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Saturday, February 27, 2010

A weird winter...

Is it normal to miss winter in February? I remember in a previous post in this blog which i'm totally ashamed of , (so my blog was hacked and it's not me who posted it), i the person who hacked my blog said that i he/she doesn't care about global warming and weather changes and that's it's no big deal...but today i'm forced to deny and apologize on what i that person stated!
I do care about what's happening, and it's totally affecting me and the people around me...
I'm not a winter person, i hate the rain and i hate freezing and having to wear layers and layers so that i look like a snowman who's still freezing... but i do miss it, and i'm not ready yet to leave winter behind me and move on to the next season...

Winter of 2010 forecast : sunshine with few rain drops every now and then

Everything seems lost and disoriented by this schizo weather:

  • Every single time time it rains, we witness a global panic attack on how to drive when it's raining (as if that's something we really need to add to our excellent driving habits)...traffic and accidents everywhere and then the moment we get the hang of it...it's SUNSHINE!!!
  • Nature has totally lost it...since mid January we have the spring flowers blossoming, autumn leaves falling and insects that are supposed to be hiding all winter found everywhere!!
  • You go to shop for clothes and there's not one stand alone piece that looks more or less winterish... it's either missing one side of the sleeves, both sleeves, a stomach cover,etc... you need like 3 pieces to come up with 1 layer of clothes! It's like fashion predicted we're not having a real winter this year!!
  • When it's sunny outside, you don't know if you should go out and enjoy it or pretend it's not happening because you've had enough of it
  • The concept of a storm has totally changed this year, the definition becomes : less sunshine with few rain drops and a bit of wind...a storm doesn't last more than 1 day!! and when it's over you can totally hit the beach...
  • I don't know why in this country we like to stand alone and always be different...the economic crisis hasn't hit here neither the harsh winter that every single country is suffering from...I wonder why skybar and white haven't opened yet!!
It's sad because the outlook of our life is changing...winter is needed by everyone to take a break from the running that usually happens during all other seasons and enjoy the warmth of one's home and those hibernating activities...but you don't get to do them because it doesn't look like the right context for it...Warm weather and sun shows you that you should have the energy to be active while winter gives you the excuse to pull the breaks and do what you enjoy doing most in your own nest...
Lately the moment you hear there's a storm coming you jump from joy, plan a getaway weekend in the mountains so that maybe you get stuck in the snow, or you prepare a cheese and wine evening...or decide you're not going out because it will be raining and you feel like watching a dvd at home...

The thing i used to love the most about February, is the excitement that it's one month away from spring...but haven't we been living spring all winter?!
It's sad when the things you were used to since you were a kid, things you thought they didn't made a difference, change, and then again i say i'm not a winter person, but i like to long for my favorite seasons...i like to miss them, and i like to have each of the 4 seasons since it was one of the things we're proud a lot about in our country...

Hoping it's just a weird winter...and hoping we keep our four distinct seasons.. and i'm already looking forward for next winter!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Manage privacy...

It’s really ironic how much we care about our privacy, sharing things about us only among our friends while our whole life is currently running naked on the web... I would think twice before adding someone i barely know on facebook, while the facebook administration knows about me more than i know about myself!
The web knows about me more than my best friends will ever know in a thousand years; Google directs me to check what i would be interested in reading and Facebook points out who are the people i know and gives me incentive to contact them! It's really impressive but from another perspective things look really scary. I mean i stopped thinking, stopped memorizing, stopped making an effort to make an extra step since google will do it for me anyway so why bother!
If there's no google reader, delicious and the web browser's bookmarks i wouldn't really know what i'm interested in (yeah again blame it on my memory issues). I admit that with the load of information we're getting daily, these tools are needed yet i don’t know how much we’re become dependent on them to the point that they became part of who we are!

I’m one of those people who rely on technology alot, i save everything online, share the most private things about me with my close friends online and trust that whatever i search for and my browsing trends are part of my privacy rights and are not saved and monitors anywhere... Fact is that they are, and that concept of privacy is a virtual rule!
I keep emailing my friends all day even thought most of the times they’re right in front of me, i follow my friend’s movement on google maps to see how much it would take us to meet, rely on calendar reminders and facebook to remember birthdays and appointments and rely on my phone to withdraw money coz no way on earth i’d remember my cards security code! Yet i'm still considered a basic user, since i still keep some aspects of my 3D life!
I sometimes wonder what would happen to me if facebook ,MSN and google closed...i'll be mourning my friend's list, my life's data (and my blog of course) and i wouldn't know how and where to start over! And i should be glad my phone device is still functioning coz at least i'll keep some clues about who i am and what i need to be doing and who my friends are!

I’m not trying to create this rage against the machines idea, (the web world is what i do for a living after all) but i’m starting to have trusting issues in the relationship here! It’s changing our human nature in a way that i forces me to wonder how things would be 10 years from now! With 10 years worth data about me, google will start to tell me when i should eat and when i should use the toilet!
Maybe we should take a step back and reconsider and evaluate how much we should maintain and keep from the human to human relationship because the LOL generated on the web is nothing like the actual meaning of the abbreviation in 3D... and the sad face you send on MSN (even though i love and it's so cute) doesn't really bring any reconciliation to whoever your sending it to!