Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The number of people who read this blog about life always amazes me. Thank you to everyone for taking part, liking, commenting and reading my musings! I really appreciate it.

A huge thanks to Diana for this nomination / award

Logo of very inspiring blogger award

Logo of very inspiring blogger award

So here are the rules for this nomination thingy:

  1. Display the Award Certificate on your website
  2. Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  3. Present 13 awards to deserving bloggers
  4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Winners of the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

7 interesting things about Gerald

  • I am 6ft tall
  • Cooking and all kinds of music, play (no pun intended) a large part of my life
  • By the end of this year I hope to start re-learning French
  • By nature I am very socialable
  • I’m originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • I keep up-to-date with North Korean news
  • I have a search engine technology blog which explains how websites rank high

Steps 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 done.


Why technology can get it wrong?

There is an article on BBC News‘ website this evening which explains a mother’s anguish at Facebook because she found out that her daughter was dead through Facebook. Why do these thing happen?

Report a deceased person’s profile

Facebook have a form allowing you to pass on validated information that someone has died, such as a friend or family member. Okay, this might be a good idea. Maybe it is good to have a memorial page to remember a person — after all it is good to remember someone online, right?

But this form does not collect people’s opinions on a death. Facebook treat a death like they treat people — just like a number.

Technology and feelings do not mix

No matter how much of a bad day you’re having, or how much you are enjoying life, technology will never really know your emotions. Okay, maybe Twitter can analyse words in your tweets to gather that you are angry, but they will never know why you are angry. Humans can always know, and should be the only ones to ever know how you are feeling.

The mother who found out her daughter was dead through Facebook will never know why Facebook was so insensitive. Maybe she will get an apology from them, but that will not make up for what they done to her.

Technology does not do emotions. Technology needs to take a step back to know that the people, human beings, who use their stuff do do emotions. Humans do emotions really well, in fact.

Examples of where technology gets it wrong because of emotions

  • criminal gangs take place online to vent their anger, or to play with other people’s emotions — they arrange to beat other people up, or even worse, kill other people. Technology can facilitate crime!
  • paedophiles can roam around on the online world to groom young children, and vulnerable adults. Technology does not always get people’s intentions. Technology can support other people’s (sick) sexual emotions
  • technology allows people to steal off other people’s stuff. Technology allows people to download free music, movies and programs. It does not take into account the creator’s loss. How are they funding themselves? Why is your favourite artist not writing as much music as they were before? Is it because they are not getting as much money as they once were? Does this mean we need to be more ethical, as the human being using technology?

Technological suggestion?!

Why does Facebook not send a private message to immediate family members, before they tell the world someone is dead? This won’t necessarily solve their problem, but it might make ‘finding out’ less painful. Facebook do know who and where people are, why don’t the humans behind these global companies get to grips with technology? We will never know why such managers get top positions in a selfish and global company.

As you can tell, I am a little angry with technology right now. It does not always get it right: technology sometimes will never know the full picture!

Why are grades going up?

The news is filled with articles claiming that students in the UK have seen a little drop in grades [1]. But why are grades getting better? Why did this not happen thirty years ago?

Technology boom

Most people today have access to electronic equipment, and most of these people have access to the internet. With this combination, people can easily find out information. People can share information too – including past papers! We can share our knowledge, expand our understanding and allow our brains to grow with technology. This wasn’t possible 30 years ago.

The blogging effect

As we search, we can find lots of websites, some good and not so good. But if we dig deeper, we could find a site that suits us, our learning styles and our lingo. Blogs are key to this type of development.

As a producer of a blog, you are enhancing all your skills without really realising it. Does blogging automatically make you better at English? From this angle, having a blog, no matter what content you write about, automatically forces you to think (working under pressure) and produce user specific content – we all have an audience.

Search and knowledge

Computers not only allow us to expand our understanding quickly, they also allow us to find out information at a little cost. There is no need to buy expensive dictionaries, or a series of books, to find out what interests you. So, searching sometimes helps our grades go up if we are at school / college, or allows us to expand our brains if we have left.

Technology makes things easier, faster and cheaper. Information seems to become accessible. Technology also helps us feed our brain. Blogging also helps us to share an interest with one another, in a controlled medium.

So does technology allow our grades to improve? Most likely, yes! What do you think?



How time really does change!

One minute will always be 60 seconds, but our view of what goes on within a single minute can change drastically. Let me explain why:

Our child view of time

I do not know about you, but whenever I was a child time flew by! I am now an adult, in my twenties, but whenever I think about my childhood it seems to have gone by in a flash.

Of course some people will argue that this is a sign of a good childhood, one full of lots of stuff, good stuff because it went by quickly. If you are one of these people (with this perspective), you would be right – childhood for me was, luckily, very good.

I’ll do my homework at 7pm … It’s 7:07pm, too late to do it

As a child looking at the clock, I often thought that time was stupid, even long(er) than it really was. It reminded me of boring trips to the supermarket, or sitting in the back seat of a car thinking that the roads never ended.

But the point I am trying to make, is that, as adults our view changes – for the better, of course. Time becomes precious, and with responsibility time also becomes productive! As we begin to focus on something, we can find that our use of time is better. Better in the sense that what we do within a time frame can surprise us.

Young adult, young child

Using the quote above (about putting off homework, and then realising that it wasn’t exactly that time, thus it was too late to do), an adult’s view of time is so different than a child’s view of it. It’s not necessary better because (in this example) putting off homework was a good thing as a child.

As an adult we tend to spend most of our time trying to fill our time wisely, if that makes sense?

Let’s meet after dinner to arrange that …

As adults we fill our lives with people and places. We feel the need to do something, like blogging, for example. We don’t do something without saying what we are doing. Is this us trying to justify what we are spending our time on? Maybe!

Time liked with association

As adults our ability to recall something is increased if we can remember doing something with time. So it would be fair to say that linking time with people and places means that our use of it is a little better. We tend to appreciate it more.

Whatever it is, time is precious. We cannot get it back. Yesterday becomes the past, tomorrow’s thoughts are what we hope to fill the future with. Appreciate your time, albeit surfing the web, just remember that we do not get it back, so whatever you do, make sure you don’t regret it.

How are you going to spend your time tomorrow?

I express myself without even knowing it

Do you ever write a post and think about one little sentence within it? Well that’s what I’ve done for this post. What do I mean? Here’s what I mean:

Expression is everywhere

A few weeks ago I published a post titled Mobile Power. In it I hinted that we may even express ourselves, albeit slight, by customising the background picture of our mobile, or creating our own app or ring tone. But expression goes way beyond this – it’s in life, living things just revitalise expression.

Clothes equal expression

What we physically wear says a lot about us, as people, as individuals. Although we may not think it, when we decide to wear something we are also deciding what to broadcast to the world.

  • Have you got a white crisp shirt on? Maybe you’re indirectly saying that you’re smart, you like to look after your appearance
  • Are you wearing a bright top? Maybe you’re indirectly saying that you’re fun, outgoing, even before someone has the pleasure of meeting you
  • Are you wearing a baggy hoodie? Maybe you’re indirectly saying that you’re in leisure mode, so much so, you aren’t really in the mood to go to fancy shops

This list could go on, but I hope you get my drift? Getting someone’s drift is often used in Ireland to mean point of view. Everyday is a school say, that’s why I love education! Maybe you use a similar term in your region, do you?

Music equals expression

Perhaps a more obvious form of expression, nevertheless still an expression. What type of genre of music we listen to can tell others a lot about us, who we are, what we stand for etc.

  • Does chart/pop music mean you like most things in life?
  • Does classical music mean you appreciate all the little noises/sounds in your life?
  • Does slow(er) music mean that you are broadcasting to the world that you aren’t feeling 100% today?

Writing equals expression

You have a blog, you write on it, but what you writes allows you to express yourself. You can be you simply by having a WordPress blog. Do you…

  • …write in bullet points? Does this mean you like to get to the point, or like straight talking?
  • …use big words? Does this show you like to learn new words and enhance your language?
  • …have a personalised theme for your blog? Does this show that you are artistic?

Hold on, what about stereotypes?

I’m not trying to be totally politically correct here, but I don’t like to stereotype people and/or things. But for the purpose of this post, I feel that I haven’t offended women, men, children, the LGBT community, introverts, extroverts, again this list could go on and on.

But what I want to get across is that we are you and you! Not you and I. That is, you are you! Completely unique, just like no one else in the world has the exact same wardrobe as you! So use the contents of your wardrobe to express yourself, and enjoy your one life as you express yourself so well.

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