Day 79: Can we please rebrand 4 a.m. ?

Day 79- I think we need to rebrand 4 a.m by website confetti

Have you ever noticed that 4am is the one hour of the day that is most commonly associated with mishaps?  Ted speaker Rives certainly has and in his eight minute Ted talk “The 4 a.m. mystery” Rives  gives us some insight behind this enigma. The 4 a.m. shorthand Song lyrics, movies, authors, conversationalist and society must have all unanimously decided that 4 a.m would be shorthand for “inconveniences, mishaps and yearnings” says Rives. “For a time that I find to be the most placid and uneventful hour of the day, four in the morning sure gets an awful lot of bad press” When did this begin? Rives backs up this claim with a number of  examples, comic strips, historical events, paintings and even  a clip of The Simpsons all depicting four in the morning as this horrible time to be awake.   It really is fascinating when you actually think how often 4 a.m. is used to reference bad things. Rives also goes on to explain what he … [Read more...]

Day 72: Do you know that you are affected by online “filter bubbles” by Website Confetti

Day 72 Do you know that you are affected by online -filter bubbles- by Website Confetti

Did you know that if you and I searched for the exact same thing on Google right now we would probably get different results? We could be googling literally side by side and still get significantly different websites appear on our search results page. Why is that? Ted speaker Eli Pariser says that this has to do with online “filter bubbles" and it is affecting each and everyone of us whether we agree with it or not. What are online filter bubbles? Online filter bubbles are caused by algorithms. Okay that was no help, so what's an algorithm? An algorithm is a set of rules, a formula, used to determine the answer to a question.  Whenever you search for something on a search engine such as Google, it takes into consideration a whole bunch of things about your situation and then tailors your search results for you.  That tailored personalised search result is your online “filter bubble.”  Doesn’t sound so bad so far. What's the … [Read more...]

Day 71: Do you know these 10 time saving technology hacks?

Day 71 Time saving technology shortcuts

Ted speaker David Pogue wants you to know that you have been wasting your time with technology. It's true! Don't worry though, this isn’t an anti-technology post. I could never write a scathing post on technology. David kicks off his Ted talk with some food for thought; you need a licence for anything risky, driving a car or getting married, but not for owning technology. There’s no basic course or standard syllabus, we are just supposed to know this stuff. No licence - just jump right in! Okay so I am guessing that if you were born sometime after 1999 technology such as smart phones and fast internet are just part of the landscape for you. You probably had computers at school since kindy and you probably don't get the comparison. I on the other hand was born before 1999 so I understand what David is saying. Technology is this huge minefield and we are just thrown into the deep-end when we buy technology that often we only … [Read more...]

Day 70: Save the world with 1 paper towel

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A couple of weeks ago I published a post about how many of us were probably tying our shoelaces the wrong way. At the time I thought it was a very odd Ted talk, and questioned whether I was being punked. However, by the end of the video I got it, the shoelaces were just a metaphor, a quirky vehicle to share a message. Today's blog post is another one of those videos.  Ted speaker Joe Smith is on a mission, he wants us all to know the correct way to use a paper towel. Don't be greedy. One paper towel is plenty According to Joe we only need to use one paper towel to dry our hands, anything more is excessive consumption. Joe gets out a bucket of water and paper towel and demonstrates how easy it is to dry your hands with just one paper towel. It's all in the technique. I won't go into details, but the clip is only a couple of minutes long and Joe is an entertaining presenter, so it's well worth a quick watch. It's not really about … [Read more...]