Monday, August 31, 2009

At our BBQ on Saturday, my friend Ngasseu who is from Cameroon was just grooving to the soca that was playing.

Now that I've looked up music from Cameroon, I totally see why!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Rudi Affolter and Gwen Tighe have both experienced strong religious visions. He is an atheist; she a Christian. He thought he had died; she thought she had given birth to Jesus. Both have temporal lobe epilepsy.

Like other forms of epilepsy, the condition causes fitting but it is also associated with religious hallucinations. Research into why people like Rudi and Gwen saw what they did has opened up a whole field of brain science: neurotheology.

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Over the years, I have increasingly believed that mental illness and neurological disorders hide inside religious fanatics.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The message may be well-intentioned and honorable, but it’s made null if its delivery misses its mark. Madonna cannot expect to have her convictions taken seriously if she enters into a socio-political issue as an outsider who has barged her way in with little to no firsthand knowledge of what she speaks and who has no intention of following up on her message.

Apparently, Madonna lectured Romanian fans on discrimination against Roma people in that country.

Act One. Fred and Barney.

Contributing editor Jonathan Goldstein’s story about trouble in the

Town of Bedrock. One day, when he’s backing out of his driveway, Barney accidentally runs over and kills a dinosaur that belongs to his neighbor and best friend, Fred. In the ensuing series of phone messages (performed by Jonathan [as Barney] and contributor David Rakoff [as Fred]), the two friends air some long-simmering grievances in their friendship—which might end it altogether.

It's worth listening to the whole segment, but the Fred and Barney bit cracked me up.
It starts at 6:02

How to hide from unwanted clients:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

At almost the same time, details emerged that Muhammad-Haroon was facing charges of theft under $5,000 and was recently fired from his summer job with IBM. He was also scheduled to leave the country the day of his supposed abduction, which is not allowed for individuals facing criminal charges.

They say that personalities respond to stress differently.
They're said to have a "fight or flight" reaction to situations that are challenging.

This situation is one of those "why the hell?" things.

You get a job at IBM and you steal from them?
Like IBM is some sort of amateur operation that doesn't have security in place?
Dude, you got a job at a company that most students would be happy for the opportunity to have.

I suspect that his "flight" response was because he couldn't bring himself to tell his parents about the theft. Now, instead of quietly dealing with it as the stupid actions of an immature young person, and a family, the whole country knows what you've done.

Well done.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009


(the video is not complete...but, you'll get the idea)

Rhythm 10, 1973 - Marina Abramovic

In her first performance Abramović explored elements of ritual and gesture. Making use of twenty knives and two tape recorders, the artist played the Russian game in which rhythmic knife jabs are aimed between the splayed fingers of her hand (5-finger fillet). Each time she cut herself, she would pick up a new knife from the row of twenty she had set up, and recorded the operation.

After cutting herself twenty times, she replayed the tape, listened to the sounds, and tried to repeat the same movements, attempting to replicate the mistakes, merging together past and present. She set out to explore the physical and mental limitations of the body – the pain and the sounds of the stabbing, the double sounds from the history and from the replication. With this piece, Abramović began to consider the state of consciousness of the performer. “Once you enter into the performance state you can push your body to do things you absolutely could never normally

I must admit, I don't get it.

Is this for real?

via I have seen the whole of the internet

Friday, August 21, 2009

Stuff White People do says:

More and more frequently these days, white people are claiming that they don't see race -- that they're "colorblind."

"You know something?" they might say to a black person, "I never even notice that you're black!"

This statement always makes me laugh...because it's a little condescending (not to mention impossible), even though it's meant to make someone feel more "at ease".

White people usually think that "racists" are the ones who harbor racist thoughts and feelings, and thus the ones who commit "racist" acts. However, as Derald Wing Sue suggests, there are many, many ways in which white people can act with unwarranted and unconscious aggression toward people of color, and thus, act in "racist" ways. Mistaking non-white people for service workers is but one common example.

I've mistaken white people for service workers, and I've been mistaken for one as well.
So, this is also one of those things that can be misunderstood as racism.
Although I see the bloggers' point, and know that it does happen often.

But, sometimes when it's the embarrassment alone that puts that person in their place.

A friend of mine who was the facilitator for a workshop and entered the kitchen of the office where she was going to be teaching for a glass of water. An employee immediately started giving her orders for where the platters were supposed to go in the conference room.

When the employee realized her mistake...

There are many reasons to be angry about the lack of experience many white people have with not only race, but culture as well.

The irony is that many people who point out racism, and how they've been slighted don't see themselves as racist when they make disparaging remarks about white people.
I've been in situations where I've had to tolerate anti-white remarks, and in some cases been outright insulted, and unapologetically at that.

Racism doesn't only have a white face. We all have a long way to go, people.

Link via aloha nico.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

There are songs that I was introduced to only through my mister and his Guyanese old school ways. There are certain songs that he plays that remind me of the Guyanese dances he used to take me to when we first met.

Dances where older couples glide across the floor perfectly, and you can be thrown back to another time...a time before you were born, but relived through the complete moves of another generation.

He designed his own car, and it's pretty great.

See what he did here.

via A Welsh View

Every time I see something like this, I think about how much is wasted for amusement or "art".

When I read that some community has made the biggest pancake or the biggest muffin, and they list 750 eggs, 23 gallons of milk, and so on...all I can think about is the people in those communities who could have used those eggs and milk and flour...and not for amusement, for food.

It's just one of those things that makes me suck my teeth.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Elizabeth A. Thrasher, 40, of the 1300 block of Farm Valley Drive, is accused of posting an ad to the website’s “Casual Encounters” section to humiliate the 17-year-old daughter of a woman her ex-husband was dating.

I'll never understand why people like this target innocents.
What does the 17 year old daughter have to do with anything?
Why should she have to be humiliated?

Because Liz is nuts, that's why.

Exercises in self-esteem building.

via Funkaoshi.

Apparently, Coors Light had a contest called "Coors Light...colder than...." looking for a slogan.

This is apparently what won.

You know what ran through my mind when I saw it?

"Oh, F*CK off."

Evidently, we are the center of the Canadian universe.

Get out the snifter.... fill it with Courvoisier, put on your best powder blue polyester pant suit, pat your comb over, put on your best gold chain.
...and don't forget your 007 viagra ring!

Monday, August 17, 2009

via Bits and Pieces

Last night, we watched Última Parada 174 about the real life story of Sandro do Nascimento and the high jacking of a public bus just outside Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Botanico.

He took its driver and 10 passengers hostage on June 12, 2000.

It prompted me to look up the original documentary after reading about it on IMDB.

Here is part one:

Follow the rest on YouTube.

Owners of pint-sized Smart cars aren't laughing about reports that vandals may be targeting the tiny vehicles in a 21st-century take on tipping cows over.

Friday, August 14, 2009

"Type "labiaplasty," "vaginoplasty" or any of nearly a dozen female genital cosmetic surgeries into any search engine, and a flurry of doctors' Web sites will pop up touting the self-esteem, sexual enhancement, comfort and fashion benefits of female genital cosmetic surgery."

Well, of course once I read the article, I absolutely had to google labiaplasty(NSFW!! NSFW!!)...(my experience with noting differences in labias is severely limited).

I assumed that the women who were having this procedure done had grotesquely deformed or misshapen labias, labias that are mini penises in size. I pictured embarrassing bulges that had to be rolled up and uncomfortably tucked...I mean, how often are you showing your labia that you would have go under the knife to "make it pretty"?

What is "pretty" in terms of labian anyway?

Didn't many an painter pay homage to the labia? Hiding it's image in flowers and leaves, linens and backgrounds?

Well, from the pictures I saw...let's just say that the "after" photos are nothing like Georgia O'Keefe paintings.

Am I missing something?

Is this something that is worth going under the knife for if you're not a porn star or stripper?
...or even if you are.

...Wow, how much are women learning to hate every natural thing about themselves?

Enlighten me.

Sugar Sammy

Thursday, August 13, 2009

How abortions actually occur:

via: men do make passes at girls who wear glasses

Problem is that if you can easily "steal" them...they can be easily "stolen" from you as well.

eh...I just hate people who can't find their own happiness and covet what others have, and seek to destroy it.

via I can read

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Nothing attached to the Former YU is sacred.

True Capitalism.

My mother has been in and out of hospital over the years, and the care that she's received has been exemplary.

Hospital staff, EMS workers, Doctors...all of them.

My own care when I was sick years ago was very good. I can't complain about it. I didn't like my first Specialist, I was given the option of others.
The second Specialist was wonderful.

Kind and compassionate.

No matter how many Canadians complain about our healthcare isn't this.

So, while there is two tiered healthcare in this country for those who can afford speedier tests, and more comfortable hospital stays...for the rest of us, our healthcare system is good.

Not perfect.
But, at least existent for everyone.

While American zealots can predict euthanasia, and sinister government conspiracies, my own experience in this country has been Doctors who have chosen their profession for the right reason.

My own Doctor whom I've been with since I was 18 years old...and about whom I complain on occasion because sometimes I wait over an hour to see her....when she sits with me, and examines me...spends sometimes 40 minutes to an hour talking about my life situation, my health, and reminding me that she has known me, and taken care of me, and watched my health since I was 18.

It's comforting.

I know that not everyone has been as fortunate as I have been with healthcare providers, but...I have nothing to complain about.

It's not this.

My healthcare has been free.

How anyone can be against US healthcare reform is baffling to me.

Thanks SinPantalones for the link.

I love NPR.

"They end up seeing a side of people, that honestly... changes how you feel about everybody. You really wish you never saw it".

I hope the people behind the counter get properly all that I can say.

"Now, the girl was a consenting partner (inasmuch as you can consent to anything when you’re 11 years old.) She got drunk on cider to steel herself up for it and then posted the pictures herself, even captioning one as “tits oot.” So maybe she is this mythical wild child succubus or whatever, but really the whole thing all around speaks to just a weirder, bigger cultural phenomenon. Is there really any doubt that this little girl is emulating “adult” pop starlets with their sex tapes and leaked nude photos that make them all the rage and suddenly legit? And is there any doubt that this little dude is taking his sexual assault trial behavior cues from celebrity adult role models?"

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Karee Gibson has potentially traded 15 minutes of "fame" for a few years in the pen. Her behavior on WEtv's "Bridezillas" was so whacked out that it actually violated her parole, and now she's facing jail time.

Some brides to be are insane.

Story found at Lemondrop

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Photographs by Maisie Crow.

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Today's Quote:

"Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm".

— Stephen Wright -

How do you bathe your cat?

"I told a student in kindergarten that candy canes were the bones of reject elves".

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