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to my pop pop and nana

to my pop pop and nana

in 2013, i took a leap of faith, away from corporate professional career, to go for something i really wanted: a chance to live in another country. after a few days of living and adjusting to my ecuadorian life, i was informed that my nana (my paternal (maternal) great grandmother) had passed. i was full of regret because right before my trip, i planned to go see her, and instead was derailed to a brunch with friends. i was ok with her passing, but it was my lack of priorities that really had me upset. i wrote about it on...

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REPOST: Scientists Find What Could Be A History-Making Moon

REPOST: Scientists Find What Could Be A History-Making Moon

Full article via NPR. "The fact is, it's so strange and it's the first of its kind," says David Kipping, an astronomer at Columbia University. "That demands a higher level of rigor and skepticism than you would normally apply to a run-of-the-mill detection." Still, he and colleague Alex Teachey say in the journal Science Advances that they have good evidence that a Neptune-size moon is orbiting a Jupiter-like planet, in a solar system about 8,000 light-years away. Full article via NPR.

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how to earn a ticket to afropunk, attend the clothes swap!

how to earn a ticket to afropunk, attend the clothes swap!

we have collaborated with afropunk to help music lovers earn-a-ticket to afropunk by volunteering at the upcoming clothes swap. the clothes swap is a double event with our pad party on September 29 at Murmur Media.  here's how to sign up to be a volunteer. sign up to rop off bags AND a volunteers shift to reach you goal # of hours.  1. Download the Chip'N app.2..Sign-up as a user on Chip’N.3. Click the green menu button and navigate to theprofile screen.4. Ensure the email associated with your account is a valid email. If it is not, feel free to update youremail...

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6 reasons to shop secondhand (book feature "waste not")

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6 reasons to shop secondhand (book feature "waste not")

the protocol for making good shopping decisions can be tricky when it comes to buying clothes. my first rule of thumb is always: stop buying $h!t! (even secondhand industries can compromise local textiles economies in countries lower on the GDP, check out this guardian article titled "The hidden trade in our second-hand clothes given to charity") but we never listen and end up 'needing' something. my second rule would be: if you need something, can you borrow it? but we all like possessions, so we even weasel pass this rule. my third and magical rule is if your must purchase,...

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REPOST: Life-Size Sculptures Made of Bicycle Chains Express Powerful Human Emotions

REPOST: Life-Size Sculptures Made of Bicycle Chains Express Powerful Human Emotions

(via My Modern Met, visit for full article) South Korean artist Young-Deok Seo uses the unlikely material of bicycle chains as a way to craft realistic sculptures of the human body. For years, we’ve marveled over his figurative artwork, some of it life-sized and others larger than life, that features intricate details you wouldn’t expect from something as clunky as chains. Seo, however, wields it like string to create a combination that’s delicate yet substantial. Fragmentation is an emphasis in Seo’s chain link sculptures. The very nature of chain, with its limited-mobility metal links, means that each figure will be somewhat incomplete with...

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