Second Best?

I get it quite often. People tell me they wish more people were like me. Friends have said it, females have said it, males have said it, people just like me in general. But I’m nothing special really. I mean, yeah I like to think I am, but I just do what my heart and brain say to do. I try to be caring towards everyone, I like to make people smile, I like to entertain people, people can trust me, and I’m just respectful. Does the fact that many people wishes others were like me mean they have settled for second best?

 

Why settle for second best? Perhaps by avoiding people that are not pleasant we should make a stand against it. Support the notion of being kind, respectful, etc. I mean, if you were ostracized because you’re a jerk, you would probably take a look at yourself and try to be less of a jerk.

Ladies. Why put up with a boyfriend that continues to do things that bother you? Either talk to him about it, or, as they say, gtfo. The more you keep negative energy within, the more you attract it, let it flow.

I know that I am not the only respectful person out there. Sure, they are growing thin in numbers, but that’s because we allow it to happen. But respectful people still exist, however, as long as you keep the jerks in your life it will repel the good people. It’s sort of like dealing with the positive/negative energy thing. Negative repels positive. You have the choice to keep the positive and banish the negative. YOU dictate the people you surround yourself with. Don’t settle for second best, you are fueling the spread of this disrespectful nature.

I’m only special because we have supported the spread of negative energy. We created it, and we can stop it.

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Let it Be… Again

Let it be that I may fill this glass

Let it be the bully in class

Let it be the Beatles too

Let it be she really knew.

Let is be he walked away,

Let it be I still hear him say.

Let it be for love that is lost

Let it be the northern frost

Let it be your freedom to speak

Let it be the havoc you did wreak.

Let it be, Mohammed did preach

Let it be so did Jesus teach.

Let it be you or me

Let it be we are all free

Let it be yourself in all

Let it be even when you fall.

Let it be the villains of peace

Let it be the victims deceased.

Let it be the inside job

Let it be the wall street hog

Let it be the one percent

Let it be the Kennedy that went.

Let it be shootings of schools

Let it be government fools.

Let it be the power of art

Let it be the power of heart.

Let it be new world order

Let it be the lost soldiers.

Let it be breaking up

Let it be California cops.

Let it be gangs or drugs

Let it be angry thugs.

Let it be white or black

Let it be taking everything back.

Let it be all the hate

Let it be the candidate.

Let it be the death of stars

Let it be the disease SARS

Let it be cancer, and all the others

Let it be the grievance of mothers.

Let it be highschool drama

Let it be relying on karma.

Let it be fate and chance

Let it be the blood of Lance.

Let it be the terrorists

Let it be throwing fists.

Let it be losing touch

Let it be taking too much.

Let it be abortion rights

Let it be the Hollywood lights.

Let it be homosexual or straight

Let it be Duchess Kate.

Let it be world wide riots

Let it be meaning nothing by it.

Let it be economic crisis

Let it be vote bias.

Let it be online piracy

Let it be feeling mediocrity.

Let it be oil drilling

Let it be excessive billing.

Let it be to your debt

Let it be not living yet.

Let it be natural disaster

Let it be the puppet master.

The World that WE Created Part two

I liked the idea of a whole series of blogs about the world that WE created, because we have done many positive and negative things, and it is interesting to observe these changes. So without further adieu, this is what I think about the world that WE created concerning  the evolution of what consider “socially acceptable”.

Alright. I have to admit to something first. I asked girls out on MSN as a teenager. Yeah, I admit it, and back then that wasn’t really a sign that you had swag, but boy have things changed. Now, not only is it “Socially acceptable” to ask someone out over Facebook, text, or instant messaging (of course it is still SUPER UNCOOL to break up using these methods), but also, internet dating has become something far bigger than any of us would have admitted even five years ago.

This is another world we built. Once again it is very accepting in this aspect. We don’t judge people for asking others out online or through messaging services anymore. What’s particular funny about this though is that something that was super uncool years ago is now pretty much everyone considers cool or just ‘whatever’ about it. I would be willing to bet that anyone reading this has asked someone out by means of one of the mentioned methods. It is amazing how rapidly socially popular things can change, just look at where fashion has been in the last thirty years for example, or go even fifty years back. Geographically that’s not a very long time, but holy smokes have things changed.

Back to my main point however, also notice how rapidly online dating services have changed recently and how much they have grown. Millions of people are using online dating, and eHarmony and others have their own commercials now for crying out loud! I just get sick of being told how they met over and over, they make a commercial too personal you know? Anyways, getting side tracked again. Millions of people are still using these sites and meeting significant others and it is astounding that this too is becoming “socially acceptable”.

This change of pace has me feeling even more hope for the future. Sure, more things will be uncool tomorrow, then maybe the next day it will be fine. Change can be good. This is something I wish to highlight through this series of Blogs. Despite all the bad in the world, we are also opening our minds to more things, and moving forward in what is considered socially acceptable, or socially unacceptable. Freedoms are becoming something we fight to protect, and isn’t that what life is all about? Now when I look back at my teenaged self, I don’t really consider that as uncool as I felt it was at the time, now I consider it a bit more like me being the start of a new outlook.

The Nation WE Built

This is something I believe President Obama would endorse, and agree with.

I am proud to be part of a nation that doesn`t discriminate. Whether you are of different race, religion, or even what your sexual preference is. I am glad we have gone so far as to prosecute politicians that speak out against gays. Let`s keep this going towards the future. We are the future, we can make it end all together.

I am proud to be living in a nation that we created. A nation that the media could not prevent the growth of, that church could not defeat, not even got himself could stop it. This is a nation that support the homosexual community.

Many people tried to prevent this revolution. It took so many years to open up our minds into accepting the homosexual community, and so many wrong punishments towards it have now been abolished. NO LONGER can a man running for power in his country (Canada or America as I live in North America) say anything that belittles the homosexual community. If a politician or corporate, or banker say things like this now, they get in trouble.

The church has been against homosexuals for years. Long have they prosecuted men and women wrongly, but no longer. The majority of people in the world today are completely against this form of intolerance, and even better, most churches have homosexual members. And if any church was notorious for being against homosexuality, it would be on the hot seat as well and would soon change, or fall by the way side.

This has been a long movement towards the future. I believe as we move forward we will gain much more acceptance of each other as a united human race one day. They call it gay pride, well I may not be gay, but I am damn proud to live in a nation that is accepting and supportive of the homosexual community. It has been a step in the right direction, now let’s keep going people!

Education Proclamation

People often talk about how hard school is, or how hard learning is. Well, I’d like to respectfully disagree. Not only for the obvious point that if you do what you like, anything is fun and easy, but I will delve more into what it makes easier, and how the only thing is doesn’t help, particularly in British Columbia, is the wallet.

Post Secondary leads to a better life. This is a broad statement, but what I refer to is the fact that it opens up opportunities, MANY opportunities just by having a diploma. It shows employers that you are more trainable than others in that you can pick up a skill quickly after being briefly taught. This is a skill many don’t have, even some that DO have post secondary education, however, it does significantly help with applying places. Not just jobs either, careers. Never again will you have to work a 9 to 5 if you chose not to. School allows you freedom to chose a field that better suits your sleeping patterns, work preferences, etc. again, simply by having that little magical slip of paper.

Post secondary helps you meet new people. I can’t tell you how many new people I have met through school, many being new friends, friend I am sure I will keep for the rest of my life. Friends that will go on to do great things as well. Friends I will work with in the future. Friends that can introduce me to even more friends that strive towards the same distant, yet, attainable goal. A wise man once said life is like a box of chocolates, and what is a box of chocolates with only one chocolate in it?

LEARNING in general increases intellect if you’re doing it right. Chances are if you’re reading my blog and keeping up to date with it your intellect has improved (haha). But if you’re watching Jersey Shore and reading Snooki’s book while following tabloids on the side, chances are you are REDUCING your intellect.

 

Personally through my experience in advancing my English skills, I have gained a broad sense of our language, and have adapted an outstanding vocabulary. Friends of mine are often shocked at my ability to use words, and that I don’t always use big words when they find out just how extensive my vocabulary is. However, I don’t type like it often because I do not speak like it. In today’s day and age, most people have a very minute knowledge base of their own language, and that’s okay (well not really, but whatever). It’s my job as a writer to acknowledge this fact and bend my own words so everyone understands. However, my point can be summed up easily. I don’t know how many times I’ve avoided sounding like a jerk by saying someone lacks intellect, rather than saying they are stupid. This is because if I say someone lacks intellect, most people won’t know what it means, and the ones that do will still take a few moments to think about it, giving me enough time to run for the hills in case they throw the first punch.

All in all, education is the best thing we can do for ourselves, or if we are lucky, the best gift our parents can give us. I consider myself lucky to live in a country that allows such educational opportunities and a world of freedom once my eyes fully open. And ultimately, the tuition and textbooks can be next to nothing in the grand scheme of things. To end things off, I will quote another movie, my favorite movie, in saying: You know, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.

So go out, get educated, avoid tabloids, and have fun. You only get one chance to prove you’ve got IT.

NHL 13 Midnight Wrap Up

This is my final post today. I wanted to end on a brighter note than my 9/11 Remembrance.

Last night I went to my first Midnight launch as a customer. I had worked them before, but never actually gone to one to buy something. And boy was it exciting just to be there.

Mr. Sedin himself

The launch was for NHL 13, and it was at Metro Town Mall. There was 3 line ups going on and I must admit, I had to talk to a security guy AND the manager at that EB Games to understand which line-up I should go into, as I was buying Battlefield 3 Premium, not NHL. Everyone lined up was super excited, especially the people that got to meet, get photographs taken with, and get an autograph from Henrik Sedin, the Swedish captain of the Vancouver Canucks. The captain of the hockey team of my favorite, and in my opinion, the most beautiful city in the world. I must admit, even I would have been very excited to have had the chance as well if I was there for NHL13. But I did get to see him, and his manager told me to come back tomorrow, because (he said) they were only selling NHL last night.

 

Aside from the senseless rudeness of this man in a suit, it was a great night. The atmosphere was thick with anticipation and celebration. People lined up this year as they had the year before, and the year before that. As someone who is a huge fan of the sport of Hockey, I must also admit that I’ve never purchased a hockey game, but this line up alone made me wish to change that fact about myself. For even a rude man in a suit can’t change my outlook on one of my favorite hobbies, and communities as well: The world of Gaming.

I can see myself going to more midnight launches just to go to them. Even if I’m not that interested in the game, it’s a cool way to talk with other gamers (it can even be freezing at times). It’s also a great way to talk strategy as I once overheard at a World of Warcraft midnight launch at future shop on my way home from work one night. Events like this bring us together rather than have us chatting over a mic from the comforts of home, and though that is appealing, we all need to come out from the shadows once in a while.

Click here to watch the IGN review of NHL13:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vVQvzq_cBM

 

Also, side note, if you’re a fan of Borderlands, or Call of Duty, look forward to those midnight launches coming soon. It’ll be worth the wait!

What I remember on 9/11

This is a hard time of year for me, as I am sure it is a hard time of year for everyone. We all remember 9/11 and what we were doing that day. Where we were that day. We remember the second the first tower got hit, we remember the second the second tower got hit, and we remember when it all came crashing down. New York wept, as did the world. And today is the day we remember it whether we want to or not.

I was fortunate enough to not have anyone I know and love in New York at the time. Nobody in my family was in the towers when they fell. But that doesn’t mean I am not affected. For a millennial, this event was the single most traumatizing news event in the world. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and that picture of the towers smoking, burning, and crumbling says even more to me. I never thought I would watch lives end on national television, but that day, the smoke and dust was eerily reminiscent of a spirit ascending to the heavens.

Take a moment, and watch some footage in a moment of silence with me. (Approx. 10 minutes.):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVhhu5OjMf8

 

As a kid when this happened I must admit, I didn’t take it seriously. My first thought when I got home and flipped on the television after a day of school was “Where are my cartoons?”. I was easily bored of the repetitious footage, and didn’t understand what it all meant. Oh, the innocence of a child. But then I learnt more about the events and who was affected directly, people in my own town, firefighters that rushed out to help in New York Cities time of need. I learnt that all air traffic was halted, and that people who thought they knew what they were doing admitted to complete failure that day. And I also heard stories about a potential government conspiracy.

 

So, believe what you want about 9/11, whether you be a conspiracy theorist, or you believe in the terrorist activity that lead to the towers collapsing. No matter what race you are, no matter where you are from, and no matter who you are, remember today, even if you don’t want to. The only way to move to the future is to acknowledge the past. We need to prevent against things like this happening in the future, but we shouldn’t give up our fundamental freedoms to do it. RIP all those lives that were lost Eleven years ago today, we will never forget the tragic, untimely end to your lives. And we will never forget those twin towers.

 

Share this article if you made it to the end, share it if you had a tear in your eye, but ultimately, share it to remember.

Valve Glass?

Today I will be doing two or three blog posts. This is because there’s a lot I’ve been meaning to cover, but I’ve been  extremely busy with the new semester at Douglas College. This first blog is going to be about Valve and their step in a new direction.

 

For those of you that don’t know valve, you’re probably a member of the baby boomers, and I apologize for making you feel ill informed, but I shall enlighten you nonetheless. Valve is a video gaming company that specializes in computers, and has THE GREATEST online store for PC and Mac games anywhere called Steam. Valve has always been about taking big steps, not just in their games, but into the next world of gaming starting now.

Valve recently released a beta to what it calls “Steam TV”. This basically has your computer hooked up to your television and allows for the use of controllers a la xbox, ps3, etc. This idea is a step in a new, uncharted direction for valve, but I am sure it will work out just fine for them. Earlier this year, and even last year, people assumed that Valve was working on a top secret console on their owns, however, I believe this beta is the closest thing to that without the people being correct. Touche Valve, touche. However, people were right to ponder the typical console theories as Valve has indeed been working on some new hardware. The news about this hardware has recently been released on Kotaku, IGN, and various other great video gaming news websites, as well as The New York Times, and more. What was released is not only revolutionary, but it is what gamers have been dreaming of for many, MANY years.

 

Valve is moving into the realm of a gaming headset. What this means for gamers, as well as… well… basically everyone, is basically a step towards virtual reality. How many people can say they wish they could just put on a headset and be whisked away to another place while on break at work, or naptime for the kids? Probably everybody. This idea really takes what Google started with their Project Glass (which I brainstormed previously) and takes it in a new direction. I am excited as a millennial that in my life time, not only will this technology be released, but it will ultimately be perfected within my life as well I imagine. I am very excited for the future, and can’t wait to follow Valve on this project in particular, as well as future groundbreaking projects that I am sure will come from them as well.

For more news on Valve, follow me on Twitter @Duffladcyre to be kept up to date.

 

Google Glasses Idea

Adding on to what I had posted earlier, let us look back to the technology world.

Last night I was brainstorming of ways to push google+ into the future, and I thought of the Google Glasses.

https://plus.google.com/+projectglass/posts

For those that don’t know about this project, please click the link above, because this is what I will be discussing specifically.

What I thought of was allowing the user interface to support streaming to those that desire, and stream it right onto their google+ accounts. How awesome would it be if your parents were on vacation in Italy or something, and wanted to stream you a tour of a particular site, say, The Colosseum, they could live stream it to share across Google+. This idea would be interesting as well if it also allowed for live streaming of criminal activity for example. Maybe the police would utilize this for a swift punishment tool. To launch the glasses they could, for example, have sites in Time Square and across other major cities where video from their respective location was bouncing around to all of these other places, and vise versa. They could even experiment with the cloud, the potential is limitless. These glasses allow some really interesting connectivity. The likes of which we have never seen. In a world where accessibility and communication is key, these glasses can be that key.

Food for thought.