Challenging Bias & Recognizing When We’re Being Fooled

As someone who (admittedly) used to be 100% convinced of my rightness on most issues on which I had an opinion, the past few years put me in many positions in which I found myself to be either only half right, misguided, or in some cases, totally misinformed.

…that’s what living in Washington, D.C. will do to a person!

These days, as a result of my baptism by fire in Washington, I am far more open to having my mind changed. Over the past few years, I formed the ability to put my preconceived notions on an issue to the side before I wrote something for a newspaper — and despite the fact that lately I haven’t been writing about politics, there’s never an occasion or a story where an open mind isn’t a good thing. Continue reading

Is Western Media Being Fair on #Sochi2014?

With all the recent talk of #‎SochiProblems on Twitter — which are completely legitimate complaints and should be reported on — I still can’t help but feel as though there’s something a bit too gleeful about the way western media has been covering the run up to the games.

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I’ve laughed at the hilarious tweets from journalists discovering hotels without lobbies, toilets without dividing walls and doorknobs falling off in people’s hands as much as the next person has laughed — because yes, it’s funny, and yes, clearly the preparations have been hugely mismanaged. I’ve even put together a Twitter list with nearly 30 prominent journalists who are tweeting out their Sochi experiences, which you can follow here if you’re interested. Continue reading

Back in action

It feels like it’s been forever since I posted anything here (in reality it’s been about three weeks).

I got really busy for a while, still am, but I decided I had better stop using that as an excuse. As some of you probably know, recently I was featured on Freshly Pressed, which I think is pretty much the holy grail of WordPress blogging. The post which was featured got thousands of hits, over 300 likes and I ended up gaining about 500 new followers (thank you!) over the course of a few weeks. In other words, being Freshly Pressed is the best. Continue reading

Weekly Roundup #3

Well, I wrote this post on Saturday night so that I wouldn’t forget to do it on Sunday and of course I ended up forgetting anyway. SO, just pretend it’s still Sunday when you read this!

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When Peace Came

One of my new favorite ways to waste time, is to type random searches into ‘The Commons’ archive on Flickr to see what interesting pictures I can find.

The Commons is a huge collection of photos contributed by public libraries and cultural institutions all over the world. The institutions which have added photos to the online archive have concluded that each picture added has “no known copyright” restrictions, making them available in the public domain. The British Library for example, has contributed over one million images to The Commons. The National Library of Ireland have also donated images.

While searching random words yesterday (yes, yes I know my life is a currently rollercoaster of activity) I came across an image that just stood out to me. I immediately loved it. Continue reading

This Is Why I’m A Night Person

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I’ve always been a night person. When I was a lot younger than I am today, my mom would often say something to the effect of:

Don’t go near her during the day. She only comes alive at night.

While I would like to slightly defend myself to say that I am not always a total weapon to avoid during the day, 9pm to 12am and 12am to 3am are most definitely my preferred quadrants of the clock. I would venture a guess, that the best conversations that have been had in this world have all happened after midnight. If someone decided to research this, I bet I’d be right! Continue reading

Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse

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If you’re one of the many millions of young people who graduated college in say, the past five years — or more generally, if you feel yourself to be a bit of an unfortunate Millennial — you need to read this book. Why? Because everybody loves laughing, and this book: It will make you laugh. Continue reading