I meet all kinds of people who don’t enjoy what they do. They simply go through their lives getting on with it. They get no great pleasure from what they do. They endure it rather than enjoy it and wait for the weekend. But I also meet people who love what they do and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. If you said to them, “Don’t do this anymore,” they’d wonder what you were talking about. Because it isn’t what they do, it’s who they are. They say, “But this is me, you know. It would be foolish for me to abandon this, because it speaks to my most authentic self.”
It’s about passion, and what excites our spirit and our energy. And if you’re doing the thing that you love to do, that you’re good at, time takes a different course entirely. […] if you’re doing something you love, an hour feels like five minutes. If you’re doing something that doesn’t resonate with your spirit, five minutes feels like an hour.
While trying to resolve a minor technical issue recently, I was surprised to find a partial resolution to my issue on WikiAnswers which concluded with these words: "For other models, ask a teenager to show you. Most of them are technologically fluent." In the field of information technologies, the Digital Natives have the answers... Broadly speaking, in terms of demographics, a strong distinction already exists between what various authors have described as Generation X, Generation Y and Generation Z (or Digital Natives) resulting in a substantial digital divide when it comes to usage and fluency with information technologies. In an effort to bridge that gap, Get Your Folks Online was launched last week by Google Ireland in partnership with Age Action Ireland. The website features a selection of short courses for beginners and "improvers" that are broken down into small manageable chunks (Using the computer, introduction to the Internet, e-mail, TV and video, … [Continue reading]
Readability implies "a quality of writing (print or handwriting) that can be easily read" according to the definition. Readability is also the name of a web and mobile application that was mentioned in the OL Daily earlier this month and which I find fascinating. What it does is very simple: it de-clutters a web page from colour (and optionally picture), from flashing ads and banners, sidebars, badges, feeds, messages, hyper-links and basically from any elements that will "distract" the reader. It strips the structure of the page back to a single column of pure content, like a .pdf document with very large font or like a(n) (e-)book page. The application can also convert hyper-links to ... footnotes or send selected articles to an Amazon Kindle. CC Vermont Historical Society - Flickr Is this not a sign that web design has come full circle and that a lot of the "newly" designed web pages I come across today tends to simulate and reproduce the paper-based book … [Continue reading]
In the last few weeks or so, two links highlighted in the OLDaily have stood out for me as wonderful and fresh outlooks on learning and creativity and how both processes are intrinsically linked together. The first one is a blog post by Austin Kleon, author of Newspaper Blackout , writer and blogger. How to steal like an artist (and 9 other things nobody told me) could read like another bland list of 10 tips on creative writing, it is however an excellent reflective piece on the creative process at work. While it is well worth going through the full post, here’s a highlight of the main points: Nothing is original, everything is a mash up or a remix of previous ideas. “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love” Goethe. The best way to collect ideas is to read, read, read. Start making stuff. Write the book you want to read. Use your hands, a pen and a paper; writing is a physical process. Put your stuff on the internet and share your passions. When you … [Continue reading]