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Every four years, this country is afflicted with temporary madness.
by Elizabeth Lee of elizabethly

November 2012 usa elections, obama romney, american election, politics, white house, waving american flags, american voters march and hand out campaign flyers, Obama won second term presidency, night time protest

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I am tired of hearing about politics, tired of 75% of my Facebook news feed being comprised of those viral photo+text propaganda images that get spread around like wildfire, as though that’s why I get on Facebook every day.  (Hint: it’s not.  I’ll take your baby and dog pictures any day over that nonsense.)  I cannot wait for this election to be over and done.

Tax returns!  Birth certificate!  Health care!  Dog on the roof of his car!  Socialist!  Elitist!  Muslim!


Much of this stuff comes from otherwise intelligent people, who in every other facet of life seem capable of having opinions that weren’t prefabricated by their favorite sensationalist news source.

Let’s face it, folks – we the people are not in possession of all the facts.  What’s more, for many of the accusations I’ve come across, the only person who knows whether they are true or not is the person who stands accused.  So much of what’s said is conjecture, designed to invoke an emotional reaction, and it comes from every camp.

I don’t enjoy being bombarded with political sentiment everywhere I go – whether I’m being preached at directly, or simply overhearing a little mudslinging in the local bookstore.  It’s all abrasive to me.

What baffles me most is how public people are with their pontificating.  I prefer to keep my beliefs private.

When I was a kid, my parents never even would tell me who they were voting for.  I’m sure they talked about it with each other once I was in bed, or out of the house somewhere, but in front of me, they remained pretty neutral about who they supported and what party they backed.  I always found their reticence thought-provoking.  They got a bit more outspoken as I got older, probably because they figured I had already formed some theories of my own and was less impressionable.

Right from the beginning, Mom and Dad have been very good about encouraging me to come to my own conclusions about life.  I guess they must be advocates of individualism.  Some parents seem to expect their children to become ideological clones, and are then shocked when the kids turn out to have their own opinions.

This was never the case in my house while I was growing up.  We would sometimes butt heads over issues, but never did I feel that to disagree with my parents was wrong, in and of itself.  I know they wished I shared their beliefs, but they seemed to accept that I was going to have my own convictions, and that they could steam about it all they wanted, but it wasn’t going to change me.

Mom and Dad, I appreciate that.  I don’t know if I’ve told you that at all, or if I have, if I’ve said it often enough.  Thanks for letting me become my own person, even if you weren’t sure you were going to like how I ended up.  Thanks for providing me with the opportunity to form a distinct ‘self.’

I’ve gone through just about every shade of the political and philosophical spectrum, which was probably pretty amusing from my parents’ perspective.  Funnily enough, I ended up coming around to their way of thinking about some things, after all.

I will admit that much, but I’m still not going to tell anyone who I’m voting for.  That’s Top Secret husband and wife stuff.

I’m Elizabeth.  I cook, read, and write, adore my husband, spoil my cat, drink tea, take pictures, do crosswords and Sudoku, thirst for knowledge, and get enormous enjoyment out of little things.

People say that the prime of today’s technology is always laughable for the future’s citizen of the world.

In the earlier times, I mean way earlier, it is magical to see yourself in paper. To take a photograph, you need to pose for whole 8 hours in front of a box as bulky as your grandmother’s cabinet. And the photograph will fade soon after, waving goodbye to 8 hours of smiling. That is their breakthrough technology; and now we just hope all the photos people post online will fade all at once, and never appear again.

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Today, June 2012, we see what’s coming in the future’s technological facet. Thanks to the hints of the industry and company players, we have the glimpse of what’s coming ahead. This is just to remind us that what we could have today will be childish compared to what they’ll release in the future.

Cars gone auto and gasless. I know automatic cars are rampant in our roads, but automatic is not the apt name for it. I call this new one automatic automatic car because it’s beyond our definition of automatic car. Google named it Google’s self-driving car. It’s a car that drives on its own, powered by computer that is programmed to know traffic rules and human behavior. Okay, goodluck with human behavior but someday, dads won’t need to drive their son to soccer game because their car is on self-drive.

A month ago, Nevada became the first state that approved operation of Google’s self-drive car. They have a red license plate and a Greek infinity symbol so people know and they won’t freak out upon seeing that no one’s driving it.

There are a few gasless cars available for purchase now; but as long as gas aren’t depleted, we won’t see it taking over. However, when car makers produce more gasless cars than the usual gas-dependent, people would turn to it. It’s cheaper and it’s environment friendly. Electric cars are on the move, oxygen powered are in development and even cars turn invisible with hydrogen fuel.

Cloud services for all. Yesterday, I got myself a Nokia Lumia 900. Unlike the iPhone and the rest of smartphones, it only comes in 16GB. It made the price cheaper and constant, but it doesn’t mean the memory is compromised. It is embedded with Microsoft’s SkyDrive where you store your music, videos, photos and documents in your online hard drive. Your phone will simultaneously sync to it whenever you need to access your files, say you want to listen to Dave Matthews Band. In turn, my phone’s memory is wide as the sky.

Apple also has its cloud services, called iCloud that syncs all your files to all your iOS devices. Add to that, there are emerging cloud storage services like Dropbox or JustCloud. External and internal hard drives will be needless in the future; and this cloud service will also travel to gaming consoles like Xbox Live.

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Kicking and screaming Windows. Windows Phone came out and it’s rocking. The software is creative and beautiful. If you have common sense, you won’t need any support for it because it’s user friendly. Android is still number one, followed by iOS; but according to market analysts at IDC, the new player Windows Phone will overtake Apple’s iOS market share by 2016, Google’s Android will remain the top spot but will drop to 52.9 % share.

Microsoft also announced Surface. When iPad and the resembling tablets teared our eyes for the futuristic device, we soon realized that it doesn’t do much. It is cool and portable but it cannot replace the functionality of a Laptop. Now with the upcoming Microsoft Surface, tablet and laptop are fused as one – and the crossover looks promising. But I’m shooting here, we can’t say any more until we’ve tried one with our own hands.

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“Find me” – TV. Television has a history full of gimmicks. It started with black and white, then they put some colors, and then full colors. It has gone bigger and bigger to slimmer and slimmer. They added an extra dimension with 3DTV, and now the SmartTV, where you can go online and chat while watching football.

The latest they have is a transparent TV. You can’t easily see it because it’s transparent until you turn it on, or you bump into it.

Never say charge. You hate charging right? Cellphones can go off at the best time you needed it. You can’t find an outlet or you didn’t bring your charger but you need to call your brother to bring you a sponge, so what are you gonna do? In the future, we may never have to re-charge our devices again. Nokia’s developers are working on a prototype that uses radio waves to charge your phone even when it’s resting. And radio waves are just in the air, so our phones will never ran out of battery.

There is a technology that is called wireless power technology. It transmits electrons between two coils without the need of wires. That means, we can charge our devices wirelessly.

Which technology looks promising to you?

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IDC claims Windows Phone will overtake IOS in 2016; The Inquirer
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See a live concert through your phone’s screen?

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Photo from Fredrik Smedenborn

HD video recording is almost in every smartphone now. I believe the one in iPhone is among the best, with 8 Megapixel capture embedded in their elaborate light capturing technology. With only a clutch from our pockets, we can capture movie-like scenes.

A pitfall I see is people tend to use it extensively, and for the wrong purpose. In a recent Pyro Olympics that I’ve been to, people everywhere just shoot the entire show in their phones. Accounts of an eagle-eye told me they mostly watch the fireworks gleam against the Cimmerian sky through the small rectangular screen of their phone or camera. Their view is very limited, and they miss out the entirety of exaggerated lights show. I call it a camera view.

Another instance is in a concert. People just record it all; perhaps YouTube is a reinforcement. I went to the concert to loosen up, jump, wave, scream for the artist and all those fanatical liveliness. People recording missed that hella of fun. Sometimes they do jump and scream while recording, which only messed up the video so why bother then?

That’s the way I see video cameras. It is best for familial moments, or moments dear to us like our first born, graduation, or a legendary outing with friends. It saved us the bulk of VHS recording of the past and gave us the ease of digital sharing.

What’s your view on this?

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Life Facts: 1912 and 2012
by Diana Leagh Matthews of ALookThruTime

Divorce (1912 & 2012), divorce rate, divorce through history, horrible divorce in a family, Divorce rate in 1912 was just 0.1%. 100 years later, it climbed to 41.8%

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Facts in 1910-1920
• Population: 92,407,000
• Life Expectancy: Male 48.4 Female: 51.8
• Average Salary $750 / year
• The Ziegfeld girls earns $75/week.
• Unemployed 2,150,000
• National Debt: $1.15 billion
• Union Membership: 2.1 million Strikes 1,204
• Attendance: Movies 30 million per week
• Lynchings: 76
• Divorce: 1/1000
• Vacation: 12 day cruise $60
• Whiskey $3.50 / gallon, Milk $.32 / gallon
• Speeds make automobile safety an issue
• 25,000 performers tour 4,000 U.S. theaters

Facts in 2012
• Population: 312,780,968 in the United States
• Life Expectancy: Male 75.6; Female: 80.8
• Average Salary $50, 233 / year
• Movie star earns $1.5 to $3million {depends on many variables}
• Unemployed 8.3%
• National Debt: over $15 trillion
• Attendance: Movies 1470 million per week
• Divorce: 41.8%
• Vacation: 12 day cruise $4-15k {depends on many variables}
• Gas $3.89 / gallon, Milk $3.39 / gallon

*Statistics are According to the United States Census Bureau

What is the biggest change for you?

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ALookThruTime is run by Diana Leagh Matthews. Leagh has been a genealogist for over 18 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

It’s not typical of world leaders to look this good.

Prettiest and most beautiful world leaders in politics, beautiful people in office, stunning faces win elections

Although appealing looks could be an advantage for campaign or for representing a country, it is not a necessary lead of their job description. However, there so few of them they deserve appraisal. Here they are:

Yingluck Shinawatra, 28th Prime Minister of Thailand, woman prime leader of thailand, gorgeous leader, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Thailand, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, king of bhutan, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Bhutan, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, president of argentina, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Argentina, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Rafael Correa, president of ecuador, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Ecuador, President Rafael Correa

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Montenegro, Prime Minister Igor Lukšić

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Slovenia, Prime Minister Borut Pahor

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Serbia, President Boris Tadic

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Denmark, Queen Margrethe II

Chancellor Werner Faymann of Austria, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Austria, Chancellor Werner Faymann

President Ollanta Humala of Austria, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Peru, President Ollanta Humala

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