Facebook add new relationship status options

Some people take photographs explicitly for their facebook profiles while others judge relationship seriousness based on their partner’s relationship status.

Facebook is definitely important in today’s fast paced and technologically oriented lifestyle.  We use it as a tool to judge our social life, our popularity and sometimes even to check if our lifestyle is accepted by society.

As of February the 17th 2011, the social networking site has given its approval to gay and lesbian relationships.

Same sex couples now have the option to give their relationship a more legitimate and formal tag. The relationship status options were single, in a relationship, engaged, it’s complicated, in an open relationsip, married, separate and divorced.

These have now been expanded to include; in a civil union and a domestic partnership. ”This has been a highly requested feature from users,” Facebook’s Andrew Noyes, manager of public policy communications, told the Huffington Post.

This change is open to facebook users in the United States, The United Kingdom, Canada and France among other countries. These options are then being scheduled to be made available in countries where same sex marriages are legalized.

The Gay and Lesbian movement has been fighting for its cause for decades all over the world. Is its acceptance by this popular social networking site a sign that things are changing for the better?

With these options being available on a universal, social platform is facebook telling the world that it’s time to accept people as they are?

The essential question remains, should your personal preferences determine what rights are afforded to you or not?

Does being a woman and being in love with a women mean that you shouldn’t be allowed to tell the world what your relationship stands for?

10,000 B.C is when humans started making artifacts that suggested the appreciation of homosexual eroticism. Are we as humans that backward that in the many years that have passed since we still haven’t been able to accept  homosexual relationships without judgement?

I really hope not.



Published in: on February 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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E-books threaten sale of paperbacks

E-Book sales have overtaken paperback sales on Amazon’s United States site and this years Man booker prize judging panel have been issued with E-readers.

Since the dawn of time, humans have constantly upgraded themselves to suit the changes in the world.  From caves in the jungles, we moved on to concrete buildings, from leather skins as clothes we went to haute couture. Is the replacement for the printed book the virtual book?

E-book readers allow readers to carry around 20, 000 books in their pockets. Sales of e-Books are steadily increasing as the variety and convenience they provide is higher than a real book. US Amazon’s latest financial report reads that for every 100 paperbacks 120 e-books were sold.*

To read E-books e-book readers are not necessary. Phones like the I-phone and other smartphones have applications that allow readers to read books on their devices. In this case having virtual books opens you up to a on- the -go library, a luxury heavy real books provide.

According to 21 year old reader Kamakshi Ayyar,”E-books are great obviously, considering the amount of paper we save.” Another factor that contributes to eBooks being more appealing is the fact that even without an e-book reader one can download books onto a computer or a mobile phone and read it conveniently .Some sites offer free downloads on books and many virtual books are available at lower prices than paperbacks.

There does seem to be an argument in favour of the printed word. Writer Jan Swafford writes, “People perceive written word differently than the one they see on a screen. My first drafts look good on screen but on paper, after what amount to several drafts on computer, look like a battlefield.”

The UK still lags behind the United States in terms of purchasing e-books. Publishers are trying to figure out the future but those at the Digital book world conference 2011 predict 2014 to be the year when e-books finally overtake the printed books.

Readers however insist that real books will never die. Reader Ramya Menon says, “There is a threat to lovely books from these sleek electronic contraptions but personally I would never give up the thrill of reading a real book. The smell of the pages is oddly comforting.”



* http://www.independant.co.uk

* http://www.slate.com

Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beatle mania continues in 2011

Fans on the Abbey road crossing

Fans on the Abbey road crossing -captured by the live cam

A woman crosses the road at the zebra crossing as carefully and as slowly as she can. Then she repeats the exercise at least 5 times.

If you see her from one side you’d wonder if she was crazy. On the other side however you see a woman clicking her photographs as she walks on one of the most iconic roads in the world. Abbey road.

Abbey road is just as the name suggests. It is just a quaint street with a zebra crossing.

Really nothing exceptional about it except for the little fact that the Beatles walked on this very road and created an iconic album cover.

Even on a grey Friday afternoon, the street is filled with wannabe Beatles, fans from across the world who attempt to recreate that image where the four band members walk coolly across the road.

Some are barefooted; others carry cigarettes just like Paul McCartney while some even go so far as to wear full white suits in an attempt to channel the late John Lennon.

The best part is abbey road studios have a live web cam attached to the street that captures these fans as they try and recreate that image. The worst part though is that there is no signal at the crossing.

Fuming motorists have to sometimes screech their cars to a halt as fans try to stop in the middle of the road to get the perfect picture. Even though the crossing was given *grade II listed status for its “cultural and historical importance” no measures have been taken to give fans a little space to enjoy it.

I love the place. There’s just something about music that makes me happy. There’s music for every mood. For when you want to dance, to mope, to love or to laugh. The Beatles have rescued me more than one time.

There is no better place to enjoy their music more than in the place they created something special. They’ve given me hope, happiness and a high through their songs.

And more than 40 years later, in a quiet London street the Beatle mania continues.

* References- http://www.wikipedia.org

Published in: on February 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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