Sunday 2 November 2014

Message Received Loud & Clear ; Think before you respond to an email, The Terminator is 30 & Visualised thoughts and feelings.

I recieve anything between 100 to 200 emails a day. Those are the ones I see in my inboxes, across various email accounts. It used to be twice that, but I had a good spring clean about four years ago. There's probably about half that, which go into the spam/junk folders, and of course out of the aforementioned figure, some of those are just cold call type sales related mail.

Then of course, new friends, client/business emails occasionally end up in the junk trough, and I go through the junk folder ad-hoc and occasionally catch them. I've no idea what algorithms are used to sort the wheat from the chaff, so I do my own dilligence as already mentioned  All in all, it's a lot of information to plough through on a regular basis. That's why this, caught my eyes :-

Before You Respond to that Email, Pause

I've already talked about procrastination here,  and that's not the scenario in this situation. This is more about thinking things through, which although sounds obvious, is food for thought. 

Years ago, when I studied to be an I.T. systems guy, part of the syllabus track I took involved the learning of nettiquette ( or internet ettiquette), which sounds a bit comical now, but consider how rapidly we mostly respond to any sort of interactivity on the internet these days. If you're a social media user, it's very fast indeed. Again, I've gone into this at various lengths in other articles and posts ( such as here, for instance), so I won't go into it all over again at depth. But I will say that counting to three or even ten, and re-reading the content before sending out any sort of response is a very good idea indeed.

Speaking of counting, it's now 30 years since a particular cyborg landed on our screens, and turned a world champion bodybuilder into a hollywood superstar :-

'The Terminator' turns 30: Time to revisit the sci-fi classic

It's ironic now, looking back, that even those involved in the film never thought it'd be as successful as it was. Maybe the odds were stacked against it on paper, but I think it captured the zeitgeist in a different way. Or rather, it captured the darker side of the 'what if?' scenario that may well have loomed in so many people's minds, with the advent of rapid technological progression from the late 1970's onwards.

The video game market had exploded and permeated into everything, thereby facilitating a growth in silicon chip based technology investement, all across the board. Ironically, although the first video game crash had already happened by the time the film was released ( and another is being mooted about now, if the write ups are to be believed), the tech explosion was here to stay, and home computers were becoming more powerful. Apple and the PC revolution were still some years away, but the paranoia that a fully automated world could create, was obviously generating questions in many minds.

James Cameron went on to make three others and a fifth one is in production as we speak, but for my money, nothing captured the vibe so exquisitely as the original. I can still remember watching it on VHS tape and being stunned, shocked and confused at the ending. It was like nothing else at the time; great visually and with a synthesizer/electronic based soundtrack.

Speaking of great visuals and what they can represent, here's a slab of goodness to end on :-

35 Visually Expressed Thoughts and Feelings by Carlos Lang

Beautiful. If each of these were a postcard or set of cards, I'd buy them. 

And on that note, it's time to empty my pockets a little for a new blazer ( or Sports Jacket).

Maybe a herringbone finish. Black I think, as I already have a blue one. Actually I have two blue blazers. And then there's the other 14 or so jackets which are more for..

Time out. 

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