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You Are Here (Earth, as seen from Mars)

27 Sep

I always love photos like this, and it is a good sentiment…

This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of another planet. Take a moment to consider the historical significance of that.

We’re just part of something really, really, really big. And we’re just starting to peek out; taking a look around.

That image (yes, it is an actual photograph) was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in March 2004.

If you’re ever having a bad day

20 Jun

If it’s a bad day, or you just feel like someone needs a good slap, I’d give this a quick read:

21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

People have bad days, just like you, and we can’t always change their ways. But, we can always make sure that when given the opportunity we each do our best to be polite and helpful – you never know what kind of difference you might make.


12 Jun

No, the sky isn’t falling – at least until November when the new James Bond (played by Daniel Craig) movie comes out.

But, I was at the movies tonight seeing Men in Black 3 (entertaining movie – good fun) and to my surprise and joy a trailer for ‘Skyfall’ appeared on the screen:

Considering the video already has six million views I am a little late to the party, but I bet I’m not the only one.


Always Connected

9 Jun

Connecting everywhere

A friend of mine doesn’t like smart phones. In fact he generally feels as though technology has pushed us further away from each other. At meals for example – and we’ve all been there – your friend will be busy tweeting and texting instead of talking to their friends with whom they are sharing a meal. This is certainly rude behaviour, but is it really anti-social?

The way I see it there are two separate issues at play here: 1) technology etiquette, and 2) technology changing our social interactions.

The first part of this – etiquette – is fairly simple to deal with. When you are out in the real world, socializing with people in the flesh, you have to have the will power to turn your technology off. To unplug yourself. Or, at the very least, to be patient when your phone beeps that your BFF just tagged you in a photo on Facebook. Imagine you’re at a dinner party with friends, you are in the middle of a conversation, you wouldn’t cut your friend off mid-sentence to strike up a new conversation with a stranger walking past (at least I hope you wouldn’t). You have to realize it’s just as rude to whip out your cell phone to text a friend in the middle of an in-person conversation.

The second half, changing social interactions, I definitely disagree with my friend. He believes technology pushes us apart. That because you can tweet and text, we become increasingly disconnected from the people around us.

I just don’t see it that way, and if you’re reading this right now, you are the proof that I’m right.

For example, this is where I am sitting right now while I type this:

My desk for the weekend

And yet we are connected. We are becoming closer together, in spite of the fact that we might be hundreds or thousands of kilometers away from each other.

It’s amazing. I am sitting out here on a dock, yet I am connected to the rest of the world – literally.

Is our connection – our conversation – different than if you were sitting beside me on the dock? Yes, inescapably technology has changed how we connect with each other, but this change has created a world of possibilities that simply didn’t exist 10 years ago. You can have a personal conversation without actually being in-person. Now anybody can reach millions of people, and perhaps influence them or help them to think about the world just a little bit differently.

This change is absolutely positive, with just one small caveat: We cannot lose our ability to connect in-person. We have to be able to have a conversation using our words. We have to be able to recognize when we don’t actually need the technology and have the ability to set it aside, because connections and conversations go by each time a person walks past you on the sidewalk.