Yes, I understand the title to this post is bad grammar, but its full of "Truthiness"...
We all have moments of clarity in our lives where we make a decision that leads to positive success. It doesn't happen at just one point but many, and it isn't able to be applied just one time, but all the time. Too often we don't document these ideas in an organized and legible to inspire others. Its hard to document those sparks during a busy day or when you're knee deep in decision making, or working hard to find a way to make a living. Right now, worldwide economies have suffered like never before, with man made and natural disasters.
So the other day I looked at my bank statement and thought to myself, "How did I get to this point where my bank is charging me money at an increasing rate just to hold my money?". I am seriously considering using my mattress as an alternative again... I now have fees for monthly services, fees for paying bills electronically, fees based on the monthly balance I maintained, and a much lower (returned) interest rate than I had when I opened my account. This bank account which I speak of had been opened by my father in the early 1980s at a bank named "Equitable".
Years ago, the Internet was a wild mass of pages with no central location, no source for finding anything, and it was lovely. You never knew what you'd encounter online, and you had to be part of a community to find a resource for specialized knowledge. Business went wild in the quest for inventing the next "one stop shop" for information and entertainment. In many ways, having a modem to connect you to the web was better than high-speed networks now; there were less ads, less harmful viruses, and we were spyware free.
If you watch the news like I do, Washington DC is "scandal city" these days. If an actor or actress leads a shady life, many talk, but amid lies that tabloids tell, and a limited exposure to their real lives most of the speculation that haunts actors rarely ends their careers. In politics the game is quite different. Entire presidencies can be wound up in a nutshell over just once incident of indiscretion. The way a President or High-Level Post Holder carries themselves in public serves as their legacy.
The beginning of a "post social media" society is happening before us. The masses on Facebook are becoming frustrated with the services that were meant to make their lives easier. Yes, they are mostly free services, but people expect them to be run as if we pay for them because we inadvertently do. We actually DO pay for these services every time we click, because we fuel hits on these sites, which drives advertising revenue. We also sign up for these sites which expands their user base.
Citing the protests going on for over a month in the US against Wall Street, its important to not overlook important facts in the matter; Big Business is undermining your right to competitive pricing, to choice, and to keeping money in your wallet.
I'm trying to get into the habit of writing timely editorials; things "right before they hit the news networks". I also want to make sure to write about things that impact us all. If you have any suggestions, or editorials of your own, submit them to us here: http://www.circuitbored.com/content/share-your-ideas
I came across this video on Reddit.Com today and it reminded me that there's a wider variety of subjects to speak on besides technology:
How much is "enough" when it comes to personal wealth?: A look at accountability for the "wealthy" class.
You've heard it all over the news, the "wealth gap" in the US is growing. The margin of comfort between the lower and middle classes to the wealthy is growing at a really fast rate. The poorer class makes up the lion share of tax payers, yet the wealthy, a small percentage of our country are fighting dearly to hold on to the money they have. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Senate candidate, speaking to a mixed audience during her recent "Talking Tour" raised a point that resonates deeply within the issue of personal wealth in the United States:
We've encountered a spike in our hits, part of me thinks its mostly teenagers snatching text for term papers. But based on analytics, I think a lot of our readers from Reddit and Hacker News deserve thanks for your continued readership. Thanks!
Is your boss concerned with the amount of time you spend on social media sites while you're on the job? Chances are that you should be concerned about your drop in personal productivity due to social media in your off-work hours too.
I have been watching news about the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster closely with shock and dismay at the failed attempts to stop tons of oil from completely devastating the gulf coast. I love nice beaches, I love great seafood, and I love natural wildlife, all of which this area may never experience for decades because of the disaster that occurred from an oil rig failure, from nearly a month ago, that occurred on April 20th, 2010.
Naval Ravikant speaks about what Investors and Venture Capitalists look for in IT start ups. Ravikant [in this video] also details key traits and skills you should look for in a business partner, and how to determine whether or not your idea is based on solid product development principles. Knowing that many businesses fail just on the basis of personal conflicts alone, that makes this video a must-watch for anyone intent on successful entrepreneurship.
I don't mean to sound like a snob, but your smart phone isn't all that impressive to me. Sure it can do a lot of things based on how much you're willing to pay, but seriously, those things mean nothing once your battery runs low, or if you lose your phone in the mall. Tech companies still have not managed to make a computer that is guaranteed to not crash, much less a phone that works without dropping calls or bad connections.
People are furious these days, some at least, while others are in line to spend 600$ on a first generation iPad, the new device you won't be using in 2 years. Why won't you be using that first generation iPad in 2 years? Because 2 new iPads will have come out by then that you simply must have.
I like a lot of the videos on TED.Com. Though they are condensed into concise speeches, they're a great way to listen to the ideals of writers, scientists, and professionals that raise key issues based on informative topics. If you agree with [or are interested in] the discussion points that these speech presenters raise on Ted.Com, it is then easy to look further into the links to their own sites, books, narratives, and writings.
Today's pick for a key speech could be no more relevant to our site theme:
Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success
As I was listening to WTOP news [a DC news/talk radio station] in my car today, a funny thing happened.
In pretext, the TV "meltdown" award of this week goes to this emphatic Congressman, Partick Kennedy (D) from Rhode Island, for citing that the media/press is paying more attention to controversy than the highly important laws being passed through Congress and the billions of dollars being spent on wars. Here's a CNN video of his words:
Technology has revolutionized the world. Its no surprise that people who vowed to never use a cell phone now can't manage to live without one. I am amazed when I can create a musical composition and then within minutes of its creation, I can upload it to one site, http://www.soundcloud.com/winterman, to get immediate feedback on the composition from friends in my music community.