Innovation seminar

Today’s innovation seminar was one of the best to date. Kept in very down-to earth Kiwi spirit, Jonathan Carr presented a short history of ARANZ (Applied Research Associates New Zealand). ARANZ conducts research and development in the area of 3D scanning and modelling technologies. Having research and engineering background myself, it was really neat to…


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JDM Special Issue on Virtual Worlds and 3-D Web

Journal of Database Management (JDM) Special Issue on Virtual Worlds and 3-D Web Journal of Database Management (JDM) Impact Factor: 1.854 Immediacy Index: 1.267 Editor-in-Chief: Keng Siau, University of Nebraska-Lincoln <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="http://www.igi-global.com/jdm">www.igi-global.com/jdm</a> Special Issue on Virtual Worlds and 3-D Web Deadline: 19 January 2009 Special Issue Editors Blake Ives, University of Houston Brian Mennecke,…


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The bitter taste of chocolate.

Last month we have finished the Monk’s Mind experiment – one of the rules throughout the month was refrain from eating chocolate. As with everything else that I have been deprived during that month, I asked myself lots of questions: why I eat chocolate in the first place, what is chocolate, how it works on…


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Randy Pausch

CS prof. Randy Pausch’s famous Last Lecture quickly became widely watched inspiration story, especially for young people and CS students. Simple rules of thumb, worked on and implemented in one’s life can lead to improved quality of life and motivate people to work harder on achieving their targets and dreams. Notes: brick walls, people, enabling dreams…


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Roland Dale talk.

Roland Dale from Timaru gave a very interesting talk on today’s meeting. Roland is 70+ years old. For the last 15 years has been going to Fiordland each year for a month-long trips. Living a dream. The party is dropped off in a helicopter at one location and picked up a month later at the…


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Lighter side of Buddhism.

How to recognize a Buddhist monk? He is the funniest in the room. These are a collection of jokes and funny stories related to Buddhism. Q: What did the Buddhist monk say to the hot dog vendor? A: “Make me one with everything.” This guy decides he wants to know the meaning of life. So…


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Similarities in systems of thought: east and west.

Some of the early greek thought systems share similarities with the eastern philosophy. Stoicism and buddhism seems to overlap in many aspects. Stoicism promotes the development of self-control as a means of overcoming destructive desires and emotions; the philosophy holds that becoming a clear and unbiased thinker allows one to understand the universal reason (logos). Buddhism is…


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Collecting some thoughts.

Some articles that I have read recently: This article about the motivations of doing what one is doing provides really good insights and is well worth a read. This article talks about a fears and will of 3-year olds. If you think your 3-year old is unable to keep his/her promise, think again. The story…


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