Several weeks ago we discussed sourcing on the Internet. In my daily travels across my usual online haunts I came across a new crowdsourcing platform sponsored by the Air Force. The Air Force Collaboratory is an attempt to solve 3 newly declassified military problems. I think this is a novel approach to solving defense related issues. There are a lot of smart people out there. Let’s see what the “masses” can create.
“A place for everything, everything in its place.”
– Benjamin Franklin
This week in class we discussed organization. It may sound a bit strange but I love organization. During our discussion we even delved into my laundry organizing strategies. My sock collection was an interesting point of conversation. This all started because we had reading selections from David Weinberg’s book, Everything is Miscellaneous. I am now interested in reading the remainder of the text. The book went on to discuss how and why the Internet is organized the way it is. I can’t wait to read on and find out better ways to organize, mmm…glaven!!!
To me, this video explains how some people are way too dependent on their phone. The subject wakes up to an alarm on their phone. Call me old fashioned, but I like to use a “real” alarm clock. I don’t want my phone anywhere near my bedroom unless absolutely necessary. The main character spend the rest of the 30 second ad with their nose buried in their phone. The finishing touch…waking up in a beautiful, new vacation spot and looking at your phone!!! Here’s a tip: If you are on vacation (that is what we’re advertising here), TURN OFF YOUR PHONE!
There is a big, beautiful world out there to be explored. Unplug every so often.
My wife ran 33 miles this weekend.
For me on the other hand, health and wellness has not been very good this week. I woke up Sunday at 3AM with a raging headache and sore throat. I spent the rest of the day coughing and struggling to stay awake. By bedtime Sunday night, at 8:30PM, the cough was in full force. Night 2 with little to no sleep. I managed to make it to work but I only lasted until Noon. By bedtime Monday night, a little bit closer to 9PM, the cough had subsided a little and I was finally able to get some sleep. I spent Tuesday home from work resting and recovering from the cold. Wednesday morning got off to a normal start and at 7AM as we were walking out the door I stopped to put something in the trash. I felt a slight twinge in my lower back but I didn’t think anything of it. By 9AM I was beginning to feel uncomfortable and having difficulty walking. At 11AM I called my wife and begged her to come get me as I was unable to stand or walk. I managed to shuffle in a bent over position, down three flights of stairs and roll into the car. After a trip to urgent care, an injection of painkillers and muscle relaxer pills, I am now able to stand at almost a 45 degree angle. I am now confined to the couch waiting for another round of drugs to work their magic. I’m too old for this “stuff”.
I had to resist the urge to pull the “Twitter-trigger”. I was in class last night and another member of the class mentioned a topic that I felt was funny and interesting. He subsequently posted the idea to Twitter. I felt that it would be a great idea for a hashtag so I eagerly went to respond to the post. Being my typical sarcastic self, I wanted to add a bit of my personality to the 140 characters I was allotted. It appeared that I had the perfect opportunity to use some internet shorthand, FTFY. For the uninitiated FTFY stands for “Fixed That For You”, or so I thought. I did a quick Google search and came back with an Urban Dictionary definition (NSFW for Language) that presented an alternative meaning. Urban Dictionary also defines the term as “F That, F You”. This was definitely NOT the message that I was trying to send. In the long run I did not respond to the tweet out of concern for offending a fellow classmate.
Well would you look at that, I didn’t post something on the Internet because I didn’t want to hurts someone’s feelings.