Very very true. I am so glad I grew up without the distraction of all the fancy gadgets now available. Yes, I know they are extremely useful but there is a great danger that they completely take over our lives.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
This completely oversimplifies the situation because it makes no mention of the people who are unable to make friends in the physical world due to handicaps, physical isolation, confinement or just pathological timidity. And the thought of selling a computer to buy an engagement ring is pure pipe dream!
It is nevertheless true that if often appears that certain limits should be set for the majority of people -- if it were at all possible, which I doubt. I am personally thrilled whenever a mobile phone network goes down for a few hours, but that is too rare of an occurrence. In the meantime, I just fantasize about all of the kicks in the arse that I would love to distribute when people are weaving on the footpath ahead of me because they are texting rather than looking where they are going.
I Must admit the last part of the Poem was too sugary sweet for my likes
But most of what he has to say, makes sense. I think generally those that spend a lot of time on the internet/computers are the housebound, the retired, the disabled, those that have too much time on their hands at work, and those that find it difficult to make friends in real life for whatever reason, location or just their personality. I can understand this and know that this is what makes up the bulk of the users on social networks and social sites.
Personally I feel so much better when I walk away from my computer and just do every day real life things, with real life people. Sometimes it's hard to come back to it, truth be known. If someone took my internet or computer away, I think they would be doing me a great service. Although I have trained myself and set my mind to being on social sites and forums like this one for just a small fraction of my day, if that.
Maybe that is the attraction of travel to far off places? Where it's more difficult, (although of course not always impossible), to connect to cyberspace? More and more I am finding it empty, soulless and meaningless.
Mossie, I can see where you are coming from. As a parent I worry and have worried in the past, if I thought that my kids were spending too much time connected to cyberspace, in one form or another. And we do all we can to get them away from that to real life events, activities and people.
ha, yeah selling a computer to buy a ring? I doubt that. Although years back. before computers were the norm, a guy sold his brand new Hitachi stereo system to buy me a ring, so maybe it can happen?
Oh my goodness, I love this. This has been everywhere in the last few days but I just had to put it here. The sheer discipline to make this work is astounding. This group came in 2nd at the VIBE dance competition this year, but many people believe they should have won.
Watch on full screen mode and be impressed.
I'm adding the same performance shot from the back of the house. You get a much better idea of the look of the whole thing. It truly is astounding.
That is really remarkable. I don't know what it is that fascinates us so much about synchronised choreography, but whether it is Soviet troops marching in Red Square, card sections in stadiums in North Korea, those weird Olympic swimming groups, or the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, we are always spellbound when we see a large number of people doing exactly the same thing at exactly the same time.
It's even more impressive when witnessed in person. There is something about that number of people breathing in unison (believe me, they are) as they move. The audience is breathing right along with them and experiencing the emotions the same way.
What I love in this performance are the moments of stillness and the micro moves in the midst of all that energy.
OK, I know that there's not a thread devoted to Game of Thrones, and I wouldn't participate even if I did watch it and I don't, not even a little bit, really. But this is for anyone with even a slight interest in what they can accomplish with CGI these days when it comes to basic scenery, excluding explosions and aliens.
Quirky satire of the privileged classes. Written and starring Jim Broadbent, directed by Mike Leigh. Starts out conventional, accent and all, and quickly goes darkly unpredictable. "I was a solitary, unlovable boy."
Since childhood, I've been fascinated with the recreation and restoration of historical places. It comes, I suppose, from my deep disappointment at having been born sometime after the 19th century and finding most modernity ugly and jarring. I ran across this today, a video of a 3D tour of London before the Great Fire in the 17th century. Not dazzling (it's a student effort), but it makes me appreciate the lack of "civic planning" and the cheek-by-jowl juxtaposition of beauty and degradation.
Quite crazy. You'd never catch me doing anything like that. Especially not in a truck and trailer where you can't back up, rather than a minibus, and especially not in the wet either. Now that would cause some arse puckering moments.
Hang on a minute............
I seem to remember a photo (a bit shaky) out the back of my truck, over the trailer, on a similar track. I take it all back. I must have been crazy -