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By- Tomas Sire
The Entertaining Eighties
When we look back at entertainment through the decades, the 1960s were counterculture, the fall of the old order and Mad Men; the 1950s seemed preoccupied with conformity, McCarthyism, and the middle-secret class's soul-implosion; and the 1940s consisted of mainly First and Second World War movies. However, no decade in contemporary culture compares to the 1980s. It's almost a genre of its own.
If you were young during this decade, you remember what a wonderful time it was to be alive, playing real games, and having the best fun. It is the decade most closely associated with nostalgia, and its aesthetic and memories live on.
Even though the 1980s were simple, most people who lived through the decade believe them to be the best years of their lives. There are many movies and television shows set in the 1980s or based on events that occurred during that decade. They may get close to capturing what life was like in the 1980s, but they will never be able to provide us with a complete picture. Knowing what entertainment was like back then is one of the things that may help us comprehend how a typical day in life was back then. So, let's take a look at what kept us entertained in the 1980s.
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CDs and vinyl albums had no competition; so it goes without saying that CDs were a big hit in 80s.Pexels
Compact discs (CDs) were first introduced earlier in the decade. CDs and vinyl albums had no competition; so it goes without saying that CDs were a big hit. Because the sound from vinyl LPs was too rough, people began replacing all of their music records with music CDs. As a result, Sony developed the Discman D-50, their first portable CD player. At the time, this was the equivalent of a new iPod, an oversized, button-filled, CD-playing iPod.
Is it true that the 1980s were the golden age of cinema? It might be difficult to disagree with this statement. The decade provided us with some of the most famous movies and TV series of all time, as well as the Blockbuster. Star Wars started the ball rolling when it was released in 1977. Still, the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi helped create momentum and popularity in the 1980s. We could also call this the Spielberg age because movies like ET, the highest-grossing of the 1980s, The Goonies, and the Indiana Jones franchise all came out during this time. Back to the Future and its epic sequel, which incorporated all of the best time travel components, are also among the decade's all-time favorites.
We can't talk about movies without mentioning Blockbuster Video. The first of many Blockbuster stores opened its doors to the public in 1985. It was a watershed moment in the history of home entertainment. Regardless of age, the entire populace was able to go to Blockbuster outlets to rent movies and video games. People felt the same way about Blockbuster back then as we do about Netflix today. Renting a movie made access to entertainment so much easier because all you had to do was walk up to your local Blockbuster and choose your favorite film. You could even rent out a video machine with your movie back then.
The 1980s introduced us to a whole new world of music and some entirely new genres. The most popular genre until then was Rock. Heavy metal grew increasingly popular in the 1970s, and pop music had always been part of the mix. Still, the 1980s introduced us to some new categories and variations like electronic music. When you think of Madonna and U2, you're thinking of the age when we were first introduced to Hip Hop as a new art form.
Just like you can't talk about movies without mentioning Blockbuster Video, you can't talk about 80s music without talking about the mixtape. The mixtape could be the best way to summarize the 1980s. MP3, Apple Music, and Spotify did not exist back then. If you wanted to record music, you'd have to sit by your tape player for hours on end, waiting for whichever tune you wanted to hear. You'd call radio stations to make a request and pray you had a quick trigger finger. This was also the period of the dual cassette tape deck, which allowed you to make your own mixes by copying tapes. If you knew someone who had a cassette you desired, you could replicate it onto a blank tape, and it would appear to be yours!
You could now construct your own compilations with your cassette collection, and the mixtape was born. This was the 1980s' version of a love letter, in which you could compile a playlist of significant songs to give to someone you cared about. Today, Spotify has made it possible for us to do this, and it only takes a few short taps. Of course, the mixtape required effort and dedication. That effort was a big part of what made a mixtape so special.
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Growing Pains, The Wonder Years, The A-Team, and Knight Rider are just a few prominent shows from the 1980sPexels
In the 1980s, we were treated to a slew of legendary sitcoms that would eventually lead to the birth of Must-See TV. Certain nights, such as Thursday and Friday, would become must-watch nights, with a slew of excellent shows stacked together. If you wanted to know what everyone was talking about, you couldn't miss these nights. Growing Pains, Cheers, ALF, The Wonder Years, The A-Team, The Dukes Of Hazzard, and Knight Rider are just a few prominent shows from the 1980s; there are so many gems from this era.
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By Maria Wirth
This is a true story about a Hindu who had converted to Christianity, and who felt the need to convince his family also to convert.
Once on a flight from Germany to India, one of those bright, young Indians sat across the aisle. We started talking. He was a science lecturer at an American university.
When food came, he ordered non-veg and I ordered veg. I teasingly asked him “non-veg”? He replied, “Yes, I started to eat meat when I converted to Christianity eight years ago.”
“You… converted… to… Christianity?” I asked in disbelief. “How could you do this? Are you not aware of their belief?” I kept throwing questions at him. He surely had not expected this reaction from a white woman with the name Maria. In all likelihood he had converted because he wanted to belong and fit in into the new surrounding in America.
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But since I grew up as a Christian, I knew what Christianity claims and he didn’t have answers. Ultimately he fell back at the ‘personal experience with Jesus’ which convinced him that Christianity is the true religion.
I told him, “If your trust in Jesus helps you, great, but why convert?” Doesn’t your own tradition stress the importance of devotion and does it hinder you from trusting Jesus?” And while for you Jesus may be the ideal guide, for others it may be Shiva or Krishna or Devi. Your tradition allows you all freedom whereas the Church binds you to the doctrine. For example it claims that Hindus go to hell. Do you believe that your Hindu brothers and sisters go to hell?” I asked.
I couldn’t believe his answer and by now he did not look anymore so bright. He said, “Yes, we have to believe this.” … we have to…
So I asked him about his family. Will they burn in hell? He had managed to convince his parents to convert, but his siblings had not (yet?) converted.
I really felt pity for him. His mental freedom to question and to enquire was gone.
He had earlier told me that he wanted to return to India. If he did, I hope he has found his way back to common sense and realised the folly to believe that Hindus go to hell.
By- Laxman Balagani
Remote working has grown to be a dominant trend in the post-pandemic world. Gartner anticipates that 41% of employees will work at least some of the time remotely once the coronavirus is in the rear-view mirror. Such a lasting change in the workplace culture has had the biggest impact on cybersecurity.
Many businesses struggle with how to secure remote workers or if it's even worth trying at all due to fears about security risks for those who aren't physically present on-site at any given time. What they need is insightful, practical, and useful visibility across all communication vectors as they support vast, remote workforces. To obtain this level of visibility, organizations should reconsider their data and user protection techniques and strive to get meaningful insights into what's going on behind the scenes.
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There are cyber risk management solutions available today that can help ensure your business stays safe and productive without sacrificing flexibility for your employees.
To guarantee a safe and secure working environment, enterprises must rethink their approach to security and privacy when dealing with a dispersed workforce. This article explores how business leaders should approach cybersecurity risk management in the era of remote working.
A behavior-centric approach based on a human-centric viewpoint on cybersecurity
The growing usage of smartphones, cloud-based apps, and social media in both work and personal has made it clear that people are the new perimeter. To contain these changes, the new cybersecurity risk management strategy, which aims to protect people, places, and things, works on a behavior-centric approach.
This approach centers on understanding users' behaviors using critical data and intellectual property across worldwide IT systems. This strategy is designed to identify problematic employee behaviors and prevent them from escalating. It's a new way of defending against threats that complements the traditional cyber risk management approach of stopping the bad guys.
It has become essential for businesses to integrate edge security, cloud security, and network security into a single, cohesive format. Here are a few steps businesses can take to enhance cybersecurity when working remotely -
To guarantee a safe and secure working environment, enterprises must rethink their approach to security and privacy when dealing with a dispersed workforce.Unsplash
Providing cyber security training to employees who work remotely can help minimize cyber threats. Ideally, employees should be able to spot a cyber scam in action and know how to avoid it in the future so they stay one step ahead of cyber threats. Providing cyber security training through video modules or cyber security e-learning is a great way to help remote employees retain cyber threat prevention techniques, cyber-hygiene standards, and cyber safety procedures.
There is an absence of a true security perimeter in a remote workplace. Thus, organizations must adopt the mentality of zero trust. All systems must be properly secured and require verified access, whether internal or external. Adding a layer of multi-factor authentication is a crucial step that will protect data from unauthorized access.
Ironically, cloud-based security systems offer better cybersecurity risk management than on-premise servers. Cloud systems are built from the ground up to be safe even when exposed to the public internet. This gives them an edge over regular file servers, which are only lightly secured with sensitive data.
The use of collaboration tools and videoconferencing platforms to allow for business interactions while away has increased significantly. Most of these were quickly integrated, with resiliency taking precedence over any security concerns. The recent Zoom-bombing is the poster child for the risks that come with adopting technologies fast. Teams in the CXO suite need to get defensive and audit all tools and platforms for security flaws before integrating them.
We've already seen software-defined networks (SDNs) emerge to define and protect networks, allowing businesses to use a single, holistic approach for all edge computing. Now that remote networks have taken center stage, IT leaders must apply the same strategy across the network and into the cloud to ensure consistency, cohesion, and security.
Remote working makes it imperative to rely on digital connections, making it critical to ensure that they're secure, fast, scalable, and robust across all networks.
Some companies may not embrace working remotely as their modus operandi, while some organizations might cling to an outdated network model. Anyhow, businesses must consider the long-term impacts of technological disruption and look at them as opportunities. With a distributed workforce, organizations must reconsider how they secure and protect their data.
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By- Devakinanda Ji!
ॐ त्रिकालसन्ध्यानुष्ठितभूम्यै नमः
(Ṫrikāla: Three periods of the day; Sandhya: Obeisance to Sun god; Anuṣthiṫa: Practice, performance)
The word sandhya refers to those times, when night passes into day and day passes into night. They are dawn and dusk. The ritual of one's obeisance to God during these periods is known as sandhyāvandanam. Doing the ritual thrice at dawn (prātah sandhyā), at midday when the sun is right above our head (madhyāhna sandhyā); and dusk (sāyantrah sandhyā) is known as trikāla.
A person who has undergone the upanayana ceremony, as also house-holders (except the working class), are expected to perform this sandhyā ritual three times a day, as a sacred duty. These three rituals have many steps in common. However, in practice, only the first and the last have survived. The scriptures have provided for this modification.
After taking a bath and wearing the traditional religious dress (dhoṫi and chadar or uttarīya) one should apply the religious marks on the forehead (like the vibhūti or the ūrdhva puṇḍra as per one's family traditions), and sit on the seat (kept aside and used only for such religious purposes). Though there are differences in the procedure and the various steps to be followed, the six steps common to all and the detailed procedure has to be learnt from the family priest or the elders in the family.
These six steps are: 1) Āchamanam- is the ceremonial sipping of water from the right hand cupped in the shape of the ear of a cow (gokarṇam) to the appropriate mantras. This āchamanam is a general purification act that precedes every religious undertaking. 2) Prāṇāyāmam- is the control of the prāṇic energy through the regulation of the breathing process as detailed in the works of yoga. Prāṇayāmam helps in the control of the mind also. 3) Mārjanam- is literally means cleansing or purifying. It consists of sprinkling water on specified parts of the body with a mantra. This process will make the body ceremonially pure and fit the ritualistic act. 4) Arghyapradāna-is the offering of water taken in the two hands cupped together, by repeating the Gāyatrī mantra and addressing the Sun-god. This is just to show our gratitude to the Sun-god who is our primary life-support. 5) Gāyatrī japa-is for the goddess Gāyatrī within the orb of the sun. 6) Sūryopasṭhāna- is repeating the prayer addressed to the deity Gāyatrī in the standing posture, facing the sun. This is the last rite of bidding farewell to the goddess after having invoked her and satiated her through japa.
Hence, our land which worships the Sun-god who is our primary life-support, three times a day is known to be 'Trikālasandhyāvandānuṣthiṫa Bhūmi'.