Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Jezebel covers Jeremy Scott: Yabba Dabba Don't Fashion.
I think the expression on this model's face says all that you need to know.
I take back the "20 useless feminine products".
#7 would have been totally useful before he strutted his "stuff" down the runway.
20 Useless Feminine Products
19. Pubic Hair Dye
Are ladies self-conscious enough to worry that dudes will notice that the carpet doesn’t match the drapes? Yeah, probably. (Thanks American media.) Well, ladies, if a dude is down there and is commenting about the color of your pubic roots, rest assured, he’s mostly just disappointed that you don’t have a penis.
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Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The last of these features is important with respect to unconditional parenting itself. Most of us would protest that of course we love our children without any strings attached. But what counts is how things look from the perspective of the children — whether they feel just as loved when they mess up or fall short.
I don't believe in unconditional love.
It's a crock.
...as I've said before...but, people still want to believe in it, and often fling the term around rather cavalierly.
...and as for "the perspective of children", that's a hit and miss prospect.
Some personalities are bottomless pits of need, and some are independent souls who need little "boosting". People are complex, and what you say and do as a parent is only part of it.
I love these articles that sound like; "all you need is love" to make a decent person.
I've seen some over-loved little miscreants in my time.
You need more than love, according to my observations.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
"I looked at the patients name while walking into the exam room, I started asking; "What's wrong with..." and stopped because of how odd the name was. I asked the mother (the patient was only 3) "How do you pronounce your child's name?" She looked at me as if I was stupid and said "Sh-theed." Ouch! The patient's name was spelled: SHITHEAD, pronounced: "Sh-theed". What a dumb mom. Poor kid, I hope he isn't getting beaten up in school every day! I saw him often over several years. No lie!"
Monday, September 14, 2009
The Garden is a 2008 documentary film directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. It tells the story of the now demolished South Central Farm; a community garden and urban farm located in Los Angeles, California. The Garden details the plight of the farmers who organized and worked on the farm only to see it sold to a private contractor and threatened with demolition. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature on 22 January 2009.
The Garden includes interviews with Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, and Antonio Villaraigosa. It is due for a limited theatrical release on 24 April 2009. It was released on DVD on August 18, 2009.
While reading various articles on this subject, there are conflicting facts being reported. Some say that Horowitz owned the land from the mid 1980's and this crapstorm started when he sold it, and other reports say that the city of L.A. owned it and sold it to Horowitz and then he tried to get rid of them viewing them as "squatters".
If Horowitz didn't own it, why would the City of Los Angeles sell land that is helping an entire community.
If Horowitz did own it, why should he give it away to squatters?
(I haven't seen the film. But, from the trailer, it looks like it's got a slant.)
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
So, apparently...on my car insurance renewal, I've got the option of "Accident Forgiveness".
Now, for a monthly fee I can prepay for an accident I might have, instead of paying for it 10 times over after I've filed a claim....and if I never have an accident, they get to screw me with my consent.
What a deal!
Friday, September 11, 2009
South African athlete Caster Semenya has been the subject of gender-related cheating allegations. She was forced to take a gender test (perhaps more accurately, a "sex test"), and the results have been released: Semenya is intersexed.
For context: we're not just talking about deeply personal medical news becoming very public world news, we're talking about that happening before the person involved was informed or counseled on the results. And, she had no option to keep the very private information private.
Honestly, I'm horrified at how callous some of the media reports have been.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By 30, you should know:
1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
2. How you feel about having kids.
3. How to quit a job, break up with a man and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
6. The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best tailor
7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
8. How to take control of your own birthday.
9. That you can’t change the length of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.
10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.
13. Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
15. Why they say life begins at 30.
~Pamela Redmond Satran~
(This floated around as something that Maya Angelou wrote. But, she didn't.)
Monday, September 07, 2009
I accidentally ran accross this video of a recent traditional Orthodox Wedding between a Serb (the bride) and a Greek (the groom).
Serbian tradition seems to dominate in the video and it's beautiful.
A must watch.
Click on image to see it.
Friday, September 04, 2009
Heartwarming and heartbreaking story of Wayman Tisdale.
Wayman Lawrence Tisdale (June 9, 1964 – May 15, 2009) was an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association and a smooth jazz bass guitarist. A three-time All American at the University of Oklahoma, he was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Tisdale died on the morning of May 15, 2009 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where his wife had taken him when he had trouble breathing. Tisdale's agent described his death as a "great shock" and noted that Tisdale had been planning to go into the recording studio the following week for a project with jazz guitarist Norman Brown. As yet, it is unconfirmed whether his death was related to his battle with cancer. Tisdale and his wife Regina had four children.
...and some of his music:
On May 21, 2009, 4,000 mourners attended Tisdale's memorial service at the BOK Center in Tulsa. In June 2009 the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa announced that its new specialty health clinic in north Tulsa would be named in Tisdale's honor.
...and his passing:
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Teachers are demanding the right to get drunk at weekends as they protest against a tough new code of conduct.
More than 10,000 have signed a petition calling for the scrapping of rules which require them to uphold 'public trust' in their profession outside school.
The code, drawn up by the General Teaching Council and coming into force next month, aims to reinforce the traditional role of teachers as pillars of society.
It urges teachers to act as role models for pupils inside and outside the classroom by maintaining 'reasonable standards in their own behaviour'.
Made me think of this clip from the British series "Pulling":
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Alice Munro, withdrew her latest collection, Too Much Happiness (out this week), from consideration for the 2009 [Giller]award.
The 78-year-old writer's decision has disappointed literary punters hoping for a close contest for this year's prize between Munro and veteran novelist Margaret Atwood, author of The Year of the Flood (out in September), which is sure to be nominated.
“Her reason is that she has won twice and would like to leave the field to younger writers,” Munro's publisher, Douglas Gibson, confirmed this week. “In my role as greedy publisher I pointed out that the Giller Prize produces so much publicity, that even to be nominated for it is tremendous publicity,” he said. “But her mind is made up on this. Alice preferred to withdraw from the competition.”
Another reason to love Munro.
I don't even care who's nominated anymore because it's always the same old names up there at the top.
Someone else should consider withdrawing too...I won't name any pretentious names, but, let's just say that she doesn't need another one either.