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29 September Share your
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The Mast Brothers

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The life of a mariner is one given over to wanderlust—the quest for adventure, crossing unseen horizons to secure precious goods—only to bring them back to their home port. This same love of adventure and curiosity defines the brotherhood of Rick and Michael Mast. They share a fiercely independent spirit, leaping into the unknown and trusting that they’ll find the answer through endurance and dedication to their craft.

They began their voyage in their apartment, using a homemade machine to process cacao beans. Over time they cultivated their creation, sourcing beans from family farms in Madagascar, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. Each bar is handmade with incredible reverence for the process and history of chocolate. They are bound in ornamental papers and golden foil like a collection of rare books. Each bar offers its own story of flavors, and no two are exactly alike.

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4 September Share your
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Firefox 4 introduces Panorama and Sync

Under - Miscellaneous, Technology, Usability

Firefox offering some new incredible features in its upcoming version 4. One of the new features is Firefox Panorama (formerly known as Tab Candy) which provides an excellent way of organizing tabs for someone like me who keeps at least 3 dozen tabs opened at any time. I think it is one of the best browser features after tabbed browsing itself.

Another feature that I liked is browser settings synchronization on multiple devices for bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and history. I’ve been using Xmarks to sync my bookmarks and opened tabs but with this built-in function, I’d be less worried about keeping things organized on one browser at least.

There are several new under-the-hood improvements and features such as support for multi-touch and WebM in addition to HTML5 and CSS3 but no word on improving memory usage though. Firefox 4 beta can be downloaded from here.

Culture, identity, and media

Under - Geography, Media, Miscellaneous, My Musings
A young mother and child in Hongtso.

Photo source: Claire (http://picasaweb.google.com/Hattoc/BhutanNov09Top100#)

I was watching a documentary on the telly the other day on Bhutan about the challenges people facing there having their country opened to the world and their GNH (Gross National Happiness) preference over GDP and asked myself a conflicting question: should media be censored or even banned to save cultures and societies?

To be honest there’s no definite answer to this and if so then it can’t be generalised. To me our identities come from cultures that flourish in our societies, and societies form civilisation that changes from geographic region to region with our planet’s curvature.

When we talk about preserving something we accept the fact that it is in danger or endangered. In my 36 years of life I’ve seen the impact of globalisation (along with some positive aspects) eating up people’s individuality, their identity, their cultures, beliefs, languages and their whole way of life in general from Australia to America and from Africa to Europe. As human beings our cultural differences are like our faces that are different from each other for a reason – to mark our physical identity and individuality. Our differences are the colours of this world.

Through the blessing of the media in our age we see popular cultures heavily influencing not so popular cultures by all means and, if a culture tries to protect itself by distancing itself from the mainstream then it is very negatively branded. I fail to comprehend why it is an issue? Why accepting someone’s individuality is difficult as long as it is not intrusive?

Political mumbo-jumbo aside I’d support the idea (if it actually exist anywhere) of screening the media – not to deny it access, but to preserve its intended and unintended audience from its negative influences especially when we see how polarised and politically influenced it is. I’m not the one to define media’s negative influences here but, like any medicine, there are side effects therefore the target audience is the one to decide about it freely and we need to accept and respect it.

6 July 1
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Keep food fresh for (much) longer …

Under - Advertising, Media, Miscellaneous

… with VitaFresh Bosch fridges!

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28 March 2
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