Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Should single religion teaching be banned?

  • What's the sense of teaching about a single religion?
  • Shouldn't religious classes teach about all religions?
  • It's backwards to teach a single religion and pretend that other religious beliefs do not exist.
I was lucky enough to get a great education but for me, religious classes weren't taught about the multitudes of religious beliefs through history, they were taught with the assumption that we would believe what was taught and that was about a single religion. Well for a time i adopted a single religion cause I was a nice little boy... I used to love praying. As i grew and realised that we are mostly born into religion. Then I rejected the concept because most religions claim to be the only one.

It's funny, the other week i visited literally hundreds of religious web sites from all over the world (i had to update lots of links). All preaching their own words and beliefs. All claiming to have wise wise teachers, or masters, or prophets or guides... yeah, they seem 'wise' and acclaimed to those who've been taught to follow that religion cause they for the student, their teacher may have reached the pinnacle of understanding about their religious subject matter.

If you are one of these religious students where you see your teacher and you think they are wise cause they know lots about their subject matter, well in essence that's a good thing but also give some consideration to the point that perhaps your 'wise' teacher may not perhaps be as open minded as they could and that you can choose your own way and there may still be many more things to learn about.

Teaching single religion brings small communities together but not the world.
  • Why are we typically taught a specific religion, i think it's wrong.
  • Surely it's wrong to be taught such a subjective spiritual thing as if it's fact.
If you are looking for a religion and that makes you feel good, well that's up to you. But I think then when one becomes fixed on any subject or reasons one is blind to other reasoning. In summary this is why being really really really religious can make one really close minded.

I could have used harsher words here but I'm trying not to offend people. Sometimes I'm amazed about the lack of useful teaching that we're given. For example, where I'm going on holiday, many of the locals have never even heard of the idea of evolution, yet for more educated people we accept that as obvious fact.

Religion has played a good part in history for teaching morals but i think the time has come to blend the teaching of religion as the "teaching about Religions" not specific types.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Go see some Art - open: Great Western Studios



Great Western Studios, Great Western Road, London, W9 3NY. (t) 020 7221 0100, (f) 020 7221 0200, www.greatwesternstudios.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Work related tag cloud

Currently interested in Technical Consultancy / Contract Project Management work.
Typical work has involved the following:

Monday, November 10, 2008

Spacetime, event horizon, black holes and infinity – singular infinite interference

Most scientists see the "event horizon" of a black hole is the very last point at which a light signal can still escape to the external universe. The physics theories we currently have all seem to break down when trying to understand so called singularities.

Here’s my 2 pence worth. I think:
Spacetime singularities are not tiny but are also massive, I think of them as infinite. (Prefer to call them both immeasurable).

I do not accept that the speed of light is the upper most limit in our universe.

We need a new kind of physics law which allows something to be both singular and infinite at the same time.

Equations are taken to be a fundamental description of spacetime itself, I am confronting the question of how singularities can be interpreted, general relativity characterizes gravity by the curvature of spacetime but there are limits in classical theory.

We need to allow for a conflict in physics law. It would be beneficial to be open to a contradiction in terms.

Because we cannot understand something does not mean it does not exist.

To illustrate my theory, take a pencil and look at the end, it is to represent a point of singularity. Now turn the pencil so you see a line, this is to represent an infinite horizon.

I think that black holes are universal engines, roaming around at the middle of each galaxy. The mass that is sucked (seemingly inescapably inwards to the middle of the blackhole), I think is also taken out to the infinite or immeasurable situation that is the creation/boundaries of the universe.

Let’s call this idea “singular infinite interference”.

For more inspiration go read:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interference

And think about event horizons being on the surface of water and at the sound barrier.

Monday, November 03, 2008

ZTV on www.viewmy.tv

I'm checkin' out ZTV on viewmy.tv and I think it rocks!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

José González - Heartbeats


Good tune to get inspired to. Picked up my guitar again and, and ... does it matter? not really just listen to this.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

.net tech arch diagram of a platform that pumps out networks



there's a more standard system diagram but i like this style (done with OmniGraffle), the actual system is brandstation which is an on-demand social network platform that we've been creating at work

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in partnership with Adobe Youth Voices


The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in partnership with Adobe Youth Voices seeks youth-produced media works on human rights issues for its second annual YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE program to screen in our New York, London, Boston and San Francisco film festivals in 2009-10. They are currently seeking film, video and animated works on human rights issues created by youth ages 19 and younger.
submission form is here
Better to be making films about real life than fiction, better to lend a hand than to grab a hand full, better to be popular with meaning than popular with no moral intent.

if you've got to support a load, take a look at this



If you need a car, here are some suggestions:
nationalcarshare.co.uk
liftshare.com
carshare.com

If you want to start your own social community network, the brandstation on-demand platform is a super easy way to start. (Get your own branded, network up in a day with full control !)

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Raimund Genes is CTO, Anti-Malware at leading Internet Security vendor, Trend Micro

Raimund Genes, CTO, Anti-Malware Internet Security vendor, Trend Micro, speaks to Stan Relihan to after 2008 Gartner Security Summit. (Peter says: I didn't hear about the Estonia shut down did you?)

yes, you need to click play :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Speaking Freely

"Up till 4:00am. Working on client proposal. Some great ideas. Looking forward to next week. More blog from mobile soon"

spoken through SpinVox

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ubiquity for Firefox

When there's new software (2 days, alpha release) ripples of delight abound the web (thanks Stu for the heads up).


Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Just detected a facebook either login hack or a facebook application hack.

The script was sending out messages to facebook users friends saying something like:
"
You need to see this... it's awesome. well it's somebody's blog. go here http://********.blogspot.com
"
(Suggest not to go to the blog site shown in the image as almost certain there will be a virus on that page, if you did already well better get cleaning :)

Yes, i've told Max at Facebook, the hacked user and messaged the folks i saw with weird messages, awaiting to see i get a reply from FB.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Eco-lodge for bird-watchers to enhance Cornwall tourism

Plymouth based architects Gilmore Hankey Kirke have submitted a unique planning application to develop an eco lodge hotel with associated cafe and restaurant and visitor centre on a stunning site on the Hayle Estuary in Cornwall.

The 30 bedroom eco-lodge employs the latest thinking in environmentally sustainable design and construction and has been designed sympathetically to respond to the setting of the site and to make the most of the eco-tourism opportunities and the wildlife tourism potential of the area.

Each room will be orientated to take advantage of the stunning views of the estuary with a private balcony and panoramic views, binoculars, telescopes and interpretation charts.

The building design also incorporates a public viewing deck, a visitor centre and a ‘green’ biodiversity roof which will blend the building into the landscape minimizing impact on the views, both from and around the site.

GHK architect Gavin Woodford said: “A priority for the Penwith local economy is to enhance the value of the tourism industry through carefully considered development that is sympathetic to the area’s outstanding natural environment.

The proposed development aims to bring new sustainable high value and year round tourism business to West Cornwall by celebrating and retaining sympathetic to the area’s natural assets. The objective is to attract people to Hayle and St.Ives and encourage visitors to appreciate and enjoy the outstanding wildlife of the Hayle estuary and other sites in Cornwall, in a manner sympathetic to the local environment.

The development will also deliver a unique and stunning landmark building which will greatly add to the tourism marketing potential for the whole region.”
If the planning application is successful, a completion date of around autumn 2009 is anticipated.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

in my head



created at TagCrowd.com


Saturday, July 19, 2008

Inventor are you, should I

Are you; "looking for tons of ideas". why are there no google results for that?
Should I; publish my book of ideas, or should i keep them forever until i'm gone.
Are you; someone who feels like sponsoring an inventor.
Well I; designed a new wing the other day, been thinking about this concept for about 2 years now.
Are you; wondering if a place exist where people go to collaborate and there's not someone who says "so what's your idea" thinking that you or they are only capable of generating one idea.
Well I: Have no car, no gf, working av. 12/day, but have shed load of ideas.
Are you; aware of the spirit of Leonardo.

I'm going out for some inspiration.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Free Final Cut Pro courses in London

Final Cut Pro for Beginners
Cost: FREE
Dates: Sat 12, Sun 13, Sat 19, Sun 20th July
Hours: 10am - 6pm
Location: Telford Road, W10

Introduction to Video
Cost: £5
Dates: Thurs 10, Fri 11, Thurs 17, Fri 18, Thurs 24, Fri 25, July 2008
Hours: 10am - 4pm
Location: Telford Road, W10

Anyone who is interested should email the Placements Co-ordinator:

Placements Co-ordinator
The Video College (thevideocollege.co.uk)
1 Thorpe Close
London W10 5XL
Tel: 020 8964 2641


Monday, July 07, 2008

i'm such a geek

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This weekend on Lake Garda, Italy (get ready!) Robbie+Vale wedding

Friday, July 04, 2008

Where's the ROI in social networks!

If asked for financial ROI by some senior manager, you could ask them: Would you rather our employees were connected or disconnected? Would you rather staff did things once and reused that effort or did it multiple times in different geographical locations? Did you measure the ROI of your telephone system or e-mail or were the benefits so blatantly obvious.

Senior managers who are afraid of social software hide behind ROI arguments. Senior managers who get it just make it happen without endless questions.

Some measure ROI in an more abstract way, by monitoring the amount of buzz or conversation in a community and the opinions of the public. What you choose to measure is dependent on your aims, or what you want to receive as a return.

One company has shown that by using an internal social network a company can have a dramatic impact on its operation. Since introducing its corporate social network for its staff, the retail giant "The Best Buy Corporation", which employs 140,000 staff, has seen a dramatic shift in employee engagement. Not only do 18,000 people use the system regularly - that's more than 10% of the workforce each day - the social network appears to have made people like the business more. So much so, that the company's staff retention rate has rocketed. Unlike other retailers, where staff turnover can approach 60%, Best Buy has seen its staff turnover drop to a mere 8%.

In summary:

1. Social Networks Build Better Customer Relationships,
2. Social Networks Improve Knowledge Management,
3. Social Networks Facilitates Recruiting and Retention,
4. Social Networks Increase Business Opportunities,
5. Social Networks Build Community.

The Corporate Social Network plaform recommended is brandstation.tv

Monday, June 16, 2008

Polar bear: I Come in Peace

Norbert Rosing's striking images of a wild polar bear coming upon his tethered sled dogs in the wilds of Canada's Hudson Bay. The Polar Bear returned every night that week to play with the dogs. (We all need friends :)

Leach Pottery Restoration Project - Votes needed!

Votes needed, my bro designs this, so looking for support for this:

Leach Pottery Restoration Project
Category: Best Heritage Project
Funding amount: £710,000
The Leach Pottery Restoration Project was launched to preserve the internationally significant Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall, originally established by the world-renowned Bernard Leach, in 1920. One of the great figures of 20th Century art, Leach played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world.

In March 2008, Lottery funding ensured that the Leach Pottery opened to the public, with the old pottery conserved and a new production pottery studio, alongside new gallery spaces, please vote now to continue this good cause.

A new exhibition room has been created on site to celebrate the life, work, influences and legacy of Bernard Leach. There is also a shop and a contemporary gallery, which provide regular shows throughout the year featuring some of the best work by contemporary potters, including a showcase featuring Cornish artists.

Lottery funding gave substantial support to the project and meant the site could be acquired, preserved and opened to visitors. It regenerated the pottery, not only preserving the legacy of Bernard Leach but providing, through a start-up studio scheme and partnership with the MA programme at University College Falmouth, a rare opportunity for young potters to begin their careers with mentoring and support.

www.leachpottery.com

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Innovation Edge conference by NESTA

I attended The Innovation Edge conference hosted by NESTA
Speakers included: Tim Berners Lee (most inspiring), Bob Geldof (wanted social change, focus on digital divide and Africa), Gordon Brown (is good at speeches anyway and told us we were key to the economy)
The seminars were inspiring and generated some good ideas for collaborative innovation using the viewmy.tv brandstation social networking platform

Photos by Nico Macdonald