Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wikipedia & Free Access

Sometimes somethings are so big it's hard to believe we can do anything to help; like Wikipedia, but perhaps a small donation can...

wikipedia

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Manifesto To Berrett-Koehler

Blurb printed edition of manifesto sent to Berrett-Koehler.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Slight Update To Manifesto

I've made some slight updates to the manifesto, basically from proofing the first copy I got from Blurb. No significant change, but it is slightly purer to my original intention in that the cover does not have my name and the publication details page is the bare minimum.

The copy now on Blurb is the updated one.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

AddThis Share Button

Set up an AddThis share button on my blog posts - hopefully will work okay. Looks fine I think.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Invite To Join OUR SYSTEM

Christmas Eve probably isn't the best time to invite people to join a new network. Oh well. If you read this please do visit OUR SYSTEM on Ning and help get it off the ground by joining.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Kitchen Experiment To Prove Global Warming

Saw quite a good demonstration of science behind global warming on BBC Newsnight. Below is a link to an (unfortunately) abbreviated version of it.

BBC Newsnight Kitchen Experiment To Prove Global Warming

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Carbon Dioxide Level Means Emission Reduction Not Negotiable

The more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the hotter the planet. The hotter the planet, the higher the oceans. More heat, means more energy, means more extreme weather conditions.

“…our carbon dioxide levels have gone up so quickly, in just over a hundred years we’ve gone up from 270 to 389 parts per million – remember that in the last 3 million years it’s never been more than 270 before, never been more than 270, we’re already at 389. It’ll take the planet about 30 years to catch up with that change, so the next 30 years of climate change is in the pipeline whatever we do now. Then, after that, it all depends on our behaviour now. If our carbon dioxide levels keep going up then by the end of the century we are going to see a very significant change.” Professor Sir David King (UK’s Chief Scientific Advisor 2000-7), BBC Newsnight, 20 Dec 2009.

“There’s no reason why the European Union cannot unilaterally go for 30% [cut in emissions] instead of saying if China did this they would do that – there’s no need for this! This is not a negotiation! You cannot negotiate with the laws of the physics! You cannot cut a deal with Mother Nature! This is not a negotiation!” Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives, BBC - The World Debate, 20 Dec 2009.

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Trying To Set Up OUR SYSTEM

Now trying to develop the web presence of OUR SYSTEM. Seems to be going quite well. Next I'll have to invite participants.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Just Who Is The Publisher?

This is actually a bit of a poser. Is Blurb a publisher or a printer intermediary? This is a more complex question than it perhaps sounds and I won't go too far into it.

But, if Blurb is publisher they should be supplying ISBNs as a publisher of authors. If they're not then the author's using their service are their own publishers (using Blurb as a printer intermediary) and source their own ISBNs.

If Blurb claims it is the publisher without being able to supply ISBNs, then that stuffs everyone up, because no-one using their service can source an ISBN without also being a publisher. In other words, either Blurb supplies the ISBN as publisher or we supply our own as self-publishers - Blurb can't be a publisher and not supply ISBNs (or we can't get them, and ISBNs are needed).

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

TheTshirtShop Now Delivers Global!

The TheTshirtShop now delivers to New Zealand, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe! (And other places too.) Excellent!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

It Can't Come Soon Enough

Now the wait for the book begins. It can't come soon enough.

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Ignored, Laughed At, Fought, Won

I rather like this quote that is Eileen Gitten’s (founder of Blurb) favorite : “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” (Gandhi)

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Blurb Creativity EXPLOSION

Man there is just an explosion of creativity at Blurb.com - it is just incredible.

Give us the tools and we will create: I'm blown away how good the photobooks are. Brilliant.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wow - It's Published!

It does feel amazing to publish a book, even when self-publishing! I haven't even seen the physical copy yet, but it is already available from Blurb.

The Common Purpose Manifesto

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Aaargh Telecom!

Now Telecom tells me it's not until the 9th with only dialup, it's until the 25 Dec! Telecom!

So to get my broadband back ASAP I've had to upgrade to a higher plan (again!). This time 20GB a month (and this probably all because Call of Duty Helpdesk directed me to download what must have been an incredibly massive file - I am destined not to play that game).

So I expect to be back on broadband tomorrow (Human Rights Day) when I can finally upload my book to Blurb - all.things.going.to.plan.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

I'm A Hermit

"I'm a hermit." I think that's what I'm going to say if anyone asks me "What do you do?" or what-have-you: "I'm a hermit. All I do is think and write."

That's all I really want to be, to have, a little quiet stone cottage in the English countryside living largely as a hermit (with internet and communication channels open of course). Not too far from anything by car, but far enough that when I want to be by myself (and that's often) I easily can be.

I'm so tired of, I assume 'extroverts', who assert that anyone by themselves is lonely, these extroverts who seem to find crowds so relaxing. It is so the opposite for me. There's nothing I like better than peace and quiet, and to communicate on my terms as often (and as little) as I want.

The whole world today seems to see constant social interaction as normal for everyone, perhaps because of the constant injection of reality TV showing the most extreme of extroverts exposing every facet of their lives to anyone they can possibly interact with...

But it's not normal of course. That's why we need dramas, usually written by more introverted people, which can show a greater diversity of personality than the extremist extrovert.

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A Wonderful Outlet

The great thing about blogging is that I can talk about things that none of the people I know are interested in. A wonderful outlet.

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Another Three Days Without Broadband

Can I go another 3 days with only dialup? Urgh it's frustrating. Thank God I can at least still do my low bandwidth blogging.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

More Frustration

Now Telecom has limited my broadband to dial-up speed. This was caused by the Call of Duty helpdesk asking me to download a massive file that took us over our 10GB plan (which still didn't solve the problem).

This all means I can't upload my manuscript up to Blurb for publishing. This is a pain. So now I have to wait until the 9th before I get my broadband back and I can print my book. Which means I might not get it before Xmas. Bum, bum, bum.

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