Gaberlunzie confesses to being a tad muddled over the Brexit issue. In order to gain enlightenment, he has indulged in Friday hookey exercise with a browse of "The Economist" and others. He hopes this combination of opinions clarifies something, even if it's only rediscovering that great Chinese proverb: "May you live in interesting times."
Gaberlunzie, long an admirer of "The Man Who Planted Trees" notices that the Scottish Rural University College staff and their suppliers recently spent a day planting over 800 trees at North Wood just outside of Livingston. Held in conjunction with the Woodland Trust Scotland, the exercise is part of Premier Paper’s Carbon Capture Programme that helps to mitigate CO2 emissions generated by the paper that Scotland’s Rural College purchases by planting trees in Government-approved woodland carbon sites.
Scotland’s most famous poet, a Jacobite heroine, a pioneering outdoorsman, a cutting-edge architect and a tragic Queen are all up for the title of ‘Great Scot’ through an online poll being carried out by the National Trust for Scotland. Gaberlunzie would have liked John Muir to be included make a half dozen.
Gaberlunzie has been madly busy with the three monthly nightmare of VAT where he acquires hundreds of passwords and IDs that never seem to work! Accordingly he feels he has been very unkind to his followers and is now bringing you a wiseman's words to stir the heart, some educational acronyms to puzzle over, and an awesome game to play.
Gaberlunzie was sent a lovely new blog link that covers "The Future" Having nearly fallen for the lovely astronomical Huntie Gowk ( Gaber is still pondering if it might not yet turn out true?) Anyhow this new Blog has the alluring title, "Into Forward" so of course he was hooked!!
After two days from 9- 6 and then 9-2 of passwords not working in the attempts to file VAT returns on line, with the threat of fines hanging over Gaberlunzie’s head as he was apparently late on Self Assessment!! (£500 is the most lenient!!) he has not had much heart for a Huntie Gowk search!!
Gaberlunzie, a longterm admirer of the New York Times technology boffin, John Markoff (below right) is intrigued to read his comments on the 'Game of Go' and having browsed Pinterest latest gallery thinks calling it Spectacular Universe puts it mildly. Awesome is the word that springs to mind as it puts perspective to man, machine and games.
The Southern Scotland Bat Survey, has been commissioned by SNH (Scottish Natural Heritage) to give anyone in southern Scotland a unique opportunity to take advantage of recent advances in technology for automating the capture and analysis of acoustic data for bats. By taking part, you will help rewrite our understanding of bats in southern Scotland.
Gaberlunzie was slightly aghast by the fact that supplying homeless people with refurbished laptop computers is seen as a backpat for Socialbox.biz. First thought being for power supplies, as even a smart phone runs flat very quickly. Can London offer a free power source?
While much of the focus on internet retailing has been its prodigious growth, among other fairly major issues are the ensuing and changing logistics with its wide range impact on UK transport. Gaberlunzie might nag his editor as to whether in the face of the forever lost paper Yellow Pages, Compute Scotland should be offering a page link to all the service linkers!.
They don't hang around that Houston PR crowd. With a one day turnaround, they disclose what's safer for your press release success as their research lists Reach Out as top of the ten most annoying pieces of jargon in order of irritation (from the most irritating to the slightly less so).
Gaberlunzie was ruminating on the fact that while women may lag in IT they are holding their own as makars and poets. The nack might be to claim code can produce beautiful poems to lure the girls into joining the men's code games
January 1st, or February 8th are respectively Europe’s New Year gateway and that of China. Gaberlunzie is pondering the Edinburgh Hogmanay 2016/17 alert at a time when one of only four living Yangtze giant softshell turtles, Cu Rua has died and is being mourned.
If the Oxford English Dictionaries Word of the year is emoji, that smiley or weepy face or pictograph, which Gaberlunzie think is far superior with Android access and has just added to his Chrome browser. He reckons that in 2016 the word that will be among the favourites has got to be threeding (3Ding doesn’t hack it somehow!) - for networks and VR computing. But he is of the persuasion that "hangry" is one of the best moderns!
Gaberlunzie was enchanted by the British Museum’s curious but resonant juxtaposition of Celtic art against Egypt’s faith, especially where “Neil McGregor’s last hurrah gets close to solving the mystery of religion itself.”
One of Gaberlunzie's favourite Watch-out-for is Tracking Retractions (a window into scientificy process) It's current story is one of those unbelievable charmers as it discovers Romanian law shortens jail time for prisoners who write books. (But this may be for the chop).
Gaberlunzie pondering the press room of the corporates, increasingly sees that Press & Publicity Offices are now pure internet locations in the speed-need guises of longer than 140 words4FlutteryTwittery, Facebooklets, LinkedIns&outs, Pinterestsupandown, Snapsomechat, YouTubeWho?, InstaGOgram, and Google.
It’s never a dull life when you stand up for education!” writes Concert pianist James Rhodes. “We received some great news just before Christmas, the Government has agreed to keep funding music education hubs in England with £75 million of ring-fenced funding. But wait for it: creative arts are now to be squeezed out of the education system!
Gaberlunzie is interested that Google sees 2016 as a bird's egg and hasn't managed to include the year of the monkey! As the editor muttered "late new year things to get" and vanished, Gaberlunzie is only hanging around to get up the page that wishes all Compute Scotland readers the best of every technology in 2016 and a very happy year, to boot!!
South Africa's President FW De Klerk has criticises a campaign to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University's Oriel College. He says South Africa's white Afrikaner population had many reasons to dislike Rhodes but "never thought of removing his name from our history.”
Holyrood’s decision to define a ‘Scot’ as someone “born in Scotland” is very understandably accused of “outdated ethnic nationalism.” For some, the true definition of a Scot, in earlier generations, was simply ownership of “lairs” and the entitlement to be entombed in Scottish sanctified burial grounds.
Gaberlunzie has had an absolutely hair-raising three hours..started at 10am and finished at 13.32 trying to pay Edinburgh Council for his parking permit. He variously equipped himself slowly with his expiring permit council tax number, his car registration number and it’s various pollution emissions and engine sizes numbers only to find that his whole block was missing in the pull-down!
Gaberlunzie offers you the link to immemorial and outstanding photographs of the year as culled by the New York Times, which declares: THIS was the year of the great unraveling, with international orders and borders challenged or broken, with thousands of deaths, vast flows of migrants and terrorist attacks on some of the most cherished symbols of civilization, both Western and Muslim.
In Glasgow one of the top music night clubs has been closed by Glagow's Licensing Boar. Down south in Brixton, business and shops have six months to vacate premises for compulsory regeneration. Save the Arches is becomes a UK motif that is attracting a huge following.
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