-27 April, but you could really try it any time. The idea is to “take your TV, your DVD player, your video iPod, your XBOX 360, your laptop, your PSP, and say … [Read more…]

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Survived BarCamp Canberra #1

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Happy to report that I survived BarCamp Canberra #1 in spite of the fact that the town was overrun by Australia 2020 Summiteers. Instead we were ensconced in the cosy ANU computer science building for some geek mayhem. I was impressed by the variety, passion and enthusiasm for technology that was displayed in the people … [Read more…]

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#BarCampCanberra finally here

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Made it down to Canberra for their inaugural Bar Camp at ANU – good turn out and some interesting presentations so far. Will post a summary later tonight. It was a good drive down from Sydney this morning, but lots of police on the roads and a few radar traps. Weather By Carruthers via Aide-mémoire

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G'day World and the Juxtaposition of Adverts

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It often amuses me to see the ads that Google places on Cameron Reilly’s G’day World site. Today was a combination of apocalyptic insights and some Christian podcasts. Given his oft repeated religious beliefs Google’s ads are pure gold 😉 By Carruthers via Aide-mémoire

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Innovation – nature or nurture?

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Have been thinking a lot about innovation recently and pondering if it is the result of nature or nurture in the workplace. In business we spend a lot of time encouraging innovation with suggestions from staff and brainstorming activities. But I still wonder how much of that drives true innovation? Given my background in history … [Read more…]

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Australia's First Female Governor General

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Appointment of Ms Quentin Bryce AC as Australia’s next Governor General is good news. She has had a distinguished career as a lawyer, academic, senior public servant and governor of Queensland (not to mention the 5 kids & several grandchildren). IMHO an excellent choice as Her Excellency (although I do suspect she will prefer to … [Read more…]

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Analysis of how people use tag clouds

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Here is Garrick Schmitt’s presentation for the IA Summit on consumer behaviour and Web 2.0 called Do Real People Really Use Tag Clouds?: Research To Help Separate Web 2.0’s Hits From Hype. It builds on the consumer behavior research AARF did late last year and provides some interesting insight into online consumer behaviour. Of particular … [Read more…]

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Email is now largest security threat

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One of the largest gaps in our security is email. An example from a recent experience reported in Business Week highlights the risks: “The e-mail message addressed to a Booz Allen Hamilton executive was mundane—a shopping list sent over by the Pentagon of weaponry India wanted to buy. But the missive turned out to be … [Read more…]

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BarCamp Canberra Saturday 19th April 2008

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Described by its unorganisers as “A free unconference for the innovation, media, web, and development communities focussed on sharing, learning and new ideas.” I went to the recent BarCamp Sydney and had fun, met some nice people who are passionate about technology, and learned some new things. Worth a look if you’re in that part … [Read more…]

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