Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Lets think about this

This painting is entitled, The Last Breakfast. You'll notice that all the characters in the painting are cartoon characters that advertise various types of children's cereals. Usually these cereals are terribly unhealthy for a child to eat on a daily basis, yet they are heavily promoted as "part of a balanced breakfast".

You find find more thought provoking paintings at popaganda.com.

Top three things to do when bored at work

3. Check your email...check your email again...and again. ...and AGAIN...wait...i think i finally got something this time!

2. Obsess about celebrity gossip and fashion. Its so much more fun to poke fun at celebrities wearing giant flowers and two coats than actually work up some enthusiasm for real life issues.

1. Spin in your chair. This might sound pointless and boring, but i assure myself it is less pointless and less boring than staring at the lights of my computer for the next two hours.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Movies movies movies

I have a great love of film. I love morbid comedies like the whole 9 yards (and its sequel, the whole 10 yards), grosse pointe blank...and so on.


The newest comedy to appeal to my morbid nature is called War, Inc. True, it isn't out yet. and no i haven't seen it. but i am anticipating it quite a bit. After all, a hit-man with a conscious is always more fun than the regular action film.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Truly sexist?


Apparently some churches in Sweden are banning fathers giving away their daughters. The reason for banning it is because it's sexist.

Couples who marry "are equal when it comes to finances, politics, values ... but when they come to the church ... the woman suddenly turns into a man's property"Lutheran Church vicar, Yvonne Hallin said.

I was walked down the aisle my by father, but i was not given away by him. I too, felt like being "given away" was being treated like i was property. Yet, i was still happy for my father to walk me down the aisle to symbolise the life i had led with my family was ending.

So is being given away at a wedding too traditional? Is it truly treating women like property or celebrating tradition and giving parents their rightful respect?

Would it be sexist if the man was given away by his family as well?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Unfortunate names

Don't ya hate it when you work out a name for a object (or possibly child) only to discover the acronym is something like "Unholy" or "Twit"?

such was the case for the poor South Lake Union Trolley...er, i mean, Streetcar, in Seattle.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I thought about you

I sat in the quiet and thought about you. I didn't need pictures or music, because your image is ingrained in my mind. I thought about our life and what it has meant. I thought about you and all that you've done.

I wondered how we drifted apart. I wondered how you made the decisions you made.

My feelings for you are still the same. They are not soft or hard. They are merely the same.

I wish you the best as you travel this life. I wish you hope and love and life. But i will not be there as you walk this road. I was never your belonging. i was always my own.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Guest poster

Hey!

i'm doing a bit of posting this week on my sister's site: THE COLLABORATION

This week will feature a lot of BAD POETRY (not by me, thank goodness). But if you're interested, she'd enjoy an increased hit count.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Bad Day

Its a bad day when you're in a car accident. It's even worse when your declared dead. But what is worse than that? When you aren't dead but wake up during your own autopsy.

Carlos Camejo, from Venezuela was pronounced dead after a highway accident. He was taken to the morgue, then into autopsy where the pain of facial incisions apparently woke him up.

His grieving widow rushed to the hospital to identify the body, only to find the body still moving! I imagine her day improved at this point.

So the moral of the story is...even if you're 'dead', your day can still get worse..or better, depending on your perspective.

Friday, September 14, 2007

AMEN SISTA!
I'm glad to know not the entire media is stupid

Thursday, September 13, 2007

It happened late one night

I lay sleeping (as one does at 2 am) and suddenly a strange sound woke me from my slumber. It wasn't making any sense until my hubby asked me where the phone was. It instantly dawned on me that it was my house phone ringing...and apparently it had been ringing for a while.
I told hubby where i last remembered the phone and he ran to get it but it stopped before he got there. Next my mobile started ringing. By this time i was certain that it was probably someone from my family (who are not based on the same side of the world as i am) calling to tell me something. I decided that it must be important because they had never called at 2 am before!

I tried to grab my phone, but in my sleepy stuper, i failed to answer it before it went to voice mail.

Deciding that it must not really be that important i tried to go back to sleep.

This was not to be.

My conscious began to work and suggest all sorts of reasons why a call in the middle of the night should be returned. So i slowly got out of bed and rang my mother. (if anything was wrong she'd know)

She answered her phone with a certain amount of curtness which i found unusual. Apparently she was in the middle of the meeting and thought i was someone else.

She said that it had been my sister that rang but that my sis was in NEW YORK without her mobile phone so i wouldn't be able to call her back. I figured that it must be impressive movement to get from my mother's office to NEW YORK in the space of 10 minutes!

I went back to bed satified that i'd done everything i could do to get in contact with the sista.

I closed my eyes and began to see unicorns dancing when suddenly the unicorns turned blue and started ringing. My mobile phone was lighting up and indicating i had another call. So i slowly grabbed the phone and answered it.

Sure enough. it was my sis. She just wanted to use up a bit of time while she waiting for her plane. She had another 4 hours before her plane left and was stuck at the airport. She wanted me to help use up the time.

I helped her with 22 minutes and 34 seconds of it. Then i fell asleep. I think i hung up the phone first...

The 15th Century Email

Due to my lack of inspiration today, i thought i'd share another youtube clip. This clip meshes the excitement historical message services with today's instant messaging with email.

It's definately a clip that makes you glad to be living in a century where you don't have to re-do an entire message when you make a spelling mistake.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Its Britney Bitch

i am not a Britney fan. Usually i enjoy bagging her out more than any sort of support.

Yet, as i finally watched the youtube clip with Britney dancing away at the MTV awards, i felt a bit bad for her. I watched her swagger, stumble and mumble various things...and i did wonder if she really wanted a come-back. I mean, with two young kids, a media flaunted depression, and a divorce battle, how committed can she possibly be to this comeback?

Having said that, i read a review that referred to her body as unacceptable. I nearly gagged! If a woman is not allowed to look like this after she's had two children, exactly what sort of hope to "normal" people have of ever being "perfect"? I felt that her weight should not have even been an issue, being that she was there to perform. Criticise her style, her moves, her song, but to rate her body is just tacky (even if her dress sense sort of asks for it)

But if anyone else was interested in watching the clip of her dancing...or rather stumbling at the MTV awards....here be the clip

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fear and loathing in september

As another September 11 passes, i can't help but feel a bit annoyed. To be honest, i'm not sure who i'm annoyed at. Possibly its the media for constantly bringing up "that day". Perhaps its with the people interviewed who seemed to have made it their life's purpose to be interviewed every September 11.

Yes, i do believe that the date marks a terrible tragedy. And no i don't think the family or friends can just "get over it". But it would be nice if they'd move on. Mourning the dead every year is respectful, obsessing over them for an entire month is emotionally and physically unhealthy.

Perhaps i'm being too harsh on the public. Perhaps it is the fault of the media that this day seems to continue to live on and on and on. Perhaps it is their tasteless attempt at boosting rating by re-hashing a world horror. (after all mass death moves papers and gets people watching) If only they let the day be just a day, maybe the people would feel they could move on. Perhaps....perhaps.

Either way i'm annoyed that a date that used to commemorate birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and family get-to-gethers is now the constant reminder that we live in a world run by fear. Is this really what we want this day to represent? Is this really what we want for the future?

survey says...

1. Do you think you will be in a relationship 3 months from now?
excluding death, i can not see a reason why not.

2. What color are your eyes?
depends on the day. mondays-thursday they are brown, friday-sunday they are green. If i get sick, they turn pink and red.

3. What's the last thing someone said to you?
it was uninspiring and frankly unbelievable. so i'll make up a quote that sounds more real: "kristin, you are the most amazingly stunning woman i've ever met. Your like superwoman without the tacky clothing!"

4. What does your last text say?
'we should do that!"...actually it said something more racey but i won't comment on exactly what it said because i'm sure there are minors who read this and minors don't always get to see their families for long periods of time (them being forced to be underground and live in remote places for mining) so i wouldn't want to get them too excited about that sort of thing.

5. What is the total call time on your phone?
not sure. sometimes it decides to make calls all by itself and i can never tell how long it chooses to talk to other people/phones in such a manner.

6. What messaging system do you use?
drum beats. I find they are very effective in attracting attention.

7. Do you smoke cigarettes?
i thought it would be more fun to pour acid down my throat and gargle, so i went with the more fun option.

8. When is the last time you cursed?
now if i told you that it would no longer be a secret and i'd have to go to confession. At confession they'd probably make me do something like 15 Ellen Whites and 10 Our Prophets!

9. Do you have a dog?
yes. i have substituted a four legged creature in place of a child.

10. What is the last item you gave away?
it was some battery operated thingy that i'm sure those previously mentioned minors don't want to know about.

11. Do you own a stereo that cost more than $100?
i believe i do...We were given on for our wedding. Very nice one that only works when we tell it to. Unfortunately we still haven't taught it to role over..only play dead.

12. What is one thing you question?
this question. how is it possible to pick one question that i question. it just isn't fair!

13. Where do you see yourself in 4 years?
i left my crystal ball at home so i can't say for sure. I'm guessing it would say on the cover of WHO magazine.

15. Have you ever hiked up a mountain?
only with Salty the SINGING SONGBOOK! (if you don't get this joke...your lucky)

16. Do you remember singing any songs as a kid?
see previous answer

17. Are you married?
yes i am. He is 5 foot 9. blond, blue eyes. very sexy with a massive...foot. (actually they really aren't the same sizes. He broke his leg when he was younger and had to have this cast on that made one leg grow slower than the other. so one foot is really bigger than the other) and NO YOU CAN'T HAVE HIM!

18. When was the last time you talked to one of your siblings?
in person? um...its been a while. on the phone? last week. online: today! see i really a a good sista

19. Are you the oldest of your siblings?
HELL YES! and they better not EVA forget it!...until we all get really old and then i'm willing to let my little bro be the oldest.

20. Who are you talking to right now?
you

21. Have you ever told someone of the opposite sex you loved them and meant it?
of course. but then i realised that you can't actually love the ken doll. no matter what the plastic underwear imply.

23. Would you like to live in New York City?
i think i've had enough living in the USA...although i keep hearing that living in New York is more like living in a foreign country anyway...so...no.

24. Is there anyone that doesn't like you because of something you didn't even do?
yes. and i adamantly deny i put the raw sausages in his bed, no matter WHAT he *says* he saw me do!

25. Do you miss someone?
lots of times. but my aim is improving.

26. Do you think they miss you too?
every time! they'll NEVER catch me!

26. Will you ever speak to them again?
who? the person who isn't allowed to hit me? probably. but it will inevitably consist of "STOP IT!!"

27. What would you do if you saw George Bush walking down the street?
i see him walking down the street lots of times. Usually i change the channel and watch something less painful. (presidents really should have training on how to chew gum and walk at the same time)

28. What would you do if you found out you had an identical twin?
wonder what else my mom has kept from me (can't top this answer, bri)

29. If your crush asked you out right now, what would you do?
i dont have a crush...i have a husband. He's much better looking than a crush...plus i've already mentioned about the foot thang!

30. When is the last time you laughed?
now...damn that was a serious answer. i'll work never to do that again!

31. Have you ever been in a museum?
i love museums they smell like old people and old people are rich which means that we should all go to museums often to get rich.

32. What does your mom call you?
remember the minors? we can't use that sort of language around people who only hear the sound of a pick and rock all day!

33. Are you racist?
as in, do i enjoy races? not recently. all the horses are sick with some sort of flu and it isn't helping the racing industry at ALL!

35. Has anyone told you that they like you more than a friend?
not recently. would anyone like to start the trend?

36. How old are you?
old enough to know that a real woman does not give her age....i'm 25.

37. Do you plan to go to college?
not anymore. been there done that...probably going back next year.

38. What are you doing tomorrow?
getting a massage...working...sleeping...hopefully getting well and truly ducked! (damn my 'f' and 'd' keys got mixed up!)

39. What did you do yesterday?
what is with your questions!? leave my personal life out of this!

40. What have you eaten today?
again more personal questions! that's it, i'm out of here. i told my publicist that i wouldn't have anymore of these sorts of questions in interviews. i'm tired of you people prying into my personal life! and NO I DON'T HAVE A MAJOR EATING DISORDER!

[angry foot steps march out. door slams shut]

Monday, September 10, 2007

Good and Evil


Did you know that the old testament was written without the concept of evil? Sure they had the concept of bad n the sense "undesirable" but they didn't have the concept of absolute evil. While Satan does make an appearance in the old testament it is not as the devil. It is an an angel who argues against humans. He isn't the absolute evil, in fact the Angel of Death counts as much worse than Satan, although even he is not absolute evil.

Absolute Good or Evil is an interesting concept. It is almost comforting to know there is a completely pure being. The problem with this idea of absolutes is that it often leads to some pretty horrible things being done.

For Example: The Inquisition. with the Christian community knowing they were right and good and had (the ultimate) Good on their side, they were justified in doing anything they wanted to the "evil" fraction of the world. This led to horrific torture, murders, and sadistic raping of minds and bodies by the "faithful".

The Crusades. Many peoples were displaces, killed, and sold for the good of the Christian nations. Because these nations were under the absolute right, they were justified in going the extra mile in "beating" the devil out of the non-believers. It also allowed for taking of lands, belongings, and anything else the Christians desired because "they were the good guys".

Today the fight is very complicated with all sides believing they have the absolute right on their side. These ideas of absolute right lead to countries believing that torture is justified, human bombs are holy, and civilians are just as guilty as warriors. The horrors of these crimes are safely hidden behind a TV screen but they still are there.

Many more examples of belief in the absolute could be given. The point isn't that absolutes cause pain, which they do, but rather that absolutes are not needed. The trouble is, these absolutes were created by man. Man "figured them out". If everything that man comes up with is flawed, this too must be flawed. From the evidence of history, these concepts of absolute, don't do us any favours either. So maybe its time to let them go.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

In a box

he sits in a box
with not even sox
to watch the day go by

He might get let out
buts its a pretty strong doubt
cause the clouds are in the sky

If rain were to fall
He won't be dry at all
So in his box he'll lie


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

ugh

another cold day....
*not actual picture taken from my backyard.

Monday, September 03, 2007

FAST FACTS



Did you know?



Mammals are the only animals with flaps around the ears.

African elephants only have four teeth to chew their food with.

There are about one billion cattle in the world of which 200 million are in India.

A house fly lives only 14 days.

A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a duck and a rooster the first to fly in a hot air balloon.

The oldest breed of dog is the Saluki.

The bee hummingbird of Cuba is the smallest bird in the world.

An ostrich can run up to 70 km/h (43mph).

An annoyed camel will spit at a person.

The world's smallest dog is the Chihuahua, which means "tiny dog in the sky."

Pea crabs (the size of a pea) are the smallest crabs in the world.

75% of wild birds die before they are 6 months old.