Category Archives: Society

Die Sache mit den Selfies: Leben oder Posen?

Selfies sind mittlerweile ein Teil unserer Social Media Existenz. Wir, bzw. viele von uns (ich auch ;-D) machen sie mittlerweile ständig und überall: vom Wohnzimmer bis zur Konzerthalle. Selfies werden oft als oberflächlich und Exzess der Selbstdarstellung verteufelt, doch nicht alle sind so. Ich persönlich mache gerne Selfies, weil ich es mag mit der Kamera zu spielen, versuche dabei aber auch, mich selbst etwas auf den Arm zu nehmen. Schließlich sind diese Selfies doch auch irgendwie armselig: man hat nichts besseres zu tun, als ein Foto von sich selbst zu machen? Ähm…ja, traurig.

Ein weiterer Aspekt ist die Verfremdung der Bilder. Filter und die Wahl der Perpektive sind noch harmlose Werkzeuge, um sich selbst ins beste Licht zu rücken. Richtig hart wird es, wenn ordentlich retouchiert wird. Ist es nicht furchtbar, wenn man eine Person trifft und merkt, dass sie komplett anders aussieht, als auf ihrem Facebook-Profilbild? Continue reading Die Sache mit den Selfies: Leben oder Posen?

The Importance Of Being Alone

When you talk to friends or family about their biggest anxieties, being alone is often one of them. When you’re in a relationship, you fear abandonment, when you’re single, you strive to find the next guy (or girl). Being alone is equaled as being a failure. You’re not in a relationship because you’re not attractive enough, sitting alone at home on a Saturday evening means you don’t have any friends, etc. This is a failure of society. It is automatically assumed that the lack of company isn’t the person’s own choice.

One of my friends from highschool used to always have a boyfriend without any breaks in between relationships. She has a history of abuse in the family and I assume that during this time of growing up and finding one’s self, she wasn’t ready for being alone with herself yet. It was years later that she texted me suddenly she had been single for a while, sounding like she had just reached her biggest accomplishment.
Being at peace with yourself, knowing yourself, knowing your weaknesses and strengths gives you a security for conflicts during every day life – at work, in a relationship, in a friendship or with haters – that you cannot achieve when you haven’t “found” yourself yet.
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The Art of Parenting: Stepparents and their Stepkids

I just found this great article about Stepparents and their stepchildren on Huffington Post. Kudos to all the stepparents who work extra hard to take care of their loved one’s children – in some cases even more than some “real” parents.
What are your experiences with your stepchildren or stepparents? Feel free to share them in the comment section!

Here’s an extract of the article:

Every stepparent remembers the moment they finally earned their stepkids’ seal of approval. It’s a meaningful moment — as any stepparent can tell you, a stepchild’s trust can be hard won, sometimes taking years and years to gain.

On Friday, Redditor Jedi_Hog shared his shiningest moment as a stepparent — in meme form. Take a look here:


The stepdad’s success story won over Reddit, with fellow stepparents and stepkids weighing in with their personal stories in the comments.

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Tracey Conway: Your Sweet Heart: A Survivor’s Story

Valentine’s Day. Those two words summon a lurch in my stomach and a flutter in my heart. Who among us has not suffered at least one disappointing February 14, our hearts shattered by an unappreciative or unrequited love? Some of us, however, take a broken heart to a whole other level. Literal heartbreak. I did.

Eighteen years ago, shortly before Valentine’s Day, my heart began to race chaotically and erratically fast. I got light-headed, passed out and then — I died. This is not an exaggeration. I have proof: a copy of my Medical Incident Report. Question 24 of the form asks, “Patient Condition on Arrival of First Fire Department Unit.” Two answer options are provided: (1) Alive, or (2) Dead. My report has a big circle around option two. So it’s official.

It still seems absurd that a vibrant and healthy woman in her 30s could literally drop dead within seconds of growing dizzy. That just doesn’t happen to physically active, young people who are non-smokers. Or does it? I am here to assure you — it happens! Much more often than most of you know. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of natural deaths in the United States.

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Death Penalty, Yes or No? Vote!

I’ve just read an amazing article about the Death Penalty in India and like its author I’m totally against all forms of Capital Punishment. Still, I am interested in what my readers are thinking about this topic, so I made a poll where you can vote for or against the Death Penalty. Of course the voting is totally anonymous, so don’t worry about me seeing your name/IP address or anything like that.
Please leave a comment here if you want to say something more about this issue. Below you can find “Reasons against the death penalty” with a few comments by me and also the article I mentioned above.


Reasons against the death penalty (by

1. Executions cost more than life in prison.
$2 million per person vs. $500,000 (4x as much!). Free counsel for defense, for appeals, maximum security on a separate death row wing.
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This is way too far away from me, but if you happen to be in Ho Chi Minh City during the summer months, you gotta check this out. Great cause!

Yan Lerval Digital

Hello everybody,
Saigon Kids is the name of my new photo exhibition that I am very proud to hold at “My Place” in HCMC. This exhibition is in honor of the work of koto, a non-for-profit hospitality training organization that is changing the lives of street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.


For more information on its program, restaurants and other services, please visit
The exhibition will be held from June 17th to September 16th 2012. Pictures are on sale and all profits will be donated to Koto.

So if you are in HCMC next Sunday, June 17th at 5:00pm, I would be very pleased to meet you at our opening cocktail in My Place, 195 Dien Bien Phu, (Angle of Hai Ba Trung and Dien Bien Phu streets), District 3, HCMC.

Well, I hope to see you there 🙂

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Euro 2012: Sonic Cannons and Testicle-Seeking Dogs


Beware, soccer hooligans: if you want to make trouble in Krakow, Poland, you may want to think twice. Amid plentyofworries about rowdy soccer fans in the runup to the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, Krakow authorities sent a message to visiting would-be hooligans last week that troublemaking will be fought with rather strict measures.

The Krakow Post, the city’s English-language newspaper, published an article and an editorial to alert any potential rioters that “if the line is crossed, the boys in black are going to wrap it up in short order.” These measures include an impressive array of tools, including sonic cannons that can induce immediate urination, water hoses, firearms and specially-trained canines.

(More: Euro 2012: England-France Clash Reprises an International Soccer Paradox)

“Poland’s anti-hooligan squads are armed with: Shotguns firing baton rounds that probably won’t kill you as long as you’re 30m away…

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