Searching for Google?

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So you think you found what you’re looking for using Google? Think again! Better still, search again using another search engine. It looks like Google may not be playing fair. It seems that Google is promoting a more limited set of results drawn from Google+ ahead of more relevant ones you would get from using Google’s organic search algorithm.

Food for thought when searching online.



As Rudyard Kipling said in his poem contained in his short story, The Elephant’s Child,

“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.” – Rudyard Kipling

It pays to approach search engines with the same inquisitive mind it seems.

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eLFY note: Google is standard issue for eLFs so this is not a Google rant but rather a call for integrity of information provided through search engines.
Source: Focus on the User. (2016). Retrieved 6 January, 2016, from http://www.focusontheuser.eu/
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eLFonian Annual Report – 2015 in review

eLFonia website profile II white bkgdeLFy, together with the help of those clever little monkeys at WordPress.com, has prepared The eLFonian 2015 Annual Report.

In summary, operations and performance over 2015 left the eLFonian community bewildered at the continued growth in this highly-strung yet lucid sector. Attributable profit could not be attributed to any one source leaving a Net operating cash flow somewhere between Room 213 and the janitor’s closet in the corridors of eLFonia. Even so, the strong results were underpinned by productivity-led cost efficiencies which we are hoping to find soon as these were misplaced earlier in the year.

Overall, continued improvement improved continually during the year due to continual improvement of the continuous improvement program. This was in addition to the improvements made to the previous continuous improvement program which was sidelined earlier in the year due to a malfunction in the continuous improvement generator. To have faced any other improvement would have only resulted in a continually worsening outcome and we were not ready to face that moving into 2016.

Whilst returns were better than expected, some room was left for improvement. This room was in B Block along with wishful thinking (Room 7.3) and lost dreams (Basement Room A1). Some room was also factored into operational plans involving the maxing out of the credit card in 2016. The long-term outlook for the time being is long-term and provides no insight into current demand for our portfolio of products. We hope to change this once we develop a portfolio of products. This has been factored into the strategic plan for 2016, time permitting.

So that has been the year. Here is an excerpt of how it actually went and how cable cars really hold the key:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

May your 2016 be filled with love, peace and joy.
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eLFY note: The year that’s been – slow due to eLFonian commitments yet fruitful in providing a channel to liberate those occasional moments that make up life through eLFonian eyes.

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Communicating in the Modern Workplace

45761503_sThe modern workplace is changing. It has a new set of dynamics. It has a new generation of workers that have a different set of expectations. The modern workplace is a difficult terrain to navigate safely and for those that are not prepared, it can be filled with much frustration.

“We are born for synergy, just like the feet, just like the hands, just like the eyes, just like the rows of upper and lower teeth. Working against each other is unnatural, and being annoyed and turning one’s back is counterproductive” – Marcus Aurelius


There are various reasons for the job skills gap and these are not necessarily because of new tasks that employees aren’t grasping or because of new software that people in the workplace can’t master. Soft skills like communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration may also be part of the reason. The following infographic provides some interesting insights in the expectations of managers and millennials in today’s workforce.

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 Communicating in The Modern Workplace Infographic – Queens University of Charlotte Online
Via: Communicating in the Modern Workplace

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eLFY note: Millennials are those born between 1980 and the early 2000s meaning that eLFy is a pre-millenial (something like pre-historic).

Queens University of Charlotte, Online Programs. Infographic – Communicating in the Modern Workplace. Retrieved 20 November 2015 from http://online.queens.edu/resource/business-leadership/infographic/communicating-in-the-workplace
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The Credit Card of Life

Time CardRecently, time became an issue, as it often does, prompting The eLFonian to realise the value of this precious resource. At the same time, a story on the value of time came across the desk which is worthy of sharing. Appearing in a high school newsletter, the story’s origins are unknown.

“How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss


Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $1,440. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day is deleted.

What would you do? Draw out every dollar, of course!!!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is Time. Every morning, it credits you with 1,440 minutes. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.

Every day it opens a fresh account for you. Every night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.” You must live on today’s deposits.

Invest it so as to get from it the most in health, happiness and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realise the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realise the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realise the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realise the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realise the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed a train.
To realise the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realise the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with. And remember time waits for no one.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

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eLFy note: The first portion of this work is referred to by Miller who cites the source as anonymous (Miller, 2003). The second portion of this work is also from an anonymous source and appears on several websites (for example, Board of Wisdom) as a variation of a quote attributed to Marc Levy (Goodreads).

Miller, J. A. (2003). Yes, there is something you can do – 150 Prayers, Poems and Meditations for Time of Need, Massachusetts: Fair Winds Press
Board of Wisdom. Retrieved 22 October 2015
Goodreads. Retrieved on 22 October 2015.

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World gone mad

world gone madSomething is very wrong with the world. That we already know. When events like those in Syria continue to unfold before our very eyes, we must ask, “why?”

Why is the world going so mad?

“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.” – Akira Kurosawa


The recent conflict in Syria has continued for over four years and has seen at least 250,000 people killed and 12 million people displaced. It started as a civil war that has now divided much of the Middle East with Russia and the United States being drawn into the conflict. This short video helps to understand how Syria got to this point.



The burden against Damascus is indeed great. As these events continue to unfold in Syria, it is worth considering the words of Isaiah, “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap. (Isa 17:1)

When this happens, “what will you do?”

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Video sourced from vox.com; Image sourced from funnyjunk.com

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