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Thailand Celebrates Loi Krathong (ลอยกระทง) and Yi Peng (ยี่เป็ง)

Want to see more photos of Loi Krathong and Yi Peng? Visit the ธุดงคสถานล้านนา, สะพานนวรัฐ (Nawarat Bridge) and Chiang Mai location pages.

Loi Krathong (ลอยกระทง), one of Thailand’s most beautiful annual festivals, is in full swing. Thai celebrants, as well as some Laotians and Burmese, pay homage to the goddess of waters in November each year to coincide with the full moon of the twelfth lunar.

The name Loi Krathong means floating cup of leaf, and describes one of the festival’s biggest events. Participants release small rafts, or ‘krathong’, decorated with flowers and topped by a flickering candle into the waterways of Thailand as a way to seek forgiveness for past sins.

Perhaps the most photogenic part of Loi Krathong is the Lanna (northern Thai) festival Yi Peng (ยี่เป็ง) that coincides with it. Thousands of floating lanterns, or khom loi (โคมลอย), are launched into the air in unison, lighting up the sky. The khom loi are made from a thin fabric, such as rice paper, and have a candle in the center which, when lit, creates enough hot air inside the lantern to lift the khom loi into the sky. The most elaborate Yi Peng celebrations take place in Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom.

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thetrevorproject:

Fair warning: you may tear up after reading this letter from 10-year-old Sophia Bailey Klugh to President Obama about her two dads and his response.

So where’s that evidence that two same-sex parents are bad for children?

I’m trying not cry. Now I know my vote for Obama was the right thing.

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Social Media vs. Marketing Media

And that my friend is part of why I don’t do Facebook anymore.

huffingtonpost:

“When I joined Facebook in 2004, it became the place where I was my best self, not my real self; where I curated a life that seemed like one big success, fantastic party and exotic vacation after another. So did you (be honest), and so did your friends. While we might have felt guilty checking up on each other, the voyeurism was enticing enough to attract 900 million people and keep us glued to Facebook.com for hours each month. These days, my life according to Facebook looks less fabulous and more consumption-filled than ever before. We’re encouraged to share not only engagements, birthdays, deaths and births, but also, right alongside them, the equivalent of each time we flip through a catalog or pick up a pair of socks. Having a record of what sales I browsed or what purchases I’ve made — precisely what Gilt Groupe will share with Facebook if you allow it to — doesn’t benefit my social media experience nearly as much as it helps a retailer’s. We’re in the midst of a Jekyll-and-Hyde moment in the evolution of online social networks: sharing that will get us to shop is taking precedence over sharing that can strengthen social ties. We’re made to share our business because it’s good for business. And this suggests a looming identity crisis for “social media” that, more and more, appears to be “marketing media,” a tech-fueled hunt for ways to leverage our friendships, interests and activity to produce a “ching” at the register.”

Great post from HuffPost Tech’s Bianca Bosker on what e-commerce means in an age of super sharing.

Facebook, Gilt Flashed My Granny Panties: Why That’s A Problem

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theclearlydope:

WORTH. SEEING.

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China’s Liu Xiang provides the single most agonizing and inspiring moment of the Olympics so far. Liu had previously won the gold medal for 110m Hurdles in 2004 but was sidelined by an injury in his Achilles tendon in 2008.

Just watch. It’ll be the best two minutes you spend today.

More images here.

That’s the hardest thing about watching the Olympics - the loss of redemption and disappointment.

He had this smile on his face as he settled into his block before the gun went off. I assumed he knew this was his time. This was his chance at redemption. Little did we all know, he realized it was not going to happen.

I give him props for trying to run threw the pain. It must be hard to accept your body’s betrayal. He’ll still be a winner in my book. And he still has the world record.

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