Archive for the 'Reality' Category

Life, the universe and…

Keith October 11th, 2007

“Hey, did you hear the joke about the Zen master who ordered a hot dog?”
“He said, ’Make me one with everything.’”
    – Cris Johnson, Next

Mythical Creatures

Keith October 1st, 2007

They come in the night. 

The only way that you know they have been is when you come into the office the next day, and notice that things on your desk are just not quite where you left them.  The phone headset is dangling off the edge of the desk.  The paperweight has been moved.  The puzzle ball has had a piece knocked out, and you have to remember how to put it back together again.  Nothing ever seems to be stolen, or actually broken – yet.

Some have a theory that the visitors are real people – that they are cleaners.  There is no evidence to prove this theory.  Things are no cleaner.  Like other items on the desktop, any visible dirt has just been rearranged, not removed.

No-one has ever seen one of these mythical creatures.  All we have is the evidence that they have visited in the night, and departed, leaving only the enigmatic evidence of their passing…

Who are you?

Keith August 7th, 2007

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.  Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

 - Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

Although it has been around for a while, I am just starting to hear a bit about the use of Second Life as a training environment.  I certainly support anything that associates learning with fun, and this sounds like fairly serious fun!

It seems that Second Life provide a lot of support for education.  From a quick Google around, it seems that applications can include learning games, simulation-based learning, system training and suchlike.  One application that looks interesting is a Teamwork Tester.

Disclaimer – I have not yet entered the world of Second Life, and I will be the first to say that I will only be qualified to comment on it once I (make the time to) get inside and have a look.  I obviously need to do some more work on this, so this post will not dig very deep!

However, I would be interested to find out more about how well Second Life works in an organisational training environment.

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Get used to the 21st century!

Keith June 8th, 2007

They crowd your email inbox all the time – the jokes, funny pictures or links to YouTube videos.  You also get the hoaxes – the fake virus warnings, Nigerian scams, edited pictures and phoney videos.

If something looks real, but turns out to be fake, is it any less funny?  A video that did the rounds late last year raised another question – when is a fake not a fake?

It looks like a TV news item.  Bart Sweeney, a journalist with an American accent, introduces us to “This edition of Spotlight on the World” from Copenhagen.  He refers to the Danes’ “tolerant and casual attitude toward just about everything”.  However, Bart tells us, they are becoming less tolerant of speeding motorists. 

He then shows us an innovative solution being taken to address this issue: “speed control bikini bandits”.  These young women do “whatever it takes so that motorists pay more attention to the speed limit.” 

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Reflections on family

Keith March 29th, 2007

“Everyone has a family – even if they are only fictional.”

- Renée

Nothing is what it seems

Keith March 15th, 2007

“Everything you have seen here has been an illusion.”
 - Eisenheim 2007

“If the main theme throughout my writing is, ‘Can we consider the universe real, and if so, in what way?’ my secondary theme would be, ‘Are we all humans?’”
 - Philip K. Dick 1957