Thursday, November 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Assaulting my blog!!
While the dynamics of this election season are very interesting, let me start by focusing on one issue; the voting public.
It is amazing to me the fact that a lot of people in this land can exercise their right vote, without taking the time to educate themselves on all the issues. Dictionary.com defines education as; the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
While I can go on a major academic dissertation demonstrating my point, let me just point to the most obvious overt misinformation of this campaign; the email being passed around that Barack Obama is a Muslim 'who wants to destroy the US'. I have received this email from a few friends already. The funny part of it is that, while no one cares to check the information for themselves (for God sake, we all now have computers at home.. we can all do a search for the latest stupid YOU TUBE video, why not for something factual and important) is that the email contains a name,a title, a department and a phone number belonging to someone who supposedly works for Yale University. Because to me it is important that *I* look the information up, I called the phone number and searched the Staff Directory for Yale on the web, and found no one with that name. That simple.
If a friend has a rotten apple, they would not pass it on to their friends. It is very simple to see its rotten. But, I wonder, would they feel qualify to make a judgement on the state of the micro and macro socio-economical situation of agriculture in the US? It reminds me of a friend who claims to be a supporter of the Republican party. But she believes in pro-choice, in gay marriages, and in the responsibility of government to take care of the needy and the poor. Does she knows that none of those issues are part of the Republican platform?
This brings me to the fact that based on my experience all through high school and college, only about 5% (3 out of 60) of the students, did their homework and applied themselves to be able to handle the questions in the tests, to be able to read a passage and answer comprehension questions corrrectly, or were able to look at an equation, analyze it and provide a good result. Trust me, the curve does not go up to 50% just because all of the sudden you are older. If you have not applied yourself, you are still as stupid as before. Hence, why 90% of the emails that I get do not even show paragraphs.
So before you go to vote, please educate yourself on the issues, and the record of your candidates. There is nohing better than the 'web' to find all of your info (on that and nything else).
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
1. an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation
I do have a main occupation. But until last October I found myself more 'occupied' than I needed to be in my life. And sadly, forgetting about my hobbies, and about myself. But lately my main occupation is not as time taxing (isn't today April 15th ?). And so, there are a lot of interesting topics out there that I like to explore.
When I wrote that first post I did not know who, if any, would read it. By the time I took my hiatus, I was averaging a modest 1000 singular hits every month. So this hobby is not so much about who reads it or how many readers I get, but more of an academic exercise. Sort of like taking the verbal section of the SATs again; reading and comprehending. And of of course, it is also about making some observations in life, and asking questions I might not hear being asked.
And in honor of my first post, I will post several topics at once. So like in Poltergeist... I'mmmm baaaaccckkk!"
Monday, October 01, 2007
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
As much as I would like to put my efforts behind the American Heart Association, it is cancer the cause that got my attention the first day 'I saw it' in a scan of my mother's body. While the disease sucker-punched and took all of me at the time, it also drew my ire and disposition. I declared war on it immediately, way before her one single death. Cancer might have won that battle, but there are many more that I believe I can help to fight.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Among many themes, the one thing women need to be aware of is that early detection leads to successful treatments. Letting it go might prove lethal. Besides a women, you might be a mother, a sister, a wife, a grandmother. Cancer does not only lives physically in your body, but also mentally and emotionally, in you, as well as in those around you. There are many organizations that focus on cancer education, outreach program, patient support and most importantly fund raising programs that help in the research and development of new medicines and treatments.
In 1978, Nancy Goodman Brinker promised her dying sister Suzy that she would do everything possible to bring an end to breast cancer. In 1982 she founded the Susan G Komen For the Cure, the nation's larger private funder of cancer research and outreach community programs. They organize the nationwide Race for the Cure. Komen also host the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk. The American Cancer Society and their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program put together the Relay For Life. And City of Hope, along with plenty of strong sponsors brings you the Walk for Hope.
And speaking of hope, I already said from the onset that fighting Malignant Neoplasms is my cause. While I choose to focus on those tumors that grow in the breast, I just do not like Cancer. Period! And since my mom's death I have had other reasons to feed my fire. So I would also like to make you aware of others organizations and events.
Let me start with the Lance Armstrong led, 10-days, San Diego to Washington DC, bicycleTour of Hope and 3-days Ride for the Roses. I am a supporter of his LIVESTRONG - Lance Armstrong Foundation which "believes that in the battle with cancer, unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fight blood cancers and they put together the amazing program called Team in Training. Among other foundations check Katie Couric's National Colorectal Research Alliance.
And while Colon, Breast, Prostate, lymphoma and Leukemia, in that order, account for 33.1% of all cancer related deaths, let me finish by mentioning that Lung Cancer by far is the main culprit accounting for 30.9% . The recent deaths of Peter Jennings and Dana Reeves should bring well deserved attention to the cause. An example of that is MSNBC Keith Olberman 'editorial/testimonial' while reporting Mr Jennings' death , and while you can read the article, I prefer you click on the Launch button provided and watch the video.
Recently, I became aware of myelodysplastic syndromes. MDS, formerly known as "preleukemia", a diverse collection of hematological conditions united by ineffective production of blood cells. Although not a true malignant neoplasm, MDS is nevertheless classified within the hematological neoplasms. This disease took the life of my most beloved friend's mother.
Monday, March 19, 2007
St Patrick's Day
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
There is an observation I need to make; how did St. Patrick's day become to be the 'drunkiest' day of the year in America?? And while the green dye might work well in the Chicago River, it doesn't make the beer taste that good.Ireland's bishop in the early 450's AD, Patrick established monasteries all over the green land and convereted many to christianism. He died on Mar 17th, 461 AD, and later throught the cannonization process of the catholic church, that day became a national holiday for the Irish people. Considered a feast on the Roman Catholic Church calendar (a day to celebrate or remember saints), this day has transformed itself from its irish roots of a gathering of families with a big huge dinner (sort of a thanksgiving day), to an american excuse to carry license to go out, drink and get drunk. I take it that from the famous, or infamous, perception of irish people drinking and celebrating, everyone ended up thinking this is what you do on that day.
Here is a another interesting tidbit on St Patrick's Day. The famous shamrock that people pinned to their clothes, or hats, was made famous by St. Patricks, as, during his sermons he would utilize this leaf to explain the holy trinity as three separate entities being one. The Catholic Irish would then wear this symbol as demonstration of their religious faith.
So there is my observation as to the contrast of what its supposed to be, and what it is.
Friday, March 09, 2007
I am, what you call in marketing, an early adopter; I was one of the first ones among my friends to own a cell, then a camera phone, the latest phone, a song as a ring tone, and now a call tone. A call tone is a song(or sound) that you can have play in your cell for a incoming call. So when you call that phone, you are treated to a custom sound.
I chose for my first Call Tone, James Blunt song, "You Are Beautiful". I received many compliments over it, many people were pleasantly surprised, and 'baffled' about how I had done that. I knew that if I chose a Call Tone, I would have to keep changing it to keep it fresh. But I was not prepared for all the comments.
My close female friends loved it! My guy friends couldn't let a remark or two go unsaid. One cool thing about call tones is that you can custom them to play at a certain time, or for certain people only. So, the song that I selected for the one person that I have loved in my life was "ADORE" by Prince ("Until the end of times, I'll be there 4 U; u own my heart and mind, I truly adore U, if God one day stroke me blind, your beauty I'd still see. Love is 2 weak 2 define, just what you mean to me"). One thing though, I am not sure that she would ever hear it.
Anyway, about a week or so ago my friend Wendy asked me why would I have a song about 'unattainable love' as my call tone. Huuuummmm?? I never thought of that song like that. But after that, I could not take that comment out of my head. She was right.
So on the net I went trying to surf for a song that would be great for me to have. I was mostly focusing on actual 'hits'. See, "Charlie's Angels" theme song would have not been a good choice ( I ran into my friend Shannon today, and tha was her ringtone; perfect for her!!) So, among the songs that I like what were the possibilities?
"What goes around comes around" by Justin Timberlake, "How to Save a Life" by The Fray ,"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol , "Keep holding on" by Avril Lavigne, "Waiting on the world to change" by John Meyer, "Lips of an angel" by Hinder, "If everyone cared" by Nickelback (tickets for a March 18th concert are sitting in my room)... Ok, wait; the theme on all these songs is love gone bad, cheating and deceit, and obsessive hope. They are all in my I-Pod. Darn, what does that mean? It made me wonder, about how many songs we like without really paying complete attention to the lyrics.
Well, after all the search, I decided on Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy". Not only does it have a catchy beat, but, when we do what we like, when we are who we are, and when we love who we love, despite all the losing battles, and despite those who think we are crazy, we can die happy when we are done.
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