I am still going to Japan on vacation

Torii at sunset

This is curenty a relatively bold thing to say.

As tempus is want to fugit it is likely this post will lose both its impact and meaning very quickly.

Japan has suffered its biggest earthquake ever. It triggered a huge Tsunami that wrecked even more damage, death and destruction.
Currently over 10,000 are dead and further 10,000 are missing.
It is a horrible tragedy.

And on top of this there has been an accident at a nuclear facility north of Tokyo that has pumped radioactive Iodine into the environment.

So why on earth would I still be going to Japan on vacation?
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5 simple tips to staying a little safer online

The Web
The web has been likened to the wild west, a lawless and truly anarchistic place.
But most of the problems people encounter online are caused mostly by their own behaviour and attitude rather than any inherent nastiness of the technology.
Widespread digital iliteracy leads many to think they are safe when they are not and to fear things that are totally innocuous.

Below are 5 simple tips to help you stay a little safer online;
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My atheism is an informed choice

The Grauniad online has a bunch of articles about “Can we choose what we believe”.
This is a rather interesting question.

Especially if, like me, you believe you have little conscious choice in what you believe.
[That entire sentence, and most of this discussion, is a nightmare of circular language!]

I got to the question via PZ Myers blog post linking to the Grauniad article by Harriet Baber.

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Technical people can never be creative…. WTF?

“What you need to learn is that being creative is not enough in this business. You have to become technical. Creative people are born creative – you’re lucky. Technical people however can never be creative. It’s something they’ll never get. You can’t buy it, find it, study it – you’re born with it. Too many creative people don’t want to learn how to be technical, so what happens? They become dependent on technical people. Become technical, you can learn that.
If you’re creative and technical, you’re unstoppable.”
- Robert Rodriguez (emphasis mine)

This quote was sent around work at precisely the wrong time.
The Tech team had been working for 16 hour days, and in some cases 30 hour days, for a total of three weeks without a break, scrambling hard to meet hard deadlines.
The entire tech team almost walked out.
[By this time we were too exhausted to move ;)]
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