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Let’s play tag!

I’ve been tagged by Karen in the game of blogger’s Q&A!

So to follow Karen’s example, I’m going to begin by naming the people I tag and then presenting them with their questions, followed by my answers to Karen’s questions. If you are tagged and wish to participate, all you have to do is answer the questions below in a new blog post and then tag someone else to answer your own set of questions! This is purely for fun and you really don’t have to if you don’t want to.

I tag: mothersviews , carrieslager, and thinktank101

Here are my questions:

1. What do you think about the 2012 end of world “crisis”? Is it hogwash? A misunderstood interpretation of the Mayan calendar?

2. If the world were to really  end, what’s one thing you’d like to do before you die?

3. What’s your best advice to new bloggers?

4. If Pinnochio lies, does his nose grow?

5. What’s one thing you could not live without in your daily life?

6. What’s the most interesting news you’ve read/heard about recently?

7. Do you believe in love at first sight? At what point can one consider oneself “in love”?

8. What do you think of reality television?

9. How many countries have you visited? Which would you like to visit?

10. What is your favourite outdoor activity?

11. What’s stopping you?

 

Here are my answers to Karen’s questions:

1.  Did you hear about the swimmer that interrupted The Boat Race in England?  Do you think it is right to conduct a protest in such a manner or is there a better way of getting your point across?

I hadn’t heard about it until I read the Wiki article you linked to and did some research on my own. I think it was a terrible way to protest. Not only did the swimmer but himself in danger, but he also endangered the crews. I also felt that his interruption led to a chain of events that was very unfortunate for the Oxford team. That race didn’t seem fair at all, and I feel like the protester only got attention. There was no clear motive to his ‘protest,’ except that he was an elitist?

2.  What is the one thing you wish your teacher had taught you in school?

Time management. Or perhaps they did teach that but it never really sunk in. 😀

3. Which 2 people would you most want to tag and why?

In the world of online bloggers in general? I would say eatyourkimchi, because they’re kind of like celebrities to me and they’re an awesome husband-wife duo!

4. If you give money to a charity, which one and why do you do it?

I don’t regularly give money to a charity, but the mentor team I’m part of regularly does fundraisers for the Canadian Mental Health Association. We picked this charity because we feel mental health issues are issues that are very real but often forgotten in place of more pathenogenic health issues.

5. Why do you blog?

Because I love to daydream a lot. I do it so much I figured it’s more productive to put those thoughts into writing than stare at my ceiling for extensive periods of time. Heh. Plus it’s fun!

6.  Do you think it is important for the youth to go to University after school or is it better to get experience through trade colleges and apprenticeships?

O000h, I actually have a blog post about this topic coming up. Long story short, I don’t like the idea of students going to university studying something they don’t even like because they feel like it’s the only way they will succeed in life. I feel that if a student has a true passion for a career they could pursue via trade colleges or apprenticeships, they should do that instead.

7. What is your most vivid memory from when you were a child (say-under 12)?

I fell down the stairs once when I was 5-6 years old. It hurt a lot. I remember my mom hugging me and crying as I cried. Probably because it was literal an entire flight of stairs… and they weren’t carpeted either.

8. What is your number one item on your bucket list?

Decide what I want to do with my life as I pass the halfway mark of my first university degree.

9. When writing, do you find you have a particular word (or a few words) that you tend to overuse?  If so, which ones?

Hmm, I haven’t really thought about that. I probably do, but I can’t really think of any that really stick out to me. This would probably be a good topic for me to constructive criticism on, though.

10. Do you have an alter ego?

I’d say yes, but nothing Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde worthy.

11. How do you really feel when people offer you their ‘constructive criticism‘?

I welcome constructive criticism and am grateful to anyone who offers theirs to me. I am always looking to improve myself, so I don’t mind at all. I would  mind if the criticism was less constructive and  borderlined negative, though.

 

…That concludes my tagged blog post! Please feel free to tag yourself if you want to answer some/all of the questions listed above. Just let me know with a comment so I can read your post. Thanks for reading!

-aJ

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Breaking Down the TIME 100 Poll 2012

Annually, USA’s TIME magazine hosts an online poll of 100+ names to be voted as the most influential nominees. These nominees range from individuals such as Rihanna and Aung San Suu Kyi to icons like Anonymous and the Kony 2012 movement. The list is meant to reflect the “leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes you think are the most influential people in the world,” but based on the names I went through (it’s a fairly long list) I estimate the majority are from the States.

I  feel like since the TIME 100 Poll was first introduced, the poll has consisted of a list in which half the nominees are actually “influential” icons and the other half were chosen because TIME staff thought “Hey, if we put [inset pop icon name here] on the poll, we’ll get thousands of their followers to visit our site! It’s the ultimate marketing strategy that doesn’t cost us a dime! I mean, it’s not like any of these obscure foreign icons will win…”

…but then “foreigners” did win. Of particular interest, Korean pop star Rain won the poll last year with “406,252 ‘influential’ votes and 33,813 ‘not influential’ votes.” He also won in 2006 and 2007, and came in second during 2008. I remember reading the comments for last year’s publication, and there was quite a bit of hate on both sides. Regardless, you’d think TIME would give Rain some credit for his worldwide following but when it came to the description of his accomplishments, one can’t help but feel a bit of animosity,

The South Korean pop star turned actor Rain, 28, took the top spot in the TIME 100 reader poll for the third year, trouncing competitors from Barack Obama to Lady Gaga. That’s pretty impressive online power for a guy whose main claim to Western fame is a role in the 2009 film Ninja Assassin.

(emphasis is mine)

This year, Rain didn’t make it to the list of nominees. Which brings to my biggest question regarding the TIME 100 Poll: how do these nominees get chosen? Who chooses them? (If you happen to find out, let me know! I scavenged TIME’s site but came up empty.)

One thing that is severely overlooked with regards to this poll is the nature of the voting process: the descriptions of each nominee are the contributing factor to their success during the polling. I believe this for a number of reasons:

1. No registration is required to vote. You can vote as many times as you like per day. This means that pop star fans will be flocking to vote for their idols, the main reason I believe they are included on the list—to generate traffic. This leads me to my second point…

2. There are so many people on the list that the majority of voters that actually stick around to see who else is on the list are voting purely based on the content of each nominee’s description.

To conclude my rant, the descriptions are what make the nominee in the TIME 100 Poll. Since TIME writes the descriptions, which vary in persuasive tone, and seemingly chooses nominees arbitrarily, I think the poll is more or less a hit and miss competition. There are definitely nominees whose influence is indisputable, but I find a lot of them on grey ground. This is usually the case when I read the descriptions for actors/actresses and some CEO’s. Of course, influence is arguable in all cases.

Despite my apprehensiveness, I believe the poll is a great opportunity for people to receive well-deserved recognition for their work during the year and for readers to learn about what people are doing all over the world.  It makes me think about what “influence” actually means to me and what it could mean to other people around the world. What do you think of the TIME 100 Poll?

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Conformity — Do you pass the elevator test?

Conformity; the unwritten, unenforced laws that everyone obeys. Yes, that means you, too. For example, When you step into an elevator, which way do you face? After pondering for a few seconds, your answer is likely the elevator doors. Why? Have you ever tried facing the back of the elevator? There’s nothing that says you cannot; go try it. How about asking someone on the bus for their seat, no matter how many empty seats there are available? Cutting in line during the morning Tim Horton’s rush?

Chances are you will feel very uncomfortable doing any of these small acts of out-of-the-norm behaviour. You may even break a sweat. You feel this discomfort because of the bonds of conformity, your instinct to be one with the crowd. But why do we conform? Why do we care so much about what other people think?

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Striving for perfection – why bother?

Be it a perfect grade, a perfect soufflé, a perfect score, or a perfect life, every person can relate to the desire to attain ‘perfection.’ For many, the inability to reach this goal causes immense disappointment and feelings of powerlessness, especially when it is the perfection of society that we seek. Why?

What’s so good about being ‘perfect?’ I believe the pursuit of perfection is meaningless; why? Well let me ask you this: what is perfection?

Perfection is worthless. I know that’s a strong statement, but allow me to explain before you judge me. Perfection is too much an opinion to be taken seriously. Don’t make the mistake of thinking I’m talking about ‘perfection’ in terms of standards of quality; I’m talking about perfection in the eyes of others. My mother once told me that the perfect man for me is one who won’t be addicted to gambling, or alcohol, or cigarettes or drugs. He should have a good heart, and most of all he must be handsome. Being my mother, it’s expected she would want good-looking grandchildren, but that really struck a heart-string. I don’t mind if I marry someone good-looking, but I feel that if I fall for someone beautiful who is a consistent thorn in my side or a negative influence on my well-being and mental health, what good would that do any child of mine?

I don’t like the word ‘perfect’ for it does not exist in nature, nor will you find any perfect humans. Only in the most sophisticated research laboratories can the proposed definition of perfect exist, (perfect sphere, perfect conditions, etc.) within error.

So hold your standards high, but by no means be hardheaded. The worst thing a person can try to do is be perfect in the eyes of other people, as it is quite impossible to please everyone. That’s why the people will always dislike the government, no matter who is in charge.

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