Latest Extraordinary Everyday Lives Show #044 with Al Upton is out

Show number #44 is out. There has been a bit of a kerfuffle on the interwebs this week as Al Upton and the miniLegends class blog was Closed. Kent couldn’t join us today due to time zone issues.

An extremely relevant topic, this show has already had the largest amount of downloads on a single day this month.

Get your ears around this!

Extraordinary Everyday Lives show #44 – Al Upton and the miniLegends

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Once again this edition of the show is sponsored by Nick Hodge, Professional Geek at Microsoft. Our thanks to Nick for his tangible support.


Eight Random Facts about Dave – meme

Following an old meme Laurel dredged up and tagged me, here’s eight random facts about me.

The rules:

1- Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2 – People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
3 – At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4 – Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

My 8 Facts:

1. I like and collect elephants (no, not real ones)
2. When I was 18 I’d never broken a bone – so I broke my neck,
3. I love eating lamb anything (well within reason)
4. I never really liked school except for Tech Studies and Art
5. I love peace but like to think I would kill or die for my family and close friends
6. I once sang in school choir at Adelaide Festival Centre (where later on saw Skyhooks in concert)
7. Favourite musician is Bruce Cockburn
8. Second life saved my sanity

Now, the 8 I get to tag. And if you’ve already done it before, just let me know?

Nathanael Boehm
Gary barber
Eshi Otawara
Naked Biff
Nick Hodge
Tracey Crisp
Roy Blumenthal
Rick Clise


I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen dust – Womadelaide 2008

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My first Womad experience was a memorable one.

We nearly didn’t get in as the people at the ticket office were trying to tell us that my carer with me needed to have an ‘official’ carers card! I mean what the hell. My family carers for me, they don’t get paid, and yet aren’t official’ because they don;’t have a card saying so? There was no stipulation about this when purchasing the ticket online as I did and none stipulated on the printed information booklet I had with me. In fact this seemed to be an unwritten, unstated Womad law. We refused to accept no as an answer and sulk away with $145 ticket strapped to my wrist and so after a while insisting they relented and walked us through security (who, as it happens wasn’t scanning anyone’s tickets anyway as the ‘system’ was down…telling me it was!)

So once in we quickly settled into getting our bearings and found something to watch and listen to. The dust was thick and the night balmy. I met up with Mike and Mandy after a comedy of SMS message exchanges and we settled into a great night. It was a pity the day time heat was so bad it meant I couldn’t go to more, however I’ll be going next time around.

Below are a couple video clips of the fire lanterns and other pictures can be found here on my flickr account.


On Forgiveness, Openness and Justice

Father Bob on Forgiveness:

One was a woman from Rwanda where millions were killed a few years ago. She was from tribe A, Tutsi, massacred by tribe B, Hutu. She’d lost husband and children. She was at a “truth and reconciliation” session arranged by South African Bishop Tutu, (Church and State have a different relationship depending on where you are in the world).

She identified her family’s executioners in “court” that day. Then she asked to be lead across the room to the man. I forgive him, she said, and want to take him home to be my son.

Too much, isn’t it! You or I couldn’t do that. We’d want revenge (we call it justice) because we’ve been brought up on retributive justice. We’ve rarely heard of “restorative justice” where all aggrieved parties and the offender(s) are in the same room together to seek truth and reconciliation

The only point I want to make here is that it seems possible to forgive, even if not forget

Powerful stuff from Bob [as usual].

Got me thinking about openness as a restorative agent, or moreso, environment. How much real justice exists in our world, in court or out, depends on how much openness exists in or hearts.

As Bruce Cockburn [another who writes powerfully as usual] wrote :

loves to see
justice done
on somebody else”.

Justice, Inner City Front, 1981″

Think about it. I did.


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People don’t scale, People Networks do.

Cross posted from Lifekludger blog

I read with interest my good mate, Hugo Ortega’s UberTablet blog. Hugo was the very first guest on our Extraordinary Everyday Lives podcast and, outside of my regular colleagues, has been the single biggest supporter of my Lifekludger endeavours, and indeed myself, in a substantial way – providing equipment to try with my mouthstick especially.
So as I read in his latest blog post about how he’s been snowed under with the things he’s been doing to promote all things Tablet in Australia I’m reminded of what Mike keeps telling me and what we’ve been trying to avoid with Lifekludger.

People Don’t Scale – Networks Do.

But it pays to remember I’m talking about people here when I refer to Networks. Maybe it’s better stated:

People Don’t Scale – People Networks Do.

Hugo has found that he’s become a bottle neck – we each only have 24 hours in our day. It’s a lesson we need to heed in this age of exponential growth in available information and rapidly advancing technological growth, if we are to somehow turn it into knowledge and practical outcomes that can benefit and grow us as people enriched by the age we live in rather than enslaved by it.

Just how we grow a network that can scale and how we can do that while keeping the true to the spirit of why the network exists is another matter. It’s an issue that seems to be evolving at the same time as the rest of the technical issues are that are underpinning it. Maybe why we are seeing such attention paid to social networks.

The answer though cannot lie back in the centralised past as centralisation creates bottlenecks. It can’t rest on one point of contact, a single node. The end goal might be node focused but that doesn’t have to mean node centred.
Maybe, like so many other things, the answer lays buried somewhere in the natural world, the small pieces [people] loosely joined [network], the strength of the geo-desic dome, in the triangle of abundant, heterogeneous, creative people – the ecosystem of humanity.

Connection and Openness.

An human ecosystem based on connection and openness [sharing], focused on a node. That’s the Lifekludger vision.


Reference (from Mike coming out of discussion with JP) :

ABUNDANCE: speaks to the post scarcity world of the internet – where the cost of storage and distribution approach zero, some very different rules kick in. Kinda crucial to the longtail and the jewels therein.

HETEROGENEOUS: at the edge things get a little crazy and that’s where the magic happens. Unlike the shallow end of the gene pool, there is lots of diversity which makes for good re-combination – fuelled by the laws of weak attraction.

CREATIVITY: coming up with new ways of doing stuff – sometimes just for the pure fun of it. Whether solving a problem or scratching an itch. Either way, leave your past solutions and old habits at the door. You are not a mindless, replaceable unit of production here!

Share : Connect – World Of We

My friend Biff from Naked Yak wrote something ages ago I’ve wanted to reiterate here as it’s very important:

Naked Yak 27/01/08 8:04 AM NakedBiff


The more we share the more we know each other, the more we have in common. In this sense, how we use the technology that is available to us is key – we should use it to share. And we are!

From Boston Now:
“People may make fun of blog or Twitter posts about what someone had for breakfast or how they like a certain video game, but it is all part of how humans build a cooperating society that works. It can’t be rushed, and it can be nurtured, even with simple text messages.”

In the long run, sharing technologies may just help bring about World Peace, by making us more aware of each other.

Not us and them, but we. (kudos to Father Bob)