Respect, Beyoncé, Respect!

Beyoncé takes a stand V.MA. 2016 I find stardom boring so that I never watch the Emmies, Grammies, and Bammies. I did not even install my TV-box. I wanted to send it back, but Comcast told me I´ll have to pay $ 20 more per month if I return it. Yeah, I guess that makes sense. In any way, I´m not up to date with Hollywood and star news. Beyoncé has been around for a long time. My impression of her was always that she is stunningly beautiful, talented and probably a hard worker. Oh, and a great dancer. The music is not bad – just not my style. In 2008,… Read More

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Apple iPhones To Solve Their Own Theft?

A nightmare for thieves and data protectionists alike? Apple has applied for another patent on August 26 (see it HERE) that would allow them to capture information about a user as soon as they suspect unauthorized use. The patent “Biometric Capture for unauthorized User Identification” might allow your phone to solve its own theft. Information that could be collected, uploaded to a server and used to identify the unauthorized user: Fingerprints Pictures Videos Heart rate and data from the motion sensor Apparently, the current user would not be alarmed. I suspect that you would notice that your battery life seems shorter and that the temperature of the phone goes up… Read More

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Women In Trees – A Mystery?

Tickling your phantasy I came across a photo series today, published in the German magazine “Stern”. Of women in trees (in Germany). Yes, women in trees. Picture: Jochen Raiß The pictures below are part of a photo book by Jochen Raiß with over 100 pictures (Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag). As the Stern article explains: When Jochen Raiß found the first woman in a tree he thought it was merely a coincidence. A random shot. He loved going to flea markets and to his surprise he found more pictures of women in trees. After 25 years he had collected over 100. They date from 1920 – 1950. Now, can you imagine how many… Read More

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8 Steps To Reduce Your Plastic Waste

Plastic waste pollutes our seas, ends up in the bellies of fishes (who often die a terrible death) and therefore later on our plates. That is only one example of the impact of plastic waste on our environment. We as consumers have the power. Our behavior as consumers makes a difference. It´s not even hard. Sustainability – Reducing Plastic Waste in 8 Steps Step 1 – Unboxing Unboxing means that you remove unnecessary plastic wraps and packing right in the store. The store will take them back. If enough people show that they do not appreciate unnecessary plastic packaging, stores will at one point re-think which kind of products they… Read More

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Movie Tip: Food Chains

Or: Story of Greed and Abuse More and more for less and less. Farm workers pay the price for the food industry wars. The film “Food Chains” reveals methods of modern slavery – and the small successes of activists in their war against slavery and abuse. The movie features Eva Longoria and producer of “Food Inc” and “Fast Food Nation” Eric Schlosser.  This true and thrilling story shows how a small group of workers achieves a small success in fighting corporate greed. Immokalee, Florida: The farm worker tells it like it is:  “You are poor because you make somebody else rich.” Lucas Benitez is fighting for the human rights of… Read More

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5 Ingredients Make Your Deodorant Dangerous

We are right in the middle of a heat wave here in Chicago. Having lived in Germany 90 % of my life, that takes a toll on me. Especially in summer we love to rely on our deodorant to protect us from evil odor. Some deodorants also reduce the amount of sweat. I find this topic a bit gross to talk about and do not enjoy discussing stinky sweat and such. But the problem needs more attention – and you are dear to me. Did you know that some of the components of your deodorant are health scares? Some might even be responsible for cancer and Alzheimer. You probably have heard… Read More

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The Terrifying Trip of a Chinese Tourist

Odyssey of an accidental refugee It´s one of these stories, you know, that are funny to read but not so funny to live. The German news magazine “Der Spiegel” reported this story today. It reminded me a little bit on Franz Kafka’s “The Trial”, hence the picture. It is about a Chinese tourist in Germany that gets trapped in the mills of bureaucracy. He just wanted to report a stolen wallet A Chinese tourist spent two weeks in a refugee home because he accidently filled out an asylum application. He just wanted to report his wallet stolen. Travelling can be a real adventure. Danger and misunderstandings are waiting everywhere. Not… Read More

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10 Hacks for Women After 30

30 is a wonderful age! We have some life experience, but we are still young and dynamic. We are not as broke as ten years back. Or you … as I am already over 40. To have the best time of your life right now you must not forget one thing: Yourself. You have earned to treat yourself right and with care. With a scoop or two of self-love. 10 Things To Do Past Thirty 1. Upgrade your skill set A new language, computer program or a knitting class – stagnation is the death of happiness. Learning something new motivates us and provides needed self-affirmation. Just ask yourself: Which area do… Read More

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Why we stopped posting relationship pictures

One could think that only two kinds of users exist on the internet: The ones that take us to their bedroom, offer intimate insights into their relationships and love life (and don´t forget the family vacation) – and those who are tired of just that. Who can hold it against them? Nobody knows who might gossip about our posts. The former BFF? The ex-fiancee? Mother in law? At times it can seem as if the whole world is watching your stream, especially the ones you would not want to keep a close eye on you. How about just deleting the profile, closing the account and going back to being a… Read More

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You Are Not A Leader

Thoughts on Leadership on Social Media Let me vent for a minute. The following is my personal opinion. Subjective and judgemental. I am getting so tired of all of the leadership posts and leadership quotes on social media. One could think that our society consists of just leaders.  And that the only decent way of being is to be a leader. Who does not have the ambition to be a leader must feel really left out. Like something is wrong with them. Nothing is wrong with you. Not everyone is made to be a leader. And that is ok. The world does need great followers as much as it needs great… Read More

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