Monday, November 24, 2014

The software revolution

All industries are undergoing change.

 

We are players in a new world where innovation is being industrialized and daily life is being altered. And you have the opportunity to influence the future — not just be changed by it.

 
We predict that the years roughly between 1980 — 2050 will be recognized as the Software Revolution era. The era will be defined by the augmentation of intelligence and experience by computers. The historical definition of the period may be:

“A period of major industrialization that took place during the late 1900s and early 2000s. The Software Revolution began in the United States and quickly spread throughout the world. This time period saw the computerization of business and personal life and had a massive effect on economic, social, and cultural conditions.” 
 
If you work in technology you likely agree that this time period is unique and being driven by a number of powerful factors including the democratization of software development, widespread broadband access, and the emergence of mobile devices. Software has been commercialized at a dizzying pace, yet new processes and technologies are just starting to be developed to bring efficiency to idea development and execution.

Of the three major forces mentioned above, the democratization of software development is having the most profound impact — it’s both structure and finish. Democratization equates to a world where all that is needed to create great software is a computer and a bold idea (and some dev chops of course) and a marketplace of free and low cost apps that billions of people and millions of businesses have immediate access to.

No function is more important in technology companies than product management. Yet, it's the last to be properly tooled with applications that are modern, transparent, and collaborative.

Software Revolution , A Ha ,  World Trends - updated Nov 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Procrastination

Thinking Man - Sculpture

Yep - I have been putting off a few things in life and need to get things back in motion,

 “We live in a society that is totally bombarded with distractions all the time,” wrote Shaz Hasan. “And now thanks to the internet, ‘we create more content in 48 hours than we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003’, according to Eric Schmidt CEO of Google. That’s A LOT of YouTube videos, blog posts, Facebook statuses, and tweets that will distract you every day.”

In the last week I've started the ball rolling on getting an Uber license , rejoined a Gym after 20+ years , pushed through some overdue gardening and restarted Pocketinfo.

The world is still being taken for a ride by a select few who want to keep us hooked on sugar , fossil fuels , credit and anything else that makes corporate fat. People need to wake up from the distractions that are being pumped around them. I've switched off twitter a while ago , check on Facebook rarely and have now stripped my focus back to my family , me and doing some good before I depart this physical world.


This article on the BBC webite may help some kickstart them out of their malaise.
http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20141121-due-tomorrow-ill-start-tonight


Procrastination , distractions Image via Pinterest - updated Nov 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

The top 100 songs - Radio Hauraki Decision 2014

Mikey Havoc - Hauraki

Here are the top 100 songs from Radio Hauraki's decision 2014.

The contenders were taken from thousands of texts, tweets, Facebook messages and phone requests Hauraki received throughout the year.

Los Angeles is the most dominant location for the bands that made the top 100 and not one Australian band made the top 100 which is a bit controversial along with no sighting of Pink Floyd , AC/DC or Led Zeppelin showing that Kiwi tastes have moved on from the past - particularly where Hauraki listeners are concerned. 




100 The Cure-  Just Like Heaven (UK) Crawley
99 Pearl Jam - Alive (USA) Seattle , WA
98 Pixies - Here Comes Your Man (USA) Boston , Mass
97 Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now (UK) Brighton
96 Push Push - Trippin (NZ) Auckland
95 Smashing Pumpkins - Perfect (USA) Chicago
94 Cake - The Distance (USA) Sacramento , CA
93 Jeff Buckley - Everybody Here Wants You (USA) Los Angeles
92 The Clash - Rock The Casbah (UK) London
91 MGMT - Kids (USA) Middletown , Conn
90 Foo Fighters - Rope (USA) Seattle , WA
89 Puscifer - The Mission (USA) Las Vegas
88 Queens Of The Stone Age - I Sat By The Ocean (USA) Palm Desert , CA
87 LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (USA) New York City
86 Shihad - Pacifier (NZ) Wellington
85 Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight Tonight (USA) Chicago
84 Pearl Jam - Animal (USA) Seattle , WA
83 Kings Of Leon - Fans (USA) Nashville
82 Soundgarden - Blow Up The Outside World (USA) Seattle , WA
81 Nirvana - About A Girl (USA) Aberdeen , WA
80 Daft Punk - Da Funk (France) Paris
79 Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated (USA) New York City
78 The Roots - The Seed (2.0) (USA) Philadelphia
77 Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be (UK) Manchester
76 Weezer - Buddy Holly (USA) Los Angeles
75 The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored (UK) Manchester
74 Janes Addiction - Been Caught Stealing (USA) Los Angeles
73 Shihad - The General Electric (NZ) Wellington
72 The Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun (USA) Milwaukee , WN
71 The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button (USA) Detroit
70 The Naked And Famous - Young Blood (NZ) Auckland
69 Queens Of The Stone Age - Go With The Flow (USA) Palm Desert , CA
68 Radiohead - High And Dry (UK) Abingdon , Oxon
67 Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly (USA) Seattle , WA
66 Modest Mouse - Float On (USA) Issaquah , WA
65 Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box (USA) Aberdeen , WA
64 Soundgarden - My Wave (USA) Seattle , WA
63 Smashing Pumpkins - 1979 (USA) Chicago
62 Metallica - Enter Sandman (USA) Los Angeles
61 Weezer - El Scorcho (USA) Los Angeles
60 The Mint Chicks - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! (NZ) Auckland
59 Shihad - Wait And See (NZ) Wellington
58 Deftones - Change (In The House Of Flies) (USA) , Sacramento , CA
57 Foo Fighters - My Hero (USA) Seattle , WA
56 Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (UK) Essex
55 Muse - Uprising (UK) Teignmouth , Devon
54 Alice In Chains - Man In The Box (USA) Seattle , WA
53 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps (USA) New York City
52 Faith No More - Epic (USA) San Francisco
51 The Killers - Mr Brightside (USA) Las Vegas
50 House Of Pain - Jump Around (USA) New York City
49 Smashing Pumpkins - Disarm (USA) Chicago
48 New Order - Blue Monday (UK) Manchester
47 Queens Of The Stone Age - Make It Wit U (USA) Palm Desert , CA
46 Foo Fighters - Times Like These (USA) Seattle , WA
45 Pearl Jam - Even Flow (USA) Seattle , WA
44 Straitjacket Fits - She Speeds (NZ) Dunedin
43 The Cure - Lullaby (UK) Crawley
42 Soundgarden - Spoon Man (USA) Seattle , WA
41 Nirvana - All Apologies (USA) Aberdeen , WA
40 Beastie Boys - Sabotage (USA) New York City
39 Radiohead - Karma Police (UK) Abingdon , Oxon
38 Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk (USA) Los Angeles
37 Weezer - Undone (The Sweater Song) (USA) Los Angeles
36 Arctic Monkeys - Arabella (UK) Sheffield
35 Shihad - Run (NZ) Wellington
34 Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench (USA) Seattle
33 Oasis - Wonderwall (UK) Manchester
32 Johnny Cash - Hurt (USA) Kingsland , AK
31 Guns N Roses - Welcome To The Jungle (USA) Los Angeles
30 Pearl Jam - Black (USA) Seattle , WA
29 Massive Attack - Teardrop (UK) Bristol
28 The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony (UK) Wigan
27 The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl (USA) Detroit
26 Nirvana - Lithium (USA) Aberdeen , WA
25 Janes Addiction - Jane Says (USA) Los Angeles
24 Jeff Buckley - Grace (USA) Los Angeles
23 The Breeders - Cannonball (USA) Boston , East LA
22 Darcy Clay - Jesus I Was Evil (NZ) Auckland
21 Beastie Boys - Intergalactic (USA) New York City
20 Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock (USA) Chicago
19 Daft Punk - Around The World (France) Paris
18 Pearl Jam - Better Man (USA) Seattle , WA
17 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge (USA) Los Angeles
16 Nirvana - Come As You Are (USA) Aberdeen , WA
15 Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows (USA) Palm Desert CA
14 Tool - Sober (USA) Los Angeles
13 Radiohead - Paranoid Android (UK) Abingdon Oxon
12 - Rage Against The Machine - Bombtrack (USA) Los Angeles
11 Guns N Roses - Sweet Child Of Mine (USA) Los Angeles
10 Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (UK) Salford
9 The Strokes - Last Nite (USA) New York City
8 The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (USA) Detroit
7 Underworld - Born Slippy (UK) Cardiff
6 Foo Fighters - Everlong (USA) Seattle
5 Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know (UK ) Sheffield
4 Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (USA)
3 Shihad - Home Again ( NZ) Wellington
2 Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name (USA) Los Angeles
1 Nine Inch Nails - Closer (USA) Cleveland

Music ,  - updated Oct 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ebola Hit Countries 2014

Hypsignathus monstrosus

The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) is the most widespread in history and through the reach of global media has created more attention through hourly updates on the 24/7 news culture in the west.

It is thought the outbreak spread through a family catching the disease from a bat which the family had hunted for bush meat in Guinea.

The West African countries effected so far include...

  • Liberia Liberia: 4,693 / 2,704 (as of 19 October 2014)
  • Sierra Leone Sierra Leone: 3,706 / 1,259 (as of 19 October 2014)
  • Guinea Guinea: 1,553 / 926 (as of 19 October 2014)
  • Nigeria Nigeria: 20 / 8 (outbreak ended 20 October 2014)
  • United States United States: 4 / 1 (as of 23 October 2014)
  • Mali Mali: 1 / 1 (as of 24 October 2014)
  • Senegal Senegal: 1 / 0 (outbreak ended 17 October 2014)
  • Spain Spain: 1 / 0 (as of 19 October 2014)
As of 25 October 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a total of 10,141 suspected cases and 4,922 deaths (5,488 cases and 2,945 deaths having been laboratory confirmed)

Background on Outbreak.

Researchers believe that a 2-year-old boy who died on 6 December 2013 in the village of Meliandou, Guéckédou Prefecture, Guinea, was the index case of the current Ebola virus disease epidemic. Reports suggest that his family hunted bats of the Ebola-harboring species Hypsignathus monstrosus and Epomops franqueti for bushmeat, which may have been the original source of the infection. His mother, sister, and grandmother then became ill with similar symptoms and also died. People infected by those initial cases spread the disease to other villages. Although Ebola represents a major public health issue in sub-Saharan Africa, no cases had ever been reported in West Africa and the early cases were diagnosed as other diseases more common to the area. Thus, the disease had several months to spread before it was recognized as Ebola.

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Ebola , Socio-economic Geography , Liberia , Sierra Leone , USA , World Trends - updated 26th Oct 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cuba Street - Wellington. A Bohemian gem worthy of its historic place.

Eyeball Kicks - Christian Pearce

Cuba Street is probably the most fascinating street (road, place, quarter or avenue) in New Zealand. K' Road in Auckland may have pushed it close a few years ago but now Karangahape , to use its official name,  is looking rather sad in comparison. I would also rate the overall feel better than the Melbourne laneways in Australia due to its more concentrated nature.


Last night I had a chance to walk up and down Cuba a couple of times doing some after hour window shopping before returning this afternoon to check out some of the unique fare that caught my eye.

First stop was Eyeball Kicks.It is effectively an Art Gallery selling a range of Art (both original and reprinted) from NZ and around the world. One artist that particularly caught my eye was that of Christian Pearce whose artistic focus centers around Hot Rods , Planes , Tanks and Robots. The owner of the store had completely changed the window display from last night and I had to search out the gems that were previously on display.

Other Kiwi artists on show included Sam Rawlings , Tony Rush , Veronica Green , Gina Kiel and Seymour.

The proprietor of Eyeball Kicks seems to have been in operation since 2005 and I wasn't able to find out if they had been at 177 Cuba Street since its inception.

Cuba Street was named after an early settler ship in the 1840's (not the famous island nation famed for its Cigars) and some cafe's have taken the Island theme including Fidel's at 234 Cuba.


The Cuba Quarter

Cuba Street is a creative and culinary melting pot of buskers, art galleries, graffiti-filled alleyways, quirky cafes, nationally acclaimed restaurants and community exhibition spaces. One of the capital’s icons, Cuba Street is a meeting of minds, menus and market culture enjoyed by everyone from young to old, hipsters to suits, locals to visitors. 1
The surrounding streets and lanes known as the quarter are widely regarded as the best place for Vintage shopping in New Zealand.

My second and third stops were to two retro shops which had some reasonably priced bargains amongst some of the more inflated items. Ziggurat (founded 1980) had a range of vintage and designer labels and sell clothing on behalf of third parties who can't be bothered selling it on Trade Me or Etsy. ( Like a trendier version of the Recycle Boutique found nearby or up in Auckland).

It's off to the airport now and I will continue this update when I get a better connection to the interwebs!

Wellington , New Zealand Cuba Street - updated Oct 2014

Sources WellingtonNZ (1)