Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Attention Spans are so- (I don't have time to say it)!

Our intern
Today was the last day that my workplace was graced with the presence of our part time intern. She was a fun, lively and far-above-competent intern and I think we’ll probably miss having her spritely vibe around the office.

One of her fun attributes was her short attention span. She is not alone in her affliction. In fact, most people - perhaps even you - have short attention spans.

Why do you think I would divide my blog up into such short paragraphs?

Why do you think I insert links and pictures into my page?

Why do you think I use subheadings?
Doing all of these things helps to hold the reader’s attention. This precautionary attitude is a must.

What causes the short attention span? Some think technology has spoiled us. With the internet, mobile phones, and social networking sites, we have become accustomed to getting everything we want with such speed that many of us have lost all patience for things that take a long time, or for things that we perceive will take a long time.

I think this perception that something will take a long time to accomplish is the main reason we get upset and try to “skim over” something, put it off, or even skip it all together.

Friendly complaints about interns
Our most recent intern was a genuine athlete when it came to “skimming over” emails. She would leap Olympic-caliber bounds over key information in emails that I sent her, and then she'd wonder why my emails seemed unclear. It didn’t bother me too much because it gave me a reason to make fun of her.

All of our interns have had a difficulty reading more than two paragraphs in an email. There is always a reason I send an email with long instructions – it’s because each instruction is important. If I would’ve wanted you to only read parts of the email, I would’ve just written those particular parts!

Even in the corner office
Sadly, this skimming custom reaches far beyond the realms of interns. It is a problem in the daily lives of executive-level business communication as well.

THEM: “Where is the rest of the information?”
ME: “Scroll down.”
THEM: (Scrolling down) “Oh, there it is. Why didn’t you divide it up into smaller paragraphs so it would hold my attention?”

This interplay is an exaggeration. But at its roots (and maybe even in its 'trunk') is a definite truth, and I would love to write about it another day.

Looking forward
It is my belief that, in the future, we’ll all have nano-computers wired to our brains so that the answers to any unsolved curiosities we ponder are instantly projected onto our minds.

Of course, in order to hold our attention, the information projected onto our minds will have to be in




Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mario Cross-Stitch Rad Towel!

This is a towel that rad-ly showcases Super Mario from his early incarnation as a plumber in “Super Mario Bros. 1” to his ossified state as a stone statue (a feat accomplished when in possession of the elusive Tanuki suit) in “Super Mario Bros. 3.”

Super Mario Across the NES Ages

---A little history on why I think this is so damn cool...
A week or so ago, I was searching for images of Mario from the original NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). I knew there was probably a fun way to recreate NES images in another form, because they are so damn simple. (8-bit gaming, how I miss thee!) Anyway, I eventually stumbled upon this site ( I was very pleased to find that someone had smartly and artistically transferred many of the 8-bit images of NES characters and scenes into cross-stitch form!

This transfer from video game pixels to embroidery floss cross-stitches only makes sense. Both mediums require smaller “bits” of color to create a larger image. However, I also think the whole thing is funny because video games and cross-stitch couldn't be more different from one another! I definitely wanna try this out, but it does make me feel like a girl… I guess I'll only cross-stich manly characters...

Monday, April 27, 2009


Today is the birthday of Samuel F. B. Morse. He was the originator of Morse code and inventor of the electric telegraph. Right now, you might be thinking "Why would I give a half of a damn about some guy who's probably dead?" (NOTE: He is dead. Show some respect.) If you don't think Sammy Morse was a swingin' cat who's worthy of a second (or fiftieth) look, listen (and look) to some musical translations of his dot-dash communication system.

Phil Tulga - Morse Code Music!

Click the link above and scroll to the bottom of the page where the "keyboard" is. Here you can type in words that are translated into drums, tones or voices. I recommend the following words... Robot, 1992 and R.A.I.O.M.B. If you're cool, you probably will try these out... and more! (I think the guy to the left is Phil Tulga. What a mighty good man!)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

My Name Is Alfie

Note the advice of a passerby written in pen: "GET A GRIP ON REALITY, GIRL!!"