Friday, January 25, 2008

can the others catch up?

I've been reading lots and lots of blogs lately, and having fun finding new ones. I've also been showing family and friends about the different capabilities of web 2.0.

I know that I'm quite capable of showing them how to set up an igoogle page, using Rss feeds and readers, searching for blogs and establishing them. However, it concerns me that in my experience, there is so much to be learnt and many of my friends have no idea about these new technologies and tools. Sure everyone has a facebook page, but thats pretty much it.

So when I'm explaining to someone who knows nothing about web 2.0, the first thing I show them is this video. It makes all the jargon a lot more simplified, and explaining blogs and RSS a lot more easier to comprehend.

The next stage though - engaging and 'joining in the conversation' comes just after listening and reading - which is a stage I still think I'm at. However, knowing how fast everything moves online is it shouldn't take long.

Friday, January 4, 2008

summer isn't summer anymore..

The hype about climate change, greenhouse gases and carbon offsetting schemes hasn't really gotten my full attention. Yes I'm all for doing simple things to conserve energy, but its difficult without seeing the benefits and effects straight away.

Sure I've noticed the weird effects on the environment - having spent the 2006 - 2007 ski season in a north eastern american ski resort. It not only freaked out the internationals there trying to earn enough money to scrape by, but the entire skiing town which heavily relied upon snow to sustain them through the rest of the year.

But the weather in sydney is changing my opinion about it all - it's definitely something I have noticed. Now its just the question of whether the weather is just changing, or the horrible effects human are having on the environment.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

wrapping up 2007

2007 was a huge year for me - not only did I complete my university degree, I traveled to America, Canada & New Zealand, got a 'real job' and turned 21.

Crazy things that I've been apart of:
- played rugby on Australia Day on this field
- got frostbite in Montreal
- Stayed here on my last night in NYC
- Got a job here and did an internship here
- Drank a beer here with good friends
- Roadtripped up the east coast
- Learnt some spanish and tried to improve my japanese
- Watched sydney's new years fireworks

I should probably include something about looking forward to this year, but that would be a tad cliched.