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Now that we have shed cable we have "discovered" YouTube. You can dip in and out, sweep up small bites of nonsense or watch a movie.
Anyway, found this: Explore With Us [^] and am absolutely fascinated by what they do and the places they find. Intriguing - well worth a small investment of your time.
I find myself wondering what happened to the people that would have called these places home at one time or another. Sometimes, the people that makes the films do some digging and have some interesting stories. A from me.
To be fair there are some useful tutorials on there.. I quite like @snowboardprocamp - they have really useful tips..
Then there's @howtohockey as well, again really useful and I've watched a few whitewater kayaking videos lately (been quite a while since I last did it and helped keep me alive the other weekend)
I think if you want to learn how to do/fix something YouTube can be a really good resource. People can waste a lot of time watching useless stuff there though..
Now is it bad enough that you let somebody else kick your butts without you trying to do it to each other? Now if we're all talking about the same man, and I think we are... it appears he's got a rather growing collection of our bikes.
If sarcasm is the language of the intelligent and sarcasm is not translated over text well. One could surmise too much time online using text as the only means of idea exchange leaves one less intelligent. Now as any good engineer knows, we need evidence to support this postulation. As such, I submit to you Facebook and Twitter. And to make matters more interesting, we as a species have never had before the luxuries we take for granted today. We no longer need to think for ourselves.
It seems to me the world is headed towards the path of the insect where we lack the ability to reason. Whereas bugs would fly into a bug zapper because it's bright and shiny... ZAP they're dead. We fly into a world of disillusion and lack of focus by too many can I has cheeseburger kitten pictures. People considered "awake" see through this. Everyone else tends to think the right name brand clothes, thanks to the same flashy imagery on television (it's an advanced bug zapper), or correct buzzword on the resume is all that matters (buzzwords sound smart so we don't have to). Isn't is nice to have not have to think? Glory be to name brands and buzzwords to do the thinking for us.
So if we're not thinking and not communicating. What pray tell do you think the future will be like when the machines eventually take over and make us their pets? Would it be a worthwhile cause to learn to enjoy milk for when the inevitable comes and a machine serves it to me on a saucer to lap up off the floor? Should I perhaps learn to fetch as a necessary skill to go on my pet resume? Not sure if a machine would much care to have a pet they couldn't play fetch with.
Am I suggesting too much Facebook and its ilk will turn us into pets. In a word: yes.
I know I go on about QA being full of idiots - mostly because it is full of the terminally lazy - and I agree that FarceBook and Twatter don't show the human race at it's best.
But ... maybe I'm an optimist (ha!) but I don't think it matters. Throughout human history, we have had those who can think, can write, can create or do things; and those who manifestly cannot, despite an enormous amount of self belief.
The difference is that now not only can anybody shout at the world, but that everybody is almost forced to shout as loud as they can, even if the most original thought they can conceive is "I ate a sandwich" and to an extent - even a large extent - that drown out those few who use the media well.
I think it's a "transitional phase" that we are going through as a species, and that when we get out the other side we'll be better humans as a result.
Mind you, I could be wrong: I don't own an iAnything; any Nike or Adidas trainers; my clothes don't boldly advertise any company or sports team; or even boast an alligator on the pocket so by many peoples definition I automatically am...
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