Hello and welcome to the week, this week I am going to talk about the US presidential race, seeing as this will take the main stage for the next year, and our lack of proper winter here, and the heavy snow fall in New York, it’s definitely a time to look longingly across the pond!.
So from the off I think I think I will talk about the democrats this week, a nicer start as the republicans are such a bag of noisy cats, it’s going to take to time to figure out what they are actually on about. So will this be Hillary’s year? Continue reading The Week, 24th January, 2016
Hello, this week I have been pondering on apps and the “free” tag line that is synonymous with a lot of entertainment we consume and is free always the best way?
I have been looking at the app industry for a possible future endeavour I have come to the conclusion that the tag line of “free” can have wider impact on us than just the benefit of something ‘free’. I suppose it is fairly interesting and the way the world has gone in the last 8 years or so with internet based products such as facebook, youtube and the like coming to dominate their representative genres and both are free! I can see it made sense when both were being set up to be free, facebook being a system set up for social interaction in university and using university servers so students could keep the actually cost minimal. However, the huge Continue reading The Week 12th April, 2015 #19
Hello again to The Week. I am sorry I’m a day late but you know Bank holidays and Easter kind of took precedence. Anyway I’m back and I’ve been pondering on the environment or more specifically, good clean energy. With energy needs at their highest ever in human history, is enough time, money and expertise being set on trying to create a sustainable energy supply or are big oil companies and the old guard that do bank roll a lot of our governments putting their own greed before the wellbeing of our descendents and our planet? So to delve into this question, we best start at the beginning.
Most of us should, by now, know what global warming is and how our own energy needs impact on the world around us, if you don’t then, briefly, global warming is that due to green house gases our planet has a steady rise in temperature, meaning for us, possibly the end of life as we know it! That is it, plain and simple. If you don’t believe it is a problem then there is nothing I can say to you on this but, accepting the premise that is is a problem, let’s move on from what it is and look at the facts Continue reading The Week 6th April, 2015 #18
Hello. So this week I’m going to talk a little about mental health. I think it poignant that this is being alluded to after the Lufthansa crash this past week. From what I have read, seen and experienced, and I know my friends have too, it does seem that mental health is somewhat of a modern phenomena, obviously that is not to say that mental health in its variety of forms has not been around since man first discovered fire, but in the last few decades, since the end of the second World War, it has become a more common occurrence. Just in the UK 1 in 4 adults are diagnosed with some sort of issue of the mind, but let me clarify here I’m not talking about serious cases of mental unbalance or anything of that nature, what I’m referring to here are the issues that can be helped yet do affect a huge amount of people e.g. depression, isolation things that are usually triggered or compounded by society rather than a chemical imbalance of the mind. Reports coming out are pointing to the co-pilot having issues although why he chose to take his own and everyone else’s life aboard that aircraft is a mystery. It is a shocking and despicable crime that he can never be forgiven for. However, suicidal tendencies are increasing, fortunately most people are not so narcissistic Continue reading The Week 29th March, 2015 #17
Hello to ’The Week’ – this week I’m going to delve in to the world of books and, to put a finer point on it, being a writer. From my small grasp of it, writing is a delight! The ability to conjure up anything you want and pen it down is hugely liberating. Creating worlds we would love to go to and people we would like to meet, or even we wish we were. I think everyone should do it more often for themselves. The teaching of English in schools can be improved to have more creative writing in it. I appreciate that it is a difficult subject to teach but if we changed our approach to language and make it more individual, more exciting Continue reading The Week #16 15th March, 2015
So this week, I thought I would talk about the state of universities in the world and if a degree is even worth the paper it’s printed on.
I think the best place to start, as always, is the beginning. Gaining a degree or higher education has, for a few hundred years, at least been the stepping stone for young adult of the upper echelons of society to broaden their horizons. It was also the domain of real genius’, not the mensa phoneys, but real forward thinkers and creative flames, who may not have had the best start in life and Continue reading The Week 8th March, 2015
So hello, it’s been a while, I’m sorry. I have been busy flying and working and writing – Anyhow – I thought for this Tuesday I would talk about the news of a computer programme that will make gamers obsolete, yep you heard me right, a programme has be designed to play games, learn and adapt and become better at said games, at the moment it is just old games like pong and the like but it is incredible. Reports have shown that the programme is 20% better at the games it plays than a human player can do but what is astonishing is that the programme is ten times better than humans with other games like minesweeper and the like. Ten times better than us! Continue reading Tech Tuesday #3rd March 2015