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Numbers – a short sci-fi film

I love short films! Since I’m on the internet at all hours of the day, I’ve obviously come across so many gems. Below is a great little sci-fi short on an interaction between Nick and Mia, two people who have more in common than what you perceive at first glance. Have you ever seen that music video for Nickleback’s song Savin’ Me? This movie has a similar concept. Totally worth your 10 minutes to watch, the attention to detail is second to none.

The Most Stunning Views of Turkey

If anyone asks, I usually tell them that Turkey has my heart. It’s a great place and the culture just spoke to me when I had visited. Honestly, I would even consider living there (in Istanbul specifically) for a while or trying to own property there since it’s so beautiful and rich with history. Despite the turmoil, I’ve longed to go back and visit; to explore and to grow through the city and the culture as an adult. Part of my undergraduate degree was spent focusing on the Ottoman empire. I spent 3 years pouring over texts on the country, reading things about the diaspora and the culture of these people. I was ensnared – and still continue to be. I’m sure that you’ve already seen this, but there is this amazing video of Turkey going around and winning all these awards. I wanted to share it with you so…

Wanderers

“As for me, cure I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, troche and land on barbarous coasts.” – Herman Melville Is it true that innately within each of us is a yearning to explore, to discover and to travel? Is there a need to visit far off places and remote worlds? Personally, this assumption holds fast and true for me, and I know that if the world had not been explored yet, I would readily jump on a vessel and go forth! I recently stumbled upon this short film that features satellite imagery from NASA with a cool voice over from Carl Sagan explaining the desire within us all to see what is beyond our atmosphere. The video creates a world where humans have figured out space travel, and now are exploring those far off planets and their moons. The film is…

GREENFIELDS

Is the grass always greener on the other side? This short film contends with ideas of perspective, secrecy and control. Wonderfully written, it kept my attention until the last second and drew me in with a hope that the main characters would find the peace they were striving for. This feeling was very similar to what I felt while I was reading 1984 by Orwell, which if you haven’t read yet, is a must read, especially in these times where surveillance and political manipulation of citizens is at a head. Take a few minutes to check this short out, it’ll make you question the world you live in and what you’ve been taught.

Persimon Brownies – my first time trying Persimons!

Disclaimer: sponsored post ahead (but a VERY good recipe as well!)I’ve been through Spain in the past and thought that I had tried many of their local delicacies. But I realized recently that I’ve never had persimmons before – up until this year, to me they were just these pretty little fruits that sat in the exotic fruits section at Loblaws. Earlier this month I received some Persimons and was asked to bake something nice with them. So, I’m here to share with you my baking experience with these beautiful bright orange fruits, and to tell you about a special contest to win a one week trip for 2 to Valencia, Spain – home of the Persimon! To qualify, check out this link. Anyways, before I begin, here is a couple fun facts about this particular variety persimmons: – You may note that the spelling is different; this is intentional and the name was changed to differentiate this…

Double Irish Tech Law to be phased out

Why do multinational companies choose some cities over others? How do they make billions in profit despite high tax rates? These are all big, necessary questions that we have to ask. Ever since corporate personhood has become a thing, it’s hard to not get me worked up on this subject. I first learned about Ireland being a crazy good tax haven for businesses like Apple from the short documentary called “Tax Free Tour.” Thanks to certain laws in a select few countries (Ireland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Singapore, etc.) multinational companies are granted some little-known tax exemptions. These exemptions allow the MNCs to operate on an entirely different level than other companies, often allowing them to not pay a penny in taxes to their hosting countries.Ireland, which has allowed some companies (mostly tech based, such as Google and Apple) to operate under a “Double Irish” system – in which a company is allowed to move their…

Working on the Space between my ears: meditation and a new habit challenge

Personal development is the name of this game. I’ve been on a quest this year to be more creative and so far it’s been pretty fruitful; free writing a little more, ampoule signing up for a hip hop dancing class, patient and pushing myself to read more fiction (as it apparently breeds empathy and creativity). My 26th year was characterized by an influx of change, growth and understanding of loss—loss of material goods and finding myself through non-tangible goals. Now, a couple weeks into my 27th year, I’ve made a conscious effort to try and centre myself. I’ve picked up doing yoga consistently and now I have this new challenge: 3 weeks of mediation for 20 minutes a day. So why meditation? I’m sure you’ve caught wind of the new trend of articles coming out promoting meditation and growth – in a non-spiritual way. It’s a chance to find and build practices in…

Weltschmerz No More

You know when you imagine and hope for certain things in your life? For some it may be the promise of a beautiful wedding and an everlasting love. Or a career and a social reputation that lives on throughout the ages. For me, troche it has always been to have a life full of love, site good food and good conversation — the stuff Woody Allen films are made of (including the over-scrutinization of relationships and their nuances). But there is this little thing that happens, doctor where your idealism often doesn’t align with your reality and causes intense unhappiness as a result — the Germans call it Weltzschmerz (or mental depression or apathy caused by comparison of the actual state of the world with an ideal state). I think after the last 5 months of my life, I no longer suffer from Weltschmerz. In early May I hosted my first dinner party…