An Introduction to Effective Altruism

Most people I know are concerned about the world. Some care deeply about the environment and many are passionate about a variety of social issues. We support crowdfunding campaigns, attend public demonstrations, sign petitions, and generously donate to charity. But how effective are we? I’ve been thinking about this question for some time. The search for answers led me to the Effective Altruism movement. I think Effective Altruism is something anyone can do. What is Effective Altruism? Effective Altruism…

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What’s Your Favourite Takeaway?

The following post is by Menulog.com.au. Australia votes: our favourite takeaways revealed Pizzerias leading the vote as Australia’s favourite eateries Australia is halfway through voting in the nation’s premier takeaway awards, which attracts tens of thousands of votes from the public every year for 5500-plus restaurants. With four weeks to go before the winning restaurants are announced in each state, award organiser Menulog is giving the country a sneak peak of the current leaders (without revealing…

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On Private Health Insurance

Last June, shortly after my application for a de facto partner visa subclass 820 was being lodged, I received a bridging visa. That made me eligible for Medicare, which I enrolled in immediately. For my American readers, Medicare is Australia’s publicly funded universal health care scheme. Now that it’s been nearly a year, I received a letter from the Department of Health to inform me that I will soon be affected by Lifetime Health Cover, which involves a…

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The Road to Residency Part 6: Temp Visa Granted

Nearly two years after I began the application process, my temporary visa has finally been granted. Immigration took so long that my visa medical assessment expired. My migrant agent called and informed me I needed to do it again. His office scheduled it with Bupa. It was bad enough the first time with Medibank and it was downright awful the second time around. At Medibank, I was allowed to wear my clothes throughout most of the…

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International Women’s Day Carnival

It’s International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Every year, there is more to celebrate and it’s also a reminder of the work there is left to do. Here’s a carnival roundup of some great articles about International Women’s Day. In Long live International Women’s Day? I certainly hope not, Georgina Dent reminds us why we even have such a day. Do they consider the reason such events, or such an occasion, remains…

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#BohemianMelbourne

It’s been hot in Melbourne lately. One great way to beat the heat is to step into the beautiful State Library of Victoria. There’s always something good going on there and this summer there’s a fantastic exhibition that shines light on Melbourne’s cultural misfits. Bohemian Melbourne celebrates the lives of writers, visual artists, rock stars and other rebels who made art their lives and their lives an art form. Explore history’s backstreets with their cafes and studios to…

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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier #jpgngv

In the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier, the National Gallery of Victoria presented The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, featuring seven galleries with more than 140 superbly crafted garments in addition to photographs, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from runway shows, film, television, concerts and dance performances. I almost missed this amazing exhibition, which ended the 8th of February, and I’m thrilled I didn’t. Despite not being…

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Australia Day

If you were to ask me how Australian I feel, I’d say very little. There isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not reminded that not only am I a foreigner, which is bad enough, but that I’m American, which is probably the worst kind of foreigner. My otherness is highlighted most strongly on Australia Day. What is Australia Day? Celebrated annually on the 26th of January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of…

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Glamping with Martinis & Marshmallows

Since I’ve been in Australia, I’ve been told a few times that my idea of camping isn’t “real camping”. By camping, I mean a nice tent, good bedding, hot food, and, hopefully, toilets and maybe even showers. I remember with great fondness the festivals I attended with friends back in Florida where we cooked full meals and dined together under a canopy before gathering around a fire with wine and mead to talk late into the night…

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Strictly Ballroom #StrictlyStage

Strictly Ballroom is the film that catapulted director Baz Luhrmann and his set and costume designer wife Catherine Martin to fame. It was the film that first brought Australia to me when I was a teenager living in Miami. Now that I live here in Australia, I’m fortunate and excited to experience it in a whole new way. This much beloved film has been turned into a brand new stage show and it’s ready to wow Melbourne with a…

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Free Images for Social Media and Blogs

Where can I find free stock images for social media or for my blog? This is a question that comes up often in my social media and blogger circles on Facebook. I end up posting a list of URLs that I copy and paste each time. So, I thought I’d collect a few of my favourite resources here and share it with you. I’ve included not only websites where you can find free stock photos, but…

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New Year’s Resolutions: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

I like setting New Year’s resolutions. I do it every year and I try to be pragmatic in how I approach them. I treat them more like goals than promises. I make a list and plans and check them through the year. If I don’t accomplish something, that’s okay, I don’t feel guilty about it. I just feel good about what I did accomplish. In 2015, I resolve to learn the skills I’d need to…

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