May 2008

Banksy's wonderful "rats" series

by Limbic on May 14, 2008

 

   

Get more at the Banksy website .

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Klok – Personal Time Tracking made Easy

by Limbic on May 13, 2008

Klok is a tool intended to be used by individuals, like myself, who have a need to track the time they spend on projects, tasks or anything else for that matter. It is a desktop tool that requires the Adobe AIR runtime
Klok – Personal Time Tracking made Easy – Free Software

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This goes well with his recent essay “Lessons from 4 independent years

In 2003 I quit my management job at Microsoft to try to live by writing books, teaching and public speaking. It was the scariest decision I’d made in my life and here on the other side, about 4 years later, is what I’ve learned. If you believe life is to be explored, here are notes from a work adventure. There’s no amazing new theory – you may have heard all this before, but here it is, in first person. [More: Lessons from 4 independent years ]

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My latest in Pajamas Media

Pajamas Media » Serbian Election a Muddle for Pro-EU Forces

 

 

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Here is a round-up of some good Gannthead articles

Why Employees Jump Ship

Contrary to popular belief, lousy pay is not often the primary reason for quitting a job. Not that money isn’t important, but it’s seldom the primary reason most people change jobs.

If you take job insecurity as a given, statistics predict that you won’t be working for the same company a decade from now. You’re very likely to have two more jobs. Even though frequent job changes often have a lot to do with variables beyond your control–mergers or acquisitions, or economic or market uncertainties–there are common reasons why people change jobs.

Self- Coaching

As your career progresses, good job performance may no longer be enough for advancement or personal satisfaction. The difference between doing the job and doing it well may require a change in behavior, the kind that is difficult to define and hard to implement. Companies and bosses don’t offer this kind of guidance, which is why the field of coaching now exists.
“Social values in the workplace are shifting to a more interactive style,” says Dr. Anthony M. Grant, a coaching psychologist and founder and director of the University of Sydney’s Coaching Psychology Unit. Both a psychologist and a coach, he knows the value of outside guidance but realizes it may not always be possible to get it.
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, “train the trainer” refers to programs where workshops help create effective trainers on specific material who in turn can go out and then train others on how to use this material. While it is a technique commonly employed by companies with financial constraints, many industries have incorporated it as their standard means to more fully integrate training into the workforce.

One of the major reasons it is used is that this technique can be organized to quickly dispense information since it calls upon the talents of many people to educate a large organization. Managed and controlled properly, it can distribute a consistent message that keeps associates informed at the same relative time, thus improving the success of the training and its continuity.

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The (Virtual) Global Office

by Limbic on May 13, 2008

IBM and others are using Second Life and other virtual worlds to help with coordination and staff geographical and cultural barriers.

The (Virtual) Global Office

 

 

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Somehow I do not think this is one of these:

The first time they found one, authorities dubbed it “Big Foot.” They had heard rumors that such things existed, but nobody had actually seen one.

It was late 2006, and Big Foot was not lurking in a forest, but at sea, 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of Costa Rica. And it was not an ape-like creature, but a hulking, blue vessel resembling a submarine and carrying several tons of cocaine.

Nor was it a solitary beast.

Authorities say they are detecting more and more seacraft like Big Foot — known as self-propelled semi-submersibles — carrying larger and larger loads of drugs.

[From AFP: Narco subs pose new challenge for US coast guards]

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A really good article on how energy expensive the web is. Green Data Centres and energy awareness has definitely gone mainstream.

So you???ve heard the hype on going green, wouldn???t you like to know how the internet fits into the big picture of saving energy? Every time you search Google you could power an 11-watt light bulb for an hour??? Think that???s bad? Wait until you put that into perspective including sites like YouTube and every other bandwidth hog on the web???

So you now know one single Google search query consumes 2 to 8 watt-hours of energy. To put this on a scale, Google processes petabytes of information on a daily basis while indexing the web and doing other various things. If we average this out to 4.5 watt hours per query, and consider Google is easily handling 400 million queries a day based on comScore metrics, then we can see 1,800,000,000 (1.8 billion) watt-hours of energy being used daily just for basic search queries. The Google Complex itself uses the amount of power as 3,333 California homes.

Data Centers, Power Consumption, and Global Warming – Will the web crash?

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Fancy-dancy magic prancy

by Limbic on May 13, 2008


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Treadmill Kittens

by LimbicNutrition Shorts on May 12, 2008

Treadmill Kittens

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