Today, the New York Times posted a tragic article. A child from Queens died because the hospital didn’t recognize that he had sepsis, meaning that his blood was infected. I remember that my mother almost died of that when I was a toddler. All it takes is for a tiny bacteria to enter, and if we don’t see the signs, we are finished. It is scary to think that the doctors didn’t catch it. At the same time, it is humbling to realize how vulnerable we are. A small bacteria, and a tragedy happens. Let’s not take anything for granted.
Today, my laptop charger decided to stop working. I was horrified when I realized this. I have other gadgets to write this post on, but when it comes to prepping documents for my team meetings this is a problem. It is no longer acceptable for to prepare this information by hand. This would be a sign of my lack of productivity, and I would be extremely frustrated by the lack of formatting and slickness that Microsoft word provides me with. (I had to switch back to word from NeoOffice because of my school’s requirements, I truly am a NeoOffice fan.) I feel completely insignificant academically. It’s an odd feeling.
Business school makes you understand the value of a pretty document. When you write a mathematical proof, it is all about the symbols and the clear logic. Though heavy scribbling is frowned upon, and everyone loves LaTeX, it’s still OK to scribble a little bit. The best place to scribble is the blackboard, that is where all of the magic happens. But that is besides the point.
Ultimately, my point relates back to my laptop dependence. When I travel, I get extremely frustrated when I have no Internet access. Today, with no laptop, is worse. Everything on my to do list involves my laptop, it’s an upsetting realization. I do have a dependence on technology. It’s amazing how different our lifestyles and work styles are today compared to how they were only a few short years ago. The world is changing, faster than we see.
BBC posted an article about Kenya’s lions. As the human population is growing, lions are losing their space. A great dilemma has arisen because humans need to be safe and protected too. At the same time, there have been large movements supporting the protection of these animals. Though lions are not an endangered species, they quickly can be. The article points out that there are only an estimated 20,000 of them in Africa today.
Unfortunately, these lions are killing livestock and getting closer to urban areas as they look for food. When an American or European farmer loses a pig or a cow, this is usually a loss but only accounts for a small percentage of their overall revenue. On the other hand, when a Kenyan loses a cow this is a major hit to their livelihood because they usually have smaller farms. Further, tourism flows into Kenya partly thanks to these lions, and many of those living in Kenya depend on this tourism for their livelihood. This is a complex issue involving many stakeholders.
I hope that we can soon find a way to resolve this issue. The idea of getting the government to compensate for livestock may help for the short-term, yet this is clearly not enough and could be damaging for the long-term. Farmers would lose incentives to be very careful about where they let their animals feed, etc… Though compensation would probably not be enough to fully recover the losses associated with losing an animal to a lion, and therefore farmers would not be entirely careless, some bad habits could be created. On the other hand, could the government train farmers on how to protect themselves better from the lions? Are there ways to encourage people to spread in directions away from the parks? This idea is quite limited however, when we understand the proximity of the park to the capital.
A solution needs to be found, and it is no longer possible to take a single side of the issue. The lions and the humans need to learn to co-exist, and we all need to figure out how.
Mark Zuckerberg is the face of facebook. He launched it and turned it into what it is today. When someone thinks of facebook doing something, they think of Mark doing something. The guy got married, and it was news as big as the IPO. Though, it’s important not to deny that the two pieces of news were complimentary somehow and most likely helped each other spread. Anyways, now that I’ve established that Zuckerberg is pretty famous, here’s the catch. I saw his facebook page the other day, and noticed that he has a lot of friends, yet a lot of the posts on his wall are technical questions and criticisms about facebook:
So, basically, the guy who created facebook can’t use it the way that everyone else does. He has to deal with all of these random extra notifications, he has to think deeply about everything he posts. (Though we could argue that more people should be thinking before they post) He most likely has many lists to regulate his privacy, though that technically goes against what he claims he wants to do:
Either way, the guy doesn’t use facebook like anybody else, and that’s pretty ironic. He transformed the way that people use the internet, share personal information, and stay in touch with friends. He turned social media into the buzzword that it is, but he somehow, personally, has been left out of the loop. I am pretty confident that he doesn’t mind. The guy seems to be happy with how things are going for him, and he should. I was merely amused by the irony and thought I would share. Suddenly, I’m happy I’m not famous.
I recently saw this article on the onion. I thought it was brilliant. The Onion is a website which creates fake news articles, and often makes a point. Of course, they are exaggerating everything and making it more dramatic than it needs to be. I thought it was a great way of attacking their moral standards, while at the same time recognizing how strong and well-established they are. Everyone knows that not everyone in those firms are not immoral, yet the company frustrates society enough for the Onion to pull off an article like that. The question is, would they have been able to pull off something like that 5 years ago?
When I was biking to school the other day, I saw a bunch of snails. It was raining pretty hard and they were all over the sidewalk. Everywhere! It made me really happy to see them, and I wasn’t sure why. I got really excited and decided I would write about them. I wasn’t sure what to say about them, but I figured that I would find something.
For the longest time, I couldn’t figure out the significance of these snails. And then, I did. It was that they didn’t make me think of anything. Sounds like a contradiction I know. But, I realized that their simplicity and the fact that they are so slow is actually a nice thing to be reminded of. They take it easy. I guess that is what I like about snails. They remind me to take it easy, and enjoy life.
I have been doing research on certain chronic diseases, and found this article about how food is not the enemy, and how diabetics can actually eat everything they want, as long as it is in moderation and they space things out properly. They mention that you should treat yourself, occasionally. This got me thinking about the concept of splurging. I have come to notice that when it comes to food, and a lot of things that we should do in moderation, it really helps to plan your splurging. It’s a lot easier to restrain yourself from eating cake all week, if you know that friday night you’ll let yourself have any cake you want.
Even when you’re trying to save money, if you are trying to limit the times you go out for a meal, or go shopping. It helps to set a time in advance when you will go and splurge. There are advantages to going cold turkey when you are trying to cut off some old/bad habits. Yet, sometimes, it’s not necessary to cut things off like that. Sometimes, you’re better off deciding that you will go shopping a week from now, and it’s a lot easier to hold yourself to it mentally, than it is to decide to not go shopping until you absolutely need something, for example. It’s too vague. You can’t hold yourself to that. This works for food too. It doesn’t work all the time, but the concept of consciously deciding when to splurge, definitely helps to control and limit yourself as needed. It doesn’t work every time, trust me. But overall, it’s definitely worked. My Dad taught me that. We never talked about it, but he taught it to me subconsciously. It’s one of those things that stuck with me. You’ll see how much you’ll enjoy things more too. For some things, half of the fun is looking forward to something, just like you looked forward to this blog post!