This Present Moment, Frankly, Sucks!

Guest Post by Nicole Chardenet Nicole caught my eye after reading some of her outspoken, thought-provoking yet entertaining pieces. I know you’ll love her just as I do. I am happy and proud to present: Mindfulness teaches us to live in this present moment which is the only moment we have. Unfortunately, what I was mostly mindful of this summer is how much this present moment really annoys the crap out of me! We had a lot of rain in Toronto. The jet stream decided to summer over southern Ontario this year which led to a cooler, greyer season preceded by a boatload of rain in the spring that shut… Read More

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Why am I so angry?

Why am I so angry? I am very angry. The world is becoming a snakepit full of violence and hate. Are you angry too? Deplorable Mitch Mitch is getting ready. He puts on his Lakers shirt, a pair of baggy Jeans and his “Make America great again” cap. He’ll meet with friends to have a few beers (local brew!) and some “real talk.” MAGA. That slogan resonates with him. Like many generation X people, he has less than his elders. Threats everywhere. Illegals, gays, black people, Islam, terrorists, feminists. Threats everywhere. His house is under foreclosure. The house where he saw his two kids grow up. Where he spent many… Read More

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How social media makes lonely

Is it true? Social media makes lonely? But, perhaps not? John joined Facebook in 2011. He was a guy who never had a ton of friends but Facebook changed that. John now has over 700 friends. Every time he posts something many people like and share his posts. So much love for John. Patricia lives on Instagram. People love her travel pictures. Each of her posts receives between 300 and 900 likes. Sometimes people ask her how they can become as popular. Andrew has been single ever since his beloved wife died back in 2012. He is a shy guy and never got back into the dating game. That has… Read More

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Dead is the Princess

A Shannon Dermody Awareness project Close this page now if you are a Disney fan. Shannon Dermody has chosen a polarizing approach to raise awareness. It leaves you shocked, hurt – and touched. Perhaps that’s what we need. We are visual creatures with a rapidly decreasing attention span. Way too often we sugarcoat, don’t call things by their names, play evil things down and don’t do everything we could to create change. Generally, I have no “eye” for art (whatsoever) and I am not interested in sculptures, paintings, and pictures. Even I can see that these pictures are extraordinary, especially because they convey an important message. Consider me touched, reminded,… Read More

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Age bias and the case of the sausage slice

Picture credit: Wurstblog.de The age bias Hopefully, you will not feel let down by this article … I struggled to find an appropriate title. I considered calling it “old but cool” but I neither wanted to attract the “wrong” crowd nor put a label on myself and others. We all know that a sure sign of a person who is not cool is that they call themselves “cool”. No, I am not shooting at all the “influencers”, “ninjas”, people who wear sunglasses on their social media profile pictures and disruptors out there. I am shooting at butchers, doctors, club owners and many others. Age discrimination happened the first time to… Read More

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IoT and the Cost of Convenience

Credits: Withings/Kérastase/L’Oréal Careful, your hairbrush is watching Available this fall is a connected hairbrush that comes with a built-in microphone. As reported by WIRED, as soon as someone brushes their hair, the hairbrush collects data. The inbuilt microphone is said to listen to the sound of the brushing and identifies patterns in the movement. The microphone detects “manageability, frizziness, dryness, split ends and breakage”. Naturally, the brush has WLAN and an app that transmits the data. To me, these items are not just funny gadgets but also potential privacy- and security risks. Do you know what your brush records, how secure they store your data, for how long, etc? After… Read More

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Three reasons to be grateful to Trump

Thank you, Mr. Trump – 7 Week Review It is unnecessary to share my political view. I am a social skills coach. And even though I am a US citizen, I spent 8/9 of my life as a guest in Germany. Need I say more? Please understand that the statement below expresses a personal, biased, subjective opinion. It takes courage these days to share your opinion. Troll bots, data collection, hateful commentators and potential loss of business can be pretty intimidating. There is a time to be compliant and careful and there is a time to stand up for your beliefs. Freedom and Brutality It’s not just since seven weeks. Piece… Read More

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How To Uncover Fake News

Fake news has become a big problem. Made up news, most often with the intention of stirring up drama and emotions or even hatred, are not only found on the spam and populism friendly sites Facebook and Twitter. Picture Credit: bbc.com Maybe two months ago, I found an article in my LinkedIn feed that claimed President Obama said he would not vacate the office in the case that Trump wins the election. The fake news article had about 1200 “likes” at the point when I saw it. REALLY? The German magazine Spiegel reported today that they started an investigation against a woman for making up a story about the rape… Read More

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Facebook – Woman Facing Jail Time For Ceviche

Hate speech and trolls on Facebook Facebook is for many, including myself, a synonym for negativity. Mark Zuckerberg and other top managers have just been sued by Germany for their refusal to delete illegal content. Even if users or victims report hate speech several times, Facebook refuses to remove the content from its site. Therefore, it is even more surprising that recently a Swedish cancer awareness video has been pulled off the site for portraying an offensive image that you see below. Click on the link to read the full article in the New York Times. Really? Calling for the murder of a politician = ok. Comic-style boob picture =… Read More

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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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