Robots are taking over the world.
Relax there, Terminator.
In the past decade, Data has become more ubiquitous than at any other period in human history. There is an abundance of data on what foods you like to eat, how far you typically walk, and your favorite Netflix drama — even how many times you click on an ex’s profile.
Even more terrifyingly, there is an underground battle between companies for access to this data. Their end-game is to generate more revenue by concentrating ads tailored to your preference.
Have a conversation with your friend about buying swim trunks from H&M, and you will find your explore page littered with “Sponsored Ads” detailing that specific item. …
Surely you remember playing “Snake” on your mother’s Nokia 3310? I had christened the phone “33-Brick” due to its robust nature. You could bounce that phone off the sidewalk and its exterior wouldn't even flinch. And talk about a battery life that was monstrous — 22 hours of talk time with a single charge?
The nostalgia continues with the Sony Ericsson W810i. I have fond memories of my schoolmates and I congregating at the back of the bus to sample the latest Giggs’ album, Walk In The Park.
Like sardines, we would cluster tightly and spend hours trying to send music via Infrared. This was well before the luxury of Apple’s Airdrop feature. If the bus hits an aggressive bump on the road, which consequently jolts your connection, that’s tough luck! …
Do you ever find yourself staring at an old picture and the first thought that comes to mind is, ‘What was up with my hair?’
I had come across an old snapshot of myself, dating back more than a decade. I was maybe 12 or 13. While I do have a proclivity for changing hairstyles, my fascination with the notion of time offers a far more compelling subject for discussion here.
Time is the common denominator of our existence. It carries immense weight as a measuring stick for how we should lead our lives.
In the short story “A Sound of Thunder”, Ray Bradbury coined the term ‘Butterfly Effect’ to remind us that small changes in the past can have a resounding effect on events in the future. Prolific British writer, H. G. Wells goes onto offer another brilliant piece of social commentary in his novel “The Time Machine.” …
Good luck to the brave souls attempting to wear the cloak of “educator” to the next generation of millennials.
In this modern era, tuning into BBC Three to watch Kris Murrin (host) offer tidbits on effective child-rearing practices for your unruly adolescent seems rather hollow — TLC for my American readers.
Millennials are a different breed. Some have gone as far as to describe them as the new “Lost Generation” due to the economic cataclysm they’ve been born into.
Riddled with insatiable college debts, inability to accumulate wealth, crummy wages, and a steady-climbing cost-of-living, they can forget about attaining the financial security of prior generations. …
Fear. A natural, powerful, and primitive emotion that compels every living being on this planet. We’ve all felt prisoner to its unmistakable clench.
It is the anxiety that swarms over you as you hit “Send” on a risky text. Fear resides in anticipation of the Doctor’s call with your biopsy results. It is procrastinating on your dissertation as this is the culmination of a four-year struggle.
Fear is the timidity that paralyzes you into shying away from the ultimate expression of your true self.
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear”
— Jack Canfield
Not solely dependent on an individual’s nature, Fear is also shaped by a person’s social relations and culture. What guides our understanding of when we feel fear, and the degree to which we feel it, is often directly correlated to external influences from parents, friends, and peers. …
You are not in control of your life. You only think you are!
Do you feel attacked?
Would you rather me spew out words of benevolence, telling you that everything is going to be okay? Better yet, you are in control. You don’t have to waste another minute reading this piece. Click off at any time.
Let a lie be your umbrella.
Sitting in Mr. McManus’ Philosophy class, all those years ago, prompted me into the perplexing debate of determinism and free will.
Do we have the freedom to choose our actions? Or is our idea of free will merely an illusion, governed by external forces well beyond our scope of understanding? …
Conspicuous or not, negotiation is intricately woven into our internal landscape. This involves dealing with individuals who are near and dear to us; spouses, relatives, and close friends.
Should I call Domino’s and risk offending my partner, or just heat up the leftover lasagne she was so eager for me to try? Make a scene by the frozen goods section at Kroger, or just wait until both of us get home? Accept a “friend” request from your high school sweetheart, or have 8 years not gone some ways to dampen the heartbreak? All forms of negotiations.
By no stretch of the imagination am I an Agony Aunt, but let’s explore the parameters of negotiation in a love relationship. …
It was 2 am, and the dice was firmly clasped in my hand. As I sat across the table from my opponent (my younger brother), I attempted to channel a posture of serenity, as if to say to him, ‘I’ve got you’.
My bluff was to no avail. We both knew this exchange was nearing its end. A series of bad rolls coupled with a one-way ticket to jail led to the foreclosures of all my properties. A few rounds later, bankruptcy.
I would not consider my brother an elite strategist, yet he manages to best me time and time again. For the life of me, I can not decipher how. …
‘Of all places, why did you come to Memphis?!’
‘Umm, free school (Duh).’
Thanks to a gentleman by the name of David Queck, I earned a scholarship to compete and study at the University of Memphis.
During my tenure, this was a common question I found myself inundated with as a foreigner trying to navigate their way through the enclave of Tennessee’s second-largest city.
Memphis is a city brimming with a rich history. You will find the Downtown Beale St. area plastered with tributes to Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Memphis-style BBQ, Blues Music, and the Civil Rights Movement. …