Text vs Voice

Electronic devices are now part of our every day life. 10 years ago pagers were very popular, now we hardly ever see them because our little cell phones now have that functionality and a lot more. I still remember when a cell phone had to be carried in a briefcase because of it size. Some of you might even remember the cell phones that looked like a brick and were just as heavy. Now days no one would want to be caught carrying one of those.

With pagers we used to have codes to communicate with each other. I am sure you remember how people used 911 but it was never an emergency, it was always fun to freak someone out if they had a pager. I remember a certain dialer script that would page someone constantly. It seemed like text was the way to go back then.

Little by little cell phones starting to get cheaper and easier to carry, everyone now had a cell phone and it became the norm to talk on the phone everywhere during the 90s. It seemed that you could not escape a cell phone conversation in any public place. I am not saying this is not still happening, maybe I have become somewhat numb to that fact and it does not annoy me as much because I do it too.

I say at the start of 2000 the pager made its second entrance, with two-way pagers. Something that reminded more of a kid’s toy that used to send text across a room, than an actual consumer device. A lot of cell phones also added this functionality to their repertoire. During the next couple of years it seemed like “texting” was all the rage.

Computers started using text communication from day one. It was only logical right! Computers for a while were thought of just upgraded typewriters. Text was the medium that was used the most once computers allowed us to talked to each other. 14.4k modems really did not allow for much data to be transmitted, but that changed during the 56k era. It seemed that more and more people started using both voice and video chat. I never really did much of video or voice chat, I stayed with text as a norm. Now with broadband it is very easy if you have the equipment to carry on an actual voice conversation with even video.

The standard with computers and most of its users to communicate is instant message (IM). High School kids race home to IM their friends instead of picking up their cell phones and making conference calls. Even corporate America has started to use IM systems to let their employees communicate.

Then there is the gaming community. It is very common now for people that game to use a gamespeak or ventrilo server to have conversations with others during games. I still think that most people still use text messages during the game, but depending on the type of game voice is picking up even more. Fast paced team combat is much easier when you are talking instead of typing.

The invention of what is now called a smart phone marries the functionality of the “texting” of a two-way pager, all the features of a cell phone and the IM and email capabilities of a computer. I do not have one of these devices yet, and personally I switch from voice to text all day. I like text better than voice, but it seems like more and more with technology advancing the way it does in our age, that it will not be a logic option to communicate via text. Voice will eventually become the only option, especially once it is married with video in a portable way. I am sure a high school kid has no concept of what turning a knob to change a channel is, think of the future when your grandkids will look at you funny and ask, what is a keyboard?

What a difference a month makes

About a month ago I was feeling down, you can read that on this post, not quite depressed but was getting there quick. The holidays were coming and all I wanted to do was run down to Colombia to be away from it all. I did not have a reason to stay here for Christmas, not even my family who I dearly love.

Then you get wrapped up in something that is not real and make some stupid decisions that cost a lot. At least I now have my sanity and dignity.

Leo Buscaglia

Leo Buscaglia a wonderful author and so much more. Here are some of his quotes that I really liked. I am sure I will elaborate on a couple of them in the future but for now I just want to share.

“Change is the end result of all true learning. ”

“Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.”

“Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life.”

“I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be. You can also stop and say, No, I won’t do it, I won’t behave his way anymore. I’m lonely and I need people around me, maybe I have to change my methods of behaving and then you do it”

“I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate – it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn.”

“I’ve always though that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way.”

“Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.”

“Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie’s man’s only promise.”

“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love. ”

“Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself.”

“Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.”

“Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. ”

“Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong. ”

“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.”

“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.”

“There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.”

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ”

“What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.”

“What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.”

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”

Run Lola Run (****)

It’s difficult to create a film that’s fast paced, exciting, and aesthetically appealing without diluting its dialogue. Run Lola Run, directed and written by Tom Tykwer, is an enchanting balance of pace and narrative, creating a universal parable that leaps over cultural barriers. This is the story of young Lola (Franka Potente) and her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). In the space of 20 minutes, they must come up with 100,000 deutsche marks to pay back a seedy gangster, who will be less than forgiving when he finds out that Manni incompetently lost his cash to an opportunistic vagrant.

I think that foreign film is not just underrated but also very underexposed. It is not only fast paced and full of action, but the soundtrack never lets you go. Techno playing in the background with lyrics that are haunting (“I wish I was the hunter.”) that Franka Potente actually contributed her voice to.

The movie is beautifully shot, with excellent camera work as well as a still picture effect for different story lines that is very captivating. It makes you just sit there in expectation of what is going to happen next. I have not seen a film that has gotten me this excited since Boondock Saints. It should be available in your local video store, go rent it!

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD

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National Treasure (***)

Starring Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Jon Voight, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Justin Bartha, David Dayan Fisher, and Christopher Plummer. Nicholas Cage stars as the brilliant treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates in who discovers a secret from our nation’s past that will lead to the greatest adventure in history. (Disney)

Even thought I did not have super high expectations about this movie I was excited to go see it. The subject matter of treasure hunting has always been one of my favorites. Thanks Indiana Jones. Also the Illuminati undertone is always interesting, that being a very interesting subject to me.

The movie was paced just about right. There was a couple of scenes that did drag more than they needed to but it picked up again quick enough to keep me interested. Nothing too impressive on the special effects, what we did see fit the movie. It was overall very entertaining, really cool for kids. I give it 3 stars. It is not something you have to watch in the theater unless you have the money burning your pocket.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD

buy at Amazon.com