Visual Thought #51

  “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor […]

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Identifying Online Money-Making Scams

This post won’t help identifying all scams but it should help re-calibrate your is-this-a-scam-dar. A few months ago a close family member asked if a certain site was legitimate, which reminded me that people do fall for these scams and are unable to read the telltale signs of a scam offer. The example I’ll be […]


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Sexism in Language

“Girls, stop your bickering.” I cringed hearing these words come from the mouth of the eminent Dr. Watson, a character in the Sherlock series I liked practically on sight, directed at Sherlock Holmes and another male character who were having a mild disagreement. Hearing the writers include this unnecessary, un-witty jibe served as a reminder […]

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Cosmos: A Very Biased Review

  The popular thirteen-part miniseries narrated by Carl Sagan in the 1980s is currently getting a makeover courtesy of astrophysicist celeb Neil deGrasse Tyson. A lot has happened in the field of astronomy since the 80s, so this revamp was much needed and there is no shortage of new material to work with. As I […]

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Visual Thought #50

“There is not love of life without despair about life.” ~ Albert Camus, The Stranger

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Anti-Rape Wear

The Telegraph recently tweeted this article that slates the concept of anti-rape pants. The article seems deliberately to miss the explicit intention behind the AR (anti-rape) wear. Before the body of the article even starts the sub-heading states, Anti-rape pants. Three words you didn’t expect to see together. And amazingly enough, this isn’t even a joke. This attempts […]

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The Untrustworthy & Unethical Reporting of IOL News

Earlier today (Sunday 2013/04/07) IOL News posted an article claiming former South African president Thabo Mbeki drove without a vehicle licence in the 1940s. Needless to say this kicked up quite a fuss in the comments section once everyone started realising he was only born in 1942. The dates in the article made no sense. […]

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Visual Thought of the Day #49

  “These are the missing practical arguments: safeguarding the Earth from otherwise inevitable catastrophic impacts and hedging our bets on the many other threats, known and unknown, to the environment that sustains us. Without these arguments, a compelling case for sending humans to Mars and elsewhere might be lacking, But with them—and the buttressing arguments […]

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Sexism in Schools and the Workplace

Realising that you’re officially at a point in your career where wading through sexist nonsense is going to become more of a requirement is not an easy realisation to come to. The other day a man in the workplace, who’s position is senior to mine, said, in all seriousness, that a woman’s place is at […]

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Visual Thought of the Day #48

“She entered the story knowing she would emerge from it feeling she had been immersed in the lives of others, in plots that stretched back twenty years, her body full of sentences and moments, as if awaking from sleep with a heaviness caused by unremembered dreams.” ~ Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient.

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