Our Psychological Selves

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Truly, and beyond a shadow of a doubt, we all have a kind of mental instability of one sort or other; just through the stress that every day life presents… Yet our psychological selves are tricky; we don’t exactly see ourselves as others do, and so we have a deeper self, designed to correct this position.  See, our subconscious corrects for what our conscious misses yet does it in a symbolic way, subject to what we perceive ourselves to be.  Subject to interpretation.  How is this true?  In the first place everyone just sees what they want to see to begin with; in other words, we tend to pick out the more pleasant bits, and reject the rest, or at least, we stick it in the back of our heads for a more appropriate time to be dealt with.  We tend to prefer the pleasantness of it all.  We tend to prefer a societal realm…

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Exploring Google Glass through eyes of early users

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San Francisco – Geeks aren’t the only people wearing Google Glass.

Among the people testing Google Inc’s wearable computer are teachers, dentists, doctors, radio disc jockeys, hair stylists, architects, athletes and even a zookeeper.

Some 10,000 people are trying out an early version of Glass, most of them selected as part of a contest.

To get a sense of the advantages and drawbacks of the device, The Associated Press spoke to three Glass owners who have been using the device since late spring: Sarah Hill, a former TV broadcaster and current military veterans advocate; David Levy, a hiking enthusiast and small business owner; and Deborah Lee, a stay-at-home mom.

Glass is designed to work like a smartphone that’s worn like a pair of glasses. Although it looks like a prop from a science fiction movie, the device is capturing imaginations beyond the realm of nerds.

The trio’s favourite feature, by…

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The Most Pressing and Important Questions Asked to Google, All in One Handy Image

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Webcomic XKCD has a real gem on its hands, mapping out various questions that pop up in Google’s auto-complete search suggestions. If a particular question made this chart, odds are it’s been asked by a fair number of people.

For instance, I too would like to know why there are ants in my laptop. And why there are mustaches on clothes (huh?). Why do Q-tips feel good? What the crap are these ducks doing in my pool?! Why in the name of all that’s pure in this world is there caffeine in my shampoo? Why is there always a Java update? (That’s a great question, sir or madam.)

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One in five Americans still don’t have broadband

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While internet connectivity remains on the rise in the United States, it’s a slow climb to complete adoption. A recent report by Pew Research indicates that 70 percent  of Americans have in-home broadband internet — a modest increase in last year that still shows one in five households still lack high-speed internet.

That 70 percent figure is a statistically significant increase from Pew’s research in 2012, which showed a 66 percent broadband adoption rate. The steady (if slow) rise in broadband is coupled with a phasing out of traditional dial-up connections, which only 3 percent of those Pew surveyed still have in their homes.

According to Pew, the demographics that lead to broadband adoption are age, education, and income. Barely a third of adults that have never graduated from high school have access to broadband internet, versus nine out of 10 college graduates. Similarly, younger adults are more likely to…

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