While I’m not one to blog about NASA findings, this is one of those events that seem historic in a galactic sort-of-way. We can meet back here in 80 light years (out-and-back trip) and see if I was right or not.
(VIA NASA.gov) NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.
According to TheNextWeb, researchers in Munich have found evidence to suggest that few people want to look at the selfies of others, but they love sharing their own. The findings of a survey of 238 people were published in Frontiers in Psychology in a January article titled “The Selfie Paradox: Nobody Seems to Like Them Yet Everyone Has Reasons to Take Them.”
77% | Take selfies at least once a month 49% | Receive a selfie at least once a week 90% | Think others’ selfies are self-promotion 46% | Think their own selfies are self-promotion
Translation | People enjoy taking selfies but don’t like looking at other peoples’ selfies. (The researchers say that other cultures than Germany may have more accepting attitudes towards selfies and that further study is required.)
Observation | Is this surprising? They are called selfies. It’s why Apple put a camera on both sides of the iPhone.
For some reason, selfies are of great interest to researchers and the publications that write about research. Bottomline. There are two types of people in the world: People who like taking photos of themselves and people who love to hear themselves complaining about people who take photos of themselves.
Merriam-Webster.com has added 1,000 new words to its online dictionary.
I was familiar with the most of the tech, web culture and political ones. Completely blank on the science ones. Didn’t know that wayback machine has a meaning other than the one found at archive.org. But buried deep in the list, I knew the meaning of ginger.
Completely blank on the science ones.
Didn’t know that “wayback machine” has a meaning other than the one found at archive.org.
But buried deep in the list, I knew the meaning of ginger (right).
Here is a sampling of the new words (links go to Merriam-Webster.com meanings).
There are many great things about having a personal blog and consistently posting to it. And none of the great things are about trying to be a “thought leader” or personal brand. After blogging (more-or-less consistently) for 17 years, I’ve discovered that much of what I write is like jotting down a note to the future me.
In the past decade, I’ve blogged tens of thousands of words about Apple products.
But there’s something great about reading what you first thought about something that later turned out to be more (or less) significant.
It makes you feel like you were clueless…or insightful. But that you had any opinion at all makes you feel connected to an event in some way.
The headline of the post where I wrote my response is, “The least impressive thing about the iPhone is that it’s a phone.”
Ten years later, I think I nailed it.
What else happened on this day, ten years ago.
Looking at other posts of the day, I see that MyBlogLog.com was going to be purchased by Yahoo. Later, that would be as disastrous as most Yahoo acquisitions were.
AppleTV was released.
While I didn’t blog about it, ten years ago today was the first time I ever used Twitter. I had set up an account a few months earlier (in the year 2006), but MacWorld was the first time I used it. Why? The media center (I had press credentials thanks to a friend in high places), encouraged reporters to follow their posts to Twitter (“tweets” didn’t exist yet) to learn about changes in the MacWorld schedule or other updates. This was back when it was far easier to understand what Twitter was (a group text messaging thingee) than it is today. (However, for months, I continued to think it was a method for PR people to distribute text messages.)