Jurassic world and the survival of the fittest

Well the other day, I finally faced the long awaited moment – the release of that single trailer, the sole driving force of my existence: The Jurassic World trailer. With the glimpse of a sole dinosaur, I was transported back to the realms of my own Jurassic cosmos walking amongst the magnificent beasts !

Suddenly with the clap of thunder the sky darkened, shadows of terror cast upon the landscape and the puddled waters vibrated… Reality slapped back but the terror still lingered. Trying to shake off the chills running down my spine, my thoughts were drawn towards the horrors of real life – if you just think about it, man on his own is a very vulnerable creature – fragile enough for a tiger to snap his neck, soft enough to be squashed by an elephant, crumbly enough to be chewed by a crocodile. Heck, even a mere docile cow is capable of killing us! *shivers* But humans still survive, our lack of physical prowess over come by the sheer power of our brains. We’ve developed artificial defences- our journey evolving from spears to knives, swords, guns, tanks, battleships and eventually fighter-planes. “Natural selection” pipe up the Darwinians, “its the survival of the fittest at play here” continue the modern day Herbert Spencers.

Indeed they are probably right, we -humans- are shrewd calculating species capable of manipulating the world around us according to our whims. And when we don’t get things our way, we turn into devilish monsters playing god. One man gets killed by a tiger, we turn them into a game, poaching every single one of them till we wipe their species off the face of this planet. A person gets bitten by a shark, we make it our mission to haphazardly murder ever single fish with teeth. Hell, we don’t even spare our fellow specieans ( I know that’s not a word but – you get what I’m feeling). To get money, power control – to be able play god we indiscriminately butcher other human beings – that scares me even more. We are probably really the most dangerous group on the planet – a danger even to our own existence.

Tell me though, do the survival of the fittest really hold true in this case? Think about it , any one armed with  lethal weapon in that particular situation can be deemed fit but does that really fit the bigger picture? Think about it if someone of bright intellect but below average physical competencies is cornered at gun point by a big beefy guy with slightly below average IQ. Unless the cornered person is exceptionally brilliant, there is little chance he will escape, most likely he will be killed trying to escape. Now imagine this on a global scale  and all the brainiacs were to be wiped off the face off the earth – the progress of humanity will be stalled. The abyss would deepen with the genetic selection of physical prowess at the cost of lower intellect. On top of this, if we were to continue our world damaging lifestyles at the current rate, eventually we will be extinct.

However on the other hand if it was only the prodigies which were to survive, there would be some chance of us surviving. Humans would develop technology further and our brains would evolve towards increased reasoning. But come some mutant all powerful virus and we’ll be exterminated due to our weakened physical attributes.  Come to think of it in order for the survival of the fittest theory to apply, we need all sorts of mixed genetic disposition to progress further ! But will all that evolution lead  eventually us to world with a genetically superior species capable of making the humans vanish from the earth???? Or will it just lead us back to the dinosaurs once again??

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Return from the dead

Hello readership !!

Apologies for my rude absence but I was neck deep in work and deadlines managed to get better of me ! But anyway, here I am, back again – hopefully, regular this time around !! Looking forward to catching up with you all !!

See you around !!

EV

Helping beat cancer !

Hello my lovely followership , todays post for my NaBloPoMo will be something close to my heart – beating cancer! Having seen some of my close ones battle this monstrous disease,  I have felt quite strongly about supporting the search for a cure ever since! I am lucky enough to have friends who are working on on the forefront, trying to defeat cancer on a daily basis. Currently one of my friend (and her colleagues) works on how the enemy (skin cancer) can defy,manipulate and ultimately defeat the defending soldiers of our bodily fortress (the immune system). Looking into this, they hope to be able to identify ways to reverse/inhibit that effect and eventually stop the spread of cancer ( which causes over 90% of cancer related deaths). So promising is their work, that their lab is one of the three labs selected by Cancer Research UK for their first ever crowd-funding campaign !

Here is a snippet of their work :

If you want to know about skin cancer further, see the scientists in action, life on the other side and to see how research work click here!

They have only 30 days to reach their goal. If you are interested in helping them out, here’s the link :

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-us-find-out-how-skin-cancer-spreads-and-hides

Please help spread the word – every little helps.

Together we can, together we will beat cancer !

Philosophy of life – views of a cafe owner

Considering my busy, panicked , stressful and ever-so-busy schedule, which I made so obvious in my previous post, I was rushing towards work today, my attention was heavily focussed on minimising the time of a journey which I’d taken a million times already and assessed, evaluated and practised the most efficient route of travel. In the midst of this stretching my brain to the limits of its introspective endurance for the shave of a few milliseconds, I suddenly heard a loud rumble! The growling steadily grew louder with each step and I realised it wasn’t an elusive dog trying to distract me – it was in fact my stomach!

For all the preparedness, commitment and efficiency that I vowed to practise, I had forgotten one key element – my hunger! To keep a happy me, my stomach must be fed ! My promenading came to a stop as my brain lost its speeding endeavour and my head gaped frantically from left to right in search for an energy boost – something to quench the pangs of hunger clawing away at my soul!  Suddenly, out of nowhere, popped out an Italian eatery – the mere sight a happy carnival to my famished eyesight. Like the road runner I zoomed into the eatery and panted out my order of a Mocha and a ginormous falafel and a salad ciabatta, humous dribbling from the sides ( I’m trying to eat healthy – obviously. But the giant size of the sandwich? What size?  Size is just a state of mind! Bah). As the sweet aroma of the coffee mingled with the heavenly grilled scent of the ciabatta filled the air, the cafe owner, on seeing my stress crumpled face, he took pity on me and asked me how my day was. The conversation that followed was quite unexpected and my punctuality went out of the window!

Cafe owner (CO) : “How is your day? You all right? ”

Me: “Sort of, going to work today…”

CO: “Work ? On a weekend?”

Me: *sighs heavily* “Yes, it was the same last weekend, I’ve been working 12 hour days the rest of the week too !”

CO: “Oh dear, you must be tired !”

Me: “Yeah, how is your day? Hopefully better than mine, I know you are working but… ”

CO : “It’s actually quite today, its crazy on weekends!!”

Me: “Yeah, I imagine it must be ! The queues here at lunch time are insane – I once brought a friend in this area for lunch and we ended up waiting for a whole hour !”

CO: * worried look* “Was it my shop?”

Me: “No, it was some place on the other side of the station !”

CO: * visibly relaxes* “Oh , good, because usually here we aim to serve our customers in no more than 5 minutes – my staff  and I work diligently on that ! It’s important to take care of customers.”

Me: “Oh, that’s fantastic, you seem to have good  staff, its difficult to find reliable people these days, one of my friend has a lot of trouble hiring people she can depend on for her shop!”

CO: ” Yes I agree, it has become difficult to find people reliable enough, not all hope is lost though, look at me. ” *grins* ” tell your friend that !”

Me: “Yes, I will, but I guess its important to treat your staff well too she says, otherwise no one stays!”

CO: “Well, your friend is very very true, its important to keep your staff happy, but don’t go overboard with it! You need to keep track of your business too – if you are paying more than you get, its clearly missing something! think don’t be blind.”

Me: ” Yes, especially in this lace, where you have so much competition, a cafe around every corner! ”

CO: ” Yes, you need to keep up. You need to keep your eyes and ears open, if something is not right with your business you need to correct it and if its not working out, be practical- stop it, go work for someone else – its pretty much the same.”

Me: ” You seem to have thought about things (and people) a lot! What’s your philosophy in life?”

CO: ” It’s quite simple, really. Treat your customers and your staff well – its important to treat people well in life, we live in a world of people, you cannot escape them.”

Me: ” That’s profound, thanks for the interesting talk and great coffee!”

I smiled as I walked my way towards the station, my thoughts going back to his philosophy of life – treat your customers and staff well. This can be applied to a lot of things in life, especially our relationships where our loved ones are our customers and staff at the same time – it’s important to treat them well but not to go overboard, its important to be practical in life – if something is not right, figure out what and try to fix it and if it cant be fixed, move on!

What an enlightening coffee today – who knew I’d learn something so profound?  Oh damn, I’m 30 mins late * starts running*

Missing from action

Sorry peeps for having zoomed off into the horizon without a moments notice!! Rather (un)luckily for me , I’ve been selected for giving a talk ( at this mammoth gathering of specialist people- pretty much your usual flies gathering on fruit) especially at a time when I have absolutely nothing to present. So yeah, as is so typical of me, I saunter up to my boss and calmly thank her when she congratulates me. The moment her back is turned, I walk back to by seat trying not to break my pace. As soon as my arse hits the seat bottom, wisps of vapour start to seep out of my ears and my hair stands up like a wig of needles!! Damn – I have so much work to do and in two weeks !! * stresses* As the panic level rises, I jump up and own in my seat like a fidgety tadpole.

Unable to stay put any longer, I get up; rush to the nearest cafe, grab a big bar of chocolate ( forget paying) and force feed my self all the while mentally emphasising – ” It’s going to be okay, just eat. Eat slowly now, eat  slowly!!  Chew and munch, chew and munch – slowly” Nope, not enough – pop goes in another bar, sliding down my oesophagus into the acidic depths of my infenal stomach at lighting speed ! Panic still reigning, my head starts to spin.

Coffee , coffee  – maybe it will help! So I inject my self with a double shot of espresso. With sanity-threateningly high levels of glucose and caffeine coursing through my veins I and driven to the point of activity. The energiser bunny form of mine rushes back to the office – mind set on one goal ! Get all the data that I can in two weeks ! Flashing past people, nearly invisible, I zoom finishing one work after the other – left, right, centre – I got them all !!

*pause*

Suddenly the world has come to a stand still – I realised its 10.30 p.m. and I’ve just reached home after a crazy 12 hour day – whats more – my whole week ( weekend included) has been like that !  *sudden blackout*

Slowly I open my eyes, coaxing my vision into focus. I sit up scratching my head wondering what had happened – I look around, I am in my own bedroom on my own bed in my very warm covers – then I look at the phone – My eyes pop out !!

Blimey !! 14th November already?? I had been sleeping 3 whole days ??  The PRESENTATION!!! I rocket out of the bed – getting my Flash mode on , whiz off to work …

Short life!

Daily Prompt: No Time to Waste

Fill in the blank: “Life is too short to _____.” Now, write a post telling us how you’ve come to that conclusion. (Thanks for suggesting this prompt, theempathyqueen!)

Well, since you’ve asked me (you know you are going to regret this!! ), here’s what I think:

“Life’s too short to hold your farts !! Just let go and move on(unless you want to be engulfed in a nebula of toxic fumes)! ”

“Life’s too short to remove a USB drive safely.”

“Life’s too short to charge your phone fully in one go.” ( That’s why I  always carry my charger! )

“Life’s too short to restart your computer right now ! ”

“Life’s too short – shut up and eat your waffles !!”

“Life’s too short -” *drops dead! *

* doesn’t even bother replying to the prompt – too busy eating waffles! *

*snores*

If you are not too busy gobbling up your waffles before life ends, feel free to add your own one liners. I’ll include them in this post :

Additional one liners from fellow wafflers:

Ap(p)t : Partner stalking??

How would you feel, if some one decided to give you all of their attention? If every time you walked down a road, you felt a pair of eyes following your back? How would you feel if someone was constantly watching your every move, observing every breath of yours? Those prying, insistent eyes gazing fixedly, drinking in what you wear, what you eat and what you speak? Those eerie eyes which stare at you from the shadows following wherever you go, whom you meet where you sleep. And if those pair of eyes followed you into your house, watched you change and slept with you on your bed at night? And if one day they begin to control every aspect of your life? How would you feel? Flattered? Concerned? Irritated? Annoyed? Scared? Suffocated?

But what if that following gazing pair of eyes are actually your partners (Or rather the apps offering to be the virtual stalker? ) How would you feel then?

Ever since the bloom of the internet, technological advances are being achieved at an alarming rate. This advent of technology means better and easier life with the newer generations being more informed; more aware. However, like every coin, these improvements also have another side – these advancements come at a price – at the cost of ‘real life’ . But it doesn’t just stop there, while we happily shed our silken real life in exchange for the synthetic virtual garb of well connectedness – we heavily pay on various levels, one of the terms being loss of our privacy (1).

With the world constantly plugged in to various devices that enable them to stay “connected”, we are evolving towards a world where a relationship is considered official only when it is updated on Facebook and a news story valid only if it is tweeted about on Twitter! With people constantly trying to exert their presence over various realms of laptops, tablets and mobile phones, we are increasingly exposing ourselves to threats of invasion of privacy. The recent scandals of the phone hacking by a reputed newspaper, the iCloud photo leaks and the concerns over the lobbying of laws requiring phone/internet suppliers to store customer data embody the essence of the problem.

One of the most prized accessory that leaves us the most vulnerable to such types of danger are our app laden ‘smart phones’.The rate at which apps are being developed and released is increasing at an alarming rate with 60 thousand apps being added per month in the Apple app store alone (2)! In fact mobile users are literally glued to their phones spending an average of 2hr 42 mins per day (3). As if the ‘plain’ GPS trackers on our phones weren’t enough, the app developers have had another ‘eureka’ moment where they have introduced apps which can stalk people using their very on phones! I do understand the usefulness of such apps in tracking the whereabouts of your children or family members (with their consent – of course, its a legal necessity, duh!) for purposes of keeping a watchful eye or just merely guiding them when they need directions; what shocks me, however, is the fact that people actually use these apps to stalk their partners!! Apps such as ThaiSpy, Couple tracker, mCouple and mSpy are just a few of the offerings on the market that allow people to check their partners call histories, text messages, Skype histories, and their social media activity (4,5)!

On digging a little deeper into the matter I realised that the creep-apps were just the tip of the iceberg. Not only are partners using them to detect cheating partners, they are also using them to gain evidence. There are increasing accounts of partners trying to snoop on their ‘better halves’ being documented in several divorce cases with these apps supplying the data for strengthening the argument in favour of the stalker (6, 7). While spying without consent is illegal, there are still quite a few grey areas when it comes to spouse related spying – for there is willing sharing of information including passwords which assist misuse. There are additional rules to curb the misuse of such softwares, rules like a person having legal authority over the phone being monitored is one such grey area.

While there are some laws, varying from country to country which deem such stalking illegal, there is no concrete law (there lies our first problem!) – it is worthwhile to note here that the development of such apps is completely legal. Furthermore the app developers wash their hands of the legal responsibility but inserting few rules in the agreement (not to mention they also rob you with their extortionist service subscription prices). This would mean you’d have to be desperate? to get an app to stalk your partner – rather than just being honest with them ( *rows of red flags*). But I digress..

With our futures increasingly relying on technology and the internet, there is an increasing requirement for our legal systems to be constantly on their toes, revisiting and amending laws to accommodate these increasing threats. But we cannot solely rely on a change of laws (which may take eons considering the snail pace) alone. On a personal front, we need to be more aware of the technology we employ and need to educate ourselves on how to minimise our risks. It is true, in the current age of the internet, ‘ignorance is no longer bliss’ and probably curiosity (of the dangers you might be facing) might just save the cat.

Though on a less morbid, lay front, there are people who actually claim that spying actually ‘helped’ their relationships – by increasing trust. In my personal opinion if your relationship is at that point where your partner need to gain trust via a stalking app (*gets the creeps*), I think you definitely should reconsider. But hey, if your partner is flattered by the stalking who am I to judge? Happy stalking 🙂

References (to list a few):

  1.  http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social-media-security-is-our-online-privacy-officially-dead/story-fnjwnfzw-1227117395486
  2. https://www.adjust.com/assets/downloads/AppleAppStore_Report2014.pdf
  3.  http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/01/mobile-app-usage-increases-in-2014-as-mobile-web-surfing-declines/
  4. http://www.dailydot.com/technology/love-surveillance-spying-apps/
  5. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2686627/Worried-youre-cheated-The-app-lets-EVERYTHING-partner-does-phone.html
  6. http://techatlast.com/mobile-phone-spy-role-in-divorce-cases/
  7. http://vulcanpost.com/31651/couples-divorce-turn-to-illegal-snooping-for-evidences-against-spouses/

Let them be

The universes expand,

the sun rays span,

for life to sustain,

You let them be.

For the rivers to flow,

the clouds billow,

when the winds blow,

You let them be.

For the colours of a peacocks plume,

the vivid flowers bloom,

air vibrant with their perfume,

You let them be.

For the world to grow,

 happiness to glow,

stop judging others now,

do no let your close minded thoughts sow,

Let your children be.

Follow your dreams edit_1

In response to :

WordPress daily prompt : Let It Be

A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?

NaBloPoMo workout challenge?

Writing for the NaBloPoMo is like going to the gym ! It’s really difficult to drive yourself to do it, but I guess at the end of the day exercise is good for health! But to be honest its been quite fulfilling so far !! The feeling of people relating to what you write is quite exhilarating – like beating your own personal times! What’s also keeping me amused in the NaBloPoMo gym so far is the fact that I’ve been trying to write on different topics -and its got me churning and spewing out things that I haven’t thought of in a long long time! In this effort of working out, I’ve decided to take it one step further – setting a new challenge for improving my personal best – I wanted to know what you, my audience, think I should write on more – it could be any thing- my old posts, particular topics or genres of writing. Let me know what types of waffles would you like to read !!!

Let the yo-yo games begin!!  😀