Tag Archives: internet

The Lovely Internet

Even though I’m thinking about an internet sabbatical, I still think the internet is the best thing ever. It has things like the Beckoning of Lovely. You can watch this video below, but I recommend going to the original site. It’s nice to look at.

The girl who organised this has a blog at whoisamy.wordpress.com.  Perhaps we could start a coalition of “girls with a question before our name” blogs.

Imma Let You Finish – part 2

Imma let you finish

Thank you Rowan, for this real-life example.

Imma Let You Finish Part One

Imma Let You Finish

My new favourite thing is Urban Dictionary Word of the Day.

September 17: Imma let you finish

Obnoxious way to interrupt someone and steal their moment, while wryly mocking that media train wreck that is Kanye West.

Based on West’s instantly infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video with his insane microphone-stealing shout out to Beyonce.

Bob: Thank you Mr. Brown for having us in to give this sales presentation. We’d like to talk to you today about…

Alfred: Yo, Bob, I’m really happy for you, and Imma let you finish, but I just got to say our product is is one of the best products there is!

Imma let you finish part two

Colour Quiz

Seen on How About Orange…

Colour Sense Game. Apparently you can discover your colour personality.

Let me know if you think it works for you. (I’m going to do it again later to see if I get the same answer the second time round).

Added later: I keep getting White Spaces as my primary pallet but my secondary pallet keeps changing.

Crisis of Attention

Sigh…A Crisis of Attention and Intention. Courtney E. Martin wrote this article for the American Prospect and unfortunately it’s all about me.

I have the shortest attention span of any 26 year old I know. It’s embarrassing. I even get bored at wild parties. Perhaps it’s because I do have such a short attention span, I really do believe that being able to concentrate on one thing is one of the most valuable skills/traits and person can have.

I had a note on my desk at my last job that said “Multi-tasking is a moral weakness”. It worked quite well – being reminded that multi-tasking is not something to aspire to – but it certainly didn’t turn me into a focused and productive individual.

This article talks about students being distracted by facebook and other things during lectures, which I can definitely identify with, but it doesn’t stop there.

Martin says:

Take those Facebook-surfing students, missing out on a potentially life-changing lecture about war and courage. Their diffused attention isn’t criminal, but it certainly doesn’t do justice to professor Dalton’s lectures, their own potential for learning, or the $51,976 they or their parents are paying for a year of Ivy League education. They mirror something very real in most peoples’ lives—the sense that your life is happening “to you,” instead of feeling truly intentional about how, with whom, and on what you spend your time. How many times have you complained about how long you spent emailing–as if some ambitious demon inhabited your body and kept incessantly pecking away at the keys?

I can relate to this as I am especially guilty of letting the internet and my computer rule my life, and frantically jumping between screens so fast that my crappy computer freezes on me every time (then, of course, I get frustrated by the moment that feels like an eternity it takes for my computer to start function again, as if I haven’t just been reading blogs for the last half an hour anyway).

Martin continues:

Their passivity, their misplaced priorities, their degraded educational experience has a lot in common with the frenetic pace and compromised lifestyles that too many of us lead. It is as if we have all been swept up in the hurricane of contemporary life without realizing that it is our own complicity that gives the storm its overwhelming force.

This reminds me of those people you meet from time to time who seem to be able to go slowly, and stay chilled at all times. Man, those people freak me out.

This is not an anti-tech argument or a back-to-the-land manifesto. It is a reminder that our technology is only as enlightened as our use of it. Our productivity is only valuable so long as it is paired with excellence and excitement. Our memories are ultimately populated by sensory experiences, the highs of connection and lows of disconnection, not the mind-numbing march of checking off items on our to-do list while half-listening to the drumming profundity of our own lives.

Read the article here (don’t worry, it’s short)