Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Do drink the water

Friday, October 15th, 2010

This year’s Blog Action Day topic is water. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to share how grateful I am to have access to some of the world’s best drinking water.

But first, I want to talk about phones. Have you noticed the disappearance of public telephones? And how the remaining ones are falling into serious disrepair? This is a direct result of the migration to cel phones for those who can afford it. The fact that more and more of us don’t use public telephones allows them to vanish and fall into disrepair. As we use them less, the phone companies uninstall them to save money, while our lowered awareness of the remaining phones leads to less maintenance.

The ones who lose out are the economically disadvantaged. If you can’t afford a cel phone then you get to use the public phone a mile away if it wasn’t destroyed or barfed on by the last user. Complaining won’t do much good either as the phone company doesn’t see them as much of a profit opportunity anymore. Economic disadvantage leads to communication disadvantage while the wealthy move on to greener pastures.

What, you may wonder, does this have to do with water? It’s simple, the best way to protect the water supply is to drink from it. (more…)

Integration

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

It’s common for people to spend a lot of effort planning a trip away. Even the shortest excursion can be smoother and safer given good foresight. But few give much thought, if any, to the difficulties they might encounter upon their return.

I recently came back from 2½ months away on a meditation retreat. There were little breaks here and there but I was mostly shrouded within a very focused and protective environment, letting the rest of the world whirl and change without me. These retreats are not new to me, but I usually go for only 10 days. While I knew coming home would include an adjustment period, there’s never really any way to know what you’ll get until you arrive.

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Computers and me

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

This is a long one!

I’ve always liked computers. I liked that they could play games and produce documents. I liked that you could use them to draw and even make music. I liked them even more when the internet landed and you could use them to communicate. But it’s long been apparent to me that without software a computer is just a fancy electricity sucker. And in the past few years I’ve become more and more aware of how the quality of and intention behind the software can affect the usefulness and even usability of the computer. Bad software and poorly motivated software development can seriously affect the social empowerment of the end user.

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about

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

This is the personal weblog of me… Sean Hill.

Born and raised in British Columbia on the west coast of Canada, I’ve had a longstanding love-hate relationship with technology and computers in general. I’ve been:

  • a student
  • an actor
  • a fisherman
  • a bartender
  • a traveller
  • a banker

This site represents my first foray into the wide world of self-publishing. Mostly a public journal, it will be updated with my thoughts and observations of the world that passes before my eyes. Call it…

…interesting…boring…intriguing…redundant…inspiring…confusing…

Whatever you call it, it’s mine, and I aim to be honest.

Some of my interests are:

  • meditation
  • computers – programming, internet, etc.
  • drumming and making music
  • community development and social equity
  • cooking
  • movie making
  • and on and on…

This weblog is open for discussion. So please, comment and communicate!

sean :)