"Stop Energy is not reasoned, it never takes into account the big picture, it is the mirror image of Forward Motion. In the Stop Energy model, everyone, no matter how small their stake in a technology, has the power to veto."
I know what that is! I had this every step of the way when I was starting up weblogging communities. Everybody I talked to, in the hope that they would pick up on my forward energy and dance along energy said, "you'll need to do this." Or, you can't do that. Not until I started to ignore them did I move forward. But is still could have done with advice - deciding what was SE and good advice was my downfall.
Reading this has helped crystalise my own mind. I'll seek less advice and make certain, that I can deal better with the SE when it comes.
I missed this article last year. Found via J Robb's comments re RSS/Echo.
"In March 2002, any conflict with Iraq was still far away. That month saw the first discussion by British Government officials of compiling a 'dossier of evidence' against Saddam.
George W Bush had already made it clear to Blair at a summit in Washington that Iraq 'had to be dealt with'."
I still want to know why? I was for going after the WMD. I was suckered. I want to know why they thought it necessary to take out Saddam. What were the geopolitical reasons? They know WMD were a good 'man in the street' reason, but it was not theirs. What was Bush's reasons?
More from the Guardian article, in fact the last paragraph: Sir John Stanley, Conservative MP and former Minister, gave a clear exposition of what the committee believe the issue is about. 'The most crucial aspect of the interface between intelligence and policy - and you, Mr Campbell sit right down in the middle - is that intelligence helps to formulate policy and that policy never, never helps to formulate intelligence,' he said.
Campbell now awaits the verdict of the committee in eight days' time.
7th July... I'll be waiting.
"On Sunday 6 July Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire's Ironbridge Gorge will stage a working horse event to demonstrate the important role played by equines in daily life over a hundred year's ago.
Up to ten horses across a range of breeds and sizes will demonstrate their strength and grace while performing traditional tasks such as pulling historic trade vehicles and private carriages or hauling timber from the woods."
Sounds OK, though life time (?) family entry of £40 is a bit steep, I see you can do day entry...
Kite Festival. We made it! A few specialist shops, one kites, one boomerangs, one frisbees, and one African art, dunno why. I'd love to get one of those huge kites, that look like parachutes, but at £108 I can't really justify it.
Anyway, there's very little wind, most of the time there's no kites up, then a gust lasting maybe 10 minutes puts loads of kites up. I spend ages running with Esme and Bradley and our kite, trying to end the pouts re: who's turn is it now, with Alex, Francis but not polite Amy joining the melee.
It's worth all the hastle to see Bradley running off with the kite high in the air, he runs right to the edge of the field, then turns around, thusly the kite falls, but I can hear him he he'ing to himself as he goes. Esme give it some too. I just wish there was enough wind to do without the running, then I could get another kite - one each - to stop the constant "my turns."
Aunty Alison, has a go with the kite for Bradley, while Alex, her son is giving it some with his in the background.
His goes quite well, and he runs off to the edge of the field, Alison sets off after him fearing he won't stop. This is a common problem all day.
Of course, the ladies come prepared, with blanket, picnic, and all the trimmings. Me? Well, I only heard about it a few minutes before we set off, so that's my excuse. I supply the chips from the take-away stand.
Sue (sunglasses) is sitting down giving instructions and disciplining the queue for the rocket machine. Just jump on the box, and it flies through the air. Bradley gets pissed off, because first time I pick him up and drop him on it. He wanted to do it himself, and in front of his peers I think this is too much - he wants to go home.
Eventually he gets it, and can jump on the box just like the rest. He also pointed out that we'd got one of these pump boxes at home, for the swimming pool.
Esme's a bit mardy today. I think it's due to a small cold. She has a little cut on her finger nail - biting her nails - it takes me ages to bring her back to reality. We all have some crying troubles. I think it's the sun, as they're all wincing, even though it's not shining, it's very bright. She had this top for Xmas
Got no idea what he's got in his hand. But he does well again with the toilet. I say to Sue as I notice him pulling his willy, "very Italian." She laughs.
Pretty funny seeing Bradley with his hands behind his back. Amy, Sue's daughter, chases a frisbee in the background.
Sue, and Alison disappear off to the tent shops, and come back with a kite each for Alex, Francis and Amy. I sigh. Knowing that I'll be doing much more running about, more tangles, etc. It works to not so bad, but at one stage we'd got four kites trying to fly, kids running every direction trying to launch them, phew!
All in all it's a good day. Pity about the wind, I think I'll come back with them again on Sunday, maybe windy then.
Francis, Alsison's middle daughter, she's turning out to be huge, not fat, just big and tall.
If you want to get a head, get a hat. Esme looks so cool in her Barbie base ball hat. Bradley looks a nob. Have to get him some more selection in hats.
Esme gets a pick frisbee, green seems to be Bradley's favourite colour at the moment. I'll pack well if I end up going there again tomorrow.
"Me go moon."
I pick them up from school. What to do? We go off to the big park as that seems to be to popular vote. But as it's rainy we visit the bowling for a while where they play on the video car racing games for a while, then watch the bowling.
And end up watching the skating, which today it ice hockey. It's so damn cold in there, and we're just in out shorts and tee-shirts, we don't last long. Just enough to play on the chairs upstairs as tradition would have it.
Apparently there's, now, two blogging MPs: Liberal Democrat Richard Allen is at it too.
I don't find their news particularly exciting. I'll keep looking for a while and see if it picks up, or if I get into their character and plot.
"The position of those phones can now be displayed on a map. FleetOnline allows you to query the mobile phones used by the work force to see their whereabouts on a geographic map."
This is pretty good. 20p - 25p depending on operator. No All charges are on your mobile's bill, can be pre-paid or contract. 5/100 yards in cities to 5 Km in countryside... Also, SMS handlers. Can be friends or family as well as enmployees. Can specify 'off' hours too.
My partner, Amanda is a mobile hairdresser, always running late... Hmmm.
Tim Bray: "RSS has huge business potential. Here is a laundry list of a few things you could (and I think should) use it for. There are big-money implications. But thereÕs at least one big obstacle too..."
Having and RSS feed delivered from my bank re: my account or credit card would certainly be very handy, as Tim explains above. I'd also like that on my phone, as David Davies has.
I don't know why he pulled his shy face, he's usually up for a picture.
"Our aim is to have a viable Welsh desktop running by the 2003 National Eisteddfod in August. If you want to help, read on!"
More here from ZDnet. "If I wanted to get a Welsh version of Windows, it would mean a lot of lobbying and probably spending a lot of money to get it done," Donnelly said. "With free software it cuts through all that."
Mr. Meckler(CEO Jupitermedia) views blogging as a marketing opportunity. "But it doesn't work unless you have some personality in it," he said.
Tim O'Reilly, (president of O'Reilly & Associates) views blogging as a way for chief executives to do an end run around the company's public relations firms and "glossy brochures" and speak directly to customers and vendors.
Ms. Ireland, (CEO Cheskin, a marketing consulting firm in Calif.) you have to hit just the right tone or you will turn off customers, she said, by making it seem "like you're trying to market the company."
The Government Office Intranet is still haunting me. Will I ever be free? ";->"
Still writing the report. Finally collected everything into one outline, now to sting it all together into a nice read. Later, I'll add some nice formatting, and mouse over tricks.
I've been reading some intranet advice sites, and there are plenty, I think we've got most things covered. One thing I'd like to concentrate on is the internal promotion of the intranet. So that users look there first, before asking someone on the phone. Part of that would revolve around the production of calendar posters placed in every office. Over a few months I guess people would get the message, and the writers will be encouraged.
Here is a nice calendar that I'd like to make into a Manila plugin.
The side by side comparisons for the new G% against the Windows world, "Apple ran the Adobe Photoshop tests using a 600MB Photoshop file."
A 600MB file? What the hell's in that? Is it just a big file in pixels (width x height), or has it hundreds of layers, channels and filters?
I've been reading about the new G5s having upto 8GB of RAM as well, now I'm missing something here, what would a user what with all this horse power? Video? Sure. But Photoshop files? Well, I suppose I haven't really pushed Photoshop for sometime, maybe I should get one of these machines and try. Doing web graphics, and 1 megapixel pix from my digital camera, I couldn't get close to 600MB!
The new bluetooth stuff sounds very good. Using a phone as a proximity sensor, really does blow my mind. To stop iTunes as I move out of a room and start it back up again is pretty cool. And it being Applescriptable opens up a whole new world. Though, I see Nokias aren't yet compatible, only Sony-Ericsson.
Look at that mountain in the background!
Saturday: we're at the Cwmaman Community Education Centre. So, the Lottery does do some good. As my old man says, better it spent here than a few nights of bloody opera in London. There's a cinema which doubles as a theatre, community rooms, and most importantly a bar. I'm sure there's a lot more there, but I didn't see it all, I had four kids in tow.
There was a bouncy castle at this fate, I'm not sure of the good cause, but it was a nice place to visit, about a mile further up the valley from my Mum's house. I just couldn't get over the location. These mountains look wonderful, if only they were in reach of broadband, I'd move there in a... Mind I'd have to consider the travelling to clients, but then I don't do much of that, most biz is on the phone, through the 'net...
"The GIF graphics file format was invented by CompuServe in 1987. In the years since, a debate has been raging as to the correct way to pronounce "GIF": like "jif", or with a hard 'g' as in "gift" as a majority of Mac users seem to prefer. With this page I intend to clear this up once and for all..."
Well, that's clear. But I'll still call them 'ghiffs.' And Jay-pegs. And P.N.G.s Always has been always will be.
"To participate simply bring your camera-enabled cellphone to any love hotel on the evening of Thursday, July 3rd 2003 and post photos and commentary to the shared public blog for the event."
Example: "Leaning against a wall
I was standing next to a wall and began to feel a little tired. I leaned to the side against the wall and continued to adopt this slightly more comfortable posture for several moments."
187 comments to that one post!
"Welcome to Keitai Log, an occasional Web diary by a group of Tokyo college students who are researching the changing role of cell phones -- keitai -- in Japanese society."
Should be interesting, isn't at mo.
"One day last weekend, I had nothing to do. I was visiting my old Radio weblog, and started wondering how many others had jumped ship like myself. 98 lines of Ruby later, I had a set of totally useless statistics... "
Half interesting stats. Though I think there's more, like me, who've moved to our own hosting and not updated the Userland version. And I'd bet that over the past few months, as blogging's become bigger the numbers have jumped.
Amanda's taken them out to pick some strawberries from a local farm. We all pig out on them. A few days later I look in the fridge and see we really ought to pig out more on them. They go soggy too quick.
Flying like birds.
"(6) If you are approached by a salesperson, explain that everyone present lives together, in a huge converted warehouse in Long Island City, and that you are there looking for a "[secret phrase]." Explain that you make all purchases as a group."
Art or just prankiness? School kid prankiness me thinks. See more pix. Funny. $10,000 rug?
"It's a solution relying on CSS3 selectors, so you'll need Mozilla or some other Gecko spin-off to get the full effects. "
Nice little idea, and Sjoerd seems to think his works in MSIE too.
" The all-but-final proposal draft says that Internet news organizations, individual Web sites, moderated mailing lists and even Web logs (or "blogs"), must offer a "right of reply" to those who have been criticized by a person or organization. "
Euro-bloggers would be knackered, but me here in the UK, will probably be left out of this nonsence.
"test styles opens a popup window in which you can type CSS rules that will be applied instantly to the page you are viewing, while edit styles does the same thing but pre-populates the window with the style sheets of the current site, allowing you to edit them in place. ancestors is also useful; it shows the element hierarchy of the element your mouse is currently over, which can help you see what selector you need to use to modify that element's style."
Sounds well useful. Haven't tried them out yet, but will report later.
A competitor, I guess, but useful quotes for me ";->"
Weblogs offer enterprises an alternative to e-mail or traditional content management by providing easy to use publishing tools that create a unified repository of shared information can be quickly disseminated.
[Weblogs] save them from printing out documents and e-mails and putting them in folders.
I need to write a report for the Governement Office's Intranet project. In it I need to say what will be the next steps. So, I'm lloking around for some quotes about blogging in business and this geezer 'Rock' has pointed out some nice little bits for me...
With his budget and staff slashed, Connecticut state CIO Rock Regan is looking to Weblogs as a key tool to keep his organization running.
...the ability to capture knowledge about current problems and upcoming technologies and distribute it across a company quickly has become critical, he said. Weblogs let employees jot down notes and ideas on pages available across the corporation.
"We desperately want to use [Weblogs] for project management," because the department, which serves 65 agencies, has so many projects that it could benefit from a shared knowledgebase, he said.
Regan said Weblogs are proving vital in breaking down bureaucratic walls. "My people in general don't communicate well on projects," he said.
Weblogs are proving a way for employees to realize what they have in common.
Still busy building the intranet for the Government Office of the West Midlands.
No time to blog. Well, that's not true, there's always time to blog, just that, I can't be arsed most of the time. If I've got some spare time, I don't want to be on a computer, I want to taste some life - mainly with the kids.
Next week, the job'll be finished and I'll catch up blogging the kids, got plenty of pix to put up and there's lots to write about regarding the recent biz blogger conference.
Here's a nice quote that stuck in my mind: Adam talks about the barriers to entry with CMS systems. Boy is that ever true. We tried to put a CMS system in place in Utah and I think its still not off the ground. Its difficult to get the use cases right, difficult to train people, and requires a lot of money (more than its worth, perhaps). About the same time, I started playing around with Radio because it was a personal CMS. We'd have been better off to just buy Manila for $1000 and get people used to the idea of content management. When you're in a big organization, there's a temptation to do things big, even if you ought to start small. That's a tough lesson to learn.
Well, it's been learnt at the Gov Office of the West Midlands ";->"
There's more here: but it's still the cluetrainy stuff that's been knocking about for ages. I guess they're just rewording it so businesses can understand it better. One day biz will blog. They'll have to. Sterile ads won't cut it and those biz who blog will reap the benefits, so the old internet adage, "if you're not on the internet by 1999, you'll be out of business" will become, "if you're not a blogging biz by 2005, you'll be out of business." I wonder just what the world will be like once ads are dead and the whole world blogs?
Mobile blogging from the front line! [Via blogs of war]
Still busy, building the intranet for the Government Office. Nearly finished, just cleaning up the edges ready for the swap over at the weekend.
"Powell's presentation did not persuade the U.N. Security Council, but it did help convince many Americans that Saddam was a real threat."
I'm deeply troubled over this. I was for a war to rid Iraq of WMD. Now, I'm reading that it was a PR job, a spin put on very flimsy evidence. What would happen if they cried wolf again?
Part of me thinks that Saddam's taken his poison bottles with him. The other part thinks there never was any.
Short: Blair lied to cabinet and made secret war pact with US
... a new dossier on which Downing Street pins its hopes will be produced by US intelligence and weapons inspection teams.
Hmmm... So, a dossier saying that he had WMD is going to be spun up to cover the fact that there hasn't been any found? Are we that gullible?
Five steps to the world according to Bush
The British intelligence source said the best Humint on Saddam was held by the French who had agents in Iraq.
'French intelligence was telling us that there was effectively no real evidence of a WMD programme. That's why France wanted a longer extension on the weapons inspections. The French, the Germans and the Russians all knew there were no weapons there -- and so did Blair and Bush as that's what the French told them directly. Blair ignored what the French told us and instead listened to the Americans.' [Originally from the Sunday Herald]
My world is turning upside down. Who to believe? Do I really think a public inquiry will say Bush/Blair lied to take the US/UK to war because... ? Why? Because Rumsfield wanted to do so before Bush was elected?
My only reasoning, is that 'they' wanted to take the war on terrorism to the Middle East, rather than waiting for the inevitable.