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Always connected – the digital overload

Thought for the day….”It is not the years in your life that count.  It is the life in your years”

“Knowledge comes from learning.  Wisdom comes from living”

One of the big challenges now is that we are never disconnected.   People are now suffering an onslaught of information at all hours of the day, and with tables and mobile phones, this continues even when they are not at work.    Internet is available almost everywhere, and the mobile phone means that people are still connected even when they are on the beach or walking in the park.    Not only are people able to be online continuously, but there is also an overload of information now.     Some scientists are now saying that this constant stream of data is making it hard to concentrate, and is also causing increasing levels of stress.  There is also the problem of trying to juggle all the different forms of technology, and to cope with all that information that is now bombarding us.     So rather than making life easier for us, this technology is actually making life MORE difficult and stressful.     People now believe that they have to answer a mobile phone call immediately, and that the email that has just arrived must be read instantly, whilst at the same time they are still bombarded by information from the internet.  Some hotels are now advertising that they do NOT have internet, and also are advertising digital detox breaks.   Always connected, and not a good thing.

Today’s photo comes from the lakefront in Pembroke, New Zealand, where there is also internet.  Who needs it though with a view like this?

and another photo, the waterfront at Picton, South Island, New Zealand.    From here ferries depart for the 3.5 hour trip to the North Island.

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The Southern Alps of New Zealand

Thought for the day..”Success is when preparation meets opportunity”

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your entire life running up and down the field and never score”

Two photos from yesterday, taken on a flight around the Southern Alps on the South Island of New Zealand.   Unusually there was absolutely no wind over the mountains, meaning absolutely no turbulence, so I was able to fly closer to the mountains than normal.    The photos are screenshots from the video camera (the video will go up on Youtube later), and show Mt. Aspiring (3033m high) in the Mt. Aspiring National Park.  In the first photo, on the horizon left of the wing, you can see New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt. Cook, which is now 3724m high.   To the right of Mt. Aspiring is the large Bonar Glacier.   Unfortunately there is a movement in New Zealand to rename many of the places and mountains with minority names, however the official names of the mountains are still Mt. Aspiring and also Mt. Cook.   So here is Mt. Aspiring below the wingtip….

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and another photo, again a screenshot from the video camera..The normal climbing route is up the long snow covered face (about 60 degrees) on the left, then along the ridge to the summit at 3033m.

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Autumn colours at Glendu Bay, New Zealand

Thought for the day…”Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it”

”  Opportunity does not knock.  It presents itself when you beat down the door”.

Autumn at Glendu Bay, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand for the photo today.  In the centre of the photo is the Bonar Glacier and Mount Aspiring (3033m) in the middle of the Mt. Aspiring National Park.  Glendu Bay is famous for its autumn colours, and often features on postcards and in brochures.  The nearby camping site is packed out over Christmas and New Year, a kiwi tradition to set up camp by the lakeside here.   The town of Pembroke Wanaka is a short drive away as is the small Treble Cone ski area, whilst further up the valley is the start of the national park, with fantastic nature and hiking possibilities.   The Canadian pop/country singer Shania Twain owned property near hear until recently, not hard to see why.

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and another photo from the archives…..the Sultan’s Palace in Muscat, Oman

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Were there some red faces recently?

Thought for the day…” A goal is a dream with a deadline”.

” When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it”

Now I am wondering if there are some very red faces at the American toymaker Hasbro over it’s ‘Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Playset’.    Red faces probably, not over the spelling of ‘shoppe’ but probably over the transparent plastic tube that is used to squeeze out Play-Doh to appear like cake frosting.   More than one person has commented that the plastic extruder appears to be very much like a sex-toy.  Remember that this item was sold in a set aimed at children, and was sold through reputable retailers.

LOW RES cake extruderComments were posted on Facebook, including on Hasbro Inc. own pages about the ‘toy’.  More than a few parents have been upset by the shape of the ‘toy’.   And if you have time, then check out some of the comments and reviews that purchasers have left on Amazon.com.  Sure to bring a smile…….and good that most people can see the funny side of life.  Hasbro are replacing the item with an alternative design.

Something more serene and less controversial here…Lake Hawea in Otago, South Island New Zealand.   The photo shows the main highway which heads through the Southern Alps up to the Haast Pass, before dropping down to the West Coast.   Lake Hawea is a popular fishing spot, whilst Hawea village has a wonderful cafe and restaurant (Sailz), well worth a short detour off the highway to visit.  Highly recommended !!

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The Open Road – New Zealand – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…..” Do not put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket”.

” Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle”.

Off to New Zealand for todays photo, and a picture from one of the three main routes (state highway 73)  that crosses the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand.    Having left the flat plains of Canterubury behind, the road climbs up through Porters Pass (939m) then descends in the mountains before climbing again up to Arthurs Pass (925m) then descends steeply towards the west coast.    The main road is seen here at the bottom of this descent, not far from the settlement of Jackson, which now boasts a 5 star resort.  Jackson is more famous for its pub and also its gourmet pies, a New Zealand tradition.   An excellent, scenic drive or cycle if you are in New Zealand, highly recommended.   Non-stop it will take around 3 hours from Christchurch to the West Coast, but with scenery like this, then you are bound to stop for photos.   The view here is looking eastwards, back towards the Southern Alps.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 11th June 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day..” I am the author of my life.  Unfortunately, I am writing in pen and I cannot erase my mistakes”.

” Do not regret growing older.  It is a privilege denied to many”.

Did you see the article in the news from NBC that Domino’s Pizzas are testing the use of drones to deliver pizzas.  Apparently, they are trialling a drone that has 8 propellors, called a Domicopter, that can carry 2 pizzas from shop to customer.   So far, Dominos have been impressed by the trials, and the speed at which the drones can deliver the pizzas.  How long will it be before robots are also delivering the mail?   Another story in the news that caught my eye was the story about HAI, or healthcare acquired infection.   Apparently, in the US, 1 in every 20 people admitted to a hospital will catch an infecton, or HAI.   Trials are now being carried out in the US of a special bracelet (called intelligentM ) which can monitor when/if healthcare staff wash their hands, and if they do it for long enough.   Using RFID, the bracelet can then record handwashing, and also upload information to let other staff monitor handwashing.   And according to the British newspaper Daily Mail, your computer keyboard is 5 times dirtier than your toilet seat.  This can lead to ‘qwerty tummy’.  A survey by ‘Which’ found that 1 in 10 of all people never clean their keyboards, which accounts for the millions of bacteria growing on them.  So keep the hand sanitizer ready !

New Zealand for the photo today and a photo from one of the few roads that goes through the Southern Alps.  Taken from the road between Makaroroa and Haast on a beautiful summers day.  In a few kilometres from where the photo was taken, the road will reach the highest point, 564m above sea level.    Haast Pass got its name from the 19th century explorer, Julius von Haast.

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Photo of the Day Tuesday 14th May 2013 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” Nature always sides with the hidden flaw”    ” Every solution breeds new problems”

”  The attention span of a computer is only as long as its electrical cord”.

Another New Zealand photo today, and Mount Aspiring which rises to 3033m.   It is often called the Matterhorn of the South, due to its similarity.  The first recorded ascent took place in 1909, although now it is frequently climbed as it is not too technical.  It lies at the junction of 3 glaciers, the Volta, Bonar and Therma Glaciers.  The tallest mountain in New Zealand is Mount Cook, at 3753m.

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Photo of the Day Sunday 8th June – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day… ” Some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree. “

Up in the Southern Alps of New Zealand for the photo today and to the glaciers around Mount Aspiring.    The photo is taken from a light aircraft and shows the glacier plunging down into the valley.    If you look closely at the rocks on the right side of the glacier, then you may be able to make out a red building.  This is Colin Todd Hut, used as a base for climbers attempting to climb the 3033m Mt. Aspiring mountain.   The photo was taken in late summer, hence the lack of snow around the glacier.