Volcano

Kasparov ignites journalism debate

Volcano
A scientist has said a volcanic eruption in Australia is overdue.

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov caught my attention on Twitter recently with some posts about modern media and the need to report facts.

A very intelligent man, Kasparov currently chairs the Human Rights Foundation and its International Council. In 2017, he founded the Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI).

Here’s the tweet which piqued my interest:

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Champagne Beach

Nanda Blue Hole

Champagne Beach
Champagne Beach on the island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu is one of the most stunning beaches in the world.

One of the highlights of my Vanuatu holiday in early January was visiting Nanda Blue Hole. It’s a picturesque freshwater natural swimming hole surrounded by forest and teeming with tropical fish.

Entrance costs 1000 vatu (A$11). That’s more expensive than other blue holes, but there’s decking, change rooms and amenities.

The money goes to the traditional owners.

My daughter Maggie and I went there after visiting Champagne Beach, which was beautiful but also very hot in the baking sun.

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Favourite Linux software

Favourite Linux software

Writing about favourite Linux software is subjective, but here’s a list of some programs that I aim to install every time I set up a new desktop.

My daily driver is EndeavourOS (Arch based) with the KDE Plasma desktop.

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Mary Gorey grave

True story of sex, feuds and devotion

This is a true story from the 1860s of sex, feuds and devotion. It’s the story of my grandfather’s aunt, Mary Gorey, based on historical newspaper reports and documentary records.

Mary was a strong and feisty woman, passionate, practical, caring and loyal. Her elder brother Michael was a local firebrand who embroiled himself in colonial politics.

Mary was born on 5 March 1846 at Heidelberg, fourth child and third daughter of James and Elizabeth Gorey, who arrived in Victoria from Ireland in 1841. My great-grandfather Edward was born three years after Mary in 1849.

James Gorey purchased a block of 71 acres with Campaspe River frontage at the Kyneton/Malmsbury land sale in April 1855 and the family moved to Malmsbury.

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Bundaberg Now

Transforming local government communications

Bundaberg Now

Here’s the text from my speech to the national local government IT conference in Coffs Harbour regarding Bundaberg Now as an example of digital disruption.

I’m very pleased that one Council has contacted me already and plans to start something similar …

Today I’ll be talking about digital disruption and how local government can transform the way in which we communicate.

The case study is Bundaberg Now – a Council owned and operated online news platform.

Christensen defined disruption in 1997 as a relatively narrow concept whereby technology evolves through quality improvements to inferior but low-priced products.

In 2016 the Productivity Commission adopted a broader definition that’s more relevant for policy makers – disruptive technologies are developments that drive substantial change.

They noted that new technologies offer opportunities for the creation of innovative businesses, a greater range of products, and new ways for governments to address policy problems.

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