Top 6 Apocalypse Back-up Plans

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As even politicians and oil company executives have noticed by now, we have something of an environmental crisis on our hands. Now I’m not suggesting that we stop give up reducing, reusing and recycling – not by a long shot. But still, given the direness of our collective predicament, common sense dictates that just in case pollution and climate change do spin out of control, everybody should have a plan B to get through the next few decades and beyond.  Below, in no particular order, my current favourites:

  1. Space Habitats

PRO : Going to space has long been my principal backup.  I’ve always assumed that if things down here got really out of hand, the government or the billionaire cartel would bring out the secret rocket ships and launch the best and the brightest  – me, Bill Nye, Halle Berry etc – up to an orbiting Utopia with sliding doors and individual rooms as nice as those in an airport Hilton, only with cleaner sheets and a bigger TV. From our vantage point miles above the earth, Halle and I would live a gravity and care-free life, blissfully unconcerned about the mayhem below.

A related possibility is Mars, depending how much fuel is in the government spaceships. There I’d do Elon Musk’s laundry or run a tour company that would take people off-roading in the Martian hills in methane powered dune buggies.

CONS: Firstly, I’m not 100% sure that anyone has a secret rocket escape program, or if they do that that I’m on their list.  Secondly, I read an article recently saying that right now we can’t send humans to Mars or to live permanently in space, because cosmic rays would kill them or at least turn them into hideous mutants. Hell, I can be a hideous mutant right here.

2.Domed Cities

PRO: The domed city is a paradisiacal wonderland where everyone will metallic jumpsuits and drives around in supercharged golf carts. Outside the walls is a perilous wilderness full of saber-toothed tiglons, collapsed skyscrapers and wise old men talking about the olden times when everybody lived outside.  Nobody wants to go there though because it’s so nice inside the dome.

CONS: There are no domed cities and it doesn’t seem like something you could just slap together. I assume that someone will be working on them soon, but in the meantime, best to have another safety.

3. Desert Island

PRO: Who doesn’t want to live on a remote tropical island, relaxing in a hammock while monkey butlers bring banana cream pies and pineapple daiquiris? Just call me Gilligan.  

CON: Tropical islands are more, rather than less affected by dramatic climate-change related weather events, plus tend to have no supplies of fresh water (hence the word “desert”.) Also the really nice ones aren’t deserted at all but chock-a-block with people, gift shops, and tourist casinos. And let’s not even talk about volcanoes.

4. Down Under 

PRO: Until recently I assumed that  a place as far away from everywhere else as Australia would be insulated from the worst effects of eco-catastrophe, and I could move down there and enjoy a  simple happy existence of Vegemite, Foster’s and wallaby racing.

CON: My early understanding was spectacularly incorrect, as Australia is simultaneously on fire and under water, which explains why they keep coming up with things like Earth Hour.

5.A Car

PRO: In this scenario, I’d roam a post-apocalyptic wasteland in an old Jeep, fighting thugs dressed like 90’s club kids for the last remaining supplies of gasoline and canned meat.

CON: The same as the pro. This option totally sucks.

6. Planet of the Apes:

PRO: A long shot, I know, but I really believe that apes could do a very good job of stewarding the planet if they’d just stop throwing their feces around.  Right now the city bylaw officer is being stubborn about refusing to let me keep an orangutan in the house, but I’m this close to teaching the cat rudimentary English.

CON: I don’t see myself getting a whole army of ape administrators trained up before things go to hell.

Those are the best idea I’ve been able to come up with so far, although I’m totally open to any thoughts that others may have, especially if they’re funded.  In the meantime, I plan to keep recycling.



The Ten People You Meet on LinkedIn

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Which one are you?

The salesperson: Hello, I’m contacting you because as a leader in the field of leading leadership, I think you’d be very interested in the digital transformational AI blockchain solutions offered by our team. When would be a good time for a meeting with us and your VPs Chuck and Melissa?

The former co-worker: I can’t believe it’s already been 12 years since Friday drinks with Jilly and Mo and the Sales Team. We should go for a coffee some time! Narrator: It would never happen.

The person who knows a lot of the same people you do: Maybe we’ve met, maybe we haven’t. If you’re good enough for Chuck and Melissa you’re good enough for me.

 The recruiter: Their algorithms found you through the buzzwords in your profile, and they’re super stoked about what a great fit you are for the role. You’ll send an updated CV so they can arrange an interview with the hiring manager, and you will never hear from them again.

The curious colleague: Has basically the same job as you and knows that some day the company will realize they only need one person to do it. Checking out your CV to see who’s better.

The brand-builder: Posts one to two inoffensive stories a week about new technologies or McKinsey’s latest epiphany, just in case their boss or a potential employer looks at their profile. If you like their posts, they’ll like yours.

The informational interviewer: Would like to get your insights on the industry you work in and the fascinating career you’ve had within it. You’ll have coffee with them even though you assume they’ve mistaken you for someone else.

The active member: People who turn up in your feed because their posts get a million likes. Usually stories about people who were authentic and got promoted instead of fired, or 5 Things You Can Learn From a Golden Retriever. Also influencer or thought leader.

The phisher: A stock photo of a middle-aged Asian man named Guy Buckingham wants to add you. He is President and CEO of Gan-wai Steel Corp, a company with no on-line presence.

The person who doesn’t use LinkedIn: Haven’t updated their profile since Friendster. Possibly dead.

Welcome to Guesswork

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The overall purpose of this site – blog sounds too 1990’s – is described under Bio, so I won’t repeat it.   I’ll post content on topics that appeal to me, which in no particular order are sustainability, science, technology, philosophy, family and absurdity. I may occasionally write and post fiction, which I started doing recently and enjoy, though I claim no great skill.