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Daniela

I tried to describe the surreal feeling about living in today’s world –  a world where truth is mostly ignored, where life comes in tiny fragments, where nothing seems real, where you feel like you need lead-soled boots to keep grounded and a compass to show you which way is north. Then, it hit me. […]

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Couple of years ago, I came across Joan Didion’s White Album essay. She talked about a time in American history that turned everything on its head. The essay was written few years after the actual events took place. Yet, she was still processing what happened. And the part that got me was the fragmentation of […]

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When you can’t be in Paradise, you make Paradise come to you. No ocean? Ocean breeze scented candles and air freshener will do it.  No acrobatic Pelicans? Funny dogs will do it. No fish playing in the ocean? Chocolate dessert looking like a shark swimming in the ocean waves will do it. If you can’t […]

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One author wondered why Jules Verne burned all his notebooks about his books, two years before he died. The question was, “What did he have to hide?” Nothing. It’s not about hiding. It’s about not allowing people to see your work. Some work can or will be publish or it’s ok to be read by […]

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280-character messages. Emojis galore. SMS and chat abbreviations and acronyms. The FBI compiled a listof most common Twitter shorthand. The document has no less than 83 pages. The linguist John McWhorter gave a very funny and informative TED talk on the impact of texting in the evolution of our language. He argued that, as annoying as […]

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Modern conveniences. They were supposed to make our lives better, more enjoyable, and easier. They were supposed to streamline our lives and give us more time to time to do other things than chores. Or, were they? Take the Garbage Valet. Marvelous idea. The waste management company comes and picks up your garbage, including recycling  […]

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A loud, loud world. The noise is becoming unbearable. Too much stuff. Too many people talking. Too many desires, wishes made public. Too many personal stories shared indiscriminately. Too many dirty laundry done in public – on purpose. Everybody wanting to succeed – overnight. Everybody wanting attention. Everybody engaged in a fight to the death […]

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So, you are miserable person who wants to share his misery but don’t know how to do it effectively and efficiently. You are in luck: after studying an extensive body of work of others, I came up with this step-by-step guide to spreading misery. Let’s get started: Step 1: The main prerequisite is that you […]

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Netflix’s new show, Altered Carbon, posses a really interesting question: what happens to us when we can live forever?