Finding Louisa

Submitted by kattekrab on Sun, 29/10/2023 - 09:35
Bookshop interior. Walls lined with bookshelves, and a wooden table at the centre.

Yesterday, I encountered a special little bookshop in the country town of St Arnaud. Jane, the proprietor, only sells Australian books. New, and second hand. I picked up a copy of Brian Matthews book Louisa. 

It was at 2011 in Brisbane where I started the campaign to digitise the dawn. Crowdfunding cash to donate to the National Library of Australia to scan the pages of Louisa Lawson’s journal. 

Yes! Let's listen to the indigenous Voice to parliament

Submitted by kattekrab on Sun, 01/10/2023 - 10:36
Yes - Red earth foreground, pink and purple sky background, yellow sun on the horizon.

Two weeks from today I’ll wake up with a new sense of the country I call home. 

Will a majority of 97% of Australian’s vote YES to give 3% a Voice to parliament in recognition of their ancient connection to country?

I think they will. 
I hope they will. 
I believe they will. 

But it’s going to be close. And that in itself is a bit heart breaking. It shouldn’t be close. 

It should be an easy, and enthusiastic yes, as it was in 1967. 

Open Source, Open Practice.

Submitted by kattekrab on Sun, 23/07/2023 - 13:33
Pink and grey knitting interwoven with indistinct digits - Generated by Dall⸱e, prompted by me.

VALA Tech Camp 2023 was held last week, and I was lucky enough to attend, and to speak on Day 2 in the Open Source stream.

The day started with an excellent workshop on digital search skills in the Data stream. I learnt some very nifty tricks, and played around with a brilliant set of tools I've never used before called Voyant Tools.

The Mi5 Formula

Submitted by kattekrab on Sat, 15/07/2023 - 15:04
A colourful diagram, representing a mathematical formula with icons that represent Magical insights PLUS Marvellous ideas divided by Minimalist implementations minus Minor iterations that equals Measurable impacts.

(Magical insight + Marvellous idea)/(Minimalist implementation - Minor iteration) = Measurable impact.

Images: Donna + Dall-e


Open and Distributed Ways of Working. Open? Distributed? WOW!

Submitted by kattekrab on Tue, 04/10/2022 - 19:39
A person looking up into the heavens at night with the milky-way galaxy in view as a child's painting #dalle

As our machine learning, data engineering, and artificial intelligence systems evolve, adapt, and learn, so too must we!

The intersection of the twin revolutions of Agile and Open Source Software development methodologies is a fascinating place. These movements are changing the world, and they have more in common than sets them apart. However the differences are fascinating and fundamental, and we are only starting to respectfully learn from each other.

3 years at Red Hat

Submitted by kattekrab on Fri, 15/04/2022 - 10:40
Freedom. Courage. Commitment. Accountability. - Values in balance at Red Hat

At Red Hat we try to balance our values of freedom and courage, alongside commitment, and accountability

I love this. It's the key that unlocks the open culture we live and breathe. 

Freedom and courage require brave behaviour. Commitment and accountability help ensure we serve our communities, our customers, and our colleagues.

Creatively curious

Submitted by kattekrab on Wed, 12/01/2022 - 11:27
Creatively curious. Rough sketch of a cat.

After much urging by many wonderful humans I trust, I finally read one of Brene Browns books. Well I listened to one.  My first audio book.

It was Dare to Lead

She prompts her listeners to define two values that matter to them. So I did.

Creativity & Curiosity.

When I am driven by these, I believe I am at my best.

What are yours?