Candy Crush – time sucking vampires


20131210-083828.jpg Sat on the train on the way in this morning and again saw a “crusher” commit 10 minutes of her life to candy crush, like me she wasn’t under 20.

Electronic games used to be the realm of teenagers but now thanks to smart phones and tablets they seem to be sucking time from our adult lives too. But how much time?

“The most regularly-quoted figure comes from US company Think Gaming, which claims the free-to-play game is generating more than $875,000 a day from in-app purchases on iOS in the US alone, based on 5.4 million daily active users (DAUs) there.”

5.4 million active users a day!

“In September, King said that Candy Crush Saga was being played 700m times a day on mobile devices alone, with that figure accounting for 70% of the company’s 1bn daily plays for all its games across Facebook and mobile.”

700 million times a day – if that’s true that could be 7,000 million minutes if they each play for as long as my commuting crusher friend.

Which seems ridiculous, but even if we just took the 5.4 million users playing twice a day for 10 minutes then that’s 108 million minutes a day.

So what?

Well, 108 million minutes a day is roughly equal to 30,000 people working 7.5 hours in the same day.

Yep, the time spent playing candy crush around the world every day is the equivalent of 30,000 people working for the day!

That’s the equivalent of the whole of Telstra or the whole of the University of Sydney.

Imagine that – a whole University sat there day in day out playing candy crush.

Surely your candy crush time could be spent in a better way!


Been absent for a few weeks from workload and family stomach bugs – out the other side so look out for more regularity again

Building Automation to grow 60% by 2021 – don’t miss out on your share by not seeing the bigger things

20131126-104504.jpg An article on Sourecable that covered a report from the US that suggests the the Building Automation Systems market (BAS) is set to grow 60% to $100.8billion by 2021. A nice pot if you can get the tricks right.

The article suggests that the growth will be driven by rising energy costs and demand for low energy consuming facilites. That will without doubt be a big part of the revenue growth but how much market share you get will go beyond energy monitoring and control. It will tap into one of my favourite subjects – the internet of things.

The internet of things connects us, our behaviour and our preferences to technology, to automation to buildings.

The building automation systems of the very near future will preemptively control the building based not on what happened yesterday, or what the weather will be like today, but on what the population of the building will be doing. It will adjust the lifts, the escalators, the food supply, the temperature, the loading, all based on what the internet of things will tell it.

The internet of things is a powerful beast, but once the controls of of our buildings connects into the beast all sorts of possibilities and opportunities take off.

If you are a large BAS provider ask yourself what am I doing to innovate in the connection to the internet of things that will stop small BAS providers stealing a slice of your pie? If you are a small boutique BAS provider ask yourself what can I do to disrupt the market to steal a greater share of this $100 billion bucket.

If you’re not sure what you can do, send me an email.

Australia’s Fuel Security Risk – 3 days of hospital pharmacy and 7 days of food

I thought it might be timely to highlight the risk of our liquid fuel security, it is a “high risk, high likelihood” that we still aren’t taking seriously. Why is it timely? Asia Pacific extreme weather events.


In February this year the NRMA (yep, the stalwart of liquid fuel use) produced an excellent report that highlights Australia’s risk to not only our own dwindling oil reserves but also the closure of Australia’s oil refineries – those things that convert oil to liquid fuels. The report has lots of verified data and graphs that highlights our worsening predicament.

A summary. We currently produce only 60% of the oil that we consume within Australia, by 2025 we will only produce 30% of what we consume. That’s only 11 years away. By 2015 only 15% of the refined fuels consumed in Australia will come from australian oil refined in Australia. Almost a half will be from imported refined fuels – over 50% of the diesel consumed will be from imported refined fuels.


There is the obvious impacts on transportation that we need to consider and I wrote about these earlier this year. But what the NRMA digs more into is the impact on pharmacy supplies and food.


We currently only have enough fuel stocks, food stocks and pharmacy stocks for a week! If you need hospital care, you’ve only got three days!

So could our supplies be interrupted that much?

As at 2011 Singapore provided 51% of Australia’s petroleum products!

As of 2014 NSW will be 100% dependent on liquid fuel imports, either from overseas or from refineries in Melbourne or Brisbane – as will Tasmania, ACT and South Australia.

Is it inconceivable that NSW could be without liquid fuel in a very short space of time? If any of those ports were disrupted by sever weather events that caused a blockage in the shipping channel, or piracy, or political disturbance! Imagine if it was the Singapore president that had his phone hacked – it wouldn’t just be military ties at risk.

My recommendation is to have a think about how you would cope as a family if this was to happen because according to the NRMA report the end user – YOU – hasn’t been considered in the emergency or resilience planning that has happened as federal or state government level.

Are you prepared?

That’s not normal

20131119-072443.jpg 3 weeks ago we woke up everyday to the taste of smoke in the house from bushfires that were burning near where we live.

Today, on the way to the train station I walked past the damage left by the mini-tornado that took off roofs and uprooted trees.

That can’t be ‘normal’ weather.

Green Underpants

20131118-082112.jpg In the recent leadership forum we were asked what we believed clients would be selecting us for in 5 years time, one of my answers was met with bewilderment and a few laughs – Green Underpants.

What did I mean by Green Underpants?

In the future, no wait this is right now, we will be judged by our clients and colleagues not for what we say we do but what we actually do. Oh hang on it goes deeper than that. We are judged everyday by what we do, not what we say we do, in fact when we say we do, or will do something but don’t, the damage can be long lasting.

Green Underpants helps us to visualise and remember this. It doesn’t matter what colour your suit is (what happens on the outside or what people see) it matters more what colour your underpants are (what happens on the inside or what people don’t see).

Yes, you could see Green as being solely limited to ‘sustainability’ but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sustainability is purely a proxy for innovation. Sustainability is purely a change that is necessary that we go through. Sustainability is integrity. Sustainability is good design. Sustainability is doing our job better. Sustainability is living better. Sustainability isn’t hugging trees.

So your Green Underpants are more than just sustainability. They are how you live your life, not how you say you live your life. They are what you do. We are all hypocrites but at least get the colour of your underpants right.

The change that is happening right now that accelerate the need for you to wear Green Underpants is increased transparency. In the future, the way that you operate, your integrity, your life will be more and more judged by others. Think about all the things that you are adding everyday to your digital footprint – if someone played back a time lapse of your digital footprint would what you say you did be congruent with what you have done? This will happen for more and more for organisations as well.

The digital world connects our work and play life more than ever before, it increases the transparency of individual and corporate behaviour and its there embedded forever in a data centre designed by Cundall.

What colour are your underpants?

Cundall Australia’s Bright Idea for Recycling Week

Did you know you shouldn’t put CFL bulbs in your general waste?

However they can’t be included in your normal council recycling collection. 96% of bulbs end up in landfill resulting in mercury leaching into the ground and valuable resources being wasted.

It is Australian National Recycling Week, which aims to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. So we are launching our mixed globe recycling service for our clients in our Australian offices.

The service will be available throughout the year, so if you are coming for a meeting, attending one of our CPD events or in the area, please drop off your used bulbs from home.

We then send these to Lamp recyclers where the four main elements recovered from bulbs are typically recycled as:

  • Glass – glass wool insulation
  • Aluminium – Aluminium ingots that are used in industry for a variety of applications
  • Phosphor Powder – Bulking agent for fertiliser
  • Mercury – Dental amalgam (possibly not so good for human health)

Please note that we will only accept domestic bulbs and quantities and reserve the right to withdraw this service without notice.

Crickets versus Synthetic Meat – Now is your chance to try it

20131113-070614.jpg I have extolled the virtues of crickets as a protein source a few times in the past, and in my extensive survey of crickets versus synthetic meat 69% of the respondents said they would rather eat cricket than synthetic meat, 19% said they would rather be turn vegetarian than eat synthetic meat and only 11% said they would eat synthetic meat. Well, thanks to Matt Stone, now is your chance to try your answer. As reported in The Age Matt is serving up Aussie grown crickets at his zero-waste cafe Silo in the Melbourne CBD. According to The Age, “Deep-fried crickets may not be that healthy, but they are good for the planet, according to a 2013 UN report, which notes that cricket harvesting requires up to 12 times less feed than cattle ranching. It also concludes that insect harvesting can ”enhance food security” by giving poor sections of society access to nutritional products.” I think I might have to duck along on Friday and try some. Not in Melbourne? Kylie Kwong serves crickets and ants at her restaurant Billy Kwong. Image from The Age

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