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What are You Going To Do on ShutDown Day?

April 18, 2008

It’s going to be ShutDown Day again soon!! ūüėÄ Are you participating in it this year? If you are wondering what is ShutDown Day, well it’s a day where you do not switch on your computer for 24 hours! ShutDown Day was actually founded last year! The idea of Shutdown Day project is simple – just shutdown your computer for one whole day of the year and involve yourself in some other activities: outdoors, nature, sports, fun stuff with friends and family – whatever, just to remind yourself that there still exists a world outside your monitor screen.

I sure didn’t know that ShutDown Day was only initiated last year but it has a “sole purpose of spreading awareness about the pitfalls and dangers that lie in the excessive use of television, computers, and computing equipment like game boxes, cell phones, music players, online social websites, etc. that impinge on social space and interaction amongst our communities”.

In fact, it is meant to get people to think about how their lives have changed with the increasing use of the home computer, and whether or not any good things are being lost because of this.

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I have personally seen how my life has changed because of the increasing use of the computer, now that I’m involved in Internet Marketing as well as freelance online projects. It has become¬†such a great part of¬†my life that¬†other activities such as¬†exercising and going¬†out for walks have gradually taken¬†lower priority.¬†The computer is meant to be a tool for us to actually use to make life better¬†but not¬†a tool that overtakes¬†our lives.

So now that you know about ShutDown Day, what are you going to do about it?

Last year, Calvin could not spend 24hours away from the computer on ShutDown Day while I managed fine. I think we’ll just have to see about it this year..

But here are a couple of things that I’m going to do on ShutDown Day:

1. Study for my exams coz I have a paper on the 5th

2. Listen to the Radio

3. Cook a good dinner for myself and my loved ones

4. Go swimming/jogging

Haha.. sounds boring right? Well, if you have a better idea of how to commemorate ShutDown Day, let me know! ūüėÄ

[photo credits to: http://blogs.msdn.com/blogfiles/stevecla01/WindowsLiveWriter/e8ce6a6540a5_10925/shutdownday_logo_ex%20copy_2.jpg]

Shut Down Day

What I Did On Shutdown Day!

March 24, 2007

Haha… As you can see, I’ve been unsuccessful in my attempt to leave the computer for a day. It’s ShutDown Day today. I’m not sure how many of you actually know that it’s ShutDown day today!

I didn’t know until Munir actually blogged about¬†it a¬†couple of weeks back and when I was reminded¬†about¬†the day¬†yesterday on the way home.

At ShutDown Day’s website, I selected the option that I will be avoiding the use of my computer at all cost. That meant, no use of internet, no blogging and no web surfing. Com’on! How was I to know then, that I’ll need this day to research for my Personality and Individual Differences report which is due this coming week!

Well, I don’t know what you did on ShutDown Day but¬†here’s what I did:

  • Logged into¬†the Internet after I got back from school at 12.02am (24/03/07). Oops!¬†I told myself not to log in already but…. I just couldn’t help it… My eyes were glued to the dark screen which told me that I needed to give my laptop life!
  • Went to sleep after¬†surfing the web and updating my blogs… at around 1.40am.
  • Woke up early this morning at 10am and¬†I logged in for my usual ‘cuppa coffee’ -interesting websites with good information
  • Spent the entire afternoon reading interesting articles to search for¬†topics to¬†blog about for my other webbie¬†RelationshipsGuru.com
  • Managed to get my ass up from my chair and left my computer on hibernate mode to go for dinner at 6.30pm
  • Back at home at 8.30pm and started¬†surfin’ eBay for a heart locket that I want sooo badly….
  • Chanced upon the Pirates of the Carribean poster at Listya’s blog and went berserk about the movie’s launch in Singapore on the 24th of May! That’s like exactly 2 more months???
  • FINALLY FOUND THE HEART LOCKET! at Ben’s girlfriend’s blog and requested for a piece… kinda happy with my find.. I pestered him to pass me the piece on monday.. hahaha..
  • Now it’s 12.12am… (24/03/07)… Shut Down Day is officially over for us, Singaporeans..

My attempt to stay offline was completely¬†unsuccessful right from the start!¬†What about yours? Well, if you have just spent the entire day without the Internet and reading my blog post is the first thing you did online, I SALUTE YOU! hee.. ūüėõ

Mmm… I wonder how Munir did.. *gRinz*¬†¬†