It’s approaching spring in my part of the world. The days are getting warmer, at least in the middle, and I’m no longer walking home from the bus stop in the dark. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere you can look forward to all those magnificent colours as the trees shut down for winter.
Something is amiss Down Under, though – the claret ash in the backyard has awoken from its winter slumber earlier than usual. Climate change I guess.
I was planning on sharing my first SlideShare presentation with you this week but the folks at SlideShare suspended my account, for inappropriate activity, as soon as I attempted to upload the file. Hard to fathom how I could have behaved inappropriately on a website simply by joining it and looking around. Hopefully, I’ll be reinstated when they sort out what happened. At least they give you the option to challenge the suspension. If not, I’ll have to try one of the other slide sharing services.
Taking a deep breath and going with the flow.
This post marks the first post of my second year of weekly blogging. It’s been an interesting journey, which has provided me with almost enough material to collate into a book of reflections. So watch out for Sharing the Journey: reflections of a reluctant mystic later in the year.
Who knows what this year’s activity will produce.
Although most of you have been a little shy about commenting on my posts, that hasn’t stopped the spammers. I can report that the most popular post for the spammers by far is ‘time to rethink the war on drugs’, and that writing anything with a headline containing the word ‘sex’ seems to be a magnet for spammers of erotic material. Guess I’ll have to be a little more selective going forward.
I’m also amazed that anyone would think bloggers might be interested in a website that auto-generates blog posts. Next thing you know they’ll be expecting us to sit back and watch machines talk to machines with no human intervention. Think I prefer the human touch. I’ve yet to meet a computer with a sense of humour.
Ah, Chris at SlideShare has re-instated my account and apologised for the incorrect suspension due to their automated system. Seems I was booted off by their robo cop! And they want us to trust computerised systems to automate workflows. Of course, we all know that computerised systems are more productive than us fallible humans.
Anyway, here’s my presentation for you to enjoy and share.
Thanks for dropping by, Peter