Monthly Archives: August 2014

Daily Prompt – Breaking the Ice

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I have participated in a few events that bring awareness to some noble causes. I am not sure, if I can consider my involvement as being passionate.Here are a few things that I have been involved in.

-2009, 2010 – Help the homeless walk in Washington DC. This event, in partnership with FannieMae has raised more than 100 million dollars.It is designed to bring awareness to homelessness in America.

Help the Homeless Walk

– 2010 – Asha Jyoti – 5k run
Asha-Jyothi (AJ) is a volunteer based non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the underprivileged by providing access to Education and Healthcare.

http://www.asha-jyothi.org/

-2011 – Vibha DC – 5k run
Vibha DC is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to creating a brighter future for underprivileged children.

http://www.vibha.org/

2012 – Sponsored a girl child’s education through the NanhiKali Project of the Mahindra foundation.

Project Nanhi Kali was initiated in 1996 by the K. C. Mahindra Education Trust (KCMET) with the aim of providing primary education to underprivileged girl children in India.

http://www.nanhikali.org/

-2013 –

Sponsored education of two girls in India, through the NanhiKali Project of the Mahindra foundation.

2014

Run for Haiti – 5k http://www.prraces.com/runforhaiti/
ALS – IceBucketChallenge (Waiting for someone to challenge me).http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html

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Since a lot of tunnels from today’s daily prompt headed to the beach…

Since a lot of the happy places on today’s daily prompt said the beach, I thought might as well plant some ideas. #TunnelVision

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/19/travel/beach-hotels/index.html?hpt=hp_bn10
 

 


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge -Epic Fails

Yesterday, I posted about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and how some people are bent out of shape about the challenge being some sort of peer pressure.

Here is a compilation of videos, where people who should have opted to donate the money.

ALS IceBucketChallenge – Epic fails


I’m a Cowboy, on a steel horse I ride..

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Beauty and the beast..

The first week of August. That means in Sturgis, SD its time for the Sturgis MotorCycle Rally. Bikers from around the world make the annual pilgrimage to enjoy the camaraderie with fellow riders and show off their bikes. The rally brings in almost $800 million to SD’s economy annually. 

If you close your eyes and imagine riding on your favorite bike on a nice Summer afternoon, where would that be? What kind of bike would you be riding? A fast sports bike, a shining chrome jewel chopper or a easy cruiser? How do you select the bike of your dreams? What are the criteria? Folks at RideApart toured and studied the bikes at this years Sturgis festival and put together this list of the Top 5 bike trends at Sturgis. Check it out.. Some incredibly cool bikes here.


Tunnel Vision – US Capitol

The other end of my tunnel would be the US Capitol

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Why the Capitol?

  1. This building is the place that in some way impacts the lives of billions. That’s right, I said Billions, not just 325 million Americans. The policies decided here, affects the US domestic policy as well as the policy abroad. 
  2. An act of Congress, determines the path that the US Government takes, the funds it allocates to the different programs. The influence of the US economy on the world, cannot be denied. If they screw up, the impacts are felt worldwide. 
  3. Domestically, it impacts every aspect of an American’s life. It determines, where we stand as a society. From Healthcare to Homeland Security, from price of gas to student loans. From what drugs get the FDA approval to what drugs get banned from the street.

Why is this an interesting place?

  1. The members of Congress receive some unbelievable perks – 239 days of vacation, a cushy salary and some really cool retirement benefits. 
  2. While those working in the private sector have SLAs and deadlines, they don’t apply to Members of Congress. Their approval ratings (in the teens) is pathetic, the kind that would get them fired in a heartbeat in the private sector. Yet, it doesn’t matter.
  3. They make you believe that its YOU that they care about.

Why do I want to be there?

  1. Just to find out, how the hell do adults with so much power act like toddlers on a sugar high? They can do so much and help out this country. Yet, they line up along party lines and create a scene, that you would expect at a child daycare. 
  2. To get an inside view to find out, whom are they really working for? How are bills drafted, who drafts them? How do they proceed through the different chambers and committees? How votes are conducted, how they are secured and how the bill becomes an Act of Congress?

The idea is not to take sides and blame one party or the other. Its just to understand, why do people with one of the best job in the world, act the way they do? After all, its the civic duty of every individual, who lives in a democracy. The voters have to connect to the legislative branch, understand the process.If not, the vote, the biggest power and responsibility that democracy offers, will just be a statistic, a number in the count.

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Pouring cold water on the act of pouring ice water

The latest sensation gone viral in the US is the Ice Bucket Challenge (Twitter:@IceBucketALS), http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Bucket_Challenge.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head or donating to the ALS Association in the United States. It went viral throughout social media during the Northern-Hemisphere summer of 2014.

The challenge dares nominated participants to have a bucket of ice water poured on their head. One common stipulation gives 24 hours from the time they are nominated to complete the dare; otherwise, the participant is asked to donate money to charity.

Celebrities and icons including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Kobe Bryant and many more have taken the challenge and have helped millions of dollars towards Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Good cause, successful and adults indulging in some fun.. All good, right..

Wrong.. There are some “reporters”, who feel that the challenge is about peer pressure and isn’t very noble. Like this TV report from an affiliate in Richmond, VA

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/is-ice-bucket-challenge-social-media-peer-pressure/27592996

I am not so sure, what is wrong with people. If you don’t want to dump ice water on your head, donate money.. It’s not extortion, as the report makes it sound.

Slate.com has a nice rebuttal article.  Here is a challenge for those who are twisted like a pretzel, because of the IceBucket Challenge..
 Proposing what is sure to be an unpopular alternative to the #icebucketchallenge. It’s called the no ice bucket challenge, and it works like this:

1. Do not fetch a bucket, fill it with ice, or dump it on your head.

2. Do not film yourself or post anything on social media.

3. Just donate the damn money, whether to the ALS Association or to some other charity of your choice. And if it’s an organization you really believe in, feel free to politely encourage your friends and family to do the same.

 


If vacations are meant to be a break from the routine, why put up with mundane accommodation?

At work, you often hear “Think outside the box”. It makes you wanna get away.. You do and while on vacation, promptly check into a box called a hotel room.. How boring is that??

Live a little..

Futuristic wilderness hideouts


John Oliver and Police Militarization.

John Oliver and his taken on police militarization.

http://youtu.be/KUdHIatS36A


English Bloopers

For today’s Daily Prompt, I am going to highlight some of the very common English bloopers occurred in my part of India.

Speaking in English, is a sign of being educated and cultured, in India. Not being able to speak English is a significant source of inferiority complex among a lot of people. 

For the most part, these were English mishaps that happened, when non-English speaking teachers tried hard to speak the language. In fact, some of them are so common, that it seems everyone had this teacher who might have said this..

  • Perhaps the most common.. On summer days in India, in the absence of air conditioning, windows stay open. I am talking about the windows, which have cabinet style doors on them.  If they are closed.. the teacher would say.. “Open the doors of the windows and let the atmosphere/Air Force come in”.
  • A geometry teacher would nonchalantly say “Draw a circle of any shape”. (He meant circle of any size).
  • A physics teacher would say “Take a copper wire of any metal”.
  • A math teacher was fascinated by the word “generally”.. While teaching Algebra to students, he said “13 times 7 is generally 91”. And you thought mathematics is definitive. That guy must have had a Sales and Marketing background. With a little push, it can be 92..
  • A teacher mad at his students for not doing the homework..“Only those who have finished the homework will get entry to the class. Others Dis-Entry”.
  • A teacher was mad at the students for being late to school. The scared students asked.. “Are you going to report this to our parents”. The teacher said “Obliviously”.. He meant “Obviously”.
  • Literal translation from Hindi that means do not bother me early in the morning.“Morning Morning, don’t rotate my head”.
  • Describing my family… I have two girls, both are daughters.
  • Ya’ll make the decision.. Both of you three, get out of the class.

Here I am making fun of my teachers. But they have played a significant role in making me the person, I am today. I am grateful for all they did for me. And that includes some uncanned laughs. 


Off the Shelf – The Easy Way to Stop Smoking

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One book that absolutely needs to get off the shelf, and read again, hopefully for the last time is The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr.

As I had mentioned in yesterday’s Daily Prompt, I have been a smoker for over 18 years. The biggest success I had at quitting was after reading this book. It’s too bad that I am smoking again, but I wish to make another sincere effort of quitting.

The book does a great job at dissecting the Two aspect of smoking.. Nicotine Addiction and Brainwashing. Nicotine leaves the system at end of Day 3 but the brainwashing is the culprit that causes relapse.
Most Smoke Cessation books lecture and scare people about the financial, health and social stigma associated with smoking. This book is like a candid conversation.
Links to the book from retailers:
Google Books
Amazon
Barnes & Noble