Posted tagged ‘memory’

How do you feel about digital memories?

September 14, 2009

digital ageListening the OnPoint, the topic is whether it is possible to create a “total recall” for all our memories of our lives. With all the social networks like Twitter and Facebook–not to mention the plethora of others–should we as human beings be recording all the minutiae of our lives to be retrieved at a later time?

Should we supplement our memory with the digital gadgets like cell phones, iPods, social networks or other aids?

Is there anything to the argument that the more you memorize, the more ability you have to memorize other things in the future? With children, it’s clear that the more you stress their brain with input of classical music or shapes/colors, the smarter the child will become and the faster her brain will be able to process new input.

What do you think? Should we record things that we don’t “need” to remember in our lives?

I Guess English Class Wasn’t As Important As Popularity

November 1, 2007

Browsing Technorati‘s WTF (where’s the fire?) blogs for interesting content and trends of bloggers, I noticed that the blog titled, “Never Give a Cheerleader a Keyboard” was not only poorly written, but also the author didn’t use commas correctly. In addition to her lack of commas, she spelled businessman as two words: “business man.”

Okay, for the record, she should have written, “piano player from High School Musical, Olesya Rulin, will headline…” since (I assume) there’s only one piano player in the movie the name is actually not necessary. The name serves as an appositive.

Apparently, when Kahlee’s teacher was explaining the use of commas, this cheerleader was more worried about establishing her popularity or what she was doing on the weekend. “Sometimes it’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re stupid, than to say something and remove all doubt.”

Another blog I can’t believe I wasted my time reading is called “Popnomination.” The author of this blog argues the phenomenal uses, both what he calls “legal” and illegal, of marijuana. I’ve never smoked or ingested marijuana, and I think that this person makes a very good arguement against pot:

Eating weed produces a completely different than smoking it. And it’s not all in my head; it’s been well-documented that ingesting marijuana produces a markedly different “high” then smoking it. You’re not ruining your lungs and you can get high in broad daylight, out in the open without anyone knowing you’re getting baked.

Okay, the first sentence quoted directly from his blog makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Apparently, he forgot to add the word “high” after different. That in itself shows the dangers of using marijuana. The author then writes that it’s been well-documented, and then he proceeds to repeat the first sentence. I guess he didn’t remember it.

His next sentence lacks a comma after the word “lungs,” but hey, everybody can make a mistake. I just found it rather amusing that his blog post sounds a little like a long-winded, rambling, monologue of a person without a clear sense of what it is he wants to say. (Maybe he forgot!)

The Communications Factors play a role in the nature of exchanging ideas, debate and persuasion, but the most important thing one can do for himself and his point is to make sure he has a grasp on what the Communications Factors are. The result is being ridiculed by someone who wasn’t popular in high school – or worse your potential business client.

How ’bout it?