In Western countries we tend to feel overly ashamed of natural things that in the end, are trivial. Many in the west will laugh when I post this and I know that my readers from China won’t.

Many perspectives changed for me while in China one of them being the consideration of the human body.

Whether it is medical or sexual, the human body is what it is: "a body."

A mass of flesh with problems and natural needs.

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Picture a boxing fight...

The fighters fighting each other with all they got. The bell rings. They lower their guard. Return to their corners. They remove their gloves. Approach the centre of the ring and.... play chess!

This happens when two of the "noble" sports of chess and boxing were combined to create ChessBoxing.

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Dating website OKCupid revealed that it experimented on its users, including putting the "wrong" people together to see if they would connect.

Does this mean that they are still "manipulating" the connections? Do users really go to the site to be matched with the "wrong" person?

The company revealed this after the Facebook uproar over manipulating user feeds.

"If you use the internet, you're the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site," it said. "That's how websites work."


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I’m running out of ways to say “I’m sorry!”

I’m also running out of ways to say “Thank you!”

You see, as a British person, I am cursed with over-politeness, an ailment that has conditioned me to say “Thank you!” even when no thanks are normally necessary and “I’m sorry!” when I do not need to apologise.

While we are sometimes genuinely sincere, there are occasions when we may not actually mean what we say.

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VIB Opinionated
Incomprehensible Contrasts: Gaza/17

It definitely is a problem that they don’t have a problem with it, particularly for the innocent people who die at their hands and, in some ways, even more so for the victims’ loved ones who have to deal with their grief.

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Generally we think of women when it comes to fashion. Well what about the guys? Shouldn't we consider them?? I asked a select few - "according to you what is fashion?"

Take a glimpse at these 5 guys and read their interesting answers!

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VIB Writing
Prude Daddy

A droplet from my Kathleen Maher's novel, in the works called, "Prude Daddy."

"...Without boundaries, I might hurt you."

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VIB How To
How To Get Your Blog Noticed

Getting the content that you create in front of the masses can be a frustrating experience and the cause for many blogger burnouts.

Building a targeted group of listeners for your email list, subscribers to your RSS feed and ultimately traffic to your website are huge concerns for anyone interested in taking on the blogging challenge.

These things take time, patience and perseverance and a willingness to understand that it's a "process" and not something that happens overnight.

Here are some popular solutions that will increase your blog's visibility.

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Adding yoga to your workout can help you run faster, better, and more comfortably.

"Yoga works your entire body, whereas running is repetitious and uses the same muscles again and again.

Yoga counteracts the repetition, which can help prevent injuries," according to Jennifer Heister, a NYC yoga instructor who runs marathons and half-marathons.

"The breathing techniques [from yoga] are good for calming you, helping build bigger lung capacity, and making you more focused for races.

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Theme Song of The Week: "What Does My Girl Say"

This is looking like a week when I need to keep my sense of humor. I plan to laugh everyday as often as possible to keep things in perspective.

So, the theme song of the week is "What Does My Girls Say" brought to you by Kerry Washington and the crew from SNL!

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Higher Power
Distorted Reflections

A mental reflection is a creation of duality, a separation into uses and values. You can no more regard your soul than your physical eye can see itself.

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VIB Self
A Glimpse of Eternity

Surprise stays for a very short span of time. It is a fleeting experience like orgasm. It doesn't last longer and always followed by emotions like happy, sad, fear and others.

It is a state of no-emotion. Facial expression tells a lot about what is going inside; which thoughts are prevalent in the mind etc etc. A smiling face is a sign of happiness.

An upside-down U of lips shows sadness. But, seeing the expression of surprise, you could not tell anything about what is going inside, which thoughts are prevalent in mind because surprise is a state of no-thought.

It is the state of attention. Your mind become alert in the moment of surprise

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As I was leaving the theater, the woman in front of me said to her companion, "That was cute."

It wasn't.

It was true, if not in the details then in the message and the dingy bars and the breath of hope and inspiration floating just outside the reach of the music industry machine that's poised to suck in talent and artistic passion and spit out something indistinguishable.

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The teachings on emptiness help us understand something fundamental about the nature of life, that although we have principles, values, and visions about how the world should be, the world is not a fixable place.

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Mostly Harmless is a novel set in the Elite universe, written by Kate Russell. Although the author is an accomplished technology journalist and writer, this is her first novel but it's confidently written, packed with interesting characters, and really brings out the danger and paranoia of the Elite setting, while throwing in plenty of humour - as the title might suggest, there's a hint of Douglas Adams in the writing style. Also, as another reviewer pointed out there are three strong women in pivotal roles - is there a Bechdel test for novels?

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10 hours ago
The ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ of Bread & Butter: Razza Pizza Artiginale

Meet Dan Richer, the James Beard Rising Star chef semi-finalist and owner of Razza Pizza Artiginale in Jersey City, NJ. I remember his laugh the most. There's a quality, a character to it, as if he knows he's laughing at his own joke, poking fun at his own self-awareness. I find it charming, that Dan admits to being crazy. Crazy about ingredients. Crazy about sourcing. Crazy about everything that passes in and out of Razza's kitchen.

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