The Story of Solutions … thanks Peg of MRC

The Story of Solutions … thanks Peg of MRC

The Story of Solutions explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal.

In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy — more roads, more malls, more Stuff! — even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting.

But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better — better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet?

Shouldn’t that be what winning means?

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Some Useful Info to Understand Introverts

A few people have told me that I’m not an introvert and that I’m some kind of mix. All I want to say is that I appreciate the extroverts who have insisted I join them in social activities. Most of the time I’ve enjoyed myself. As for the ones I insist on not joining … it is because of the energy drain. Things like drinking, talking about others, doing the same thing, not expanding or just tooo many words and not enough peace are the big drains.

Since these articles and pictures hit the nail on the head perfectly I will just summarise the links.

The key to making small talk more useful and less draining is to steer the conversation toward topics that are actually interesting (the sooner the better)—something that will fill our battery, not drain it. So what do introverts like talking about? Ideas, ideas, ideas.
Helgoe writes in Introvert Power,
“Introverts are energized and excited by ideas. Simply talking about people, what they do and who they know, is noise for the introvert. He’ll be looking between the lines for some meaning, and this can be hard work! Before long, he’ll be looking for a way out of the conversation.”
Paras note: And don’t be an askhole. More statements please.

My favourite one is the Stages of socialising. Unless I’ve been drinking and the music is good then I’m excellent at socialising … With the speaker … And the DJ

4, 9, 18 are my favourite.
Here’s mine – Want to take a bus route where we’ve never been and a different one back?

Want to put me in the middle of a yappy room, near a telephone, and away from the exit or stage and see what happens? (Includes a great 50 minute talk).

Perfect explanation.


Eternal Virtues: Spiritual Attributes of Pramukh Swami Maharaj by Sadhu Aksharvatsaldas

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Eternal Virtues: Spiritual Attributes of Pramukh Swami Maharaj by Sadhu Aksharvatsaldas (English translation by Yogi Trivedi)
The Hindu scripture, the Shrimad Bhagavat Purana, describes 39 virtues possessed by one who has attained spiritual perfection and eternal peace. Eternal Virtues: Spiritual Attributes of Pramukh Swami Maharaj defines these 39 virtues and, through examples of these virtues in Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s life. Big up Kumar for the hook up.

– Preface
– Introduction

Satyam – Truth
Shaucham – Purity
Daya – Compassion
Kshantihi – Forgiveness
Tyagaha – Renunciation
Santoshaha – Contentment
Arjavam – Simplicity
Samyam – Equality
Titiksha – Tolerance
Uparatihi – Worldly Disinterest
Viraktihi – Detachment
Shrutam – Scriptural Obedience
Jnanam – Experiential Knowledge
Shilam – Integrity
Shamaha – Mental Control
Damaha – Sensory Control
Tapaha – Austerity
Aishvaryam – Power
Balam – Vigour
Bhagaha – Lordship
Svatantryam – Independence
Shauryam – Courage
Tejaha – Illustrious Personality
Smrutihi – Remembrance
Kaushalam – Skill
Dhairyam – Patience
Sthairyam – Mental Stability
Pragalbhyam – Maturity
Sahaha – Endurance
Kantihi – Beauty
Ojaha – Radiance
Mardavam – Kindheartedness
Prashrayaha – Love
Kirtihi – Fame
Manaha – Worthy of Reverence
Astikyam – Faith in God
Anahamkrutihi – Humility (Note: I know that is only 37 but hey that is the table of contents. If you know of the other two please add to the comments and I’ll include them.)

– Glossary
– Appendix: Pronounciation Guide
– Acknowledgements


Art of the Teese – Burlesque and Fetish by Dita von Teese

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Art of the Teese – Burlesque and Fetish by Dita von Teese

Tasneem gave me this book around 2007-8 and I finally finished the book in December 2015 just before Christmas as my brother took the family around MARGARET river, Denmark and Albany. It took me so long mostly because the photography is so amazing. The book itself is in 2 parts (Burlesque and the Art of the Teese/Fetish and the Art of the Teese) each of which start from the cover and end in the middle. Apart from the notes, Dita tells such a great story and history of it all. She brought it with her and she’s takes you there by describing the mentality, situation, products and politics.

Fetish and the Art of the Teese notes:
– Great explanation of fetish and how most will picture BDSM when it’s so much more. The word meant, quite simply, “magical charm”. In the art world it means “something that shocks the sensibilities”.
– Bettie Page made famous by a photographer no one remembers his name. I wish the book showed more pictures of all the personalities and fashions she mentioned. How Irving and Paula Klaws made her famous and their story.
– After being turned down numerous times by Playboy she finally got in and had to use a surname and she found Von Treese in the directory which Playboy typoed and ended up as Teese!
– Men wear corsets too. (Google image Mr. Pearl to get a shock!)
– The golden lotus – the mythological three-inch Chinese foot. Once again google image foot binding.

Burlesque and the Art of the Teese notes:
– Different names for a striptease like ecdysiast, slinger, effeuilleuse. To me a stripper bares all for money and cheap thrills while a burlesquer does it for the tease/art/illusion/fantasy/fun. (I will never forget the skill with which Dita dropped her pompoms at one of the Erotica expos in London)
– I’ll try share the powerful picture that had stalled me 8 years to finish reading this book. (Go to 0.52 seconds of this video
– Burlesque came from the word burlare which means “to laugh at”.
– She includes her ballet experiences in many of her shows. Explains how ballet used to be showgirls and how napoleon himself had one of these private rooms where they get to watch ballet dancers in different stages of undress warming up.
– She devises entire shows based on a single Swarovski crystal. She would sit with Cathrine, sipping Dom Perignon and dream up all sorts – dress, props, corset, setting, etc all for this one crystal.
– Lovely history, stories and evolution of the burlesque scene and ultimately how Dita discovered her signature shows and identity.
– Now this is a great read with breathtaking photography and no one better than the ‘Queen of the New Burlesque ‘ to introduce you to the world. My greatest appreciation to Tasmeem for this present.

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The Dating Game: What Use By, Sell By and Best Before Really Mean

The Expiration Date Myth
Here’s a superbly-kept secret: All those dates on food products—sell by, use by, best before—almost none of those dates indicate the safety of food, and generally speaking, they’re not regulated in the way many people believe. The current system of expiration dates misleads consumers to believe they must discard food in order to protect their own safety. In fact, the dates are only suggestions by the manufacturer for when the food is at its peak quality, not when it is unsafe to eat.

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Sell by, use by, best before

Bonus: Is that milk past its ‘sell by’ date? Drink it anyway.