Women’s choices

ObamaCare reduces costs for women on birth control plans:

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/07/birth-controls-big-cost-control-gains-from-obamacare.html

Hope that leads to better plans for women. We need more information to be available for women who are considering birth control.

How does the new generation work?

As someone who thinks offices need to become more flexible, I am opposed to the idea of 9-5 jobs. I prefer places that allow their workers to come in when they like and leave when they like, AS LONG AS they finish their work and deliver on what they promise.

Seems like that falls within the features of millennials, as written by Jones Loflin in the following article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/millennials-dont-want-work-life-balance-jones-loflin

I guess we need to be handled differently from our parents. Our work patterns are different, which need to be accommodated. Happy reading. 🙂

Marketing and the seven sins (Alok Ranjan)

Was going through some articles on LinkedIn, one of my favorite pastimes in the social media world, and I found this gem:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-deadly-sins-digital-marketing-alok-ranjan

In my more annoyed moments (after an onslaught of advertisements and in-your-face marketing), I have thought that marketing should be banned, that it should be illegal to have so much noise on TV, radio, and even the roads. I understand the importance of branding, sales and marketing, but that has never made me a believer of false advertising and exaggeration of the effects of a product. Not everyone can be the market leader, but if marketing is to be believed, every company is.

In my own writing, I have attempted at all times to steer clear of such deception. And mostly, I have succeeded. With that attitude in mind, I am sharing this for the benefit of the customer as well as the company. Hope you enjoy the article!

5 year plans in the world of work

Ever since I left full-time work and started on my own, I have been thinking about the pros and cons of in-office work (leaning heavily towards self-employment, of course).

Found this article about 5 year plans on a local radio station’s FB page:

http://lite87.com/8-reasons-why-having-a-five-year-career-plan-is-completely-overrated/

I have been asked this 5-year plan question by some companies. But you know, weirdly, it was by companies I would call stodgy, more than progressive. The question, as well as the “where do you see yourself in 5 years” question, should be eradicated from the interview questions. These two questions are no longer relevant, at least in my opinion.

I Like My Whiskey Neat

This author is constantly exceeding my expectations!

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

What if I couldn’t live by the stereotypes?
What if I don’t want to get caught in the wave,
I don’t want to get on that boat.
What if I just want to stand my ground and say my story as it is?
What if the world just isn’t ready, but maybe someday they will be.
What if I don’t want to drink wine like a lady should,
What if I like my whiskey neat?

Death threats to my pen, while the murderers roam free.
The struggle isn’t a hobby it’s a duty, a responsibility.
The fight is important; only a few believe.
Is it really freedom if only the corrupt are free?
Happiness in the palace while the slums cry to sleep.
I write for the little ones,
I fight for the little ones, the ones who can’t breathe,
Their air stolen,
Their hearts broken,
Politicians promises are last…

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Dating Lessons We Can Learn From The Cast Of ‘Friends’

This was so beautifully written, so heartfelt, that it spoke to me. I read this expecting a humorous take, but was soon caught up in the sincerity of her attachment.

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Perhaps it was the fact that Friends recently became available on Netflix, but I feel like this classic sitcom has experienced a second wave of popularity lately. It feels as though all the Gen Y kids who used to watch Friends with our moms when we were 12 are now re-watching it at 26, in complete awe of the jaw-dropping truths and revelations we were never mature enough to realize before. All those innuendos and daily references that are typical of urban living that, while entertaining and hilarious at age 12, never really quite hit home the way they do now. It’s particularly funny how when we used to watch Friends, the characters seemed so old. Back then, they were ADULTS. With adult clothes and adult hair. But guess what? We’re their age now.

I went through a pretty earth-shattering breakup half a…

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An Open Response to Namal’s rant on the Colombo Telegraph “Vengeful Politics And Rugby: Phone Calls To My Brothers”

Superb writing!

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

I’m so sorry life has been so hard for you lately. I’m sorry about your horses and all those unlicensed elephants now astray on the streets of Colombo. I’m sorry you had to say goodbye to all those Ferraris, Audis and Bugattis you bought with your hard-earned trillions of tax-payer money. I’m sorry about all that gold from the treasury that went missing, the mystery must be keeping you up at night. How is your mother by the way? The story around town is that “She sells sea shells by the sea shore of the Seychelles”. Satire aside, I hope she’s well, I think she wasn’t all that bad. I’m sorry your brothers lost their rightfully earned captaincy in the military rugby teams. To have three brothers talented enough to captain the tri-force teams at the same time was truly a blessing for the nation, such a beautiful coincidence, in…

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2014 in review

So now I know what areas to improve on!

I know I have not blogged much, and not at all in December. This year, hopefully, that will change! Let that be a resolution too!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 730 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Brownies for health

Was researching benefits of brownies, and came across this:

http://www.donnieyance.com/a-healthy-holiday-treat-chocolate-brownies/

I liked it best because I use dark chocolate, but also because it said that brownies can be healthy! Go, brownies!

Rainy day here, I would love it if someone made me some brownies!

Or maybe I can try this recipe..:

http://www.painlesscooking.com/health-benefits-of-chocolate.html

Anyone want to come over? 😉

Emma Watson stirs up a debate and Greg Portell gives us his take on the “Emma Watson Effect” on LinkedIn

I am a little late to get on the bandwagon about the Emma Watson speech. And I might have skipped it altogether if not for this article: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141003152603-4361863-the-emma-watson-effect?trk=pulse-det-nav_art

Leaving aside the supposed “naivete” of the speaker, maybe we should look at just how stirring it was for many, (and I sincerely hope it was not a sympathetic but superior-complex desire to be stirred by a young girl actor that motivated the world to be stirred!) and understand why people were moved by the speech.

She had an interesting approach and that is what is discussed in the article. I won’t say that this is the only possible way to look at the speech, but I think it is a valid way to look at it. Maybe we needed a personalization in our interactions, and maybe we needed to speak in absolutes at the UN rather than in the theoretical and ornate writing much preferred in certain fields and professions (academics and UN, here’s looking at you!). We needed to include people rather than antagonize. I am not excluding myself here. I have been a militant feminist and then a passive feminist in the first 17 yrs of the past two decades and have thought complete separation of men and women into supporting/against camps was the way to go. In the last three years (or so), I have been less militant and much more in the humanist camp because I was enlightened (the particular focus of an educator can do so much) and knew male support was important and appreciated the male feminists. Not to say I don’t still fall back on the two camp scenario, but I try to look at things in a more human way. And that is why I identify with humanists more now.

I digress. The point is then, to include everyone. To make everyone feel they are part of the solution. I do understand what you say, but this approach resonates with me more. And by this I mean the article and the inclusive approach. The Emma Watson speech is still a question mark in my mind. There  are some places where she needed to fly higher. Nonetheless, I thought she was good. She somehow circumvented all the defenses and came at us from nowhere. And opened up a debate! Now isn’t that wonderful?! We all need to engage, but we rarely do express our opinions unless someone first starts it. So Kudos! I appreciate her.

Have a look at the article, and draw your own conclusions. And if you haven’t seen it, watch her speech.

A good article from LinkedIn

This J.T. O’Donnell article I found on LinkedIn was great. Hope it will help you evaluate and re-evaluate your own work styles. Even if, like me (at least most of the time), you have not fallen into the trap, you will find it helps you better work out your passions. Have a read, and enjoy.

 

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140130151835-7668018-do-you-work-hard-really-i-don-t-think-so?trk=eml-ced-b-art-M-0&ut=1FGM78NsI-T641 

Travel-related articles from the internet

Came across a couple of super articles from BootsnAll for the travel-crazy.

http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/10-08/five-shoulder-seasons-around-the-world.html

http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/10-06/what-i-would-do-differently-on-my-rtw-trip.html

The following link from the Travelers Zone just made my heart race with all the possibilities. 

http://www.thetravelerszone.com/travel-information/25-wonderful-places-to-visit-in-your-lifetime/

If these don’t make you want to just buy a ticket right now, I don’t know what will! 🙂

Is Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ A Feminist Film… Or Not?

This is a very thoughtful and beautifully-written piece on the issues feminists face. I am always in support of male feminists, and I do agree with most of the views in this article. Plus, I am a bit of a fan of this particular writer.

Thought Catalog

One of my favorite Disney films of all time has to be The Little Mermaid. The music is insanely and memorably good, the animation is classical yet visually sumptuous (admittedly, very phallic), and I love mermaids, so I totally enjoy hanging out with Ariel in her world. But I sometimes wonder if, like the overt racism of Peter Pan, years later we’ll all notice how sexist and obviously anti-feminist the story is. A girl who trades her voice to gain a man? That can’t possibly be a feminist ideal. But one could also argue Ariel’s story is the tale of an adventurous young woman who challenges the patriarchy to explore an unknown world that she wants to experience “more” of and is willing to go to extreme lengths for an opportunity. This reading of the film seems far more feminist. And this is where I get stuck. Is The…

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