Monday, May 10, 2004

Seems like blogger has changed it's user interface this past couple of days maybe yesterday. I have not really played with it but I kind of like it. New templates and a good looking eye candy.

Here is something I wrote for my English class final, I had one day to write it and this is still has not been passed through the spell checker and my proofreading. I will edit it today. Wait for more stuff from this blog this is going to be big. A Gmail review would be next with all the features I could find. Good luck.


----[ Racing against time ]----

Time is off the essence, we have learned that quite well over the years, but what influences time to challenge us and how does it seem to move by so quickly. Time has always been on earth since the beginning, but today it seems that the minutes are getting shorter and tighter. Everything we do takes time, which is not abundant as you will see in this paper. Time has a very vague meaning, dictionary.com, for example, defines time as: "Duration, considered independently of any system of measurement or any employment of terms which designate limited portions thereof." As I said however, it is a very vague meaning, Captain Jean Luc Picard in the Star Trek Generations said, "Someone once told me that time is a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey that reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we live it. After all, Number One, we're only mortal."

Time is immortal, but humans are, today we value time as much as we value life. We take the shortest path, fly in airplanes rather than drive in cars, and go beyond the speed limits to arrive faster all just to save a miniscule amount of time. We watch the clock to see if we missed our 1 hour limit, and we do not sleep at night to finish our jobs. A second wasted is gone, and thinking about it will make you loose even more seconds. Margaret B. Johnstone said, "Time is a fixed income and, as with any income, the real problem facing most of us is how to live successfully within our daily allotment." How we use our time determine the success of our lives and how many years we could live of free time.
Compared to what other things we do; an average person does not get a significant number of years of free time and most of time is wasted. Michael Althsuler once said, "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." Driving time carefully will produce very productive results, while not managing the time will produce catastrophic results. Let’s take a look at how many years an average person would live of free time. According to http://www.demko.com/neoyear.htm an average person will live about 65 years. The first 2 years of your life is for you to develop and grow. You have no conscience of what you are doing and do not remember a thing. you are still learning to crawl, walk, and sit. You are stuck eating baby food from Gerber, and wearing pampers. The following 15 years you are learning. You have just learned how to say poop and mom. You also have learned the alphabet from your big brother. During that time you have lost some teeth and replaced them with newer ones. As you grow in your 15th year you find no value of what you are doing and start slacking off. You want to fit in your school and start doing some childish acts to gain some attention. You watch TV for almost half of your day and your grads are in the low Cs. As you go through your senior year of high school you try to get all A grads to get a scholarship. You finally realize the value of the education. The following 5 years you start thinking, what do you want to be when you grow up and what would make you the most cash. You research and go to college, drop out of some courses and add some more. You constantly change your mind about your career and experiment with different things. The value of education that you have learned from your previous years makes you eager to learn more about some subjects. The following 6 years of your life are spent at college learning. You try to get the best scores in hope that doors would open when you are done with school easier. You get a job and try to work full time to support your self and pay your tuition. You do not have time to do much of the other fun stuff but you are stuck with all those homework, and the battle with time starts intensifies. You are now 27, fresh out of college looking for a job and aiming big. It would however be a year before you find a good job in this tough market. Now that you are 28, and you are getting a good wage of $40,000 you start wanting to aim higher. As you could see, the person does not really have free time until he is actually 29 or so, almost half of your life’s time is gone just preparing.
Now that you are 30 lets see how much free time you have. Considering that you sleep about 10 hours per day, and another 2 hours are for wasted time (driving, eating, etc...) you have 12 hours left of your day. Considering you are an average American you would work about 10 hours a day, so now you have 2 hours left of free time. This means that you only have about 35*365*2= 25,550 hours of free time out of the 35 years. That is equal to just 3 years of free time. This might seem plenty of time, but consider the following facts you spend 6 years on TV in your average lifetime, 4 years waiting for traffic lights, and 5 months on hold when calling, that is a miniscule amount compared to such facts.
Time is against us, it always has been. We should use it wisely; Peter Strup once said "Time only seems to matter when it's running out." Using time wisely would guarantee a better productive life. Annie Dillard said, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."


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