Wednesday, 28 March 2012
The battle of old vs new
You might be asking, what’s the point of this blog post. Well, you might also ask yourself what is a Trojan Horse? Or you might have an idea of what it is. A Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War in where the Greeks finally entered the city of Troy and ended the conflict, they constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy.
We’ll in the 21st century, we are aware of the name “Trojan Horse” in a completely different way. The form of the 21st century Trojan Horse comes in the form of a computer virus. This Trojan can make copies of themselves, steal information, or harm their host computer systems. The term is derived from the Trojan Horse story in Greek mythology because the first Trojan horse appeared as helpful programs.
These Trojans can be extremely annoying, but it could be the work of a hacker trying to access files within your computer. The best bet to combat this virus is to install a working firewall as well as a Good Anti-virus programme.
Does the 21st century Trojan horse live up to its predecessor?
How do you step from the top of a 100-foot pole?
Finding a way to step off this pole would be extremely hard but I feel that Ignorance would be a great start. Ignorance is a value that often not praised. The definition of “Ignorance” is the lack of knowledge, quality or condition of being ignorant.
The above crossword puzzle formed part of a presentation, in where I was challenged to create a blog explaining it. Well, it is extremely easy to point out the elements which are related to the term “Ignorance”. A few words such as: Hag, You don’t know jack, Able are a few words taken off the puzzle which is related to Ignorance.
There are many others that might make you think, how does these words link with Ignorance? Well, if you are to research these words or names they actually are people or things that could be considered as ignorant as a result of one sidedness.
Are you able to spot a few words? If so name them within the comment section of this post. Enjoy!!!!!!
Thursday, 22 March 2012
The unwinding road
Some might think that you crazy, insane or deluded. When you tell them you will be participating in any athletic events. Well I have done my fair share of athletic events and I have observed along the way that many people think that you are crazy or insane to do something like that. Well, my advice to you is. You can do absolutely anything that you out your mind to!
A few weeks ago I competed in the largest timed cycle tour in South Africa, the Pick ‘n Pay Cape Argus Cycle Tour and with that came months of intense training sessions. On my first training session, I was about to throw in the towel but with motivation and friends they continued to assist me. We covered an estimated 600 kilometers during our training sessions, some might think that we are insane. But if you are to ask any cyclist those are the usual amount of kilometers covered by a training team or individual.
Three weeks before the cycle tour, we were approached by three women who asked if we would raise funds for abused women and children. We accepted the request and immediately contacted potential sponsors or funders and on the day of the tour we as a team managed to raise R50 000.
We are what we do.
While formulating my ideas about this topic an idea popped into by head, pertaining to “It can't happen to me”. These are words we should avoid saying, because things could happen in split seconds. I said those words, a few years ago and my life had changed considerably.
Myself and a few friends were discussing this statement, I was silly and stated. Yes, nothing can happen to us. Little did we know that something would happen?
Nobody would like something like this to happen, but it does unfortunately.
We set out to visit what was then the new Century City and on our way there, the unthinkable happened and we were involved in an accident. That day I’d never forget, everyone in the car died and I was the only survivor. Not a day passes that I wish could overturn that statement and therefore I would say, Think before you speak because anything can happen.
We as individuals take it for granted but we should not. I feel that we should live every minute of every day as our last and this will not only make our life better but it would increase our productivity and efficiency.
Thursday, 15 March 2012
Its super hero time!
These are superheroes we were accustom to. (Picture obtaned from: ntuwscd.blogspot.com)
Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Well, I have thought about it and I can’t actually come to a conclusion as to who I’d like to be. If combinations were possible I’d be: Hulk, Superman, Spiderman and Wolverine. These were my favourite cartoons in the good old days. Something that I recently realized was that most of these superheroes are in fact the same with just slightly different looks.
If you were mysteriously kidnapped and transplanted with a characteristic of your favourite superhero what would your super powers be?
A little superhero in the making (Picture obtained from: superherorun.wordpress.com)
Once you have decided what powers you now want. You will have the task of picking your costume if you want to be a respected and reminded superhero, you need a truly eye-catching costume. The costume you would be making should include eye-catching colours and unparallel designs. You will not be a superhero without a great costume, like Tarzan.
A friendly superhero in the neighbourhood. Picture obtained from: bagelofeverything.wordpress.com)
Imagine yourself jumping or flying from one building to another in Cape Town wearing nothing. It wouldn't be a great sight for anyone walking in the streets, don't you think?
We are afraid of the wrong thing!
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We are always afraid of the wrong thing, but think about being awake during an intense surgery. It’s a really scary thought but in our ideal world something like this rarely happens, but don’t hide behind the covers. These types of occurrences do in fact happen. According to Dictionary.com “the term/word “awake” means to rouse or emerge from sleep.”
(Picture obtained from: intotheblu.com)
In 2007, a movie directed by Joby Harold named Awake was free for public view and the premise of this movie was when Capital-investment firms’ chief falls in love with a women. He then suffers from a heart condition in where his good friend suggests a heart transplant. He runs off and gets married to the women of his dreams. He goes to hospital for surgery and during the surgery he encounters “anaesthetic awareness” in where he is awake but paralyzed. While in the state of pain he uncovers a murder plot against him.
(Picture obtained from: mediafirebd.com)
Anaesthesia awareness occurs in 20 000-40 000 patients and out of the 20 million United States of America surgeries performed each year. These statistics illustrate the awareness in the United States of America. Did you know: In South Africa, 1 in every 8 people would suffer from this situation? I would advise you to speak to your Anaesthesiologist before any surgery is conducted. Rather be safe than sorry! What do you think?
Thursday, 8 March 2012
The Awkward Silence!
(Picture obtained from: whatsstevedoing.blogspot.com)
Have you ever had that moment, in where you did not know what to say next. Well, I’ll now assist you in overcoming this awkward feeling. Awkward silence is an uncomfortable pause in a conversation. This could be associated with unpleasantness, anxiety or the pressure to speak about something that you are unsure about.
(Picture was obtained from: forums.toucharcade.com)
In our day and age, some of us may have experienced this, a number of times already. How did you manage to bridge that gap? Where you able to overcome that feeling? Well, it is very easy to break the awkward silence feeling by saying something completely random....... like..........I wish I had fish.... or at least something to make people laugh. We randomly stare at our phones to avoid an awkward situation or even when a awkward situation arises.
If you have had that feeling before and you have to say something to break the silence what would it be? Most of the time it’s something completely strange or obscene that would create laughter and the awkwardness would now dissipate. What’s your favourite one to use?
Fish falling from the sky.
(Picture obtained from: norbyela.blogspot.com)
We all wish something that something strange of this nature could occur because it would be a pretty amazing sight, but for a certain group within the Western Cape, this is something they pray for on a day-to-day basis as a result of the new fishing regulations passed by the South African government which now gives Multi-National corporations the ability to catch as many fish as possible and the local fisherman have to abide by a quota supplied to them by the South African government.
(Picture obtained from: copycateffect.blogspot.com)
This is a sad reality but it comes to the point in where these individuals either find other jobs but jobs is another issue that needs to be addressed. Did you know: A fishermen in South Africa may only catch a maximum of 500 a day, whereas Multi-National corporations are able to catch 3000 – 5000 a day. How do you feel about this? I most certainly feel something needs to be done about this because in the end our resources will be depleted completely and we as the South African public will have no benefit.
Ask yourself this question: Are you a Bengal tiger or a Pink Panther?
Thursday, 1 March 2012
Human Mind Power.
(Picture obtained from: life-changing-mind-power.com)
The human mind is a very complex muscle which we use every second of every day. Without any doubt you would have questioned or even heard about anything related to Human Mind Power, well let me ask you this.....would you take that information plainly without any thought? The mind is a very interesting muscle, whether you are consciously aware or not you are indeed using your mind power, every second of every minute of every day, you are actually using your mind right now to read this post.
According to Happiness and Abundance, “Human mind power is unlimited in its potential to create the results you desire, WHATEVER they might be. There are no limits with the expectation of limits you place on yourself”.
Well, you can now test your brain power right here, right now! This is an exercise obtained from Resources for Science Learning.
(Picture has been obtained from: sionmindpowertruth.com)
Switch the hand you are using to control the computer mouse. Use the hand you normally do NOT use. It may seem awkward at first but your brain is learning a new skill right now. What do you now notice? Is it harder to be precise and accurate with your motions?
Well, try other neural building exercises with your everyday movements. Another few exercises you could try are: Using the opposite hand to brush your teeth, dialling the phone or even operating a television remote. Try it!
Resources used: http://abudance-and-happiness.com/mind-power.html
What is the colour of the wind?
(Picture has been obtained from: alisonlyons.blogspot.com)
The colour of the wind can be described in a number of ways, but I will now focus at the consequences of Illegal Street racing within the confines of South Africa. Illegal Street racing is a pressing issue in South Africa and has been a problem for more than 10 years. The wind moves at a high rate of speed and this would then relate to the illegal street racers moving at a high rate of speed.
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Illegal Street racing has been a problem for not only ordinary road users, or neighbourhoods but for the City Traffic Services. For the past 10 years, over 1000 accidents and 900 deaths were reported as a result of these illegal activities and therefore the Cities Traffic Services established a dedicated team to tackle this problem.
(Picture has been obtained from: blogs.discovermagazine.com)
According to City Traffic Service, “Participating in Illegal Street racing is not endorsed by the MEC will result in a fine of R1500”. This demonstrates the firm stance taken by the City of Cape Town to prevent this illegal practice.
If you personally witness or see any illegal racing, don’t hesitate to contact: The Cities emergency number at 107.
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