Third of All Women Pick Cells Over Sex" said the teaser on my Yahoo
home page, so of course I clicked and read it. That's not all they reported. In
addition to noting the cities in which roughly 1/3 of the females said
they'd give up sex before they gave up their cell phones, this recent
study reported that 80% of cell users spend up to 20% of their waking
hours IM'ing, while more than a third of all respondents said they
prefer texting to talking live. Some will see these stats as the death
of civilization as we knew it. Draw your own conclusions; I merely
convey the data. Rest of story is here.
(slightly modified version of a similar post on bouncingbabyboomer.com)
My delayed return to posting here has been less about the holidays
and more about my mood. I have been too depressed by the financial mess
to say very much upbeat. So to drop kick myself out of the doldrums, I
am going to think out loud about some things that prick a few rays of
light in my clouds.
Let me free associate to see which top dozen things come to mind.. .
My Top Dozen Rays of Hope for 2009
12. That Obama will take office on 1/20/09 (to feel even more encouraged about his readiness, read this candid Time profileif you haven't seen it). . 11.
That we are seeing so many well-tempered minds in high places again and
it is no longer un-PC to admire an extra-strong intellect . 10. That when I want to just escape and forget for a bit, there will soon be new episodes of old faves on TV (House, Lost, 24, Galactica, and [eventually] Mad Men) . 9.
That there seems to be an emerging return of mutual respect on the international stage, both towards
us and from us. I do get the sense that many countries are
now sincerely cheering us on (except where not). . 8. That there is more and more accessible science content in print and on TV (e.g. SciQ and Brink
on the Science Channel [check your listings for the Discovery family]). Whatever the challenge, from economy to
environment, we all will need a stronger grasp of how complex
systems tend to operate. Meanwhile the nation is
also gaining a clue about how big a difference healthy eating can make
(a la Michael Pollan and Matt Goulding) and this awareness will pay back from our waistlines to our pocketbooks and help us make headway in health care too. . 7. I see increasing traffic on intelligent web sites (Salon, Slate, NYT, Wired, Seed) where good minds can cross-pollinate good ideas with a hope they will compound into wider understanding. That goes double for the Science blogs (too many to list, but nudge me if you want a list). . 6.
Encouraging headlines in health and medicine remind us almost daily of how much we
have already achieved and how much more is coming soon (watch for
another Top12 list this week) . 5. That already we are remembering how it feels when less turns out to be more. . 4.
At my own desk, I am grateful every day that Windows XP is still alive,
cloud computing is getting so good, that so much of the Net is still
entirely free and that there is often something on You Tube to make me
grin (e.g. RoombaCat) . 3.
On the serious side of the street again, I am also grateful we are
gaining perspective on how we got into this financial mess (such as
this Mea Culpa from a meeting of economists and this lookback from Stein, and these comments from Kristof on the upside in the down) even if we sure still dont know what to do with it. . 2.
I also appreciate that so many people in positions of power are
becoming more comfortable saying, "I don't know, but together we will
figure it out." Global warming might be helped quite a bit just from
the resulting reduction in political hot air. . 1. Did I mention that Obama takes office in just a few days?
Hearing about Numerology among the Chinese viz the Olympics got me to musing about "Namerology" as revealed by ourselves on the Internet.
In an era where it's so easy to go ego-surfing, it 's natural to start wondering if those who are "name twins" share anything more than the obvious correlates. This goes double if you think your own first and last is not entirely common.
My ego surfing has had a few surprising twists. First was the fact that my maiden-named self was much more common (and active online) than I would have guessed when I first looked in the 90s, and some of them were up to things (example below) that might make my mother blush. Then on the flip side in later life, I found that my later-named counterparts were also much more numerous than I would have guessedd, which I suppose I can count as a blessing for privacy.
Over the years, I adopted assorted handles and pen names for various aims, but now it's starting to seem like a good idea to add a twist to your sig if you want a high ratio of signal to noise around a specific identity. Unless you want the "real" you to live 10 pages deep in the list of Google hits, your primary name online needs to make a mark of some kind.