Welcome Mieke McMaster Adams…

While you were tucked up in bed, Mieke slid into the world.

http://mieke.adams.net.au/

Go and say hello.

Born in the wrong decade…

It appears I was simply born at the wrong time, sandwiched between the Baby Boomers and Generation Y.

I’ll have to find another way to take over the world. Time for Gen X’s to go underground and topple the younger mob.

Gen Y @ 30: charmed, tech savvy and ready to take over
GENERATION Y finally means business. They are far better educated and more globally aware and technologically savvy than any generation before them, and they are about to turn 30 this year. The oldest members of this privileged generation are poised to grab the management reins and revolutionise the workplace to suit themselves…

…The baby boomers love them – after all, they were the doting parents that raised them. And as the boomers’ extended reign in the workplace draws to an end, social and economic forecasters predict they are more likely to anoint gen Yers as their chosen successors over the unfortunate generation Xers who have been politely waiting their turn.

Testimonial…

Here at the Art of Email Archiving Institute (AEA), we try hard every day to help others that have became laden with an overflowing Inbox. Every now and then, we receive feedback from those that have managed to climb out the other side after a life changing moment.
Here is a recent communiqué that arrived in our Inbox:

Hi Geoff,
Just like you to know, that it has taken two weeks of almost daily sessions, but my gmail inbox is now officially empty and aorting is occuring daily as the mail arrives. Life is generally now better overall thanks to the Adams’ AEA101 (Art of Email Archiving).
Thanks:)

Thankyou Z, for the wonderful feedback. If you wish to discover the Art of Email Archiving, simply drop us a line and let us show you how to climb out of the overflowing Inbox.

Time to get out into ‘the wild’ once more…

Anson Cameron considers the fall out of Victorian Minister for Water, Tim Holding, getting lost in the Victorian Alps:

To couch potatoes all over: get lost

It’s sad to live in a time when a man is slated for walking alone on a mountain. A cowardly age where the supine pontificate through a spray of Cheezels crumbs.

http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/to-couch-potatoes-all-over-get-lost-200…

How to bake bread and whip cream without beaters

Cross posted on the Camp Cooinda Facebook page

I was reminiscing recently about time spent away from what many would call, “life’s modern conveniences”, in a land far far away – at least a tiny low lying island in East Gippsland. The special place that is Cooinda Island.

I remembered all the things I learnt on that place both as a camper and leader, some of which I still use today – also, some that strangely do not come up during day to day activities.

How to make bread and skin an eel

My first memory of the Isle, is what I think was my first summer as a camper. Dave and Al were the charismatic island directors and provided so much of what I feel Cooinda ‘is’. Dave is the author of the ‘Dave’s piece of piss bread’ recipe, the handwritten recording of which still in the Island cookbook today (I think?) – also attached at the bottom of this post.

Also on that impressionable summer, I learnt how to skin and smoke an eel, who ‘CondoMan‘ is and most importantly, learnt the ‘Noddy Joke’

I have never eaten eel again, mainly because I doubt I could ever manage to achieve the same amazing flavours again. I did however, twenty years later, make a CondoMan t-shirt which I still wear today.

The bread has been cooked by island directors every year since and, is something I continue to whip up – using a black garbage bag (to help with the proving) and imprecise measurements – at home from time to time.

Bake a cake in the sun and whip cream with two butter knives

My first cake produced in the solar oven was a piece of mastery, the discovery that so little can produce a little something wonderful, was amazing.

Scones, jam and cream was called for next. But the cream needs whipping.

No problem, we’ll grab the beaters…rusted solid… No drama, apparently the desired result can be achieved using a couple of butter knives. I have no idea how I discovered this, I imagine from whoever was on the island of knowledge at the time. So, two butter knives and about half an hour of frantic beating later, whipped cream!

All life long knowledge and skills that I suspect I would struggle to acquire anywhere else.

What has Cooinda Island taught you?

good photo-journalism is hard to find these days…

I am amazed at the hype and stamina surrounding the US elections. Given all of that, here is some wonderful journalism…

http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0810/callie-bp.html

Callie Shell followed Barack Obama for much of the last two years, and captured some excellent photos (and micro stories to go along with them). Keep clicking ‘Show More Images’ at the bottom to see them all.

via

spotted – public thoughts #1

On the wall of Country Road at the corner of Faraday and Lygon Streets, Carlton. Some food for thought:

The best things in life
are not the things…

It’s okay if you don’t know everything

The more you know you know you don’t know shit…
So why you gotta act like you know when you don’t know?
It’s okay if you don’t know everything.
(ben folds 2005)

they’re not doing anything, why should I?

Will the Treasurer and, for that matter, the federal government, ever get it?

Federal Treasurer Peter Costello says there is no point in Australia reducing its greenhouse gas emissions when China and India are such major global polluters.

“There’s no point in Australia meeting its emissions target – and we are on track to do so, and I believe we ought to do so when we’re less than 1 per cent of global emissions – if you’re going to have major emitters such as China and India, which are increasing every year the emissions by more than the total of Australia,”

Which is like saying it is not worth me turning the tap off while I clean my teeth because industry uses heaps of water anyway…my little bit is just isn’t worth doing.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200610/s1777278.htm

your little bit

Does today’s announcement of the Victorian government’s approval of the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere, mean that all our problems are over? Not according to the ACF. At least the state government seems to be a little more switched on than their federal conterparts. Even with the recent announcement of a huge (biggest in the world) solar power station to be built near Mildura, the fed’s just don’t see the point.

Geoffles recently pointed out an article on the difficulties of “pitching” environmental concerns. While I agree many of the population are self-interested, I would argue that we are also currently very materialistic. It may come down to purely economic arguments to get the plebs and the powerbrokers to take action.

In the meantime, here is an economic argument everyone can understand… Did you know you could save as much as $100 a year by turning your electrical appliances off at the powerpoint?