Archive for February 11th, 2011
My younger daughter got me thinking about the importance of anticipation to happiness. She is so very excited about her birthday tomorrow — she was literally jumping up and down with excitement at the prospect of her school celebration today. (I never knew that some people actually do jump up and down with excitement, but she does.)
At first, I worried that reality couldn’t possibly live up to her excitement, and I was tempted to say something to try to control her expectations. But then I realized — no, the anticipation is a big part of the fun for her (continue reading…)
I think everyone from young to old is aware that Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14. But did you know that starting Feb. 13 it is also Random Acts of Kindness Week? Now this seems appropriate, since Valentine’s Day is supposedly based on the martyred saints who, around 200 A.D., performed marriages for soldiers ordered by the Roman Emperor to remain single (continue reading…)
A recent poll revealed that while women plan their holiday gifts in advance, men often buy them at the gas station on the way to a family gathering.
Other men who resist the gas station consider the hardware store fertile gift-buying territory; if they buy a tool for their wife, then they will have a new tool. Or drill bits. Or a seed tiller. How would they like it if we “gave” them new linens or a coffee pot for Valentine’s Day? A yoga mat?
Of course, few believe that women’s feet are smaller than men’s so we can get closer to the kitchen sink — anymore (continue reading…)
Wael Ghonim, Google’s marketing manager for the Middle East and North Africa, had been held captive by the Egyptian government for 12 days. Recently released, he has been doing interviews describing what’s going on his country in which he describes it as an internet revolution, ‘Revolution 2.0′ is the name he has given it. Here’s a 5-minute CNN interview with him, in which he comes across as insightful, articulate, and passionate to an inspiring degree.
‘Revolution 2.0′ is a classic example of how a scene breaks down when a high status player doesn’t share the narrative with the other players in the scene. It doesn’t matter whether the scene plays out over 30 years, as with Mubarak’s reign, or whether it’s the duration of your company’s offsite, the dynamic is the same: Scenes in which one player tries to script and control the narrative are doomed to fall apart in a networked environment.
Not that I’m putting myself in the same lame league as a world-class scene hog like Hosni Mubarak, but ‘scripting’ is my own biggest challenge as an improviser performing on stage (continue reading…)
On Friday, after more than two weeks of steadily growing antigovernment protests, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, ceding his power to the country’s Higher Military Council. Here are bloggers’ reactions to the news.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
Rabbi and writer
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Obama, Who Refused to Lead, Is the Big Loser on Egypt
Here we are.
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Next week, the “government takeover of the Internet” meme will be on full display in the U.S. Congress. People will be able to see what it means when the government goes after vital parts of the Internet with a vengeance.
The sad part is the U.S. Congress is largely OK with it.
The difference, you see, is that a “government takeover” of the Internet is fine, as long as it is for a good cause (continue reading…)
Imagine a country where your future does not depend on where you come from, how much your family owns, what color your skin is, or whether you are male or female. Imagine if personal circumstances, those over which you have no control or responsibility, were irrelevant to your opportunities and to your children’s opportunities. And imagine if there was a statistical tool to guide governments in making that a reality. There is (continue reading…)
Growing up on a densely packed street full of immigrant families in New Jersey (mostly from Southern Italy) Thursday and Sunday nights were special days. That is to say, for many of the Italian families hailing from Pellegrina, Bagnara Calabra, Grimoldo, and Ceramida, the aforementioned days were designated as pasta nights. My mother, originally from a tiny hilltop village in Calabria, would often make pasta with tomato sauce on Sunday and then a more exotic pasta condiment on Thursday (maybe a ragu of rabbit with pappardelle, for example). Many of the Italian women who immigrated from seaside villages, along the Mediterranean, would make ragus from fresh seafood including swordfish and squid (continue reading…)
Officials at the Royal Ontario Museum said 20,000 bees in a biodiversity exhibit had died within two days last week, though they had appeared healthy.
Scientists have ruled out staff error and starvation, but said poor ventilation, disease or a lack of worker bees could be to blame.
The museum plans to replace the colony in the spring.
“The queen stops laying eggs in early- to mid-October and starts laying again in late February,” University of Guelph researcher Janine McGowan told the Toronto Star newspaper (continue reading…)
I just deleted my twitter account.
As the exceptional Paul Carr pointed out in a techcrunch article, microblogging turns a writer into a self-absorbed arse with nothing left to show for it aside from a stream of inanities which have recorded nothing about your life except what an annoying prat you are. Actually, Paul didn’t write it like that, but that was his gist, and that was what my online presence became reduced to: a stream of inanities about myself.
However, even worse than this, I became an online lurker. I became one of those malignant, anonymous online crazies watching people in the wings (continue reading…)
I’m sitting and watching President Obama’s speech on the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. He is eloquent as usual, giving compelling visuals of the protestors demanding a free government amid personal peril. He is quoting Gandhi and Martin Luther King. But say what he will, for Obama it’s too late (continue reading…)
Gone are the days of Swanson’s TV dinners from the freezer. The little tin-foiled compartments of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots and a dessert resembling something made with apples is, by today’s standards, a health hazard. Still, those of us old enough to remember, digested and survived. Today’s eating habits are a little more complicated, especially when you have to take them on the road (continue reading…)
On Thursday, September 28, 1972, David Bowie was finally playing New York.
Yes, Ziggy Stardust was performing at Carnegie Hall with his Spider From Mars.
It was only his third gig in America and wow, the hype was heavy!
My gang of fellow Brooklyn Anglophile Import Album music freaks had been hip to Bowie since “The Man Who Sold The World” (yes, the UK version with him in the dress!) and “Hunky Dory.”
Bowie’s new album, “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars”, complete with a new persona and new wild drastically anti-hippie look, had taken David from the “Hey, this guy’s pretty good”-category to the rarified realm of “Oh my God, our new hero!”
Anyway, about 8 weeks earlier I’d had my brain ripped to shreds by The New York Dolls.Thanks to that band, my British satin’n'tat/Granny Takes A Trip patchwork boots look had now been augmented with a generous schmeer of transvestitism. Still, something special was required for this Carnegie Occasion.
How to honor Ziggy’s inaugural New York gig?
Hopelessly addicted to the need to feel cutting-edge-cool every waking moment of my life, this issue consumed me for weeks.
Ah ha!The day of the show I was finally struck with an inspiration. I jumped on the subway and went to this old jewelry store on Lexington Ave (continue reading…)
The almost simultaneous announcement of a possible merger of the New York and German Stock Exchanges, following last year’s announcement of the merger between Singapore and Australia, is changing the financial landscape.
If the NYSE and Deutsche Boerse go ahead, it is a unique revenge of history: Deutsche Boerse tried to purchase Euronext, but Euronext chose to take a bit from the NYSE instead. It was a phenomenal deal for the NYSE but a mistake by Europe, which did not express an opinion on the alternative. Now, Deutsche Boerse, which weighs almost twice the market capitalization of the NYSE, is in the driving seat (continue reading…)
This Valentine’s Day, forgo the typical (red roses, teddy bears) and opt for the out of this world. Here’s a list of 10 romantic date ideas guaranteed to set your paramour’s heart a-flutter:
Steam up in a natural Japanese onsen (i.e. hot spring) in Japan’s country side. Most onsens apply a “no clothing” rule (continue reading…)
Here’s a shout out to you, your investors and your editors and staff for your amazing financial and business coup with AOL.
As you know, over the past 5 years I’ve written over 250 blogs for HuffPost — happily without pay and mostly about politics from a progressive viewpoint — going back to February, 2006, when many commentators thought The Huffington Post was Arianna’s folly.
My sincerest congratulations on your expanded wealth. I’m a “Bernie Sanders socialist” (which puts me on the political spectrum about even with European conservatives like Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel). But that doesn’t mean I’ve got anything against entrepreneurs having a smart idea, putting in their sweat equity to build a business, raising venture capital, and then reaping the benefit of their efforts (continue reading…)
Lawrence Davidson says, “Keep your eye on the language: When South Africa assigned rights according to race they called it apartheid. When Israel assigns rights according to religion they call it the only democracy in the Middle East.”
Lawrence Davidson is a professor at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His academic work is centered on the history of American foreign relations with the Middle East.
Throughout his career, Davidson has informed public discourse with his critique of American foreign policy in the Middle East and has embarked on this endeavor in a way that promotes citizen awareness. Davidson analysis has centered on the reality of American conduct in the Middle East and has performed this analysis in conjunction with an awareness of the propaganda that has permeated this debate for the past 65 years (continue reading…)
Two years ago I celebrated Valentine’s Day with 26 women and sent my husband away for two hours. I was the guest speaker at Divabetics, a diabetes support group. It was their usual monthly meeting and I was there to read from my new book, “The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes.”
This, my first diabetes book, is closest to my heart. It provides short, powerful, “how-tos” to help readers connect with their inner strength (continue reading…)
Canada asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish a formal dispute resolution panel to review the EU ban and determine whether the ban complies with WTO rules.
The ban was approved by the EU's 27 member states in 2009 and went into effect last year.
The market for seal products has been cut by more than half in recent years.
Canadian fisheries minister Gail Shea told reporters on Friday that Canada's fight was “a matter of principle” (continue reading…)
The initial response from the US authorities was cautious – they said they were in contact with Pakistani officials. They said all necessary co-operation would be extended in regard to the matter.
But this changed within 48 hours.
In a press release on 29 January, the US embassy in Islamabad said one of its diplomats had been “unlawfully detained by authorities in Lahore”.
Since then, securing the swift release of Mr Davis has been the sole focus of US diplomacy with Pakistan (continue reading…)
Are you trying to figure out the perfect gift to get your sweetie for Valentine’s Day?
I am a Professional Matchmaker and here’s what I know…
On Valentine’s Day, the most important thing to do when you are picking out a gift is to make sure it is personal and thoughtful. You need to pay attention to details and think about what your beau would really like. Do not try to replicate the gift you have given in the past to someone else just because it was a “great idea.” You need to think about whether this gift is a great idea for this significant other right now. And even though most men think of it as more of a Hallmark holiday, if you are in a relationship, you need to participate like everyone else does, or you are going to end up in the doghouse for a long time! This means stepping up and doing something nice so that your gal can brag to all of her friends about what a great guy you are and what a great Valentine’s Day she had!
Don’t think that you have to spend a lot of money on Valentine’s Day to make it special (continue reading…)
This is part 2 in a 4 part series.
10 kilometers outside of Tehran city limits the landscape changes abruptly from mountains to low rolling hills. I climbed the red dirt slopes, sinking at times up to my knees in the soft powdery sand. By the middle of the day it was hot and walking across the open plain sweat dripped from my nose and soaked my clothes (continue reading…)
Here’s a true story:
About six years ago I was dating a pretty brunette from Massachusetts. One night as we were making out on her couch, I inadvertently made some strange mouth noises (it can happen to the best of us). Apparently, one of my mumblings sounded very close to the words, “I love you.” I discovered this when she suddenly stopped kissing me, looked up at me with eyes rapidly swelling with tears, and enthusiastically declared, “Oh, I love you too!” It was a powerful moment, and one I had been thinking might eventually happen down the road, but not just yet — not that way. Proclamations of love need to be made from the top of the Eiffel Tower, not from a horizontal position on an Ikea futon (continue reading…)
In remarks at the White House, Mr Obama warned of “difficult days ahead”.
And he called on the Egyptian military to end an oppressive emergency law, revise the constitution and begin preparing for free and fair elections.
Mr Mubarak has handed power to the military. Mr Obama said he had answered Egypt's “hunger for change” (continue reading…)