Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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Poem: Barren

Quote of the day: 

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. 

Beware the barrenness
Of a busy life
Because it becomes so easy
To disappear into the void
Usually a dark and scary place
With no window to the outside world
Like trying to navigate a pitch-dark room
To find a light switch
With calculated steps
And hands spread out
To aid the unsteadiness
Tracing contours
Lines and patterns
Like lovers exploring
Every flesh of skin
Where is the relief
Where is the hope
Why is the loss of colour so profound
This darkness bearing down
Beware, beware.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Robert Cray -Smoking Gun

Sunday, December 10, 2017

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3 Things to Inspire Your Weekend: #76

Quote of the day: 

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. 
-Nelson Mandela

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Author and cancer survivor Gina Mulligan who lives in California has created an anthology of handwritten letters of encouragement, humour and love written by complete strangers to other women with breast cancer. The anthology called 'Dear Friends' consists of notes written by cancer survivors, their friends and family members and the purpose of it is to show other patients that they are not alone in the fight. Gina was inspired after being diagnosed with breast cancer and realizing "a few words on paper are more than just a keepsake". She started the Girls Love Mail (GLM) movement with her husband in 2011. Some of the 80,000 letters received now feature in her book "Dear Friend".

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After losing both parents to mental health issues, Canadian teenager Noah Irvine has won a national award, the Samara Canada Everyday Political Citizen Award. After writing letters to every member of parliament in Canada and challenging them to take more action and address the country's suicide crisis, he later expressed his displeasure with the lack of response he received -only 40 out of 338 MPs responded. His displeasure did not go unnoticed as he later received a call from the Prime Minister, and met with the Federal Health Minister. For Irvine, winning the award is an opportunity for him to push for the creation of a national suicide prevention plan and to advance the discussion surrounding mental illness.

As seen on Arch Daily, The Beach House

Architects: Laura Ortín Arquitectura
Location: Torre de la Horadada, Spain
Photographs: David Frutos


A need to expand a family holiday home located in a town on the Mediterranean coast -a great tourist destination and former fishermen's village.

Theme:  The feel is aesthetic and functional. A grand design with bold architecture and simple finishing taking care to acknowledge the surroundings and become a part of it. Built with metallic and wall structures with an interesting façade and colour. The whole essence of the house is one of coziness and refreshment, a perfect getaway from everyday life.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Bessie Smith - I Want Every Bit of It

Thursday, December 07, 2017

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Musings of mine: Rambling Mind on This and That #16

Quote of the day: 

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. 
-Jules Renard

1. The End is Near

"Prime now offers 2-hour delivery on thousands of everyday essentials" screamed the email subject from Amazon. And for a moment everything stopped. You see I checked. The clock on the wall froze,  people stood still, and birds too in mid-flight. Nothing moved in my mannequin world. But my mind exploded with the possibilities from such an offer. Same day delivery, err still manageable. Next day delivery now seemed like vintage technology. And 3-5 day delivery? Certainly stuff for the stone age. What could be so urgent, so essential and compelling that I would need to have delivered in two hours? I spent a considerable amount of time thinking about this, and I still don't have an answer. What next, instant delivery? As soon as you click on purchase your package, is automatically dropped outside your door. You laugh, but you watch.

2. To Go, Or Not to Go

Have you ever received an invitation that you immediately knew you'd rather not attend? How do you decline without feelings being hurt? Would you rather attend the event just to make everyone happy, everyone except yourself? Or would you brave it by attending only to leave as early as possible? How do you then navigate the thorny corridor of expectations without appearing to be rude or down right insensitive knowing fully well that by not attending you'd be blacklisted. Say goodbye to future invitations that's for sure. William Shakespeare had the idea in Hamlet with the popular line "To be, or not to be, that is the question", but I believe in this present day - to go, or not to go, that is the question.
However, all hope is not lost. According to TimeOut magazine, if you are wondering how to escape a terrible Christmas party without offending the host, you could wear a simple outfit so no one will notice you are missing, or go round and talk to everyone at the party so they will remember you did show up -and then proceed to slip out a window or backdoor. My personal favourite? Tip over a punch bowl over yourself, make a big show of it and whilst pretending to go clean up, take off into the night.

3. What Goes Up Stays There

Who doesn't like a good old riddle to exercise the mind. However there is this elusive riddle that remains unsolved and what better place to disclose it than here. Now is it just me or are supermarket products getting smaller? In the past the products got smaller but the price stayed the same. But what do we have now? Supermarkets increasing their product prices sneakingly, that's what. You are standing there with a kiwi fruit packet scratching your head and thinking didn't they use to sell for half the current price last week? And don't get me started on baked beans, box of cereal, peanut butter and biscuits. Of course the supermarkets blame it all on the economy.

4. Make Paradise

Life always changes. Sometimes we are part of the change, sometimes we aren't. But nothing stays the same. Your present form is different from how you were a year ago, physically, mentally or otherwise. Each new day is an opportunity to re-create yourself, learn something new, do something different, and smile just be cause you can. Life is really simple depending on your perspective. Are you standing at the foot of a mountain lamenting the lack of a decent view, or are you making a slow and steady climb to the top, against all odds, against naysayers, and against your self doubt. Surrounded by tall trees and difficulties only to finally reach the peak and oh my what a reward well worth the journey -a picture of paradise.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Clarence Henry -Ain't got no home

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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The Rise And Rise of the Robots

Quote of the day: 

To make robots practical, flaws must be removed. To make robots endearing, flaws must be added.
-Khang Kijarro Nguyen

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The human mind has limitless possibilities. It can be interpreted as a machine with interrelated parts all functioning for a common ideal. We are biological machines and the relationship cultivated over the years with mechanical machines continue with no end in sight. Robots are the future. A lot has been said about the rise and rise of robots with the underlying technology advancement astonishing to see. From one company attempting to create a fully functioning sex robot, to another making autonomous security robots that could potentially replace human security guards -recently one such robot fell into a fountain and made the news in the US.

A robot patrolling Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus Image Credit: TheDailyDot

For many years robots have become an integral part of manufacturing processes as well as numerous other sectors and some countries are at the forefront of the revolution. For instance South Korea has the highest concentration of industrial robots and density worldwide with plans from their government to spend $450 million in the field over the next five years. The level of their advancement even spills over to the country's largest airport, where check-in robots interact with passengers meaning airport staff could become a thing of the past.

Closely followed by South Korea is Japan, and the US. Japan is well known for innovation in robotics -with its industrial robots present in factories globally. The Japanese government has a robot revolution initiative and a five year plan to grow its robotics market to over $21 billion. With Japan's aging population a robotic future is looking more likely with each passing day. It's certainly a country with a love for humanoid robots some of which can be found in department stores and a company even replaced some of its workforce with an artificial intelligence system.

But is it going too far? Maybe. Are some jobs at risk of being taken over by robots? Unfortunately yes. According to a study by McKinsey Global Insitute, Robot automation is projected to take over more than 800 million jobs by the year 2030. It is inevitable. We live in a changing and advanced world where a day feels like an hour. The thing about innovation is that there will always be a price to pay isn't it?

What do you think about robots?

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Bob Marley -Three Little Birds

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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People Who Watch The Sky

Quote of the day: 

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. 
-John Lubbock

Are the best things and moments in life actually free? I believe so, but it's all down to perspective isn't it? Those intangible things that seem to serve us well -love, ideas, beliefs, time and space, energy, just to mention a few are all free to use. The things unable to be touched and not represented by anything physical. And what is there not to like about the intangibles in our lives? They are there for a reason to balance out the material things that we earnestly live and strive for.

The sky is perfect example of the ethereal. Sublime and divine it's presence is well established and firm. From night to day it contains everything that lies above the earth's surface and beyond. There is nothing more glorious than the morning sunrise often a synthesis of hues and colours all fascinating to the eyes, and which is often an inspiring start to the day.  The world could be upside down and filled with despair but each day is an opportunity to start all over again. The path to doing so is laden with intangibles that only needs plucking like fruit hanging from trees.

 A simple gaze at the sky can be so calming. Clouds going about their business. Sometimes our mood can be a reflection of the weather, and vice versa. But there is no denying the fact that if we were to wake up to a missing sky a tiny fraction of the population may not even notice its absence. Preoccupied with things that can't be changed, opinions that can't be reversed, and expectations that can't be met, life can both be sinister and kind but I dare say not at the same time. When life is kind everything appears to fall into place like and things begin to make sense, we live a satisfied life. The sinister side of things are those beyond our control but we manage through anyway, fighting and resolute until the light at the end of the tunnel beckons. Many make it to this light, some get stuck on the way and give up, while others just do not have the will to even fight.

The sky should remind us all of how fragile but yet strong we are. And how collectively like clouds we can make a change for the better or worse. We can face challenges as vast as the sky. We can fight, we can stumble, and we live to fight another day.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Johnnie Taylor - I'm Changing