You wonder how a modern airliner can just disappear? The ocean is a very, very big place. I remember just how small I felt when I was in the Navy every time we went out to see.
While we spend billions to fight terrorism the number of victims of terrorism pale in comparison to the numbers of victims who died due to domestic violence. Why is it we pay so much attention to an event that exceedingly rare while murders that happen in our communities regularly barely get a reaction?
This is wrong.
I don't really enjoy telling people No. But, given all the requests on my time, if I don't I won't do anyone any good. There's some good advice in this piece.
Here in Texas, Keller Police have posted the areas they will be working traffic enforcement to their Facebook page. I think this is great. If the point of traffic enforcement is compliance and not revenue generation why not? I bet they still end up writing quite a number of tickets.
Government transparency is good.
I had a conversation the other day with my daughter about the interconnectedness of our lives. She had been relating an incident from her school day where a schoolmate of hers had made some hurtful comments about another student. My daughter was flummoxed because the schoolmate was unconcerned about whether these comments might make their way back to the other student. Given just how connected today’s digital native teens are, the likelihood that this would get back is pretty good.
I then told my daughter about the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. You know the one, where you name an actor and work out how they are connected to the actor Kevin Bacon. The premise of the game is that nearly any actor in Hollywood is connected to Kevin Bacon in six degrees or less.
The game is such a meme, that Google even got in the act. Type the name of an actor and the words “Bacon number” into the search engine and you’ll get a lesson in just how interconnected the world really is.
I had recently read an article about the great actor Charlie Chaplin. He got his start in film in America in 1913. I decided to see just what Chaplin’s Bacon number was so we punched it into Google. The search engine dutifully reported that Chaplin’s Bacon number was “two”.
Holy crap! Two? Here’s what Google worked out:
“Charlie Chaplin's Bacon number is 2: Charlie Chaplin and Walter Matthau appeared in The Gentleman Tramp. Walter Matthau and Kevin Bacon appeared in JFK.”
An actor who got his start in Vaudeville and the silent film era was connected to an actor popular one hundred years later by just two degrees of separation! We are much more connected than we realize. Social media demonstrates this very easily.
I am always amazed by the fact that people I know from one area of my life are connected in some way to people from other areas of my life. We don’t always recognize these connections. It takes something like Facebook to demonstrate just how interconnected we really are.
You want to know why you should stay positive on social media? Just how many degrees of separation are there between you and your boss or between you and a potential client?
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