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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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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5 Valentine Survival Ideas For Singles

About 50.2 percent are Single About 50 percent of adults in the US are Single. If you are reading this you are probably one of them. Being alone on February 14th does not have to be a catastrophe, just like on any other day, as long as you do not believe that you can only find happiness in a relationship. If you focus on the negatives you will lose awareness of the positive sides of being Single. Consider what you have achieved in your life, for which friends and acquaintances or family members you are grateful. Best V-day Survival Tips for Singles 1. Turn it around If you hate being Single… 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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How Memes Change Our Communication

In September of 2007, a young blogger uploaded a video defending Britney Spears. Spears had just been slaughtered for her appearance at the MTV Music Awards. The US blogger screamed and asked that critics leave Spears alone. The video has been watched over 2 million times within the first 24 hours. Several remixes manifested as well as … yes, memes. A new form of communication was born Memes are a central part of Web 2.0, But a few questions are left to be answered:  How do memes change our communication On the first look, they just seem to be trivial and simplistic artifacts. But they reflect Zeitgeist and cultural discussions.… Read More

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