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July 7, 2012

A book, a fight and an explanation.

Here are some things that I absolutely loved this week:

1. Nick Miller’s new book Isn’t It Pretty to Think So

Just so happen to be a friend of mine, but that does not alter my opinion that this book will be a classic book of this century. An equal amount of the underbelly of West Hollywood and the beauty of Los Angeles as a whole to make you feel like you’ve lived there your entire life. Additionally, the dialog between characters in this book kept my highlighter running dry. Available in print and kindle. GET IT WHILE IT’S HOT!

2. Jaime Lanister vs. Eddard Stark Lightsaber Battle

Makes me miss Star Wars AND Game of Thrones. ’nuff said.

3. FINALLY somebody made an Obamacare explanation for a 5-year-old. Not that any 5-year-old I know would ever want to know about it. But if they did, here it is!

Full article here

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February 4, 2012

Thank you, Grammarly.com

Ok so my laptop was stolen at a halloween party I had three months ago and SOMEHOW BY THE ACT OF GOD the person who stole it either felt bad or got cold feet and

RETURNED IT!!! So, in those three months, my posts were few and far between because I was dealing with an ipad instead of an actual computer…

But here I am on my computer again!! Reunited and it feels so good!!

AANNNDDD here’s my first post with my newly-not-so-new computer back

I think that’s it for now

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December 29, 2011

Wait, I’m sorry, who died?

North Korea, what did you know of this man that we were taught to hate?

The way America thinks of the late Kim Jong Il:

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The Way North Korea thinks of him:

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December 6, 2011

Derek Boogaard Proves We are Only Animals

I know absolutely nothing about hockey. I’m not super into sports because I feel like it distracts the masses while sh*t gets real around the people too busy watching the game instead of the news. Pretty smart, I think. You give your people their cheap bread and cheap circus and you’ve got yourself a happy, quiet society. Look around you.
1. “CHEAP BREAD” (or food in general):

Real price, fake chicken.

Yea, sure. Feed your family of four for only ten bucks. None of your kids will last past 65-years-of-age BUT that’s later on and this is right now and RIGHT NOW you only have 10 bucks because your husband lost his job and your house was foreclosed. Drastic? Not really. It happens everyday

2. CHEAP ENTERTAINMENT:
Enter Derek Boogaard. AKA The Boogey Man

Standing at 6’8″ and weighing in at 245, when Boogaard gets on the ice, grown men cower.

Now this is not a post bashing on the late Mr. Boogaard in any way. He was an excellent hockey player and dedicated his life to the sport. HOWEVER, back to my point about sports, Boogaard is a perfect example of cheap entertainment. You can buy pretty crappy tickets to a game for cheap if you have to OR watch it from home and spend little money on your entertainment. The entertainment is a mix of actual skill and then watching men beat the crap out of each other purely to gain a rise out of the crowd.


New York Times is doing a series of videos dedicated to Boogaard
This was Boogaard’s most important job out on the ice. He beat people up. THAT’S IT! So much did he fight that he ended up dying in July of this year due to his addiction to pain killers. Why was he addicted to pain killers? After numerous shoulder and nose surgeries and enough punches to the head to rattle a rhino, Boogaard depended on pain killers to keep up his violent performance on the ice… To please the crowd… To make that monayyyy….

First off this tells me that people, no matter how hard they try, are animals. We love violence. We can try to wear clothes and live in houses and stand upright and use utensils, BUT WE ARE STILL ANIMALS AT HEART!! No matter how you look at it. Violence still runs in our veins just as much as any other animal. We just try to suppress it to act as if we are civil.

Anyway, a whole bunch of my own opinion is jam-packed into this post, but watching Boogaard get the attention he received and seeing how much the crowd goes crazy over his fights made me a little sad for the human race. But, at the same time, it really is showing our true colors, isn’t it?

RIP Boogaard. You were a true warrior and a present-day Gladiator (catch my drift?)

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December 3, 2011

To Birth or Not to Birth…

Think long and hard (no pun intended) about whether or not you want kids. Think about the pros and cons and the long-term responsibility of it. You go from a created being to a creator of a being. This new little life consumes your every waking moment and strips you of all your money, YET (and I have no idea how this happens and I know it’s because I am not a mother) you love it so much and just want the best for it. Can you handle that?

Well before you answer that question, take a look at this wonderful little archive, compiling pictures of “Shit My Kids Ruined”:

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Ok how did a child do that? I feel like keying takes some elbow grease, right?

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oh…. my….. NO WAY couldn’t handle it

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This looks like feces and I’m grossed out.

What do you think NOW?!? Ok so it happens… And kids will be kids… BUT if these pictures/blog DID change your mind, I came across a rather interesting website called Happily Childfree dedicated to helping people who never want to have kids cope in a society where kids are expected from couples.

Anyone choose to click on the latter link? Happily Childfree for some of you? So what this website tells me is that our society is so certain that everyone needs to have a child that adults who don’t want kids have to seek outside advice on how to live without them? That doesn’t make any sense (both the idea AND that sentence! way too wordy. Good luck with that one)! News flash, people. The mother-father-child structure isn’t and hasn’t always been the only structure of family. Anyone out there who do not want kids, more power to you! Anyone who either wants kids or already has kids, may the force be with you! It’s not a job for everyone (you hear me!?!)

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November 29, 2011

Back from Down Under with Something to Say

Ok so I haven’t been writing for about a good two weeks because I took a trip down under to see my one-and-only and his family. After a grueling 3 months apart (it wasn’t that bad… We’re used to it) he is back in Cali with me!! Anyway… Enough about useless info… Something more important happened to me:

I was looking through magazines to read on the plane ride back and came across the newest Time magazine with this cover:

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Even though I wanted to buy it because I knew it looked AMAZING, I also knew that my very own copy would be waiting for me at my parents’ house (because I have them sent there for my brother to read first… I’m a good sister like that) so I could wait til I got home.

Fast foward to a long, 14 hour plane ride home. I went to my parents’ house for a late thanksgiving dinner and immediately went for my pile of Time magazines waiting for me. I disappointedly only found this latest issue sitting on the dining room table:

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I interrogated my dad for a little, accusing him of carelessly throwing away my newest copy of my Times and settled with the fact that I’d just have to call and have them send me a new one.

UNTIL!!!!!!!!!!

My boyfriend, we shall call him Booey (his name is Paul but I found out in Australia that all his friends call him Booey… Why……. No idea) looked up the latest edition and found out that Time had published two different covers: one for America and ONE FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD!!!

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Why, you ask? No idea. Needless to say, I’m having one sent over to me now because I’m interested to see the difference. But it really makes you think about why Time would intentionally run two different covers. Then I realized (because sometimes I live in a bubble) that time always runs different covers. Some of them are understandable, I guess. But this one just hit me close to home. Why not ME!?! I want that!!

Anyway, something to think about

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November 14, 2011

Good List to Live B[u]y

Found this amazing list made by Keri Smith on how to live more ethically sound

1. Use your purchasing power as a political statement. Shop locally, ethically and in moderation. Ask the question “What do I really need?”
While you cannot remove yourself entirely from mass culture, and for those who may not want to make their own clothing, (in some cases I still shop with Amazon when I cannot find it anywhere else), you can research companies and choose one whose ethics and practices are more mindful. Commit the time to seek out alternatives. We used a non-profit cell phone provider called Earth Tones for years, who were committed to political action in various forms and funded a variety of environmental projects. I use Etsy quite a bit for more homemade options and supplies.
2. Turn off the TV. (need I explain this one?) I will say that after I got rid of the television many years ago, my productivity soared and my imagination flourished. I read much more. I believe there is a correlation to my career beginning to do really well and my giving up TV. My brain became rewired and much less passive as a result. I still watch movies and the occasional series, but I get to choose where and how (no ads).
3. Make your own stuff as much as possible. I have begun making my own cleaning products with simple ingredients, and recently I purchased a great resource to help with all kinds of things that you can do yourself. I highly recommend the book Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World by Kelly Coyne & Erik Knutzen (I don’t need to add that I have no connection to the authors). Having looked at many books in this category I can safely say that if you are interested in homesteading or just getting off the consumer treadmill, this book will help you do it. I am soon going to try giving up the bottle (of shampoo that is), and give some of their alternatives a try. I’ll let you know how it goes. I already gave up hair color during my second pregnancy, choosing to let my grey hairs go loose and wild!
4. Use an Ad-Blocker program for the web. While this does little to actively stop the advertising, it does cut down on the visual overload and the adcreep we experience while surfing. I use Adblock Plus, which was created by a friend of mine. It is totally free and works like a charm. I’ve used it for years and love it.
5. Move your money.
6. Support media that is ethical and ad free. I have cut down on what sites I visit regularly, choosing ones that are ad-free over ones with ads. I do value when people write about products they like if they are things that I enjoy using (in my case wool, books, environmentally friendly clothing/toys, recipes), but now they must be ad free for me to trust them. In some cases this has been a really hard choice, as some were sites that I enjoyed (a few written by friends I love). But in almost ALL cases, as the ads increased on a site, so did the feeling that the writing began to serve the advertising.
7. Participate in Collaborative Consumption, interactions and economies that involve swapping, sharing, bartering, trading and renting.
8. Begin to perceive value in different ways, not just in terms of money. In the book The Good Life, authors Helen and Scott Nearing felt that having cut and stacked fire-wood that they acquired themselves, was better than money in the bank. It provided more for them physically and spiritually (in the work) and also in keeping them warm throughout the season. What about looking at your skills as being of incredible value in your life? Your ability to sew, cook, knit, grow, build, etc.?
9. Ride a bike or take public transit. Obvious I know, but I had to add it.
10. Use raw materials more, packaged products less. I suppose this goes under #1 and #3.
11. Buy used.
12. Repair your old things. I recently taught myself how to darn socks and sweaters. It is incredibly satisfying. I also learned to repair wool items using needle felting, it’s like magic.
13. Change your language. Name the object, not the brand (i.e. Kleenex v.s. tissue). Words are powerful. -from Kelsi
14. Choose independent businesses over chains. Use public spaces, museums, galleries, bookshops.
15. Pay with cash. When you use debit the bank gets a fee from the vendor. When you use cash the money goes to the owner of the shop.
16. Don’t buy bottled water (carry reusable bottles).
17. Become a minimalist. Cut down on your worldly possessions.

I would like to elaborate most importantly on the first rule. Assuming that you, as the reader, live in a capitalist society, your choice of purchase is crucial to what survives and what doesn’t in any industry. Use your purchasing power wisely. And boycott anything you don’t agree with. And TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO DO THE SAME!!!

Top on my Personal list: mostly anything made in China (unless it’s bought second hand).

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It would be nice to have Americans making the products that Americans use and keeping our jobs and money in our own country. This is also true for any other country affected by outsourcing.

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November 8, 2011

Happening Now

Estimated 3 million muslims voyaged to a valley located near the city of Mina, Saudi Arabia during a ritualistic pilgrimage, or hajj.
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This is no joke! So many people that, last year during the same voyage, close to 400 people died! Some cases due to the fact that bridges they stood on could not withstand their total weight.
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Full article here

I was going to write on how amazing this is with people coming together for a certain belief and compare these people to the everyday American and question our belief system here. Thankfully, the very famous and well-articulated Malcolm X not only attended a pilgrimage, but wrote an amazing explanation of his experience that pretty much blows anything I would have written out of the water.

“There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and the non-white. America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. You may be shocked by these words coming from me. But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought patterns previously held.”

Malcolm X

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November 6, 2011

Watch out Edison: Coca-Cola bottle lights

Think twice before you throw away that old Coke bottle. Just cut a hole in your roof, pour some water and chlorine in that old bottle and stick it in your roof for light! Right? It’s just that simple….

Or not really….

But when you’re forced to live most of your daytime indoors and without light like these people…
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…you might get a little creative with how to obtain cheap and efficient light in your house.

And that is just what Iliac Diaz did in his Isang Litrong Liwana campaign, or, “A Liter of Light” campaign in Manila in Southeast Asia.

Hmmm… Edison and Coca-Cola join forces? Anyone want to start a bet?!? I got 5 on it!

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November 4, 2011

Something you should see

So this is a bit outdated, but was just brought to my attention by a good friend of mine who knew I would drop my jaw in wonderment at the sight and explanation of this phenomenon

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Full article here

Sum up: the floods in Pakistan forced the spiders living on the ground to take refuge in the trees until the water receded. Eventually, after the flood water remained for longer than predicted, the spiders created their own homes in the trees, creating this amazing sight!!

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Even more amazing is the spider web’s contribution to the low malaria cases during what could have been a disastrous time for any flooding city. Mosquitos that usually roam the still waters are now finding themselves caught in these giant web traps.

Yea, this is amazing. Who is doing this? I’ve always been a strong believer in the fact that the universe is a crazy and mysterious thing that I will never fully understand and this is just one more thing that strengthens that belief. Unbelievable. I am extremely thankful for simple, yet intricate designs of nature such as this one that keeps me hungry for more information each and every day.

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