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Alignment and balance

The Philippine Eagle | PEF
The majestic Philippine Eagle, which is the largest of all extant Eagles* in terms of length and wing span. Photo grabbed from the https://www.philippineeaglefoundation.org/the-philippine-eagle

The other day, I was talking to my friend and colleague Shermon and he was talking about his personal metaphor, which is the six armed deity Shiva, the Destroyer, who creates, protects, and transforms. Shiva, which is actually his Sanskrit name, is actually the name I knew of him the first time we met so I’ve always had a difficulty calling him his real name. My Sanskrit name, which a few of my long time friends like him know about, is Shiila, which means character or conduct. You might be wondering what this post is about. It is about my personal metaphor. Futurists often talk about metaphors, popularized by Sohail Inayatullah‘s foresight tool called Causal Layered Analysis (CLA). I have been thinking lately of doing a personal CLA and I have started thinking of what my personal metaphor would be. I will come to that, but first let me finish my back story.

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Being grateful

There was a time in the middle of December when I wanted to leave social media and stop writing here. For some reason, I was feeling uncomfortable and was ready to close shop. But somebody advised that whatever is going on, I should not let it change how I do my work. So I decided to come back to social media and continue writing here. I have a lot on my plate this year but I know that I can still continue writing here if I want to, and as long as I have something to say, I will continue to do so.

I hope you all had an awesome holiday and have wonderful things to look forward to this year. I spent my fourth year in a row spending the holidays alone, and I think I’m getting good at it. But I’m thankful that technology provided me an opportunity to be with my loved ones during these special times of the year. And by the grace of an unseen energy, 2020 is finally over. So, I decided my first post for 2021 would be about gratitude.

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Time to close shop?

This is my 100th blog post here. I’ve been blogging for a long time, ever since Friendster. I also used Blogger, until I lost interest and Tabulas until it closed shop (I thought I saw it opened up again). This blog started on WordPress as Green Pen. It has been hacked three times before, and this might have been my 200th blog post if I did not lose many of my first posts several years ago.

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Mars, here we come!

Starship Serial Number 8 High Altitude Flight Test video from SpaceX Youtube Channel.

I was super excited this morning to wake up to the SpaceX SN8 High Altitude Flight Test. That Starship Serial Number 8 exploded upon landing is beside the point. It was a successful ascent, it did its jaw dropping aerial maneuver which flipped it into position for landing. Yes, it exploded upon impact but it got us so much nearer to Mars in so many ways only a space scientist could enumerate.

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From climate crisis to climate justice

On Monday, I was a panelist at the United Edge online learning event on climate justice. This is my second time to be invited by United Edge. In November last year, I spoke on the climate breakdown and had a really interesting exchange with participants, many of whom were development workers who are working on justice. The Monday event was sort of a sequel for that one, as it pursues the idea of climate justice. The online learning session was attended by 110 participants from many countries. It was a pleasure seeing again my friends Matt Kletzing and Daniel Bevan who founded United Edge and sharing the screen with Doni Marmer and Shikar Agarwal as fellow panelists with Will Midwinter as host, and Grace Tan-Johannes and Sagar Kafle as moderators.

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