06 Oct

Welcome to the Mad Web Scientist!

Robert Kiyosaki “Rich Dad” Advisor Michael Maloney has many years’ experience in understanding how the economies of the world have historically flocked to silver & gold in times of great economic uncertainty, and the current global meltdown is unarguably the most uncertain economic cycle humanity has ever been in, for the simple reason that, as never before, we are so interdependently connect, through technology (read: the internet).

So when Mike Maloney starts offering to throw silver around just because he wants to drive traffic to his website you know that times are getting pretty rough. Or about to.

The next massive shift, according to Robert Kiyosaki (and he’s been right so far), is in 2012, when lots of US-based new retirees cash-in on their non-existent 401k’s subsequent to some major government policy change. I can’t remember the exact details, but just Googling "Robert Kiyosaki 2012" might return some interesting results :)

Anyway, I’d like some of Mike’s silver – it would prove useful to some charities I’m wanting to expand my support to, so I’ll be pumping out  Mike’s videos over the next few weeks.

And if you really want to know what’s happening with the economies of the world right now, you should listen to this former Wall St investor who knows what’s happening on the inside: Visit The Wealth Transfer Conspiracy website for more details. (Full disclosure: That’s an affiliate link by the way, so I will get renumeration of you buy anything from there – the 20 minute video he talks about is free, however, and is an eye-opener).

10 Feb

So What Does Google Do Now??

 

 

Google is in a tricky place at the moment – some would say a rock & hard place, perhaps. China, on the other hand, has all aces on the table, making it clear that it reckons it has the superior hand.

Maybe Google forgot some incredibly important things about the Tiger: it has a long memory,and it has a proud cultural identity that won’t back down when cornered, especially if it perceives a pressure to humbly bow before a force claiming moral superiority.

This may seem like strong langauge, but if history shows us anything obvious about China, it’s that it won’t back down when it’s cultural and national identity seem threatened.

As you may know, China already has its own popular search engine – Baidu. Google won’t ever be able to stake its claim in exactly the way it would want, so rightly or wrongly, they’re going to have to put up, or shut up.

In this case, perhaps shut up shop.

Google does face perhaps the most significantly difficult business AND ethical decision in the light of China’s diffidence.

It’s not clear how they can best behave from now on. They’re in troubled water with the western democratic conscience if they stay, and economically they’re in trickier waters if they pull out.

The latter option would certainly appease those of us in the west who can afford to take the moral high ground, but Google knows that China is perhaps the biggest single player to help them maintain and stablize their existing market dominance for some time to come.

“Do no evil?” Not so easy now that they are so big.

13 Dec

Teachers for a Digital Age

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age – Session III. New Learning Designs

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age – Session IV: Teachers for a Digital Age

Summary of Videos

  • The technology of 2010 provides all of us with the ability to learn in a way that has never previously been possible
  • Schools need to become part of an inter-connected network of learning that is seen as a seemless whole
  • Early language development is one of the keys to undergird any significant shift forward in facilitating this interconnectivity
  • There is a systemic friction between the innovative use that many teachers want to use in the classroom, and the pressures they feel to comply with externally-imposed, and sometimes anachronistic validation
  • Schools in their current set-up cannot expect to survive much longer in the current ‘airplane’ mode of learning (ie all face the front, listen to the annoucements, switch off your digital media..the plane is about to take off, driven by the sage on the stage) and at the same time produce the kind of flexible, adaptive and inter-connected citizens for the Twety First century
  • Governments must change the way they validate activity in schools (effectively assessing innovation and creativity, collaboration, inter-dependence for example).

More information on the videos

25 May

The Yougest Candidate


This is an inspiring & no holds-barred documentary about young Americans venturing into the amazing and sometimes murky world of politics. Whilst it is sometimes over-quoted, the maxim evil prospers when good men (& women!) do nothing is very appropriate here. None of the potentials in the film are earmarked being any ‘cleaner’ than the rest of us: the point, rather, is that they’re not willing to let their neighbourhoods go down the pan through apathy.

That’s food for thought for all of us!

The trailer above is inspiring stuff – and, if you want more, do visit Jason Pollock’s website for further information: The Youngest Candidate.

Who said politics was dead? Not in the places where those guys live – it’s alive and kicking!

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