These are words we use often in an organisational context, but words that are seldom discussed; and when discussed, often done so opaquely or inaccurately.
4 October 2022 Read Time2 mins Read More
Today's Russia is pursuing the same aims as in 1946: autarchy for Russia and Russian-dominated adjacent areas by a leader, under pressure from nationalistic backers, who has miscalculated the situation.
24 September 2022 Read Time12 mins Read More
Little did I know how consistently Firefox would be my window to the World Wide Web, nor how its security, and in time privacy focus, would shape my understanding of what it means to be online.
23 September 2022 Read Time2 mins Read More
'Fantasy (in this sense) is, I think, not a lower but a higher form of Art, indeed the most nearly pure form, and so (when achieved) the most potent.'
21 September 2022 Read Time5 mins Read More
The Queen was an ever constant in a changeable and unpredictable world. Over seven decades, she was always there for us.
19 September 2022 Read Time4 mins Read More
Whether you have something to hide has far more to do with who is looking than what they can see.
30 July 2022 Read Time3 mins Read More
I wonder if there is an alternative reading in which they did not make a conscious decision to be 'evil'?
4 June 2022 Read Time3 mins Read More
It becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.
1 June 2022 Read Time4 mins Read More
In this context, we do well to reject the bullshitters of this world, but we do our understanding a disservice if we are sceptical to a fault.
23 May 2022 Read Time5 mins Read More
I have a thesis of which I am proud, and a marriage to my beautiful wife Halaina — who has been a constant source of love, joy, and support as I laboured in the archives.
22 May 2022 Read Time10 mins Read More
One of History's lessons is that once a group is deemed unteachable they will be placed in the category of an ever present threat to the preferred social order.
28 February 2022 Read Time3 mins Read More
Time again at a premium, I mused on my latest quest for minimalism. In doing so I realised that I was creating as many problems as I was solving.
21 February 2022 Read Time7 mins Read More
Sit with ambiguity, but be aware of when a seemingly circular conversation is enhancing a definitional understanding and when it is just a group of individuals unable to comprehend ambiguity hoping that a drawn out conversation will nail down the problem.
12 February 2022 Read Time6 mins Read More
From time to time, I contemplate how I publish. Mostly because I like 'the elegance of a refined workflow'.
5 February 2022 Read Time12 mins Read More
Those who rise to the top jobs, do so not because they are better leaders or have fewer blots on their copybook — it is because they are better able to shrug off criticism and weather the blistering attacks that are directed at all holders of public office.
23 January 2022 Read Time7 mins Read More
To determine if the statement is 'true', we don't need to poll everyone — only to understand the category of the statement.
17 January 2022 Read Time9 mins Read More
In science, a paradigm is a model or pattern — a typical instance or exemplar. But in rhetoric, my chosen field, it is an example or guide as to how one should behave.
27 December 2021 Read Time8 mins Read More
Don't worry about the populist, worry about what comes after them. And what is coming seems clear: Billionaires of the 2.0 revolution.
7 November 2021 Read Time6 mins Read More
Freeman Dyson famously wrote that “A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.”
5 November 2021 Read Time1 min Read More
I have often thought that an individual is far more than their job title or pay scale. Which means that even in a professional networking context, your portfolio of experience should also include your experiences.
31 October 2021 Read Time3 mins Read More
Instead of these three paths, the Fourth Way seeks to provide an alternative in which a student can seek to find a sense of mastery while still living their everyday life.
27 September 2021 Read Time5 mins Read More
When we cut each other off from access to knowledge, we may preserve our copyright, but we run the risk of endangering our copy's posterity.
27 August 2021 Read Time2 mins Read More
If not accidentally lost, your data can vanish in other ways: the community project shutters, a company goes under, or the subset of services you use are axed.
2 August 2021 Read Time4 mins Read More
Winter Ink PeerTube will allow for the documenting and preservation of videos to which I can link in my ongoing speculations about life and art. Links, and the content they reference, which are permanent and will always work. A necessity to promote the adoption of individually-owned and controlled sovereign spaces which enable an open and healthy web.
19 July 2021 Read Time6 mins Read More
While access to information is now relatively more widespread than in the past, the modern paywall can often prove to be as much of a hurdle to access as the price of manuscripts was in yesteryear.
4 June 2021 Read Time7 mins Read More
Does it truly safeguard that which is dangerous and true while restricting that which is dangerous and false, and does it arrive at this determination through a process of deliberation; or, does it merely replace one arbitrary determination for another about that which is dangerous.
22 May 2021 Read Time7 mins Read More
The moment when left leaning popular culture overreached itself and instead of fascist shaming a once obscure academic into silence, brought back into popular use what had long been taboo and empowered the very thing they thought they were destroying.
16 April 2021 Read Time5 mins Read More
In praxis, the result for Bitcoin is that the ideological claims for a decentralised, government free, anonymous currency has given way to the ‘worse-is-better’ ideology of why most people seem to be dumping cash into crypto: to get rich and live the capitalist high life.
13 April 2021 Read Time4 mins Read More
Consider that a UI should assume the user doesn’t have a high level of software experience, nor is willing to learn how to use the command line to undertake some level of personalisation.
10 April 2021 Read Time3 mins Read More
I have long been concerned with the negative human impact on our environment and while I am some way off from thinking the world is on fire, it is clear that business as usual is going to leave a decidedly lessened planet for our children. Thus my spotlight on the ecological effects of our choices is slowly widening and most recently has taken in cryptocurrency.
29 March 2021 Read Time4 mins Read More
Mastodon allows you to run your own server which means you have "absolute control over your own voice on the web, not subject to anyone else's rules or whims. Your server is your property, with your rules."
6 March 2021 Read Time4 mins Read More
A few months back I gave a short sketch of how I publish online. But today is back to the future as I return to WordPress.
12 August 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
In the spirit of a benign dictatorship, my determination of quality contributions will be both objective and subjective. No offence is intended, but as offence is a social construct, taking it is at your discretion.
9 August 2020 Read Time4 mins Read More
I went up to the hillside and took a panorama view of the city and found the whole city on fire. - Kiyoshi Tanimoto,
6 August 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
Whether pre-prepared or thought out during serialisation, it provides for a short or medium content format which addresses a long form topic.
5 August 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Since the earliest days of our evolution on the savanna, our visual and aural senses have been attuned to ignore content.
4 August 2020 Read Time4 mins Read More
As the contagion bit hard, Pepys chronicled the flight from the city, mostly of doctors, lawyers and merchants. Then as now, only those with the financial means to do so can seek refuge in seclusion.
3 August 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
Turner was something of a privacy advocate. In the 1841 census he rowed a boat into the Thames so he could not be counted as being present at any property
2 August 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
It is possible to find a subjectivity and objectivity of the written word and know I am on the right track, even if my work is temporarily out of fashion.
1 August 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
In the tradition of my family, and the civilised everywhere, I will be planning the meal starting with dessert, working through the main to the entree.
31 July 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
While the fool is wise who opens not his mouth, the quiescence of the thoughtful is a loss for society. This is particularly the case when it comes to social media and blogging.
30 July 2020 Read Time4 mins Read More
The history of the Spanish Armada is a call to take care on our journey home. Although we may feel mauled by the day, we can salvage most of what we have.
29 July 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
Find a trigger which helps you to get in the frame for writing, leverage the power of habit and set your inner candidate to the task.
28 July 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
In some senses this is very apt, as on social media we are too often prisoners in a system providing emotional support to other prisoners.
27 July 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
A writer can fall into the trap of imagining because 67% of respondents to a survey support X, there is genuinely wide spread support for the proposition..
26 July 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
This has started me on my own quest for a lighter footprint in my publishing platform. To that end, there is much tinkering to do.
17 July 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Though conclusions drawn from data may be offensive, we should be slow to take offence at data. Even if it contradicts our deeply held beliefs.
17 July 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
A striking feature of Wells' book is the way in which he prefigured 'cancel culture' in the thinking of his fictional social scientist.
15 July 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
At this stage, employees, whether remote or in an office, enjoy true autonomy. The Nirvana Mullenweg and Co. are in search of for their businesses.
13 July 2020 Read Time5 mins Read More
Musing on how the building I passed was the very antithesis of the Gothic, I found myself recalling some of the majestic architecture of the past.
12 July 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
For me, this can become frankly as depressing as, to quote Blackadder:
getting an arrow through the neck and discovering there's a gas bill tied to it.
11 July 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
In the vast ignorance of a society absent of sceptical enquiry, evil festers and spreads, like the coming of night, and all foul things come forth.
10 July 2020 Read Time4 mins Read More
The concept of a clock was chosen because it implies that unless we stop the seconds from ticking down, the hands will inevitably reach midnight.
9 July 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
It also raises questions about cross posting to other platforms, such as Medium, which are the natural hunting ground of avid readers.
8 July 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
While I am not a popularity junkie, it is more gratifying to know one is writing for a large than a small audience as I write to try and assist others.
7 July 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Hogwarts was not only the best but, if you didn't read the text carefully and skipped whole sections of Goblet of Fire, the only wizarding school.
6 July 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
Knowing this only shifts the problem from 'how' to 'when'. In other words, at what speed should the change management take place?
5 July 2020 Read Time5 mins Read More
To a man weened on 'beautiful one day, perfect the next' descriptions of his adoptive land, it comes as a shock to find it so chilly a dull earache begins.
4 July 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
Bellowing preconceived ideas with ever increasing volume is seldom a path to organisational success and Vedic happiness.
3 July 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Avid readers, and those who accidentally stumbled in searching for something else, will have seen deliberations on whether or not to switch platforms.
1 July 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
Musing the topic, three ideas immediately spring to mind, which is a suitable number for the 100 Days challenge.
30 June 2020 Read Time5 mins Read More
The novelist saw more clearly the differences between fact and fiction. That notions of a 'better world' tomorrow is a fallacy of the doctrine of progress.
29 June 2020 Read Time4 mins Read More
Not a nice, cosy little hole, you understand. Rather a long and seemingly unending one. After you've fallen down it, you never know where you will come out.
28 June 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
Plato wrote of cardinal virtues and their importance in the character of a good city. It is tempting to pickup this theme in regards to leadership.
27 June 2020 Read Time5 mins Read More
As a child, the sense of being tested vexed me much. This persisted into early adulthood, as I steadfastly continued to avoided administration.
26 June 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
I share Gilmour's puzzlement that more authors don't team up with musicians to add another dimension to their audiobooks.
25 June 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
I have to stand on the shoulders of giants or, more specifically, tinker with the work of others to accomplish the end result desired.
24 June 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
I seem to recall a time when life was filled with good conversation. The kind of talks in which minutes melted into hours.
23 June 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
As the saying goes, 'God is in the detail' and only by finessing the little things does the overall project take on a majestic form.
22 June 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
Ever a man to love a bit of tinkering, the blogging process has also proved to be as much a technical as a mental exercise.
21 June 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Having perused and discarded a number of options (Medium, Tumblr, Squarespace and Jekyll), I am now caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
20 June 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
While many will cheer and even demand over correction, given the 'historical injustice,' many questions remain unanswered.
19 June 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
There is no dearth of ideas, but each was pondered and rejected in turn as the research involved exceeds the allotted time for this daily challenge.
18 June 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
I love to give back to those who give so much to me, but sometimes this sucks all my powers of concentration. This is the height of mental indigestion.
17 June 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
For the ancients, doubting was the end of a lifelong quest for truth. For moderns, it has become the beginning rather than end of speculation.
16 June 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
Much the same could be said for the current protests. Eventually the people will leave the streets and things will largely go back to how they were.
15 June 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
One superb example of the genre is the business letterhead of Nikola Tesla - after whom the car company is named. Stunning share by Letterheady.
14 June 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
Declines in sexual activity seem to owe more to 'the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 and the global recession of 2008' than fear of contracting Aids.
13 June 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Memory is more than the activity of an individual. It is an object, in so much as a statue or inscription reminds passers by of a person or event.
11 June 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
Pushing back on unorthodox views has given rise to 'wrongspeak,' 'the things we believe to be true but cannot say,' creating a Media Archipelago.
10 June 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
While the line between a Socratic acceptance of the limits of our knowledge and genuine ignorance is blurred, academia's financial rapacity knows no bounds.
8 June 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Yet for all the antics, there was a certain honesty about such naked corruption. Votes were sold and it was clear who was buying them.
7 June 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
One of the most memorable photographs of D-Day was taken by Chief Photographer's Mate Robert F. Sargent and aptly titled 'Into the Jaws of Death.'
6 June 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
Combining powdered toad with the excretions and serum made into lozenges and worn about the affected area, drove away the contagion and drew out the poison.
4 June 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
End to End Privacy requires providing users with encryption everywhere they don't control. This is a promise a platform needs to uphold.
3 June 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Today I pay homage to one brilliantly penned piece by WSC, from an age when they both inked and blotted.
2 June 2020 Read Time4 mins Read More
Much as I wallowed in the majestic minimalism of how I publish, I now find myself revelling in a new minimalism of how I read.
1 June 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Sidestepping Trump's wounded pose and Twitter's egregious claim of the moral high ground and an interesting question about politics and speech emerges.
30 May 2020 Read Time4 mins Read More
Specifically put, proportionality isn't a one way street in which the power of the state is neutered to the benefit of an individual.
30 May 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
To replace a People's Republic network with a Democratic Club network isn't necessarily an improvement because it only prefences one centralised solution over another.
29 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
As our forebears strove for the aspiration to vote, the mortgaging of our data for access to services requires us to strive for the aspiration to privacy.
28 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Sadly, for our attempts to hold power to account, the 'what' is lost to the political 'how,' with which side wins becoming the benchmark for 'account.'
27 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Though a visual man, I have grown tired of the flickering images of social media where unlimited filters and effects cannot cover the dearth of thought.
26 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
In the main, scholars, developers and researchers cite those who have gone before, without whose work their own product would be much reduced.
25 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
If I seek a day in which I am not on duty, and politicians are merely flesh and blood, should they too not be allowed a moments reprieve?
24 May 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
With digital services often serving as our memory, to remove content from personal drives is to airbrush our memory.
23 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Perhaps this is the heart of my distaste for much social media: it is designed to halt my thinking and focus my attention, not impell me to think on.
22 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
I didn't have the time to write you a short blog about historical analogies, so I wrote about something else.
21 May 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
The key is to avoid reading events falsely, which inevitably leads to politics shaping what we think is true.
20 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
A point to remember when next your private moments are leveraged to improve a marketing algorithm. The unintended consequence of code is speech.
19 May 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
The issue is not can they keep my data safe from an unauthorised third party, but can they keep my data safe from their algorithms.
18 May 2020 Read Time13 mins Read More
The only prevention is to discourage the banning of alternative views and instead engagement in rational discourse.
17 May 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
Like a genre in publishing, a work forms part of an existing discourse and this creates certain ground rules for how words will be read and ideas conveyed.
16 May 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
At first, my thinking rebels against the act of concentration. A day spent being pulled in a myriad of directions does not for a focused mind make.
15 May 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
My quest for a publishing platform which was both elegant, unencumbered by endless plug-ins and left me alone with my text, brought me to write.as.
14 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
The question today, for whom do you write? Perhaps to improve your scribblings; perhaps to attract a general audience; or perhaps it is for posterity?
13 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
This causes something of a paradox. I thought I would have to take a leave pass to not write today, yet pondering this has caused me to write today.
12 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
To be a part of a society which doesn't take these choices means the most meaningful solution is to look at ambient as well as personal privacy.
11 May 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
A compelling aspect is the way in which Hokusai's work burgeoned as he aged. An unconscious reaction to feeling we are yet to realise our potential.
10 May 2020 Read Time16 mins Read More
I came across a stone bench that appeared to be very old. Carved into an ancient looking wall, dappled in moss, thick creepers wound across its surface.
9 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
In a sense, our online privacy is much like a child, vulnerable to the world and easily spirited away by a platform which offers ease of connection.
Though it is not clear if this is the poet or the urn speaking, what is clear is that the passage seeks to transcend visual value.
7 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
The past, which comes flooding in, transports us to a moment which is both frozen in time and animated by our thinking. 'Oh, the humanity!'
6 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
At times, writing alone is not action enough to free my thinking from its melancholy trends. In such times I turn to that most lyric of the muses, Euterpe.
It is fitting these memorial days are side by side because a central theme in the Star Wars saga was the freedom of peoples to live according to their need.
4 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
My writing efforts are usually months in gestation. Thus I am out of the habit of a daily journal. #100DaysToOffload should fix that.
The notion that the 'significant symbols,' found in the harmony between the projected and received understanding of the gesture which transports meaning between employee and manager, are not fixed, but are subject to continual recreation allowing infinite flexibility when assessing project planning.
12 June 2017 Read Time10 mins Read More
Variability in people leads to variability in the anticipated behaviour. In this context there is always a degree of unpredictability in behaviour.
19 May 2017 Read Time10 mins Read More
In the postmodern age, we are surrounded by more heroes than in a Homeric epic, with football players, life guards and even movie stars being thrown into the mix.
18 February 2017 Read Time8 mins Read More
CSR only has a limited connection to the business while CSV is 'integral to a company’s profitability and competitive position.'
20 June 2015 Read Time13 mins Read More
Chrysostom argued against the notion of men being elevated to the level of gods as such men had not been able to restore their kingdom after death.
28 November 2014 Read Time25 mins Read More
Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
11 April 2010 Read Time4 mins Read More
The Fourth Crusade veered from its original aim, the reconquest Jerusalem, and ended in the sack of Constantinople; earning for itself the ignominious title of the crusade against fellow-Christians.
5 April 2010 Read Time8 mins Read More
This oft quoted phrase has gone from the everyday, through the forests of cliche and emerged in the sun lit uplands of meaningless twaddle.
22 November 2009 Read Time3 mins Read More
After entering a score of passwords, and wrapping tinfoil around my head to ensure the CIA were not tracking me...
17 November 2009 Read Time3 mins Read More
If the good Lord was not disposed to prevent this scene in the first instance, he was unlikely to extricate me in the second.
15 November 2009 Read Time2 mins Read More