Solitary confinement

solitary-confinementEven solitary confinement comes with a view in eLFonia. Rooms are filling fast as eLFonia goes into lock-down during this current phase of turbulence. Stay tuned for more news as further developments continue to unfold in this ongoing saga.

“I (still) know more today than I did yesterday and (it seems) less than I will tomorrow” – eLFy


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Something about nothing

nothingIt seems that something is going on lately with a rising interest in nothing.

“I know more today than I did yesterday and less than I will tomorrow” – eLFy (I said that before but it is a daily occurrence)


 

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eLFy note: George Iles said, “Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.” We do live in a dark world.

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Alexander’s last wishes

Time continues to feature in eLFonia as the final thoughts and wishes of Alexander the Great came to light recently in a message of unknown source. With the light at the end of that tunnel becoming brighter and brighter, pondering our time together on this earth has once again come to the forefront of thinking for The eLFonian.


On his death bed, Alexander summoned his army generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:

  1. The best doctors should carry his coffin
  2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery
  3. His hands should be let loose, so they hang outside the coffin for all to see !!

One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain. Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

“I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal.”
“I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, will stay on earth.”
“I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty handed and we leave this world empty handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is time.”

We do not take to the grave any material wealth. Time is our most precious treasure because it is limited. We can produce more wealth but we cannot produce more time. When we give someone our time, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back. Our time is our life! The best present that you can give to your family and friends is your time.

May you use your time wisely.

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Time Gets Better With Age

For some time now, the eLFonian hierarchy has been devising plans for future growth in dealing with the impending TrOL invasion. These plans moved into the implementation phase recently which forced The eLFonian to go deep, deep undercover over the last few months. The hours have been long. The days have been frustrating. The rewards have been few yet a faint light is starting to pulsate at the end of a very long, long tunnel. As the light grows, and as we come out of a season in which many in the world remembered a man who lived over 2,000 years ago, a momentary reprieve from considering the TrOL issue provided the opportunity to consider what is important.


The eLFonian came into possession recently of a list. With deeper thought and reflection, each point in the list is a brief anecdote and quite instructive in terms of life which, in itself, is a process of continual learning. We know that learning is a part of life and we can all do well in our own learning journeys by following the simple approach that Rudyard Kipling described in the poem he wrote at the end of his short story, “The Elephant’s Child” which starts off by saying:

I keep six honest serving-men
They taught me all I knew
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who

May we continue to learn about, and focus on, the purpose and importance of life.

Time gets better with age – what we can learn

  • I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Silent Night.” Age 5
  • I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7
  • I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. Age 9
  • I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mum makes me clean it up again. Age 12
  • I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. Age 14
  • I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me. Age 15
  • I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. Age 24
  • I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures. Age 26
  • I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there. Age 29
  • I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. Age 30
  • I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it. Age 42
  • I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a little note. Age 44
  • I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. Age 46
  • I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 47
  • I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow. Age 48
  • I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours. Age 49
  • I’ve learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. Age 50
  • I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 51
  • I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. Age 52
  • I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53
  • I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58
  • I’ve learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage. Age 61
  • I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62
  • I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Age 64
  • I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. Age 65
  • I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 66
  • I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer. Age 72
  • I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. Age 82
  • I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. Age 90
  • I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. Age 92

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Searching for Google? Part 2

It becomes quite a chore keeping up with Google when it updates its search algorithm. From Pandas to Penguins, from Pidgeons to Hummingbirds and even to Venice, it seems Google keeps changing the rules.

The team at OnCrawl have detailed every major Google algorithm update from the past 12 years in this infographic. It is a handy chart to refer to in checking if your search traffic has been affected by Google’s various updates and changes.

More food for thought when searching online.


Infographic of Google's changes since 2000


A lot of changes, a lot of confusion, a lot of questions! Perhaps the answer lies in a previous post.

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eLFY note: The eLFonian is an avid user of Google having discovered many wonders and added to his general learning through its site but wonders, “why?” Perhaps Google can respond.
Source: Social Media Today. (2016). Retrieved 18 January, 2016, from http://www.socialmediatoday.com/technology-data/adhutchinson/2015-09-03/google-algorithm-updates-2003-2015-infographic#sthash.CnuuVKqJ.dpuf.
On Crawl. (2016). Retrieved 18 January 2016 from http://www.oncrawl.com/infographic-google-algorithm-updates-from-2003-to-2015/
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