Scotland: Edinburgh kids design January sales hoarding app


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Lara Findlay with the Life-Pod app.

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/graduates-clear-up-with-anti-hoarding-app-1-3646931

Got to love the education system in Scotland. As a Country that invented the TV, Radio, Telephone, Penicillin, Radar and Insulin and 1,000’s more in our history. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_inventions_and_discoveries A group of kids from Edinburgh University have came up with this ‘Anti January Sales’ App, the ‘Life-Pod’ for mobile phones. I hate the January sales so don’t go near town, for those looking for a specific item, this App will tell the user if the ‘Really need’ what they are buying, you can talk to it and it asks you questions. Brilliant App and something I might buy 😀 I am the Worlds worse ‘It was near the till’ shopper 😀 I went for milk once and came back with a laptop, did I need it? No, so this app I might buy, it acts as a voice on your shoulder saying “What you buying this for, you have 2 already” PS: I Forgot the milk 😦

5164VGKZD3L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_COMPULSIVE shoppers can seek help for a January clear-out courtesy of the world’s first app dedicated to thwarting hoarding.

A team of Edinburgh Napier University graduates has created Life-Pod, an app that acts like a journal and asks the user questions when they buy something such as when they will use it and how many of the same item they already own. It encourages users to set goals and to establish what triggers they need to make purchases – whether it is to de-stress after a hard day at work or because they cannot find what they are looking for at home as there is too much clutter already.

The designers of the app – named after a Capital-based firm offering expert advice and practical support to those affected by hoarding disorders – had been challenged to create the tool by Linda Fay, the UK’s only certified chronic disorganisation specialist.

The four-strong team underwent a lengthy design phase to make sure the app was clear and concise before creating a prototype.

Lara Findlay, 24, director and project manager, said: “One big aspect of hoarding is when 
people keep buying things that they don’t need. “It’s really to help people at the moment they are about to buy something and they are asked a few questions about whether they actually need to buy that item.”

The festive period can be particularly difficult for hoarders as the pressure to buy extra goods is so high, said Ms Fay, director of Bruntsfield-based firm Life-Pod. She said: “People who continuously acquire do it all year round but for people who just about keep a handle on it then Christmas may make it much more difficult. “What I do mainly is to help people to reduce their clutter and reorganise it but as much as I may try to help people to get rid of the stuff, I also need to help them stop buying things in the first place.”

As Scotland’s only certified counsellor specialising in helping people with compulsive hoarding disorder, Ms Fay has helped people whose homes are stuffed to the rafters with piles of papers, books and other junk.

There are many complex causes for this behaviour, she said, including an inability to let go after trauma or loss or loneliness.

She said: “For some people when they are standing in a shop and looking at what to buy it can feel like a life and death decision. “We try to get them to work through that and rationalise their thought process.”

It is not only compulsive hoarders who might benefit from the app but anyone who is tends to shop too much or needs help curbing their spending. Ms Fay added: “I have tried it with a few of my clients already who say it is a really useful tool for them.”

The app, which was launched in November, is now available for purchase on Apple and ­Android devices.

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Christmas has been destroyed by ‘Consumerism’


 

Santa-SpendChristmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning “Christ’s Mass”) is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ,observed generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.While the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians to have been between 7 and 2 BC, the exact month and day of his birth are unknown, and are not the focus of the Church’s Christmas celebration. His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East, although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which, in the Gregorian calendar, currently corresponds to January 7, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany. In the Council of Tours of 567, the Church “declared the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany to be one unified festal cycle”, thus giving significance to both December 25 and January 6. The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with the day exactly nine months after early Christians believed Jesus to have been conceived, or with one or more ancient polytheistic festivals that occurred near southern solstice (i.e., the Roman winter solstice); a further solar connection has been suggested because of a biblical verse [a] identifying Jesus as the “Sun of righteousness” This is according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas

How Consumerism Stole Christmas – People being asked what Christmas means in 1 word
Via nimtye on You Tube

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/the-best-slave-is-a-slave-that-doesnt-know-hes-a-slave/

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How True

That above is an article I did to show the true nature of 21st Century Earth when it comes to ideology. Sadly that link above telling the true nature of Christmas is long gone and has been replaced by Consumerism, something I have written about a lot in many blogs. The true nature of Christmas these days in the 1st World is “What do you want” I know nobody who celebrates Christmas for its real reasons, in-fact maybe an Uncle and Aunt.

See we no longer as a species Worldwide celebrate Christmas for the real reasons, watch TV just now, especially kids TV and you will see it. I am sitting here at just past 10am on a cold Scottish morning with one of the Disney Channels on as my youngest Daughter is off Nursery with a cold. She is flicking through the 23 Kids channels that Sky TV brings here in the UK and every time she went to a channel on the TV it was an advert, after each advert she said “Daddy I want that from Santa” I replied “Well Santa is watching you have to be good honey” And she went back to watching ‘Sheriff Callie’s Wild West’

Most shops today and till the 24th

Most shops today and till the 24th

 

So who is wrong here? Society? Religion for pushing people away? Parenting? The shops?  TV Land? Well pick one, we will all have a different reason as to why the real reason for Christmas has been lost by the vast majority in the developed World. We get channels on Sky TV from Australia, Russia, USA, South Africa, basically all over the World and on all channels I see adverts selling things to kids. My Daughters are 4 and 5 they believe in Santa and I think it is important we allow our kids to believe in the MAGIC of childhood wonderment as long as possible, I am acutely aware they are one person away from having their belief system ruined

This is so true

This is so true

So Dear Reader, do you agree? Disagree? Have another point? Let me know here. I am simply asking “What is Christmas in 2014” I have never myself as a kid or adult celebrated Christmas for the reasons it started in the first place. I can’t blame my parents, they got an Orange for Christmas, the dynamics have changed. Some spend thousands of pounds on crap that will be throw away before next Christmas to make way for the new crap. It is a circle of Consumerism

Shauny

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