Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
So these are the kinds of journalistic details I really dislike:
1. From a story about a prisoner who ate his cellmate's lung:
"Cocaign, 37, who has a shaved head and whose face is covered in tattoos."
2. From a story about the violent protesters at the G20 summit in Toronto:
"“Why?” shot back a young woman in dreadlocked black hair."
What does it matter if the guy has face tattoos, and this woman has dreadlocks? It is completely irrelevant to the story. All such details do is reveal the prejudices of those who write them.
We had to put Lord Sherringham down this morning. It's too quiet around here with only 1 cat left. Hapoo.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
A constellation once seen
Over Royal David’s city
An epiphany you burn so pretty
Yeah, you are a shining light
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Uma Thurman in In Style:
"I almost never wear heels. And if I have to wear them for the red carpet, I'll always have a pair of flats in the car to change into. My long dresses hide them."
Gasp! The little sneak!
So. In Personal Life Land... my older cat was diagnosed with cancer today. We've been given predizone to get him more comfy for a week or so, but we'll be putting him down quite soon. You may recall my other old cat had to be put down in October. As October-old-cat used to meow: Meh meh meh!!
But my father just sent me a video which is giving me some amoozement in this Time of Need. I won't show it to Sherry-cat, though. It might give him face-smack-with-paw: "Veggies instead of meat? Doh! Why do you only tell me noooow??"
Here are my dad's comments from when he sent the video:
I Believe!!! I Believe!!! I love how they make this soooo sexxy!!! hooo hooooo!! I actually think there's probably some good nutritional reasons to eat a raw-er diet -- but I'm in awe of how they do the HARD SELL on this!! I'm excited! Pizza Cells!!
And then my reply-comments, written as I watched: [For the record, I don't have anything against a raw diet, though I don't believe it's the most healthy way to eat. I do think eating more raw food is good, though. If only cause it's not processed.]
People are getting cancer and dying early! Like... over the age of 80? Horror.
Oh. My. Days. Who is this freaky disco guy? lol
"The most primitive people on earth" -- ??
These people are scary.
Now he's saying an apple tree is alive, but mold isn't. ... ... ...?
Your body needs living food in order to live. Soooo wild animal carnivores aren't alive? [Or can you eat raw meat as part of a raw diet?!]
AHHHH!!! This kind of stuff is soooo ridiculous. But I'm really enjoying it.
The biggest most powerful animals on the planet don't eat meat. ...Yes, except they're herbivores. We're omnivores. It's an advantage.
AHHH! THE BLONDE GUY AGAIN!!!
Thanks for entertaining me in this time of sorrow.
"That pizza becomes part of you."
No wonder comments have been disabled. Can't even imagine.
AHHH! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! THE WINGS!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
But the Fergie shoe accessory look might last longer, because it's a safe extension of the Secret Unspoken Desire to wear socks. ;-) (These are dekkori.)
Monday, June 21, 2010
Here's my guess as to why it's hated -- ageism. It was originally only done by older men, and what The Oldies Do must be bad.
The big question is, if you're cold enough to wear socks, why not put on shoes? Here are my guesses as to the combo...
- You want your feet to be cooler than they would be in shoes, but not totally coldy--which they can be on a summer night. You want your feet to breathe, but you still don't want your skin to be coldies.
- You have bad sandals that rub your feet.
- You don't like getting sand or pebbles in your sandals.
Here is the sock & sandal combo that my dad likes to wear, purposely to bug the anti-S&S crowd.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed
from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can
to be true to yourself.
I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.
I want to know
if you can be alone
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.
By Oriah © Mountain Dreaming,
from the book The Invitation
published by HarperONE, San Francisco,
1999 All rights reserved
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Which do you like best?
Monday, June 14, 2010
"For seven years it's been happening. It's like, 'OK cool, the fat joke,'" she said earlier this year. "I don't think artists are ever the ones who have the problem with their weight, it is other people." - Kelly Clarkson
"A size 2 is not fat!" she seethed on her blog after critics mocked Web photos of her in a bikini in 2007. - Jennifer Love Hewitt
"Growing up, "everyone called me fat," she recently told Tyra Banks. "Every paper, the headline was 'fat, fat, fat.'" - Serena Williams
After being the butt of jokes, the former Jenny Craig spokesperson - who said in May she gained 83 lbs. two years after losing 75 lbs. - Twittered: "TIRED of late night hosts DEGRADING WOMEN PERIOD." - Kirstie Alley (I second that emotion.)
I want a thousand guitars
I want pounding drums
I want a million different voices speaking in tongues
This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?
Thursday, June 10, 2010
After reading Michael Pollan I decided to try going just one week without eating HFCS, just to become conscious of how many things it's in. The result was eating almost no processed foods.
But also--these ads are the height of dorkiness.
But also--it's not the same as sugar, as these ads claim. At least not for rats.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
"I love you but I don't like you all the time!"
Fair enough. We don't like you all the time either.
I was reading a list of "bedtime beauty secrets" on People magazine, and came across this one, from actor Niecy Nash.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Beth Ditto is a large woman, and Gaga and Winehouse are regularly called ugly or mannish by Random Internets People. So... does this mean there's a growing space in Popland for Unconventionally Pretty People? Or maybe there always has been, and these are just the latest Approved Exceptions?
Mind you--since music video channels are no longer the place where people go for their new music (and indeed they barely play videos at all), maybe we're going to experience a slight shift back towards Talent Over Gorgeosity. We all watch videos on youtube and such, but there's a ton more variety in that than in the MTV playlist. And a lot of people discover music through file swapping, which is aural not visual. Going to watch a video might be what you do after you've heard the music. ?
So video killed the radio star--will the internet kill the video star? Probably not--these three women are also well known for their fashion style. But it's going to do something.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
But I think I'm still tryna figure this crap out
Thought I had it mapped out but I guess I didn't
This fucking black cloud's still follows me around
But it's time to exercise these demons
These motherfuckers are doing jumping jacks now!
* I try to use Vevo videos so they won't disappear with time. Sorry for the ads.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
This blog is partly about how to feel better about ourselves, so I talk about self-love a lot--as is the trend in my generation. But I also talk about how we treat other people, which is an equally important subject. Not independence, not dependence, but interdependence.
The subject of empathy seems to be gaining popularity this decade -- three examples: The Age of Empathy, Empathic Civilization (which one of my coworkers highly recommends), and Born for Love. The authors of the last book believe empathy is on the decline, which alarms me since I want to live in a society where people are kind to each other, and less judgmental.
Here are a couple passages from an article on this in Psychology Today (written by one of these authors). To read their theories of why this has happened, go here.
College students who hit campus after 2000 have empathy levels that are 40% lower than those who came before them, according to a stunning new meta-analysis presented to at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science by University of Michigan researchers. It includes data from over 14,000 students.
The survey on empathy used in this study--which you can take for yourself here--however, is another matter. While it so obviously measures empathy that you could easily game it to make yourself look kinder and nicer, the fact that today's college students don't even feel compelled to do that suggests that the study is measuring something real. If young people don't even care about seeming uncaring, something is seriously wrong. Another survey in the research found that people also think that others around them are less compassionate.
And if you have 10 minutes, here is a GREAT cartoon video of the main idea from the Jeremy Rifkin book:
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Is there no end to how stupid we're willing to let the cosmetics companies make us look?
Dr. Judith Hellman, a dermatologist in New York City, did research into gold face creams after enough magazine beauty editors pestered her about them. “At best, they do nothing, and at worst, they can give you irritation of the skin,” she said. “I would tell people to put that money into gold that they can wear around their neck or on their fingers.”
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I think about my size probably twenty times a day. That’s almost twice every waking hour. Honestly, it might be more than that; I’ve never tracked it.
I very rarely think about the fact that I’ve published books, given birth, produced a free podcast to encourage new writers, and taught beginning television students the meaning of narrative. When I do think about these things, my internal response is, “Yeah, well…”
When I think about being fat, my internal response is deep, horrifying shame.
When I lost 20 pounds on Atkins, my sense of my own value went up dramatically. Then I gained the weight back.