Tag Archive: project365

Listening and watching commercial music has become a very boring thing to do these days. Each song sounds and looks like the one before it and, most likely, the next one will sound and look like the previous. So what has happened to originality in music?

With the global broader music industry reportedly worth $130 Billion dollars (US currency) in 2006, there has been a steady decline in the sector. Some indications are that the market will drop in value by somewhere between $6 to $10 Billion dollars.
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We are told that we need to combat pollution every day. Do this, do that. Do not destroy the ozone layer any more than it already destroyed. Recycle, reuse etc. Trade, give away and share as much as possible. But….

But is the collapse of the environment the fault of the 20th century? We now have to do all the repair work for it given that land, air and water pollution is destroying the planet than anyone could have guessed. There are still people out there that claim that the exhaust from cars is the number one contributor. Should we go back in time a little to see if we can find other points in history where we have cared less for this plane?
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Well, here we go again. Poor Melbournians being told that their public transport system does not live up to expectations. You may have noticed that I said Melbournians – that is due to the fact that the Victorian public transport system does not service the whole of Victoria.

We in the country struggle to see a train that is not a grain carrier. We have to travel to a town that is at least 100 kilometres away. But that is not the point of this article. Maybe some other time!

Metro, Melbourne’s newest public transport company, has been deceiving the people that pay their wages. They have been fudging their figures to look better than they are, which probably also means getting out of huge fines for not meeting delivery targets.
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365 / 43: Watch That Bird!

In a lot of science fiction novels, they say that the future will be rosy as we will develop nanotechnology and miniaturised devices that will cure diseases and repair damaged lands. But do we first have to live through this technology being used to create weapons of war?

There is a lot of evidence that the next war will be fought with technology as small as moths. In the United States of America, specifically the Wright-Patterson air force base in Ohio, military researchers are currently working on shrinking missiles to the size of birds and insects.
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Every day we kill people and blow up buildings. Every time we decide that we are going to do this. Fortunately, I do not mean literally. There is now a plethora of virtual worlds where our children can sit down, walk around a city and shoot everything that comes near them.

Now let me clarify. This article is referring to games, especially on the Xbox and PlayStation consoles. There are now so many titles that are termed first-person shooters that shop shelves are crammed with them.
Some of the biggest games that have been released this year are KillZone 3 and Homefront. Both allow you to wonder through American cities and towns carrying the biggest gun you can find.
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365 / 41: Tagged and Bagged

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology uses radio waves to transfer data between a tag and a reader. Its main use at the moment is to track movement of assets by giving each item its own unique identifying number. This is not limited to a number of records, as it is possible to give every object in the world its own identifying number.

This technology allows companies to track stock – each and every stock item – that sells from a department store, allowing them to work out their demographics for all products.

Imagine this technology being used in humans. Imagine every movement you make is tracked and recorded. Imagine that there was software that could trend your movements and predict where you would be and when you would go there. I know there is as I used to build and write software that would do this for an international company that had gone through the process of putting RFID tags on all products.
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365 / 40: Are Animals Necessary?

Is the continual fight to save endangered animals absolutely necessary? All the time and effort that is put into saving them seems hardly ever rewarded. Do these animals actually provide anything to the planet that is needed? What do pandas do? How about lions and tigers and bears? Oh my!

Or is it just a bunch of (insert expletive here) hippies looking for an excuse to fight? Or to get their heads on TV? Do these people have nothing better to do and nothing in their lives that they can run around the place trying to save every animal that is dying out? Is it all just some lame grab at their fifteen minutes of fame? Oh, I saved the fat-bellied sloth. Aren’t I great!!
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365 / 38: Night Reflections

Life finds the strangest ways and places to give you reflection time. Here I am sitting on a loaded trailer waiting for my co-driver to get back with the car after one of the tyres went flat. At the moment he is nursing it into the next town some eleven kilometers away.

Which leaves me eleven kilometers from anywhere by the side of the road. But instead of being worried by it, I get to look at the stars of this region for the first time in relative peace. There is no one around but the stars at out. The night is warm enough to be pleasant and the moon is full.

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I hereby hand in my resignation from the position of President of the Grumpies Emotion Association. This is mainly due to not wanting to fulfill and live up to the rigid requirements of said position.

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