Christmas day is upon me. Family is all around, several generations altogether, we take a moment to remember what it is to be grace-filled, modest, and humble as we place gifts at the base of the Christmas tree as we prepare to give them to others. As Christians, we also take a moment to remember Jesus; we believe that God became one like a man and walked among us. There are noises everywhere with excitement brewing among the little ones as they gaze at wrapped gifts. Uncle Mike needs more work (That’s me), some better wrapped than others, and they are laid out ready to be distributed. Names on little cards indicate who is to receive each.
The Group-B era is infamous, for the sound, speed, crowds, and the flare that the sounds of those fantastic beasts made as they danced through the forest leaving us with “goosebumps”. My favourite group rally car is the the Lancia Delta S4 – (A YouTube tribute to the S4, thanks Petrolicious)
Watching an interview on the cricket coverage, there was an interview with a competitor, and they were discussing fund raising and the great efforts being undertaken. A great interview and a great cause, then the interviewee then said ‘obviously! this is for insert benefiter here”.
Discovery is an activity that happens every day. It’s not only for the adventurer finding new secrets and artefacts in the Himalayas or the scientist diving to the depths of the ocean to find a new species.
The demand and importance on uploads in the post browsing internet era.
The internet rose as a great universal platform for sharing
information simply. A paper, a video or an image could be hosted and then
browsed/downloaded and be enjoyed from a far. For many of us the idea of
browsing online is a common idea. We’ve been given assignment, we’ve researched
through online browsing, written assignments and so on. We’ve jumped onto the
news and read the daily headlines. We’ve jumped onto Netflix and binged on all
kinds of TV series.
To many of us to date this is the reality of the internet;
it is asynchronous, that is we receive a majority of the content and contribute
little back the other way. Since the adoption of broadband and this typical use,
it is no surprise that most connections to the internet are also asynchronous.
We often see internet providers offering ADSL 20/1, perhaps cable 100/5 and so
on. (download = first number/upload = second number)
This past week has been inspiring for many as we witnessed Lady Gaga win the Oscar for Best Original song. She won the award for her popular song ‘Shallow’. Throughout the media the fanfare has seen coverage of the award reach all over the world. Further, this excitement has been celebrated that much more due to her speech which many feel to be even more inspiring, epic, encouraging, and hopeful.
One notable part of her acceptance speech resonated with one and all.
“And if you are at home, and you’re sitting on your couch and you’re watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work. I’ve worked hard for a long time, and it’s not about, you know…it’s not about winning. But what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There’s a discipline for passion. And it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down, or you’re beaten up. It’s about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going. Thank you!”
Just listening to these words, seeing the media coverage and celebration, I want in and with such words being said…. I can be like that too!! And the secret as Lady Gaga has revealed to us all, we have to work hard and not give up.