Time to plant a tree

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It’s already halfway through the month, my Christmas holiday is within touching distance (I finish up on Friday), and then it’ll be 2013. As I spent a lot of time last week in airports I did some quick (and very rough) calculations and realised that I’ve logged around 21,500 miles of air travel this year, and…

A New Normal

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I’m currently cruising high in the sky above the USA, on my way from San Francisco to Boston. It’s part of a whistle stop tour of two of our offices here which have teams of software engineers, architects and product managers (no technical writers though) that are building part of the product we will be…

President Obama

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The United States of America has, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock these past couple of months, a new President. Bye bye Bush, hello “Change” and a big dollop of hope. Like many others I’ve been a little swept up in the general goodwill that President Obama seems to carry with him, and…

On being global

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Apparently I am a global citizen, indeed we are all global citizens these days. OK, so my current train of thought is heading down the route largely blazed by Naomi Klein in her book No Logo. Large companies like, say, Starbucks, are able to push smaller local competitors out of business. Which is true and…

Questions Answered #8

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In a desperate effort to gain some weird form of validation, I stole an idea for a blog post and begged my readers to ask me a question. And they did. The buggers. Now I have to answer them. Question 8: Jane asks, quite simply, for “The ideal jogging route”. The ideal jogging route This…

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15 years

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Yesterday marked the 15th anniversary of when some bloke, sorry SIR some bloke, published some files on an international network. Since then a lot has changed. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it mediocre, some of it, er, unmediocre. I first stumbled across the internet in my first job. After being…

The Global Goggle Box

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The internet brings us many things, many of which have been listed before and it should be said that most of the things are joyous and good, although some of them are nasty and bad. I really like the good things, the people, the ability to lose three hours and not realise it, and the…

Dream Team Mk..5? 6?

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Anyone for a game of basketball then? Just a quick game in the World Championships, aww c’mon, it’s not like the competition is going to be up to much… ahem… Team USA Photo Roster

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Soccer

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It’s a two-zip scenario. Unless anyone can re-send me the alternative Brazil vs Scotland match thoughts from France 1998, which featured the thoughts that ran through the Scottish players heads as they faced the mighty Brazil (memory-jogger if you read it: John Collins permanently worrying about how he looked) then this little piece has to…

No Amazon Logo

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Tying in nicely with my current reading of her book No Logo comes the following article:AlterNet — Brand USA (via dooce). The article highlights the inherent risk in trying to brand a country thats strongest claim at a ‘brand’ is it’s acceptance and celebration of diversity. The more I read about this kind of thing…

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