Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sea shell twist

Here is a twist on the old "She sell seashells" tongue twister.

She sells sea shell sushi by the sea shore.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Contentment and comparison

The more you compare yourself to others, the less content you will be with yourself.

-Jeff Delinck

Many people are not completely happy. Especially if they are looking to earthly things like food, money, and popularity to satisfy them. There is a certain enjoyment that they try to attain. If I am only seeking for my own enjoyment, I know when I am enjoying myself, or I am happy.

The minute I start to compare myself to others, however, I might find a person who is enjoying himself to a larger extent. Either he is watching a larger TV than me, he has more leisure time than me, he is healthier than me, his grass is greener than mine, the list is extensive.

However, if I am doing what I know is the right thing, and doing it to the best of my ability in my current situation, I should be completely happy that I have done what I could and feel no need to change that.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Network tools and categories

There are some buzz words trying to categorize some of the offerings on the internet. First, some definitions.

Media: Text, pictures, video, and sound.

Audience: The recipients of media.

Social: 2 way interactions with groups of people. Among business associates, this is also called networking. The social audience is typically a dozen to the low hundreds.

Advertising: Announcing news with a pointer to some content.

Broadcasting: 1 way information dissemination usually to an anonymous audience. The audience of broadcasts can be scaled up to thousands or millions.

  • Facebook, linkedin, and Myspace would be examples of social media.
  • Email among personal contacts is also social media. It is sharing media with contacts.
  • Email lists sent by companies is broadcasting and advertising.
  • Chat rooms and virtual worlds are social interaction, not social media.
  • Webcam chat rooms, like stickam and justin TV are also social interaction.
  • YouTube and blogger, wordpress, et. al. would be examples of broadcasting to an audience. Although there are comments, I don't consider the initial post to be the beginning of a conversation.
  • Twitter can be many things. From a personal account with a small group of followers, it can be considered social media. If the account is corporate, it could be advertising.
  • Shared bookmarks (such as delicious and digg) are also advertising, not "social bookmarking".