July 25, 2010 |
What are you doing on your summer vacation? Relaxing at the beach? Enjoying friends and family? Or are you checking your smartphone every five minutes? It's the essential predicament of the Digital Age. Even on vacation. It's tempting to blame our tools, the BlackBerrys and the iPhones that keep us so connected and busy. But the real problem isn't the technologies; it's us. We've convinced ourselves that the more connected we are, the better. We never give ourselves a break.
HOME & GARDEN
July 10, 2010 |
Sleep consultant and "new parent mentor" Vonda Dennis' clients like to say that she carries magic pixie dust in her pockets. How else to explain a screaming baby so quickly settling to sleep in her arms? But Dennis says a lot of what she does to quiet a baby is simply common sense. "Most of what I tell my clients sounds really reasonable, and a lot of it is basic logic that parents have, but just aren't pulling from," she said. In her postnatal mentoring sessions, Dennis focuses on "Believing in Yourself" and "Instinct Training" as well as sleep training and relaxation.
April 11, 2010
Newspaper cartoonists cruise the information highway, littering its shoulders and driving home their points. Nate Beeler copped the attitude that the feds aren't even close when it comes to policing cyber-spacecraft. Rob Rogers questioned the greenness of the latest paperless gadget. Count Steve Kelley among those considering skipping Uncle Sam's paperwork. OK, maybe the census, but sharpen your pencils Steve, it's income tax week. Now where's that Form 1040? -- Joel Pett Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist at the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky.
April 11, 2010 |
Executives everywhere struggle with the mass of responsibilities, projects, reports and meetings that add up to information overload. The only option, they reason, is to multitask. There is just one problem with that approach, writes Douglas Merrill, former chief information officer at Google Inc.: It doesn't work. With a PhD in psychology and cognitive sciences, Merrill has the credentials to tell us how the brain functions in a stressful business environment and how to organize our thought processes for success.
February 3, 2009 |
"This year alone, more data will be generated than in the cumulative history of humanity," says Dan Goods. "Stuff is being collected in all sorts of interesting forms and piling up somewhere. What do we do with it?" It's an apt question for the Too Much Information Age, and to address the query, Goods and co-curator David Delgado have rounded up a collection of geek-friendly installations on display through April 12 at Pasadena Museum of California Art's "Data + Art" exhibition.
July 31, 2008 |
It happened with cigarettes. It happened with red meat. And carbs. And SUVs. And now it's happening with e-mail. The preferred communication channel of millions of Americans is no longer cool. According to a growing number of academics, "technologists" and psychologists, our dependence on e-mail -- the need to attend to a constantly beeping in-box -- is creating anxiety in the workplace, adversely affecting the ability to focus, diminishing productivity and threatening family bonds.