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Aggregating online presence

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

As a part of something I just humoristically named “the communications review and growth initiative” at work, I registered into a couple of new services and my online presence should, as of today, be aggregated from my public blogs to FriendFeed, from FriendFeed to Twitter and from Twitter to Facebook.

If I find myself cooking up a presence on, Digg, Flickr or Youtube, they will be added to FriendFeed but for now I don’t feel like I would have much to offer on the Photo / Video / cool link sharing front as they are not part of my daily routine. Starting microblogging in Twitter feels like a big enough step for this week.

Now I just hope the aggregation works as I understood it would icon smile Aggregating online presence

A blossoming nugget

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

I haven’t been out in bars much for a long time since I have usually prioritized other activities over the odor of cigarettes, swarms of drunken finns and music so loud that you can’t really make up a good conversation. Yesterday Kim talked me over to spending the evening in Valter Cafe which to my lovely surprise seemed like an enjoyable non-smoking venue and after a couple of GTs I drifted into making acquintance with a friendly couple at a table next to ours.

From our conversation I picked up a golden nugget which seemed to resonate exceptionally well with my own gut feeling but in which I hadn’t put that much thought before and certainly couldn’t put into words as eloquently: In order to achieve the most in life it is not only important to grow as a person but to help others around you to blossom. (translated freely from finnish)

I’d like to believe that the gut feeling I have had about this has led me to help many great and likeminded people achieve more than they would have without me, but putting this feeling in such a concrete form will surely help me put even more attention to empowering others to drive forward worthy goals. And what is even better, I am now more able to encourage others to do the same!

For this and other enlightening insights that you shared with me tonight I would like to hearthly thank you Kalle, and if you read this, please drop me a comment or an e-mail with your blog/website address so that I can properly credit you with a link icon smile A blossoming nugget

Language nuances

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

Today I have been watching some old videos made by an interesting person I stumbled upon yesterday, Tom Guarriello who also writes the TrueTalk Blog. While watching this video which touches business jargon in a humoristic way and hearing Tom list some words he thinks are used mainly to obfuscate what is really being said, I was reminded of the thoughts I have had on the subject of language nuances.

What really struck me in the video was that most the terms Tom listed sounded really natural to me. That means that I myself have formed in my mind a clear representation of the terms and thus can quickly form thought structures based on those words. Since I have had quite a lot of contact with texts and speeches that use those words, I have become more and more assured from the contexts that the words really convey the same meaning that I understand from them.

And then comes Tom, telling me that these words are really used mainly to obfuscate.

Now, I am a strong believer in subjective realities, meaning that all information we gather from the world is strongly influenced by our own minds. Since our minds have developed independently (although most of us sharing a relatively similiar culture), it is very natural to end up in situations where people end up having a very different take on a subject based on the same information. Thus it would be normal to just handle this discrepancy by thinking that it is natural for people to have slightly different views and adjust my personal view slightly towards Tom’s so that it might fit closer to the average perception that would help me communicate with people better.

There is just a slight problem: Tom is a native english speaker who apparently has made a career for himself out of conversing while I am a non-native speaker whose perception of english is mainly built on reading and listening things that are essentially monologues.

So clearly Tom has a much better understanding of the nuances these words carry in the real life, which naturally puts a lot of pressure on me to shift my views more than normally towards his views. But the question is, should it really?

I am not disputing the fact that I am a non-native speaker and thus have a much worse command of the language than Tom, but what I would like to point out is that the world is full of people like me in this matter. Internet and globalized world is bridging together masses of people who are non-native english speakers, have limited possibilities to converse with native speakers and thus have very little chance of gathering most of the nuances of the language. Yet still these people have to use english as their medium of communication with each other and also native speakers.

Is it reasonable to expect non-native speakers to try to understand words with all the nuances that native speakers generally do or will becoming the global business language be the demise of these little nuances? Time will tell but I think we are still going to be picking the low hanging fruits for a long time since the phrase does have a clear logical justification, even if we as humans often fail to understand the full implications of our planned actions.

Geriatrical revolution?

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

I don’t follow Youtube as a community very closely but I go there quite regularily to check out the new videos from some really entertaining people and thus usually get informed if something big is happening.

So during the last week a new channel has jumped to being the seconds most subscribed channel (all time) in Youtube and at this rate is going to end up at the top very soon.

So what is this phenomenon which tops all the people who have been posting quality entertainment for months? It’s a 78 year old man from UK who is telling his life story in short videos.

I think that this is quite remarkable as it shows us a prime example of how technology can enable the elderly to be a valuable part of the modern society, just like they were before when grandparents used to live with the family. This also shows that there still exists a huge interest for what the older generations have to say if only the message can be delivered in a way that it fits into the schedule of a modern, asynchronously living person.

I think that given this kind of examples along with the ones like gaming grandma, older people are going to start to realize the benefits they can achieve through technology and get more incentive for facing their fears. I have always thought that we will achieve the big digital village which spans all generations only after the current computer savvy generations reach their elderhood, but maybe we will get there much sooner than I expected!