Jords & Mads

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Category: techie stuff

Almost every time I log onto my laptop,

I automatically take just a minute to skim through my Facebook newsfeed. Then I quickly check my email to make sure I haven’t missed any important updates on assignments from professors or funny forwards from my dad. After that, I log onto both of my blogs (one for news and one for fun) and read a few updates from bloggers I follow. If I have time (and sometimes even if I don’t), I search for pretty pictures on Pinterest or tweet a couple of lines. Sometimes I simultaneously have the latest episode of a favorite show streaming through Hulu on TV, or I’m listening to a playlist on Spotify or iTunes. Finally, I start a paper, download a PDF to read for class, or begin whatever it was I logged onto my laptop for in the first place–that’s usually when I notice a text on my cell phone waiting for a reply, or maybe it’s a calendar alert reminding me to stick our latest Netflix DVD in the mail. Lately I’ve been wondering, should I get a tumblr? Or do I have too much social media going on already?

Okay, so maybe my laptop use isn’t always that dramatic. I am online a ton, though, and lately I’m noticing how hooked I really am on the world wide web. A lot of times it’s for my major — it’s what Comms is all about — but I’m setting a new goal to make sure more of my time online is constructive than not.

This talk by Elder Bednar and this talk by President Uchtdorf both focus on using social media in positive ways (not to mention the many mentions of it in this past LDS GC). I especially related to Elder Bednar’s point about the adversary wanting to minimize the importance of real-life bodies by persuading people to live online–it reminded me of a drawing on my freshman dorm’s quote board (in case you were wondering, yes, I re-created this with my masterful Paint skills):

And it reminded me of this funny clip from “He’s Just Not That Into You” (which I saw edited on the plane back from London, so I’m not sure I’d recommend it or not):

Anyway, there’s some techie thoughts for the day. Ultimately, I love technology and social media, but I’m setting a new goal to make sure I focus on “things that matter most” and “things as they really are.”

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just about a decade behind

*imaginary drum roll in my head*
Introducing the nerdy side of my husband:
(it’s much more prevalent than we typically admit)

Anyway (dramatic entrance over with) the nerdy side of Jords brings out the nerdy side in me. Probably because he’s so into this book he’s reading right now that I’m practically reading it, too. (You’ve had fair warning, feel free to run from this post.)

Anyway2, sharing pieces of this book has (unintentionally on Hubs’ part) humbled me a bit. The author, Malcolm Gladwell, talks about how it takes 10,000 hours of doing something to become an expert at it. He said it takes about ten years to clock those hours of practice.

His example? Bill Gates. (Told you I’m on a techie kick.)
“By the time Gates dropped out of Harvard after his sophomore year to try his hand at his own software company … he was way past ten thousand hours,” (from Gladwell’s The Outliers).
His other example? Mozart. People talk about how good he was when he was six and then jump to his masterpieces in his twenties, because it took him all the years in between to practice.
Here comes the humility — I’m not sure I can think of anything that I’ve intentionally focused on for over a decade of my double-decade life. Have I even been shaving my legs for that long? I’m thinkin’ not. Maybe I’m lacking a particular passion in my life. Or maybe I need to pick up knitting, now. We’ll see.

On a similar nerdy note, who thinks Hubs should buy me a blackberry playbook? I like that they multitask.

photo from Google images

not the banana kind

It’s interesting to see the ways our church is growing technologically — I’ve had this on my brain today because my family’s home ward split into two wards, and we had the weirdest powerpoint-style Sacrament meeting ever. Not that the meeting itself was weird at all; actually the meeting felt more like a blender filled with we’re-excited-to-progress feelings and we’ll-miss-our-friends feelings. {Okay horrible comparison, but a smoothie sounds great right now.} Just weird that there was a powerpoint, ya know?

Anyway, I saw this one article through LDS Living on how church members around the world can tap into the Mormon Channel — pretty interesting. And there’s this other article, also through LDS Living, by a Catholic writer who’s into our contemporary marketing ideas. Maybe it’s my major, but I like belonging to a church that uses modern media to spread an eternal message.
P.S. Man, four posts in one weekend? Must mean Jordan’s working too much.