Are Prisons Too Soft?

The government is assessing whether prisoners should be given iPads to help them keep in touch with their families while on the inside. They could also be used to help with literacy, numeracy, and help convicts to gain skills ready for the outside world.

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Fun. ft. Janelle MonĂ¡e – We Are Young

This wasn’t going to be my choice for Song of the Week. It just pushed itself into my consciousness over the past week until I’ve got to the stage where I can’t actually think of any other song. Every time I’ve put my iPod on shuffle this week, which has been (I think) 17 times, this song has been played within the first 3. Every time. I think my iPod is obsessed. Yesterday I went to have my nails done, and guess what song was playing when I entered the salon? Yep, you’ve got it.

The chorus is strangely uplifting though:
We are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun”

Not a bad mantra to have.

I think that the lyrics refer to a relationship that ended badly. He’s sorry, he knows he did wrong and he accepts that if she wants to hurt him tonight he will still be there for him. He knows the relationship wasn’t perfect, but he also knows that the good times by far outweigh the bad.

I don’t know if I’m right and to be honest I don’t mind if I’m not. I just enjoy the song.

I hope you do too.

Modern Technology

I was at work today, working hard doing about fifteen things at the same time, as normal, when I was suddenly awe-struck by technology.

I’m in my mid thirties, so I’m old enough to remember actually having to go to a friends house to find out if they were in. We communicated either face-to-face or through handwritten letters. The closest I came to technology was playing games on my Spectrum 128K.

And yet there I was today, working in a database that people in the US are also using; emailing PDFs to Dubai; sharing files on Dropbox with people all over the country, and arranging an online training session with a company I’ve signed us up with. On top of that I was keeping up with my family abroad on Facebook, and keeping up with tweets from all over the world on Twitter.

Is it just me that finds that absolutely amazing? The power to do so much is at our fingertips; the possibilities are endless.

I think I’m part of the lucky generation because I CAN remember a time before this. It won’t be long before the past is as foreign to us as the Middle Ages.

I think tonight, after video chatting with some friends on FaceTime on my iPod, and watching some telly on NetFlix, I’m going to go to bed with a book. Not my Kindle tonight. Because as much as I love this amazing new world and all it has opened up for me, I’m not quite ready to totally give the past up just yet.