Feliz Navidad!

I have the sad, sad duty of being the ‘good kid’ in my family and therefore I’m heading about 2000 clicks due south to visit my momma in Miami for Christmas. I know, I know. You can all feel sorry for me now. It’ll just be me, beaches, snorkelling, cheap beer, shopping with my mommy, and hot steamy climes. I’m excited to hit up some museums and collect a few freckles and deals at Target. What more could this pasty Canadian city kid ask for?

So I’ll bid you & this blog adieu until 2012. Stay tuned for new posts starting in early January. Here’s wishing you all joyous & stress-free holidays, with safe travels & favourite foods and people. It is truly a pleasure to serve with WACC North America and create this little bit of cyberspace for theological reflection on communications. I am blessed.

Merry Christmas & Tidings of Comfort and Joy!

Erin!

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“Should RIM be held responsible for Blackberry stampede in Indonesia?”

Ah, is it comforting or disturbing that the United States doesn’t own the insanity of Black Friday consumerism? Apparently things can get pretty toasty around big sales in Asia, too, as evidenced by the trampling and stamping that happened around the release of the new BlackBerry Bold 9790  in Indonesia.

A user forum on CBC asks, “Should RIM be held responsible for Blackberry stampede in Indonesia?” My answer is absolutely not. What’s yours?

“Solar is sexy but the expedient choice is diesel . . . “

I’m watching the rise of the Mobile World with great interest. It’ll be so neat in another 5-10 years to look around and see how the dominance of mobile technology has changed the internet, global politics, and day to day life. Africa in particular proves to be a neat case study in this. With internet penetration well below global averages, and only a small percentage of this continent online, Africa stands ready to choose for itself any number of technological futures.

A emerging by-product of the appetite for mobile devices in Africa is the proliferation of diesel powered towers. Diesel preferred hands-down over unreliable electrical grids. We all know how service interruptions are a special kind of hell for both providers and customers, so the preference for diesel is easy to understand. What emerges then is a potential ecological nightmare – hundreds and thousands of towers all churning out their signals by relying on dirty, dirty energy sources. Read the full meal deal here.