In the hall of the mountain king


Information Junkies

The world is a rapidly changing place and people these days majorly suffer from information overload. It makes me feel old to say this, but when i grew up there was no internet – and computers were hardly portable. Theres a habit to attempt to multi task these days which is kind of silly – You can sit in front of the tv tinkering with an iPad and half see the movies that you are watching. I can’t help but wonder if that effects the way that people are producing movies these days. Action packed with not much storyline makes sense if you know that half of your audience will be on Facebook whilst they are watching, and that the average attention span just isn’t what it used to be. There are all kinds of methodologies out there to handle this – GTD – Getting things done is one such mechanism that i find interesting. People are taking innovative ways of keeping together all their tasks – and if you look at your task management apps these days there are literally hundreds of things we need to be doing at any given point. In years gone by we didn’t tweet, we didn’t have a smart phone to tell us what we need to do next and we didn’t have mobile phones… But you know what… we survived… and were happy. Book an hour of time in your calendar to relax and ask yourself this question – are you happy now?




Why make life complex?


In life it is very easy to not be focused. We spend a lot of time preoccupied with how things were in the past, or concerned with how things will be in the future – which in general i have always thought to be crazy. We can’t change the past, so its pointless to dwell on it. We can change the future but only our part in it; there are always going to be surprises popping up, and they will be challenging to adapt and improvise to.

When you pause to think about it – the only thing we should really pay attention to is right now. We can appreciate it for what it is – be thankful for the life we have and armed with our experiences – when you think of the bad in the past don’t dwell on it – think that things are much better now. and when things are at the worse, remember how good things have been.
Life really can be simple. Some people chose to make it more complex than it is. Its so important to appreciate what you have in the moment, because no matter how you plan and map out your future the reality is, your whole world can change in the second – wether it be by winning the lottery or losing a wife and child.
Personally i believe in being honest with people as far as is possible. This isn’t because i am hoping to get to heaven or anything like that but its simple. Tell the truth and you don’t ever need to back-pedal or worry about being find out, you don’t need to keep track of lies, and your stress level is lower. Many people say they wish to hear the truth and not many actually do. The truth can be quite brutal at times but I’ve always believed that in the long term telling the truth is the best thing. On some occasions i may withhold the truth but lying to me is really a last resort. Ive known many people lie to others and lie to themselves because they think its easier, and in the short term it normally is – for long term peace and happiness thats simply not good thinking.
I am who i am. If people will accuse me of things that are not true then i will tend to set them straight. I don’t let people walk over me or direct negative feelings towards me. I don’t like people that i care for walk around with the wrong idea, or just accuse me of things that aren’t true. IF people think bad things about me for no good reason i need to correct it because you never know when it can come back and bite you. I am not perfect, i would rather people be annoyed with me for things i have done than fabricate things i have not.
I don’t ever hate – again this isn’t because i want to be virtuous its more because hate is a negative feeling that eats you up and causes you stress.
I tend not to worry about things. Half the time you worry about stuff that doesn’t happen, and the other half it does happen and worry has done nothing to help. So why stress? I do consider and assess risks all the time.
I look at things and tend to point out the negatives and some think because of that i am a negative person and its not true. I do communicate positive things often. if i see something negative i just want to address it and deal with it so things can be better. Ive had my fair share of negative things in life and all negative things have a positive perspective or something you can learn from them. The positive thing may not be nearly as big as the negative but i will always chose to focus on the positive, and will mull things over until i find it.
I live by rules, my own personal rules and i don’t like to break or bend them – i am my own worse critic. the only time i apply rules to others is when they do something to necessitate it. there are very few people in my life i apply rules to and its when they did something to deserve it.
Regardless of how good or bad things get, i don’t emotionally bounce from happy to sad all the time.  i stay somewhere in the middle – i am at peace – if i seem to be hard its not anger – i just apply the amount of pressure thats i think is needed  to bring life back into a perfect balance. With some people that can be a fair amount at times, but thats because i push back with the same amount of pressure i see people push at me.
I am not cruel. i have no desire to hurt anyone. i am me.

Incidental Music

Sometimes in shows there is incidental music which doesn’t appear in the credits, that i really like – or even end credits for that matter. NCIS doppleganger episode – Season 2 Episode 12 – is one of those shows – at the end of it there is a fairly nicely done scene with Gibbs and a girl  – where he tells the story of a mafia guy who was the first ever person prosecuted with DNA evidence. The music there was beautiful, and even though i suspect it was composed by Brian Kirk, i couldn’t find it anywhere.

Although Gibbs was referring to the first prosecution in US, technically speaking what Gibbs says isn’t true. The first time DNA was used to help prosecute was a few years earlier by  one of the founding fathers of DNA profiling  Alec Jefferies, back in 1986.

It was still a good scene though.

Letters from the sky

Describing my mood today is best done in music

The Matrix 1.0

Matrix OwenThe matrix is an awesome film, not just from an action perspective but from the whole idea of the whole human race being plugged into a virtual environment, and i am starting to wonder if indeed we are heading in that direction now. You see signs of the Matrix Version 1 – any time you go on a train. Certainly in Sweden the platform , and the trains tend to be really quiet – everyone has a headset, and is plugged into their phones or tablets. Going back 10 years it wasn’t uncommon to actually have a conversation with a person that you met on the train. If you try to do that now, you can see people getting actively uncomfortable.

What is happening to our social skills? Even kids are given iPads/mobile devices to keep them quiet. People grow reliant on technology, we are loosing our social skills, some of the kids i have met cannot even do multiplication without a calculator, and of course you can argue why should they? with the proliferation of technology doing the mundane tasks is kind of pointless right? Well I don’t think so – because in not knowing these fundamentals we loose our ability to adapt and understand – in IT i see it all the time – people learn how to use the cool easy to use context aware tools from companies like Microsoft, and have a wealth of programming libraries at their disposal which abstract them from whats actually happening. Little thought is ever given to how a pixel ends up on the screen – theres a bit of code to do it – when i was growing up there were not so many black boxes – we understood machine code and the wheres and whys of how things happened. As a consequence when it comes to employing technical specialists there are two distinct breeds you come across – those who have experience and can code, and those who understand and can adapt easily to new situations. I find it very hard though to find the latter category of people. those who crave to learn and understand.

The information age is cool, i love the net and being able to google things, but if we ended up loosing our technology, could we continue to survive, or are we destined to forever being a slave to technology?

My top posts


MedalI was just looking at my dashboard and i noticed my top rated posts are basically ones where i help a technical community – I did a post on a photoshop issue relating to variations and that is number one biggest searched and liked post on my site. In case you haven’t guessed it, i am fairly random with my posting. I had thought about building up my presence, and making my stuff more professional – but yet again i find myself shifting focus.

My sharepoint blog i haven’t looked at in a while for a couple of reasons – Firstly if i do decided i want to become a Microsoft MVP i would have to do it using their own mechanisms and that would be via my Microsoft profile. Secondly is i have been blogging a lot internally at work of late – ive been trying to focus more on technical things there than management things, because technology is where my heart is. Right now at work i am doing many things with SP2013 and the Cloud. Ive just read a few books on the subject which is getting me really quite enthusiastic on the subject. I have to keep this stuff internal to the company though. i had thought about creating an external blog but this is ridiculously difficult. Our marketing team at work would need to be involved – despite the fact that at my level i am expected to actively promote myself outside the company.

My health and fitness blog has suffered because I’ve not had so much to say – I’ve not been so healthy and fit of late. I put on a couple of kg thanks to spending time with my parents – thankfully i am well on the track to repairing that damage though.Ive been cycling a bit recently which has been good, but my tracking of my fitness has suffered since my phone was stolen.

In retrospect trying to maintain 3 blogs that are public facing was a silly idea. i hardly have the time for a single blog. With that in mind i think i will soon consolidate blogs again. I don’t feel like anyone really reads my stuff, nobody really comments anything, so why do i bother??


Where did latitude go?

I received the mail below from google yesterday. It seems they are closing down yet another service – this time latitude. Now I liked latitude it was a simple and easy to use service for keeping track of where people are via their GPS, and it worked cross platform. I feel sorry for all those app developers that designed cool apps to use this.
I wasn't an extensive user, but very occasionally it had its uses. Now as an apple user I still have find my friends – but in truth none of my other friends use apple services – they tend to go down the Android path, which is cool.
Recently google also shut down google reader which was another great service for consolidating news feeds. It was just a really cool idea, which many people implemented in their rss readers.
It's a sobering thought – that services that are provided to us online can be easily taken away. Although its not likely to happen what would happen they shut down youtube? Big companies rise and fall much like civilizations. If WordPress shut down overnight I don't know what I would do – time to make some backups.



Getting back to normal.

Okay since the last post Ive got Siri back I ended up buying a new iPad 4. I don't have a replacement mobile phone I'll just have to do something about it later – Ive made an insurance claim but these things take time. In the meantime the only mobile phone I've got is my work one and that's running android, It's quite tricky to adjust back to using android when you're so used to an iPhone! That said I appreciate android is really cool even though my handset isn't so cool, My battery only lasts 3 hours….

Normality will resume!

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