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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

Slight name change to the Daily Bliss Pursuit Blog

I’ve had the problem of getting many more views than actual ‘likes’ and other types of feedbacks, SO I thought it’d behoove the crowd and myself, to adopt a more specific blog name in regards to the actual content.

While this blog is still in its infancy, it’s gone on far enough to see that people who are simply searching for a good spa coupon probably shouldn’t bother, and that by my simply adding the descriptive noun ‘writer’ to the title,  I can effectively dissuade the notion.

So, the official announcement:

The blog known as The Daily Bliss Pursuit has changed it’s name on 28 Apr 2012 to reflect a more concise image of what one should expect upon visitation.

The new name for the same blog is,  A Writer’s Daily Bliss Pursuit.

As we all know, for at least a little while, it’ll look much like this on the page:

 awriter’sdailyblisspursuit

I’m excited about the change, let me know if I should be!

Best-

Andrea

Visual media, the friendly monster

They say that the most terrible things do not require pictures to  imagine.  I believe this to be true, and also that our media tactics today rely too much on the visual.  However, I am aware that we are all so visually intrigued today- this I believe to be another  affectation of the masculine psyche in power.  Still too I know that had I not been presented with the undesired visuals this morning over my soothing warm coffee and virtually had my day shattered, then I would not be writing this post now.  So, the authors, writers, journalists, bloggers- whatever you’ll call them (us)- they’ve done their job.  Awareness has been raised, with this one person at least, and then so also with others- ripe awareness.

I was set to enjoy my reading on this delightful Saturday morning- coffee out, along with all my usual morning writing comforts, and referring to my usual internet media readers when I realized that the topic for today chosen by many was to be that of female genital mutilation (FGM).  I’ve been aware of this- what I consider to be an horrendous- practice nearly my entire life, as someone born of the early 1970s era and in tune to the world politics of the time.  My first and steady opinion of FGM has been a negative one, strongly ANTI-FGM.  For this, many thanks are due to television news media, as seldom anyone in my family really spoke of politics that I recall.

I cannot deny that this is still a beautiful Saturday morning, and I cannot take personally the offense to the media bash this morning upon my conscience as I viewed my reader feeds.  I will never play those videos, because truly as a woman I do not need to.  But I saw the images.  Didn’t need to, but I did, and my day is changed.  Maybe there are men and women who truly do not understand and can be helped by seeing the practice, and swayed into a different mindset.  Certainly, the more compassionate among men could be video-shocked into the certainty of a wrong practice being done with female genital mutilations, where before they likely may have never thought of it, their educations in life being of such an opposing slant to the educations of women.

Just one point: I’ll bet MANY never realized (until they saw images) that female genitalia mutilation victims were of such an advanced age when they are traumatized by the practice, nor that community males were the ones doing the dastardly deed, nor that their own mother’s held them down.  (Even I had envisioned a party of men trekking to each girl’s house, acting over the mother’s screams of anguish- but NO).

Dear reader, thanks for reading.  I had to just get this off onto some kind of media so I wouldn’t carry it around the back of my  mind all day long.  The writers have done their jobs, the people now act.  That’s the way it goes.  Make change people.

Many thanks to:

Curation. The Counter Jihad Report. AMJA Senior Committee Member, Female Genital Mutilation is an ‘Honor’ per Islam. 27 Apr 2012. http://counterjihadreport.com.  (28 Apr 2012)

Holton, Christopher. Family Security Matters. Misinformation from US Dept of Health about Islam and Female Genital Mutilation. 16 Apr 2012. http://www.familysecuritymatters.org. (28 Apr 2012)

Posts of note:

Muslim brotherhood MP lobbies for FGM

Saudi Savages?

100,000 Women undergo genital mutilation in Britain and some are 10 year-olds.

Questions to consider:

Should one feel any differently about this cultural religious practice if it were done in the female’s infancy?  Why or why not?

How about if any othe aspects of the practice were changed and regulated?

10 Upcoming Astronomical Events Worth Seeing

Awesome reblog. Things to do.

Reader Appreciation Awards

Reader Appreciation Awards.

The Data Cheese problem

While we’re mid-Earth Week across the globe and considering ways of condensing our lifestyles in order to be more Green, I’d like to shed light on a grossly multiplying peeve-monster of mine which we will call the video rat.  Now, I’m not certain exactly how Green this theory will seem, that data is expensive, and how much of it can really fit?  We already know our communications are perceptively conjested and often outright fail to perform.  The “data-lines” often become conjested with inadequate space and many users with even more objectives.

I purposefully left out the intensifying and descriptive adjective ‘too’  when referring to the many users of data.  Who is to say who shouldn’t use data?

Many years ago I read of the inspiring possibilities of the future of television.  There were to be many different television, exercise, and news programs, along with movies, and everything available all of the time.  To add the whipped cream- only what you wanted to see, when you wanted to see it.  The theory at the time was that residents would search a television guide as one would usually do, and upon finding the program one wanted to watch, they would pick up their phone (mobile communication device perhaps) and dial a number with a code for that program- and only that program.  That is the scenario I was looking forward to experiencing as an adult.

So how did they get everyone to roll over?

The future of technology was predicted to allow for such detail in life, something that excited me on a lot of levels.  I was one of the kids that lived far enough out from town that we never were provided access to cable.  I was acquainted with a few in town who did, and that was the bomb.

In fact, the future of technology performed just as predicted in the way of electronic progress.  However, in the way of advantage to the people, the benefits of recent changes in how we share information and access entertainment are quickly diminishing.  Now, I do live on my own small plot of the world.  I like to be mobile and so I do move about and never- I say never- have I run into a case of an ability to order up only the program I actually want to pay money to watch.   (Porn is a whole other category, so no raring up on that one, guys.)

Rather, I must be willing to buy an entire package of television that mostly will not be watched, and then to pay high monthly premiums to watch basically the same kind and amount of television that I once viewed for free.   I remember when this happened- everyone seemed to be in a fog when the news came down that their analog antennas would begin to suffer quality delivery of programming and communications, as these services were strategically phased out of public use in favor of the much inferior digital offerings.

The problem?  Data is so damn good, and everybody wants it all the time.

No wait, that’s not the problem.  The problem is that data- as any other commodity, albeit imposed- has value.  Data is the new oil and the prize cheese- everyone can fathom access and the more data we eat up every day- well, the more somebody earns in cash money.  Beside that, where does all the data tax go?  Video and gaming are the real rats, gobbling up data in seconds, driving the value upward at pathetic pace.   A good data plan is hard to find, and if you’re with my company- well, you don’t have much data.

Go ahead, chip your two cents.  Shouldn’t we be in yet less trouble, due to data value?  Why is our nation really so broke?

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It’s Earth Day- be as green as you can be to relieve stress

Green-grazing has become as fraught with controversy as anything else in modern society, yet for the most part people agree that when there is anything that can be done in one’s own realm of reasonablilty- than that thing at least should be done.   When people do find fortune to agree in any context, it is well-advised to show face and take some action.

3 Things you can do this month to Green-UP:

  1. It is spring cleaning season, so you should be purging most areas of your life during this time already.  When you’re ready to purge your sensitive documents and you have more than you can reasonably handle, utilize a shredding service for disposal.  The benefits of a green shredding service are first, that they are capable of shredding the largest quantities in the most energy-efficient manner, being better equipped to do so. Second, a green-shredder will sort shreds into their correct recycling treatment areas.  Think, paper to paper and plastic to plastic as opposed to the typical personal routine of throwing our cards and papers into the same shredder and disposing of it all in plastic bags.  Third, a professional shredder can usually take on the crazy shreds like CDs and hard drives.
  2. Watch your water consumption in any way that you can, without stressing yourself out.  We recently invested in a very affordable shower-head assembly that only allows 1.5 gallons of water flow per minute.  This is half the water usage of the shower head we were using, which was itself a water saver.  It turns out that a 1.5 gallon outlet per minute is just about the greenest flow out there, accessible to the average consumer.  Ours happens to be a Niagara Earth Chrome Conservation model, easily found via Ebay, Google, Amazon or Niagara.
  3. Use your gadgets, and today’s technologies.  Cut business travel to the necessary minimum.  Imagine the fuel and accommodations savings.   There are many thing today that can be done in a remote environment, eliminating unnecessary overhead and travel or commute related expenses.  Email, online document sharing, discussion boards- you name it.  How is your business or household using gadgets in the interest of Green?

On a larger scale, we should upgrade public transit with fuel savings and other wasted monies, which then should increase work opportunities and sustainable living- also an opportunity to encourage foot-travel and inter-community trading on a smaller scale once again.

Help me celebrate Earth Day 2012.  Leave a note and let everyone know about one simple thing you do to contribute to the Green cause.  If you’re not doing something now, let this Earth Day work for you and pick one suggestion right now for implementation tomorrow.  It’ll make you feel better!

~Have a Wonderful Earth Week~

Lady Business self-care kits + vending machine

I hope you’ll check this one out.  It’s not just for the ladies.  Anyone with a vote should appreciate this.  I think it’s a splendid concept and can’t wait to see it in effect.

Lady Business self-care kits + vending machine.

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