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Truth Behind the Selfie

The last 7 years of my life have been spent dabbling in social media. Working in it, figuring it out, building relationships through it… I’ve been so deeply involved in it that I sometimes fail to see how prefabricated it all can be. From all the food styling photos I see at restaurant events, the amount of times it takes yogis to get that perfect shot — things are not always what they seem on the other side of that photo or share. How much of it’s true? How much of it’s real? And as more and more studies emerge on the topic that social media increases unhappiness, we know that as humans we tend to compare, for better or for worse, and that this is creating and setting unreal expectations for society.  With that in mind, I stumbled on this fun video that highlights the now-natural pre-fabrication of social media.…

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.

Everyday is NYs

A challenge of mine lately, has been goal setting. The creation, the execution, and the follow through on these things have been getting more and more challenging as I get older. Maybe it’s because I’m stretched too thin lately, or that I’m just not able to commit in the way that I’d like to, but I’ve become a bit disenfranchised with New Years and the concept of goal setting. This past year, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking it through. I’m certain that we place ourselves in a position for failure when we expect ourselves to follow through on an arbitrarily made goal. We do this just because the idea of renewal and being better at the top of the year has been sold to us, time and time again. I’ll happily make goals for myself, but I have to get out of the mindset that it must be done…

The gods wait to delight in you

I just read this interesting article: “What Norway did with it’s oil and we didn’t”. It focuses on the legislative and public policy aspect of the oil boom in Canada. It compares Canadian methods of handling it’s new found oil to that of Norway’s policies, both publicly and privately. It draws attention to our focus on the free market, which rarely allows for long-term, sustained growth (since there is barely any control over the resource and no government intervention).In 1969, Norway discovered oil (in what was called the Norwegian continental shelf) and understood that oil was a finite resource—one that could be harnessed for the betterment and long-term prosperity of the collective Norwegian population. They aimed to use the oil as a way to make them more competitive beyond just the resource itself. The author contends that this was a very smart choice and that Canada is not making the…

Wanderers

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…

Unsettling the Settled

As I mentioned in my previous – and first – blog post, what is ed I have a couple things I want to focus on while abroad. I think that everyone that knows me can attest to one truth about Anita: I never found it easy to stay in one place. I’m dedicated and committed to something that I believe in, hospital but it’s rate to find longevity and excitement in something, viagra 60mg unless I am doing it on my own. With that being said, I don’t know what I thought I would find committing to a situation that I have never been attracted to before? The last two years have been a learning experience for me, work and play-wise. At the age of 26, I found myself in possession of more things than I thought I would have: a full-time job, a house and working towards a pension…

The beginning

Earlier this year I read an astrology prediction for my sign. “Leo, more about ” it said sagely, dosage “look out for changes in your living arrangements and prepare for an expansion of your world. This could be from changing how you live, cost to traveling.” I scoffed. I had just returned from Paris – broke – and since being in a committed relationship, travelling had become harder and harder to do while solo. I was looking forward to sticking around a bit and maybe enjoying all that Toronto had to offer. For my boyfriend’s 30th birthday (his champagne 30th, may I add) in May, we decided to take a whirlwind, adventure trip: backpacking through Peru for 2 weeks. This was the closest I was coming to understanding that prophecy that my astrological prediction had set out for me. Despite having this on the burner, I felt myself yearning for…

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.

Issues with Reintegration and Self-Perception Post-Travel

It’s always a struggle for me when I go away on an adventure. Anytime I travel, I know that it’s inevitable that I will return changed in someway; but truthfully, every person changes each minute of the day, every second, through every conversation and interaction, through every breath and blink. I can’t imagine not coming back different in some way. My perception and understanding of things shift, and my traumas and issues that I’m dealing with seem to not dull, but to lessen. Either way, Bali and the Unsettled experience proved to help shape me, and change certain parts of myself. Unfortunately it did open up a whole new set of questions and issues that I still have to delve deep into: where am I going? who do I want to be? where should I put my efforts, and where shouldn’t I? I’m still shifting back into regular life, but finding…

Monday’s Mini Manifesto: Patriotism and Nationhood

I’d never really had an understanding of what it meant to be patriotic. University can be blamed; taking courses that examined the concept of nationhood, nation states and the resounding affects that these concepts had on us, and how we dealt with others, left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Further, sitting at the sidelines beside the US and watching how they would use the concepts of patriotism to exert control over their citizens to fuel wars and increase capitalist hegemony. Through my years of studying politics, taking an active role in it and attempting to affect change, I’ve recognized that as a political and social construct, there have been some very negative repercussions that have emerged from nation identity and patriotism. I do know that there are positives and that while I feel this current system isn’t working, I do recognize that I barely have an idea…