Category Archives: Interesting Theories

Bar Camp Experience

It was a fruitful experience yesterday.

Bar camp was held at one of Suntec City’s meeting room. Google that and you will probably find everything you need to know.

I went without expectation. I did do my homework and note down the different talks that I took interest in.

These were the talks I attended:

1) “Learn how to draw by using both sides of the brain” – JF Koh

2) The quickest way to improve at anything by Guyi Shen

3) “Rubik Cubes For Geeks” by Hong and Benson

4) For smart geeks: how to explain difficult concepts to lesser beings – coleman

5) (Tech) Tools to Personal Effectiveness (aka how to be more BAD ASS) by James Norris

6) Point-Out – A Twitter Client for Powerpoint, or how presenters and educators can keep the conversation going. – Richard Korff

7) Solutions for the power hungry Geeks

8) Your Film Sucks So why should I care

9) Central Asia – A Photographer’s Journey by Kim Lau

10) Into to design thinking and how to find true love – coleman yee @metacole

11) Means Motives & oppoortunity for innovation by John Young

12) The 4 hour work week – a personal journey

I never realized how many talks I went too till I actually list them down.

Shall be posting up some learning points for the more useful ones in a bit!

 

Social Machines.

Not too long ago, my team and I shared on the topic “Social Machines”. The title itself probably sounds pretty self explanatory. So did terms such as “Continuous Partial Attention” and “Continuous Computing”.

Many were confused with how “Continuous Partial Attention” differed from “Multi- Tasking”. We spent quite a bit of time discussing and these were some of the points raised.

1) Positive & Negative Connotations

When the term “Multi-tasking” was introduced, it pretty much had a positive connotation to it, and it’s often related to efficiency. While “Continuous Partial Attention” has a more negative connotation, referring to how we get distracted with multiple inflow of information, thus reducing our concentration levels.

2) CPA is the kind of attention we use today

As Amanda simply put it, “Continuous Partial Attention” happens when information from different sources keeps flowing in. You could be at a conference listening to a presentation while reading articles online. While “Multi-tasking” often involves doing several things at once, not necessarily receiving information from various sources and it requires very little cognitive processing.

3) Result of Multi tasking

In a nutshell, as Leon witty mentioned, “Continuous Partial Attention” can be seen as a side effect to “Multi-tasking”.

Much queries were raised on that day and we had several technical difficulties. But hopefully everyone gained something out of it.

Simplified Learning Points

Continuous computing: Technology integrated in our daily lives through the net

Continuous Partial Attention: Paying partial attention due to constant inflow of information.

On New Communications

A while back my team each presented on their parts for “New Communication Technology”. It has been a couple of weeks, and I thought it’d be a good experiment to see how much I remember from their presentation.

Marcus basically talked about Skype. He was probably trying to explain how the internet is soon to be replacing telecos. This was touched on later during lectures. Its amazing how the internet seems to be doing everything. First it was with text/information. Eventually it evolved to communicating pictures, motions, and videos. Believe it or not, humans would probably be next. Turning into binary codes. (Miss Kwa, if you checked my blog, could you drop me the link to that adv?)

Another member talked about interactive technology. Some examples given were the new technology introduced to television. Jia Hui showed how it’s possible to excess social networking websites through TV sets. But when you think about it, its probably gonna be a hassle typing with your remote, with limited features when using the TV to access websites. Having said that, a new concept I chanced upon seems to put new technology in TV to better use. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEMXLPD4gNY

The basic idea allows for videos to be transfered into the TV sets to be viewed in HD. Well that’s something I’d really want to have. These days, no one watch TV together as a family. With the new capabilities, probably more family TV time?

Finally, Sally spoke about podcasting. Wasn’t enough time to get it all out, but the basic idea of podcasting works like RSS Feeds. You get to be updated about your favourites and download selective videos into your Itunes! After a bit of research, I learnt how you could “Youtube podcast”! http://socialmediauga.blogspot.com/2007/11/youtube-podcasting.html

In a nutshell,

1) You can make calls through the Internet. Soon enough you can do anything with the Internet.

2) TV is getting interactive. Soon enough, every bit of machinery at home is going to be connected to you.

3) Podcast allows you to download latest videos. Soon enough you won’t be surfing the net. News would come to you like SMS.

Maybe that wasn’t what exactly I was supposed to get out of their sharing. LOL.

Connections.

A few days back I met a french  on the train. I was obviously trying to attract the attention of a lady some attention, and to my surprise a french guy came up to compliment my moves.

I showed him a little more in my bag of tricks and we started talking. After a firm handshake we went out of the train and had a chat. In the next min, an Indian family came up to me hoping to see more of what I had because they took notice in the train. Was more than glad to share a few more tricks up my sleeves.

After they left, the french and I had a long talk before we decided to take it to Starbucks. Its amazing how I could even keep up with the conversation.

He was a french philosophy writer who’s in his 60s. Although he didn’t speak well, he could express his thoughts very clearly and I could see the wheels turning in his head.

We talked about life. We talked about religion. Above all, we actually talked about the media.

He speaks of  “words” as creations to help men. But somewhere in time, “words” became independent and men begin to be slaves of these words. That advertisers in particular are using words to manipulate and indirectly influencing our way of lives.

Do you know why are men suffering? Because they have the wrong ideas.

When was the last time you took a walk in the park alone. Without your gadgets, without the music.

When was the last time you could put away your computer and let the thoughts flow in your mind.

When was the last time you wrote.

When was the lasst time you create.

The other day, Miss Kwa mentioned about the two states we can be in while using the media. Active & Passive.

When we in the movies, we’re probably in the passive state of mind. When we are on the net, its definitely active when we are clicking on everywhere.

Soon enough, everything else would grow towards the interactive side. Soon enough, we’d never have a mind of our own. Soon enough, there won’t be a search for greatness and enlightenment.

Conformity Experiment

Do you think of yourself as a conformist or a non-conformist? If you are like most people, you probably believe that you are non-conformist enough to stand up to a group when you know you are right, but conformist enough to blend in with the rest of your peers.

I used to be a good kid in school. I think I still am.

I’d bother to wake up in the morning, and to head home straight after school. My parents brought me up well. (You may disagree, but I don’t care.) They may not have been the best educators, but at least they taught me the basic values and beliefs. To share, to care, to be on time. LOL.

In psychological terms, conformity refers to an individual’s tendency to follow the unspoken rules or behaviors of the social group to which he or she belongs.

But eventually, I don’t pay as much attention to punctuality as before. Why? Because everyone else started to be late. And no one really reprimanded them. Its almost like a loop hole in the education system. It is upsetting when people don’t bother about being on time. It can reflect so much about a person, and yet, many young adults like myself just don’t get it.

Researchers have long been interested in the degree to which people follow or rebel against social norms. During the 1950s, psychologist Solomon Asch conducted a series of experiments designed to demonstrate the powers of conformity in groups.

When I first read about the conformity experiment, I could relate to it pretty well. I’d expect myself to be able to stand on my own amongst the crowd, at the same time, I’m probably the type who’d just conform to the majority.

In Asch’s experiments, students were told that they were participating in a ‘vision test.’ Unbeknownst to the subject, the other participants in the experiment were all confederates, or assistants of the experimenter. At first, the confederates answered the questions correctly, but eventually began providing incorrect answers.

It explains quite a bit about the situation that we’re seeing in classes.

These results suggest that conformity can be influence both by a need to fit in and a belief that other people are smarter or better informed. Given the level of conformity seen in Asch’s experiments, conformity can be even stronger in real-life situations where stimuli are more ambiguous or more difficult to judge.

Conclusion? If you think you’re smart enough to stand for yourself in a group, don’t be late.

http://psychology.about.com/od/classicpsychologystudies/p/conformity.htm

The New Dating Theory

I’ve been hearing a lot from desperate friends who are looking for significant partners. Both males & females alike. Myself included.

Its a problem for many which, in turn made “dating guides for men” one of the best sellers. Books like “The Game” classifies these hungry lovebirds as AFC – Average Frustrated Chumps. Man who don’t get what women wants, and get frustrated every time they see a beautiful lady.

Here’s what I think.

Looking for a lover, is very much like looking for a job.

Do you know what that means?

How many people are really happy with their jobs? Not many.

And how many people really get what they want? Not many.

Maybe you like to sing or you enjoy dancing. What about taking care of animals? Or perhaps you are like me, someone who’s into arts. What are the chances of you doing what you want?

Here’s why I think people don’t get their jobs.

1) They are not desperate enough

2) They are not good enough

How does this apply to “finding love”?

1) If you’re desperate, you sent out hundreds of resumes hoping that someone gives a hoot about it. Your resume is what makes the first impression

When it comes to dating, your profiles on social networking sites are your resumes. You probably need to choose your best photos to attract. People won’t even click on you if they aren’t attracted to how you look.

Its like your cover letter. Its the first impression. It has been proven that ladies who show off their cleavage gets more friends and requests. Similarly these ladies won’t take interest in a guy who doesn’t appeal to them.

In a nutshell, be desperate enough to decorate your profile. People judge base on how it is. If you have little photographs like myself, people assume that you’re either ugly or simply a geek who doesn’t go out.

2) Everyone wants a hot girl friend like Megan. If you hear a guy telling you otherwise, he’s trying very hard to make a good impression.

So, how many out there are good enough for Megan? Dating guides talk about looking your best, and being your best self. To be confident and naturally charming. WTF is that?

Some men are born with good looks. These are the assholes who doesn’t need to do a thing for women to flock over. Others have a natural talent to flirt with the opposite sex.

What about you. What do you have?

If you’re rich, use it. If you have a 6 pack ab, show it. lol. I’m kidding.

Basically we all have to think twice about what we want, and be practical with ourselves. The bottom line is this, if you want someone perfect, you’ve to at least be half as good. If you want to work in a reputable firm, you better have alot to offer.

Just like a job interview, you have to sell yourself! Dress smart, no tight or oversized T-shirts. Speak with confidence &  laugh at everything that’s supposed to be funny.

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To sum it up, looking for a partner is  like looking for a job. It doesn’t pay to work hard.

Work smart, and get laid paid.

– Loyalover

Disclaimer:

Above post is an attempt to be funny while relating back to  “New Media Technology” and “Professional Preparation”. I’m not an expert in dating nor do i claim to be.

Cheers~!

Marketer’s Dream

Its amazing how the net these days creates so much marketing opportunities. There is a whole lot of hype about branding yourself and marketing your business with social media.

Today I got to listen to Stephie Tan about her success. Here’s her site http://fashionation.wordpress.com/

Basically she managed to create awareness about herself, her publications and retain interest among a loyal fan base. She was featured in the papers and prominent magazines too.

Its amazing how she started off as a regular blogger who eventually found a way into the crowds and became noticed for her talents.

A little take away from her talk was about following our dreams. About branding ourselves. About making use of technology. About making things possible with the net.

We all have so much potential that has yet been tapped on.