A year of work in progress – day 93

Day 93 – 23 May 2014

I wasn’t sure whether today would count or not. A domestic issue resulted in me, or rather Pam, having to rearrange all my appointments (there were only nine of them and so could have done without) but I ended up doing enough work between times to justify its inclusion as a working day. Fitting all those appointments back into my already over-bloated calendar will be a work of pre genius.

There are a couple of bits left over from yesterday. Writing a blog is fun. Thinking the words is fairly easy, even if they are rubbish but finding the time every day is more of a challenge. I try to go to press on my blog sometime late in the afternoon. I start to think about what I am going to say the night before, put the bones together ahead of starting work and knock it into a cocked hat around lunch time. So inevitably there are things that miss the cut. There it is. My secret is out and I feel much better about it.

A final shout from Thinking Digital, Blaise Aguera y Arcas talked about what’s going to happen to humans. There is always a fear that our jobs are going to be replaced by robots yet machines have been replacing our work for centuries. All of us used to be hunter gatherers and then most of us became farmers and so it will go on. Our current economic model however means that tech can only exist if people can afford to buy it and to do that we need jobs. Stories of our demise may be a bit premature. I think there are a couple of blogs in this if not a whole book. I’m booked for Thinking Digital 2015.

In the evening I attended the Dynamo board. I’m very pleased to be involved in this organisation whose primary focus will be to build the ICT economy in the region. It is a little too early to reveal all but needless to say there are some big plans.

I finished the book with ‘The man who mistook his wife for a hat’ by Oliver Sacks. It wasn’t much about work but was a very interesting insight into how people work or rather what can happen when they don’t. The book reminded me that what we perceive to be true is just that, a perception. We are an amalgam of the perceptions that others have of us and the perceptions we have of ourselves. When what others think about us differs widely from our own thoughts then we are in trouble. I also took away that we should celebrate the different. Everyone sees life in a slightly different way.

I started ‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey to learn what it is like to be a woman. (Tina herself would appreciate that joke!)

Learning points for today: Big data tells such beautiful stories; life is more than work and; the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry

Today’s enjoyment rating 7/10 – work was fine and let’s leave it at that.

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