Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Muddied Meaning of 'Mindfulness'

It flashed in my mind that the Buddhist word, "sati," is close to the Japanese word, "satori," meaning wisdom, from which my given name was derived. From The New York Times Magazine: "Sati, which Buddhists consider the first of seven factors of enlightenment, means, more nearly, “memory of the present,” which didn’t track in tense-preoccupied English. “Mindfulness” stuck — but may have saddled the subtle sati with false-note connotations of Victorian caution, or even obedience. (“Mind your manners!”)" Read the article: The Muddied Meaning of 'Mindfulness' by Virginia Heffernan, New York Times Magazine, April 14, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

Can This Nail Polish Prevent Sexual Assault?

"In 2014, four male undergraduate students from North Carolina State University began to develop an idea. The students wanted to create something that would help empower women and protect them against date rape drugs. The students began to develop color-changing nail polish that could determine if a woman’s drink had been laced with common date rape drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax, or GHB." Continue reading: Can This Nail Polish Prevent Sexual Assault? by Ashley Yenick,, April 3, 2015

Enneagram Type 8w7 Sx The Challenger

Take the Enneagram Test with Instinctual Variant results. According to this test, I'm a Type 8w7 Sx. Type 8 is the result I got the first time I took an enneagram test, but since then, I've mostly scored Type 4. I looked up correlations between enneagram and MBTI types and saw that type 8 is mostly associated with ESTJ / ENTJ. Could I be an extrovert and not know it? Also, how could someone who self-identifies as passionate be a Thinking type? Of course I could be an anomaly statistically speaking and be anything, which is the beauty of non-scientific entertainment.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Paintbox Mani + Box Clutch = #FashionMath

Sure, Ivanka, an Asian model + the word "math" = #fashionmath. I like this ad, though, because the model has the prettiest nails (Short nails are beautiful! I'd even consider wearing nail art.), and I like the use of pink paired with images of street style sophistication. Posted by IvankaTrump on You Tube on Oct 29, 2014

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

April 1 Announcement from Berklee

Congratulations to Brian-Michael Medina for his acceptance to Berklee College of Music!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Make Way for Generation Z

Make Way for Generation Z by Michael Hirschon, March 28, 2015 The New York Times

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dispatches: ‘Irish and Queer’ in NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Via Human Rights Watch: "In contrast to previous years, the leadership of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York welcomed the inclusion of LGBT groups into the parade. This year’s grand marshal, Cardinal Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, said he thought “the decision is a wise one.” Despite criticism from some Catholic groups, Dolan made clear that “people with same-sex attraction are God’s children, deserving dignity and respect, never to be treated with discrimination or injustice.”" Read the article: Dispatches: ‘Irish and Queer’ in NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade by Celso Perez, March 16, 2015