Distractions: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

20 07 2013

While working with the computer man is constantly suffering for multiple events happening randomly: new mail, new tweet etc. Watch this video – it explains what I mean:

And now reflection

How many times during this video your thoughts were distracted?

It lasted only 4 minutes…

I mean:

Can you do nothing for 2 minutes?

I bet it is hard for you. Please try to do it on Alex’s Tew webpage: DoNothingFor2Minutes.com

Who likes working with multitaskers?

We are not multitaskers. We are able to do only one task at a time. Some may think that they are able to do few things simultaneously, but they can’t – they only think they can. In fact they are doing both tasks with lower attention than they would pay if they would do them separately.

Just think for a moment: Would you prefer to talk to a person that is concentrated only on talking to you or that is doing something else at a time?

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Drive your personal develompent

20 04 2013

Set up your goals (the ambitious ones!), keep yourself in highest possible standards, always expecting more from yourself. Do not ignore situations where you feel that you stopped – these are moments to reoerder way of thinking.

This post is inline with my approach, however I would not describe the essence of my way of thinking about personal development, better than here:

Lifehacker: You Only Live Up to the Standards You Set

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Coursera & edX: take online courses for free

6 04 2013

There is plenty of various tutorials, videos and training materials on the web, however finding the one concise and valuable course may be difficult.

Coursera

Coursera is a place where you can find courses of many kinds: Arts, Economy, Education, IT and many more.

Coursera

These are organized and scheduled lectures with new lecture published weekly. All of them define how much time per week you need to devote (mostly it is about 4-6 hours per week). Courses are held by universities and experts. One of the best categories is Information, Tech and Design for UX experts. Some interesting courses are: Human – Computer Interaction (9weeks), Gamification (6 weeks) and Information Theory (15 weeks).

All of them are totally free.

edX

The same applies to edX – a lot of world class academies and universities.

edX

Wide range of topics is surely tempting, however I did not try these courses. Some examples are: Software as a Service from Berkeley or The Challenges of Global Poverty from MIT. 

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It’s not what you read, it’s what you ignore (Scott Hanselman)

12 01 2013

This is the great talk from DevDay 2012 conference from Poland. Scott Hanselman not only has interesting things to say, but is a very good presenter.

He says how to scale yourself – how to be better, improve yourself, manage your time and skills wisely at work and in your private life. It is definetely worth spending an hour with that video!

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Best Youtube videos phenomenon

2 06 2012

TEDYouth is new series of TEDTalks, where I suppose will be less talks about problems and more about the phenomenas. Like this talk about YouTube most viewed videos:

Why do people post videos on the Internet? Cause all of us wants to be a star. So this is the way to make people dreams come true. Or at least make people feel like a star. Being on the YouTube can be compared to being in the TV few years ago.

Why videos like ‘Friday’, ‘Nyan cat’ or ‘Double rainbow’ became hits? Answer is given by Kevin Allocca. Two factors are important: unexpectedness and trend makers that will make video popular (by Tweets for example).

This is very interesting and humorous talk, forcing to think about the future of media. Will there be no need to make a movies in future and only YouTube hits will be played in cinemas?





Share your secret

14 04 2012

Internet is full of brilliant ideas :)

One of them is to share people’s deepest secrets in the Internet. People use their hand made postcards and send it annonymously to postsecret.com where they are shared.

Hard to believe, however the site is full of various kind of secrets.

I recommend watching Frank Warren’s TED Talk:

“Everyone who knew me before 9/11, now thinks I’m dead.”

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Will we face empires’ power breakdown?

3 03 2012

One of the recent TED Talks, led by Paddy Ashdown, titled “The global power shift” is a talk about what may happen in a modern world. It is worth seeing. In his opinion we are cursed to live in a very unpredictable and unpeaceful reality, where the balance can be disrupted and the effects can be devastating.

In fact the speaker states that in history, the crisises like one that we are experiencing now, used to end up with a huge wars. Moreover – we did not have such war since over 60 years… Shall we believe that mankind has learned now how to negotiate and avoid wars? No. It really can happen. Great power shift is very likely. Not necessarily by means of war, however all the modern superstates may loose their leadership. Because the world has never been like that before. What to do in order to survive these changes smoothly? I recommend wathing a video or reading my interpretation below.

Global organizations existence is a must. Paddy Ashdown emphasizes big role of over-the-nation organizations like United Nations or European Union. Their role would be to keep order among all countries.

Power shift is horizontal and vertical. It means that power goes from one country/region to another (horizontal) and also giving more possibilities (vertical). The result is that even the USA was not able to succeed on its own in Afghanistan and Iraq. These wars did not achieve goals (stable and trustworthy country). Situation would be even worse without help of other countries. So much money was invested…

The whole world is connected like it has never been before. It means that the World should be considered as a one mechanism. Things that happen in one part of it, influences the other ones. Swine flu in Mexico, causes an epidemia in Europe, floods in Russia causes lack of food in Germany, financial crisis in Greece influences all European Union countries. Although the Greece is not super-powerful country. It does not matter. We are part of the huge mechanism where every part is crucial. The poem cited by speaker is a really good metaphor.

As a summary… it’s worth saying that all of this can be just words that people would like to hear… Increase fear of the incoming war… It is just thrilling! People used to like it :) And this guy just likes to be on YouTube. Speaking about such things will surely allow him to be there. Maybe there is nothing to worry about?

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