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Google has the functionality of a really complicated Swiss Army knife, but the home page is our way of approaching it closed. It’s simple, it’s elegant, you can slip it in your pocket, but it’s got the great doodad when you need it. A lot of our competitors are like a Swiss Army knife open – and that can be intimidating and occasionally harmful.
- Marissa Mayer
The above statements have been pouring in from scientific studies across the world. This is their essential premise: that multitasking between emails, Facebook, Twitter, TV, mobile phones, tablets and gaming consoles have made us perpetually distracted and a scatter-brained race. Not only is the
new era of information technology making us less creative and more muddled – it’s put into place a permanent change in the way our brain maps information, how it retains it, which parts are used how and even the size of the brain is going through a metamorphosis. Very scary, right? Wait, there’s more.
Shallow and fried
The first news of this came when a series of articles and a book was released by Nicholas Carr. His argument was that ever since the advent of the Internet, we as a human race have been becoming more stupid. His book (The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember) made some very compelling points. Taking himself to be the guinea pig, Carr said that over the last few years the way he read and absorbed books was completely changing. He said, “I was losing my own capacity for concentration and contemplation. Even when I was away from my computer, my mind seemed hungry for constant stimulation, for quick hits of information. I felt perpetually distracted.”
- What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (contemplatingtruth.wordpress.com)
- Is the Internet Really Making Me Stupid, Crazy, and Constantly Distracted? [Ask Lifehacker] (lifehacker.com)
- Turning Into Man Machines: Nicholas Carr’s “The Shallows” (shorequalblog.com)
- Don’t Delete Your Stupidity. Fix it. Facebook Rolls Out Comment … – TechCrunch (techcrunch.com)
- The art of tweeting–Jasmine’s Tech Dos & Don’ts (reviews.cnet.com)
- It’s Important To Have Dreams (winextra.com)
- Google isn’t making us stupid, we are (theengagingbrand.typepad.com)
- Don’t blame Twitter when journos tweet stupid things; blame stupidity (stevebuttry.wordpress.com)
“Being an optimist after you’ve got everything you want doesn’t count. ”
- Quote of the moment, Daniel Boorstin channels Kin Hubbard: Pretension to knowledge more dangerous than ignorance (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- In Search Of: The Truth (5440fight.com)
- Quote #24 (ilikethesequotes.wordpress.com)
“Don’t bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill. If you don’t feel well, tell your doctor, but not the marketplace. If you need money, go to the bank, but not the marketplace. ”
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Pete Sampras is in the news — in an active role and a passive one.
Roger Federer won the If Stockholm Open equalling Sampras’ record of 64 career titles.
Along the way, Federer passed 900 career matches —- the only current player on the tour to do so.
An interesting bit of trivia is that Federer has never retired from any of his matches.
This is hard evidence of his durability and mental toughness.
Federer’s powers may be on the wane but his popularity with fans endures.
The Stockholm Open did not offer any real challenge to Federer but sometimes the less challenging ones are harder to win.
The event also saw the debut of Thai star, Paradorn Srichapan.
The top seed in the event was Swede Thomas Enqvist.
This is one tour when the also-rans can get their own sweet measure of revenge for the many defeats inflicted on them by their better counterparts in their heyday.
Greg Rusedski boasts of just one win against the 14 time Grand Slam champion on the ATP tour.
Image by duncan via Flickr
Kochi meets the deadline?
There have been conflicting reports in the Indian press and media about the proposal submitted by the Kochi consortium to the BCCI.
The Times Of India (TOI) reports that the Kochi franchisee have requested an additional ten days to come up with a resolution of the ongoing dispute among the consortium members.