Support wind farms? It would be less controversial to argue for blackouts | George Monbiot

So this is where the United Kingdom stands. We cannot keep burning fossil fuels without cooking the biosphere. We don’t like nuclear power. We don’t like onshore wind. We won’t like the costs of the other technologies. We reject all the means by which electricity is generated. Yet no one is volunteering to stop using it.

another excellent article from the pro-nuclear Monbiot. I didn’t think I’d ever say that about him 🙂

Ease travel chaos by listening to the announcement – location independent working #btot

The old managerial comfort that comes from ‘eyeballing’ staff is a thing of the past being replaced by outcome measures and trust based relationships.

Over time employees realise the benefits to them and to the company are very significant and that it encourages a new, trust based relationship with their peers, colleagues and managers. Working backwards from the summer of 2012 leaves us a bit more than one year from now to make location independence an accepted, business as usual form of working. That requires new technology, new attitudes and new management practices.

It takes a little time for agile working to become the norm, something that is widely practised throughout a company and so accepted that it is hardly ever spoken about. Starting now on the journey gives enough time for it to become an everyday occurrence by the time the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games starts.

The immediate benefit will be less disruption during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The long term benefit is reduced costs; a less stressed, happier workforce; higher productivity and ironically improved communications for those that embrace the new network based collaboration tools.

Excellent BT Viewpoint article shows the benefits that accrue from not making all your workforce work together, but rather work “location independently”.

Google includes your social circle in search – I missed this #KM #btot

Want to know who is in your social circle? Head straight to your Google dashboard at and scroll down to Social Circle. This not only tells you which of your social networks Google is using but also lists who.

Google lists your social circle

Any social networks that you have mentioned in, for example, your Blogger profile or your general Google profile such as Twitter will be included as will contacts in Google Reader, Google Buzz, Google Contacts and Picasa. In addition to your direct connections Google also searches the content of secondary connections that are publicly associated with your direct connections. The A-Z reveals all!

I’d missed this, but it’s quite interesting – including how many people *haven’t* set up a Google profile. My issue is this not working for my main Google Apps For Your Domain accounts.