Update on carbon footprint reduction

Well another great day of walking between meetings – 5.1 km today. This is only possible with some preparation.  It means that I need to sit down and plan my day so as to ensure sufficient time between meetings.  Also there are some tools that make it easier to do.

The essential tools are a wheeled bag and sensible shoes (the kind some of my girlfriends refer to as “lesbian walking shoes“). Although an umbrella is also a good idea – as today it rained as well.

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This picture shows my trolley bag – specially designed for laptops and it has backpack for use when wheels are unsuitable.  It also shows the very sensible shoes – black riding boots – from today.

With this bag and appropriate shoes it is easy to walk 5+ kms in a day – but in a Sydney summer a bottle of water is another good thing to pop into the bag.

Reducing my carbon footprint

A 2009 project is reducing my carbon footprint. A great by-product of this is that I am getting more exercise too.

The other day I walked approximately 5.5 kms to get between my appointments in the city.

The overall time for walking was about one hour, and this was split up over four walks.

An unanticipated benefit of these walks is thinking time between meetings. Usually I rush to get a taxi and rush right into the meeting.

But now with the little walks in between there is time to think, daydream and see what is going on around town.

As result I’m aware of how much construction is going on in the Sydney CBD these days, found a great bookshop down near World Square, and some good places to pick up lunch.

None of this was possible with my old model of rushing about in taxis.  And I get a good feeling from more exercise and knowing that my carbon footprint (among other things) is getting smaller.

My Country

With such diverse and extreme weather occurring in Australia it seems like a good time to revisit a poem that talks about this.

We are currently suffering from extreme heat & major bushfires in the south eastern states; with floods in the far north.  The state of Victoria in particular has been devastated.  My heart goes out to all those suffering loss from the fires.

Another thing to consider is the people who are fighting the fires.  They are mostly volunteers – working with the Country Fire Authority or the Rural Fire Service.  It is worthwhile to make a donation to your local volunteer fire service.  They do so much to protect our lives and property, often putting their own lives on the line.

This poem is by Dorothea Mackellar and was written at about the turn of the 20th century when she was visiting England and felt homesick.

My Country
The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

A stark white ring-barked forest
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die –
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold –
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land –
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand –
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

by Dorothea Mackellar

Caturday again and today we read from the lolcat bible

My favorite is Matthew 5.

2 He sez hai and he teaches teh kittehs, he sez:3 Cheezburgrz 4 teh n00b kittehs, theys can has teh Ceiling.
4 Cheezburgrz 4 teh sad kittehs, theys can has petting.

27 Ceiling Cat iz liek “no buttsecks!!1!1 bad kittehz!” 28 but im liek “wtf? im in ur brain, watching u think about it” 29 if ur eye sins, scratch it out with ur claws, or uz betr off in trashcan, srsly.

37 “ya rly:=ya rly; no wai:=no wai. else evil kitteh.”

Enterprise 2.0 is where the action is!

Really looking forward to presenting a workshop at Ross Dawson’s latest extravaganza the Enterprise 2.0 Forum. His events are are always interesting & get people talking!

There is a thought provoking agenda & a bunch of smart people both on stage and in the audience. There will also be video links to some overseas speakers like JP Rangaswami who’s doing the keynote.

I’ve been saying for the past year that Enterprise 2.0 is where the real action is – not freebie consumers applications.  But there are significant issues and risks that need to be addressed.  Here’s an old post on the topic.

It’s on Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 from 8.30 am to 2.00 pm at Luna Park, Sydney

Explaining the times we face

In these days of gloom, doom and constant bad news it seems hard to take it all in. But sometimes it is not just a recitation of the facts we need. Sometimes poetry can sum it up better …

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of “Spiritus Mundi”
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
— William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming

New venture: Silicon Federation

For many years I’ve worked at various levels in large corporate and government organisations in IT, web and marketing.  Often my boss or someone higher up in the organsation would ask me:

“What are other people doing?”

And it can be really hard to find out the answer to that one!

I’ve seen the need for a place to find out practical information about how technology is being applied in Australia, where you can find case studies from sources walking the talk and prepared to share their experiences openly.

Thus a new venture, called Silicon Federation, has been set up to help find answers to the tough questions, what’s working for others, the pitfalls to avoid, and the next steps. Please do click through and check out the new site and let us know your thoughts over on the Silicon Federation site.

I’m going to blog about this venture over there & keep this Aide-Memoire blog as the usual idiosyncratic and personal perspectives.

What the final nature of Silicon Federation is I don’t know – but it will evolve in the best web 2.0/perpetual beta tradition 😉