Thursday, April 07, 2016

097: Hubris

img_20160406_183036_1.jpgToday was a triple whammmy of a day. Temperatures continued to soar and power was out for four hours all across the city. Story has it that one of the coal-fired generators shut down, resulting in a huge power deficit. On the way home, traffic was exceptionally bad, with the traffic lights and the street lights all turned off.

Emily and I went to the mall for dinner. It seemed a whole lot of other people had the same idea. Still, even the mall was operating at half-power.

Part of the reason, I think, that many of us are so eager to push our brand of 'leadership' is because we've had it relatively good. Today that veil of illusion has been pierced. We are still subject to the vagaries of power supplies and traffic, all part of the growing pains of an expanding city. Can we sustain our growth without succumbing to the pressures? I don't know. That's why I'm loath to prescribe our own solutions on everyone else.

I gave a presentation on the Intel Galileo and threw in a side of Raspberry Pi. My audience were teachers from Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, and Davao (perhaps a few others, but we did not get a chance to talk.) By and large, I count the talk as successful because of the interaction we had. Quite a lot of interest on the Raspberry Pi