One of the silly things about the calendar changing from one year to the next is the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. I try not to get too carried away with these since I feel that they are too often a recipe for failure. However, there are some things that I would like to achieve this year.

  • Keep going with the daily 100 words (or more) posts and generally get better at writing.
  • Improve fitness (I have a bit more around the belly than I am happy with)
  • Be the best CEO of brainmates that I can be

Let’s see how we go this year.

New Years Day 2008 (2)

The weather this Christmas has been surprisingly mild this year. By mild I mean that it has not been swelteringly hot and muggy. Instead the skies have been grey and occasionally menacing. In Brisbane there was an occasional downpour, but not so that it dampened anyone’s spirits.

It would be nice though if we could get just one bright sunny day while we are on the road near the beaches. We went for a post dinner stroll along the beach here at Kingscliff and were just awed at the raw power of the vast ocean. Looking out to the horizon the sea met the storm clouds.

I took this little snap of Adrienne with my phone.
Adrienne at the beach

Even with the wind howling around us, it was beautiful to be out there. Just watching the news as I write this they are talking about a new 30 year weather pattern that will bring rain and storms to the coast.

New Years Day 2008

The food was great, the drink flowed freely and everyone had a very happy new year. Waking up this morning was not as hard as I thought it might have been after the night before. We are on the road back home now, stopping off at Kingscliff for a couple of nights so that we can be close to the Gold Coast for a meeting tomorrow. On Thursday we will head home via the New England Highway and stay over in Armidale.

Today though, we waved goodbye to the Brisbane clan and are having a quiet little rest at the Peppers resort here. Not a bad start to the new year if you ask me.

New Years Eve Prep.

I am trying for speed rather than form today so I have taken a few quick snaps on my phone to capture the New Year’s preperations.

mark and marie cooking
These two are the master chefs in action. Mark and Marie cooking up a satay extravaganza!

the new kitchen
After much drama throught the year, the result is this amazing kitchen. Adrienne and i have threatened to bring in a film crew to televise the cooking activities that will be going on in here in the future. Mark has his dream Kitchen.

Adrienne and Nicole
The two best friends in the world – Adreinne and Nicole. Somehow even though we have started off with completely different holidays we have bumped into each other all along the coast.

Let the party begin…

Facebook Fading

I was just looking back on my previous post about Facebook. The little sparks of contact and inspiration that came from the discovery of new friends and old, quickly turned into a nuisance. Although I still check in on my own profile every now and then I barely use it at all. One of my big concerns has been around the constant need to share private information with every application developer that wanted me to use their app.

I should be able to see exactly what data is being shared and be able to limit it and control its use. Until this happens I am unlikely to signup to too many more applications on Facebook.

It is fascinating watching how the “gen y” crowd is using this and other social networking services. They are totally fearless about sharing every last detail about their lives. It makes me feel like an old fart to say so but the way that they these services is completely different to my own. They practically live in these worlds; or rather they co-exist in both the online and offline worlds.

For me though these worlds are still quite separate and the world of Facebook has taken a noticeable back seat to the rest of the non-Facebook universe.