this is why I've been known to throw a question here on G+ rather than trying to Google the information. Because there's so much more to it than Googling.
This has me thinking a bit about the nature of knowledge. The meme graphic is correct. A lot of what "computer savvy people" do involves research. And one of the best tools is Google. But that misses some very important pieces.
The first key piece is enough familiarity with a topic to know what are important factors in a given problem. Being able to correctly identify the problem, or at least significant symptoms to a problem, is a major step to solving it. Which leads in to the next point... the search itself.
Being able to successfully search isn't the same as being able to search. Google is available to everyone. But the specific terms used to define and narrow a search are very important. So is the ability to quickly look through the returns and determine what is promising and what is a dead end. And then adjusting the search accordingly as required.
This implies that at some point, one does find a good answer that either solves or helps solve a problem. Which then requires the individual to know how to understand the solution as well as apply it. Which again, requires familiarity with the topic to begin with.
The real red pill here isn't knowing that this process exists. It is that anyone can follow it and, in reiterating, gain enough familiarity to become "computer savvy" themselves. Yet this meme has a techie theme (The Matrix) because it is for techies about techies. They know from personal experience that not everyone wants to know how far down the rabbit hole goes.
Seriously, the first question asks "which of the following is your favorite dish?" and offers a selection of only 12 dishes, most of which I have never eaten in my life, some of which I've never even heard about, and none of which is remotely a favourite of mine.
Ones I've actually eaten:
- Hot dogs
- Meat pie
So I've eaten them. They're not my favs. Not even close.
Ones I've heard about but not eaten:
- Dim sum
The rest of the list is a mystery to me:
- Palak paneer (I guess that must be Indian, I recognise the "paneer" bit)
- Pitha (and no, it's not pita, judging by the picture it's something totally different)
- Pho (I'm guessing Far East)
Ergo: I don't belong on this earth. Anyone know when the next spaceship is supposed to be passing by? I'll go get my towel.
we have a scheduled departure to planet NFTP4102 on the 26th moon day of week 13 in the galactic calendar year of MMXIV, passengers of flight X-OH-TICK please report to departure stations two days prior for check-in procedure, complimentary towels will be provided in only blue.
end of public service announcement
also: following my own advice and practising what I preach was an interesting and rather exhilarating exercise. (I keep telling people: it's ok to be you, you don't have to try and blend in.) (I wore my Purim bandana thing to church. The sky didn't fall in.)
also: so so so good having a real conversation with someone who is cool about talking feelings and being real, and who also gave me a piece of very sage and important advice, even though it probably seemed quite obvious to her.
also: sometimes when you're hungry and you get offered something edible, it's easy to be tempted and eat the edible thing even though it is so very totally not the thing you need and it's just going to give you a stupid sugar rush. I need to learn from this. And I have the feeling there's a deep metaphor here about all sorts of things in life.
now to have a little dip in my plus stream.
of course, that's not such a bad thing in my book.
and here's a bit of language/culture trivia for you: when Israelis say "salad" they mean this stuff: salad vegetables chopped up small, with cucumbers and tomatoes as the very basic minimum and then possible additions like onion, spring onions, sweet peppers. (for today's version I did cuc, tomatoes, spring onions and red pepper.) Anything else that counts as a kind of salad we would refer to by a more specific name, e.g. potato salad, rice salad, tuna salad.
When I first came to England one of my culture shocks was having lunch in a pub, where what I ordered was described as coming "with salad", and finding that what they meant by it was stuff like rice salad, and hardly a vegetable in sight. That was just so weird.
Later on I had another culture shock when I learned what passes for a vegetable salad here - lots of lettuce and a smattering of cherry tomatoes or a smattering of halved ordinary tomatoes.
Even later I had a greater culture shock, when going home for a visit and discovering that even in my own country we now do those lettuce pile things. But there's still Israeli salad too - it's just named differently now. (Chopped salad. As opposed to those piles of lettuce leaves.)
Anyway, here you go, my salad bowl, packed and ready to go, about eight hours ago. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being super crazy and 1 being normal, how crazy do you think this packaging is? I'm pretty sure this isn't the way normal people do it. I'm also pretty sure that if husband was here, he'd have come up with a totally different idea. Anyway, it worked.
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