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The 2K11 24/7 CCXXI: Stone Soup — Power in Numbers II

We are a world full of individuals. I am different from you, and in turn, we’re both different from any third person we choose to bring into the equation. But there’s a VAST difference between BEING an individual and LIVING OUR LIVES individually.

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The 2K11 24/7 CCXX: Oopsie.

Previously, when I’d made the mistake of injuring my finger, I did a series of voice posts on mistakes I’d made. But what about making mistakes in a more general sense?

Sometimes you’ll forget that one thing. You know — you forget the thing that may seem inconsequential, but may have bigger impacts than you expected?

Examples:

  • that thing your significant other asked to you do before going to bed;

or how about something that’s at least a little more common in MY life:

  • that thing your significant other has IMPLORED you NOT to do for the bajillionth time?

Yeah… I’m usually the light guy. Or the forgetting to make the bed guy. It’s never intentional — the mind simply gets beleaguered with all the thoughts it dares to think.

Guess what, though — we all make mistakes.
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXIX: Welcome to the Internet. (Please enjoy your stay.)

Ever since my family got a high-speed Internet connection way back when, I in turn have always found ways to keep myself occupied on a computer.

I totally understand if you don’t get it — I’m an offshoot of a nerd. As a child, I spent summers inside writing stories instead of playing outside with the neighbourhood kids. I’ve won a handful of spelling bees. Been playing video games since before I was even going to school. The nerdiness runs deep. But it’s often the nerds who forge first into uncharted territory.

So unsurprisingly, if you spend a lot of time on a computer, you tend to come across a lot of crazy stuff on the Internet. And if you’ve missed out on much of the hilarity/insanity/WTF-ness that the Internet has to offer, worry not; someone was kind enough to compile them into a couple of lists for you:

http://youshouldhaveseenthis.com/
http://www.youshouldhavealsoseenthis.com/

Everything on those lists have had their 15 minutes of fame at one point or another — this is stuff that you usually can’t PLAN to create; most of the stuff that goes viral is due to factors outside of the creators’ control. Or they plan them and become one-hit wonders. But it doesn’t make them any less amusing.

So go forth. Partake of some Internet. And when you do, tell ’em Casey sent ya.

–Casey E. Palmer

219/365

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The 2K11 24/7 CCXVIII: The Invisible Guest

So my travels have taken me to Montreal this weekend, where a former coworker of Rami’s (and a good friend to us both) has been kind enough to let us stay with his family for the weekend. This isn’t something to be taken lightly, though – if someone else is going to let you stay where they sleep, there’s things you should and shouldn’t do in order to be a bud and not a burden.

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The 2K11 24/7 CCXVII: Increase Your Value

Ever notice the people who come out to a party and the whole room takes notice? They’re the life of the party. They know all of the major players in the room PERSONALLY. They enter an event with a sense of PRESENCE and POISE. It may seem like they’re part of a secret club that’s impossible to enter. Or that they might have been born into a situation that gives them a better advantage over your unseemly self. Really though, the rationale behind the difference between them and you is simple – YOU NEED TO BRING SOMETHING TO THE TABLE.

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The 2K11 24/7 CCXVI: Judgment Day

We too often tend to make quick judgments of others based on their shortcoming rather than take the time to think about it and celebrate the things in which we excel.

It’s easy to hate. It’s easy to whine, complain, point fingers or speak ill of others.
But the easy path is sometimes the worst to take, as the rewards from traversing the path fraught with discipline and perseverance can be sometimes FAR greater.
So how do we stop? How can we stop imposing prejudices on others and start respecting each other for the things we CAN do well?
Here’s a few steps we can try:
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXV: Just Chill

Sometimes you’ve just gotta slow the pace down and see where life takes you.

I scribbled this post out on the bus — note: it was the wrong bus, it took slightly longer to get home; but after a testing game of Ultimate Frisbee in the rain, I welcomed the rest any way I could get it.
We’re a bunch of busybodies.  We spent all our time telling each other how busy we are, wearing the burden like a badge of honour. We try to fit as much as we can into our days, because there’s an increasing awareness of our mortality and the finite nature of time.
But really — what’s wrong with just sitting back, taking a deep breath and letting the calm wash over you every now and then?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Do you know what’ll happen if you stop and take a little “me” time here and there?
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXIV: The Hot Mess of Email

Part of the reason why we’re so busy these days is because we’re so damn accessible. It’s at our places of work, it’s on our phones — ever since email started getting big in the late 90s, it’s just become more inescapable as time passes. It’s a convenient tool to keep in touch, keep records of our conversations for important information and for sending pictures, video and music.

But it goes the same way that any other form of communication goes eventually. Letters that you need to write back. Calls you need to return. People you need to visit. And now it’s a whole list of emails that you’ll probably never answer.
So why do we do it? Why do we rely on all of it so much?
Because as time passes and our urges to know everything, be everywhere and never miss out on a single opportunity increase, we feel the need to be connected at all times.
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXIII: The Vicious Cycle of Consumerism

The more you get organized with the things around you, the more you discover things that need to be dealt with. In this case, coupons. Groupons. Gift certificates. Items with a shelf life that can be used… for more stuff?
That’s why I found myself hitting up Shoppers for bonus points with a coupon for toothpaste and a $10 gift card from a past visit. I was trying to optimize the buying I had to do by making sure that there was a chance of it being a LITTLE less costly on my next visit in.
But I think it’s completely possible to overdo it.
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXII: Just Ain’t Right

Some days I’ve just gotta face the music — I can write about an ideal world, I can imagine what it’d be like if everyone did their part to make it all a better place — but sometimes it’s quite the opposite.

Sometimes the world doesn’t make any sense. People acting irrationally and irresponsibly. Getting in bad situations with bad reasons. Or sometimes, it’s simply senseless acts of violence.