The most insane letter ever written by a child to a TV weatherman.If Flint grows up to be a local TV weatherman, we are immediately packing our bags and moving to that city. Think this kid would settle for just putting a pair of Ray Bans on the sunshine graphic? His sunshine graphic would ride a harley while juggling rescue puppies. Every time a nice day was predicted we’d probably get to see his sunshine graphic disembowel a raincloud graphic with the tusk of a narwhal. In short, a weather report totally demanding that you relocate your family immediately. Oh, and below is Flint’s drawing from the back page:   Put a suit on this kid and get him in front of a weather map before he enslaves us all.          Via Happy Place

The most insane letter ever written by a child to a TV weatherman.

If Flint grows up to be a local TV weatherman, we are immediately packing our bags and moving to that city. Think this kid would settle for just putting a pair of Ray Bans on the sunshine graphic? His sunshine graphic would ride a harley while juggling rescue puppies. Every time a nice day was predicted we’d probably get to see his sunshine graphic disembowel a raincloud graphic with the tusk of a narwhal. In short, a weather report totally demanding that you relocate your family immediately. Oh, and below is Flint’s drawing from the back page:   Put a suit on this kid and get him in front of a weather map before he enslaves us all.          

Via Happy Place

Planned Parenthood Propaganda Video: A Superhero for Choice (by InternetSavage)

     Drowning an abstinence advocate in a garbage can full of water, blowing up zombie pro-life protesters with giant condoms shot from a gun, cooking a pro-life senator in a boiling cauldron – these are all things Planned Parenthood thought were so funny and so clever that they included them in a promotional video put out by its former Planned Parenthood Golden Gate affiliate in 2005.

     Isn’t it ironic how hatred can be dressed up to look like concern for the poor, and that villains can masquerade as heroes in low-budget cartoons? I know my own mother’s NGO projects promote this group, and I am not proud of it. We don’t exactly see eye to eye on the matter. I am not being self-righteous. I’m not even Christian. I am probably one of the most sensual Earthlings alive today, and I am proud to be the passionate kind of person who values the rights of children, as much as I value my own as a woman.

     I thank my mother for not aborting me, even though I was an unplanned baby. Not to sound conceited or anything, I know I can be quite the stubborn kid to raise, but I turned out to be quite the awesome teacher. :P Now, had my mother exercised her “right to choose to abort” because having me meant getting stalled in her career path, well, I could only imagine how dreadfully boring the lives of my friends, lovers and students would be. LOLOLOL :))

Confronted with some of life’s upsetting experiences - marriage breakdown, unemployment, bereavement, failure of any kind - many people become depressed. But others don’t. Why is this? A person who goes through experiences like that and does not get depressed has a measure of what in the psychiatric trade is known as “resilience”. According to Manchester University psychologist Dr Rebecca Elliott, we are all situated somewhere on a slidling scale.

      “At one end you have people who are very vulnerable. In the face of quite low stress, or none at all, they’ll develop a mental health problem,” she says. "At the other end, you have people who life has dealt a quite appalling hand with all sorts of stressful experiences, and yet they remain positive and optimistic."

      They include cognitive flexibility - our capacity to adapt our thinking to different situations - and also the extent to which our brains concentrate on processing and remembering happy, as opposed to sad, information.

      The research is not yet complete, so Rebecca Elliott can’t say whether there are distinct differences in brain function between the groups. But there are encouraging hints, such as the correlations she’s finding between the psychological measurements of her subjects’ resilience and how they perform on some of the tests.

      "For example, our early data suggest that people who are more resilient are more likely to recognise happy faces and less likely to recognise sad or fearful faces. The more resilient someone is, the better they remember positive words and pictures.”

Be a happy and joyful being :)

      Above is one of my favorite prayers which my dear mother required for me to memorise by heart as a child. Whenever in great distress, whenever I feel I am about to be overwhelmed with so much anxiety, apart from either watching or performing stand up comedy, I repeat this verse over and over again, and remind myself never to dwell in the unpleasant things of life. :)

      Also, I recommend for everyone who has not yet seen the film Life is Beautiful to go Torrent it, or rent a DVD copy. ^_^

Love and Light,

Ze Geek Goddess

MEAN WORLD SYNDROME
Violent images inundate the media…
CHILDREN SEE:
8,000 murders by the end of elementary school.
200,000 murders by age 18.
Those who consume more media are more likely to perceive the world as a more frightening and scary place than it actually is.
The good news? It’s not a mean world. 
And like what I always say to people who irrationally fear Mindanao because of how ze mass media portrays zees bountiful and beautiful region of ze Philippine archipelago: More people die senseless deaths in Manila everyday because of extreme hunger and desperate robberies. And I most seriously would not be beach bumming, struttin’ my golden ass every weekend - and yes, even some weekdays - if I had good reasons to fear zat Mindanao ees a place full of mean terrorists!! >_< Not only do I get to support small-scale entrepreneurs & promote local tourism, I also get to relax my mind, body and soul without having to worry about getting lost in a strategically-designed mall, and then leaving with a bunch of stuff I didn’t originally want and maybe didn’t even need. xD  
Seriously? Terrorism is not what I fear in Mindanao. More than terrorists and rebels, what we must vigilantly look out for are the local and foreign business entities who are ceaselessly raping the seas and forests everyday to make millions via mindless mining, industrial agriculture, industrial fishing, etc. while you guys sit there in front of your TVs getting brainwashed how scary it is to explore the gems of Mindanao. In reality, those who pay millions for those TV commercials ”news” just don’t want you to discover how beautiful Mindanao is. Because if YOU KNEW, you would actually go out there to defend the forests and seas in order to secure zat even ze future generations of children will live to see nature’s pristine beauty without having to shell out wads of cash (and worse, CREDIT) just to access exclusive, world-class resorts and other man-made attractions. Sometimes, and in most cases, I think T.V. really stands for “truth vacuum” and not television. :P 
As we all know, a vacuum is created by an emptiness caused by the removal or the absence of matter.  In viewing the actions of our government, the mainstream mass media and particularly individuals within the public sector, that missing matter is truth.
Try ditching your TV, Facebook & Tumblr every now and then. Quite ironically, you are reading this BECAUSE of either Facebook or Tumblr. LOL :P But then again… Experience the world through your own eyes and not through the eyes of others. Think with your own mind and not through the mind of your neighbours. And then you shall see how there’s more to love than to hate about this world that we live in. :)Love & Light,
Drei ze Geek Goddess ƸӜƷ

MEAN WORLD SYNDROME

Violent images inundate the media…

CHILDREN SEE:

8,000 murders by the end of elementary school.

200,000 murders by age 18.

Those who consume more media are more likely to perceive the world as a more frightening and scary place than it actually is.

The good news? It’s not a mean world. 

And like what I always say to people who irrationally fear Mindanao because of how ze mass media portrays zees bountiful and beautiful region of ze Philippine archipelago: More people die senseless deaths in Manila everyday because of extreme hunger and desperate robberies. And I most seriously would not be beach bumming, struttin’ my golden ass every weekend - and yes, even some weekdays - if I had good reasons to fear zat Mindanao ees a place full of mean terrorists!! >_< Not only do I get to support small-scale entrepreneurs & promote local tourism, I also get to relax my mind, body and soul without having to worry about getting lost in a strategically-designed mall, and then leaving with a bunch of stuff I didn’t originally want and maybe didn’t even need. xD  

My Beach Bum, quite literally. LOL :))Seriously? Terrorism is not what I fear in Mindanao. More than terrorists and rebels, what we must vigilantly look out for are the local and foreign business entities who are ceaselessly raping the seas and forests everyday to make millions via mindless mining, industrial agriculture, industrial fishing, etc. while you guys sit there in front of your TVs getting brainwashed how scary it is to explore the gems of Mindanao. In reality, those who pay millions for those TV commercials ”news” just don’t want you to discover how beautiful Mindanao is. Because if YOU KNEW, you would actually go out there to defend the forests and seas in order to secure zat even ze future generations of children will live to see nature’s pristine beauty without having to shell out wads of cash (and worse, CREDIT) just to access exclusive, world-class resorts and other man-made attractionsSometimes, and in most cases, I think T.V. really stands for “truth vacuum” and not television. :P 

As we all know, a vacuum is created by an emptiness caused by the removal or the absence of matter.  In viewing the actions of our government, the mainstream mass media and particularly individuals within the public sector, that missing matter is truth.

My Life as a Beach BumTry ditching your TV, Facebook & Tumblr every now and then. Quite ironically, you are reading this BECAUSE of either Facebook or Tumblr. LOL :P But then again… Experience the world through your own eyes and not through the eyes of others. Think with your own mind and not through the mind of your neighbours. And then you shall see how there’s more to love than to hate about this world that we live in. :)

Love & Light,

Drei ze Geek Goddess ƸӜƷ

Foxconn, the leading manufacturer of electronics in the world — which makes Apples iPhones and iPads, among other products — plans to build 500,000 robots over the next three years to either replace or augment the company’s human workforce…  In one regard, this investment will help the company’s labor relations. After all, robots don’t hurl themselves out of windows when overworked. Human employees at Foxconn, however, have not faired so well. Fourteen committed suicide in 2010. Labor rights groups have described Foxconn’s factories in very harsh terms, as 21st century gulags, “labor camps” with “military-style drills.” Since the suicides in its factories mostly involved workers jumping from the top floors of buildings in Foxconn’s Shenzhen-based plants, the company installed suicide-prevention nets.

What’s the Big Idea?

Foxconn has annual revenues of over $60 billion, and the company has put up an astounding compound annual growth rate of over 50 percent for the last decade. In order to maintain that level of growth, and to meet extraordinary global demand for tech electronics, Foxconn is making an ambitious push to automate.

This could be a step in the right direction from both a business and humanitarian perspective. After all, freeing humans from conditions that resemble slave labor can’t be such a bad thing. According to a company statement, Foxconn will be able to move humans “up the value chain” to more skilled fields such as research. Robots, on the other hand, don’t need higher wages, improved workplace conditions or suicide safety nets, all of which cut into Foxconn’s bottom line. 

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So, to all ye my fellow Earthlings: What are the philosophical & practical implications of this kind of revolution?

Personally, as an educator, an objectivist and a humanist, I do support the transition of giving certain mind-dulling, cubicle-confined, arduous, repetitive and thus depressing tasks to robots. 

Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine... should be.

Moreover, I deeply resonate with this beautiful insight from one of the readers of Big Think:

"So…robots could make sense. As for moving people up the value chain, there is certainly plenty of demand for that - perhaps robotization of the labor force will provide opportunities for greater human capital accumulation and optimization, reducing the gap between demand for and supply of skilled labor. If childrearing was performed in a way that elevated the likelihood of self-actualization, instead of debilitating traumatization and low self-worth, that would help too.”

Marshall Kirkpatrick CEO, Plexus Engine  

Every industry, from agriculture, to the military, will be impacted by robot labor. And advances in robotics are happening rapidly. As companies like Foxconn lead the way in our transition to a robot economy, the question remains how painful this transition will be, and how can the pain best be mitigated? As far as I’m concerned, the pain will be all well worth it. Creativity is usually born out of pain anyway; and our generation can finally focus on endeavours that shall catapult humanity to the Age of Art and Heart. 

Another useful guideline worth deliberating on is from Big Think reader Eugene C:

Like any other subject affecting the lives of countless others, sensible legislation regarding the licensing and application of robotic systems needs to be introduced in countries employing robots.  The blanket replacement of human labor with robots is indiscriminate. Legislators need to look closely as there may currently be violations in the immigration laws and policies perpetrated by companies employing such “systems” at the cost of basic human rights regarding welfare and access to gainful employment.  Allowing for the proper evolution of robotic systems that do not threaten those basic rights is the path responsible companies should adopt voluntarily.  However, companies skirt labor rights in the name of efficiency and need to be checked with a supervisory structure on this subject.

Some people fear that such robotisation of labour will lead to the extinction of the great engine of progress and innovation - the middle class. To a certain extent, this fear is legitimate. With all kinds of paradigm shift, however, the cycle of destruction and reconstruction is always a given. Sometimes, I refer to this as Creative Destruction. A great example of this is personal computers. The industry, led by Microsoft and Intel, destroyed many mainframe computer companies, but in doing so, entrepreneurs created one of the most important inventions of this century. 

While there will be clear resistance from most human workers themselves, they will eventually realise that such resistance is futile… They shall be forced by circumstance to finally exercise their own FREE WILL, which has probably atrophied in the past few years of working in a dreadful factory. The middle class can finally outdo themselves and break away from the shackles they have placed upon themselves, generation after generation… We all have different chains that keep us from stepping out of our comfort zones. And clearly, like caterpillars breaking away from the cocoon, transformation will take time; and change is predictably painful. But in the end, to those who choose to go through the entire process without seeking shortcuts, life will be beautiful…precisely because it will be more meaningful. And getting a little push from robots shouldn’t hurt more than your first heartbreak. LOL :))

But then again, that’s just me… for all I know, I could be a masochist. So, as a human being, what are your thoughts on this matter? I would love to read your comments below~ ^_^ 

Love and Light,

Drei ze Dork Lord ƸӜƷ

So much soul in his voice. I wonder what it’s like to eat burritos he’s prepared himself, hehe. It’s also cute how he and his mom look like the best of friends! (◕。)

Josh Krajcik - Audition 1 - THE X FACTOR 2011 (by TheXFactorUSA)

Phone Company Urges World to Put Phones Down & Enjoy Life (◕。)

thegreatdaddyproject:

itsgirlgerm:

hachi-ko:

Parenting: You’re doing it right.

Oh gosh. Video link?xx

My vote for Dad of the year…no lie.

I concur,

(via daysofthedad)

"The reason we teach our children spiritual virtues is so they will grow up to be not just doctors, but compassionate doctors, not just teachers, but caring teachers, not just business people, but trustworthy business people, and not just mothers and fathers, but loving human beings who make a difference in their children’s lives."

— Children of the Kingdom

"…it seems to me that if you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a poor family, you’re likely to go to prison. If you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a rich family, you’re likely to go to business school."

Snakes in Suits

When Psychopaths Go to Work by Paul Babiak & Robert D. Hare.

Lifted from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/07/one-per-cent-wealth-destroyers/print

nevver:

The Creative Adult
"The art of music is divine and effective. It is the food of the soul and spirit. Through the power and charm of music the spirit of man is uplifted. It has wonderful sway and effect in the hearts of children, for their hearts are pure, and melodies have great influence in them. The latent talents with which the hearts of children are endowed will find expression through the medium of music. Therefore, you must exert yourselves to make them proficient, teach them to sing with excellence and effect. It is incumbent upon each child to know something of music, for without knowledge of this art the melodies of instrument and voice cannot be rightly enjoyed."

— ‘Abdu’l-Baha (via kowaiau)