a’dabb al’tasa’roof alme’hanee

Terry Irving:

Funny. Most people in the US don’t know what that means in English.

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Means : organizational ethics

آداب التصرف المهني


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MysteryPeople Q&A with Billy Kring

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Billy Kring is a former Texas Border Patrol Agent and consultant for law enforcement agencies around the world. He is also a friend and regular BookPeople customer, so we we’re excited to carry his debut, Quick, a novel about a brutal criminal that draws a Texas Border Agent, Hunter Kincaid, two Florida cops, John Quick and Randall Ishtee, together in taking him down. We talked to Billy about the the book and the personal background that informed it.

MYSTERYPEOPLE: How did the idea for Quick come about?

BILLY KRING: I wanted to write a story that would allow me to use my work experiences in South Florida, West Texas, and Mexico by weaving the tale through those environments.  Many people don’t realize there is a Border Patrol presence in Florida, so I thought that would be something new for readers to discover, too.  I also wanted to write a story…

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The Box of Bones, A Skye Cree Novel

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Skye and Josh are back in action. Catch the excitement of the hunt in Book Three, The Box of Bones!

As a brutal killer descends into madness, can Skye end his reign of terror before it’s too late?

A motivated killer with the charm and good looks of Bundy and the cruelty of Dahmer works his craft with cunning skill. When he decides he’s fed up with going unnoticed, he reaches out to Skye in a big way. As more and more people around her begin to turn up missing or dead, she realizes there’s a link–and it’s her.  Unless she finds a way to stop him, he’ll continue checking off his list with precision and deadly consequences.

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A Letter to You. You suck.

Terry Irving:

My Thoughts Exactly

Originally posted on catscaffeinecake:

While you’re doing fine, there’s some people and I
Who have a really tough time getting through this life
So excuse us while we sing to the sky.

- twentyonepilots

I am quiet and you should be too.

This is a letter of apology. What am I sorry for, you ask? I’m sorry that you’d prefer everyone in the world to be the same. I’m sorry that you dislike the way I conduct myself. I’m sorry it offends you that I don’t want to have a conversation with you.

How many people in my life have told me to speak up? I’ve lost count. How many have told me I’m too shy? Enough. But today, I hit my limit. Today I got a grade back from a class presentation in which I was told to change. I was told that I wasn’t the best communicator and I should be more…

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A Malevolent ‘Dream’ From Lana Del Rey

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A 90-second trailer for “Maleficent” — Disney’s film starring Angelina Jolie as Sleeping Beauty’s beguiling nemesis — aired during the Grammys on Jan. 26, set to Lana Del Rey’s subversive cover of the classic “Once Upon a Dream.” The trailer has since garnered more than 13 million YouTube views, and, in a promotional tie-in, the song became the fastest downloaded track in Google Play history.
The trailer was conceived by Disney’s senior marketing VP Jackson George, who showed music president Mitchell Leib two versions: one traditional and very “Disney,” says Leib, the other a “moody piece with the song from ‘Sleeping Beauty’ turned into a twisted children’s nursery rhyme — like a horror film.”
Leib loved the latter spot, and envisioned Del Rey performing a polished version of the song. The Grammy-nominated singer — whose haunting “Young and Beautiful” became the signature refrain for last year’s “Great Gatsby” soundtrack —…

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1985 Visa to South Africa (Journalist visas were generally disapproved during this period of intense enforcement of the apartheid laws).

2005 Tsunami Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Indonesian Visa and International Certificate of Vaccination for Hepatitis, Typhoid, Diptheria/Tetanus and Polio.

2004 Visa and Shots for Banda Aceh Tsunami

(Try finding a doctor to administer shots on New Year’s Day!)

Imperial Relics

Imperial Relics

Visa from November 8 through 11, 1989 into East Germany, 5 Mark East German currency (worthless but a mandatory exchange in Checkpoint Charlie). Chunk of Berlin Wall from November 9, 1989.

photo by Joe |Welcome to a new friend: Joe La Bianca

via photo by Joe | Joe La Bianca’s Blog.


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Love by Joe

Verse 9: Paul prayed that the love of the Philippians would abound. But how does love exceed above the measure it is at present? How do we get love in abundance? How does love always grow in us, more and more, and to greater degree after greater degree?

First of all, this verse shows that the way we love doesn’t save us. For if we are growing in love, then God accepted us in the past, when we were less loving. God accepts us in the present even though in the future we will be more loving. If the way we love saves us, then God has a varying salvation that is not fixed and sure. It is far easier to believe that our love is the result of our saving faith and that we grow at our own speed. In this verse, our love is directly connected with our minds. What we believe will cause our love to grow. Just look at the words that Paul wrote. “I pray your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment.”

See? Love grows in knowledge and judgment. When we have the precise and correct knowledge about Jesus through the simple gospel, the automatic result of such knowledge will cause our love to grow. Our love grows more and more through knowledge. It’s only through the simple gospel of divine knowledge that our love grows. The gospel didn’t come from us, and neither did our ever-growing love. We just believe and God does the rest. And never judge someone for having less love than you think he ought. You do not know at what stage of growth he is. God knows and will cause him to stand if he believes the cross.

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A day in the life…

Terry Irving:

Amen Brother

Originally posted on The John Clement Blog:

One of the things I’ve learned in the past couple years is that being a full time writer is less romantic than I would have thought. That’s something you hear a lot from writers – I always assumed they were just being cool – but it’s true. I can count on one hand the hours I’ve sat in a dark cafe and scribbled in a leather-bound notebook with a bottle of whiskey at my side. The ugly truth is that I wake up at five in the morning with ideas for a line or two in my head. I know it will be a waste of time to try to go back to sleep, and I know that if I don’t write them down immediately they’ll be lost forever. So I drag myself out of bed and stumble into the office. Four hours and a couple hundred words later (if…

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7 Tips for Getting Chores Done for Adults with #ADHD | World of Psychology

7 Tips for Getting Chores Done for Adults with ADHD

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7 Tips for Getting Chores Done for Adults with ADHDAn ADHD brain thrives on interesting tasks. So it’s not surprising that most adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have a hard time getting chores done. Chores such as cleaning, washing dishes, and doing laundry are tedious and boring.

According to Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, a psychotherapist and ADHD coach, “Broadly speaking, chores are typically left undone, poorly done or often put on the back burner unless there’s a sense of urgency.” That sense of urgency might be guests coming over or not having any clean clothes.

When adults with ADHD do start on their chores, they can run into various obstacles. For instance, they might get derailed because of distractibility, Matlen said.

Let’s say you need to clean the kitchen, she said. You pick up the mail that’s on the counter and take it to your home office. Once in the office, you notice a toy that needs to be put away. So you head to your child’s room and then decide to run to the basement for something. At this point the kitchen is long forgotten, she said.

Being overwhelmed is another obstacle: “Having a plan, making decisions, moving from step A to step B and hopefully, to step C often is so overwhelming, it makes it nearly impossible to start or complete a chore.”

That’s because people with ADHD have impairments in executive functioning, which makes it harder to plan, prioritize, perform and complete.

But you can get chores done. First, make sure you’re receiving optimal treatment for your ADHD. For many people that includes taking medication and working with a therapist or an ADHD coach who helps you accomplish your goals.

The second part is applying strategies that work for you. Below, Matlen shared excellent ideas on how to get chores done.

1. Find ways to bust boredom.

Since boredom is a big deterrent, find ways to make tasks more interesting. Get creative. For instance, make completing chores into a game. “Set a timer and see if you can ‘beat the clock.’” When you do, give yourself a small reward.

Throw clothes into your washer and dryer like you’re playing basketball. Dance. Sing.

“Take a quick before and after photo with your smartphone to feel instant gratification, and to take a more novel approach.”

Listen to an audiobook. Brainstorm solutions to problems, or compose a poem or song.

Focus on the outcome: “clean floors, clean clothes, bills paid…and focus on how good that will feel.”

2. Have a routine.

“The ‘out of sight, out of mind’ scenario is a real problem,” said Matlen, also author of Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD. “If you don’t see an empty sock drawer, you will most likely forget you’re out of socks for tomorrow.”

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Could it be?

Originally posted on Listening from the heart:


The picture is iffy.
Most are.

However, I really want Nessy to be real!

I don’t know why.
Perhaps it’s the Scottish blood running through my veins, but I really, really want the Loch Ness monster to be real!

Also, having grown up in the PNW (Pacific North West) I also want Bigfoot to be real.

I never grew up believing in Santa, Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy.

So, I like to have fun with Nessy and Bigfoot.

I’m not crazy enough to go out searching for them, but I do think it would be pretty awesome if they did in fact exist!

It’s just fun to think about these types of things! I promise I will not be devastated if it turns out they truly aren’t real!

By the way, I’m still not sure about leprechauns… They seem really devious, so I’m definitely okay if they…

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Haiku – Fasting – April 20, 2014

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fast for understanding
discipline towards detachment
overcoming need

days grow long fasting
emptiness – lesson learnt
blending body and soul

fasting through long days
meditation and prayer
strengthen the body

frail bodily needs
like wind upon the water
rippling soul waves

leaving daily habits
the day begins
free from food

Fasting is still a spiritual practice in many places of the world and in many cultures.  In our western society, fasting is for the most part a pale practice in comparison to what it once was.  Sometimes people actually fast in our society..some people do it for spritual reasons, many do it for physical purification reasons and some to lose weight.

A true fast, even if only for a single day can put you into contact with a vital part of what you are and teach you some important lessons on how your well-fed personality can become less placid…

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Prince Releases Surprise Single ‘The Breakdown’

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First the announcement of a surprise reconciliation and surprise studio album , now the release of a surprise single.

Prince dropped a new soulful tune, “The Breakdown,” on iTunes shortly before midnight on Friday. It could be “the saddest story ever been told.”

This is the first release through his new and improved partnership with Warner Bros. Records. Prince has returned to his “slave” label, as he once called it, after an almost two-decade-long dispute. The new global licensing partnership allows Warners to digitally remaster and reissue Prince’s albums from 1978 through the 1990s. “Purple Rain” will be the first record to get the deluxe reissue as it nears its 30th anniversary.

Prince will also be working on a new studio album.

At its height, his disputes with the label he signed with in 1992 were so intense that he changed his name to a symbol.

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Real Life Seeps into #Fiction

Originally posted on Writing Whims:

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I’m often asked if real life seeps into my novels. As we head into the anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill on April 20, I’ve thought about how much of my life seeped into the writing of Trails in the Sand.

During April 2010, two significant manmade disasters occurred in the United States. Both of the tragedies became a part of my life for the remainder of the year and led me to question how we live our lives. It took me some months to make the connection between the two events, but when I did, they both found a home in Trails in the Sand, the novel I began writing in late 2010.

The first tragedy occurred on April 5, when a coal mine exploded in West Virginia, several hours away from my new home…

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Armenian name of the Milky Way

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Armenian name for the Milkey Way

The ancient Armenians had a refined knowledge of astronomy. The oldest known observatories are located in Armenia. Dated as early as 4200 BCE, Karahunj and the ca. 2800 BCE observatory at Metsamor allowed ancestral Armenians to develop geometry to such a level they could measure distances, latitudes and longitudes, envision the world as round, and were predicting solar and lunar eclipses about 1000 years before the Egyptians began doing the same. One can find all types of  monuments and petroglyphs, written manuscripts and astronomical terms created in the Armenian language thousands of years ago, attesting to the rich knowledge of astronomy by the ancient Armenians.

Every Armenian villager since childhood knows the name of the Milky Way. It can be translated as “the way of a man who had stolen the straw” or the “straw tief’s way”. This proper noun comes from the pre-Christian Armenian legend devoted to the god of fire - 

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Guest Blog: Five Key Life Lessons from Ralph Waldo Emerson

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

By Meg Lago

Emerson has always been one of my favorite writers.  Not only do I love him because he was an avid drinker, but I think his most famous quotes, for a lack of a better word, transcend the decades and are extremely applicable to most of life’s stages.

As a young woman working in the corporate world, I thought that taking some of these and applying them to a millennial perspective would be enjoyable, and also demonstrate that even crazy woodland people can give sound advice once and a while (You hear that, mom?!).

Here are some of Ralph Waldo’s best quotes and how they apply to a millennial’s life:

Emerson‘A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.’

I’m a twenty-four year old girl; my verbal filter is at a minimum.  I need a circle of people I trust so that when I say that I’d…

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Vintage Easter Pin Up: Bill Randall

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About the Wayfarer | A Holistic Journey


A Holistic Journey

Finding my way back out of motherhood — while mothering


I am a Woman out of the Lost & Found.


Gosh, it’s been fast.  The little girl feeling from first grade is a clear memory.  How many monthly calendar pages do you tear off in 40 years?  480.  Beyond the 1/10 of these sheets that marked my prologue in Korea, my life divides roughly into thirds.  The first chapter written in NYC, the second in PA that suburbanized the college girl, the third in CA that ruralized the wife and mom.  (At least in contrast to the zip and dash of life in the Big Apple.  Cows across the street here.)

Motherhood consumed me in its centripetal force.  Okay, I let it – in my determination to be the best darned mom I knew how (any resolution cemented with best darned sure to unglue).  What was it about turning 40?  Did I sense it was the crest of my climb, that it was only a descent hereon?  Or could I borrow a lesson from Moses?  He had it made until the mistake that cost him his crown to Egypt at 40.  Surely he’d done himself in.  The next forty years on the run, he became a family man tending sheep.  Little did he know God had all the time in the world and he was on training ground where he was humbled and readied to shepherd a nation out of slavery – in the four decades ahead.  No coincidence that a human baby is full term through 40 weeks.

When I hit the age that embodies spiritual gestation, something happened.  I remembered I was more than a mother.  Motherhood is no less my solemn charge today than it has been the last six years.  But the woman God had created to reflect Him in her way even before she birthed her child had gone missing.  I remembered that writing is how I really breathe.

[color]sunset shot21 copySo I’m no longer holding my breath.

Stones collected along the shore of my wayfaring, some posts are light and colorful, others not.  Relationships, identity, learning, time, faith, fun, the physical, the invisible.  I see God’s handprints everywhere.  Whatever catches my eye in the journey, I hold up to you.  I offer no secrets to growing a money tree, am not artistic enough to captivate you with unusual aesthetics.  You’ll see the photos and some videos, and information I intend to be useful – but a good many stories and what I hope you consider insight. The best I’ve got for you are words.  As a wordsmith, I’ve been sculpting the pictures from the road.  It has been interesting to find single guys digging my writing as much as the moms.  So I speak of it all – not just the parenting or homeschooling or my faith or marriage.  But also of the things we share by virtue of our humanity.  Hence a holistic journey.

About the Wayfarer | A Holistic Journey.

Get Over Your Bad Self. It’s Not About You.

We go around self-absorbed.

He wasn’t very responsive over lunch. What’s gotten into him?
I’ve been so sick. I expected her to show more concern. How insensitive.
She’s kept away from my family and made me feel judged. How rude.
I won’t say what I really feel because he would think less highly of me.

We need to get over our self.

Our life is all about us, but their lives are not. Remember, as soon as we step outside and start interfacing with others, we have a pair of people with each person talking about the same thing from his own perspective, experiences, biases. I recently talked about this autobiographical listening we do, but wanted to look at this dynamic as it plays out when we feel slighted or offended.

He just mumbled during lunch? Maybe he had a headache. Or a fight with his wife. Shirley recently shared: Neither am I so quick now to “perceive” an injustice and attribute intention to another. I don’t really know what is going on in their head…perhaps it’s just my perception and they never intended it the way I took it. More than one blogger who has emailed me has wondered why I didn’t get back to them right away. If they knew what I juggle, and the challenges I don’t write about (Wayfarer’s voice climbing)! I assure you I do more than my best to get back to readers on email and your site. And I suggest you don’t follow me through the filter of expectations based on the number of likes you leave me. I attribute part of my growth to the loyalty I show my awesome readers, but on weeks like these I just can’t keep up. I’m sorry some of you will fall through the cracks. If you think I’m talking right at you, well, how’s that for self-consciousness? My head’s too full to be seeing names at the moment. One other thing. If you haven’t noticed, I boast extraordinarily intelligent bloggers in my readership. Yours isn’t the only blog I want to revisit.

Wish I tolerated alcohol.

I’ll be nice again, next post.

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Papers of India: Welcome to a new friend: Kumar Impex


Bristol boards, Colored bank paper, Colored printing paper, Copier Papers, Duplex boards, Grey boards, Kumar Impex, Manila boards, Papers, Wood free bond papers, Writing printing papers,

 Kumar Impex

At Kumar Impex, we believe business brings people together and we continuously strive to strengthen that belief, therefore, promoting mutual benefits.

In 1991, the Indian Economy was going through a phase of major reformations in the fields of liberalisation and globalisation. It was at that time when, our founder, Mr. Ashok Garg recognized the potential of Indian companies in exporting a vast range of finished products and industrial raw materials to the regions of Africa and Middle East. The export potential in several countries of these regions was tremendous as many were not involved in mass production of finished goods at the time. Rather, these countries were mostly dependent on the regions of North America and Europe to meet their own demands. However, importing from these regions was quite expensive. Owing to the easy availability of raw materials, abundant workforce, relatively competitive power tariffs, indigenous manufacturing processes and economies of scale in India, it was felt that the huge gap in the demand and supply of finished goods and industrial raw materials could be met by providing them with less expensive yet quality products. It was with this vision that Kumar Impex was established in 1991. Thus, we have been exporting Paper and Paper Products in more than 20 countries in the regions of Africa and Middle East over the past 22 years.

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Bally Chohan: Yoga Therapy For eyes | Welcome to a new friend: Bally Chohan


Bally Chohan: Yoga Therapy For eyes

Bally Chohan

Bally Chohan Yoga believes that the practice of yoga and Yoga Asana is beneficial for the physical and mental health of all practitioners – children, teens, adults and seniors. Increased awareness of the sport of Yoga Asana will encourage existing practitioners to sharpen their skills through training, dedication, and devotion to the sport, and will inspire new practitioners to begin a practice which leads to a healthier and happier life.

The Bally Chohan Yoga Association has taught Yoga consistently and reliably for over many years, and has gained a reputation as one of the most respected Yoga schools in UK. The special program for seniors or the physically challenged has earned wide respect for its safety, ease of instruction, adaptability, and effectiveness in helping older adults maintain or regain independence in their later years.

There are many ways to improve your weak eye sights one of them is Yoga. Researchers have proven that Yoga has capacity to improve your weak eyesight. To treat eyesight defects. You can go through the route of Yoga. It is proven beneficial in the cases where all other measures fail. The main key to improve weak eyesight is to keep self relaxed without any mental strain and there are certain Yoga exercises also for that. Here are some simple Yoga tips for that:
1. You should sit upright keeping your eyes open first.
2. Look at a point straight to your nose in front of you and then look at a point on the floor, but do not move your head. Without moving your head, roll your eyes upwards and downwards at least four times. Blink your eyes rapidly after the completion of this exercise.
3. Now roll your eyes sideways, i.e., left and right. Blink your eyes rapidly after this too.
4. Now roll your eyes diagonally upwards and downwards. Blink your eyes rapidly again.
5. Then close your eyes for some time.
6. After one week of this exercise, roll your eyes in a circular way like, top, right, down, left, etc.
Do this for one month and see the results. This will help improve your eyesight. It will help you to very much.

via Bally Chohan: Yoga Therapy For eyes | Bally Chohan.

Bally Chohan: 6 Ways to Get in Shape While Watching TV

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Bally Chohan: 6 Ways to Get in Shape While Watching TV

Here are six exercises:

1. Biceps curls (arms)

While seated, take a dumbbell in each hand or a heavy book in each hand if you don’t have weights. Flex your arms at the elbows and pull in an upward arc toward your shoulders, with the palms of your hands facing the ceiling and your elbows close to your waist. Pause for a moment to contract your biceps at the peak of the exercise. Lower and repeat the movement for 10 or more reps.

2. Hand grippers (forearms and wrists)

These little gadgets are great for strengthening your forearms and wrists, and I use them all the time for that reason. What’s more, grip strength is a good overall indicator of how fit you are. In fact, clinicians have used grip strength to measure levels of fitness and performance in older adults. You simply grasp the handles in one hand and squeeze them together as closely as you can. Keep squeezing until you can’t do another, then switch hands and repeat the exercise.

3. Trunk twists (side abdominals)

Sit with good posture. Bend your elbows and hold them close to the sides of your body. Slowly rotate your trunk to the right as far as you comfortably can, being sure to keep your torso stable. Rotate back to the center and repeat the move to the left. Do this 10 times, with two twists counting as one repetition.

4. Leg lifts (abdominals)

Sit with good posture toward the edge of the couch or chair. Hold on to the sides and extend your legs straight out. Lean back slightly so that your abs feels contracted and engaged. Bend your knees, bringing them in toward your chest. Repeat this move 10 or more times.

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When will the universe stop staring? | Welcome to a new friend : Skyfalls

Im just a damsel, coincidentally destined with distress. And I think I’ll start writing.

I don’t speak not because I’m afraid but because in my mind is a chaos of thoughts..never to be fathomed into one decent idea. I hate to watch people believe in impossibilities but when I talk and tell them that life IS full of possibilities, I don’t want the fingers to be pointed at me when the man jumps off the bridge believing he could fly. I refuse to share a piece of my complexity for it may be too dull that no one would ever stay and hear me out.

I am not deaf to society’s pleads for help and peace. It’s just that I don’t want to start agreeing with everything that it just comes down to me believing in nothing at all. I know that people suffer from poverty. I know that world hunger is a huge problem. I know that global warming is buzzing everyone around. I am aware, but I don’t want to speak.

I don’t want to join a bandwagon of people sharing and liking photos on Facebook praying and hoping that each like and share can suddenly modify its cyber molecules and turn into food that can feed the poor or shelter that can save the homeless or medicine that could save the dying.

I dont want to be a mindless zombie trying to follow the trends of society..simply looking out for where the meat and brains are.

Instead, I want to take action. Because people often judge words before they see the kind of action these words may come to. I want to help. And maybe I can. And I don’t have to speak. I’ll let my hands dive into society’s vast ocean of malfunctioning brains and plant seeds upon them.

I’ll stop laying around the couch and maybe run a marathon to save cancer kids. I’ll turn off my lights for the Earth hour stuff. Maybe even donate my old stuff to charities. I could maybe study more so that one day I won’t be one of those Filipinos that go abroad thinking they’re modern day heroes by bringing dollars back to the country..maybe I’ll stay and share in the burden of my country. Dear reader, I know it sounds cliche..something one would write to win an essay contest. And for a 16-year old its far too impossible. But who says it can’t come true?

Dear reader, I want to be a someone someday. I think I’ll start by believing and taking a step forward. Are you with me?

When will the universe stop staring? | Im just a damsel, coincidentally destined with distress. And I think I’ll start writing..

I let down my hair for the wrong prince..

..and he stole me.

Why is it that life teaches us to run so fast before it can ever slow down. So that on the days when we finally get the hang of it, life ruins us. We trample. We crash. We burn.

I am not your Cinderella. I don’t fit the shoe. But you loved me anyway. Because like Sleeping Beauty, I was a maiden stuck in my dreams, never to  be touched by reality, and never to be messed with by nightmares of horrible creatures. But you showed me the beauty of the world. You let me take a bite of the apple..like Snow White did. You watched me sink my teeth into the vast impossibilities of the universe before you told me it all contained poison. YOU LIAR.

And when I realized my stupidities, you watched me wrap myself in fear and lock myself up in the tower. Then you called upon me. “Oh fair damsel of the wretched tower, let down your hair for I shall show you the stars tonight.”

For all we thought it was a night of valor… I let you in… but you left right after I fell. YOU CHEATER.

And so now outside my castle is a dragon for one to be brave enough to defeat. But more importantly, it protects me from all the unworthy knights of your kind. Please dear one, I am fragile and I can only take so little cracks before my mind tells me to grab the blade.

All love ever did was break and burn and end.

So dear love who claims he can love me more, will you slay the dragon, will you save me- a damsel in distress?


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The Guardian’s robot newspaper comes to the U.S. | Digiday

[Terry: What? USA Today isn't Robotic enough?]
 The Guardian is taking a very modern strategy and applying it to an old-school format.

The U.K. paper only has a digital presence in the U.S., but starting Wednesday, it’s going to experiment with a robot-generated print edition. The paper is to be called #Open001 and will be distributed for free every month at U.S. media and ad agency offices including Mindshare, Horizon Media and Digitas. Distribution will start with 5,000 copies.

The Guardian uses a homegrown algorithm (that’s the “robot”) that combs through the paper’s content to find the best long reads based on social media metrics like Facebook shares, tweets and comments, then feeds them into essay-style templates. They’re then beamed to a printer. For the first issue, the stories selected for the U.S. media audience included “Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: who are you calling bossy,” ”Kurt Cobain: an icon of alienation” “Robots and sex: creepy or cool?”


#Open001 started as an experiment that the Guardian began in the U.K. for online readers and turned into a print edition, The Good Long Read, in December. The Good Long Read is being distributed free at another Guardian experiment, a coffee shop in London that’s actually called #GuardianCoffee.

On its face, the product is an overt pitch to media buyers. Carter Brokaw, evp of sales for the Guardian, uses the paper’s intro letter to highlight all that makes the Guardian special, and ends, “So sit back, leaf through and get thinking. Isn’t it time to try something different?”

But it’s also an example of the kind of experimentation the paper has become known for (and able to do, thanks to its ownership by the Scott Trust that frees it, for the most part, from commercial pressure). In addition to the Guardian-branded coffee shop, it famously adopted an open-journalism approach, inviting the public to help review public records documents. Its native ad product was built in keeping with its philosophy of open journalism, inviting readers to comment on the ad content.

For sure, the robot newspaper shows how publishers can bring efficiency to producing the news by letting a machine do what human editors used to do. An ode to the slow-news movement, the experiment also is a way of finding new life for old content, as other publishers have done with single-topic compilations of their content in print and online.

Is #Open001 a precursor to a full-fledged print edition in the U.S.? Gennady Kolker, spokesman for the Guardian in the U.S., said it’s more a way to introduce the Guardian’s content to the U.S. media community. “We’re on mobile, on tablets and online in the U.S. This is a way to get people to lean back and enjoy the long-form content,” he said. “Some of our stories are more conducive to that print feel. It’s a way to show that audience, here’s what Guardian content is.”

via The Guardian’s robot newspaper comes to the U.S. | Digiday.

Why do journalists hate new journalism startups? | Digiday


A flurry of journalists have been launching news sites lately, each with a formidable amount of hype, but rather than applaud this as a golden age for journalism, the media echo chamber was quick to pull out the knives.

The pile-on at Vox, which launched this week, started before the site went live, with conservative bloggers labeling it as left-wing propaganda and the mainstream media criticizing it and its founding editor Ezra Klein. When Vox did launch, the founders made attempts at humility, emphasizing that Vox was a work in progress (in contrast with Silver’s 3,500-word manifesto), but critics still panned it as underwhelming. Pando called Vox’s explainers “little more than glorified slideshows.”

“It reminds me of [when] there used to be magazine launches and people would tear it apart,” said New York Times media columnist David Carr, one of the few who wrote a sympathetic column about Klein. “I think it’s always been a reflex that’s existed with new product launches, and when it comes to any product launch in the media space, it becomes acute.”

Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, in an unusually revealing column about Times culture, wrote that Silver’s disruptive approach to covering the news ran against the grain at the paper. Carr made a similar point. “I don’t think it’s strictly professional jealousy as much as, we as a profession have made it a business to fit in and these guys are in the business of standing out.”

Klein should feel better that he’s not alone. Nate Silver’s relaunch of FiveThirtyEight last month was teased in dribs and drabs, as Silver breathlessly informed his over nearly 700,000 Twitter followers to “stand by” for each and every new hire. It’s no surprise that when when FiveThirtyEight finally debuted last month that many were disappointed. “Too superficial for smart and informed readers, yet on topics which are too abstruse for the more casual readers,” huffed Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen. The drumbeat of criticism reached a crescendo when Silver’s former Times colleague, columnist Paul Krugman, said the site underdelivered.

“Newness almost always surprises and usually disappoints people,” said Josh Marshall, who founded political news startup Talking Points Memo in 2000. “That’s why almost no one ever likes a site redesign on day one. There’s also jealousy. But in each case we have founders who had something that worked amazingly well in a tightly confined, focused context now trying to cover lots of topics for a general audience. That’s a massive and challenging transition with no guarantee of success. A lot of bumps along the way should come as no surprise.”

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