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Edward Burtynsky’s photographs

நன்றி: Our Changing World « Experienced Yet?

These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. We are drawn by desire – a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction.

The captions from where the photos are from:

  1. Nickel Waste River. Ontario, Canada.
  2. Tire Mountains. Oxford, USA.
  3. Flattened City. Three Gorges Dam, China.
  4. Ship breaking Beach. Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  5. Oil Drum Cliff. Ontario, Canada.
  6. Computer Harvest. Guiyu, China.
  7. Concrete Forest. China.
  8. Uranium Waste Desert. Ontario, Canada.
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Bolshevescent by Peter Gizzi

You stand far from the crowd, adjacent to power.
You consider the edge as well as the frame.
You consider beauty, depth of field, lighting
to understand the field, the crowd.
Late into the day, the atmosphere explodes
and revolution, well, revolution is everything.
You begin to see for the first time
everything is just like the last thing
only its opposite and only for a moment.
When a revolution completes its orbit
the objects return only different
for having stayed the same throughout.
To continue is not what you imagined.
But what you imagined was to change
and so you have and so has the crowd.

from The Outernationale, © 2007 by Peter Gizzi, published by Wesleyan University Press.

நன்றி: Poets.org – Poetry, Poems, Bios & More – Bolshevescent

இன்றைய பாஸ்டன் க்ளோப் – இரு கட்டுரைகள்

1. வெனிசுவேலாவின் ஹ்யூகோ சாவெஸுக்கும் க்யூபாவின் ஃபிடல் காஸ்ட்ரோவுக்கும் உள்ள வித்தியாசமும், தேர்தல் முடிவும்: Democracy stirs in Venezuela – The Boston Globe

A majority of voters decided that they didn’t want another Fidel Castro, Chávez’s role model. But to give Chávez his due, he allowed the opposition to make its case and let the votes be counted honestly. Castro would never tolerate this open democratic process.

Even with popular disenchantment, Chávez lost by only 49 to 51 percent.

2. போர்க்களத்தில் ரிப்போர்ட்டராக வேலை பார்த்ததால் கிடைக்கும் சிறைவாசம்: A snapshot of injustice – The Boston Globe

US and Iraqi officials have no excuse for holding him for 19 months without giving him a chance to contest the charges, or even to know exactly what they are.

Officials released several journalists working for Reuters after months of detention without ever bringing charges against them.

“makes a mockery of the democratic principles of justice and the rule of law that the United States says it is trying to help Iraq establish.”

Towering Writer With Matching Ego

Norman Mailer Pulitzer-Winning Author, Dies at 84 « தமிழ் பிபிசி

நியு யார்க் டைம்ஸில் இருந்து…

He also wrote, directed, and acted in several low-budget movies, helped found The Village Voice and for many years was a regular guest on television talk shows, where he could reliably be counted on to make oracular pronouncements and deliver provocative opinions, sometimes coherently and sometimes not.

At different points in his life Mr. Mailer was a prodigious drinker and drug taker, a womanizer, a devoted family man, a would-be politician who ran for mayor of New York, a hipster existentialist, an antiwar protester, an opponent of women’s liberation and an all-purpose feuder and short-fused brawler, who with the slightest provocation would happily engage in head-butting, arm-wrestling and random punch-throwing.

குரூப்-2 மாதிரி வினா விடை

இது பள்ளி புத்தகம் மாதிரி: தேன்: தமிழில் வார்த்தைகள் எத்தனை லட்சம்?

இது மாதிரி கேள்வித்தாள்: தினமலர்

Dinamalar Tamil Question Paper Group Two

இந்த மாதிரி தூய தமிழில் பாடங்களைக் கோரும் மாதிரி தமிழறிஞர் கட்டுரை: தன்னாட்சிக் கல்லூரிகளில் கேள்விக்குறியாகி வரும் தமிழ் மொழிப் பாடம்

Vera Pavlova Poems (The New Yorker)

If there is something to desire,
there will be something to regret.
If there is something to regret,
there will be something to recall.

If there is something to recall,
there was nothing to regret.
If there was nothing to regret,
there was nothing to desire.

——

Let us touch each other
while we still have hands,
palms, forearms, elbows . . .

Let us love each other for misery,
torture each other, torment,
disfigure, maim,
to remember better,
to part with less pain.

——

We are rich: we have nothing to lose.
We are old: we have nowhere to rush.
We shall fluff the pillows of the past,
poke the embers of the days to come,
talk about what means the most,
as the indolent daylight fades.
We shall lay to rest our undying dead:
I shall bury you, you will bury me.

(Translated, from the Russian, by Steven Seymour.)
நன்றி: Archive: Poetry: The New Yorker

Are you a maximizer or satisficer?

Think back to your last job search. Did you apply for dozens of jobs in search of the ideal position? Or did you send out a few applications and accept the first offer you received?

If you relate to the former, you’re a “maximizer,” according to research by Columbia Business School professor Sheena Iyengar. You take your time making decisions in hopes of homing in on the very best option. If you recognize yourself in the latter, you’re a “satisficer.” You end your search after finding a result that meets your basic requirements.

Iyengar’s research on a group of job-hunting seniors at 11 U.S. colleges and universities found that maximizers received more offers and had higher starting salaries. They were less satisfied with their jobs, however, and more likely to seek another job within a year.

So who’s better off, maximizers or satisficers?

“That brings up an ethical question,” Iyengar said in the “Columbia Ideas at Work.”

“What should we seek to maximize — people’s material welfare or their psychological welfare?”

Related Links:

1. Ideas at Work : “Doing Better But Feeling Worse: Looking for the ‘Best’ Job Undermines Satisfaction”

2. Ideas at Work : “Positive Illusions of Preference Consistency: When Remaining Eluded by One’s Preferences Yields Greater Subjective Well-Being and Decision Outcomes”

3. Quiz – Find out: Are You a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

4. Why More Options Make us Less Happy