Listen up people, I recall when Occupy Boston was happening many people were not taking it seriously. This is because in the end the energy and the impression that the protesters were giving off was not serious. For something to be believable, the person saying it, needs to believe what they are saying. For example, this is a tactic used by the people you see on the news. Why is it we believe what we watch on the news? The answer is because the people who are there to tell us the news believe what they are saying. Why they believe what they are saying is another story. They are taught and trained to believe what they exhibit on television. What we see on the news is manipulation. I study international relations and for studying a topic such as this it calls for reading the news of different countries. Try it, find a topic, any political topic and look at what different countries are saying about the same topic. Once you find this said topic, compare the results of different countries, some will leave you laughing. Also, history is crucial in international relations. The history of any country still dictates the quality of what the government is telling to the people. And let us think about what history is for a moment. Say you have a war, who writes the history books? The winners. Of course the winners will write what their perspective. Facts of history become lost in translation and eventually it is too late to change history because it is the prominent belief. Understanding ones culture and history is key in creating a political movement, knowledge always protects and saves humans.
And now how does all of this connect to the Occupy movement, internationally speaking. What you believe is what you emit, it is what you send forth. A flaw in Occupy Boston was confusion, the people did not know exactly what they were fighting for. In order to create a successful protest, manifestation the people need to know, believe and understand the problem, and have clear objectives with an exact plan on how they intend to carry it out. The mentality among the people needs to be permeated, collective. That I believe is what the people of Occupy Boston lacked. I support change to better our planet and our living and I certainly was hurt when Occupy Boston was criticized, judged and some even slandered. But we cannot simply blame newspapers and other people for not taking Occupy Boston seriously. When one takes himself and his task seriously it can be accomplished. With the proper organization and way of thinking it can be done. The issue is that many people are living in a world of opinion, not in reality. Opinions complicate everything. And what we need is to simplify the situation.
I read this article in November 2011 and wanted to post it then but now I am glad I waited because the topic isn’t as fresh. Now people can read this and instead of responding instantly with emotion, perhaps now people can stop and think for a moment consider, in general, other perspectives. With such an influx of media, culture and opinion these days it is easy to be confused. Educate yourself and you will know what you are talking about. When you truly understand the roots of everything it becomes simple, and in this moment true change can take place. I would like to open the discussion of political change because it is what the world lacks right now, proper political change and successful political movements. Coming up next: Occupy Sol (Madrid)
I read an article today that my mom sent me about laughter. I found out that Women laugh more than men and that probably does not surprise me. I love to laugh :D And of course this leads to one of my favorite quotes by Marilyn Monroe, ¨If you can make a girl laugh, you can make her do anything¨. And it is actually true, women, statistically speaking seek out men that make them laugh. And the best part is the men are more than happy to fill their roles.¨Men were more interested in women who laughed heartily in their presence.¨ Now that I found intriguing because I know I laugh a lot hehe.
We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine but did you know that it has scientifically been proven to be a pain reducer? The article included a study where, ¨orthopedic surgery patients who watched comedic videos requested fewer aspirin and tranquilizers than the group that viewed dramas¨. Amazing. In the end we feel less pain when we are laughing. Which explains all of those clumsy times when we are with are friends and fall over and don´t realize that we should really be in pain because we are too busy laughing.
If you have ever laughed you know that laughter is contagious. Apparently there is a mechanism in our brains neurologically wired to detect when to laugh. So it´s not a coincidence that we all laugh at the same time! In the end laughter connects all of us. It is one of the characteristics that makes us human.
Have been living in Spain for a few months now and only have a little to go until I return to Boston. I can honestly say this was the best decision I have ever made in my life. My first objective was to learn Spanish (I of course have studied it prior and traveled to a few Spanish-speaking countries) I can safely say I and those around have seen significant improvement. Objective #2 to grow as a person. And 3, I am studying international relations here at the same university because they have a branch here in Madrid. I can tell you my mentality has made a complete 360˚ and for the better. I left everything behind in Boston to live. I love Boston and had everything there, I was comfortable and I left it all behind to start my wild adventure into the unknown. I really liked Spain from the first few days but that did not make my transition any easier. Eventually I found some friends from Spain, found my psy community and all was right again. I can say I could easily remain here for the rest of my life but sadly I cannot right now. I know to enjoy every moment of the rest of my time here and am making plans to return again.
It’s official, the aliens have landed. They were last spotted at The Machine on 1254 Boylston in Boston. Psyforia is the name of the monthly event thrown by none other than Sonic Beating. SB is a crew of amazing sound techs, djs, deco artists and organizers. They are known for throwing the best psychedelic trance events in the Boston area. Electrik, founder of Psybotik is a skilled dj and he and his group surely knows how to throw the ultimate party. PhasePhour is a duo of Eldar von Essen and Christer Andersson both a pleasure to listen to and interact with! PhasePhour dominated this night with a high energy set. This monthly Psyforia had an alien theme, and I was lucky enough to gogo dance for their event in my true alien form!
Do not miss the last Psyforia September 17th at the Marsh Post in Cambridge! Party begins at 2:00pm with Artemis entrancing us with some downtempo, chill, beats. Next is the captivating Psylab, each performance is an experience. And returning once again is Christer from PhasePhour will be painting a scenic techno landscape with sexy, groovy beats. Following Christer is the experienced John Monkman. Fractal Phono will surely have you feeling fun and wacky dancing to his set. Next, Sonic Beating’s own Jeff Mission will keep you dancing and grinning. And just when you’re really wanting more Keith will capture you with a complex and seductive sound that will surely suck you in. Lastly, none other than Flip Flop will transport you to another galaxy filled with mind expanding psy-trance.
Surely looking forward to what will be a great way to wrap up the outdoor Psyforia’s of the summer, see you on the dance floor!
For one of my new jobs I find myself working at Karenna Maraj’s jewelery store. A lovely young woman who has been making jewelry for over ten years and owns her own business, Karenna Maraj Jewelry Collection, located in Belmont, MA. One would find a great variety within her store. She has not only her own jewelry for sale, but the jewelry from local artists. It’s hard to choose my favorite items in the store but if I had to choose, I would choose the vintage beaded necklaces, sea glass hair clips, metalic painted flowers, painted brass washer necklaces, and last but not least the rubber jewelery! And no you didn’t misread, I wrote rubber.
Karenna has even started teaching instructional classes on creating these works of art. The groupon she posted was very successful and she plans on selling more again in the future.
Since working here I have learned the true effort that goes into making jewelry and I can tell you it isn’t easy work, but it is fun and enjoyable and something I would love to continue to do.
Our friends are our friends for a reason. We often see qualities in people we hold close because we admire them and respect them. Think about what those qualities are. If everyone had more of those qualities the world might be a better place. And no matter how hard we try we can’t say that we are completely different from our friends. So if you admire a friends kindness for example, be more kind, after all we only live once, let’s make it sweet.
Reminds me of the sand art I had when I was growing up. The multi-colored sand I would pour into a clear plastic bottle. Well I’m glad I’m not done growing up yet because this is the most beautiful sand art I have witnessed. An archipelago named Whitsunday Island in Queensland, Australia; Whitsunday Island is one out of 74.
Typically my reaction to seaweed is repulsed to say the least. Who knew cultivation of seaweed could be so beautiful? This was taken in Bali, Indonesia. Yann Arthus-Bertrand is the amazing French photographer responsible for this eye astonishment.
Commonly people believe in being either the right place at the right time or the wrong place at the wrong time. Some call this fate. Either way this seems to be a higher power; something beyond us humans. Humans are not immortal physically. Are our decisions in life finite? Are there events and experiences that are simply inevitable? I believe there are. No matter what we do there just are those times we know we could not change under any circumstances. This leaves a bitter taste in our minds but we must accept it. However, what we can control is ourselves. Our actions, words and thoughts are within our reach. That is most important to remember but also the most difficult. That is the irony of life.
Sounds farfetched but this is now very close to possible. However it will take you 20.5 light years to arrive there. Gliese 581 g is the name of this planet. It is an extrasolar planet which means it is outside of the solar system. While this seems hard to imagine reaching this planet, traveling to the moon seemed impossible at a time as well. According to it’s coordinates it very well may support the existence of water, and as we know water is sustenance, thus this planet could potentially support life.
Picture credit to Dan Durda. I suggest you take a look at his work; very breathtaking
Top 10 Roller Coasters. These are super interesting and fun to read and watch the videos. I am a big fan of roller coasters therefore I embrace theme parks during the warm seasons. However if you do not or have not, I suggest you cross your own boundary, it is worth it. “Risk is a necessary and inevitable part of life.” -Liza Alkhazov
Click Link^ This is a French trip-hop group. They’ve been around since 1998 and they know how to make some pleasant sounds. I believe truly good songs are songs that are so exquisite every time you listen to them is like the first time. Sure there are those catchy songs I know I love to listen to over and over until I can’t anymore. But a song that is profoundly pure is the timeless beauty of great music.
I was absent from one of my classes yesterday and interestingly so were three other students, thus we were placed together to work on a group project. This project has several parts to it due at various times. One section of the first part entailed us each individually filling out a personality chart. Rating each group of three characteristics with either a 4, 3, 2 or 1. 4 being the highest and 1 being the least. Once these numbers were organized and tallied into a chart, each members “True Color” could be determined. My color came out as blue. Although what the description read did not surprise me, how accurate it was did. It read as follows:
You seek to express the inner you; authenticity and honesty are valued above all other characteristics. You enjoy close relationships with those you love and possess a strong spirituality in your nature. Making a difference in the world is easy for you because you cultivate the potential in yourself and in others. You are sensitive to subtlety —and with great flair-create roles in life’s drama.
Dream of: Love, affection, authenticity
Regard: Meaning, significance, identity
Value: Compassion, sympathy, rapport
Dislike: Hypocrisy, deception, insincerity
Word for word this analysis illustrates the kind of person I am. I especially found the word rapport interesting because I am all about the good vibes! :D