Posts Tagged ‘Google’

While writing yesterday’s blog post A Reason To Live, I Googled “A reason to live” – Here’s the results I got

It got wondering how many people have Googled exactly the same thing as me, but who have Googled that phrase because they are in dire need as they are considering suicide.

I then found the report for the Samaritans in Scotland in 2018 – Samaritans_Scotland_Impact_Report_2018

It is sober reading – So many lives lost to suicide, so many people in desperate need to someone to listen to them, and understand how they feel. What really touched me most was this statement

Research by Samaritans found that nearly 2 in 3 Scots have first-hand experience of suicide – whether through their own experience of suicidal thoughts or from supporting someone with suicidal feelings or the loss of a friend or family member.

That’s some statistic isn’t it! In a room of 6 people, 4 of them will have been affected by a suicide or considered suicide themselves. Multiplying that out, 400 out of every 600 people will have been affected by a suicide or considered suicide. I certainly wasn’t aware suicide affected so many lives.

I’m not quoting these figures to you just for affect but to highlight the scale of the problem.

The good news is suicide is preventable, and we can all help. So I encourage you to reach out to a friend, a neighbour, a family member who seems to be struggling with life, and just ask them if they are ok – Remember just because someone says they’re ok doesn’t mean they really are, so trust yourself when you feel there is something wrong – Just be there for someone when they are at their lowest point, and support them.

Have you ever felt like this? Bored!

We’ve probably all felt like that sometime. For the last few weeks, and the next while I am not working. This doesn’t mean I’ve been free to do what I want or go where I want as I’ve been very limited in what I am able to do physically. This has meant that I’ve had to find lots of things to do which involve limited physical activity at the very most, and that’s hard! You’ve got to be really desperate to watch day-time TV, and there’s only so much you can read, so yes, I have found myself feeling bored and frustrated at times.

So out of interest I googled ‘bored’, and had a look at some of the images it offered me that relate to being bored. This one was definitely my favourite

Don’t worry folks, I haven’t (yet!) done this 🙂

My lesson from this is that if ever I need cheered up, just google how you feel and have a look at the images it suggests, you’re sure to see one that amuses you and brightens your day.

Over the last few months I’ve done a number of posts called ‘Slogans’. Today it’s time for another one!

In my previous “Slogans” posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Feel the bubbles
  2. Good to the last drop
  3. I am what I am
  4. The car in front is a…
  5. Don’t be evil
  6. Eat fresh
  7. Grace, space, pace
  8. Who wins if you win?
  9. Does she or doesn’t she?
  10. Put your spin on it

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

advertising

So here’s the answers…

  1. Aero
  2. Maxwell house coffee
  3. Reebok
  4. Toyota
  5. Google
  6. Subway
  7. Jaguar
  8. Lotto
  9. Clairol
  10. K-Swiss

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks/months, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

He’s where?

Posted: September 28, 2017 in faith, Relationships, religion
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Have you ever typed “Where is God” into Google?

Out of curiosity, I did this the other day – what kind of site would you expect the top result to be?

Well the top result when I did this was the following:

Yes, I was as surprised as you probably are, that the first things listed was a place called ‘God’, in Hungary.

I had certainly been expecting to find a website giving some theological reasons to why God is all around us wherever we are, but that certainly wasn’t what I got was it.

I wonder what it’s like living in the place called ‘God’? Do think realise that they ‘live in God’?

Personally I don’t need to live in Hungary in a place called ‘God’ to be aware of God in my life – How about you, are you living in God, and is He living in your life?

In the last few months in my previous “Slogans” blog posts, I mentioned how we all see and hear many adverts on a daily basis via advertising hoardings or adverts on the radio, television  magazines and newspapers.

Today again I want to give you some more slogans to see how many of the companies/organisations associated with them you can identify from their slogans?

  1. Peace of mind
  2. Tell ’em about the honey, mummy
  3. In touch with tomorrow
  4. The totally tropical taste
  5. Good to the last drop
  6. Fly the friendly skies
  7. Perpetual spirit
  8. The power of dreams
  9. Don’t be evil
  10. Better sound through research

So that’s the slogans, how many do you think you know?

advertising

So here’s the answers…

  1. Chubb
  2. Sugar Puffs
  3. Toshiba
  4. Lilt
  5. Maxwell House
  6. United airlines
  7. Rolex
  8. Honda
  9. Google
  10. Bose

There were a few tricky ones in there, so if you got them all, well done!

I’ll be doing a few more of these in the coming weeks, so keep watching the adverts and remembering the slogans!

Today is all about options again – I’m going to give you two items at a time, and you have to choose which either best describes you or which you prefer:

  1. Spring or autumn
  2. White car or black car
  3. Electrical or gas heating
  4. Plastic bags or reusable bags
  5. Google or Bing
  6. Mayonnaise or salad cream
  7. Analogue or digital clock
  8. Tigger or Eeyore
  9. Brown or white bread
  10. Contact lenses or glasses

A variety of questions, some about your personality, some about your preferences. Whatever your answers, together they define who you are.

In case you’re wondering here’s my answerslogo_your_preferences_final

  1. Spring
  2. Black
  3. Gas
  4. Reusable bags
  5. Google
  6. Mayonnaise
  7. Digital
  8. Tigger
  9. White bread
  10. Glasses

Early this week I attended a hospital appointment at one of our local hospitals. As usual the clinic I was attending was running late so I ended up sitting in the waiting room, doing what I usual do, observing the other people as they came and went, wondering what they were there for, how long they’d been attending the clinic etc.

At one point about 20 minutes after my allocated appointment time, a girl and boy of probably about 18 or 19, came in together and sat down in the seats at ninety degrees to me. Almost as soon as they sat down, they both got their mobile phones out their pockets and proceeded to use their phone to send/receive messages for at least the next 10 minutes (I got called at that point), never uttering a word to one another, and never stopping to look up at either one another or anyone else in the waiting area.

conversationI’ve thought a lot about these two since my hospital appointment, and keep thinking about so many of those who have grown up with technology and social media a standard fixture in their life, seem to be unable to go without it for more than a few minutes at a time, and seem unwilling or unable to interact with people face to face. To be honest it wouldn’t surprise me if these two were actually messaging each other even though they were sitting next to each other!

Are we slow but surely losing the ability to hold a conversation with one another face to face? Is the availability of social media to everyone slowly killing the art of conversation?

I believe that social media has opened up a whole to world of possibilities to us, however I also believe that for many who have not known a world without social media, they will struggle to hold a “normal” conversation with others face to face, simply because they are not used to talking to a real person!

I hope I’m wrong, as where would we be if we can’t even talk to one another anymore?!

In Tuesday’s blog post I listed a few possible adverting slogans God might use if He was to create TV adverts. However God has no need to create TV adverts, because He is already the worlds biggest and most prolific advertiser in the world!

Confused? Well don’t be, think about it, look around yourself and consider who created everything you see…God!

Yes, God’s creation is the biggest and most spectacular, no-budget, clearest advertisement for Him the world will ever see. However, despite all we see around us that God created, and His message in the bible, many people still misinterpret His message – some deliberately, others through ignorance.

The most important part of God’s creation is of course the people, you and me! That therefore that makes each of us living adverts of God’s creation. Yes, some of us will be good adverts for God, while some of us will be bad adverts. Which are you?

Romans 1:20 (NLT)

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

So it’s down to us to advertise God’s message to the world and when we encounter people misinterpret God’s message we must do what Barnabas, Paul, and countless others have done through the years, we must tell them the correct message!

Let’s make sure the people we meet during our lives are left with no excuses for not knowing God, by constantly and confidently advertise the facts about God and about His creation.

Today I’m going to throw some more words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

Here goes…

1. Internet

2. Heaven

3. Networking

4. Course

5. Teacher

6. Football

7. Email

8. Food

9. Prayer

10. CD

11. Emotions

12. Musical Instrument

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it Difficult? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you suspected?

Here’s my answers to the above:

1. Information

2. God

3. Twitter

4. Learn

5. Maths

6. Rangers

7. Funny

8. Pizza

9. Quiet

10. Blessings

11. Difficult

12. Trombone

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of your answers surprise you? What about my answers, were any of them the same as mine?

I love these word association games, especially if we really do say the first word that comes into our mind when the hear the trigger word. I think when we do that our answers, tell us a lot about what’s on our mind, and what’s important to us. So bearing this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

As I said before when I posted my first Word Association blog post, I sometimes just pick some really random words and just try this myself just to see what my answers are – I know that still sounds really sad, but I often find it illuminating to discover what is occupying my subconscious…I’d urge you to try it out for yourself.