My Photo Management Approach

It takes time to develop the technique and have an eye for capturing the right moments or the right angle but all I can say is that it gets better, the more you shoot. Shoot a hundred, keep about 10, and show only 3 and soon people start thinking that all of your photos look like the 3 you show them. You don’t have to dispel that notion.

But given the ease and often ephemeral nature of photos these days, don’t neglect the importance of backing up your photos. I’m describing the approach I use and yours may be different given the tools you use.

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Why Christianity Failed In India

To put it bluntly, this assertion would be laughable if its consequences were not so destructive of social cohesion. The fact is, the story of Christianity...

Research Shows White Privilege Is Real

THE recent reunion show for the 40th anniversary of “Saturday Night Live” re-aired a portion of Eddie Murphy’s 1984 classic “White Like Me” skit, in which ...

Why Mindy Kaling Refuses to Talk about Race—and Why I Care So Much

I’m also a feminist who cares about racial justice, so it’s impossible to ignore her often defensive, flippant responses to questions about race, or her fl...

The Upper Middle Class is ruining America.

From the get-go, the 529 plan, like the capital gains tax-hike plan, was totally politically unrealistic, as Republicans in Congress were never going to si...

Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Sunrise,’ 20 Years Later

The three films, when watched in swift succession, are a magical experience similar to Boyhood, partly because of the thrill of watching Ethan Hawke and Ju...

How to Temper a Tantrum

There’s a time during childhood when something as innocuous as an impending bedtime can cause uncontrollable tears, screaming and thrashing. The question f...

How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled Kim Kardashian’s back-end (SFW)

There was one part of the Internet that PAPER didn’t want to break: The part that was serving up millions of copies of Kardashian’s nudes over the web. Hos...

Experimenting with Composting

Sqrlta asked me to write a short post on my experiences with composting. There are several excellent how-to articles on the web on composting that may do a better job but this is my experience and suited for my purpose.

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, we were lucky enough to have space demarcated for composting although it was an open-style composting made up of wooden planks and chicken mesh. The previous owners had simply dumped dry leaves and twigs in and weren’t actively composting kitchen waste. The first thing I did was remove the mesh and planks from one side of the composting area and place a plastic composting container that I got from Amazon.

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Spring Gardening Prep

It’s that time of the year again when the cold recedes and spring is around the corner. Although the winter isn’t much in Texas, it still prevents you from tending to your garden and everything looks dreary. We have two large live oak trees; one in the front yard and one in the back. The […]

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Nothing Much To Say

Who says blogging has to be hifalutin[1]? Well, sometimes I do. We consider Twitter for stray random thoughts and reserve blogging for serious long rants or as they say now, think pieces. But it doesn’t have to be, just like this post proves it. I started typing without knowing what I was going to write […]

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Common Machiavellian Sense

If the India government really wants everyone to experience something be it a movie or a book, however crappy it may be, it bans it. No wonder India is primarily a nation of bans. I’ve stayed away from outrage blogging but this is more of an exasperated ‘C’mon! You can’t be this stupid‘ blogging. Lately, governments in India have banned sale and consumption of beef (in Maharashtra), the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, and the documentary on the Dec.16 rape incident ‘India’s Daughter’ – all in one week. After YouTube pulled it down, torrents must’ve been firing all night long because nothing stops Indians from doing something that they’ve been asked not to do. Heck, I’m sure some Hindus may even be tempted to try beef. In fact, if beef could be streamed online, I’m sure some people would be tempted.

From a pure Francis Underwoodian perspective, regardless of what they truly believe is the right thing to do, why would the Indian government bring attention to something they want people to forget? People in India seemingly had moved on from the horrific rape incident more than a year ago and the documentary would’ve scarcely made a dent in the public consciousness. Surely, the rapists’ reprehensible comments would’ve sparked outrage on Twitter for a week and after that, every social media guru would’ve moved on to the next outrage; perhaps Deepika Padukone’s shoes or something.

From my experience during the blogging days, I would like to remind the Indian government that no one really gives a shit. Everyone is simply trying to survive the next day. Forget about offended sensibilities and focus on actual physical harm; that’s really the job of any government. As for Twitter, don’t pay attention to the noise. Nearly everyone mostly seeks attention and people care more about RTs and Favorites the minute after they tweet out a brilliant opinion.

If you’re going to be Machiavellian, at least do a good job at being that. Focus on the ends and not on the means. Next time, you don’t want a documentarian running amok showcasing what most Indians believe anyway, deny them access to a convicted rapist. I’m sure other totalitarian regimes even the ones with a billion people know that basic fact. Jeez!