Flower Power http://sett.com/daydreamer Cognitive Fusion en-us Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:15:35 +0000 http://sett.com Sett RSS Generator College Years as Defined by Card Games http://sett.com/daydreamer/college-years-as-defined-by-card-games Paul Cézanne - Les joueurs de carte (1892-95) As a soon-to-be graduate, nostalgia made me think about what forms of tools I have used for enjoyment. Alcohol naturally played a key role in socializing, and what’s better than making it a fun and collaborative ]]>

Paul Cézanne - Les joueurs de carte (1892-95)

As a soon-to-be graduate, nostalgia made me think about what forms of tools I have used for enjoyment. Alcohol naturally played a key role in socializing, and what’s better than making it a fun and collaborative effort through games? I can assure you, that most college students probably have at least one deck of cards at home. The variations are endless.

Before I came to college, I wasn’t aware of many card games. My favorite has always been UNO.

Freshmen year, I learned that UNO was not as great of a drinking game as King’s is. The latter is a fun and interactive game filled with motions. A great advantage of the game was the vast amount of players that were able to play at a time.

Sophomore year was marked by “F*ck the Dealer”. It’s not as vulgar as it sounds, guys. This one was the ultimate drinking game for me. The unlucky loser would have to drink large amounts of liquor at once. Hence, that loser would usually be upset and blame it on the dealer.

Junior year my friends and I played “Up and Down the River”. It’s easy, fast and unpredictable. If the players were focused enough, the game would be amusing enough to play for an hour or two.

Senior year is the year where “Rummy 500” might have taken over my free time. This one’s different; I don’t drink to it. Along with another enthusiast, we struggle in finding a blank piece of paper that has not been used for scorekeeping yet.

These card games signify different times, friends and locations in college for me. Now, I have basically given up drinking and only sip on beers during the big festivities. Concentrating on "Rummy 500" in my last year has been a fun way to challenge my brain, and you know what? It’s a sign of growing up.

I don’t play card games anymore only in anticipation of going out, I play card games because they’re exciting. I found that shuffling cards acted as some sort of relaxation tool. Recently I learned how to play solitaire in reality, not the virtual one, just to pass time. When I retire, I can see myself playing cards all day long with friends. Except we would be drinking Prune juice instead of taking shots of vodka and “chasing” it with orange juice.

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The Bus Stop Culture http://sett.com/daydreamer/the-bus-stop-culture I love taking the bus. It’s cheap, gets you to places and “car”-pooling is generally better for our environment. I’ve taken the bus in cities such as Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Paris, Honolulu, Montego Bay, West Haven and other places. Bus rides alwa]]>

I love taking the bus. It’s cheap, gets you to places and “car”-pooling is generally better for our environment. I’ve taken the bus in cities such as Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Paris, Honolulu, Montego Bay, West Haven and other places. Bus rides always promise an adventure whether it’s about fellow riders or the driver himself. But that’s just half the quest, which begins, at the bus stop.

I found out that Brazil has the most bus riders with an astonishing 85% of its citizens using it daily. Last summer a revolutionary act broke out in the country due to an increase of fares in addition to issues that arose from building the World Cup Stadium there.

Los Angeles ranked second in best public transit systems in the U.S. and I understand why. Schedules were printed at every bus stop, they were on time and there were many stops in general. It was easy to use and utterly convenient. Hawaii was also ranked in the Top 10 for probably the same reasons PLUS the app that was convenient in searching for what bus to use.

As mundane as it sounds, bus stops are full of life. It’s where the homeless find shelter at night, regulars cross paths during rush hour and people share frustrations about the reliability and timeliness of the public transit system. I would like to share some stories about making use of the public transit and its stops.

The Fun story:

While waiting at a large bus stop in Montego Bay (Jamaica), my friend and I sat down in the more van-resembling vehicle. Soon we realized that all eyes were on us as we were the only "white" ones in it. Through the windows, salesman offered pineapples, nuts, newspapers and water to us first, knowing that we're obviously tourists. I got a paper, but he didn't have any change. In fear of the bus leaving soon, he ran across the area to make the approximately $1 exchange. That became the topic of conversation with other passengers.

The Educational story:

A Korean veteran, who seemed to be severely affected by the war, stood at the stop in West Haven, CT (U.S.A.). We talked to about Kim Jong-Un’s threat to set off a nuclear bomb. He confidently claimed that he won’t pull through and that he’s only doing it for the attention. The 10-minute prediction turned out to be true.

The awkward story:

While riding a busy bus in Nice (France), the driver made an abrupt stop causing all the coins I had to drop on the floor. I literally unintentionally made it rain. But effortlessly it gets worse. I wore a skirt and tried to reach down as elegantly as possible, but the great driver started moving again. Then I fell. And yes, everyone saw.

The Painful story:

Yesterday I was walking towards the bus stop right by school in West Haven, CT (U.S.A.). I was relieved to see the B7 approach, and increased my pace. The bus stops and I worry he won’t see me, so I start running and extinguishing my cigarette at the same time. Not a great combination. I was so close to jumping on bus, yet managed to fall on the ground right in front of it. I got up, pretended nothing happened and sat down. Needless to say, I didn’t make any eye contact with the rest of the passengers for the rest of the ride. At least I have some cuts as souvenir.

The Red Flag story:

During an evening bus ride in New Haven, CT (U.S.A.), there’s always that one person who manages to make her phone call clear to all passengers. The lady was yelling out her divorce story, assumingly at her soon-to-be ex-husband. Threats about taking away the kids and putting him into prison -“where he belongs”- were made. I bet I wasn’t the only one who was concerned, but the bus certainly wasn’t the right place to talk about it.

The Please-Shut-Up story:

In Istanbul (Turkey), as my aunt and I tried to get back home from an exhausting night, we encountered a woman who picked up her phone two minutes after entering the bus. She was on the phone for an entire 25 minutes. She irritated the entire passenger crew uncomfortably by discussing her issues about her colleague.

Everyone has crazy bus stories, what’s yours?

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April Fool’s Prank Of The Decade http://sett.com/daydreamer/uid/140211

As I’m on a long-distance call with my parents, we discuss and share all the hilarious reactions to Turkish Officials blaming the power outage in 35 cities during election night on a cat. The headline at Huffington Post for the story is “Turkish Official Blames Election Night Power Outages On A Cat”. Who can take that seriously? I was couldn't keep quiet at the title alone.

The electrical blackout spiraled the country that firmly believes in the possibility of change. Following that, officials had the audacity of holding an interfering cat liable. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on April 1, “A cat entered a power distribution unit. It was the cause of the blackout and it’s not the first time that it has happened.” The BBC listed the four top April Fools Day trends, of which one was Yildiz’s comment. As bizarre as it is to announce this on April fool’s and expecting listeners to believe it, he did. Congratulations, we had a great laugh at the comments and pictures accompanied by them.

One user posted this picture of a cat besides requisite tools and said, “Just caught the cat.”

My personal favorite, Erdocat. “The true leader of the lobby has been caught,” Tamer Abdelaal (@zanesfather) tweeted.

@ODTUOgrencileri posted this one, translating “Look, this is the last time I’ll explain our plan.”

Look some up yourself on Twitter under the hashtag #catlobby for English results, and #kedilobisi for Turkish ones.

How fair can an election be, if ballot boxes suspiciously disappear, found burnt, and inconsistencies among the boxes and report sheets as well as in the computerization process? Fraud seems to be the accurate clarification. Many Turks, including myself, call for a recount. Opposition parties deposited to the higher election board (YSK) more than 2,000 appeals to recount suspicious boxes.

In all seriousness, who can take Turkey’s authority figures seriously anymore? Blocking Twitter and YouTube in a so-called democratic country takes integrity away as it is (let alone granting access again after a two-week ban). Corruption sweeps across parliament would have crossed the line, you'd think. General tremble in the Erdogan circle would've been it. Along with the results of the local election everyone seems to be in disbelief.

Erdogan’s political party is crumbling apart and serves nothing but smelly, rotten fish to its followers. There’s no trust to rely on, and he will be made fun of and revolted against until he understands the meaning of respect, transparency and democracy.

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A View From The Other Side of The Coin http://sett.com/daydreamer/a-view-from-the-other-side-of-the-coin Last night, I took that romantic walk on the beach with Ziggy Marley singing into my ears. Once the perfect bench came into sight, I needed to relieve my sore feet. As mesmerized as I was, a selfie was in order. The lady on the next bench down laughs and kindly offers to take a picture. She was with a man who played guitar and chatted with the odd one out: Keith. Keith is one of the many homeless people in Honolulu, Hawaii. And you know what? I had a great time unfolding his story along with newly found friends.

As for Keith, he claims to not once having picked up anything from the trashcan. He receives government subsidies in order to buy medications for his Parkinson’s condition, schizophrenia and the spastic nerve in his thigh. I think he had a thing for photography. Every time someone walked by the scenic area we were in, as friendly as he is, Keith offered to take a picture. He had good intentions, but people nonetheless vaguely smiled, turned around and walked faster. What these sprinters don’t realize is that the homeless are the ones with the most unique of stories.

Why do we curb around homeless people when we see them? We do everything in our power to avoid possibly exchanging any words or physical contact. Are we afraid they’re going to bite us? They become especially apparent when there aren’t many people around. Here in Waikiki, they sleep right across the Mariott, Hyatt and Hilton next to shiny BMW’s. It’s impossible to ignore. But when in crowded places we barely notice them.

On Saint Patrick’s Day in Hartford, Connecticut this year, I noticed the flipside of the vast drinking event. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This day is cash day for the homeless who return the neglected empty beer bottles and cans on the ground. I spotted some that walked around with large trash bags collecting the goldmines as they were thrown on the ground. And don’t forget the trashcans that are filled t the top with valuable goods! Our days of holidays are their days of work.

I urge you to treat these people in the most human way possible. They will be forever grateful for a simple dialogue. Keith thanked me 10 times just for talking to him. Give them a chance, there are so many things you can learn from people who don’t have a permanent residence and money to splurge on.

My friends Erica, Keith and Jay.

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Losing My Casino-Virginity http://sett.com/daydreamer/losing-my-casino-virginity As frightened as I was, I did it. I lost my casino-virginity. Last Thursday I went to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut with a bunch of good-time friends who are more experienced than I am. We shared a suite on the highest of floors and had the most magnificent view over a fro]]>

As frightened as I was, I did it. I lost my casino-virginity. Last Thursday I went to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut with a bunch of good-time friends who are more experienced than I am. We shared a suite on the highest of floors and had the most magnificent view over a frozen lake. After a couple of drinks, I made it down to the casino part of the hotel.

Before I go into the gambling part, let me tell you how capturing these casinos really are. First of all, there are no windows! No matter what time it is, it will always be dark. That is probably also the objective: these places want to get as much money as possible from you, so they take away your sense of time.

The enormous area illuminated the roulette tables and slots with flashing colorful lights, directing your eye and attention to the win-it-or-lose-it facilities. You won’t know where to look: every side looks completely different. While there is a huge plastic ice castle on your left, there is a wooden forest-like area to your right. It’s a world of magic; anything can happen.

I wanted to start small, so my other casino-virgin friend Chris and I made our way to the slots. Big mistake. We lost $20 just like that. We also had no clue as to what we were doing, so in a way that makes sense.

Then, however, we got to the blackjack tables at around one in the morning. We had a great time as noobs (read: newbies), but our fellow players on the table were rather irritated. Whatever, we had to start somewhere, right? With the aid of our good friend Joe, we eventually got the jist of the game. We sat there until five, and while we remained in the same spot, fellow players came and went. We played $15 on the regular, but sometimes we went crazy and threw down $20. That was nothing to this one other player who kept playing multiples of $25 chips. He lost a lot of it and did not say one word while Chris, Joe and I were giggling most of the time.

It took some getting used to the blackjack lingo, and we got our fair share of evil looks whenever we put our wallets on the table or didn’t do the right hand sign for “continuing” or “stopping”. They’re serious here. Three dealers later, I won a $100 and Chris lost $100. Oh well, you win some and you lose some. Once we figured we should stop (after we told ourselves numerous times within two hours), we went back upstairs.

After a tiring night, we discussed our successes and failures with the few that were still up and soon after we knocked out. Here are a couple of things I learned from my experience:

1.Don’t get sucked into your environment, as difficult as it is.

2.Don’t listen to your fellow players. They want you to lose, obviously.

3.Know when to stop; I could have made $185 had I quit at the right time. One friend made $1200, but went home with a mere $500 after putting in $100.

4.Make sure you know the haptic gestures; they’re needed for the camera’s that watch every game.

5.Start at the $5, $10 or $15 tables if you’re also a noob.

6.Know your way around – it’s a labyrinth in there.

7.Make sure you have dinner and cigarettes ($15 for a pack) before you go; the prices are ridiculous.

8.Be prepared for a sleepless night.

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What Happens in the Ukraine, Should Not Stay in the Ukraine http://sett.com/daydreamer/what-happens-in-the-ukraine-should-not-stay-in-the-ukraine The amount of UNH students who are unaware of what is going on in the Ukraine is too damn high. While sipping on $1 beers and munching on $0.25 wings Thursday night, I explained to my friends what is happening in the Ukraine. With t]]> In a nutshell, this is what happened:

Current situation in Ukraine - Imgur

The amount of UNH students who are unaware of what is going on in the Ukraine is too damn high. While sipping on $1 beers and munching on $0.25 wings Thursday night, I explained to my friends what is happening in the Ukraine. With the aid of plenty body movement and letting my hands speak too, I was able to not lose their interest within the first minute. It’s important to know what happens around you, even if you’re not in near proximity of events with an impact. For instance, the situation in the Ukraine doesn’t only affect Ukrainians. As you read on, you will realize that global political relations, international laws and economy are influenced as well.

Plus, it’ll make you sounds smart when you talk to people older than you. Knowing about current events can help you form your own, polarized opinions that set you apart from the rest. Here’s what you need to know about the Ukrainian revolution.

The Ukraine had been under Soviet control back in the glory days of the Soviet Union. Ever since the union didn’t work out, the country had been trying to get back on its financial feet but struggled. For a while now, many Ukrainians aspired to join the European Union in order to prosper its economy and take advantage of other benefits of being a member. Imagine the anger felt by these people when President Yanukovych rejected a far-reaching accord with the EU in November 2013 because of his strong ties with Russia. Overnight, protests broke out into the Independence Square, known as the Maidan, in the capital of Kiev. The BBC reports that since it began, developments include, “police attacks on student protesters, severe new anti-protest laws, and the abduction and beating of opposition activists – caused the demonstrations spread and intensify.”

After that, it became less about joining the EU and more about having the President removed from the parliament. But he clings on to his powers and serves Moscow like he’s its personal Butler. After he went into hiding in Russia for a couple of days, the Ukrainian scene resembled an environment of war upon which he announced that he is still the President and vows to serve his country. Yet he wouldn’t dare to go into Kiev today in fear about his wellbeing. I would advise him to stay out of there as well and listen to his people’s demands before shedding any more blood. Democracy? Yeah right, that’s not what the Ukraine seems to be acting like.

A dramatic turn overtook on Feb. 18 when the Parliament speaker rejected the debate on changing the constitution with as consequence violent clashes in Kiev. It’s also important to consider the many ethnic groups present in the Ukraine. The east and south of the country consist generally of Russian-speaking ethnic Russian majorities who identify themselves more with Russia, while the West and North dominantly speak Ukrainian who identify more with central Europe.

Now global super powers such as the U.S., Germany and other EU members fear that the country will split in two. Russian President Putin invaded Crimea – in the East – last week. Then, he encouraged Crimean’s to hold a referendum that will take place on March 16, to decide on whether they will join Russia or not. Crimea’s parliament has already voted unanimously for a yay. Nonetheless, the referendum would violate international law. As a result of the military intervention, the U.S. imposed sanctions such as bans on travel to the United States and freezing Russian’s American assets. TheEU condemned the actions illegal, but only took minor steps to sanction Russia. That’s because much of Europe’s natural gas comes from Russia; a key player in the industry. A new alternative was found quickly: while it’s more expensive, gas suppliers such as Qatar and Norway produce liquefied natural gas (LNG). That would give European importers more power. On an even better note, the U.S. is looking into exporting its natural gas too, which will undercut Putin’s power as well.

Mr. Putin should be alarmed by a potential gas crisis. More than a third of its gas is consumed by Europe, and that’s a big number as 65 percent of Russia’s exports are compromised of oil and natural gas. Another third serves local consumption, and 10 percent serves Turkey alone. But neither superpower wants the gas crisis to develop (even though planning doesn’t hurt) and contemplate their mutual-dependency.

The Guardian claims that, “events in Crimea have the potential to turn Ukraine into Europe’s worst security nightmare since the revolutions of 1989”. A war between Ukraine and Russia thus is highly likely, given Russia’s history of lust for wrest controls in other Slavic countries. As it was in Yugoslavia, it would be an unfair fight. Ukraine’s military machine (130,000 troops) doesn’t level Russia’s (850,000 troops) one bit.

Time and effort will show how this revolution/coup will play out. Propaganda naturally plays a large role in such situations. While Europe and the U.S. fear a Soviet re-Union, Russia claims that Europe is tempting the Ukraine by promoting the benefits that will come with a membership. Despite some bias here, I hope you have been able to give it some thought. It will be marked in history books after all, and you don’t want to be flabbergasted when your child comes up to you and asks, “Mom/Dad, what happened in the Ukraine back in 2014?”

Well spoken words of yours truly, President Kennedy:

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10 Trends as Seen at Paris Fashion Week http://sett.com/daydreamer/10-trends-as-seen-at-paris-fashion-week2 (For your entertainment, press play for a tune that will smoothly guide you through the post)

It won’t be long until ready-to-wear imitations will hang on racks at retailers such as H&M, Zara, River Island, Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe. Despite fashion giants wanting to sue these retailers because they copy their creative effort at much more affordable prices, their items are just more accessible to the general public. Plus their available much faster at Forerver 21 than at the actual Dior store.

It’s a mad (fashion) world, but what would we do without new ideas and vague guidelines? I follow a systematic approach of keeping up with news. Facebook is solely for friends and classes, Twitter is strictly for horoscope and current events, and Instagram is for fashion and artistic activity.

Instagram is a great tool for being in the ever dynamic now where fashion designers, magazines, advocates and models display trends. There’s a couple that stuck out to me and needed to show you from last week’s Paris Fashion Week (I’ll start off with an overload of Blumarine I ADORE the brand):

1. Blumarine: Konichiwa

Here’s a trend that I’ve seen in lots of collections: kimono’s. They’re classic beauties that enhance the oriental look with any outfit. Opt for vibrant colors. Lightweight woven cardigan-like ones are widely available at Forever 21 at more comforting prices ($13.50 - $29.50, respectively). I purchased two already!

2. Blumarine: Black & Gold.

It’s similar to the kimono trend but has some luxurious qualities added to it. The contrast of the simple black and metallic gold work great on any skin type and gives you an insight into how Cleopatra must have felt back in the day. Pay attention the flower design.

3. Blumarine: Furry Roses

Move over (last-season’s) daisies and make room for ( the hopefully here to stay) roses. The timeless and romantic flower took over this season’s runway in many styles and variations, but one of my favorites is this one. It has an edge to it, and the fur gives it that diva-POW. The thought of real fur nauseates me, but I’m a fan of fake fur.

4. Celine: Oversized Minimal

This coat looks as comfortable as it does fashionable. Investing in such an item is smart when thinking in long-term prospects. The collars are formed as if it were a blazer. This oversized blazer-coat trend goes in and out every couple of years. It’s sleek, simple and should be found in everyone’s closet.

5. Emilio Pucci: Nude Detail

If I were an angel, I’d wear this kimono-like creation to glide over clouds ever so elegantly. While the transparent material should appear provocative, here it seems rather innocent. The large amount of sequined detail is set up in a somewhat tribal form in all shapes and sizes. I can see this combined with a metallic colored romper/playsuit.

6. Giambattista Valli: Rosy Pastel

Looks like the bottom of the dress was inspired by Mrs. Jetson’s, which gives it that futuristic feel. It’s no secret that this season’s preferred colors are pastels, whether baby blue, rosè pink or sheer green. The large roses in every hue of red are there to contradict the simplicity of the dress. Keep your eyes open for a mix of pastel and roses.

7. Stella McCartney: Drapes & Fringes

Fringes provide the ultimate boho look, but here’s one that resembles the classic flapper dress. It focuses on the feminine stilhouette and adds the swing element for a night filled with movement. Pair it with non-opaque black tight and pumps with block heels.

8. Isabel Marant: The Cool

This look is the epitome of effortlessly cool. Marant combines a loose fitting top with body-hugging, shiny skirts. The top part should be rather on the dark side in order for the -more eye-catching- bottom to pop out more. Mess your hair up a little and you’re ready to take on the day.

9. Topshop Unique: Goth Sandy

The dress must have been inspired by one of the greatest musicals in history: Grease. I could see Sandy wearing this; were she a Goth. The off-the-shoulders top part gives it a vintage feel and the long bottom makes it a somewhat punky-dashing piece. Combine it with a hat as described in the next trend and black booties that contain metallic components.

10. Saint Laurent: Witchcraft

Did American Horror Story inspire this look? As soon as I saw Zoe wear it in Coven, I fell in love with it so you can just imagine how excited I was to see it on the runway. The sweet bow blouses were given attitude by rocker hints of the cape. The black and white duo hints at toughness. Take a look at the hat; it’s already available at selected stores such as American Apparel ($45, respectively) in all colors of the rainbow. I’m definitely treating myself on one of them for my birthday.

All that I have left to say:

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Virtues of the Millennial Generation http://sett.com/daydreamer/virtues-of-the-millennial-generation It seems as if stigma’s for the millennial generation are piling up daily, but the most despicable one is “laziness”. Supposedly, we’re idle because we spend a lot of our time at the gym and sloths because we tend to live more in our parents’ basement. At least that’s what Jennifer Graham seems to indicate in her article in the BostonGlobe named “A Generation of Idle Trophy Kids”. Let me give you some reasons why we’re far from being the lazy generation.

Back in the day of Generation X’s twenties, people had to go out to gather information; today we do it simply by tapping on our Google app. The other day my professor told the class that we would find something much quicker on Google than his generation would; but if you’d ask Generation X to look something up in the Yellow Pages – that’s right, the “search engine” of the eighties – he would do it much quicker than us. He has a point: it depends on what you are more comfortable with. The means of communicating have changed, but didn’t make us lazier. We might as well be using Groupon to sign up for martial art deals!

Graham states, “Today’s kids simply can’t imagine downsizing to quarters like that. They’re victims of their parents’ success and frustrated that they see no way to replicate it. And why should they, if they’re already livin’ the dream?” Now, let me be clear: we’re not frustrated because we can’t replicate our parents’ success. We’re frustrated because jobs are hard to get since they require experience. But how do employers expect us to have experience if there’s no one willing to train us? After all, Millennials are the smartest. Our generation is the best educated in American history, according to a study released by Pew Research Center of 18- to 29-year-old Millennials.

A Canadian study from 2010 conducted a field study of the millennial generation and found that we place the greatest importance on individualistic aspects of a job. We also have realistic expectations of our first job and salary. Yet we’re looking for quick advancement and development of new skills while at the same time ensuring a meaningful and satisfying life outside of work. I think that’s reasonable because of our knowledge that needs to be challenged – or else we’ll be bored and deeply unhappy.

Every generation had its fair share of political turmoil and uprisings, but our experiences with such are different. In the nineties, the various revolutions in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe were strongly influenced by young people. In’89, China, protests were held by college students on the Tiananmen Square. Today, social media enables Millennials to communicate easily from a distance to spread true and direct news. In recent news, for example, the Ukraine looks more like a war scene than the intended peaceful protest and more than 15 deaths have occurred. Through Twitter, Ukrainians are able to report about day-to-day corruptive events taking place. Last year in Turkey at the Gezi Park protests, student-aged people used social media to their advantage and gained great recognition globally as the Turkish government censored TV and the Prime Minister’s lies came to surface. Due to these tweets and direct news, authorities from other countries had been able to interfere by for example blocking talks of Turkey joining Europe and cutting a supply for tear gas that has been used excessively. Or just take a look at the Arab spring. Enough said.

The only way to bring development into effect is movement. And oh boy, we’re moving at a quick pace! We have no patience anymore, which is especially evident in the media. Scenes in music videos or TV shows don’t take longer than two seconds anymore, while in the past it took about five seconds. We move fast, develop quickly and raise our expectations accordingly. Even though we might sit in our parents’ basement, I’m sure we can get many things accomplished through our technology. In the future, us Millennials face many challenges collectively as a generation such as building peace in conflicted areas, bringing stability to our global economy, finding cures to cancer and AIDS and saving the world from an environmental catastrophe. Our heroic generation is certainly up for it.

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Packing my Business Cards and Camera http://sett.com/daydreamer/packing-my-business-cards-and-camera Like any other senior in college, I constantly think about what's going to happen after my golden years. Sometimes the anxiety takes over and I fall in a black hole for a couple of minutes; the panic is intense. I barely have any work experience, quit my internship and started getting serious about putting myself out there only a couple of months ago.

But guest speaker Steve Savoca, Spotify's global content and distribution manager, said something interesting, "The best way of networking is to go to conferences." It's something I never thought of and as soon as I got home, I researched journalism conferences. YES, THEY EXIST! In fact, there's a great variety to choose from.

The one that caught my eye immediately is the one in Hawaii. I mean, what doesn't sound great about it, right? Yup, this is it, the perfect opportunity to get to meet people in the business and getting a new stamp in my passport simultaneously.

My time there will be very limited, but I want to see as much as possible. Besides (DUH!) going to the beach, I want to explore the island.

Here's a list of things that I intend to do in Honolulu:

1. Try a guava malasadas at Leonard's Bakery (doughnut like, but they're Hawaiian so they're not!)

2. Hike to the Manoa Falls (where Spielberg filmed scenes for Jurassic Park, mind you!)

- actually, this place will probably be filled with people. I hate that because it takes away from the scenery, and because someone will always interrupt my attempt of beautiful photography - that's exactly what happened when I was at Dunn's river in Jamaica, such a bummer. We'll see about which waterfall I'll go see.

3. Visit the Honolulu Museum of Arts (lots of Japanese and Hawaiian art)

4. See the Surfboard fence (Donald Dettloff's fence consists of 647 surfboards, granting him a spot in the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of the boards)

5. Experience David Hockney's L'Enfant et les sortilèges (a look in another world)

If you know about any hidden gems in the area please don't hesitate to leave a recommendation in a comment below :)


6. Have a Waffledog (a caloriebomb that has to be tried)

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Sun, 02 Mar 2014 21:58:24 +0000 http://sett.com/daydreamer/packing-my-business-cards-and-camera
No Tricks in Class Please, Thank you http://sett.com/daydreamer/tricks-are-too-tricky-for-classroom-situations I'm in this one class. I love the class because 1. the material is interesting and 2. my classmates are great, but the essential motivation to complete assignments quickly turned into frustration with no hope of ever getting it right. Why? Well, he likes to perform trick]]>

I'm in this one class. I love the class because 1. the material is interesting and 2. my classmates are great, but the essential motivation to complete assignments quickly turned into frustration with no hope of ever getting it right. Why? Well, he likes to perform tricks. But we're not at Hogwarts, we're seniors who are about to graduate. And no, it's not just me; my classmates have an interactive discussion about our class to vent and attempt to understand assignments on a regular basis.

The class is supposed to be challenging as it is a senior seminar about cyber communication, but it's not challenging anymore when the entire class (about 22 people) are utterly confused and lost. No, that's when it's just playing games. I'm worried about tests. If the assignments are virtually impossible to be done right, how on earth will we manage tests?

After the first assignment, the class and professor discussed the issue and the professor promised no more tricks. But the second is as well and I can't help but worry about the third assignment. Just like I said in that discussion, I will shift my primary focus from this class to all my other classes. I figured if I get A's in all my other classes and a B (at best) for this one, I should be fine, right? I really hope so.

I feel bad for the professor. It's his first time teaching the class and his ambition is evident. He's smart, friendly and very engaging, yet I don't get the impression that he is listening to his students; a crucial part of communication. Granted, most of us suffer from Senioritis but nonetheless we are willing to work hard to deserve that good grade. I just feel like we don't receive a fair chance. That professor might or might not see this post, but if he does I hope he will take it into consideration for this class and future classes.

UPDATE: Today the Professor adequately addressed the situation at hand, and I'm happy to say that he promised to go into a new teaching direction. In the beginning of class, he kindly told the students that if there are any concerns to talk to him after the seminar. Surprisingly, I was the only one who stayed. We had a chat about my frustrations, and I came to realize that his approach is one that the class is simply not used to: an (ultra) laissez-faire teaching style. While it gives us room to wiggle, most of us aren't used to it. It's difficult and and we have to adapt to this new found freedom where we are thrown in to a deep hole in which our task is to find a tool to get out of it. As much as the idea sounds adventurous, we need some materials to build these tools with. Well, now that change is in sight, I'll just have to wait and see.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:16:18 +0000 http://sett.com/daydreamer/tricks-are-too-tricky-for-classroom-situations