Bibliophile #3

 

Books have influenced lives in all sorts of ways. But we don’t often hear these personal stories.

Call Me Ishmael is an inspiring project that encourages readers to anonymously share their stories.

The stories can be inspiring, funny, weird, beautiful and awkward, but all are meaningful to listen to.

I encourage you to share your experience with a book that changed your life!

Mine was a book by the name of Tory Hole by Louise Hall Tharp. Tory Hole was a book I read for English class in forth grade. The book was a historical fiction, my first delve into that genre. This book was about the American Revolutionary War located in what is now Darien, Connecticut, which is where I was going to school at the time. Most of the events were based on true events that happened down the street from the school. We even went on some field trips to the locations in the book.

Tory Hole inspired my love of history. It made me see that history is not just a distant story but something living and apart of us, that no matter how far away in time or distance history may seem it affects al of us. It made me feel directly connected to our country’s founding and freedom, which led me to, on my own, become a patriot from a very young age and with great understanding.  When I read it I was suffering from double vision at the time which led me to hate reading because of its difficulty. This book made history fun for me and I read it gladly.

Chicken or the egg ?

What came first the chicken or the egg?

I personally think as far as sayings go in the English language this one is the worst. Why ? Because there is honestly is no valid question in the question. Of course the egg came first ! It is not possible for a chicken to appear out of no where instead chickens evolved from other species of birds (which evolved from reptiles).

This saying is one of my biggest pet peeves so I just had to share it.

We should use words in the this question that we actually don’t know the answer to.

For example:

What came first matter or the big bang?

What came first space or time?

What came first wealth or value?

Whats happening in your hometown?

Starting on a slightly unrelated topic I am going to stand up on my soap box for a second. If I had to chose one social issue to be passionate about it would be creating an educated electorate in the United States. What does that mean? Getting rid of ignorance, being scientifically literate while also having a well rounded background in the humanities, cultivating an American culture that places importance on creative and critical thinking.

I think the media has done a lot of damage to our electorate, but one media outlet I love is Aljazeera America. They are one of the few sources of true journalism we have left.

Now onto the news I want to share to you!

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Check out the link above!

As a resident of New York City I am very excited about this story. NYC is welcoming the future ! Old payphones… ugh they are so last year. Now what if all payphones were WiFi hotspots and phone charging stations? I am honestly surprised this is just happening now.

I mean how many times has your phone died on the way to meet a friend for dinner after work? Well soon you can just take a deep breath and charge your phone on the sidewalk.

I am not sure how much I love the idea of Google taking up the offer of being the company to provide this. Don’t they have enough of a monopoly on tech business already? Do they need to take over New York’s streets as well? I am not sure but it is just something to be aware of.

Let me know what you think !

The Cloud

We all know Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s three laws

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Today the closest thing we have to magic is cloud storage or the cloud. Even the term sounds mysterious and somewhat ominous. Approximately 90% of global internet users are already on the cloud, but I, like most internet users, have no idea as to what it really is or how it works. consumer adoption of cloud storage apps, like Dropbox and Google Drive, remains low. 
There is a huge opportunity here, if more people understood how cloud storage works they would be more likely to use it. As I have said before and will say many times in the future EDUCATION IS EVERYTHING. Bringing understanding and awareness to cloud services can only help bring in customers for these services. The cloud storage sector is still relatively new. There is no clear worldwide leader in the consumer cloud space — yetApple’s iCloud held an early edge in markets where the iPhone is popular, but suites of cloud-based  services from Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are catching up worldwide.
After some basic research here is what I have gathered about the cloud:

1) Cloud storage is when you save data not to your hard drive but to an external 3rd party source (offsite database)

2) You connect to the storage system via the internet

3) Your data is almost never stored on one data server, instead they rely on 100s

There are many concerns about cloud storage:

1) Security

2) The authentication process

3) And as Jonathan Strickland from howstuffworks.com said,

“Some people envision a future in which the entire Web becomes a massive storage cloud. People will constantly upload and download data to and from the cloud. The concept of data ownership will lose its meaning. Everyone will have access to everything and secrecy will cease to exist. Other people dismiss these ideas and say that cloud storage is just a tool like any other, and while some might use it to great advantage, it won’t bring about the end of civilization as we know it. Who’s right? We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Let me know if I got any of this wrong or any of your thoughts on the cloud!

Sources:

Business Insider

How Stuff Works