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April 2007

what do we have for them, Johnny? a brand, new, blog!

welcome to my brand spankin new blog.  nifty enough for ya?  well, i think it is.  my old blog service seemed to lack the new features you see on other blog sites.  and i've been wanting to combine with my blog at blogdrive for awhile.

so that's where this site comes into play.  you're probably wondering "ok, so what's the address mean?"  well, i wanted something that reflects on traveling abroad.  if you've done any traveling you've probably had the experience of trying to use your electrical gadgets with a country's different power outlets.  sometimes that's how i feel when adjusting to the human aspect of the culture, language and geographical location. simple as that and easy to remember.

there's still alot of converting left to do with the old content and photo galleries.  i'm working on those yet and should get everything moved over in another week.  unfortunately, blogdrive doesn't have a compatiable export utility so i'm left with alot of manual work. i'll be sending word out to those that have linked their sites to my old site also.  anyway, enjoy!

wet weekend

squeakWhile the rainy days have forced me inside, it's given me time to reflect on some of the things I've been putting off. Each year, I have to prove my IT knowledge with a required certification in one of the many proprietary "business solutions" out there. I've never been an advocate of using these as a measurement of a how much someone knows.  On the contrary, I've silently snubbed anyone that made it a point to add every IT certification they've gotten since birth to the end of their sigs. While there are a few certified individuals that coincidently know what their talking about, the majority simply take the easy way out by resorting to "brain dumps" and "exam crams".  Years ago, after spending 3 months of night classes while holding down my day job, I received one such certification. I worked with a recently hired employee that had also become certified. The first time we discussed a routine computer-related problem quickly showed he had not gained anything from the certification process. Even though I had no problem with the individual, his verbose claim of being certified lost all credibility to me. And the only thing worse was encountering those same people that decided to switch career paths, get a few certifications and expect to be hired at a level most IT people have taken years to acquire with the necessary work experience. I can't speak for any other cerification process other careers require. But they do seem to have more of the necessary checks and balances in place to prevent a "paper (insert job title)" from being born

"In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long, Holly." - Harry Lime - The Third Man

note: the cuckoo clock is actually a German invention and not credited to the Swiss.

anzac day

This is the site of the main recruting office in Sydney during the great war of 1914-1918. The cenotaph was erected in 1927 and is the meeting place for ex-service commemorative ceremonies. When I arrived this morning at 4am there were already masses of people filling up the martin place plaza which spread over a few city blocks. The master of ceremony began and within a few minutes the rain that had held off began anew. Those without umbrellas, including myself, moved to the cover of building alcoves. This is where I listened while the speakers took their turns in rememberance, bands played and hymns were sung.

Even with the rain, the service was handled beautifully.  The first light was still making it's way through the night. The water striking a mix of concrete and umbrellas only added to the somber tone already felt.

good ice cream is not frozen cream

3 days of rain and more on the way.  blah.. I hear there's a drought in most parts of the country. I still think with proper irrigation techniques a place could figure out how to get water to where they want to grow something.

ANZAC (Australians and New Zealanders Army Corps) Day tomorrow. It's similar to our Memorial Day in the states, observing all the military men and women that have made sacrifices for their country.

I hope I can get up for the 430AM Dawn Service tomorrow morning.