Meet the real-life Iron Man! An inspiring and motivational read about the man whose grandiose ventures include worldwide online payment system (PayPalMeet the real-life Iron Man! An inspiring and motivational read about the man whose grandiose ventures include worldwide online payment system (PayPal), electric cars (Tesla Motors), space exploration and colonization of Mars (SpaceX) and artificial intelligence research (OpenAI) among others! This is a man who went through many personal and professional hardships and sacrifices yet never let go of his faith in himself and his initiatives even the if the shadow of failure and bankruptcy is knocking on his doors. Well, it’s true what they say ‘tough times don’t last, but tough people do’. He’s not a well-known individual where I live including myself. Nearly everyone will know who Steve Jobs is (because of Apple) or who Bill Gates is (thanks to Microsoft) but Elon Musk is not a household name. None of Musk’s creations are available in Myanmar. But when I went to Hong Kong for holidays, I saw many futuristic looking cars (which are non-existent in my home country) and I was compelled to look them up online. I found out the name which is Tesla and it sold 2,221 Model S sedans in 2015, making the electric car the top-selling sedan in Hong Kong where Model S vehicle accounts for over 70% of all electric vehicles there according to the South China Morning Post (http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/ar...). Reading about Tesla, I became more and more interested in the man and the company behind the creation and fortunately, I encountered the book ‘Elon Musk: Inventing the Future’ at a book store which of course, I picked it up. This book indeed portrays an informative account of Elon Musk’s life from his family and childhood to his most recent projects and ideas at the time of publishing. A must-read for all! ...more
This book is eye-opening and at the same time fun and easy to read as it’s filled with interesting facts and hilarious anecdotes about love and romancThis book is eye-opening and at the same time fun and easy to read as it’s filled with interesting facts and hilarious anecdotes about love and romance in the modern era. ‘Modern Romance’ highlights how technology like the internet and smart-phones have changed the dating game; for better or for worse. I’d say it has done more harm than good for many reasons. Text-messages have totally eliminated the human touch such as body language, eye contact and verbal tone etc. making it often confusing to decipher the other person’s meaning. What’s more, interactions have become lifeless and robotic.
Because of online dating websites, modern singles are bombarded with endless options of potential mates but the search just keeps goes on and on, hoping that they’d find a better person than they are currently seeing. Between 2005 and 2012 more than one third of couples who got married in the United States met through an online dating site. So I guess, this is not all bad at all for singles have found their soulmates online but for this who are not happily married or who perceives there are always a better option for them, things like cheating and secret affairs have become more common due to online dating websites and mobile apps. This ‘I Need the Best’ mentality can be debilitating, says the book and I agreed. I also agreed that it is important to invest more time in your current partner and making commitment instead of trying to put your fingers in all the pies available out there. And there’s also arranged marriages like the old days including the author Aziz Ansari’s parents. I totally agreed with the statement ‘People in arranged marriages start off lukewarm, but over time they really invest in each other and in general have more successful relationships. They are more invested in the deep commitment to the relationship, rather than being personally invested in finding a soul mate, which can tend to lead to the “Is there something better out there for me?” mentality.’
I particularly enjoyed the chapter about Japan’s love and marriage crisis and Argentina’s highly active dating scene. The ‘herbivore men of Japan’ stereotype is interesting as many modern Japanese men have put work first above romance. This is due to many social factors such as ‘the economic decline, men’s infantilization by their mothers, their fear of rejection, and the lack of contact with the opposite sex throughout their lives’. Oh and it is hilarious to read that many online dating profiles in Japan features a photo of ‘their cats or their rice-cookers’. Then there’s this newer dating cultural trends such as machikon “where men and women pay to participate in a huge, roving party filled with hundreds and hundreds of singles who wander through a neighborhood’s bars and restaurants” which are subsidized by the Japanese Government. I’m not surprised though reading about the country’s booming sex trade. Marriages may be decreasing but hey, even the busy and hard-working dude still needs some form of entertainment from time to time. Enter Soapland and Tenga! “Soapland is where a guy lies on a waterproof mattress and a woman covers them both in soapy water and slides all over him” while Tenga is a “masturbation device resembling the egg, a single-use silicone egg that men fill with lubricant and masturbate inside.” I mean, seriously WTF? Oh well, it’s Japan after all. Things are different on the other side of the world, in Argentina. “The streets are filled with sexual energy: There is sensual tango dancing, chamuyo (flirtatious chitchat) and various sexual quips are heard left and right, and people make out publicly in parks, restaurants, and on buses. In Japan a woman would be surprised to be directly approached, but in Buenos Aires the women we interviewed said that being the object of unsolicited male attention was a daily occurrence, and many men were reluctant to take no for an answer.” Then, there’s this chongo. Many Argentinian women are in often relationships with “which literally means strong man or muscleman, but is also a catchall term for a casual sexual partner, one that can refer to a friend with benefits, a regular hookup, or someone whom you’re seeing on the side while in a serious relationship.” That would be against the law in my country, so it’s definitely engaging to read about the different dating scenes of the world.
Moving on, the book explores about ‘sexting’ which is of course, sending explicit sexual images through digital media. “Why do people sext? The main reasons we discovered are to share intimacy with a partner, to build sexual attraction, to appease a partner, and, in some cases, to maintain intimacy over long distances.” Cheating has also become easier as a person (especially young adults) often lead two different lives nowadays- their real life and digital life. Moreover, breaking up also becomes much easier as many would just send a text-message these days.
The final chapter is about getting married and settling down. “When the opportunity to settle down presents itself, the glamour of the single life and all the potential options loom over our heads.” This challenge has become more significant in today’s romance as meeting new people via digital media like Facebook or dating apps have become easier than the old days. Even if a person could overcome these challenges, after marriage there arises new challenges. Apparently, there are two phases of love which are ‘the passionate love’ which usually lasts up to two years after marriage and ‘companionate love’ which is what happens next. “Companionate love is neurologically different from passionate love. Passionate love always spikes early, then fades away, while companionate love is less intense but grows over time. And, whereas passionate love lights up the brain’s pleasure centers, companionate love is associated with the regions having to do with long-term bonding and relationships.” The book also includes views on open-relationships as well. “The latest survey data show that 26 percent of American men and 18 percent of American women report having engaged in “an open sexual relationship.”
Recommended read, especially to the singles of today’s generation who can’t put down their phones endlessly browsing potential mates! ...more