Why you don’t want robots – Manage A Smile

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Why you don’t want robots – Manage A Smile

Facebook | BBC NEWS | England | Essex | Facebook remark teenager is fired

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Facebook | BBC NEWS | England | Essex | Facebook remark teenager is fired

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The animation swtiches. It’s designed that way. It’s a trick to see how many people fall for it/don’t pay attantion long enough to notice.

It did the rounds of the NLP-type circuit almost a year ago.


The Right Brain vs Left Brain

If you see the dancer turning clockwise, you use more of the right side of your brain. If counter-clockwise, the left. I can only see it clockwise.

Apparently most people would see this as counter-clockwise.

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies

uses feeling
“big picture” oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking

(via news.com.au)

The real question is: am I alive or am I writing from beyond the grave?

Wednesday 25th February 2009 @ 11:02 pm : Livejournal : 0 Comments :

I am still alive. Tumblr has taken over my life, and I have posted several things to it which, in light of the fact that you cannot f-lock a tumblr and the fact that it uploads uptomatically to my facebook, I should probably have written here instead.
I don’t know, I’m an idiot.
My life has mostly been taken up with my new job for the last month, which it really shouldn’t be since I only work two days a week, and for which I can only blame myself adn my inability to just let things go already. Basically, Ihave designed a database that I can use when I go around being official and auditing things in April. Which was great, my boss loved it, yadda yadda etc. The problem starts, really, when I sat down to actually make it.
I am not good with excel. What I know of excel I have taught to myself out of a need to not go to my Key Skills IT classes when I was at HHC, for fear or murdering the teacher. The database I designed needs quite complicated things. Like, calculating VAT and then adding the vat to the total order only if a certain column is marked ‘N’. Or not removing the total for an order from the sites budget if the “bought by patient?” column has a ‘Y’ marked in it. And of course, the site budgets are on another sheet. Because I cannot make things easy for myself. No, that would make sense.

So there’s that.

Last week I was distracted from even my holy quest to the font of excel knowledge by the fact that Lauras Art & Soul exhibition was on Friday and Saturday, and I had to get up at 8.30 both days to be there on time to set up/open. And I had to talk to a lot of people on Saturday. It did not help my undying hatred of the generally unwashed public. By the end of it I was a bit twirly, and acting a bit drunk, as I tend to get when exposed to huge sensory overload. But it was good fun. I look forward to next year, although if it ends up being a 3-day thing like is being planned, someone may need to pry me off the ceiling at the end.
Also, don’t let me drink six litre of diet coke like I did this time. That was bad.

The other thing that’s been taking up my time recently is the writing bug that bit me a few weeks ago. I blame work, honestly. When I’m forced to only really do left-brain, organisational, thinky things for significant preiods of time, it responds with stories.
Which means that in less than two weeks I’ve managed to write just under 8,000 words in Word, and 30 A5 pages in my notebook.

Send help.

Monday 23rd February 2009 @ 9:52 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Reaching Out (via cerys jones)

My dad bought me mini haribo and the little heart gave me this idea.
I’m in a weird mood.
Maybe it’s because two of my friends’ relationships broke up recently. Maybe it’s because I’m failing to write a relationship properly in my book. Maybe it’s because I’m figuring out what I want but have no idea how to find it.
Who knows.

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What does it mean to be an adult? What is ‘adult behaviour’ –

does it even exist?
How do we define adulthood? Is it a legal age, a mental age, a

way of life? Is it forsaking your dreams for the dreams of

In a culture that fetishises youth and beauty, does the concept

of ‘adult’ even apply anymore?
In order to be an adult, do you have to work a 9-5 job even

though it leaves you no time to do what you love every day?

Must you be tied down by debt, mortgages, credit cards, car

payments? Do you have to have a house, a partner, 2.4 children?
Does it just mean taking responsibility for yourself, your own

Why do we, as a society, feel the need to work ourselves into

the ground just so that we can afford ‘stuff’, at the expense

of our physical and mental health?
Does it mean taking time to see things for other peoples point

of view, considering their feelings before acting?

I don’t know.

How do you define adult behaviour?
How do you define childish behaviour?
Which one makes you happier?
Should there be a distinction?

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2009-2-22)

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My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2009-2-22)

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115/365 (via cerys jones)

Get this shit…

Thursday 19th February 2009 @ 7:25 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Get this shit…

Now THIS is a Camera

Wednesday 18th February 2009 @ 7:05 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Now THIS is a Camera

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2009-2-15)

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My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2009-2-15)

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We have a ‘strategic’ plan. It’s called doing things.

Herb Kelleher (via affremblequotes)

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via www.blink182.com

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2009-2-8)

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My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2009-2-8)

…My heart’s in Accra » Elizabeth Gilbert: Genius and how we ruin it

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…My heart’s in Accra » Elizabeth Gilbert: Genius and how we ruin it

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This… ‘stuff’? Oh… ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise, it’s not lapis, it’s actually cerulean. You’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff.

‘Miranda Priestly’ Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada (via sallyreynolds)

I . Love. This. Film. That is all.

Friday 6th February 2009 @ 10:00 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Having a camera makes you a photographer like having a calculator makes you a mathematician.

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The Camera Flash Experiment (via ImprovEverywhere)

“For our latest mission, 700 agents lined the length of the Brooklyn Bridge a week before its 125th birthday. In the rain and cold we created a wave of camera flashes across the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Enjoy the video below and then read on for the report and tons of photos.”

How to Shoot (Photographs) Like A Terrorist

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How to Shoot (Photographs) Like A Terrorist

Facebook to create market research database?

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Facebook to create market research database?