Happy Mother's Day all! Check out the links for the week...
Do you pay for newspapers or any news? Do you want to? News Limited has a paywall dilemma trying to deal with it...
[box] This announcement is their epitaph. It suggests that News Limited really sees little future in hard copy newspapers. They will continue until their revenue falls to a point where they are unprofitable. Then they will die. But don’t worry: you can always switch to news+.[/box]
Society seems obsessed with the concept of "happiness". It would seem the "happiest people pursue the most difficult problems". I think it comes to finding meaning in life... "For many social entrepreneurs, happiness comes from the feeling they are making a difference."
Has the Carbon Tax actually worked? I missed this earlier, but it seems Australia's emissions are at 10 year low...What does this mean for the industry? Stretching this out a little further, what does it mean for the thousands of engineering students training in Australia every year in response to the "engineering - skill - shortage"?
[box] Australia's greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation have fallen to a 10-year low as coal-fired power slumped to its lowest level in a decade, a new report says. At the same time, the share of renewable energy in the National Electricity Market (NEM) has soared beyond 12 per cent and looks set to continue rising.[/box]
An amazingly honest piece about what Depression is like. Many of us have family and friends who go through this, and it is a difficult thing as a bystander to understand. It is really interesting to read a piece that provides an insight into a struggle that afflicts so many.
Anil Dash talks about privacy through identity control and asks the question, who owns your identity right now? His blog is an interesting mix of technology and pop culture and worth a read.
[box] To understand why the west is so keen on secularism, one should go to places like Cordoba in Spain and see torture apparatus used during Spanish Inquisition. Also the persecution of scientists as heretics by the clergy and convinced the Europeans that all religions are regressive. However, the biggest factor that drove people like me away from religion was the selective Islam practised by most of its preachers. In other words, there was a huge difference between what they practised and what they preached. Also, rather than explaining the philosophy behind the religion, there was an over emphasis on rituals. ... I feel there are certain western countries with far more Islamic traits than us, especially in the way they protect the rights of their citizens, or for that matter their justice system. In fact some of the finest individuals I know live there.[/box]
Tune of the day: Janelle Monae is a funky lady indeed.