stolen gem

31 03 2008

*credit due to Duarte





This night is winding down…but time means nothing.

31 03 2008

I crossed over to the darkside yesterday and *gulp* bought and iPod. Years and years I have avoided doing so, but seeing how my life is currently creating a soundtrack for itself I thought it might be nice to have an actual score to go along with it. I am going to attempt to add a list through HypeM.com on the side of my blog to keep you up to date on some good finds.

Speaking of Apple – great article uncovering their underbelly of deception.

How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong

http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/16-04/bz_apple?currentPage=all





shock me like an electric eel

31 03 2008
Just stumbled upon this (http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23367629-5006007,00.html) article today which reminded me of a similar article I had written last year based on this (http://www.macleans.ca/homepage/magazine/article.jsp?content=20070409_104111_104111) article. The writing was a bit rushed for it (class daily deadline) but you’ll get the idea. Enjoy.
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Who is healthy and what is sexy has recently become a renewed debate raging everywhere from message boards to movie sets to modeling agencies. With the introduction of the waif-look by Twiggy in the seventies, its resurgence in the nineties by Kate Moss, and now by celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe – many fear the pressure to be super-thin is out of control.

The female obsession with weight, shape and dieting has become so common that it is now considered a normal female behaviour. Many outside influences such as family, peers, schools, athletics, health care professionals, and most strongly, the mass media, have begun to reinforce this perfectionist ideal.

One of the most controversial and commonly discussed culprits according to celebrity bloggers is celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe. Perez Hilton, online blogger known as the “Queen of all Media,” claims that Zoe provides her long list of celebrity cliental – which includes Micha Barton, Lindsay Lohan, and Nicole Richie- with substances from crystal meth, prescription ADHD drug Adderall XR, and most commonly clenbuterol (a breathing medication for horses.)
Clenbuterol specifically melts fat in the body. It acts as a stimulant to the heart and nervous system, raising a person’s metabolism therefore burning more calories. This very dangerous drug has some very nasty side effect as well, which include sudden ballooning weight gain in some cases where the body is trying to combat the sudden fat storage losses. The Los Angeles Times has even gone as far as accusing Zoe of single handedly bringing anorexia back o the mainstream.

Recently, Zoe has been publicly fired by her “lollipop stars” Nicole Richie and Lindsey Lohan, both of whom have gained weight since becoming independent. Richie even went as far as to overtly accuse Zoe in a blog that was published on her myspace site.

Women are exposed to more media images today then any other time in history. Not only are the images presented though mass media negative and objectifying women, but the female ideal weight also seems to be progressively decreasing. Models were first “slimmed down” in 1947, weighing in at an average of 125 lb. In 1970, an average model was 5 ft 8 in. and weighed a mere 118 pounds. This figure has continued to decrease with time, as the standard is getting progressively
taller and thinner.

Young girls now see celebrities getting thinner as they become more famous, which sends a message that it is unnatural to be naturally sized. On average, movie stars have 10% body fat, while normal women have 25%.

Young models who suffer from eating disorders is an ancient topic. What is new however, is the alarming number of young models suffering and yet they continue to work. The root of the problem stems from the fact that most models do not believe they are suffering from a disorder. They believe that by subjecting themselves to intense self-regulation is a part of the job in order to maintain their “body capital” and they do so without acknowledging the consequences. Twenty years ago, models’ body weight was 8 percent below the average and now, it is 23 per cent below the average. Having to compete with younger, thinner models and not deviating from the ideal dimensions (34-24-34) can cause much strain and stress on the models – and quite frequently, they are tempted to resort to external measures to maintain their figures.





cult of the dead fish

31 03 2008

Stumbled upon this video today. Very curious indeed. Here is a youtube type snippet of it. The rest of the film can be found at http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/ . I’m planning on watching it all later this afternoon and posting my comments soon afterwards.





horendous.

26 03 2008

Dad guilty of putting baby in microwave

Wednesday Mar 26 11:17

AP – A young father has been convicted of badly injuring his infant daughter by putting her in a microwave in a Texas hotel room, with jurors rejecting his claim he was insane at the time.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=267970

What is this world coming to? First I read a story today about a circus in Italy which tortured two sisters. One, who was 16, was thrown into a tank full of flesh eating Piranhas for viewers enjoyment, while the other sister who was 19 was placed in a tank and had snakes thrown at her! Next I read a story about a father in the states which beat his 17 month old daughter to death after she accidentally caused his Xbox to fall and break. Now this story?

Personally I have always been a proponent of abolishing the death penalty, however these last few stories have provided an opportunity for reflection. The result? I still agree we are no worse then them if we take a life ourselves; its not our place to do so no matter how brutal the crime.

What should be reinstated is medieval forms of torture. Screw putting these rapists, pedophiles, serial killers and other psychotic criminals behind bars to live a life to solitude; reading books, getting an education, watching television even! The state of certain prisons are far to leisurely and accommodating for what these people deserve. I know, this is pretty harsh, but how can you feel otherwise after hearing about a man putting his baby daughter in a microwave! Here are a few “suggestions”…

Judas Cradle – The Judas Cradle is a very painful torture. The victim was seated on a triangular-shaped seat where he or she was slowly impaled.
Coffin Torture – The coffin torture – a very cruel medieval device where the victim was locked for hours or longer.
The Brazen Bull – The brazen bull was a terrible torture device used in ancient Greece and throughout the Middle Ages.
The Rack Torture – The rack is commonly referred as the most painful medieval torture of them all.
The Water Torture – There were many ways to punish a victim with the use of water. This article explains the most common forms of such torture.
Exposure – A terrible torture that was often deadly. The exposure was a method used all around medieval Europe. The sentence depended on the crime.
The Chair of Torture – A striking instrument, the Chair was widely used throughout medieval Europe and beyond. It’s origins are not clear, but the truth remains: This is one of the most painful and psychologically striking tortures ever devised by the human mind.
The Pear of Anguish – A very painful torture applied almost exclusively on witches, liars, blasphemers and homosexuals.
The Rat Torture – Rats were used for torture. They were free, available and painful if known how to use.
The Breast Ripper – A very cruel form of torture was the Breast Ripper. A variant, The Spider, was similarly painful and frequently fatal.
The Head Crusher – The head crusher was a psychologically striking instrument that was mainly used to extract confessions.
Saw Torture – The Saw was a humiliating and painful torture available everywhere.
The Virgin of Nuremberg (The Maiden) – The Maiden, also known as the Virgin of Nuremberg, was a torture device that consisted of a coffin with the face of a maiden full of spikes on every wall.
The Spanish Tickler – A terrible torture used to tear a victim’s flesh apart. It was commonly used in Spain.
Garrotte Torture – The Garrotte was mostly used for executions and was very frequently used in Spain, hence its name.
Flagellation (Whipping) – Describes the act of flagellation or whipping. Its use was very common in Ancient Rome, but it was stil a favorite form of punishment during the Middle Ages.
The Wheel Torture (Breaking Wheel) – The Wheel torture was a very painful form of capital punishment. Death could be prolonged to a day or more.
Foot Roasting – Foot roasting was used in the Middle Ages to extract confessions. The Templar Knights, among many other orders, were tortured with this same method.
Burning at the Stake – Being burned at the stake was a terrible way to die. It could take several hours for death to occur and the causes of death were diverse.
Thumbscrew Torture – A painful torture mostly used to extract confessions before moving to more painful torture methods.
The Heretics Fork – A painful torture used to restrain a victim. It was used throughout the Middle Ages, but it reached its peak during the Spanish Inquisition.
Flaying Torture – A very old and painful method that consists of “skinning” a person alive.
Lead Sprinkler – The lead sprinkler was used to torture victims by pouring molten metals in different parts of their body.
Knee Splitter – Used for destroying body parts, the knee splitter was a terrifying torture device that could even bring death.
The Spanish Spider – A variant of the breast ripper, the Spanish Spider is an instrument capable of mutilating a woman’s breasts.
Pillory Torture – A mild form of punishment, the pillory was frequently used in the medieval world.

…just joking! There all abit harsh. Perhaps force them to listen to Britney Spears or Barbra Streisand on repeat… 24/7. Don’t let them shower, decay in their own filth. Solitary confinement… permanently. Prison rape? What? I didn’t see anything happen….




im in love…

25 03 2008

…with netvibes.com

This AMAZING website is the ultimate homepage.

You can display;

– as many feeds as you like
– a summarized update of your facebook account with active links
– new e-mails from your hotmail or other e-mail host
– the weather in your area (up to 10 days!)
– Post it notes
– To do lists
– FREE 1G file storage!!!
– Google/Yahoo/Youtube etc. search fields
Snippits of your favourite websites
– Calendar and scheduling
SOO much more!

The possibilities are really endless with this site. You can customize every element; from arrangement to size to colour. There are THOUSANDS of applications and widgets. All of your content can be colour coordinated and separated into separate tabs for organization purposes! *breathe*





reliving childhood nightmares

24 03 2008


oh god. not another one.

“Patricia the Stripper” by The Wombats

She works downtown in an unmarked bar,
Flyin’ round poles she always gave me the fright of my life
I didn’t mean to get involved it was the alcohol
Mixed with and empty feeling inside
Its such a bad idea to fall in love with a ‘lady of the night’

Why didn’t God give her two left feet
Then she couldn’t run away from me!

Months go by and I’m alone in bed
While she’s greasing up for when the businessmen and lawyers arrive
I’ve got to wear a beard a suit and tie
To get past the door if I want to see my girl tonight
I go to all this effort just to see my fair Patricia going home with some other guy

Why didn’t God give her two left feet
Then she couldn’t run away from me!
Why didn’t God give her two left feet
then she couldn’t run away from me!

She thinks I’m sad and that’s alright
But she doesn’t hate me so there’s my little alibi
I can’t, I can’t leave, I can’t I can’t I can’t
She’s my coked-up botox girl

Patricia, Patricia
Oh Patricia the Stripper you are my sunshine
Oh Patricia the stripper come on home tonight
Oh Patricia the Stripper you are my sunshine
So why can’t you come home with me tonight?

***Please note. My mother used to play the original song, by Chris DeBurgh, when I was young and tell me that if I was a bad little girl I would become a stripper when I grew up. Lets just say the closest I have come to fullfilling that prophecy was working at the brass rail… I mean Brasserie.****