Learning Watson Conversations


Chatbot using Watson Dialogue



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watson conversation service




node.js template


watson devops service


Eclipse IDE

Eclipse Bluemix plugin




Twitter sentiment, Bluemix, node red email  https://www.ibm.com/blogs/bluemix/2015/11/analyze-tweets-in-30-minutes/

Load Twitter data into dashDB

Extend with cloudant for a datawarehouse.


Webpage on Bluemix


Githun – useful


Pipeline and how to deploy an HTML code

html design – treehouse




NODE.JS Starter application / buildpack overview


NODE.JS Beginners buildpack w/ auto deploy on Bluemix



Surrender, Buddhism and Biker gangs

While chatting to a good friend about religion, it struck me all groups that are geared to change an individual in some way i.e. to conform to a new and different way of living have one thing in common, surrender.

This applies to religious groups such a Christianity, Buddhism and also other groups such as Criminal gangs.

From a Buddhist perspective, the defining moment that makes someone Buddhist is the moment they surrender to the Buddha.

I imagine that this is in some way similar to many of those Criminal biker gangs we see in New Zealand and elsewhere in the world.  The members of the gang surrender to the rules of the gang.

From a layperson’s perspective, I believe the same could be said for any Cult.  The model is where the believer or follower accepts and surrenders often to the will and direction of a single person.

When I think of corporate life, executives talk about “leaning in”.  This means that there are often problems and issues at work that make us want to turn and walk away or to leave the issue, but if we stay and lean into the problem we become more effective and efficient i.e. better employees.

What this says to me is that when we choose a group that will give us something that we value, we surrender in some way.  The level or intensity of the mental surrender can often dictate the level of success with this chosen group or belief structure.


What have you surrendered to recently?


Mindful thought of the day.

I am in my home office just sorting myself out before starting work.

I looked up and I can see Mangere Mountain in the distance and the white caps of Manukau harbour.

I look up and see.

I breathe in feeling the air on my nostrils as it enters my nose.

I breathe out, feeling the same sensation of air passing out of my nose.

My shoulders relax, I pull by shoulder blades down.

I breathe in, light enters my body via the air entering my nose.

I breathe out, dark smoke leaves my body with the air leaving my nose.



In search of the soul

When walking down the street and being aware of this experience through the eyes, nose, skin, ears, mouth and the body, what does this tell us.

This experience says that everything we perceive is through the senses.

Now then, as I walk by someone on the street I use my senses to comprehend them.  The senses “sense” according to their job i.e. my eyes see the person but the interesting point is as those senses i.e. sight enters my mind, my mind adds “depth”.

This mind “depth” colours the experience of comprehending the person and it can alter my view of that person considerably.

As I spoke to a homeless person the other day, I was close enough to smell the alcohol on their breath and at one time I would had judged that person harshly.

Interestingly, the same day I was talking to one of my work colleagues and his breath also smelt of alcohol.

If I am to judge, should I judge these two people the same because their breath both smelt of alcohol.

As I walk down the street I use my mind to add depth to the perception and the comprehension of the people around me.

Within each of those people is a mind like mine perceiving and comprehending based upon their own experiences and “depth”.

One of the most damaging aspects of the depth that our mind adds is judgement.  Judgement accepts some aspects of a person and denies another aspect of a person based upon our personal view.

Interestingly, our view may or may not be correct but our mind does not really care, it judges and we act according to that judgement.

When we next pass someone on the street see if you can see what depth your mind adds to the perception of someone.

If you get this far, can you tell why you colour your perception this way.

Insight is available to us at any time, if we seek it.




Homeless in Auckland

As I walk from my companies offices to the local metro supermarket in central Auckland, New Zealand I often see some homeless people begging on the streets.

I have walked past them some many times either ignoring them or judging them

Finally, I decided that I needed to do something as we are all people.  So when I go into the super market to buy my lunch I buy something for the homeless folks to.

I buy them lunch, touch them on the shoulder and say look after yourself.

People are people and I guess if our roles were reversed I would want someone to help me.

I found this video on the web about random acts of kindness / giving.  Good stuff.

For those with an interest in mindfulness giving is a great practice.

Also, have a look at homelessness in Auckland




2015 Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) WORKSHOPS

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a mindfulness based behavioural therapy that has a major emphasis on values, forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, living in the present moment, and accessing a transcendent sense of self. These skills are taught and practised in therapy to help clients create and live a rich and meaningful life guided by their values, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it.
This workshop is designed to introduce Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and teach practical techniques, tools and strategies for beginning to work with ACT.

Workshops run in March and May 2015 in New Zealand, details below.