Look out, world– new Ada Lovelace in town*

Finger counters make geniuses. (From The Atlantic)

Well, seeing as I still count with fingers (time zones are difficult, okay?)— stay tuned world, the next Ada Lovelace is coming your way.

 

*Yes, I’m completely going to ignore the fact it’s been a few months since my last post. Because (1) I’ve been busy– who isn’t nowadays?! and (2) I don’t have a great excuse for not posting more regularly. Heavens knows I’ve travelled enough in the last few months (on the road at the mo’, actually). But I guess we can attribute said sporadic nature of posts to laziness? Quarter-life crisissing (not a word, but I shall petition to have it in OED soon, I swear.**) But fear not, I shall have posts from Miami and HK, and, dare I add, Tasmania up soon.

Till next time,

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** Yeah. Totally lying there. And trying to make “fetch” happen.

 

 

Teal Rain Boots’ Instagram

It’s real, and it’s not the worst thing on ze inter-veb:

 

That said, how is everyone feeling about Instagram’s new story thing? I feel like I’m cheating on Snapchat with Instagram 😳

I can’t be alone on that, surely?

Anyone?

Hello?

No?

Okay, then.

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Little known fact: Desi Newlyweds are a breed of their own (Bikram Vohra’s FB post)

A funny anecdote about the tribulations of traveling with newlyweds. Indian newlyweds, to be exact.

 

Sort of reminds me of this one time I was in the much-coveted aisle seat with a couple (it was one of those two-three-two seat configurations). The couple, an Aussie pair on their way home from Montréal, were sickeningly loved up when we took off. Not long after the captain switched off the seat belt sign, Romeo turns to Juliet and says, ‘We need to talk.’ I was doing the whole ‘let’s-pretend-to-listen-to-music-with-the-headphones-in-and-no-music-on’ eavesdropping thing, but like Juliet, I did not see that coming! Needless to say, it was a really awkward eight-hours to Zurich (and however much longer their journey home was). Anyhow, what the guy was thinking, is beyond me.

Share your awkward couple travel stories below. Or point out some typos. Or share a good joke. ‘Tis a free world.

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* ‘foo foo’ is an Indian interpretation of the sounds one makes when blowing on something (because you ‘foo foo’ on something if it’s hot)

** ‘phut’ is the equivalent of ‘whack’ or ‘wham’ (comic book style)

 

25 Photo Clichés You Should Stop Doing (from DigitalRev TV)

Oh boy, I do take a lot of panoramic landscape-y photos. Arguably, I take too many landscape photos in general (exhibits A through Z). Which of these photo clichés are you guilty of?

Source: DigitalRev TV YouTube

Until next time,

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Ethical clothing

A wholesome (albeit cynical) view on ethical shopping. In a world where we pay attention to our coffee, cocoa, and tea being Fair-trade certified / sustainably grown and produced, I think it’s rather sad that we pay next to no attention to where our clothes come from.

From the HuffPost: http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/the-myth-of-the-ethical-shopper/

Thoughts?

I’d given this limited thought, until I visited clothing stores in Sri Lanka where, (positively) surprisingly, a good number of clothes had eco-friendly and ethical tags.

My point being, the next time you pick up a cheap t-shirt from Tar-jay (Target to the rest of you*), or K-mart, check the label. Because, if you can afford it, an ethically produced,  child-labour free  cotton t-shirt with a ‘Made in Bangladesh’ label, for just a few dollars more might be worth it in the long run.

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*Edit: Target Australia highlights their ethical sourcing beliefs on their website.