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  • Paul Hurst 11:26 am on February 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cisco, communications, , google+, hurst, , , paul, phone, ,   

    Two ears, one mouth, one person, two mobile phones… 

    As a boy growing up, my parents often pointed out that ‘God gave us two ears and only one mouth’. We should listen twice as much as we talk and I was reminded of this when Ciso Systems today announced that 2012 will be the year where mobile phone handsets somehow outnumber people who live on this planet.

    Despite this mind boggling stat it’s strange that in a world which seems more ‘connected’ than ever, many people still feel voiceless and unheard. The irony being perhaps that as more people find their voices via social media, it becomes even harder to actually be heard over the clamour of status updates and tweets that are all around us.

    I was challenged myself by this very issue at the start of this year.

    I’m not unusual in having twitter, facebook, a blog, google+, a flickr and even a foursquare (somewhere), yet I found myself wondering what it is, exactly that I am actually contributing to those who stumble across all my social media content. As a journalist, I’m quite comfortable with the concept of creating content that connects with an ‘audience’ but how does that work out in the social media world too?

    I wonder, if we actually stop and look at what we share and comment on, are we really providing anything of value or interest, something that actually enriches the lives of our ‘audience’? Or are we merely trying to draw attention to ourselves, our own interests, opinions and in some cases egos.

    Put it to the test, Have a look at what others around you are writing and sharing, take a few moments to have a ‘listen’ before deciding what you’d like to say next.

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  • Paul Hurst 9:47 am on October 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ceo, , died, email, illness, , , , , obituary, paul, praise, stanford, statement, , steven, , thought   

    The technology world is remembering the life of… 

    The technology world is remembering the life of one of it’s giants today.  Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple Inc. has died at the age of fifty-six.

    Renowned for his ruthless and unwavering determination, Jobs had been battling through ill health since 2003 but in true typical fashion, he worked on, only stepping down as boss on the 24th August this year.

    I only dealt with Steve Jobs once.  Soon after the launch of the iPad,  I emailed him to say how happy I was with the product and how useful it was with my day to day work.  Steve Jobs was well known for replying (albeit briefly) to emails that were sent to his work address.  On this occasion, I didn’t expect a reply given that no question had been asked or suggestion made.  As it turned out, I did receive a very public reply as a few weeks later, Steve quoted some sections of my email during his TV interview at the ‘All Thing Digital’ event.

    Steve’s comments reminded me that it’s often important to give positive feedback, we’re quite used to complaining but it’s equally important to make sure we don’t let moments of thanks or praise pass by too.  Often a little ‘thank-you’ or ‘well done’ give us all a better perspective on both successful and unsuccessful endeavours that we find ourselves dealing with day by day.  The Bible says ‘Don’t grow weary of doing good’ (Gal 6:9), and no matter how successful or confident we are, we can all lose sight of what we may be achieving from time to time, thats where some simple reassurances can make a big difference.

    Steve Jobs also had quite a shrewd and philosophical view of life, and death.  In 2005, during his Stanford Commencement Speech, Jobs addressed his own mortality.

    “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

    Steve clearly lived by this principle, today he gains a degree of immortality with what he leaves behind. We all do well to remember that his life is one lived and used to the fullest.

     
  • Paul Hurst 11:16 pm on July 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , code, codex, criticism, da, error, , paul, resurrection, siniaticus, textural, vinci   

    ‘Christ died for our sins’ Despite what the BBC says… 

    Christ's resurrection *IS* mentioned in Codex Sinaiticus

    The earliest account of the resurrection in Codex Sinaiticus

    Great news for religious conspiracy theorists the world over.  The oldest near-complete version of the Bible can now be browsed online.

    Codex Siniaticus was written between 400-450AD and is the oldest version of the Bible in existence but what does it tell us about the Bibles we read today?

    There is no doubt there are lots of ‘differences’ Especially in the Old Testament.  This is largely due to how the oldest books (like Genesis) were written.  In this Codex, they were written in ‘ye-olde-Greek’ which has presented challenges to readers, much like those who try to read old English versions today.  It’s a different story for the New Testament though.

    Some stories are omitted and some extra ones are included but bearing in mind, these scriptures are by no means a recent find, the modern translations already point out these differences in the margins.  Unfortunately with Da Vinci Code mania stull running high,  lots of people are looking for controversy where there really isn’t any and it seems to be quite fashionable to try to discredit the Bible rather than the Qur’an or other Holy writings were fundamentalists don’t quite share such scholarly love.

    The BBC haven’t helped by writing a web article which only really tells half of the story.  Readers may be forgiven for thinking its all over bar the (hymn) singing after reading that the Codex misses out vast swathes of text including accounts of Christ’s resurrection and ascension.  It isn’t quite like that at all.

    Via the science of ‘textural criticism‘ its possible to form a relatively accurate date for the writings and events of the letters of St Paul and the Acts of the Apostles.  Paul’s ‘conversion’ happened approximately four years after Jesus’s public execution.  Acts 9:19 tells us that after his Damascus road experience, Paul spent time with the Disciples in Jerusalem.  Textural criticism really kicks in here…

    1 Cor 15:3 offers what seems like a simple-almost throw-away comment.

    3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.

    This now sounds quite ‘normal’ as far as Christian tradition goes but at the time of writing, these words were mind blowing.  Paul wrote this around 50AD.  A mere thirty years after Jesus’ execution many of the witnesses to the events were still alive, in fact Paul makes mention of this himself.  But why is this so important?

    Well, some historians, theologians and novel writers would like us to believe that Jesus’ Divinity and resurrection were only ‘invented’ hundreds of years and thousands of miles away from how things actually were.  However through textural criticism it’s easy to see that they were not.  Christians were preaching, reading and writing about the resurrection within 5 years of Christ’s execution (remember: Paul says he is passing on that which he was given, presumably from the Disciples in Jerusalem).

    Unsurprisingly and contrary to what the BBC may have us believe, these texts can all be found (easily) in Codex Siniaticus with a few simple clicks of the mouse.  They aren’t missing at all!

    I’m not sure why Christianity comes in for so much stick.  Now I know some of the bad-press is well deserved with religious crackpots doing far more damage than good but surely a tambourine image crisis shouldn’t affect what is historically accurate or not.

    Alas! It doesn’t seem to be that way.  So many assumptions are made, reports and documentaries broadcast without some of the evidence being presented properly.  Not only does this exhibit very poor journalism, it misrepresents some of the most famous and prevalent ancient texts in existence.


     
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