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OMG (Only on Magnificent Google)

This is awesome! I can take a trip during my lunch break and return to work without using any of my PTO! Even though the video resolution isn’t perfect, you can imagine yourself within the vistas, as you fill in-between the pixels. The website, http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/, “walks” you down mountain trails, “drives” you to your round-about, “floats” you down a river, and takes you wherever you envision.

Instead of having an aerial view or map, the site helps you visualize directions at eye level. This visual aid may perhaps help the directionally challenged as it offers a different dimension to navigation. Views of shopping malls to convention centers or National Parks to the Caribbean are available. This site enables the disabled to scope out accessibility and potential barriers too. I encourage you to check it out.

Enjoy your trip!

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#pcm485 The Battle of Compartments

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Technology has changed the way we live our lives. We are “always on” and no one will win in this war. The need to compartmentalize our thoughts and to disconnect from certain agendas has become increasingly more difficult as our society strives to be super-efficient multitaskers. Our personal boundaries of privacy are being threatened by technological evolution.

I came across a website, Boy Genius Report, which examines this topic in After-Hours Work Email & Text Bug Employees (2015). The article describes electronic communications as a “fabric” in everyone’s life. With smartphones and other portable devices, we are seldom disconnected from family, friends, public announcements, and work. To ensure time for personal thought, we must segregate our attention and purposefully neglect our temptation toward these portable device. Technology allows for the dismissal of personal boundaries where work intrudes into our home, our car, recreation and may be eroding our spiritual self.

According to the article, “Employees who receive work-related emails and texts after hours become angry more often than not, which can interfere with their personal lives” (Wood, 2015, para.1). I find this intrusion offensive and I have allowed it (I am not alone) which is a key point in the piece. The statistics in the article convinced me to change the way my fabric is woven. So I think it’s time to unplug, punch out and start living a happier life!

Reference

Wood, J. (2015). After-Hours Work Email & Texts Bug Employees. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 13, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/news/2015/03/01/after-hours-work-email-and-texts-anger-employees/81766.html

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