A nerd’s paradise

anything sci-fi, fantasy, computer and rants

Nicole Scherzinger

I just had to post this clip. I absolutely love it. Nice moves and great song!

September 1, 2007 Posted by | music, Uncategorized, video, youtube | Leave a comment

Ghetto science on smoking

Here is a nice youtube clip I found about why smoking is not such a good idea. It even got featured.

August 14, 2007 Posted by | smoking, Uncategorized, video | 1 Comment

online communities

As a self proclaimed nerd I spend a lot of time behind the computer. I surf, chat, read, participate in online forum discussions, blog and mail…

This entire time is totally void of direct, face to face human contact. But I am still communicating with people, no matter where they are. I can reach them and they can reach me. The world has grown smaller, not just because of faster planes, cars and other means of transportation. But because of the internet.

And because of this new form of interaction and communication communities begin to form, such as WordPress for example. We are here all part of an online community. Some more active than others, but all part of this. And this is a good thing. It brings us closer together, allows us to share ideas and discuss politics, environmental issues and so much more. We can make friends online and enrich our lives in many ways.

But is there a downside to all of this? Some would say yes. Dystopian novels and movies often warns us of the dark future that lies ahead as we allow the internet to get a stronger grip on our lives. Are there dangers to online voting or banking? Without a doubt yes. Is it smart to organise democracy, taxes and other important matters over the internet? I don’t think so. It has always given me a very uneasy feeling. Just as the fact that so many companies out there are gathering so much personal information about us. (Some links about this on the bottom of the page)

All this does remind me af ‘a brave new world’. But on the other hand, is there any current evidence that proves that it is dangerous? Not yet, in Estonia it was tried with succes. But the fear of hacker attacks and fraud is still present and I can agree with the reservations.

Online communities are fun, but for children it can be dangerous as well, sexual predators roam internet communities such as chat rooms and social networking sites searching for victims.

Another dystopian idea is the danger that our virtual lives would take over our real ones.  It always makes me think of Second Life where you can design you own house, sell land and just about anything else you can do in the real world. Or other virtual lives that you can have. And they can be very addicting.

And whenever I think about this, I realise that it is better to go outside now and then. Meet people face to face and have a real world chat. I’m not anti-internet or anything. It’s a great hobby. But the real world is out there… Let’s go!

Wiki article on virtual communities
Wiki articla on dystopia
Google watch on internet privacy
Privacy rights

August 9, 2007 Posted by | internet, Uncategorized | 4 Comments