Guest Post: Craig Elimeliah // @craigelimeliah
I am not a fitness enthusiast nor am I even remotely aware of what I should be doing physically to not die at 65 but what I do love about the Nike Fuel Band is the awareness of hitting my goal and wanting to remain somewhat more active than I would normally be.
Wearable computing passively collecting valuable data to positively motivate, that inspires me.
Guest Post: Craig Elimeliah // @CraigElimeliah
It is absolutely fascinating that the word inspiration is defined in the medical dictionary as “the drawing of air into the lungs”.
The fact that there is an actual physical definition for something that seems so abstract and differs for so many different people is amazing.
This physical definition very much embodies what actually happens when inspiration hits.
I am inspired by so many different things, my family inspires me, the world I live in inspires me and my job inspires me. I read books that inspire me and I watch movies that inspire me, I work with creative professionals that inspire me and I sometimes even inspire myself.
But if I have really focus on one thing that inspires me on a regular basis, one thing that I know I can count on time and time again, a source in which I can access and always find inspiration, it would have to be Twitter.
Don’t get me wrong, a beautiful landscape, a pretty face, a laughing child, a sunset and the like all inspire me immensely however those are all things that are not always easily accessible and take effort to gain exposure to.
Twitter is something that I feel has become part of my being, an ambient awareness similar to whale or bat sonar.
Twitter inspires me the way an ant farm inspires me. It is an actualized manifestation of the human collective consciousness.
Sure I get a kick out of a witty tweet or a wise crack, a deep link or an insight but what really gets my heart racing is the entire breadth of human input streaming like a vast river across the Twitter timeline.
I’ve always been amazed at the organizational skills of insects and animals. The way they just do things in synchronicity, so natural and so pure. They just flow. This is how I see Twitter. It herds our thoughts into a synchronized timeline and adds a whole new dimension to human awareness. Twitter is like a new human sense.
It fascinates me to peruse other timelines where I have no association what so ever and to see people just sharing tidbits of their personalities. This knowledge base we have all tapped into and contribute to, bits of data being poured into the system by the billions every day. The way it empowers anyone to add a point of view, the way it gives anyone the ability to expand a topic in ways it would have never been expanded before.
This absolutely inspires me, it gives me a sense of hope to hear the small voices of humanity that have been silenced since the beginning of time. The fact that so many people talk about so many things at once, carry on conversations that range from the world’s most pressing issues to absolute bull shit.
I haven’t yet grown tired nor do I think I ever will of this powerful source of inspiration. It is both digital and human at the same time. The character limit keeps it concise and the wealth of information keep my mind buzzing throughout the day.