Friday, October 28, 2005

Cold Turkey

Back from a holiday at Cairns. Yes, it was great, but seriously going back to my natural habitat after being out in the bush for a couple of hours can be a rather harrowing experience. People fear change, but they embrace holidays. Most find it a way of escaping the "real" world. They joke about how they like to maintain a permanent holiday, but I doubt they seriously mean it though. Some might survive a couple of years the most, but at some point of time, they will probably want to start doing something more along the lines of what they left behind.

So if you ask me whats the best thing about holidays other than the experiences? Its the fact that you know it is going to end and thats what makes it a plesant experience. Simply because you know it can't last forever. Of course there are different aspects to how true this statement is. You can join a tour from hell and each minute can be excruciating pain. I can vaguely remember a tour I've almost sucessfully blocked from my concious mind. I was rather young and sitting on a tour bus that did karoke on the long journey up through peninsular malaysia. I'm sure the older people on the tour might have had a blast, but it was truely something that I can have done without.

What is life without technology?

I've survived 6 days without a computer and internet access. In all honesty, its not a long time and most people can do without it for longer. In more honesty, I was dead ill for at least a couple of days, so my mind wasn't working anyway. Even if I did have access, I'd be doing all the wrong things and mucking up more that would have been effective.

I'm back and experiencing mixed emotions booting up my machine and checking my email. Going away makes you rethink about certain things. Making you look at things in a different perspective. What I discovered is that my machines are not running in an optimal state and I would need to rethink and rebuild. *sigh*

There is a lot to learn about the natural ecosystem as I have discovered in this trip. Like the name suggest, it is an eco-"system". This means lots of different elements living together and making the most of everything. This is going to be my new inspiration for building my new home systems.

There are a couple of examples which are rather inspiring especially when you can translate this to the computing world.

One type of tree in the bush is capable of cutting of the flow of sap into some branches letting those die, rather than killing of the whole tree. When the water is available again, it grows new branches.

The saltwater crocodile has 4 chambers of the heart. It uses 3 normally like other reptiles on the ground, but when it sinks to the bottom, it switches to only 1 chamber.

Thats excellent resource management! And I haven't started about the Kangaroos being able to control the birth process, but then again, we are only human so I'd use the first 2 examples only when crafting the new plan.

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