Saturday, 18 June 2011

On the road to Alderaan

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
            Han Solo.        

Like Han, I don't really believe in the Force. I don't believe in blasters either. That's not to say I have no respect for anyone who does. In fact, when the movie starts and that scene appears... I'm a believer.

Belief is powerful. A firm belief can defy logic. Beliefs are a source of conflict and a means to promote savagery and hatred as just. They are also inspirational, a source of courage and joy.

My belief is in the power of information. Properly used, knowledge can liberate, enlighten and enable. It is a source for creativity, imagination and discovery.

Belief is reinforced by ritual, be that physical or procedural. Through practice with a light sabre, Luke aspires to become a Jedi.

My rituals are much less deadly but my intent and motivation is not unlike Luke's. They centre around learning how information created, captured, stored and shared. Through repetition, my understanding of the way knowledge works is expanded little by little. My ability to manage information improves.

Could this practice and increased awareness make me an Information Jedi? No. Nor do I wish to be one. I just want to be better at what I do than I was 5 years ago, one year ago or last week. Not radically better, just enough to know I have progressed.

You know I think I watched too many Kung-Fu movies yesterday. It was unintentional, as I rarely have the opportunity to sit and watch a movie at all but I ended up watching the unlikely combination of Forbidden Kingdom, Kung-Fu Panda and Kill Bill 2. I saw a parallel with what I am talking about today. Like Star Wars, the narrative is based on the journey taken by the central character that involves facing many challenges and the growth that results.

That's another of my beliefs; that you must accept and overcome challenges to be able to grow as a person and as a professional. I want my story be about my journey and my growth. If that's hokey, so be it.

Coming up - Disaster recovery on a planet wide scale; where do you put your off site backup?

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