Without Technology

That’s it, I’m doing it. I’m going to spend a week without my personal technology. The closest I’m going to be getting to something technical for a week is a pad of paper and a pencil.

While I’ve got the chance I’m going to spend a week away from everything, away from a computer, away from a mobile telephone just so I can recharge. It will be the first time in over four years that I’ve been away from a computer for longer than 8 hours. I’m going to spend time with Jen, with a book, with a pad of paper (I’ll always need to doodle and draw) and no doubt countless bottles of beer sitting in the sun.

I’ll be back soon enough, but for now I’ll be seeing you all on the other side.

Missed Opportunities

A discussion over lunch got me thinking about how much things have changed in ten years for myself personally. I look back on where I was ten years ago and what happens day to day now seems like the direct opposite of what I thought would have happened. Even in the last three years I’ve gained so many happy experiences like marrying Jennifer, working for Codeworks and producing the DIBI Conference. However, I also feel like I’ve missed a lot of opportunities that found me,  two of which are most notable. One being asked to go for a Television Series Casting and the other being approached to write a book. I feel, in the future I would like to take these opportunities back and work on accomplishing them. I somehow feel that I’d be a better person for doing them.

Do you have any opportunities that you’ve missed and wish that you hadn’t?

Shitfucked

I don’t swear too much on my blog, but the title of this post was delivered by Tim Van Damme at the DIBI Web Conference, organised by Codeworks on the 28th April 2010. Tim managed to keep everyone highly entertained with his new words throughout his talk, where ‘Shitfucked’ and ‘Lazy Monkey’ rose to prominence.

You can view the rest of the DIBI videos on the Vimeo Album.

Stand by Me

I tweeted the video of Stand by Me quite some time ago as a ‘Happy Thursday’ gift. I was introduced to Stand by Me at TEDx Newcastle by Codeworks and Herb Kim. Needless to say I’ve since watched the video a number of times as it truly is a ‘pick me up’. Give it a watch and pass it on to as many people for Happy Thursday tomorrow.

The $300 Million Button

I’ve been holding this link for quite some time in my bookmarks. And regularly read the article by Jared Spool. It’s just might inspiring how the smallest effect of a page can cause such a massive problem, in this case, to the size of $300 Million.

Business Card Exchange

Business Card Exchange

Above is a small selection of the business cards which dropped through my door over the weekend. I decided to get involved with the 2nd annual business card exchange setup by Meredith Marsh (@meredithmarsh).

I’m a bit of a business card geek so it was great to see the wide variety of designs, shapes, sizes and stock of the 100 or so I’ve managed to collect. Needless to say that I’ll be following the guys/girls shortly who have the twitter ID on their cards.

A big thanks to Meredith for putting the hard work in to sort everything out for us all.

Changing the way I blog

This has been a long time coming as I’m still in the process of designing my blog. With up to 15 different templates it’s certainly taking its time in coming together. I will get there eventually.

I’ve been looking in to Tumblr and Posterous in recent months and wasn’t happy with the way I wasn’t in possession of my own content. The old design, another WooThemes blog (just like this one) didn’t give me the freedom of writing very short posts. Recently on my blog I’ve been dabbling in writing short posts, comments and other types of content. It definitely didn’t look right and I needed a different way to do things, hence the change to another WooThemes blog called ‘Retreat’.

I’m looking to expand the varied way in which we can now deliver content, written, voice and video. I believe this design will enable me to do that for the foreseeable future.