Chileanidad 2012

Chileanidad 2012

October is well underway. Marking the end of what may well be the best month in Chile. September is the time where young and old join together, wave flags, drink and eat copious amounts, and party like it’s New Year’s Eve.  So as we in Chile welcome October and the coming summer months, we also say goodbye to…. terremotos (amazing, yet potent Chilean drink), the cueca (the national dance of Chile), never ending meat, horses in the city, crowds of people waving flags, everything cowboy-isk, more meat, horses dancing with women, ponchos, hats, and a string of public holidays. (more…)

Is science “cool” (again)?

Is science “cool” (again)?

Something is in the water… correct me if I’m wrong, but is science cool again, or would it be more correct for me to say “more” cool?

From what I can tell, even the most unlikely of people (in my circles) seem to have a new found interested in science, namely physics and astronomy. Admission to physics and astronomy are reportedly up in the modern world, and even Youtube and popular media is swooning over science-topics at the moment.

If so, these commercials certainly were not the cause:

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Giving yourself the title

Giving yourself the title

 

Two people that I’ve worked with in academia have made an indelible and irrevocable impression on me.
They just don’t “fit the mold” in their places of work. Their job title doesn’t seem to suit them, and they’re always doing so much more than anyone above them even realizes. They don’t just “do work”, but they find opportunities, they transform their centre, their faculty, their team, their whatever, into much more than it would have been without them. They have bosses, sure – but to me it always seems as though they are their own bosses, they’re happy “flying-solo”. They don’t give-in to organisational bureaucracy, they dance with it. They fulfill all of the bureaucratic requirements, but at the end of the day they seem to do what they want anyway – but with the right papers signed.

They don’t “fit” – and it’s perfect. (more…)

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

It’s surreal walking around my neighbourhood today. Broken glass is sprayed everywhere, fresh spray-paint appears on the sides of otherwise familiar buildings, and fires burn in the middle of the street. The ciaos continues in the traffic as the lights lay broken (more…)

A degree is not proof of intelligence

A degree is not proof of intelligence

“Im not as intelligent as you – I don’t have a degree”

– um, what!? I often hear people make comments surrounding the presence of higher education as proof of intelligence (or lack there of) and I’m at the point now that I quietly just want to get out my glove and slap them with it, Homer Simpson style. (more…)

Living an inspired life

Living an inspired life

I love one facet of religion. And that’s the part where people do what the equivalent Latin word “relig”  suggests, and “bind” or “tie”, presumably their life, to some greater meaning. I’m using the word religion here as a proxy for “greater meaning” , as in English we don’t have such a word to describe the choice of practicing  what I can only refer to as the daily art of living an inspired life. Some words such as “purpose” come close, but yet, don’t encapsulate the responsibility of the individual to bind their actions with their belief. Yet, the word religion is not correct either. This is clear in the simple fact that it’s impossible for most of us to even think of “religion”, something that idealistically gives our lives fulfilment and purpose, without rendering accounts of the acts of hate, judgement, painful tradition, close-mindedness, or hypocrisy. Even most progressive Christians I know shy away from the word “religion”, and choose to use the phrase “relationship with God” when talking about their belief structure. (more…)