Monthly Archives: July 2010

Quote of the week

“Never has humanity combined so much power with so much disorder, so much anxiety with so many playthings, so much knowledge with so much uncertainty” – Paul Valery, ‘Historical Fact’ (1932)

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So Facebook has 500m users. Roughly one in twelve people on the planet. Does anyone know the source of this stat? (Facebook I assume).  Just reminds me slightly of the hype around Second Life, when figures like 4m, 6m and … Continue reading

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All About Me

Of the 175,000 blogs that are created every day (Technorati), 50% are about the same subject – the writer.

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Did you know that if you Google ‘Too Much Information’, you get 402,000,000 results? Enough said.

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The Power of Blogging

Several researchers, such as Alice Flaherty, a neuroscientist at Harvard University in the US, have suggested that blogging could have a therapeutic value. It is well known that writing about personal experiences, especially negative thoughts, can have a positive biological … Continue reading

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An e-rosion of empathy?

What will the emerging fields of robotics and artificial intelligence do to our minds? Do you remember the appearance of Tamagotchi toys from Japan over a decade ago? These were the little electronic critters much beloved by small children in … Continue reading

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Quote of the month

I don’t know why I like it but I do… “I used to be disgusted; now I try to be amused.” Elvis Costello

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The Suite Life (Or – how the other half thinks).

I just got upgraded from economy to business on Singapore airlines and it reminds me of an experience a few months ago when I somehow managed to go from business to suites without really asking. In case you are not … Continue reading

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Is the internet really 5,000 days old?

Hello lovely readers. Can I pick your brains? When Kevin Kelly says the internet is 5,000 days old does he mean the web? Is there a significant difference? Nightmare here. I’m in a tower built in 1720 in the middle … Continue reading

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Too many tasks – master of none

A few years ago, Microsoft ran a campaign with the slogan ‘Where do you want to go today?’ But it turned out that this was not a question but an instruction. Sensible answers to the question might have included “Back … Continue reading

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