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Ric
Adelaide, Australia
Interests: wine, living well, family, software, working right
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Just a final (?) post here to announce that I've shifted this (and the associated “aqualung” blog) to a new (self-hosted) Wordpress home that can be found at http://small-pieces.com Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at aqualung's small pieces
Just a final (?) post here to announce that I've shifted this (and the associated “small pieces” blog) to a new (self-hosted) Wordpress home that can be found at http://small-pieces.com Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at aqualung
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It has become one of the most successful charitable memes, certainly more successful than anticipated. In fact, it could be argued that the whole thing started by accident, but however it started, it currently defines “viral”, to the extent that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at aqualung
Just like last time, and with as little justification now as then :) , here are my voting intentions for the upcoming Australian Federal election. Lower House (House of Assembly) Three years later, the determining factors are still the same:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at aqualung
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Only a couple more sleeps, and we're on … I'm a little surprised that I'm excited at the thought of flogging my body like this :) Today's ride was a relatively easy 50km down to the beach and back -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2013 at aqualung
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Well, it's January now, and we're less than four weeks away from the BUPA Challenge. Christmas is done, with remarkably little damage to the fitness! As promised, I've started throwing in a few more hills (I'm starting to know Lower... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at aqualung
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Well that was a bit too long a break - sorry :) I got slowed down a little by another injury - golfing rather than cycling this time! Managed to step into a sprinkler hole leaving the 8th green at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at aqualung
For anybody subscribed to the RSS feed of my posts (currently served by Feedburner), you may like to subscribe via one of the “native” feeds, given Google's utter neglect of Feedburner and its probable imminent demise :) Try http://aqualung.typepad.com/aqualung/atom.xml (or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at aqualung
For anybody subscribed to the RSS feed of my posts (currently served by Feedburner), you may like to subscribe via one of the “native” feeds, given Google's utter neglect of Feedburner and its probable imminent demise :) Try http://aqualung.typepad.com/small_pieces/atom.xml, or most feed readers will pick up the feed if you give them the home page link. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at aqualung's small pieces
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Couple of easy rides on the weekend - we were a bit pushed for time both days. I took the opportunity to try out the latest addition to our bike fleet: a Fluid Nitro MTB. Second-hand; purchased from a friend... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at aqualung
Mikael - there's a bit more than I'm used to, yes. I've just driven the Kersbrook --> Williamstown --> Birdwood legs, and while it's not too scary there IS more climbing than Linear Park gives me. I'm looking at adding rides up to Norton Summit and Inglewood to the mix as I get fitter. I'll also be riding the BUPA course before January too; hopefully a couple of times. Are you thinking of joining me in my lunacy? :)
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2012 on BUPA Challenge Update 2 at aqualung
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With the crash a couple of weeks ago, and a week in the sun and warmth of Darwin, it's been a while between rides. We took a gentle ride around the parklands of Adelaide on Sunday; by the time we'd... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2012 at aqualung
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OK - so I've decided to ride 92km next January, and the furthest I've ridden up until now is about 40km less than that. Time to start work … Last Thursday I decided to push it a bit on a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2012 at aqualung
As part of the Tour Down Under event, there's an amateur ride over the same course as the professionals ride. Since I started riding regularly, I've always had it in the back of my mind that one of the options... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at aqualung
There’s a new game in town. “Culture Jamming” is a multi-billion dollar industry, still in its infancy. Get in early if you can… via gapingvoid.com Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 25, 2012 at aqualung
How many Apple IDs should your family have? — Apple News, Tips and Reviews: "With your family’s iTunes purchases under control, and the core features of iCloud storage taken care of, there is one particular feature of iOS 5 that can be set separately from a device’s primary iCloud account. When it comes to locating each of your family’s devices, do not rely solely on the Find My Friends app to locate their position. Create a common family iCloud account and configure each device to use this account in the Mail, Contacts, Calendars settings. In fact, you can even create... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at aqualung's small pieces
We all are able to generate the most creative ideas. The question is, Do we dare? We don’t need more innovation, we need less resistance. Our own, internal resistance, that sometime blocks you, and prevents you from asking that crazy question at a meeting. Missed opportunity for you, for the company, for the world that might be desperately awaiting your idea. And external resistance, when your colleagues, your boss, the whole organization does not seem to understand the greatness of your idea. via www.scottberkun.com "Less resistance" … too often we are stymied by the fear of change, in ourselves and... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 28, 2011 at aqualung's small pieces
via www.dayswithmyfather.com It would be easy to feel resentful about an opportunity lost for this sort of time with my own father, but this is too beautiful for such a mean thought to survive Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 16, 2011 at aqualung's small pieces
When an employee of New Media Strategies dropped the f-bomb in a tweet from client Chrysler's Twitter account March 9, it might have been chalked up to one of those things that can happen to someone on a bad day.... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 14, 2011 at aqualung
Newsflash: I don’t need you to tell me what I want to buy. I already know, and anything I need is a web search away. … Go find a better business plan. One that doesn’t coopt me as your marketing R&D department. … If you want me to buy your merchandise, then spend your money making something really good. If it’s good and I decide I need it, I’ll find you. You won’t need to sneak up on me. via www.newsome.org Kent's rant about targeted ads struck a chord - I ignore them whenever possible. However - much of what... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 31, 2011 at aqualung's small pieces
It’s time to wake up and smell the axle-grease: industrial age organizations are finely-tuned engines of efficiency and productivity—but the price is a smallness of ambition, a paucity of purpose, a terminal deficiency of daring to challenge the status quo. ... On the other hand, it is the appetite to cultivate what the status quo considers thoroughly impractical and hopelessly impossible that is the cornerstone of enduring prosperity. ... So here’s my suggestion: this coming year, if it’s possible in the eyes of the status quo, it’s not awesome enough—go back to the drawing board. If your goal is creating... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 23, 2011 at aqualung's small pieces
The biggest challenge with deploying Sharepoint isn't that the technology isn't great but that it doesn't challenge deeply held assumptions about what it takes to run a business. It really is like re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. via www.euansemple.com Apart from being an interesting point about Sharepoint, the deeper point is true - as Euan points out, all the technology in the world (even the stuff that's better than SP) won't change old habits and rapidly-deteriorating assumptions about business and how it works these days - changing process, practice and people is required. Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 23, 2011 at aqualung's small pieces
It’s bad enough that Facebook is such a security mess, but to trust it to be my universal Internet drivers’ license? No. Just no. via www.zdnet.com ZDNet artice on the increasing spread of Facebook Connect as the defacto login/security mechanism on websites. Two big problems: Facebook's well-documented privacy and security problems; and the under-the-covers sharing of so much of your personal details on Facebook with the other web sites, and the potential for tracking your Web history. I'll pass ... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 20, 2011 at aqualung's small pieces
Stutchbury, of course, ignores the inconvenient truth that productivity peaked in the 1990s, when the Keating-era industrial relations system was dominated by collective bargaining at the enterprise level underpinned by strong awards. The rate of productivity growth has been declining ever since: declining through the era of rottweilers on the wharves, declining through the era of near-compulsory AWAs in higher education, the public service, and Government-funded construction projects; declining through the era of a building tribunal with coercive powers; declining through the era of AWAs that could undermine award conditions; declining through an era in which minimum wage setting was... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 3, 2011 at aqualung's small pieces
nothing characterizes industrial age business like the Five P's. Business is Pedestrian (in its vanishing smallness of ambition), Predictable (in its furious obsession with the trivial), Predatory (in it's hyperaggressive selfishness), Pompous (in its unvarnished self-importance), and Pointless (in its lack of usefulness to people and society). What it really excels at is pumping out inauthentic, unsustainable, illusory value--instead of the real thing. via www.managementexchange.com Boom, boom ... say no more. This is Umair's Howard Beale moment, and he's moving from querying business-as-usual to actively plotting its downfall (or at least its "path to significance"). Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 9, 2010 at aqualung's small pieces