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Job hunting has gotten a lot easier

Say you just graduated a university. What now?
Clearly, this question is present in minds of 95% of young people who just finished the university, the other 5% has apparently already clear since they have a "life insurance" they will inherit someday.
However, let us focus on the most. What makes a young barely finished high school? Obviously after the respective event start thinking a stage in their life is over and is starting a brand, which probably will not be ready, and we refer to life as an employee.
Some years ago, looking for work was a rather complicated task, but that is well understood, we are not talking about unemployment rates or something, but the same process to find a vacancy that interests us. Popularly newspaper or journal was the job source better known at the time, where a pen circles were made in the offers for which more or less coincided with our job profile.
Then what followed was to go to an interview in which little was known about the company and also had a group of people with folders waiting for his turn and had arrived hours before you.
If you were lucky, you could live out of that office and employment, if not, continue with the next offer on the list. Thanks to technology those days are history and we now have tools with the help of the internet have made the job search very easy even for the laziest task.
We are talking about job seekers. Portals where a lot of information about job vacancies from many sources accumulates. However, how does this system work?
The idea is something known in the trade, a search engine "includes" vacancies websites "mother" and redirects candidates to those portals "mother" so they can register, read about the vacancy, view company information, etc. What is the benefit of this?
On the one hand, the candidate will find the information in one place saving you time and giving you more choices in a search. Moreover portals "mother" receive a higher number of candidates for their vacancies, this clearly increases the probability of finding the best person for the job.
In conclusion, it is time to modernize our approach to job search and use the tools offered by the web, if after this text you feel inspired you can start your job search at jooble.org

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What kind of man?


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 Florence and the machine performing on SNL, photo--radio.com


June 2th---the day is marked, presale on iTunes is ordered. Once my friend was joking, that all the greatest music comes from England, no argues, even if only for Florence and the Machine. Incredible voice of Florence Welch, powerful lyrics that grabs you to your core, music, emotions----the huge tribe of band's admirers can't wait for the new album release. 


While there's still some day-counting and crossing off the calendar, few songs are available from Florence and the Machine Vevo channel. "What kind of man?" indeed is on the top.


"Sometimes you're half in and then you're half out

But never close the door

What kind of man loves like this?"


"I was on a heavy tip

Tryna cross a canyon with a broken limb"


Here's the word of the day--Tryna. When reading it first, you may imagine some deadly mythological creature, or a name, anything. But it's actually a harmless neologism. Short form of "trying to": well not going into all the messing with language, when soon will speak hashtags and shorten everything, that's just an interesting detail. 


By the way, beginning of June is also when Iceland weirdos, Of Monster and Man are going to give us a bit of joy in form of a new album. Seems like an awesome beginning of summer. 


Waste me not: Trends in sustainable fashion

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Admit it: the fast fashion stores, ‘Made in China’ and e-commerce have spoiled most of us---it is almost impossible to pass by a 3$ necklace, 10-15$ dress, or fairly more expensive new pair of shoes.  Nevertheless, the good thing is that the word ‘sustainability’ has been plastered all over everything, so that by now you have probably heard of sustainable (eco) fashion as well. If not, here is a good time to know about 21st century most promising fashion trend to follow.

 

Eco fashion  is a stroke on a bigger picture of movement towards creating more sustainable, environmental friendly and ethical products. However, fashion is capable of something, that any other components of conscious consumerism can’t do. It can make literally anything (let alone something, that has an idea behind) cool and desirable to follow.  Hopefully to the point in very near future when disposabale attitude will be as shameful and out of trend, as wearing mini skirts in a blizzard. The trick is, that in many cases eco terminology is generic enough to cover a whole spectrum of different things. So, what does sustainable fashion mean?

 

Our evergrowing wardrobes would probably give a first gleam of understanding. Describing a new concept may be individual and fuzzy, but with sustainable fashion one thing is for sure -- quality over quantity. To go further, there’s a range of eco criterias, which contributes to a new (dare to say ‘better’) type of fashion. Starting with garments, that have been made without the use of leather or animal tissue products. One thing does not necessarily triggers another, but in terms of sustainable fashion, compassionate production is no longer solely a concern of vegetarians. Another aspect is ethical production, meaning that your Tshirt wasn’t a 1000th piece sewed by a 12-year old during 15 hour’s shift in some ‘forget the environment. profit first’ factory. Ethical fashion is production with respect for people and environment: aside from existing certifications for Organic and Fair Trade, there is a number of companies, who are taking significant action, producing locally or on small scale. The next criteria on the list is that trendy little thing, that probably first invaded your kitchen and made its way up. The sweet word ‘organic’ which labels a beautiful dress  or any other piece of clothing is a «no harm» sign explaining that natural fibers that have been grown without any toxic substances are used. Preserving the health of humans. Preserving the environment. Last but not least -- «Recycled»: anything that has been made  giving second life to already existing materials, fabrics or fibers. One of the joys of our technology progress--- you may not guess from the first try what recycled material used to be before.

 

The list of components can go on, but what every of them have in common is thoughtful consumption. Sustainable fashion is a kind of lifestyle, which encourages us to slow down and rethink. Learn more about where our clothing comes from, what it takes to make and how far it travels to market--in other words evaluate our choices and understand the connection between what we buy and the impact it has. New generation of designers work during the shift of values. The industry has awakened to the fact that it is very wasteful and the whole idea of how it operates is toxic. From human rights, environmental and general values  point.

 

All the criteria above are not just theory. Here are just few examples of eco-conscious brands who leaves a visible footprint of successful story and satisfied client.

Trashtotrend  is something more than online-store----it is a community of designers who create various amasing products, that could not illustrate better the possibilities and advantages of upcycling. They take something that was destined for garbage and transform it unrecognizibly into something beautiful and unique. Brands like bluDemocracy and Compassion couture focus on materials. In first case, the company reduces their products water footprint by using alternatives and improves efficiencies along the production chain: from fabricating, dyeing, cutting,sewing to packaging. The second case is a base for 100% vegan fashion products, which doesn’t force to make a choice between beliefs and sense of style. Recycling tendency is as loud as ever---from ‘no waste’ workspace organization to materials with unexpected past. Like you would not imagine that accessoris of Remember Me Green brand used to be NY billboards. Yet it’s even harder to imagine that  plastic bottles can be turned into clothing as well. The same thousands of thousands of plastic bottles, that end up in the landfills or in the ocean can avoid being wasted. Brands like like Pantagonia, Threads 4 Thought , Waste2Wear and others figured out  exactly how to prevent the waste by recycling plastic bottles. If Pantagonia and Threads 4 Thought focus only on wearable garments such as sports and casualwear, Waste2Wear goes further introducing more possibilities for recycled materials than just clothing. Rugs, carpets, bed sheets, curtains, blankets, towels, shopping bags, pillows---anywhere we imagine traditional textile, a more sustainable Waste2Wear material can be used.  That’s the thing with fashion-- it’s not limited to our wardrobe, but penetrates every aspect of life. The thing with sustainable fashion is that better than anything, it promotes a thoughtful, responsible lifestyle that helps us change the habbits that seemed unbreakable. Looking good at the same time. Feeling even better. 

Rainforest gamble: weight of words, lightness of p

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To a person who is surrounded by concrete, glass and neon noise of hundreds of electronic devices a day, biodiversity would probably mean no more than a range of courses on a plate during dinner. Rainforests—merely a distant sound from remote places hailing “Save the planet!” Yet if the average person would be detached from the comfort zone and would travel to some of these remote places, the only predictable effect is that many of us, urbanization children, would encounter more creatures and unimaginable combinations of life than we ever have in our entire life. Imagine a place, where one hectare accommodates the same number of native tree species, as the whole of North America. A place, where there is more known fish species, than the entire Mississippi River Basin contain, and more bird species that those habituating in the whole Europe. Not to mention over 200 different coexisting mammals, rich variety of plants, insects and other forms of life. All of this happening on a relatively small piece of land, than encompasses just 0.16% of South America. If you haven’t heard of the Yasuni National Park, it is about time. Not only because at the current rate of defosterisation, in a 100 years’ time, long gone rainforests will become a tale of old days, but mostly because of the unimaginable scale danger this unique place is facing right now.

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Nearly a million hectares of almost untouched primary rainforest---Yasuni is one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. Not only that, it is home of the indigenous people: those who managed to preserve aspects of their culture adapting and resisting the realities of modern world, but also the groups, who chose to maintain no contact with the outside world. However, the real threat for the Yasuni Park and its inhabitants is hidden beneath the ground---oil.  The debate and loud stir in the media started when in 2007 Rafael Correa launched a Yasuni-ITT Initiative, and much more, when few years later, in 2013 it was abandoned. The idea, proposed by the president of Ecuador in a nutshell is this: the country would leave nearly 920 million petroleum barrels underground, if in return, the international community donated half its market value--$3.6bn. Among other things this proposal is set to be the attempt to launch a  change in present model of growth, based on the intensive use of fossil fuel and in the over consumption. On the high level, it seeks environmental justice—a recognition that the international community has a financial responsibility to help developing countries preserve nature for the benefit of each and every one.  

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Let’s say, that struggles, which are won on the environmental battlefields around the world keep some hope for the nature to be counted in. Courts and legislators are the two common institutions for environmental protection, but the third possibility emerged as well---the market. Even if assessment of environmental values in terms of willingness to pay for it might as well seem like environmental blackmail, sadly for us in some cases this is exactly the last straw. The pioneering conservation plan for Yasuni Park resorted to this option, and as the time showed, failed. But which battle exactly do we think is lost here? Most of the media made a very key point on how the Yasuni Park is the most biodiverse place on Earth, with lives of indigenous people endangered as well, and how much the world is losing if the exploration of oil begins.(The UNEP, for example, says that biodiversity loss is becoming a greater concern for business, than international terrorism). However, there is a wider context here. The Yasuni-ITT initiative is generalized to protect the whole place. It is not.  In the reality, the exploration in this unique area had long begun. At present moment, there are six oil concessions that include parts of Yasuni in addition to Block ITT, which with the fail of initiative now receives permission for drilling. Over 350 000 hectares of the park is already overlapped. The waves of explorations in 60s and 70s has already affected indigenous people—the protected areas were invaded by oil companies, the colonization brought disease, corruption, deforestation and conflict, not to mention the devastating effects of unregulated oil exploitation, the traditional ways of life had been put in peril long before the sensational attempt to prevent further exploration. All in all, there’s no prediction for happy ending. The abandonment of the revolutionary initiative is a blow to hopes and efforts to find alternative funding models for climate change and wildlife conservation. It is yet another reminder that  to some extent the responsibility of modern day person life style are taken by someone else far far away. 

What a waste

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What happens in a vicious circle between the waste bin and your next bottle, can, bag, headphones, or any other item for that matter? Every item that once so desired and given to satisfy the consumerism monster to grow stronger day after day; the same items that are thrown away just moments later. The lifestyle of the average citizen opens up the environmental dimension so big that is enough to welcome everyone who is ready to talk, speculate, argue, raise awareness, fight against, stir the emotions around it, or even getting involved.  But mostly talk. Unfortunately, environmental activists at almost all levels at best look like a bunch of idealists struggling to offer long-term perspective for the shortsighted majority.( Which is terrifying, if not for anything else, but because in a fast-changing world, the ‘long-term’, may come true earlier than anyone could imagine.)  In case of waste treatment, it is a struggle with landfills growing to become dump cities literally, against the pollution, Eastern garbage patch after all, but most of all against the mentality. With the environmental issues the thing is, even though there is a great intervention made by people, who put their lifeblood to make an impact and connect the dots into big picture, without a feedback, the overall support, this intervention, unfortunately, in harsh words means close to nothing. Digging a cross-continent tunnel with a spoon.

 

Green efforts may be supported as a ‘moral act’ in the West or as economic necessity in the developing world, but how many reports, art works, discussions and disasters do we need to get scared enough to break the habit?  For instance, to concern about where does 11.2 billion tons of solid waste collected worldwide yearly go, even if we are being persuaded, that  there is a comforting waste management tendencies growing in some parts of the world.  The amount of garbage produced in modern society, regardless of how it is discarded afterwards, is a shocking figure to imagine. Gregg Segal, among other artists, this summer contributed to visualizing the human destructive impact. With his series of photographs “Seven Days of Garbage”, he pointed finger at everyone. At everyone, who ‘has made their beds, and in it will lie’.  That piles of trash which is taken away daily to prevent us from realizing the scale of negligence would most likely to turn the bed into a pool of filth.

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So, what now? Three years ago, according to State of the World report, approximately 1.7 billion people worldwide belonged to the “consumer class”.  A smaller part of the global population, whose lifestyle is characterized and determined by accumulation of non-essential goods. However, the ‘values’ that are created by the group are popularized so obtrusively, that the goal for those, who are backing the comfort of the consumer class, is to join in.  Yes, part of the rise in global consumption is the result of population growth, but even the most vivid imagination would most likely fail to picture or assess how the population of 8.9 billion people estimated by 2050 would trash the planet.  That is billions of lives, each producing kilos of wastes daily. The careless population with growing appetites is simply incomparable to amount of environment workers or those who are thoughtful in ecoterms. So what now?

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One striking question has been repeated loudly: What planet are we leaving for generations to come? To be more realistic, it’s probably more appropriate to start asking what generation are we leaving this planet with.  If the ‘throw away mentality’ keeps being promoted and trashing a recyclable waste into appropriate bin is considered the most ecological act one can do to sleep tight; then those are the greedy consumer monsters whose lives are determined with shallow values, careless and non-responsive. Perhaps, now is the time to make a “zero garbage challenge” go viral, instead of doubtfully entertaining useless ‘challenges’, like those that fascinated millions this year.  Well, probably now is the best time to pitch in, start changing the way of thinking and hopefully living, so that environmentalists do not stand in the battlefield alone.


Photos Gregg Segal

Dancing inside the box.

There's valued so much 'thinking outside the box', applied everywhere and appreciated by many. I'd call salsa in Shanghai the opposite metaphor.Don't get me wrong: the expectations I had for social dance scene in Asia few years back were upgraded upon arrival to my great surprise. Third day here and first salsa club out---in Mural (my nostalgic clinging to this first place still drag me here almost every Monday) I saw that not only Asians could dance, they did much better then I expected, yet they danced LA.


 Having ballroom dancing experience, I've been gently mocked at short-term salsa class that I took, and the despise to LA salsa as not the authentic one was always on the table(or should I say floor?) and in the air, that it must have gotten its way into my system. Yet here I was, in Shanghai no way out but to digest the new style and adapt it. It's now that the winds have shifted: you can dance everyday. literally. As well as degree of awareness about other types of salsa is higher, after all I've even come to appreciate LA dancing-- the more you absorb, the edgier and sided your own style will be eventually.  But that's not the point. 


Dancing 'con sabor' is the real point, and its such an exotic bird here, I'd have to call it extinct some time soon, I guess. What Shanghai salsa certainly lacks is dancing culture. Interaction during the dance, enjoyment, damn it. Instead of dancing WITH and FOR the partner, once coupled guys and ladies start to perform endless 'showing-off parade'. 'More turns', 'faster', 'oh look everyone,  i'm so fucking awesome', 'shit you dance bad, I should start 'guy-hunting' for the next dance right away' etc.etc. It's too much about the looks and 'technique' that stands in a way of listening to the music to differ or even care about it( Although I should say that in most cases, if it's not a live band or some latino in charge of music, sometimes it seems that if a dead rises and hears it, he would fall back to sleep rather than be  raving back to life dancing). 


Sure, people coming to salsa parties do differ and certainly have ideas and goals very distinct to mine. All there is, I really dance to feel free ( no rolling-eyes on the cliche, please). The feeling, that you can stop minimizing, making yourself seem smaller in all available senses, feeling that you breath in and living on top of your powers. It's something like you can scream out every word that hadn't been said and every action you regret not taking. Seriously, that's what it is for me and for some very short moment dancing really can  give you all that. Of course if you are not too busy pretending.   


Now there's another unsettling thing: it's easier to be a guy. Don't fight me on this, these days if a guy dances passably fine, he's a catch. But it's not the same if the girl dances great, (let assume even awesome to be followed exactly in different manners with different partners),  aiii no! , no value in that. I've seen that on many levels and on numerous occasions. It's like that in my country: hunt, or stand aside all the time. It's like that in Shanghai now. Not that its very sad or stands in a way of enjoying the night out, but it's big enough to bug many ladies for karma being a bitch.


 However it was not at these times, that I had met my best partner in China so my opinion is not overshadowed by simple no-way-out situation. Since salsa is my escape window, I really danced quite a lot to say the dances you remember are with those people, whom you can have fun with. And I've had those mostly with people who later turned to be my friends (rarely) or leave Shanghai ( which outbeats in frequency) or both at the same time. Anyway, dances with Monica, who later became one of my dear friends (fuck the distance!) are those dances I miss the most. She's a very something lady, who dances the guy's part in a way that others fail the comparison in all senses. It's a play. A connection. A sense of rhytm and care which allows you enjoy every bit of the song, wishing for it to be endless.  It's feeling of uniqueness, because you really can't dance the same learnt stuff with everyone, and a good lead would try to listen  and define the style\level of follower rather then mindless\careless repeating of figures in 'who is cooler chase'. Anyway those who danced with Monica, would agree on that I guess. Now this is not a piece of writing of sad\angry\bored person uncapable of enjoying. Is waiting for winds to change, and while waiting, I would probably aim to become that lady dancing guy's part myself. Not the worst resolution for 2015, ha? 


Aquí se enciende la candela aquí se baila como quiera

 Aquí se enciende la candela aquí se baila a su manera