Friday, July 31, 2009
Because one of our suppliers has a telephone number that plays the Warner Bros. Intro when you dial it...
I found this list of songs you can play on your touch tone phone amusing.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
"Here is a story of young, idealistic students who rose up against tyranny; who took to the streets nightly for three months in the dead of Serbian winter; who fought a dictator not with violence, but with humour and love. Abandoned by Europe, sanctioned by America, their only contact with the outside world was an outrageously bad television show called Tropical Heat. It played on all four of their national channels -- over and over again in endless re-runs -- until finally they embraced it, as if to say “Even the worst of the West is better than dictatorship.” And there in the heart of the Balkans was born the strangest political slogan of all time: “Slaughter Nick for President!”
The film follows Rob from the discovery of this phenomenon and his subsequent efforts to scrape together a production with little or no financing, to his trip to Serbia (still with no money) to investigate this highly improbable story. What he finds there is a humbling story of real-life courage, far more profound than the absurd fame of any actor."
Funkaoshi found this article in The Globe
...at first I found it funny, kind of a Balkan David Hasselhoff type thing.
But listening to Rob talk in this interview:
I realize that this is something a little different.
A real, and awesome example of the sardonic and dark humour of Serbians in the face of sanctions and war...as well as nostalgia for the character who was in their homes during one of the hardest times in the country's recent history.
It’s sort of a… crap. The photos themselves would probably be fine, if I wasn’t a Serb living in Serbia. Basically, the message they send is: “Serbia is a dirty, miserable, desparate, depressive, lonely, potentionaly-agressive, almost hopeless place where people harvest corn by hand, plus Serbs are all poor, they are demonstrating and fighting with police all the time.”
Even when text or photo-caption is showing a tiny bit of something different, the photos are hiding it. You don’t see Belgrade’s glamurous night life, EXIT festival (one of the best festivals in Europe, confirmed), GUČA festival (as much as I disslike it personaly), most different ethnical and cultural differences (especially in Vojvodina), natural beauties, tasty food, wines or rakijas. No joyful children or famous sportsmen.
From Darko Stanimirovic's post on the National Geographic photo spread on Serbia.
Darko Stanimirovic is a Photographer from Serbia..see his work here.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
A new manifesto argues that parenting is bad for your career, your marriage, your bank book and your love life
No kids, no fucked up future adults when you divorce.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The Problem With Airbrushing Kim Kardashian:
"You're not even competing with a stunningly attractive woman: you're competing with an idealized version of a stunningly attractive woman."
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Very good interview and social commentary from David Simon.
"From crime beat reporter for the BALTIMORE SUN to award-winning screenwriter of HBO's critically-acclaimed The Wire, David Simon talks with Bill Moyers about inner-city crime and politics, storytelling and the future of journalism today."
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
"Age also is not the tattoo's friend. "If a woman gets a butterfly on her breast, there's a good chance in a few decades it's going to be a pterodactyl," the artist says."
This might be a good field to get into in the future...
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
That's Not Art
People post ridiculous "art" to Tumblr which often consists of a photo with "meaningful" text overlaid. These pieces frequently make it into Popular. We reblog them here and call them out for being stupid.
I'm looking forward to more from this site.
Racist graffiti scrawled on Beach boardwalk
Police said they were investigating racist and anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled along the boardwalk in Toronto's Beach neighbourhood as a hate crime.
They knew they couldn't do that shit on Eglinton West.
They wouldn't have made it west of Dufferin alive.
Timmy's takes NYC
Tim Hortons Inc.'s arrival here, the company's first foray into this most costly and competitive of locations, was heralded by lengthy stories in the New York Post and New York Times.
"It means my frantic runs to Canada to buy tins of Tim Hortons ground coffee are over. Everything in New York is fantastic except the coffee. It's dreadful. It's watery."
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Women with children earn about 22% less than their male colleagues, according to a new report that explores the "devastating" impact of motherhood on earnings.
"Before becoming parents, men and women are equally likely to be employed, but childbirth marks the start of a great divide, which continues even after children have left home and does lasting damage to women's careers," the report finds.
Women with children are rather costly to employ.
While we don't want to admit it, and we get all mad about it...it's true.
We were led to believe that we could do it all.
It's a Feminist Lie.
The truth of the matter is that when you have children, they have to come first...before your job, and I suppose there is ultimately a cost for that.
Especially when there is some childless person who is willing to do the time that you can't.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Oh GOD....WHY???? WHY????
Posted by Radmila at 5:15 PM
"What is believed to be North America's first women's-only pharmacy is set to open Tuesday in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside".
I consistently don't understand why certain groups need to make issues out of non-issues.
Why do women need their own pharmacy?
If mens' groups decided that they needed to have a "male only" pharmacy...certain womens' groups would lose their collective minds. Human Rights violation application at the mere mention of opening such a thing.
Why is it ok for women to discriminate?
I wanted a female GP, so I found a female GP.
If you want a female Pharmacist, there are plenty of them...go to a pharmacy that has one.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
"It's a hot summer afternoon outside Toronto's City Hall and amid the throng of picketing unionized city workers, a dark-haired young woman with a strike sign hanging from her neck is as worried about her wallet as her job."
How many weeks of walking the picket line does it take before you've lost in income what you fought to keep in the contract, and end up behind in the game with less than you started?
Landlords and Human Rights Violations:
"Even when rental housing is available, thousands of marginalized individuals and families cannot make it through the door," says the report by the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation."
See, this is why the City should be responsible for affordable or low income housing.
The article makes all landlords sound like mustache twisting racists.
I don't think it's as simple as that.
Investigators believe Sahel Kazemi, 20, bought the pistol from a private owner Thursday night, not long after she was busted for drunk driving in an SUV with McNair.
Two days later, on Saturday, cops found the weapon under the lovers' lifeless bodies in a luxury condo in downtown Nashville - an apparent murder-suicide.
The former Tennesse Titans icon died just 6 miles away from the home he shared with his wife and three children.
See more pictures of her here.
She has a body to die for...apparently.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
So, I caught the episode below of Hitched or Ditched, and I was torn.
While Torrino's mother is totally a racist, I kinda see some of mom's points.
Ok...not the white devil one...that was stupid...but, when she pointed out to his girlfriend El Lana that she never cooked, or helped out around the house when she was living with Torrino at their home, I was feelin' mom.
I dunno, this whole "I don't cook and clean" badge of honour many 20something women are wearing is really baffling to me.
El Lana, states rather firmly to Torrino's mother that she "doesn't do/enjoy that"...and then starts crying and playing the victim card when his mother states her concerns about the kind of wife she thinks El Lana will be to her son.
Torrino's mother calls her manipulative, and I can see what she's talking about.
Anyone who stands up for herself and states pretty firmly all the things that she will and won't do, generally isn't the kind of person who dissolves into a puddle of tears because someone tells her a few things.
Unless she's manipulative.
Listen, if you love the person you claim to love, you at least make an effort to not put them in a position of hurt, and difficulty when it comes to the people they love other than you..no?
Would it kill her to take a cooking lesson or two from his mother?
Perhaps bond a bit with her?
Help tidy up after dinner?
Jesus Christ...I just don't get it.
If I got started on all the things my West Indian Mother in Law taught me, there wouldn't be enough room on this blog...and while I was learning all those things we became family.