I think it is possible to be so connected online and be lonely at the same time. We connect to so many people, call so many people “friends” who probably aren’t. Although we have hundreds or thousands of “friends”, can we meaningfully share our intimate moments, fears and challenges when they could betray insecurities when we have to be seen to be courageous and confident to survive?
We have more and more ways to share our lives. How many of those channels really allow us to be authentically vulnerable and terrified by the challenges we face before we find the strength to persevere? This is one of the costs of the social Web we don’t quite realise yet because we are so caught up in connecting and “friending”.
There are times when I wonder if the language used in legal documents is an offshoot of the English language conceived in a drunken but well-meaning haze …
I just noticed this IBM SmarterWorkforce tweet and love it:
If you are wondering about the woman in the photo, she is the inspirational Max Kaizen who I always think about when the topic of continuous improvement comes up.
I walked into the Pick n Pay Hyper in the Norwood Mall with the bag of oranges we bought over the weekend. I didn’t have the receipt but I still had the tag and an image of my wife’s Smart Shopper Card. Like most of the oranges we buy from this store, many of the […]
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One more photo and then I have work to do. I love the depth of field effect, especially for photos like this:
DSC_5883-Edit.jpg by Ben Betz
This popped up in my Flickr feed. Spectacular view to kickstart a Monday morning:
Om Malik has a great post titled “Arista, Uber, Silicon Valley” which presents some much needed perspective on overhyped social companies by contrasting Uber with the less sexy Arista Networks. Worth a read:
Last week, at least, to me was perfect illustration of how and what media perceives as technology. Everywhere you looked, you saw coverage of Uber and its ability to raise money at a jaw-dropping valuation ($1.4 billion at a valuation of $18.4 billion) and on the flipside was the miserly amount of attention accorded to Arista Networks, an old fashion, honest-to-god technology company that took no money* from venture capitalists and was co-founded by one of living legends of Silicon Valley that went public earlier this week.
I dug up my old “Life’s Little Instruction Book: Volume 2” and opened to this gem (no. 694):
Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.
Lauren Hockenson has a great article on GigaOm about the new Path releases titled “Once again, Path proves why it has been trendy but not trend-setting“. Here is a snippet: The issue with Path is that it can’t resist hopping on a new social trend. The app takes cues from practically every other social media […]
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I love this description of us humans from the Cosmos series finale -
star stuff contemplating the evolution of matter …
I love this series and can’t wait to buy the whole thing. It apparently has another 2 hours of footage. Bliss!
(Source: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, episode 13)