Friday, 10 January 2014

The CES that was...

While I’d like to say that I equally appreciate the Arts, to be honest I actually think of myself more as an artist than a scientist, I am not one to pass up an opportunity to appreciate the diversity and milestones reached by raw science. I’ve always believed you can’t really have one without the other, but what do I know… With that said, I bring you the highlights of the Consumer Electronics Show that was held yesterday in Las Vegas. While I wasn’t there in person (not like its open to the general public, even if it was, I highly doubt I’d make it), I strongly emphasize that I was there in spiritJ.

For those of you that have already heard about the CES, you’re welcome. And for those who are hearing about it for the first time, it’s basically an event that showcases the latest improvements and inventions of household electronics. it’s held annually in Las Vegas between the 7th and 10th of January with an attendance that usually goes up to 150,000 people, in spite of the fact that it’s not open to the public. It’s been around for about 50 years now, and though mostly attended by the likes of Bill Gates, Bob Galvin, John Chambers, Michael Dell  and Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, every once in a while you will also find the likes of Jay-z, Barrack Obama, Steven Spielberg and other celebrities from completely unrelated areas in life. So, yes my dear, before your beloved plasma/ PVR-DVD-VCR-DAR/Xbox/HTC Thunderbolt/GalaxyS2 was ever on the market, this is where it was first unveiled to the public.

It’s quite exciting when you think about it, how far the boundaries of house-hold technology are being pushed and how much science advances annually. When you analyze the direction which most electronics are tending towards, it hits you that the recent sci-fi movies and all their wild concepts, the likes of Elysium and After Earth and Gravity and Pacific Rim, are not as far-fetched as you might think… Scary, huh? Also, you realize that Asians are going to take over the world, eventually….

This year’s CES high lights included the first Li-Fi Smartphone that uses the sun’s waves for energy or something like that such that you barely have to use your battery. There was also the 77-inch Ultra HD telly from OLED and two curved tellys from Samsung. Audi unveiled its laser diodes that are apparently going to be used for the vehicles high-beam headlight. My personal favorites included the refrigerator that had cameras on the inside which you could somehow correlate with your mobile device, so that if you are shopping and aren’t sure if you’ve got enough tomatoes at home, all you gotta do is check your phone. There was also the rice cooker that you could activate on your way home, so that by the time you are there, your meal is ready for consumptions; so smile ladies, we weren’t left out…

Here are a few more gadgets from the 2014 CES.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Normal is overrated :)

'The people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.' - Steve Jobs.

I'm a black woman. Now I can say it with pride,but back then being black and being a woman are two of the worst things that could ever happen to you... Even though right now,stereotyping is generally discouraged,the number of people who sincerely believe that there are chances of a black woman doing something great or memorable would still be given a painfully low percentage. Not just that,but there is still an unspoken yet wide spread and accepted path of life that all women around the world,not just the black ones,are expected to follow ; Be a good girl,excel in school,graduate,get married,have babies,be a happy home maker,wait for your death.


While Im not opposed to any of the above achievements,I also believe that it should be by choice and not obligation. Why do we still passively but aggressively crucify those that choose another path? A person should be able to choose to go left when everyone they know went right,and not be ridiculed for it,or whispered about,or thought of as a lesser being who just needs to be fixed. Life is a really short journey,and it buffles me to see people becoming more cowardly and more predictable. While I know and strongly agree with the Bible when it says that women were made to be helpers,and that we should be submissive to the men,there is no where it says this should be your only goal in life. My opinion is that if you are capable of doing more,and want to do more,then go ahead and do it.

Just because something has been done the same way for millenia,doesn't mean its illegal to do it different. Change is still the only constant. So,regardless of your gender and skin tone,you can either join me on the mental and hopefully physical journey of discovering new things,pushing the boundaries, beating the odds,thinking outside the box(and I mean waaaaay outside),making history,changing the world,being great,standing out and being different,kicking major arse,travelling the world,being a part of God's miracles,touching lives...or you could stay and live a normal life.

Choice is yours.