Last night I had a strange dream. Most people who know me will understand that almost all of my dreams are strange – but this one wasn’t the normal kind of dream sequence.
In my dream I was simply surrounded by “awareness”. No pictures, no sound.
I became aware that there is no such thing as time and space. That these are constructs that we humans use to explain movement, memory and projections into what we call “future”. But that none of those things are real either.
Everything that ever has happened or will happen is all happening simultaneously.
Even the concept that we are separate entities is false. Technically we are all energy, a single big energy blanket, all connected together.
It turns out that just when I thought I’d woken up, science might support my new found awareness. Check out this article on space and time not existing
I was surprised today to receive more than one nomination for the IT Superhero awards by Kordia http://www.ithero.co.nz/
Then I got to thinking perhaps I’ve helped a few folks in my time. If I’ve helped you in one – or more than one – of these ways, maybe you’ll consider supporting my nomination here: http://www.ithero.co.nz/nominee/view/51
If we’re friends or family – maybe I’ve:
Fixed your PC/your friend’s PC/your boss’s PC
By a visit to your place
By receiving it via courier
By receiving it by a friend of yours that happens to be coming my way
By remote access
Reprogrammed your TV/VCR/DVD/Media Centre/Microwave (other thing that flashes 12:00)
Installed and configured your wireless so you can hide what you’re doing from the kids
“Found” your files that just “disappeared”
Uncorrupted your database
Recovered your password
One more than one occassion
Showed you how to use your mobile phone
Plugged in all the cables when the repair guy pulled them all out to paint and you tried seven times to get them back in but there’s always one left over and nothing works
Fixed your webpage
Designed your webpage
Showed you how to update your webpage
Updated your webpage for you cause “it’s too hard”
Configured your email
Install and configure your new modem
Spend hours on the phone to your telco to sort out an unidentified “issue”
Bought and installed your webcam
Disabled every animated cursor/toolbar/browser helper/unessential programme or service so now your PC runs “JUST LIKE A NEW ONE”
Sent you cheats for games
Figured out the exact combination of button pushes to unlock your mobile device/gaming device
If we’re web acquaintances or part of my personal learning network maybe I’ve:
Tweeted some really handy technology links
Retweeted some handy dandy technology links
Helped you sort your Facebook security settings
Configured HTML tags for your forum/favourite website
Fixed up your avatar
Shared your insightful blog post
Blogged something you found useful
If we work together or we have worked together maybe I’ve:
Demonstrated some new technology you’d never heard of
Showed you how to use that technology
Slid you some proxy sites
Talked to the IT team on your behalf and translated from Klingon/Dalek -> Plain English (and reverse)
Fixed your autocorrect
Showed you where the “out of office” message magically comes from
Showed you how to browse “incognito/inprivate/private” [browser dependent]
Explained the differences between the operating system and the browser
Made your IT project work
Showed you how to use social media
Explained what social media is
Showed you how to unblock an email
Showed you how to use shortcuts in Office Apps
Showed you how to use a smartboard
Converted your 165 page powerpoint to a more accessible size and format
Told you about web standards
Helped you implement them
Fixed that corrupted table in Word
Fixed your invalid formula in Excel
Found the piece of paper stuck in the photocopier that seven other people looked for but couldn’t find
We recently had one of the coldest spells in living memory. Some say it was a once in 50 year event, others once in 100 years.
Snow was down to sea level with power outages right across the country. The cold snap rolled in on 14 August 2011 with the greatest snow falls on 16-17 August.
It’s snowed here in Upper Hutt at the base of the valley twice in my lifetime that I remember. Once was when I was a child, during the night but the snow didn’t settle. The other was just a month ago, but it lasted only for a few hours and then melted.
This polar blast was sucked up straight from Antarctica and dumped over New Zealand. The snow has melted now – but I captured the scenes on my trusty Canon point and click, and now you can enjoy it too 🙂
I make these the other morning and had them lightly toasted with homemade lemon curd. They were delicious. Here’s the recipe:
15 grams compressed yeast OR 1 packet (approx 7 grams) active yeast OR 7 grams (a tablespoon) of surebake yeast
15 grams melted butter
1 tsp sugar
550 ml warm milk
pinch of salt
450 grams plain flour
Warm your milk in the microwave until tepid (not too hot or you’ll kill the yeast)
If using compressed yeast, pop your yeast and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat on high until creamy. Add warm milk to bowl. Mix until yeast begins to float.
If using active or surebake yeast, pour your warm milk and sugar into the mixing bowl and give it a whirl til combined. Sprinkle yeast over the milk and let “bloom” for about 5 minutes.
Add melted butter and salt.
Start adding sifted flour a large tablespoon at a time until the mixture resembles thick paint consistency. Add a little more or less flour until you get a reasonably thick batter.
Cover and put in a warm place until it bubbles – about an hour.
Pop it in the fridge for about 30-45 mins to firm up.
Drop spoonfuls of mixture into a greased medium heat pan. The bottom should go golden and the top will bubble, then crater, then dry. I like to wait until it’s almost dry before flipping over – about 4-5 mins.
This makes a lot of mixture. You can make the crumpets without flipping over but until the top is dry, then freeze in an airtight bag.
When required, just defrost and pop into the toaster.
Rory Olsen – Deputy CEO MARS (Clarence’s headstrong son)
Abby Napier – Gifted technologist at MARS
Honey bees in large parts of the world are dying, hives are being abandoned.
Thanks to developments by MARS and backing by Woodrow Investments – robotic bees planned to offer pollination strategies are released into the wild with great success. Doyle receives world environment award for innovation.
Woodrow Investments puts unwanted pressure on MARS to develop bees with more artificial intelligence and almost military like capabilities to perform activities like surveillance. Doyle is opposed to the direction but Rory Olsen supports it.
Rory Olsen creates a breakaway division (MARS Scope) to concentrate on more experimental developments, including worker bees who can build more bees without human intervention.
MARS Scope wins a major contract to deliver their modified bee robots to South America in an unprecedented pest eradication programme. Olsen calls for Doyle’s resignation when he refuses to let the mainstream workforce deliver on the contract.
Olsen overturns Doyle as CEO in the boardroom/Doyle steps down.
Olsen is called to an emergency briefing after 14 men are killed in South America – purportedly by the MARS bees.
Olsen and Woodrow shift the blame to a local virus and deny any involvement. Abby Napier discovers evidence that they are lying after observing similar bee behaviour in the lab. She visits Doyle with her concerns.
The bees begin to target “pests” indiscriminately – using their AI to boost their killing power by forming small swarms and striking larger targets en masse.
Woodrow and Olsen launch a strike against the bees in South America.
The strike harms, but does not eradicate the South American colony. Large numbers of bees are now being constructed as man is seen as the enemy. Woodrow is killed during an attack. Huge superswarms begin heading north from South America to their “home” in Dallas, leaving destruction and death in their wake.
Olsen panics and runs. When the board gets wind of the crisis, Clarence Olsen steps in to denounce his son, and reinstates Doyle who has been working undercover with Napier on a potential solution.
Swarms infiltrate Dallas, breaking through glass and into buildings.
Their mass is concentrated around Reunion Tower – a large ball-shaped building in the middle of Dallas. They share their knowledge with the local robotic population as they prepare for a complete eradication of man.
Doyle and Napier make their way to Reunion Tower with a massive low-frequency electrotransmitter which works to attract the bees through pseudo magnetism. They release a new model of the pollinator robot into the air who also help to attract the bees towards Reunion Tower. Once the swarm reaches its maximum, a high powered microwave pulse is emitted – destroying the bees and most other electronic equipment within a city block including MARS Scope. Olsen is arrested. MARS is shut down after a massive fall in shares and no investor confidence. Doyle and Napier are cleared of any wrongdoing. Napier becomes chief technologist of a new company – Just Technology focussing on fair and ethical practices – with CEO – Spencer Doyle.