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News wall paper

18 Feb
Newspaper fire orange

Newspaper fire orange (Photo credit: NS Newsflash)

I woke up just some minutes ago and “ideed” (I fouled an idea). Have spent the last six months redecorating a newly bought flat. All the wall papers are bought, but I realized our built-in wardrobes lost any appeal they might have had.

With some decoupage techniques I’ve got, I want to glue newspapers on the doors and get them a bit lively. Googling around I found that there are some ready newspapers-patterned wall papers, they are quite mechanic with a little news repeating on an on.

My idea was thus, to start gathering in some way newspapers from all over the world, with local news from different countries, in different languages, and with advertisements in.

I want this news corner to be unique and meaningful. That would make my bedroom news collection/collage to have a personality, and some news that were selected and had some meaning to those who sent me them.

How to do that?

How to get those newspapers?

Social media, dear reader. That is how it has to be done. So, if you read this post so far, and are willing to send me a sheet of newspaper from your city-tow, I would be really thankful. I intend also to refund you with costs for sending it by snail-mail.

Please, e-mail me if you are willing to be part of my collection.

sonialindblom (a t) gmail. com

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Stiod Sharing – Double screened computer

5 Jun

Do you know that thing people insist in calling privacy?

Great you still remember what it is. Oh, no, no… it is not only that thing you read in terms of use in websites… no, hum… that means more.

Back in the past, privacy was also about oneself. You had the ability to seclude yourself, and reveal your activities on your will basis. Bygone time…

We are growing sharing people. And the necessity to share our activities (facebook, tweeter, wp…) is not that new, but day after day it gets easier and easier. Imagine now that you are sitting with your laptop at a library of café, people in front of you just turn their eyes towards you and l-e-t-t-e-r by tetletter what you are typing, reading, browsing, because the back of your laptop displays a screen identical to the one you see while using your computer.

That is Asus proposal while releasing Thaichi. A double screened computer. It was designed to turn a tablet into a computer or vice-versa in a simple way — by opening it (or to transform a computer in tablet?).

I think this is the great stiod when you thing of education – teacher can go around and check what students are doing by checking their second screen without going behind or side by side with students (digression – remember how flattered I got when a programing teacher came behind me while I was in secondary school. I was so in love with him, and his arm would often rubbered my shoulders or something when he would point something out in my screen – OMG! I used to whisper to myself).

Very helpful also for group work  co-workers or advisers and advisees can sit in front of each other and discuss things, as well as see them equally comfort just while see each other face to face while discussing.

“Not that there’s anything wrong sitting next to each other, but this looks much better”

Jonney Shih – Asus (from BBC.co.uk)

Oh, and the grumpy opening to this post? aren’t you against this losing of privacy?

I do believe the opening of the second screen is optional – or am I stupid (regardless the title of the blog)? The losing of privacy makes me concerned not about Asus gadget, but about people will use it. Just as I love dock stations and hatehatehate when people use them to play out loud they annoying or nice music in the bus or the train while I’d rather solve my dearest crosswords. 🙂

The forbiden words list

29 May

Recently I read at the Telegraph that it is not a good thing to use the word “obesity” since it carries negative meanings. (here)
One week ago or a bit more, newspaper in Sweden go mad because of Prime Ministers saying of “ethnicity”. (here, here and here)
A couple of months ago, a dictionary writer went sued because he gave the derogatory definition of a word in his dictionary in Brazil. (here, here)

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That is such a desolating situation! The episodes in the prologue above just give us a starting point to see that this political correct issue is way hard. That is because we cannot be all sure about the words and terminology in our own languages because there will be people scrutinizing deep inlet meanings of so far ordinary words. Those people will get offended or understand all the other speakers should get offended by listening you to say shameful words.

The stiod is also a dare: To create a list of words deemed to negative understandings. I have some ideas for names:

  • The black list of prejudiced words.
  • The cursing vocabulary.
  • Unpronounceable  and unwritable  words
  • Banished words list

All of these make me remember a short story I read years ago written by Pierdomenico Baccalario. It tells a story of  Li-po. He is condemned to wander around the world eating paper and drinking ink, after he utters the secret word. I did not find anything about the story in English though I really tried. Perhaps there is something about it. I come back later if I find some.

“Let’s do it”, instead of “Just do it”

22 May

Just Do It

Supposedly everything is easy enough to be done with goodwill. It is well spread that whoever does not have great achievements just did not want fair enough. And here was the culture of labeling the others “losers” grounded.

Don’t let me blame nike’s add for all the illness derived from such way of thinking. Let me blame our western culture of sole winners, number ones, etc. Your vital necessity to win/ achieve  is not an individual demand but part of our collective unconscious. The goodwill culture goes (almost?) always from us to the others.

How many orders do we give in our day-by-day? “Do so”, “why don’t you do that?”, the government who does not  do this etc.  Just do it!
Way many times we also hear it, all the time: the boss, the mother, father, teacher and moreover – from no one. From this huge underlying pressure we have since we are breathing – no matter if we are sleeping of awake.

What are we doing to other’s unconscious? Harm, of course. That is the mentality behind the “just do it”. And the assumption that if you can’t it is only due to you not wanting to do so. And this harm is done even by those supposedly willing to help: lose weight, feel good, believe in yourself and all this things that are stuffed into our mind by self helpers, priests etc. Just DO it. Yourself, if you want to win!

How many times do we say: “let’s do it”?  When we are the helpers and not the helped. Moreover, what does “helping” mean you? Self affirmation or collective achievement?

So, today’s stiod is a broad campaign. Change our mentality slogan from “just do it” to a challenging “let’s do it”. Let’s fight child slavery, Let’s support self-esteem, Let’s work together. Stop adhering the slogan whenever the invitation is not looking at the collectivity, unless in changing the collective unconsciousness of self willing premise by helping another self.

Stiod Sharing: Talking Dictionary for Endangered Languages

22 May
Logo for Wikipedia:WikiProject Endangered lang...

Logo for Wikipedia:WikiProject Endangered languages (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I read gladly of this idea for saving memory and existence of small communities languages with a talking dictionary. That is of great importance because of preservation of endangered languages and moreover to saving their own sounds. So far we had the creation of grammars and some written dictionaries that does not help as much to preserve the language itself. Who of us can recall the real Latin? Every group has its own way of pronunciation of this now only written language   as a matter of fact.

It was only the good and old Latin who died. There have been said that every two weeks one language dies around the world. But how is in important to notice.

A language does not die alone. The culture it is related to dies as well, the sense of community and the pride for the ethnicity it represents dies as well. A language is the mark of a motherland. Why do languages die, is a long long question to be debated, but I believe among other many reasons that people’s unwillingness to declare and/or believe that there are different ethnic groups, different branches of culture into a same country is killing many languages – and many cultures.

Some language thinkers believe that things exist because they are named. One passage that describes it can be found in  Through the Looking Glass (Chap. 3) by L. Carroll. Alice comes to the wood where things have no name. There she cannot distinguish anything, nor herself as a human being or the so. Isn’t our not giving name to things making them un-existing so to say?

Similarly if small communities stop naming the things with their own names, or even naming themselves they will slowly stop existing. As there is never absolute synonyms there is not absolute translation to things, as the way I perceive one thing is sure other then you, dear reader do.

Well much of a reflection by now it is only to give my perception of the necessity of helping these small languages to keep on existing and as a consequence keep the memory and pride of their using communities.

Stiod Opinion: Striptease incentive for teenagers’ learning

21 May

I’d agree it is difficult to find means to teenagers get into the mood of learning, homework etc.

A TV channel in Brazil then decided they found a way for it. They get a weekly competition with quiz about different areas of knowledge. Three girls stand dancing. Each girl for representing one boy. Each time a boy answers the questions correctly a girl takes out one piece of clothing (hope you can see that from your place check here).

I just saw the program for a while as a matter of curiosity. In the beginning of the game, the boys were doing much more right answers than in the end. Perhaps because the girls had for little clothing.

It sounds absurd to me having a contest where kids (under 16 year-old) are exposed to so sexual suggestive images. I mean, it is not that incentive one would like to have to their children – or again am I too old for the world I live in? Take me somewhere else, then.

Soon will students require their teachers or tutors wearing sexual costumes so to look at them? Or just sit on their boring student desks and wondering how the teacher or classmate would look like in underwear.

Unacceptable, sorry.

 

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