An Homage To Alternative Points of View: An Exercise in Objectivity

This one is for all the bloggers. I don't know why we all choose the blog as an outlet. For some people, it's a away to feel like you are being heard - if even only by your friends and family and anonymous strangers - in a world where it seems like you just can't … Continue reading An Homage To Alternative Points of View: An Exercise in Objectivity

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Creepy Consumer Culture Rituals: Pictures With Santa and The Easter Bunny

I don't know If I share this opinion with most Anthropologists or not, but I know I share It with many of my other fellow humans. And that is, Americans do some weird sh*t for our holiday traditions - mostly because of how fervently we have integrated our religous holidays into consumer culture and vice … Continue reading Creepy Consumer Culture Rituals: Pictures With Santa and The Easter Bunny

This one is for my “older” friends and colleagues who are having trouble adjusting to working with Millennials. Our ability to understand is only limited by our vision – and I love it when vision is put in perspective by the ones being observed. Enjoy!

So-Called Millennial

I’m not surprised when a millennial is able to sum up a grand observation about our generation. The more I learn about, and write about my generation, the more I notice similar observations, and a sense of cohesion of attitude with my peers. But I am pleasantly surprised when someone from a generation ahead of us is able to “get” millennials. The recently published Forbes article Millennials Will Inherit the Earth by Michael Schulze (Senior Vice President, Retail, SAP) has great observations into millennials, as well as ways for older generations to understand, and relate with them.

Here are some great quotes from the article, and my response:

1. The generational disconnect. As leaders of industry, we need to seek ways to understand and engage them, to teach and to learn from them.”

Millennials are here to stay, we are large in numbers and we’re changing the country…

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Variations On A Meme: Marriage Equality Enthusiasm

Not to belabor the point on marriage equality, but I am always a fan of meme-watching...especially when you start seeing all the "hacking" that goes into personalizing a meme to make it more meaningful....and even borrowing from other memes to do so. In the case of the marriage equality debate that is happening in the … Continue reading Variations On A Meme: Marriage Equality Enthusiasm

Are Millennials prone to a “waste not, want not” mentality? Kind of like our (by our, I mean Gen X-ers) grandparents who went through the Great Depression? Does that mean my hoarder-like collection of jars might actually have some value?

So-Called Millennial

So, this happened today:

Over the last month or so, I’ve saved 17 glass jars.

Inspired by 100 Days of Real Food blog, I decided to start saving jars, because Lisa Leake recommends freezing food in glass containers instead of plastic. I made an effort to save an Adam’s Natural Peanut Butter jar, or marinara sauce jar here and there. Or so I thought.

I noticed that empty glass jars were starting to line empty spaces of my cabinets. Fearing I was becoming a hoarder, I decided to put these pretty little jars to use. I love the look of the jars in my pantry.

I am on the furthest end of the spectrum away from being a hoarder. I hate having anything extra. I even think people who are “innocent” pack-rats are actually harboring latent hoarding tendencies. The show “Hoarders” is my worst nightmare scenario, second to sinkholes.

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Marraige Equality: Trending Today and Influencing Tomorrow, One Facebook Photo At A Time?

Facebook is one of the best platforms for getting a meme out there - especially when you can adopt the symbol for a space-in-time social movement your profile picture and have it speak volumes.   Thanks to Mashable.com for explaining the phenomenon of the day and sharing the love! http://mashable.com/2013/03/26/facebook-red-marriage-equality/ Facebook Turns Red as SCOTUS Marriage … Continue reading Marraige Equality: Trending Today and Influencing Tomorrow, One Facebook Photo At A Time?

Putting Federal Ruling about Gay Marraige In Context: A Look Back to Roe V. Wade and A Discussion of Human Opinion V. Social Science

One funny thing about being human is we tend to get pretty emotional about the topic of human rights.   Hilarious, right?  I mean, why do we have to take this stuff so personally?  😉   And that's not the only funny thing about humans.  Another is, on the one hand - especially in America where we … Continue reading Putting Federal Ruling about Gay Marraige In Context: A Look Back to Roe V. Wade and A Discussion of Human Opinion V. Social Science

How To Survive A Bar Crawl

Every year for her birthday, one of the "girls in the group" has a ritual bar crawl. Even for those who don't go in for the whole "sh@t show", it's a great way to get everyone together and catch up on the various exploits of our increasingly domesticity and-career-driven-lives. It's also a great reason to … Continue reading How To Survive A Bar Crawl

Time to “evolve” and try some knuckle-push-ups!

That's Funny...

The term ‘knuckle dragger’ colloquially describes a person who exhibits a lack of intelligence. That expression is used to evoke the imagery of a gorilla or chimpanzee as a lesser evolved form (I take issue with that generalization, but more on that later). Still, it is accurate to observe that gorillas do walk on their knuckles. The question is why?

That’s a two-part question. Why does an ape walk on all fours as opposed to standing upright? The short answer is because their bodies have evolved that way. Take a look.

92849-034-83081108Skeletally and muscularly, gorillas are built to move quadrupedally. If you want to read more about the specific ways that gorillas and humans differ, there’s an excellent post that addresses this question on Anthropology.net here.

Fine, but why does a gorilla walk on it’s knuckles as opposed to it’s open hands? Again, it comes down to physical advantage…

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