Category: Wire[d] Thoughts

Google Glasses Boggle My Mind

Seriously, though.

These glasses are going to change the world.

 

I first read about them back in February in a NYTimes article and I was baffled by the thought of it. When I read they were suppose to come out by the end of this year my thought was HAH! Yeah, okay.

But low and behold…

I just opened my browser this afternoon, which opened to my favorite news website (and homepage) Newser and THIS article was staring at me! I couldn’t believe it! There those puppies were.

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RIP: Privacy

  Privcacy is a thing of the past, and this is something we’re all just going to have to live with.

In our world of technology — Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Google, and so much more — it is almost foolish to think that there is still a way to be private.

I know, you’re sitting there thinking, “But I can make my account private so only people I want to see can see it.” Right? WRONG.

Just because your account is private doesn’t mean that it necessarily always is.  What if someone who you trust sees something you post and re-posts it? What if someone else posts something about you elsewhere without tagging you in it or letting you know it’s there? These are just a couple of scenarios of many that can infringe upon what you believe to be your private information.

The true question is, though, why are you putting information online that you do not want to be available to the public?

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Help: A Blogging College Student

And I have no time for it!

Shocking, right?

I have this list of all these great topics I want to write about — like SOPA (well that one came and went.), Privacy, Wikipedia, the Kardashians (Seriously, though. I do!), Costa Concordia, the music industry, and so many more! But my little time to devote to myself and other things of importance (like, you know, eating, sleeping, etc.) kind of make it difficult.

This is my: WHAT?!-I'm-suppose-to-maintain-academics-work-keep-up-with-other-responsibilites-AND-find-time-to-blog?! Face

So here’s where you come in!

For experienced bloggers, how do you find the time to blog in the midst of crazy, hectic schedules? We all have lives, and most of them aren’t revolved around blogging. How do you do it?!

For not-so-experienced in the time management function, just tell me what you’re  interested in recently, what’s catching your eye, what are you talking about? What are you following? I want to know!

I really hope I get some feedback on this one. I could use it!

Thanks 😀

Googling Close & Personal

I know Google+ hasn’t been the most successful social media venture of our time.  But, it has been a learning experience and a new world to explore the way we interact, adopt and use social media in our lives.

Now, Google has come along to shape another part of the way we live — by our searching.

Of course, this is largely determined by your use on Google+… but, is that really the question at hand here? No.

Why?

Because anyone could have a Google+ at this point, and anyone could be Googling you, and you never know what they’re going to find unless you Google yourself in all the ways and formats that other people are able to.

The point: when signed in to a Google+ account and searching a person’s name, “personal search” results come up first.  What does this mean? Well, let’s take a look.

This is now what comes up when I Google myself.

The first thing that jumps out at me is the “personal results” … so I clicked it, and I found this.

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Saving The Music

Imagine your life without music. Really, without music.  No radio, none of your favorite songs playing at your command, no iPod, no soundtracks to movies or TV shows, no nothing.

Can you do it?

I’ve participated in music programs for as long as I can remember.  In 4th grade I started singing at church and in choir, and as I progressed to high school I went on to participate in Choir, Liturgical Ensemble, Madrigals, Musical Theater and even become Captain and Band President of my high school marching band.  Music, very quickly, became not only something that I participated in regularly, but it was defining who I was, who I’ve become, and who I will become.

Music programs are being cut from school budgets across the country, leaving children no opportunity to have the experiences like I’ve had, and like I’m sure many of you have had. Budgets are being cut, or completely taken away, leaving children with nothing to hold on to.

More importantly, music provides an outlet for children.  It allows creativity and ways of thinking that other educational programs do not promote.  It provides excitement throughout the long school days, and something to look forward to between all of the structured class time.  Not to mention, that time and time again it has been proven that children who participate in music education outshine and better perform on standardized testing than the children who did not have the advantage to.

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