What we were reading in Feb, 2009.

image As we research or just read for interest we find  interesting stuff on varied subjects. I collect them here and add summaries for context. Also as I have the power with the keyboard, I hope you will forgive me if I sometimes I get carried away and add my two coins worth . You must tell me if it is not what you want or even perhaps just delete my link.

For this who want to read on,  before you do here is a quote I like:

“”Saying you make my day, makes my day.” Anon

Aussie Bush Fires:

25 We acknowledge and pay respect to those who lost their lives in the Australian bush fires on Feb 7 2009. Our sincere condolences go to all who lost family and close friends. Many more are still in critical care and all now have to recover and rebuild their homes and their lives.

We encouraged anyone who feels so inclined to donate via the  Australian Red Cross.

Take a look at the monsters on my post here >>

Climate Crunch Time:


It seems that everyone is well aware that climate change is a key issue for us all. But sadly, very few of us in the ordinary walks of life, find it easy to sort through the information we get. But like it or not to claim back the planet the carbon constrained world is a new reality .

This month the US President Obama asked Congress to legislate to meet the 80% emission reduction goal. He gave them no choice with an alternative that  the administration would resort to use provisions being the existing clean air act. In my post about this in Feb US Climate Czar Acts! a point I made may put a roadblock in the way of understanding. My statement that the US is not going to ratify Kyoto is not a factor. In fact it is much to late for that as current Kyoto Protocol on climate change and global warming expires in 2012 .

What is more important is President Obama has a crucial role to play is in the negotiations for a new protocol for Jan, 1, 2013 start. A climate conference, in Dec 2009 in Copenhagen, of all the parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ((UNFCCC), comprising around 170 countries, will meet for the last time on government level, before a climate agreement is to be renewed. International talks have been underway for some time, and the hope is that at least a rough framework on a new treaty will be negotiated in Copenhagen during the UN conference. Early agreement is needed there so countries can get the treaty through their domestic legislation in time for 2013 start.

This subject is vital for us all now to be more aware, so we were are doing research on the issues and seeking advice on considerations for ongoing adaption Anyone with a contribution on this is very welcome to add to this content.

Here is some more detail about the Copenhagen UNFCCC Conference >>

Carbon Labeling:

clip_image004Have you ever wondered about those funny black feet with numbers on them feet appearing on products.  In Asia you don’t see them much yet but they are coming. In Europe, North America and elsewhere they are now quite commonplace.

No, it is not a brand for footwear either. The symbol tells consumers the carbon emissions taken to make the product, so you can buy wisely, being aware of the impact it has on our environment.

In February we attended a seminar in Bangkok about a “Carbon Footprint and Labeling” project  The project, now in its formative stage, is jointly lead by the EU Commission users and Thailand-EC Cooperation Facility Program.

The seminar discussed how the project would proceed and some of the issues it would deal with. The scope includes understanding  measurement standards, setting guidelines for labels,  making recommendations for use and certification control. Check out the report on this by Dr Kitipan Kitbamroong, himself an environmental specialist.

Why Carbon Footprint Labeling? >>

Beating on a TOM TOM

imageIt seems like Microsoft have a new Toy and they don’t like anyone else playing with it for free. Moreover they say Linux have stolen it from them so no we can sit back and watch Linux wagons form a circle and the battle begin.

If like my wife and millions of people in the last 2 years who got a Tom Tom in a their gift boxes, and now use it daily to get you from A to B,  this may interest you.

Read >> Is Microsoft finally taking Linux to court?

The most qualified job hunter

I like this man’s advice in his case study post

“Kevin’s heard me say a thousand times, “The most qualified job hunter is rarely the one who gets the offer?”  Yup that’s right.  It’s not a typo.  I’m not crazy.  The best positions go to the people who do the best job at positioning themselves as the best solution to an employer’s problem — once in they’re in the interview.  And that’s the rub. “

That is an extract from this well worth while post which goes well on as a case study for job seekers.

In the body one very “just get it “point he makes:

“Employers only hire when they have problems to solve. And they will only hire you if they can specifically see you as the solution to their problems.”

Sounds like Sales doesn’t it? So I  have added this to my recommend reading list for salespeople:  Maybe a bit more about job hunters pipeline management would be useful but I guess that is why and recruiters have job inventories.

Job Hunting Case Study: Kevin Watson – The Resume Makeover with before and after examples. see

Link here to check it out >>

I’m just John.. With a Guerilla CV

clip_image002I found this while reading some comments on a Linkedin blog.  If you are serious about getting a job, you cannot miss the shear subtly of this approach.

John S Rajeski sets a new the bar on and blows me away with his approach.

Link here is John S. Rajeski >>

Who’s Logged In

If you think it is just us young guys on the net have another look.

Baby boomers young and old are in there and even many older generations have taken to email by preference and to get information on such thing as health. Her is what looks like some good research work on this, It shows 74% of internet users age 64 and older send and receives email.


Interesting too that Teenagers, who use internet more for fun on the other hand are using email less. And ages 33-44 use it for shopping.

The article I got this information from expands commentary on all demographics and has a very useful graphical slide presentation to back it up.

The table below explains the definition terms used for the various generations.


Check it out>>

Home-Based Businesses Tips

This is useful stuff on home business I found in San Francisco Chronicle

These are the heading is covers

  • Naming Your Home-Based Business
  • What It takes to run a Home-Based Business?
  • Windows or Apple Computers for My Company?
  • Separating Your Home from Your Business
  • Balancing Work with Family
  • http://allbusiness.sfgate.com/3473091-1.html

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