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GO! Spill the coffee, B.P

Posted on August 12th, 2010 by Jim

It’s no use crying over spilt milk, or coffee B.P, the damage is done:

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Spillage stories welcomed here and do we really believe that the spill has been contained or was it exaggerated from day one? Hmmmm I wonder….

Inception anyone?

Posted on August 9th, 2010 by Jim

INCEPTION : This is THE film of the moment, ‘they’ say:

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It’s one you need to watch twice, not just once  - you know, to ‘gettit’. All about dreams and our sub conscious & what is life without our dreams, eh?

Comments welcomed, I’ll aim to watch it the first time during the next week – then again if another session is needed to get it.

Footballers – only human after all?

Posted on July 11th, 2010 by irishcoffee

Anyone been watching the World Cup? Today sees the final drama of the South Africa 2010 world cup unfold, when Spain and the Netherlands meet in the final tonight in Soccer City, Johannesburg . For a whole month, football lovers have been treated to a feast from the finest teams and players across the planet.

The social gap — between spectator and performer — appears huge. Few of us can match the wealth, never-mind skill, ingenuity, or professionalism to perform on such a stage. Watch closely, however, and at times a more familiar human side of footballers is visible. They may not live in our “world” as such, but that doesn’t mean they don’t think and act as humans generally do.

Often games are decided with literally one kick of the ball. In one quarter final, Ghana were granted such an opportunity against Uruguay. With the score tied at 1-1 in the final few seconds of extra time, a Uruguay player handled the ball, Ghana were awarded a penalty. Forward Asamoah Gyan stepped up to the spot. With this one kick he had the chance to put his country Ghana — at this stage Africa’s last representatives at  the South Africa 2010 World Cup — into the semi-finals. Under the most extreme pressure, Gyan opted for power….and missed. The ball ricocheted off the cross bar, and the game went into penalties to decide the winner. Ghana missed two of their allotted penalties, and so it was Uruguay’s chance to win the match with one kick. Forward Sebastian Abreu — nickname, El Loco (Spanish for madman) — stepped up to the spot. This footballer opted not for power. With the lightest of touches, he outsmarted the goalkeeper by chipping the ball almost right into the centre of the goal. Uruguay were in ecstasy. Ghana in agony.

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But what about those two crucial kicks: the one for Ghana, the other for Uruguay. From one angle you could say that both cases exposed the weakness of Ghana players under pressure. In the first case the forward Gyan relied on brute force — and missed. In the second case, it was the Ghana goalkeeper who was left looking rather silly…because had he simply stayed where was, he would have been in the perfect position to simply catch the ball and prevent Uruguay winning. Of course, we know why the goalkeeper didn’t “stay”. Had he simply kept his position, in the centre, he would have looked even sillier had the forward put the ball either side of him. Perhaps the Uruguay forward Abreu must have known that too…because think how silly he would have looked had he missed with such an seemingly tame effort! (At least Ghana’s forward and their goalkeeper tried…right?)

Well, now cognitive scientists have discovered an ‘action bias’ during penalties. Their findings seem to demonstrate the human side, or social rationality, of footballers. Among their conclusions they noted that “Goalkeepers feel a pressure to act because they would feel guiltier missing a ball while staying in the centre than missing it while trying to do something…”  And, “Kickers…act in a way that is going to minimize reproach rather than only the chances of missing.”

So, all this has got me thinking…How much do our thoughts and actions come from our “social rationality” — basically, not wanting to look silly — and how much from a more positive desire to achieve the best for ourselves and those around us? Where exactly does your ‘action bias’ lie?

Maya Angelou’s thoughts on getting older

Posted on June 22nd, 2010 by Clinically Clueless

In April 2009, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday… Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.

And, there on television, she said it was ‘exciting.’

Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day…like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!

Maya Angelou said this:
‘I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.’

‘I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.’

‘I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.’

‘I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’

‘I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.’

‘I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back..’

‘I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.’

‘I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.’

‘I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.’

‘I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.’

‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’

Share some lesson that you  have learned about life.

A coffee myth?

Posted on June 9th, 2010 by Jim

It appears that coffee addicts are merely staving off the effects of caffeine withdrawal they’re no more alert than people who regularly do without The millions of people who depend on a shot of coffee to kickstart their day are no more alert than those who are not regular coffee drinkers, say researchers.

A cup of coffee, suggests a study, only counteracts the effects of caffeine withdrawal that has built up overnight.

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“Someone who consumes caffeine regularly when they’re at work but not at weekends runs the risk of feeling a bit rubbish by Sunday,” said Peter Rogers, who led the research at Bristol University. “It’s better to stick with it or keep off it altogether.”

Infrequent coffee drinkers who reach for an emergency hit fare no better, experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety – and withdrawal symptoms the next day.

How genetic differences may influence response was also examined. Blood samples were taken from 379 volunteers who were asked to avoid caffeine for 16 hours.

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GO! Smell this ingenious advert from Heineken

Posted on May 10th, 2010 by Jim

Ever had one of those ‘ I’d rather be doing something else moments’?

Heineken did exactly that to 1,000 football loving males in Italy and it worked a treat:

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What would you rather be doing right here, right now? Do tell….

The Dubai Digital Media Conference 2010

Posted on May 6th, 2010 by Jim

With my firm belief that this coffee community can grow into something useful online I’m attending the  Dubai Digital Media Conference  here in Dubai hosted by the gang down at The Media Exchange. Investing my time, if you will to see what is coming next in the world of social networking after some 2,700 posts and 58,000 comments here at coffee following the drama of us having all our flower smelling content stolen in the summer of 2009 where we nearly lost the lot and sadly lots of regulars along the way. This radio interview on Dubai eye was key to us getting it all back and re-inventing ourselves – as one does in life!

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With technology moving on at a rapid rate of knots and as we move from web 2.0 to web 3.0 user generated content is expected to grow. I enjoyed the presentation by Rob Proctor of London based reality digital who gave us a glimpse into the future of online media and a sniff of things to come.

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The reality of GO! Smell the coffee is we are a clique forum of varying personalities that post from time to time, comment, adopt various personas in some cases and go from there – we could be so much more!

The following is taken from the reality digital website that made me stop & think:

People naturally associate with groups and communities with similar hobbies and interests. Social media on the Web has created countless niche communities revolving around focused points of interest. Whether it’s seeking parenting advice or showing off their latest car modification, online communities of interest are creating highly-targeted verticals for people’s passions. Reality Digital provides social media solutions to businesses that cater to online niche communities that promote and inspire entire groups of artists, enthusiasts, critics and fans. With UGC capabilities rich in video, images and more to share, as well as social networking tools like blogs, forums and chat to interact in, Reality Digital enables these businesses to build passionate social media communities that thrive.

With reality digitals help I’d like to create a virtual coffee shop  – that online place to get your ‘fix’ everyday within the world of inspiration, health, people, places, food and media and of course – COFFEE. The question is before more time n money is invested to you is what would you like to see here or isn’t it enough just to tweet and be on facebook?

Rob and his team in London have kindly agreed to look into the potential of what they see GO! Smell the coffee holding.

Comments welcomed – poking optional and do let me know your thoughts and any questions you may have regarding the Dubai Digital Media conference, reality digital and the future of GO! Smell the coffee……

Go! Watch the video (just not on YouTube)

Posted on May 4th, 2010 by Lib

Lib in Manchester calling! M.I.A’s video for her new single, Born Free, has been banned by YouYube, deemed as being too violent.  News story below.

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The full length video can be seen on Vimeo below.

 So, having watched the video and the newsclip, have YouTube got it right? Is it too violent? Or is their moral stance a bit laughable considering their website is nicknamed ‘YouPorn’?

And is there a place in today’s society for such graphic music video’s?

So many questions! Please answer below but only, quite rightly, if you’re not ginger.

Happy Star wars day : May 4th be with you, Snatch Vader

Posted on May 4th, 2010 by Jim

Happy star wars day to all and May 4th be with you!

I’m a fan of mash ups but this one takes the buscuit as Darth Vader meets the cockney wide boy from East End gangster movie snatch. *Caution – bad langauge so may offend some

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Please do share any Star Wars moments right here & Star Wars comments welcomed here and please use the force sparingly.

Go! Hang a Parliament!

Posted on May 3rd, 2010 by irishcoffee

This week it is general election time in the UK. On Thursday 6th May the people will go to the polls and have their say. Or, at least those who still believe they can really achieve anything by voting… And so, a group of political reform campaigners, aptly called Hang ‘em, are encouraging voters to, er, do just that! Indeed, still reeling from the notorious “expenses scandal” which unfolded last year, some Brits might jump at the chance to have their politicians hung…

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Fortunately (for politicians) , the phrase “hung parliament” has a strictly political meaning. Put very simply, it means that whenever no one party wins an “outright majority” of the vote (over 50%), power is “hung” between, or shared among, parties rather than assigned to just one.

At least, that’s the theory. In reality we could actually see the UK’s politicians, as the campaigners wish, effectively suspended, held to ransom until they all see some sense and decide to renew democracy in Britain! …Could we really do this?! Or are these campaigners simply attempting the impossible, trying to put square pegs into round holes? It’s time we stood up to politicians, they urge, and we must do this by going out to vote in such a way that no single party actually “wins.”

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What do YOU think? Should politicians just learn to get on with one another and work together? Rather than waste time justifying their own “superior” policies and past actions, shouldn’t they be devoting time to cooperation and achieving the best for everyone?  You may not be overly interested in politics, but how do you think society in general could be better governed?

This is your parliament!

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