April 23, 2014
Poor Man’s Pochero.   

My dad once cooked for ate Lennette’s theater group when we had nothing in the kitchen but 2 cans of pork and beans, cabbage and loose cuts of meat.  The result was not gourmet but the smiles and the stories shared at the dinner table was tied on that good meal.  The essence of the moment stuck with me since.  

I am nowhere near being a good cook but my kids eat what I prepare so I make sure there’s goodness with what they take in.

Poor Man’s Pochero. My dad once cooked for ate Lennette’s theater group when we had nothing in the kitchen but 2 cans of pork and beans, cabbage and loose cuts of meat. The result was not gourmet but the smiles and the stories shared at the dinner table was tied on that good meal. The essence of the moment stuck with me since. I am nowhere near being a good cook but my kids eat what I prepare so I make sure there’s goodness with what they take in.

April 18, 2014

caitlinhill:

as-cool-as-an-attempted-suicide:

wallflowerbloom:

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

(Dead Poets Society, 1989)

Me

what we stay alive for

April 9, 2014
amandapalmer:

fact-tory:

lookatthisfuckingoppressor:

smellyanne:

lookatthisfuckinradfem:

Well, you know…shit.

why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks for doing nothing

you have a very, very odd definition of “doing nothing”.

Why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks to care for a child (which is, as the previous comment states, in no way “doing nothing”)?
Allow me to answer that for you:
A study of 16 European countries from 1969-1994 found that “more generous paid leave is found to reduce deaths of infants and young children”; specifically, mathematical models found that
"a 10-week increase in paid leave is predicted to reduce infant mortality rates by between 2.5% and 3.4%,"
"a 10-week extension [in leave] is predicted to decrease post-neonatal deaths by 3.7 to 4.5% and child fatalities by 3.3 to 3.5%," and
"rights to a year of job-protected paid leave are associated with roughly a 20% decline in post-neonatal deaths and a 15% decrease in fatalities occurring between the first and fifth birthdays" (x)

A more recent study again of 16 European countries plus the USA and Japan found that “a 10-week extension in job-protected paid leave is predicted to decrease infant mortality rates, post-neonatal mortality rates, and child mortality rates by 2.6%, 4.1%, and 3%, respectively” but that these effects were not found if the leave was not job-protected or paid (x)
Women who receive pad leave are more likely to be employed, 54% more likely to report wage increases, and have a 39% lower likelihood of receiving public assistance and a 40% lower likelihood of receiving food stamps in the year after the child’s birth; men were also less likely to receive public assistance and food stamps if they received paid family leave (x)
"Maternity leave legislation in Europe effectively increases job protection and female labour market attachment" (x)
"An increase in leave duration is associated with a decrease in [post-partum] depressive symptoms until six months postpartum" (x)
"Shorter maternity leave (<12 weeks) was associated with higher maternal depression, lower parental preoccupation with the infant, less knowledge of infant development, more negative impact of birth on self-esteem and marriage, and higher career centrality" (x)
"Breastfeeding duration increased sharply, by over a month, and the proportion of mothers attaining the public health benchmark of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding increased by nearly 40% [after Canada increased the length of mandated paid maternity leave]" (x)
"Maternity leave led to small increases in birth weight, decreases in the likelihood of a premature birth, and substantial decreases in infant mortality for children of college-educated and married mothers, who were most able to take advantage of unpaid leave [in the US]" (x)
"Increased time with the child [due to mandated maternity leave in Norway] led to a 2.7 percentage points decline in high school dropout and a 5% increase in wages at age 30" (x)
"Children whose mothers return to work early are less likely to receive regular medical checkups and breastfeeding in the first year of life, as well as to have all of their DPT/Oral Polio immunisations (in approximately the first 18 months of life)" and "children whose mothers return full-time within 12 weeks are more likely to have externalising behaviour problems at age 4" (x)
Does that about answer it?


i saw these statistics in one of the TED talks a few weeks ago.
depressing as fuck.
go USA.

amandapalmer:

fact-tory:

lookatthisfuckingoppressor:

smellyanne:

lookatthisfuckinradfem:

Well, you know…shit.

why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks for doing nothing

you have a very, very odd definition of “doing nothing”.

Why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks to care for a child (which is, as the previous comment states, in no way “doing nothing”)?

Allow me to answer that for you:

  • A study of 16 European countries from 1969-1994 found that “more generous paid leave is found to reduce deaths of infants and young children”; specifically, mathematical models found that
    • "a 10-week increase in paid leave is predicted to reduce infant mortality rates by between 2.5% and 3.4%,"
    • "a 10-week extension [in leave] is predicted to decrease post-neonatal deaths by 3.7 to 4.5% and child fatalities by 3.3 to 3.5%," and
    • "rights to a year of job-protected paid leave are associated with roughly a 20% decline in post-neonatal deaths and a 15% decrease in fatalities occurring between the first and fifth birthdays" (x)
  • A more recent study again of 16 European countries plus the USA and Japan found that “a 10-week extension in job-protected paid leave is predicted to decrease infant mortality rates, post-neonatal mortality rates, and child mortality rates by 2.6%, 4.1%, and 3%, respectively” but that these effects were not found if the leave was not job-protected or paid (x)
  • Women who receive pad leave are more likely to be employed, 54% more likely to report wage increases, and have a 39% lower likelihood of receiving public assistance and a 40% lower likelihood of receiving food stamps in the year after the child’s birth; men were also less likely to receive public assistance and food stamps if they received paid family leave (x)
  • "Maternity leave legislation in Europe effectively increases job protection and female labour market attachment" (x)
  • "An increase in leave duration is associated with a decrease in [post-partum] depressive symptoms until six months postpartum" (x)
  • "Shorter maternity leave (<12 weeks) was associated with higher maternal depression, lower parental preoccupation with the infant, less knowledge of infant development, more negative impact of birth on self-esteem and marriage, and higher career centrality" (x)
  • "Breastfeeding duration increased sharply, by over a month, and the proportion of mothers attaining the public health benchmark of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding increased by nearly 40% [after Canada increased the length of mandated paid maternity leave]" (x)
  • "Maternity leave led to small increases in birth weight, decreases in the likelihood of a premature birth, and substantial decreases in infant mortality for children of college-educated and married mothers, who were most able to take advantage of unpaid leave [in the US]" (x)
  • "Increased time with the child [due to mandated maternity leave in Norway] led to a 2.7 percentage points decline in high school dropout and a 5% increase in wages at age 30" (x)
  • "Children whose mothers return to work early are less likely to receive regular medical checkups and breastfeeding in the first year of life, as well as to have all of their DPT/Oral Polio immunisations (in approximately the first 18 months of life)" and "children whose mothers return full-time within 12 weeks are more likely to have externalising behaviour problems at age 4" (x)

Does that about answer it?

i saw these statistics in one of the TED talks a few weeks ago.

depressing as fuck.

go USA.

April 1, 2014
The Man Left Behind

I hate changes
Those steps you consciously take
To move forward

I hate those
Those steps are usually taken in haste
Hurry up to the next chapter
Missing out on moments

Like flowers blooming
Or children laughing
Them supposedly
Overly abundant
Captured but gone

Ten years and two kids later
I’m still the man
You left in Bulacan for Qatar
Left in Esguerra for Australia
38 passport stamps later

The man you leave behind
Believe me I don’t mind
I’ll leave a light out
I’ll water the plants
On call for the lolas

We only become who we always have been
And every step
Moving
Outrunning time
Time running out
Is an inevitable action I
Can’t seem to fathom

March 21, 2014
Everybody Wants A Piece Of Meat

Everybody wants
To come
Have a piece of me

And yet nobody knows
What to do
When they have it

Everybody’s got a piece
Nobody seems
Nobody seems to get it

Everybody wants
To come
Have a piece of me

Everybody wants
Pledge
For a piece of peace

Yet no one wants to work
to keep it

Nobody wants
do the hard part
The one that starts
With an open palm

Everybody wants
Everything quickly

March 20, 2014

sirmitchell:

I can’t believe this is real, just watch it all the way through. 

This is amazing!

March 4, 2014
explore-blog:

Amazing Maps plots the World Culture Score Index in an atlas of which countries read the most.
1. India — 10 hours, 42 minutes2. Thailand — 9:243. China — 8:004. Philippines — 7:365. Egypt — 7:306. Czech Republic — 7:247. Russia — 7:068. Sweden — 6:548. France — 6:5410. Hungary — 6:4810. Saudi Arabia — 6:4812. Hong Kong — 6:4213. Poland — 6:3014. Venezuela — 6:2415. South Africa — 6:1815. Australia — 6:1817. Indonesia — 6:0018. Argentina — 5:5418. Turkey — 5:5420. Spain — 5:4820. Canada — 5:4822. Germany — 5:4222. USA — 5:4224. Italy — 5:3625. Mexico — 5:3026. U.K. — 5:1827. Brazil — 5:1228. Taiwan — 5:0029. Japan — 4:0630. Korea — 3:06
Of course, then there’s the question of qualifying the quantified – what are people reading, exactly? Because, as Susan Sontag memorably observed, only a fraction of published books are actually literature.
(via Mental Floss)

a person asked me why I don&#8217;t write as much, I said &#8221; nobody reads as much&#8230; but according to this, we were both wrong&#8230;

explore-blog:

Amazing Maps plots the World Culture Score Index in an atlas of which countries read the most.

1. India — 10 hours, 42 minutes
2. Thailand — 9:24
3. China — 8:00
4. Philippines — 7:36
5. Egypt — 7:30
6. Czech Republic — 7:24
7. Russia — 7:06
8. Sweden — 6:54
8. France — 6:54
10. Hungary — 6:48
10. Saudi Arabia — 6:48
12. Hong Kong — 6:42
13. Poland — 6:30
14. Venezuela — 6:24
15. South Africa — 6:18
15. Australia — 6:18
17. Indonesia — 6:00
18. Argentina — 5:54
18. Turkey — 5:54
20. Spain — 5:48
20. Canada — 5:48
22. Germany — 5:42
22. USA — 5:42
24. Italy — 5:36
25. Mexico — 5:30
26. U.K. — 5:18
27. Brazil — 5:12
28. Taiwan — 5:00
29. Japan — 4:06
30. Korea — 3:06

Of course, then there’s the question of qualifying the quantified – what are people reading, exactly? Because, as Susan Sontag memorably observed, only a fraction of published books are actually literature.

(via Mental Floss)

a person asked me why I don’t write as much, I said ” nobody reads as much… but according to this, we were both wrong…

February 20, 2014
Kobe’s Boxing Shoes

Commercial are lubes making products easier to swallow… But I trust Kobe’s product especially the V and VIII. Nike is marketing it as a rare shoe for limited release for a short period of time maybe to generate a smokescreen that the demand will match that of the preludes or the Kobe9 predecessors.

I believe the product is better than the hype or the technology of Kobe7’s “system”. It should perform better than the Kobe8 from ankle support and tectonic movement.

Will it look as good with casual wear?The Kobe predecessors look good off the court and it’s easy to buy more than two different colorways a year. Maybe with those pencil cut capri shorts or whatever the kids call them.


Commercial are lubes making products easier to swallow… But I trust Kobe’s product especially the V and VIII. Nike is marketing it as a rare shoe for limited release for a short period of time maybe to generate a smokescreen that the demand will match that of the preludes.


*photocredit to sneakernews.com

January 9, 2014
explore-blog:

The history of philosophy, in superhero comics – roof-jumping with Kierkegaard to demonstrate the dizziness of freedom, archaeological digging with Foucault to explore the depths of being human, wayfinding in the woods with William James to exercise consciousness, and more.

The brain explodes

explore-blog:

The history of philosophy, in superhero comicsroof-jumping with Kierkegaard to demonstrate the dizziness of freedom, archaeological digging with Foucault to explore the depths of being human, wayfinding in the woods with William James to exercise consciousness, and more.

The brain explodes

(Source: )

January 6, 2014
Results

You can score 80 points and still lose. You could write the best love song ever and still lose her.

In life, the result is the only thing you can’t control. That’s why we should always make sure that we do what we like to at least have a chance for an output we desire.

The best way to save for the future is to spend the present wisely.

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