Balloons experiment for understanding how to find happiness

This is a very simple and beautiful example to understand how happiness works A wise teacher once brought balloons to school, told her pupils to blow them up and write their name on one. After the children tossed their balloons into the hall, the teacher moved through the hall mixing them all up. The kidsContinue reading “Balloons experiment for understanding how to find happiness”

Lifecycle of my NYC thriftshop coat

I bought this coat 5 years ago from a thrift shop in NYC. It was a vintage LL Bean jacket. It was worn out and pilly, at the same time it just had that perfect look that worked really will with other aspects of my outfit that tended to be more sharp. It had aContinue reading “Lifecycle of my NYC thriftshop coat”

The importance of disagreement through the relationship between Justice Ginsburg and Justice Scalia

A very inspiring insight in this article: Justice Ginsburg and Justice Scalia, each firmly believed that mature people could in good faith take different views on even the most important legal questions without being histrionic or posing a threat to their adversary’s feelings. Instead, they saw their differences as providing each other with an opportunityContinue reading “The importance of disagreement through the relationship between Justice Ginsburg and Justice Scalia”

Petra, a city cut out from rocks

Petra (Arabic: ٱلْبَتْرَاء‎, romanized: Al-Batrāʾ; Ancient Greek: Πέτρα, “Stone”), originally known to its inhabitants in Nabataean Aramaic as ̢𐢚𐢛𐢓𐢈 rqmwRaqēmō,[3][4] is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. Petra lies around Jabal Al-Madbah in a basin surrounded by mountains which form the eastern flank of the Arabah valley that runs from the Dead Seato the Gulf of Aqaba.[5] The area around Petra has been inhabited from as early as 7000 BC. We set the cameraContinue reading “Petra, a city cut out from rocks”

The time a newspaper described my graduate degree as a “Master’s in MySpace”

As some who know me might already know, I’m one of the first people in the world with a Master’s in Social Computing. I just came across an old interview from that time. Halai said he’s interested in learning how people use the Internet to express themselves and interact in part because of the differencesContinue reading “The time a newspaper described my graduate degree as a “Master’s in MySpace””

Comet Neowise at Night

Can you believe we didn’t even know this comet existed until less than 4 months ago? And now we won’t see it again for 6700 years! C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) or Comet NEOWISE is a retrograde comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020, by astronomers during the NEOWISE mission of the Wide-field InfraredContinue reading “Comet Neowise at Night”

Resilience and the Finnish approach of ‘sisu’

There are times when we start to feel more so than others times that we need to exhibit courage to help make the world a better place. But this can come at a huge cost to the self. It’s important to remember that things are rarely a sprint, and always a marathon. I came acrossContinue reading “Resilience and the Finnish approach of ‘sisu’”

Being kind to others is being kind to the self

When we are in doubt, let’s be kind.When we can afford to, let’s be generous.When we encounter anger or fear, let’s show compassion.A kind, generous, compassionate disposition is also kind, generous and compassionate towards itself. Let’s take care of ourselves by taking care of each other when we can.